Otago Polytechnic

Bachelor of Information Technology

Location

Dunedin

Duration
Three years full-time; part-time options
Delivery

On campus with a major industry-based project for an external client during year three

Credits
360
Level
7
Start
February and July
  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    19 February 2018
    2 July 2018 - 20 July 2018
    16 April 2018 - 27 April 2018
    1 October 2018 - 12 October 2018
Pursuing a career in Information Technology and keen to advance your skills and deepen your understanding of this diverse industry?

Discover the power of computing technology and how it can help you develop real world solutions and innovations with this stimulating, hands-on programme. Every industry, organisation and business in the world relies on computer technology in one way or another and the right qualification will create numerous employment opportunities for you, both here and overseas. There are currently far more IT jobs than there are graduates and employers are desperate for individuals with a solid understanding of the industry and a willingness to continue developing new skills. Become a Web Developer, Systems Administrator, Software Developer, Programmer, Business Anaylst, Database Administrator or Computing Services Manager, amongst many others! 

Study in a supportive and innovative environment and develop high-level technical abilities and a strong theoretical understanding of IT concepts while exercising your problem-solving skills and creativity. Focus on the professional communication skills required for working effectively in the industry and gain valuable, practical experience during an industry-based project for an external client. Benefit from the small class sizes, allowing for one-on-one attention from experienced teachers, and the chance to practise your newly acquired skills with a range of excellent equipment and software applications.

Skills required
  • Good communication skills
  • Technical skills
  • Planning, organisational and problem-solving skills.
Entry requirements 
  • NCEA Level 3 including:
    • 14 credits at Level 3 or above in each of three NZQA approved university entrance subjects, and
    • Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of:
      • 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing, and
    • Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of:
      • specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects OR
      • package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627- all three required).
  • If you do not hold the above qualifications, you must demonstrate equivalent work/life experience.
  • You must submit an essay outlining your interest and involvement in information technology.
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet degree-level entry requirements and must have achieved the equivalent of Year 11 mathematics.
  • If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no band score less than 5.5.
Bridging options

If you do not meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Information Technology, the best qualification to prepare you for computing degree studies is the Certificate in Information Technology (Level 4). Alternatively, you can enter the Bachelor programme after completing the Certificate in IT Service and Support.

Additional documentation

You must supply certified copies of proof of identify, academic records and proof of residency (where appropriate).

Selection procedure

All eligible applicants will be accepted unless the number of applications exceeds the available places (as indicated by the Bachelor of Information Technology Team Leader). In this case, applicants will be interviewed and ranked according to the professional judgement of the admissions panel on the basis of the candidate's likelihood to succeed in the IT industry.

Additional costs

There are no additional costs associated with this programme.

Further study options

This qualification is widely recognised, allowing you to apply for entry to post-graduate study in Information Technology. You will be qualified to apply for graduate teacher training programmes, leading to a career in IT secondary education.

Programme specific risks

You are advised of any specific risks during the programme.

You will study

The Bachelor of Information Technology degree is a broad-based programme providing an introduction to most areas of computing. Gain technical skills in programming, networking, operating systems, control technology and databases and learn about the IT environment and practice skills in business and interpersonal communication. Year one courses are compulsory and will give you a solid base for selecting specialist electives during the following years. In third year, you will undertake an industry-based project for an external client over two semesters and this will represent the culmination of your degree studies.

COURSES

Professional Practice for Information Technology (Level 5)

Receive an overview of the fundamentals of communication studies in the information technology field. Gain an understanding of the fundamental principles and processes of communication, including an awareness of the multicultural influences in this context.

Introduction to Systems Analysis (Level 5)

Be introduced to business processes and information management in the information technology and related industries. Acquire knowledge about fundamental topics in business and, through a business context, learn about subjects in systems analysis and relational databases.

Programming 1 (Level 5)

Learn about concepts of program design and programming fundamentals.

