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Qualification Title New Zealand Diploma in Information Systems (Level 6) with strands in Business Analysis, User Experience, IT Project Management, Information Systems Innovation, and Data Analysis
Qualification Type Diploma
Level 6
Credits 120
Subject Area
  • Information Technology » Information Systems » Information Systems not elsewhere classified
Strategic Purpose Statement
This qualification was co-developed by IT Professionals New Zealand (ITPNZ) and NZQA National Qualifications Services (NQS).

The purpose of this stranded qualification is to provide Aotearoa New Zealand with people who have attained a range of specialist professional and technical Information Systems (IS) skills and current ways of working including Agile and DevOps. It will prepare people for employment in an intermediate level IS role in a range of organisational contexts, operating both independently and as part of a team.

Businesses, organisations and communities will benefit from having IT professionals who are experienced and qualified in specific contexts within IS, and an ability to work in Agile development environments. This qualification provides an opportunity for people wanting to broaden their skills and knowledge in IS, which may include people already working in the IT sector, as well as others wishing to enter it.

Graduates of this qualification will have the information systems skills that will enable them to contribute to society, supporting digital proficiency and using their digital capability in a range of community and voluntary areas, and proceed to further study.

Graduates of the Business Analysis strand will have a focus on business analysis and managing software development processes.

Graduates of the User Experience strand will have a focus on human computer interaction (HCI).

Graduates of the IT Project Management strand will have a focus on the tools and techniques used in IT project management.

Graduates of the Information Systems Innovation strand will have a focus on innovation to address organisational needs and opportunities.

Graduates of the Data Analysis strand will have a focus on the tools and techniques used in the analysis of big data.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Apply in-depth skills and knowledge in systems investigation, analysis, and review of business logic and processes to design, implement and validate enterprise solutions, to support information systems design.
- Analyse, select and implement business intelligence tools and methods using advanced techniques and modelling to explore and interpret data and provide strategic advantage to an organisation.
- Apply software engineering paradigms, modelling tools and business requirements analysis to design, develop, deploy, operate and maintain quality assured software system(s).
- Apply in-depth skills and knowledge in human computer interaction (HCI), user interface (UI) prototypes and design to ensure the usability, accessibility, responsiveness, effectiveness and acceptance of organisational information systems.
- Apply skills in advanced database modelling, database design, cleansing, testing, analytics, visualisation and reporting to create information systems that meet organisational requirements.
- Apply professional and ethical practices with integrity to meet the industry wide expectations of a responsible IT professional, in accordance with legal, regulatory and organisational requirements.
- Apply communication, information design, teamwork, personal, and interpersonal skills, to enhance working effectiveness, efficiency, and quality outcomes in a variety of situations in an organisational environment.
- Apply project management tools and techniques, critical thinking, enterprise skills and knowledge of project planning, management and control, to analyse and solve problems for an IT related project.

Graduates of the Business Analysis strand will also be able to:
- Investigate and design or modify information systems using a range of methodologies to meet end user and stakeholder requirements, including preparing and presenting a financial case, configuration documentation, and technical writing.
- Manage software development processes, business risks, and change, to deliver quality systems on time, within budget, and to meet stakeholder requirements.

Graduates of the User Experience strand will also be able to:
- Explore, evaluate and apply in-depth information architecture, HCI, UI and UX skills to design, prototype, develop and comprehensively test effective, responsive systems for an organisation.

Graduates of the IT Project Management strand will also be able to:
- Evaluate a variety of IT project management tools and techniques to inform organisational project planning and control requirements, including business risk and continuity management.
- Integrate and apply IT project management skills to plan, execute, monitor, deploy and deliver quality project outcomes that meet legal, ethical, professional and organisational requirements.

Graduates of the Information Systems Innovation strand will also be able to:
- Analyse, design and deliver innovative and creative emerging Information Systems solution(s) for process improvement in an organisation.

Graduates of the Data Analysis strand will also be able to:
- Explore, analyse, design and deliver a relevant data solution for an organisation, including data management, extraction, cleaning, transforming, and visualising.
Education pathways
This qualification provides an education pathway from:
- New Zealand Diploma in Information Systems (Level 5) [Ref: 2597]
- New Zealand Diploma in Web Development and Design (Level 5) [Ref: 2598]

Further education pathways include higher level IS or IT qualifications, and industry certifications.
Employment pathways
Graduates of the Business Analysis strand may be employed as entry-level business analysts, systems analysts or process mappers.

Graduates of the User Experience strand may be employed in roles within teams such as user experience/interface design, user testing, front-end development and HCI support or development.

Graduates of the IT Project Management strand may be employed as support people for IT project managers or as IT project administrators.

Graduates of the Information Systems Innovation strand may be employed as IS analysts, designers or administrators.

Graduates of the Data Analysis strand may be employed as junior data analysts.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
None.
Education Organisation 5 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2603
Status Current
Created May 2015
Next Review May 2025
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