What skills will I graduate with?
Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to work or gain employment as a manager/leader in roles at an operational level within New Zealand business entities.
Technical knowledge and skills
- Apply knowledge of the principles and practices of operations, accounting, sales/marketing, HR, and risk management, to support the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the entity.
- Contribute in operational contexts to innovation and organisational change within a business entity.
Leadership and Management strand specific
- Identify operational issues and challenges and apply techniques for continuous improvement for efficient and effective performance of the entity.
- Contribute to the business planning for efficient and effective performance of the entity.
- Lead others to implement activities within the entity's plans, including change, for efficient and effective performance of the entity.
- Manage projects within scope, resources and time.
- Develop and maintain operational business relationships with stakeholders for efficient and effective performance of the entity.
- Research and communicate information for efficient and effective performance of the entity.
Leadership and Management strand specific
Negotiate and positively influence others to achieve the entity's outcomes.
Develop a positive workplace culture and team engagement.
- Apply problem-solving and decision-making in operational contexts.
- Manage own and others' learning and performance within an operational context.
- Apply professional and ethical behavious, in a socially and culturally appropriate manner.
- Analyse the impact of internal and external environments on entitites.
- Analyse how the origin and nature of the bi-cultural partnership (as embedded in the Treaty of Waitangi) can be applied to business acitivies and relationships.
Leadership and Management strand specific
- Promote compliance with internal and external requirements.
Applicants under 20 years old
- A minimum of 14 numeracy credits at Level 1 or higher in Mathematics on the Directory of Assessment Standards, and
- 50 credits at Level 2 or above with at least 12 credits in each of three subjects including a minimum of 8 literacy credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori (4 credits must be in reading and 4 credits in writing)
- The literacy credits will be selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards found on the NZQA website at Literacy Requirements for University Entrance.
- OR equivalent to the above.
Applicants 20 years or over
- No minimum academic entry requirements.
- However, you need to provide your CV detailing any relevant work experience and academic achievements.
All students (international and domestic) for whom English is not a first language:
- must demonstrate English Language skills with an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5, with no band score lower than 5.0 OR
- must provide acceptable alternative evidence of English language proficiency depending on the visa decline rate of the country you are from. See here for acceptable evidence and visa decline rates by country.
Please note: All scores must be achieved in a single test completed in the preceding two years. You cannot combine scores from multiple tests. If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance you are not required to provide evidence of English Language skills.
If you need to improve your English, we offer a range of English language programmes.
In exceptional circumstances, an applicant under the age of 20 who does not meet the academic entry requirements may be granted entry where they supply evidence to satisfy the relevant Academic Committee of their ability to succeed in the programme.
Pathways into this programme
|Course name||Credits||Level||Contact hours||Self-directed learning hours|
|Organisations in a New Zealand Context||15||5||60||90|
|Operational Management and Compliance||15||5||60||90|
|Business Planning and Team Engagement||15||5||60||90|
1. Organisations in a New Zealand Context
To review and analyse business entities from a range of perspectives in an Aotearoa NZ context
- Identify the nature of business entities and their stakeholders in relation to: interests, influences and risks they are exposed to
- Identify and apply professional and ethical behaviour to ensure business communications are effective, conducted in a socially and culturally appropriate manner and relationships with stakeholders are developed and maintained
- Analyse and present evidence of how the business activities and relationships of organisations in Aotearoa NZ can be influenced by bi-cultural partnerships.
2. Business Functions
To analyse environmental influences on a business entity.
- Apply a range of legal and economic principles to internal and external business environments
- Analyse the potential impacts of a range of internal and external environmental influences on business entities
- Identify and utilise relevant internal and external environmental data to plan the management of risk and performance in a business entity.
3. Business Environments
Apply knowledge of core business functions for operational efficiency and effectiveness.
- Apply the principles and practices of accounting, and operations to make decisions supporting business efficiency and effectiveness
- Understand and apply practices of Human Resource Management, Sales and Marketing to support business efficiency and effectiveness
- Demonstrate skills for managing own and others learning and performance within an operational context
4. Understanding Change
To contribute to innovation and change in organisations
- Identify and demonstrate how innovation and organisation change can contribute to enhanced business performance
- Explain and assess the impact and importance of sustainability to business entities
- Research and recommend solutions for improving performance of a business entity
5. Operational Management and Compliance
Apply techniques to improve operational management and compliance
- Identify and evaluate operational issues and challenges for a real or simulated organisation
- Apply appropriate techniques for continuous improvement in a business entity
- Determine and promote internal and external drivers of organisational compliance within a real or simulated business entity
6. Business Planning and Team Engagement
To formulate a business plan (project)
- Demonstrate an understanding of the context of business planning
- Contribute to the construction of a business plan for a real or simulated organisation
- Apply negotiation skills to positively influence others to promote the efficient and effective performance of the entity
Apply leadership skills to achieve organisational outcomes and change (portfolio)
- Evaluate elements of successful leadership in self and others to influence and business entity
- Identify and discuss leadership approaches working towards efficiency and effectiveness performance in a business entity
- Apply leadership techniques in a real or simulated situation to affect organisational change
8. Managing Projects
Effectively manage a project (project)
- Apply techniques to manage and monitor scope, resources and time for efficient and effective performance
- Identify and recommend strategies to develop a positive workplace culture for the delivery of projects
Practical or work-based components
The delivery method of this programme is fully online.
All assessments are either completed using the course case study or can be completed through the student's own work place. If you are wanting to use another organisation for this, the company must have 20+ employees to give complete context to the assessment requirements.
Further study options
Upon successful completion of this programme, you may choose to further your learning and progress to the New Zealand Diploma in Business (with strands in Accounting, Administration and Technology, Leadership and Management, and Māori Business and Management) (Level 6) or other business qualifications at degree level. Alternatively, you may choose to pursue relevant industry or professional qualifications at Level 6 or above.
Student loans and allowances
Full-time domestic students of this programme are eligible for student loans and allowances (dependent on age and financial circumstances.) Please contact Studylink for additional information. Phone 0800 88 99 00 or visit: www.studylink.govt.nz
Recognition of prior learning
If you already have extensive knowledge and skills gained from 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 in the course of your life. www.capablenz.ac.nz
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.