Otago Polytechnic

Courses from the Graduate Diploma in Applied Management



10 weeks part-time per course

Online activities: readings, discussion forums, research tasks and fact finding. Study will be mainly self-directed and is flexible to suit your needs

15 credits per course
March, May and August 2019
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Online
    20 May 2019
  • Online
    19 August 2019

Delivered through our TANZ eCampus

Want to learn more about specific areas of management to complement your existing degree or career aspirations?

These fully online business courses will enable you to broaden your management understanding and capabilities. Develop a sound understanding of the dynamic environment in which managers operate, enabling you to apply that knowledge at organisational and strategic levels in a range of industries and organisations.  

To apply for the course(s) of your choice, simply click the blue apply button in the top right corner of this page and complete our online application form. We will then be in touch with a course selection email so you can select your course(s). 

Prefer to study face-to-face or want to tackle the full qualification? No problem. We offer the Graduate Diploma in Applied Management at our Dunedin, Central Otago or Auckland campuses. 

Please note: Learners under the age of 18 cannot apply for this programme.

Entry requirements
  • A bachelor's degree in any discipline OR equivalent skills/experience.
  • You may NOT enrol in a major that you have already studied at undergraduate level.   

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 6.0, with no band score lower than 5.5 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.  

Pathways into this programme

This qualification may build on from the Bachelor of Applied Management or a bachelor degree in any discipline. 

Your workload

NZQA guidelines suggest up to 150 hours of total study time for a 15 credit course. So, to complete one of the courses successfully in the ten weeks you must be prepared to devote approximately 16.5 hours per week to your study. Depending on your previous academic online experience and course level this may vary to a certain degree.

Organisational Behaviour course (Level 6, 15 credits) 

This course will be available soon.

Analyse and evaluate how group and individual behaviours within organisations impact on organisational effectiveness and performance.

Upon successful completion you will be able to:

  • identify your own behavioural tendencies and the effect they have on individuals and members of formal and informal work groups
  • explain factors that impact on the personal and interpersonal behaviour of people within organisations
  • evaluate the impact that organisational decision-making processes and change initiatives can have on behaviour of individuals, groups and organisations
  • select and apply techniques to influence and manage workplace behaviour and to align behaviour to organisational strategy and values.
Project Management course (Level 6, 15 credits)

Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of project management and apply project management skills, tools and techniques, as a project team member or project manager.

Upon successful completion you will be able to:

  • demonstrate understanding of the basic principles of project management
  • apply project management skills, tools and techniques in a project environment
  • develop a project plan.
Principles of Leadership course (Level 6, 15 credits)

This course will be available soon.

Understand the nature and scope of leadership, with an emphasis on developing and practising personal leadership. Within this course, you will create a personal plan to develop your leadership capabilities.

Upon successful completion you will be able to:

  • explain the nature and scope of personal leadership
  • plan for your ongoing development as a leader
  • apply leadership knowledge and skills to the management of change.
Human Resources course (Level 6, 15 credits) 

Develop an understanding of how human resources management contributes to the achievement of organisational performance and strategy, through the development of practical HR competencies.

Upon successful completion you will be able to:

  • explain the importance of strategic human resources management to organisational success
  • recognise and apply appropriate HR practices to different stages of the employment relationship
  • justify the selection of appropriate human resource tools and techniques to support the development of plans and strategies
  • design a human resources initiative to address an organisational priority
  • critically evaluate the effectiveness of specific human resources management philosophies and practises. 
Business and Society course (Level 7, 15 credits) 

This course will be available soon.

Analyse the influence different societal factors have on business, and apply these understandings in an organisational context.

Upon successful completion you will be able to:

  • apply business ethics to organisational management
  • analyse the impact of global and local issues on corporate social responsibility
  • critically evaluate theories and concepts of sociology as they apply in managerial or organisational contexts
  • analyse and recommend strategies that address ethical and sustainability issues and their impact on society. 
Strategic Management course (Level 7, 15 credits) 

Gain an understanding of the nature and purpose of strategic management and develop practical skills in strategic analysis, planning and implementation.

Upon successful completion you will be able to:

  • explain the nature and purpose of strategic management and its importance to organisational success
  • undertake and interpret an environmental (external and internal) scan of the context in which organisations operate
  • formulate and evaluate strategic options and select the most appropriate strategy
  • develop implementation plans to give effect to strategy
  • evaluate the appropriateness of organisational strategy for given organisations in response to changing circumstances.
Business Transformation and Change course (Level 7, 15 credits) 

Become equipped with the knowledge and skills to initiate and plan the implementation of an organisational change.

Upon successful completion you will be able to:

  • explain the internal and external forces that drive organisational change
  • evaluate the application of principles and practices for bringing about successful organisational change
  • justify the selection of appropriate tools and techniques for implementing change
  • plan for an organisational change initiative
  • critically evaluate a change initiative
Qualification outcome

Upon successful completion of this full qualification, you will have the ability to: 

  • apply specialised technical knowledge and skills to a specific business field, along with abilities for adapting and/or generalising these to other business fields
  • employ creative skills and apply them in an organised approach to problem solving
  • display well-developed critical thinking capabilities, including analysing, evaluating and critically reflecting on information, decisions and behaviour (these abilities also enable strategic thinking and adaptability in a constantly changing global environment)
  • recognise, adopt and, where necessary, instil in others the proper ethical dimensions inherent in business decision making having particular regard for issues of social responsibility and sustainable practice
  • exercise self-direction and adopt independent working practices, and an ability to foster these in others
  • accept responsibility for the quality of your own work outcomes, and where applicable, for the quality of others’ work outcomes
  • apply independent learning skills that encourage the regular accessing of new knowledge and information
  • use effective written communication and well-developed interpersonal skills, and display an ability to foster these in others
  • work effectively in group situations, as a leader or a follower, as appropriate
  • adapt to, and work effectively in, diverse cultural contexts and work environments, encouraging others to do likewise
  • use technology and communication systems effectively
  • understand the relevance of the Treaty of Waitangi to applied management in New Zealand/Aotearoa. 
Student loans/allowances

Please contact Studylink for eligibility as this programme is only available as part-time study. Phone 0800 88 99 00 or visit www.studylink.govt.nz

Recognition of prior learning

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in business, 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.

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