- Good communication skills
- Technical skills
- Planning, organisational and problem-solving skills.
- There are no academic entry criteria.
- It is preferred that learners hold the New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User) (Level 3), appropriate assessment standards in Digital Technologies Level 2, or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience.
- International students will be individually assessed to ensure you are ready for this study.
- If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5, with no band score less than 5.0 or equivalent, from one test taken in the preceding two years.
All applicants who meet the entry requirements will be accepted unless the number of applications exceeds the available places. In this case, a waitlist will be used.
Pathways into this programme
- New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User) (Level 3)
- Bridging to Business certificate
- Bridging to engineering certificate
- Computing is an excellent background qualification for entry into this programme.
You must supply certified copies of proof of identify, academic records and proof of residency (where appropriate).
There are no additional costs associated with this programme.
Further study options
Increase your career prospects with the Bachelor of Information Technology.
Relationship to other programmes/qualifications: This qualification bridges a gap in Information Technology programmes offered between NQF Level 3 and the Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology.
Programme specific risks
Few hazards exist within the IT field. Ergonomic hazards may arise from poor equipment set up resulting in poor posture. Also, prolonged use of computers may result in eye strain and potential soft tissue discomfort or strains. You will be required to participate in Health and Safety training as part of your orientation at the start of the programme.
Course content - Dunedin
Receive an introduction to computing and software that can lead to further training in industry or education. Courses include practical experience in web development, hardware, programming, operating systems and the internet. In addition to technical topics, you will learn industry skills and will explore online tools such as blogs and wikis.
|Course name||Course description||Level||Credits|
|Web Development||Learn how to create and manage a simple website to professional standards using common industry tools||4||15|
|Programming||Discover how to plan, produce and document software development solutions for specified industry problems||4||15|
|Computer Essentials||Gain an understanding of how to create, maintain and report on basic computing infrastructure to meet given specifications||4||15|
|IT Industry Skills||Learn how to communicate professionally and use planning tools and methodologies||4||15|
Your workload - Dunedin
This programme is delivered through 18 hours of classes per week for 17 weeks. You will be in small classes of around 20 students with excellent equipment and great staff. In addition, you will need to spend up to 12 hours per week in self-directed study (assignments and review work).
Course content - online (TANZ)
|Course name||Course description||Level||Credits|
|Technical IT Skills||Install and configure a new operating system with confidence, connect necessary drives, access internet-based
services and apply basic networking and security systems. Learn how to assemble and disassemble standard
computer hardware components.
|Media Design and Development||Learn how to create and build a website. Use a range of tools and techniques to develop a website, understand
multimedia such as the graphics, sound and video required for a successful website and gain knowledge of
interactivity, accessibility and management systems.
|Information Management||Learn the skills to investigate and deliver information management solutions competently. Gain the knowledge
required to plan and establish an effective information management system that meets the needs of an
organisation. Be introduced to basic concepts of business analysis, data modelling and reporting.
|Software Design and Development||Create software solutions that meet the brief and needs of an organisation. Solve IT problems with the
application of successful software solutions. Develop and test sorftware to conform to best practice programming
standards and improve user experience. Learn basic coding standards and documentation along with compiler,
command line interface (CLI) and interpreters.
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.
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.