Otago Polytechnic

Graduate Certificate in Information Technology (Level 7)

Location

Dunedin

Duration
One semester full-time; two-three semesters part-time
Delivery

On campus 

Credits
60
Level
7
Start
February and July
  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    19 February 2018
    2 July 2018 - 20 July 2018
    16 April 2017 - 27 April 2018
    1 October 2018 - 12 October 2018
Do you have a degree in a subject other than information technology and want to develop your computing skills? Or perhaps you are an IT graduate looking to increase your knowledge in specialist areas?

Either way, this flexible IT programme is the perfect solution and is ideal if you want to study alongside full-time employment. Computing skills are now fundamental life skills and the vast majority of employers will expect a basic familiarity with computers. Enhance your degree and improve your career prospects in your chosen field by developing your computer skills and gaining confidence. Alternatively, use this qualification to focus on specialist areas of IT and strengthen your expertise. There are currently far more IT jobs than there are graduates and employers are desperate for individuals with a good understanding of the IT industry. Career possibilities include business computing, technical support, hardware, software, database, web development and much more!

Study in a supportive environment and enjoy the opportunity to integrate part-time learning into your busy schedule. Tailored to suit your needs, create an individual path of study that focuses on your desired outcome. Specialist areas for IT graduates include interactive media, hardware, programming, databases, communications, business or networks/operating systems. Benefit from the small class sizes, allowing for one-on-one attention from experienced teachers, and the chance to practice your skills with a range of excellent equipment and applications.     

Skills required
  • Good communication skills
  • Planning, organisational and problem-solving skills.
Entry requirements
  • An undergraduate qualification in computing or a related discipline OR a degree-equivalent qualification supported by practical, professional or scholarly experience.
  • International students must hold a recognised bachelor's degree in computing or a related discipline OR an equivalent qualification supported by practical, professional or scholarly experience. 
  • 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.
Additional documentation

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

Selection procedure

The professional judgement of academic staff will be used to determine those applicants who meet the entry criteria. Eligible applicants will be accepted into the programme when an appropriate, coherent programme of study is agreed by the Graduate Certificate Team Leader. The Team Leader may require applicants to undertake specific papers as pre-requisites to papers in this qualification.

Additional costs

There are no additional costs associated with this programme.

Further study options

Enhance your employment potential with postgraduate study in Information Technology within New Zealand.

Programme specific risks

You are advised of any specific risks involved in particular areas via course information and these risks may also be discussed during orientation.

You will study

To be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology (Level 7) you must complete 60 credits of courses from the qualification structure table, of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at Level 7. The flexibility of the programme design and the expected diversity of individuals with varying intentions means there will inevitably be a range of customised pathways studied. Please make an appointment with the Programme Leader to discuss customised pathways for your study.

Your workload

While the Graduate Certificate Programme is the equivalent of one semester of full time study, course pre-requisites and schedules make it unlikely that this will be the preferred mode of learning. Therefore, you have the opportunity to complete this qualification part-time over two or three semesters, according to your personal path of study.

Qualification structure

SMS Code

Course Paper/Title

Level

OP Credit

Level 5

 

 

 

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

Level 6

 

 

 

IN601001

Prof Prac 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

IN613001

Programming 4

6

15

IN614001

Multimedia Development

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

IN628001

Programming 4: Intermediate Architecture and Algorithms

6

15

Level 7

 

 

 

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

IN715001

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/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.

Links to useful websites

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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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