NZIM Diploma in Management

Qualification NZIM Diploma in Management
Level 5

February and July


One year full time. Part time study is also available.

Location Invercargill

Course Outline

The aim is to qualify people as line managers, supervisors, section, departmental or branch managers.  NZIM has selected a range of papers from the New Zealand Diploma in Business to make up the Diploma in Management.  You need to do four compulsory and choose two optional papers to complete this qualification. These papers are taken from the basket of papers available for the New Zealand Diploma in Business as approved by NZQA.  This means that students can gain certification in the NZIM Diploma in Management while they study towards the New Zealand Diploma in Business, but must ensure that they satisfy all course and individual paper prerequisites to gain certification in both qualifications. NZIM charges a fee to register each paper.


We have strong links with local businesses and focus on creating opportunities whereby our students can obtain real world experience before they graduate. An example of this is on the following link:

Course Content

Compulsory Papers

530     Organisation and Management

560     Business Communication

630     Leadership

636     Applied Management


Optional Papers

Two papers must be chosen from the following

430     Quantitative Business Methods

510     Introduction to Commercial Law

541     Fundamentals of Marketing

550     Business Computing

632     Operations Management (not offered at SIT)

633     Human Resource Management


500     Accounting Principles


520     Economic Environment


435     Fundamentals of Small Business


627     Entrepreneurial Planning (not offered at SIT)


The aims and content of each paper are as follows:


530 Organisation and Management 

Students will understand the factors that influence management and the organisation and apply a range of factors.


560 Business Communication 

Students will apply communication knowledge and skills in the evolving context of New Zealand and global business.


630 Leadership 

Students will understand concepts and apply principles of leadership.  Students will create a personal plan to develop leadership capabilities.


636 Applied Management 

Students will apply management concepts.


430 Quantitative Business Methods 

Students will demonstrate knowledge of the concepts and methods of data analysis, statistical inference and financial mathematics.


510 Introduction to Commercial Law 

Students will demonstrate knowledge of commercial law, to enable application of legal reasoning.


541 Fundamentals of Marketing 

Students will have a working knowledge of fundamental marketing concepts relevant to contemporary organisations.


550 Business Computing 

Students will understand, discuss, evaluate and apply information technology to meet business requirements. 


633 Human Resource Management 

This paper is designed to meet the needs of students who require skills and knowledge in human resource management in general or specific organisational roles. 


400 Accounting Principles 

Students will understand financial statements and reports and be able to analyse and interpret business performance for sole traders and small companies.


520 The Economic Environment 

Students will apply elements of economic theory to contemporary business issues.


435 Fundamentals of Small Business 

Students will demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics, options and operation of small business in the New Zealand context.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates are well positioned to find rewarding career opportunities in management and are ideally suited to general office management in an intermediate role or as a lead role in middle to smaller size business organisations in both the private and public sectors.  Graduates are well equipped to develop and run their own businesses.



Course Timetable

Click here to download the 2013 timetable (PDF file).

Application Criteria

Students less than 20 years old must have a minimum of 14 numeracy credits at level one or higher in mathematics or Pangarau on the Directory of Assessment Standards, and 50 credits at level two or above with at least 12 credits in each of three subjects including a minimum of eight literacy credits at level two or higher in English or Te Reo Māori, four credits must be in reading and four credits must be in writing.  The literacy credits will be selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards.  The schedule may be found on the NZQA website at Literacy Requirements for University Entrance.

Or students must have equivalent to the above to be administered at the discretion of the programme manager under delegated authority from the head of faculty.


International Students

Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, must meet the English Proficiency Outcomes in accordance with the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 as below.


Programme Level

IELTS test

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT)

University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations


Certificate or Diploma at Level 5

Score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5

Score of 550(with an essay score of 5 TWE)

Score of 79 or higher(with a writing score of 20)

FCE or CAE with a score of 47 or higher

Level 4 with the Academic endorsement

Satisfactory Completion

Students must achieve a pass within the first three attempts at any given paper.   Following three fails in any given paper the student is debarred from enrolling in that paper.


To pass any paper, a student must have a total of  50% or greater for the combined result of  coursework and final examination.


To complete the programme a student must have passes in all six papers including the four compulsory papers and at least two of the elective papers.

Additional Information

To download key dates for 2014 click here

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