Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki


Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki

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Graduate Diploma in Business Information Systems

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1 year
Start date: November-2019
Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki
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This qualification will provide you with state of the art learning in business systems and the requisite technology. You will learn how to access databases through social media avenues to construct useful information for both in-house and external communications. In addition, you will apply the latest techniques for managing information and communication technologies. Best of all, as part of your studies, you will be placed with an industry sponsor to get “real life” hands-on experience. This programme will set you up for career opportunities in the communication management and business analyst fields.

Graduates will be able to have a sound understanding of the dynamic and changing environment in which managers operate in New Zealand and internationally, that will enable them to apply that knowledge at both organisational and strategic levels in a range of industries and organisations. On reaching the workplace, graduates will have current specialised knowledge and be able to integrate into their workplace environment quickly, having spent time through their course of study in a work context applying the knowledge and skills of the curriculum.

Designed to help you develop skills in the analysis, design and development of business information systems for the efficient management of data generation and information flows. Keeping you up to date in information and communication technologies for future focussed business IT solutions. The skills and knowledge gained will be used as you complete an industry project that ensures you possess both skills and hands-on experience when you enter the job market. The Graduate Diplomas are designed so that students can complete them in one year’s full time study. It is possible for students to select part time study options, which will increase the programme duration.

To be awarded a Graduate Diploma you will successfully complete 120 credits at Levels 6 and 7 as shown below:

  • all compulsory papers specified for the Graduate Diploma
  • a minimum of 45 credits at Level 6
  • a minimum of 75 credits at Level 7

Career Options

Systems analysis, business analysis and IT project management.

Entry criteria

Successfully completed a bachelor degree in any field excluding the field of the graduate diploma.

Students must also meet the English language proficiency requirements as below:

  • IELTS 6.0 (academic) overall with no less than 5.5 in any band or any one of the below scores
  • TOEFL (pBT) score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL (iBT) score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)
  • FCE, or FCE for schools, or CAE, or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill. OET at Grade C in all sub-tests.
  • PToE (Academic) score of 50
  • City & Guilds IESOL B2 Communicator with a score of 66
  • NZCEL Level 4 with an Academic endorsement
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS


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