Qualification Overview

Qualification Title Graduate Diploma in Information Technology
Qualification Type Graduate Diploma
Level 7
Credits 120
Subject Area
  • Information Technology » Computer Science » Computer Applications and Programming
Strategic Purpose Statement
The Graduate Diploma in Information Technology is a one year programme run in conjunction with the Bachelor of Information Technology for those who have previously studied at degree level to develop specialist IT ability and skills. The qualification prepares graduates for employment, having gained specialised knowledge and skills in IT. It provides graduates with the academic base required for further study and the ability to pursue a professional career in the IT industry. The capstone project undertaken by students provides them with the practical industry-based experience of working in a team to produce an IT solution. This involves successfully applying knowledge and skills to solve real problems.
This qualification provides a forward-looking, versatile programme of study for learners who wish to enter the IT industry, both in New Zealand and globally. Graduates will have the academic base required for further study and the ability to pursue a professional career in the Information Technology industry.
The focus of this qualification is on both theoretical and applied learning, and the development of IT skills and knowledge that are valued both in a range of occupations and professions and in the wider community. The incorporation of industry-focused projects develops both specific skills in a discipline and the transferable skills needed for collaborative and entrepreneurial work.
Graduates have a familiarity with information technologies commonly used in organisations, and the ability to learn new skills in a rapidly changing environment. They have an expectation of ongoing change throughout their careers, and with the skills, attributes and capability to adapt to such changes.
Graduate profile
Graduates will be able to:
* Demonstrate a specialised understanding of a body of technical and theoretical knowledge along with the ability to apply the underlying principles and concepts to a given set of facts
* Self-manage learning by selecting and assigning priorities within restricted resources and to organise work to meet tight deadlines
* Identify, analyse and generate solutions to complex problems in unfamiliar settings
* Select, adapt and apply a range of processes in the IT field
* Operate professionally in an IT team environment
* Understand and implement the principles of IT project management
Education pathways
Graduates from the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology can progress to study towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology, Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology or Master of Information Technology at Whitireia and WelTec or other similar programmes at tertiary organisations within New Zealand and internationally.
The Graduate Diploma in Information Technology is part of a group of programmes designed to staircase learners from Level 2 study to Masters Study. This supports learners to enter IT study at the level that suits their background and provides a clear pathway for their progression through learning.
Employment pathways
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology have detailed knowledge and skills in selected areas of IT for employment as an IT professional. Opportunities within the IT industry include employment in public organisations, private companies, IT enterprises, self-employment, and teaching.
Depending on the course set chosen by students, graduate opportunities include:
Cyber Security
Security analyst, security administrator, incident responder, information assurance analyst, security assessor/auditor, penetration tester, digital forensic technician/analyst, or other information/cyber security-related roles, including support roles such as service desk.
Data Science
Data scientist, business intelligence analyst, data management and analytics, database developer, marketing data analytics, systems analyst, business analyst, data warehouse developer, Business Intelligence reporting analyst, social media analytics, data analyst and reporting analyst.

Interaction Design
IT design practice lead, product designer IT, designer in emerging technologies, user experience IT communications lead, quality standards and customer feedback officer, user testing manager, IT test planning, user experience designer, user interface designer, user experience researcher, requirements lead, digital design and content manager, web manager, front-end web developer design integrator.
Networking and Infrastructure
Network engineer, systems engineer, systems engineer/cloud support, ICT support technician, cloud network engineer, infrastructure engineer, network support, network administrator, or service desk support.
Software Development
Full stack developer, web developer, analyst programmer, AI application developer, system test analyst / engineer, business analyst, net developer, software developer, mobile application developer, game developer, software engineer, system and software tester.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
-Bachelor Degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent practical, professional or educational experience
An applicant with a Bachelor degree in an unrelated discipline, may be granted entry at the discretion of the Programme Manager where it is considered that the applicant has a reasonable chance of succeeding in the qualification
- International Students - English Language Requirements:
All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Those learners whose first language is not English should have:
-An international English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall academic score of at least 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each band) issued within the last two years, or equivalent.
Education Organisation Whitireia Community Polytechnic Limited
Developed By Whitireia Community Polytechnic Limited
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 4073
Status Current
Created August 2019
Last Reviewed November 2019
Next Review November 2024

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