This qualification will prepare you for further postgraduate study in the Master of Applied Management. Alternatively, you could seek employment in a business management or business information systems-related role.
Minimum academic entry requirements are:
- A Bachelor's degree (or equivalent qualification) in a related discipline, OR
- A combination of academic qualifications and relevant skills and knowledge acquired through work or professional experience that is deemed equivalent to the above.
- International applicants must demonstrate that they have equivalent academic qualifications and experience. Click here for your country's equivalent academic entry requirements.
- If English is not your first language, you must provide:
- New Zealand University Entrance OR
- Overall Academic IELTS 6.5 with no individual band score lower than 6.0 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR
- Acceptable alternative evidence of the required IELTS (see here for NZQA proficiency table and here for list of recognised proficiency tests).
If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.
Where there are more applicants than places available, applicants will be selected on the basis of the best academic records and their admission recommended to the OPAIC Head of Department who will approve the final selection.
Pathways into this programme
Students may have completed an undergraduate degree in a different discipline and be working in a management role. There are no specific foundation/bridging programmes in Applied Management for this qualification. Where English proficiency does not meet the required IELTS level, students may pathway to this qualification by completing the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 5) which is available at Otago Polytechnic.
You will be expected to spend about 38 hours per week (or 300 hours per study block) on your course work. This includes both scheduled class time and self-directed study. Some of these hours may be spent in a workplace gaining hands-on experience and developing important industry and business connections.
You will study
The programme comprises four compulsory 15-credit courses, plus electives totalling 60 credits from the elective list for the major pathway below.
|Course name||Credits||Course description|
|COMPULSORY - Capabilities for Managers||15||Gain a critical awareness of the skills needed to manage complex organisations.|
|COMPULSORY - Research and Enquiry||15||Achieve the skills you need to undertake small-scale professional projects within organisations.|
|COMPULSORY - Financial Decision Making||15||Learn how to apply the concepts, theory and analytical techniques of finance to investment, financing and dividend decisions of a firm.|
|COMPULSORY - Project Management||15||Learn how to develop critical analysis and application skills in project management.|
|Business Management major - electives totalling 60 credits at Level 8 or 9||Level|
|Developing Effective Organisations||8||15||Gain a critical understanding of organisational development theory and practice in organisational contexts including Iwi/Maori organisations.|
|Entrepreneurship and Innovation||8||15||Learn how to analyse the processes associated with managing entrepreneurship and innovation within both new ventures and existing firms and to assess the significant issues associated with utilising these managerial concepts to optimise organisational performance.|
|Managing for Sustainability||8||15||Develop your sustainable practice capabilities and apply these capabilities to a variety of applied settings as a sustainable practice manager.|
|Marketing in a Digital Age||8||15||Gain the marketing management capabilities necessary to organise and manage for growth and profitability in a digital age.|
|Management of Information Systems||9||15||To enable students to understand how information systems should be managed in order to assist in the achievement of the strategic goals of organisations.|
|Professional Project||9||45||Apply the skills and knowledge you have gained during the programme to complete an applied professional project that contributes to professional practice in management within your chosen major.|
|Cross-cultural Management||9||15||Develop capabilities to evaluate the issues that arise in the leadership of organisations when managers address culturally determined differences in employee values, attitudes and behaviours.|
|Corporate Governance and Leadership||9||15||Evaluate complex corporate governance and leadership challenges in the context of different ownership structures. This will include governance and leadership models in the context of indigenous organisations and the importance of the Treaty of Waitangi.|
|Managing Growth, Change and Adversity||9||15||Critically analyse the processes associated with achieving organisational growth, effective management of change, and the implementation of actions to respond to adversity, including how iwi/Māori organisations have managed post settlement growth.|
|Business Information Systems major - electives totalling 60 credits at Level 8 or 9|
Learn to assess the implications of information security and cybercrime trends and evaluate security technologies and procedures in order to design appropriate information security structure for organisations.
Learn to define the structure and behaviour of interactive products and services.
|Software Engineering Methodologies||8||15||
Be able to apply structure and agile software development principles, and to negotiate between them in different contexts.
|Software Quality Assurance||8||15||
Investigate, critically evaluate, recommend and apply software quality assurance programme in organisations.
Learn to apply business analysis methodologies and tools, and understand how they assist organisations to meet specified business needs.
Understand the processes and principles behind data analytics and extract information form large data sets that may be used to benefit a particular business or organisation.
|Management of Information Systems||9||15||
Understand how information systems should be managed in order to assist in the achievement of the strategic goals of organisations.
|Special Topic||8||15||An opportunity to explore current issues and/or developments in a specified topic area.|
Recognition of Prior Learning
If you already have extensive knowledge and skills gained from practical experience in this area, enquire about our Recognition of Prior Learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification in the course of your life. www.capablenz.ac.nz
While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.