National Diploma in Business (Level 5)


Qualification National Diploma in Business (Level 5)
Level 5
Dates

2014 intakes start 03 February, 31 March, 02 June, and 04 August

Applications close 21 days prior to the intake start date - please check the enrolment form for exact dates.

Duration

Intakes are 17 weeks long.

Location SIT2LRN Distance Learning

Course Outline

This programme aims to:

  • Provide students with a broad base of technical business competence and skills necessary for those aspiring to middle management, supervisory positions or other business related role.
  • Gain skills, knowledge and competence in the business environment to undertake a range of business activities.

Course Content

 

RETURNING STUDENTS

Prior to 2014, this programme was offered in modules rather than individual unit standards. If you have previously completed any of the National Diploma in Business (Level 5) modules, you are not required to repeat the unit standards that made up that module:

 

Module Title

Unit Standards

NDB5101

US11622
US11611
US11610

NDB5102

US9732
US8078

NDB5103

US19020
US19025

NDB5104

US25695
US8498

NDB5105

US2931
US2950

NDB5016

US8076
US8084

NDB5107

US1991
US6407
US6410

NDB5108

US9691
US9685
US21336

NDB5109

US25940
US27643

NDB5110

US26254
US25212

The programme is made up of the following unit standards:

Compulsory units – all must be completed:

US 9691 – Demonstrate knowledge of group processes (Level 5) 5 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to: analyse the advantages and disadvantages of working in groups; explain group processes and their effect on group function; and outline strategies to manage conflict in a group.

 US 21336 – Lead a group/team to achieve an objective(s) with some complexity (Level 5) 5 credits

 People credited with this unit standard are able to: plan group/team activities, set goals and negotiate group/team process, and facilitate group/team process, to achieve an objective(s) with some complexity; and evaluate performance. This unit standard is for people who lead groups/teams regularly, perhaps on a daily basis. Such groups/teams may include but are not limited to work groups/teams.

 US 9685 – Write an analytical report (Level 5) 5 credits

 People credited with this unit standard are able to: select and organise information; write the introductory section(s), body, and summary of the report; and produce the report according to specified standard format. 

 US 9732 – Demonstrate knowledge of strategic management concepts for organisational planning and development (Level 5) 10 credits

 People credited with this standard are able to: describe the role of strategy and strategy formulation in organisational planning and development; identify and evaluate strategies for development of the organisation; and identify resources and capabilities of a specific organisation in relation to its external environment.

 r You will need access to information about the goals of the organisation and how it hopes to achieve them, and the challenges it faces both externally and internally.

 US 8078 – Lead a team to achieve specified quality improvement objectives (Level 5) 6 credits (WP)

 People credited with this unit standard are able to: form a team to achieve specified quality improvement objectives; facilitate team processes to achieve specified quality improvement objectives; and review and complete team activity. This unit standard applies to members of teams that exist to achieve specified quality improvement objectives. These can include the completion of a one-off or a continuing improvement task.

 You will need to be able to get a small group of people together (minimum three) and decide on something which needs improving. At least two meetings will be held and agendas and notes of meetings submitted.

 r Requires workplace access for assessment purposes.

 US 19020 – Develop performance standards and monitor performance for a logistics operation (Level 5) 6 credits (WP) 

 People credited with this unit standard are able, in a logistics context, to: demonstrate knowledge of performance measurement; establish performance standards and monitoring systems for a logistics operation within the context of an organisation's business plan; and apply the monitoring systems.

You will be setting measures for performance (e.g. customer complaints must be answered within three working days). The final assignment requires you to produce statistics for this measure, analyse the results and recommend ways in which the performance can be improved. This means that you must allow several weeks for observing performance and collecting the data.

r Requires workplace access for assessment purposes. 

US 19025 – Demonstrate and apply knowledge of quality assurance in a business operation (Level 4) 7 credits (WP) 

People credited with this unit standard are able to: explain concepts, systems, and principles of quality and quality assurance; identify the quality assurance requirements for a business operation; and assess the quality assurance system of a business operation.

You will need access to details of a quality system on which you can comment. This can be a case study but ideally should be your current or past employment or an organisation with which you are involved.

r Requires workplace access for assessment purposes.

US 25695 - Describe human resource management in organisations in New Zealand (Level 5) 10 credits

This unit standard is intended as an overview of human resource management (HRM) specific to the NZ environment, and is intended for non-specialists or for specialist HRM people new to this environment. People credited with this unit standard are able to describe: human resource management and its place in organisations in NZ, the main functions of human resource management in organisations in NZ, and the impact of key legislation on human resource management practice in NZ.

