Qualification Overview

Qualification Title Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology
Qualification Type Postgraduate Diploma
Level 8
Credits 120
Subject Area
  • Information Technology » Other Information Technology » Information Technology not elsewhere classified
Strategic Purpose Statement
The Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology is aimed at IT professionals and recent graduates (domestic and international) wishing to undertake a longer programme of study that covers a wider range of subject areas, in order to prepare for further study or to assist with obtaining a more senior position in an IT or IT business related place of employment.
Graduate profile
Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology will be able to learn independently and recognise the importance of continued learning engage in rigorous intellectual analysis, criticism and problem-solving show evidence of advanced knowledge about specialist areas of ICT work effectively in teams and take on leadership roles recognise, evaluate and address ICT-related ethical issues apply acquired knowledge and skills in practical situations communicate effectively orally, visually and in writing demonstrate knowledge of the research process analyse and critique ICT research literature undertake further postgraduate study
Education pathways
After graduation (and further work experience in some cases), possible jobs in the private and public sectors include Business Analyst, Information Systems Manager, Network Manager, Security Specialist, Software Developer, Software Tester, Systems Administrator, Systems Analyst, and Team Leader. Electives will be chosen to suit the student's likely career path. Graduates wishing to undertake further study may be admitted into master's programmes in New Zealand or overseas, possibly with some credit recognition. The proposed programmes were developed after analysing available information about employment data, industry needs and trends (see Appendix 9), and the content of postgraduate qualifications in IT and related subject areas offered in New Zealand
Employment pathways
After graduation (and further work experience in some cases), possible jobs in the private and public sectors include Business Analyst, Information Systems Manager, Network Manager, Security Specialist, Software Developer, Software Tester, Systems Administrator, Systems Analyst, and Team Leader. Electives will be chosen to suit the student's likely career path. Graduates wishing to undertake further study may be admitted into master's programmes in New Zealand or overseas, possibly with some credit recognition. The proposed programmes were developed after analysing available information about employment data, industry needs and trends (see Appendix 9), and the content of postgraduate qualifications in IT and related subject areas offered in New ZealandTo find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
Application and Selection Criteria Application and selection criteria for the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology are as follows: Students will have completed all requirements of a bachelor's degree or graduate diploma in information technology or related subject with at least a B grade average at level 7. Special Admission Notwithstanding the above admission criteria, in exceptional circumstances, a mature aged applicant who can show evidence of ability to succeed in the programmes may be considered for admission, provided the applicant has successfully completed an approved course or programme, or has relevant industry experience, which is deemed to meet the required standard for entry. Provisional Part-time Admission An applicant, who does not meet academic criteria, may be provisionally admitted to enrol in one or more papers. Upon successful completion of the paper(s), the student may apply for special admission or admission by mature entry. Additional Criteria In addition, the following requirements also apply to all applicants in all admission categories: Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having passed tests of English language competence in accordance with NZQA rules below IELTS test - Score of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6 TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) - Score of 590 (with an essay score 5.5 TWE) TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT)- Score of 90 or higher (with a writing score of 21) University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations - CAE with a score of 58 or higher or CPE with a score of 45 or higher NZCEL - Level 5 with the Academic endorsement The Head of Faculty will determine the maximum number of students permitted to enrol in the postgraduate programmes. All enrolments in the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology are approved at the discretion of the Programme Manager in consultation with the Head of Faculty and teaching staff as required. Selection Criteria Right of entry into programmes of study is restricted by SIT and apparent eligibility may not lead to automatic acceptance. Applicants must demonstrate attributes that, in the assessment of SIT, should lead to success. Where SIT is satisfied that it is necessary to do so because of insufficiency of staff, accommodation, or equipment it may determine the maximum number of students who may be enrolled in a particular course of study. Where the number of applications for enrolment exceeds the number of places in any case where such a limitation applies, the criteria for selection shall be academic merit and suitability for admission to that course of study. Eligible students not admitted to their chosen course of study will be placed on a waiting list and/or referred to another programme. Applications should be received by SIT no later than the due date. Late applications may be considered, subject to availability of places. Applicants may be required to attend an interview, or if they live at some distance from the campus, complete a telephone interview. Applicants may be required to provide copies of applicable certificates and evidence of previous achievements prior to the interview date.
Education Organisation Southern Institute of Technology
Developed By Southern Institute of Technology
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2418
Status Current
Created April 2014
Next Review December 2018
Content
Compulsory papers: IT801 Managing ICT Projects and Systems IT802 Researching ICT Issues and Trends Elective Option One Students must take level 8 papers worth at least 45 credits from the following list (each worth 15 credits, except for 819): IT811 Business Analysis IT812 Business Intelligence IT813 ICT Infrastructure IT814 ICT Quality IT815 ICT Security IT816 Mobile Application Development IT817 Web Application Development IT818 Special Topic IT819 Applied Project (30 credits) Elective Option Two Students may take no more than three level 7 papers from the following list (each worth 15 credits: IT702 Software Development IT703 Database Design and Implementation IT705 Human Computer Interaction IT707 Systems Administration IT708 Information Systems in Management IT709 Web Applications IT711 Advanced Networking IT712 Professional Skills for Information Technology

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