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Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Management (Business Management)

Location

On campus in Dunedin or Auckland, or online for students outside of New Zealand

Please note: Our Auckland on campus option is for international students only

Duration
One year full-time; part-time options (Dunedin only)
Delivery
  • On campus in Dunedin with face-to-face and online learning 
  • On campus in Auckland with face-to-face learning and block courses, or 
  • Online by distance for international students outside of New Zealand
Credits
120
Level
8
Start
Dunedin: February
Auckland: February, April, July and October
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  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    25 January 2021
    31 May 2021 - 4 June 2021
    22 March 2021 - 2 April 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    7 April 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
    31 May 2021 - 4 June 2021
    11 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    7 June 2021
    11 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
    13 December 2021 - 4 February 2022
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    16 August 2021
    13 December 2021 - 4 February 2022
    11 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
    11 April 2022 - 22 April 2022
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    18 October 2021
    11 April 2022 - 22 April 2022
    13 December 2021 - 4 February 2022
    27 June 2022 - 22 July 2022
  • Auckland International Campus
    25 January 2021
    31 May 2021 - 4 June 2021
    22 March 2021 - 2 April 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    7 April 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
    31 May 2021 - 4 June 2021
    11 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    7 June 2021
    11 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
    13 December 2021 - 4 February 2022
  • Auckland International Campus
    16 August 2021
    13 December 2021 - 4 February 2022
    11 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
    11 April 2022 - 22 April 2022
  • Auckland International Campus
    18 October 2021
    11 April 2022 - 22 April 2022
    13 December 2021 - 4 February 2022
    27 June 2022 - 22 July 2022
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    8 February 2022
    27 June 2022 - 22 July 2022
    11 April 2022 - 22 April 2022
    26 September 2022 - 7 October 2022
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    26 April 2022
    26 September 2022 - 7 October 2022
    27 June 2022 - 22 July 2022
    12 December 2022 - 3 February 2023
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    25 July 2022
    12 December 2022 - 3 February 2023
    26 September 2022 - 7 October 2022
    10 April 2023 - 21 April 2023
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    10 October 2022
    10 April 2023 - 21 April 2023
    12 December 2022 - 3 February 2023
    26 June 2023 - 21 July 2023
  • Auckland International Campus
    8 February 2022
    27 June 2022 - 22 July 2022
    11 April 2022 - 22 April 2022
    26 September 2022 - 7 October 2022
  • Auckland International Campus
    26 April 2022
    26 September 2022 - 7 October 2022
    27 June 2022 - 22 July 2022
    12 December 2022 - 3 February 2023
  • Auckland International Campus
    25 July 2022
    12 December 2022 - 3 February 2023
    26 September 2022 - 7 October 2022
    10 April 2023 - 21 April 2023
  • Auckland International Campus
    10 October 2022
    10 April 2023 - 21 April 2023

Management occupations are projected to grow rapidly over the next ten years leading to an increasing need for management professionals. 

There is also an increasing demand for those professionals to hold higher level qualifications. Applicants for these roles are therefore at a considerable advantage with a postgraduate qualification and there is a strong emphasis within this programme on application of knowledge and development capabilities in business management or business information systems. 

Flexibility within this qualification will also enable aspirations to be matched/targeted to specific employment opportunities.  

Learners will extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of current management capabilities and issues in a range of applied settings through experiential learning strategies and reflective practice. 

In Auckland, this programme is offered by Future Skills Academy due to a sub-contract arrangement with Otago Polytechnic.

Graduate pathways 

This qualification will prepare you for further postgraduate study in the Master of Applied Management (Business Management). Alternatively, you could seek employment in a business management or business information systems-related role. 

Entry requirements 

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:

If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.

Selection criteria  

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 Director, Learning and Teaching in Auckland or the Programme Leader in Dunedin 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.

Studying on campus 

You'll learn using an online learning platform called Moodle. This means that, no matter where you are, you have easy access to all your course content. You also have access to Office 365, including Microsoft Teams, which you can use as part of your interaction with lecturers and classmates.

Studying online (from offshore)

Your offshore online study journey will begin with an online Orientation. This session will cover introductions to staff, tips for academic success, and wellbeing information, among other things.

All courses offered at OPAIC use Moodle, which is an online learning management system (LMS). The use of the Moodle LMS means that students, no matter where they are, have ready access to all their course content.

All students have access to Microsoft Teams, where you will be able to collaborate with your classmates and work on certain tasks that have been designed by the lecturers.

Students get access to Office 365, including Teams, which they can use as part of their online interaction with lecturers and classmates.

Online students have access to the same services as students on campus. This includes online learning support, which will be available via Microsoft Teams. All online students will also have remote access to our library.

Your workload 

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. For on-campus student, some of these hours may be spent in a workplace gaining hands-on experience and developing important industry and business connections.

You will study (in Dunedin)

This programme comprises four compulsory 15-credit courses, plus electives totalling 60 credits (at Level 8 or 9) from the elective list below. 

COMPULSORY    
Course name Description Credits

Capabilities for Managers

Gain a critical awareness of the skills needed to manage complex organisations 

15

 

Research and Enquiry

Achieve the skills you need to undertake small-scale professional projects within organisations 

15

 

Analytics for Managers

Achieve the skills needed to critically evaluate data for decision making within applied management

 

Project Management

Learn how to develop critical analysis and application skills in project management 

 
ELECTIVES     
Elective name  Description   Credits 

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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

15

Managing Change and Adversity 

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

15

Financial Decision Making

Learn how to apply the concepts, theory and analytical techniques of finance to investment, financing and dividend decisions of a firm

15

Applied Human Resource Management

Gain the skills needed for management of human resources within contemporary Aotearoa/New Zealand organisations

15

You will study (in Auckland or online)

This programme comprises four compulsory 15-credit courses, plus electives totalling 60 credits (at Level 8 or 9) from the elective list below. 

COMPULSORY    
Course name Course description Credits

Capabilities for Managers

Gain a critical awareness of the skills needed to manage complex organisations

15

Research and Enquiry 

Achieve the skills you need to undertake small-scale professional projects within organisations

15

Analytics for Managers 

Achieve the skills needed to critically evaluate data for decision making within applied management

15

Project Management

Learn how to develop critical analysis and application skills in project management 

15

ELECTIVES    
Elective name Description Credits

Developing Effective Organisations

Gain a critical understanding of organisational development theory and practice in organisational contexts including Iwi/Maori organisations

15

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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

15

Managing for Sustainability 

Develop your sustainable practice capabilities and apply these capabilities to a variety of applied settings as a sustainable practice manager

15

Marketing in a Digital Age 

Gain the marketing management capabilities necessary to organise and manage for growth and profitability in a digital age

15

Financial Decision Making

Learn how to apply the concepts, theory and analytical techniques of finance to investment, financing and dividend decisions of a firm

15

Applied Human Resource Management

Gain the skills needed for management of human resources within contemporary Aotearoa/New Zealand organisations

15

Management of Information Systems

To enable students to understand how information systems should be managed in order to assist in the achievement of the strategic goals of organisations

15

Professional Project

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

45

Cross-cultural Management

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

15

Corporate Governance and Leadership

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

15

Managing Change and Adversity 

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

15

Recognition of Prior Learning 

Recognition of Prior Learning including cross credit or credit transfer is offered for up to 60 credits in this programme. 

Advanced standing is available for up to 60 credits in this programme through the process of assessment of prior learning. Students may use a combination of formal and informal learning experiences to support their application. 

AM801002 Capabilities for Managers is not available for credit recognition. 

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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