US 8498 – Demonstrate and apply knowledge of managing conflict in the workplace (Level 5) 6 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to, in the workplace: demonstrate knowledge of conflict; monitor conflict situations; and develop and apply strategies to address conflict situations.

US 2931 – Plan a marketing campaign (Level 5) 8 credits

This unit standard is for people who need, or seek, to define the direction and targets for annual marketing operations and for specific projects. People credited with this unit standard are able to: complete situational analysis; identify marketing objectives; and develop an operational plan for the marketing campaign.

US 2950 – Produce and coordinate promotional strategies (Level 5) 8 credits

This unit standard is for people who have, or seek responsibility for, or provide advice for, the promotion of products or services in both profit and not-for-profit sectors. People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify the role of promotion in marketing and analyse the inter-relationships of the promotional mix; determine appropriate promotional objectives for a specific situation and target market; select appropriate promotional strategies and elements for a specific situation, target market, and objectives; and coordinate promotional strategies. 

US 1991 – Produce establishment plans for small business ventures (Level 5) 5 credits

This unit standard is for people who need to produce establishment plans for small business ventures. People credited with this unit standard are able to: explore and articulate business vision concepts; formulate and communicate an ethical framework for business operations; identify means of fostering entrepreneurship and innovation; and establish business goals and objectives and formulate strategic plans for specific small business ventures.

US 6410 – Manage financial resources for a small business enterprise (Level 5) 5 credits

People credited with this unit standard are, for a small business enterprise, able to: develop financial strategies; implement financial strategies; monitor financial performance; and identify opportunities to improve financial performance.

US 6407 – Establish human resource needs of the small business operation (Level 5) 5 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to: assess human resource requirements to establish the business operation; identify potential sources of personnel; evaluate human resource management options; identify employment obligations and responsibilities; plan how work will be allocated and evaluated; and identify staff development needs and establish staff development policies. 

Elective units:

Although they don’t need to be completed concurrently, elective unit standards must be completed in one of the following combinations:

 

  • 25940, 27643, 8076 and 8084 (36 credits)
  • 25940, 27643, 26254 and 25212 (33 credits)
  • 11622, 11610, 11611, 8076 and 8084 (36 credits)

 

Please note that 25940 and 27643 must be completed concurrently as the assessments for the two units are integrated.

US 11610 – Perform the accounting functions for accounts receivable (Level 4) 4 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to: analyse, classify, and record accounts receivable transactions in an accounting system; and reconcile records of and report accounts receivable transactions.

US 11611 – Perform the accounting functions for accounts payable (Level 4) 4 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to: analyse, classify, and record accounts payable transactions in an accounting system; and reconcile records of, and report accounts payable transactions.

US 11622 – Demonstrate knowledge of the nature of accounting and prepare financial statements for an entity (Level 4) 10 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to: explain the nature of accounting and accounting concepts; explain and classify transactions according to their effect on the expanded accounting equation; and prepare financial statements for an entity.

US 8084 – Audit quality management systems for compliance with quality standards (Level 6) 14 credits (WP)

People credited with this unit standard are able to: prepare to carry out a quality audit; carry out technical aspects of a quality audit; carry out interpersonal aspects of a quality audit; report on a quality audit; and verify corrective actions.

r Requires workplace access for assessment purposes. Learners must either by employed at, or have access to, an organisation or small business that will allow for the audit of a quality process.

US 8076 – Promote the participation of management and staff in quality initiatives (Level 5) 4 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify and prioritise the quality initiatives to be promoted; select promotion strategies; implement promotion strategies; and review and monitor the promotion of initiatives. This unit standard is applicable to people in organisations who promote and facilitate improvements in quality management activities. The skills contained in this unit standard can be applied in a wide range of contexts, from strategic to specialised activities. 

US 25940 – Demonstrate and apply knowledge of management accounting concepts (Level 5) 12 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to: explain the role of management accounting; explain and apply the processes for controlling and allocating costs; prepare a variance report for a standard costing system; and apply short-term decision-making techniques in management accounting.

r This unit standard must be completed concurrently with US 27643.

US 27643 – Apply spreadsheet features to present data to meet a brief (Level 4) 6 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to apply spreadsheet features to present data to meet a brief.