Programming 2  (Level 5)

Build event-driven, GUI (Graphical User Interface) applications using pre-built controls. Be introduced to the theoretical issues involved in Object-Oriented analysis, design and programming, and the principles of correct design and implementation for applications of this type.

Web 1 - Technology and Development (Level 5)

Become acquainted with the range of available web-based tools for productivity, entertainment and communication. You are guided towards consideration of the social, academic, economic and cultural issues surrounding web-based interaction and are introduced to the technologies available for development of web-based functionality.

Introduction to Networks (Level 5)

Learn about fundamental networking concepts and technologies, by covering the basics of network theory and the skills needed to implement a simple network.

PC Maintenance (Level 5)

Discover how to install and maintain the main components of a computer. This course covers introductory aspects of both hardware and operating systems.

Maths for IT  (Level 5)

Learn about the mathematical concepts and methods that underpin and are directly applicable to the theory of information systems. This course is primarily sited within the field of discrete mathematics.

Professional Practice 2: Vocational Skills for Information Technology  (Level 6)

Develop effective workplace skills appropriate to the IT industry environment. This course applies in practice the interpersonal, written and oral presentation skills begun in the course IN501001 by exploring these skills in a team environment.

Software Engineering (Level 6)

Develop an understanding of software engineering methodologies. This involves knowledge of the methods and problems of the development, implementation and deployment of information systems. An important outcome of this module is preparing you for IN700001 and IN700002.

Project Management: Managing Projects in the IT Industry (Level 6)

Acquire an understanding of the basic principles of project management and apply project management skills, tools and techniques, as a project team member or Project Manager.

Databases 2 (Level 6)

Learn the fundamentals of relational database theory and how to design, build and use a database on a modern database management system.

Programming 3  (Level 6)

Extend your skills in object-oriented design and programming while introducing a full commercial programming language using Java.

Web 2 - Programming (Level 6)

Receive a thorough introduction to modern techniques for adding programmed behaviours to web pages. The course will include a review of basic network architecture and currently supported HTML dialects, and will introduce appropriate tools and languages for adding programmed interactivity and dynamic database support to web pages. As this is a rapidly changing field, the contents and tools will be regularly reviewed and updated as required to maintain discipline currency.

Programming 4: Intermediate Architectures and Algorithms (Level 6)

Be introduced to non-anthropomorphic object oriented class architectures and a selection of associated core computational approaches.

Multimedia Development (Level 6)

Become acquainted with multimedia and hypermedia development, focusing on the creation of multimedia materials using current industry-relevant applications. Theoretical material includes both technical issues in multimedia and design principles for artefact development.

Routing and Switching Essentials (Level 6)

Learn how to describe the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network and to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality.

Operating Systems Concepts (Level 6)

Learn about the major components of operating systems and the basic organisation of computer systems.

Linux Operating Systems (Level 6)

Gain experience in the installation, support, maintenance and administration of a Unix-based operating system.

Quality Assurance and Software Testing (Level 6)

Lay the foundation for a potential craeer in the information technology field as a software tester. Understand the fundamental principles and processes of software testing.

Security (Level 6)

Develop foundation-level skill and understanding in general security concepts.

Embedded Systems (Level 6)

Be introduced to the core principles of computer hardware and architecture and become acquainted  with a range of embedded application contexts.

Automation and Robotics (Level 6)

Use microprocessors and sensors to build mobile, context-aware robots. Learn to programme classic robotic behaviours and add wireless communication to explore basic swarm algorithms.

Project (Level 7)

Carry out advanced project work in the information technology field, applying skills learned in the degree programme to produce a project for an external client. Demonstrate commitment, competence, creativity and craftsmanship throughout the process.

Data Science and Machine intelligence (Level 7)

Provides a broad introduction to machine intelligence/Data Science with an emphasis on the intuition and the applications behind the concepts.

Explore current areas of research in database implementation, use and management. Learn to use a range of tools and platforms for modern data mining.

