Otago Polytechnic

Graduate Diploma in Information Technology - Dunedin

Location

Dunedin

Duration
One year full-time; two-three years part-time
Delivery

On campus 

Credits
120
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
Achieved a degree in another discipline and now searching for a way to intensively develop your computing skills? Are you an IT graduate who is seeking to increase your knowledge in specialist areas?

Look no further! Study IT in this flexible programme which is the perfect way to add computing skills to your CV while engaged in full-time employment. Enhance your knowledge and skills in your own domain of study, or develop expertise in a new but complementary area of information technology. With the rapid rise of technology, computer skills are now fundamental life skills and an IT qualification will greatly increase your career prospects, both here and overseas. There are currently far more IT jobs than there are graduates and employers are desperate for individuals with a good understanding of the industry. Consider a career as a Programmer, Software Developer, Systems Administrator or Computing Services Manager, amongst many others.

Tailored to meet your requirements, create a customised 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. Gain confidence in a supportive environment and enjoy the opportunity to integrate part-time learning into your busy schedule. Benefit from the small class sizes, allowing for one-on-one attention from experienced teachers, and the chance to practise your skills with a range of excellent equipment and applications.     

Skills required
  • Good communication skills
  • Planning, organisational and problem-solving skills.
Entry requirements
  • You must have 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).

Additional costs

There are no additional costs associated with this programme.

Further study options

Increase your career prospects with postgraduate study in Information Technology in 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

You will study 120 credits from IT courses offered in the Bachelor of Information Technology degree programme. A minimum of 72 credits must be at Level 7 (as most papers are 15 credits, in practice you are likely to study 75 credits at Level 7). Further credits selected from papers at Levels 5 or above will make up the 120 credit total.

Your customised path of study will be discussed with the Graduate Diploma Team Leader before your enrolment process is completed. You may be required to undertake specific papers as pre-requisites to courses in this qualification.

Your workload

While the Graduate Diploma programme is the equivalent of one year of full time study, course pre-requisites and schedules may necessitate a longer period of part-time study. Therefore, you have the opportunity to complete this qualification over two or three years, according to your personal path of study.

Qualification structure

SMS Code

Course Paper/Title

Level

OP Credit

YEAR ONE

 

 

 

IN501001

Professional Practice for Information Technology Course

5

15

IN505001

Introduction to Systems Analysis

5

15

IN510001

Programming 1 Course

5

15

IN511001

Programming 2 Course

5

15

IN512001

Web 1 - Technology and Development

5

15

IN515001

Introduction to Networks Course

5

15

IN520001

PC Maintenance Course

5

15

IN521001

Maths for IT Course

5

15

YEAR TWO

 

 

 

IN601001

 Prof Prac 2: Vocational skills for Information Technology

6

15

IN602001

 Software Engineering Course

6

15

IN603001

Project Management: Managing Projects in the IT Industry

6

15

IN605001

Databases 2 Course

6

15

IN610001

Programming 3 Course

6

15

IN612001

Web 2 - Programming Course

6

15

IN613001

Programming 4 Course

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

IN628001

Programming 4: Intermediate Architecture and Algorithms

6

15

YEAR THREE

 

 

 

IN700001

Project 1

7

15

IN700002

Project 2

7

30

IN703001

Developing Flexible Information Technology 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 Course

7

15

IN717001

Administering a Virtual Infrastructure

7

15

IN719001

Systems Administration

7

 15

IN721001

Design and Development of Applications for Mobile Devices

7

 15

IN723001

Advanced Networking

 7

 15

IN726001

Data Science and Machine Intelligence

7

 15

IN727001

Next Generation Networked Hardware

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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