OO Systems Development (Level 7)

Gain experience in the design and development of object-oriented software systems using an industry-relevant development platform. This course is ideal if you are an experienced programming student working at an advanced level.

Algorithms and Data Structures (Level 7)

Become acquainted with the wide variety of algorithms and data structures required for complex software development, develop your programming technique to an advanced level, and learn how to analyse the efficiency and correctness of a computational solution.

Web 3 - Enterprise Development (Level 7)

Apply modern techniques in the design and delivery of information and functionality across the Web. This course extends the skills and knowledge you gained during Web 2 and covers both client-side and server-side techniques.

Advanced Networks (Level 7)

Provides students with an understanding of how to evaluate and apply advanced networking protocols, services and concepts to the design, deployment and maintenance of medium to large scale networks.

Administering a Virtual Infrastructure (Level 7)

An in depth knowledge and techniques used to efficiently implement, optimize and troubleshoot a virtual infrastructure.

Design and Development of Applications for Mobile Devices (Level 7)

Explore the design and implementation of applications for mobile devices.

Systems Administration (Level 7)

Look at, and practice the configuration, management and troubleshooting of systems within an enterprise network including aspects of both applications and operating system components.

Next Generation Networked Hardware (Level 7)

Students are exposed to current and upcoming developments in the context of networked hardware and apply these in a project-oriented environment.

Developing Flexible IT Courses (Level 7)

Prepares students for the training role that is often performed by information technology professionals. 

Your workload

Most IT courses are worth 15 credits and are the equivalent of four hours contact time per week. A full-time programme will usually consist of four courses per semester. During an average week, you will be expected to undertake 16 hours of directed learning and an additional 15-20 hours of self-directed study completing assignments and reading.

Qualification structure 

Code

Course Title

Level

Credit

YEAR ONE (complete all)

IN501001

Professional Practice for Information Technology

5

15

IN505001

Introduction to Systems Analysis

5

15

IN510001

Programming 1

5

15

IN511001

Programming 2

5

15

IN512001

Web 1 - Technology and Development

5

15

IN515001

Introduction to Networks

5

15

IN520001

PC Maintenance

5

15

IN521001

Maths for IT

5

15

YEAR TWO (complete 120 credits from any of the following)

IN601001

Professional Practice 2: Vocational Skills for Information Technology

6

15

IN602001

Software Engineering

6

15

IN603001

Project Management: Managing Projects in the IT Industry

6

15

IN605001

Databases 2

6

15

IN610001

Programming 3

6

15

IN612001

Web 2 - Programming

6

15

IN628001

Programming 4: Intermediate Architecture and Algorithms

6

15

IN614001

Multimedia Development

6

15

IN615005

 Routing and Switching Essentials

6

15

IN616001

Operating Systems Concepts

6

15

IN617001

Linux Operating Systems

6

15

IN618001

Security

6

15

IN620001

Embedded Systems

6

15

IN621001

Automation and Robotics

6

15

IN627001

Quality Assurance and Software Testing

6

15

YEAR THREE
(Complete Project 1, Project 2, 60 Level 7 Credits and further 15 Credits at Level 5 or above)

IN700001

Project 1

7

15

IN700002

Project 2

7

30

IN703001

Developing Flexible IT Courses

7

15

IN705001

Databases 3

7

15

IN710001

OO Systems Development

7

15

IN711001

Algorithms and Data Structures

7

15

IN712001

Web 3 - Enterprise Development

7

15

IN715002

Networks Administration

7

15

IN719001

Systems Administration

7

15

IN720001

Administering a Virtual Infrastructure

 7

 15

IN721001

Design and Development of Applications for Mobile Devices

 7

 15

IN722001

Next Generation Networked Hardware

7

15

IN723001

Advanced Networking

7

15

IN726001

Data Science and Machine Intelligence

7

15

Student loans and allowances

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful. 

Recognition of prior learning

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to 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.  

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Disclaimer

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.

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