Application Criteria:  You will need Microsoft Excel software and basic Excel skills. You may also need to purchase an Excel reference text of your own choosing.

r This unit standard must be completed concurrently with US 25940. 

US 26254 - Identify and assess impacts on international marketing opportunities for a New Zealand product or service (Level 5) 10 credits

This unit standard is for people who need, or seek to conduct or provide, advice for marketing activites on an international basis, and require an understanding of the global business environment as it relates to international marketing. People credited with this unit standard are, for a New Zealand product or service, able to: identify and assess political, economic, sociocultural, and technological factors in markets that imapct on international marketing opportunities; identify and assess geographic and demographic characteristics in markets that impact on international marketing opportunities; and assess the viability of international markets.

US 25212 - Apply scope controls to a project (Level 4_ 5 credits

A project team member usually performs the functions required by this unit standard under direction of the project manager and working with other project team members. People credited with this unit standard are able to contribute to scope definition for a project, and apply project scope controls to a project.

r Requires access to a business that is looking at marketing a product overseas to work with as a project.

 

Career Opportunities

Graduates will have successfully demonstrated the required attributes and ability to carry out specific roles within business.

 

Students can continue their studies further by enrolling into the National Diploma in Business (Level 6) or the Bachelor of Commerce (on site).

Enrolment Information

SUGGESTED STUDY PATH/COMBINATIONS

 

Part time (2 years to complete)

Full time (1 year to complete)

First intake of study:

US9691
US21336
US9685

US9732
US8078

US9691
US21336
US9685
US9732
US8078

US19025
US19020
US25695
US8498

Second intake of study: 

US19025
US19020
US25695
US8498

US2931
US2950
US1991

and

US6410
US6407

Option 1

US25940
US27643

or

 

US8076
US8084

Option 2

US25940
US27643

or

 

US26254
US25212

Option 3

US11622
US11610
US11611

 

US8076
US8084

Third intake of study: 

US2931
US2950
US1991

US6410
US6407

 

Fourth intake of study: 

Option 1

US25940
US27643

or

 

US8076
US8084

 

Option 2

US25940
US27643

or

 

US26254
US25212

Option 3

US11622
US11610
US11611

 

US8076
US8084

CROSS CREDITS

Students who have previously completed any of the above units at another learning institution can apply to have the unit(s) cross credited to their record of learning at SIT.  This is done by filling in a cross credit application form and attaching proof of achievement. The cross credit application form is available on MySIT or from the Programme Administrator on 0800 748 257 ext. 3337.

Assessments

Assessments for this programme typically include essays, analytical business reports, question and answer assessments and practical assessments based on actual workplace experience. There are no exams for this programme.

Fees

The Zero Fees Scheme applies to this course, so there are no tuition fees as long as you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident (residing in NZ), BUT there is a student direct material cost of $$6.50 per credit of study undertaken, plus a non-refundable administration fee of $50.00 for each application processed, and the required textbook/s listed below.  You must maintain satisfactory academic progress to retain your Zero Fees Scheme entitlement.

 

Enrolment category

Zero Fees Scheme – applies to NZ citizens and permanent residents (residing in NZ)

International Students

2014 Cost (NZ$)

$6.50 per credit ($97.50 per paper + admin fee $50.00 per application = $830.00 for 120 credit course) - includes GST

$100.00 per credit (+GST for those living in NZ – no GST for those living offshore)

 

Fees must be paid by the due date shown on the invoice.

 

All SIT2LRN courses are approved by Studylink.  Any queries regarding Studylink allowances, loans, and terms and conditions should be made directly to Studylink on 0800 88 99 00 or www.studylink.govt.nz.

Textbooks

Please check the textbook list to see if you need a textbook for the unit(s) that you are applying for. The list is available here:

http://www.sit.ac.nz/documents/pdf/textbooklist.pdf

Additional Information

All SIT2LRN courses require you to have a computer and internet access. Students are required to use their SIT webmail only for all SIT2LRN communications. All course materials and information, including assessments and due dates, are located on the online Blackboard system. Once you have been accepted into a programme you will receive a Welcome Kit that includes information that you can use to familiarise yourself with our online Blackboard learning environment. From the intake start date you will have access to the online course materials to work through.

 

Facilitator Assistance:  During the enrolled intake period, students have email access to Facilitators, who endeavour to respond to emails within 48 hours (week days only).  All students are required, within the first two weeks of an intake, to send an email to their Facilitator confirming their start on the programme of study.  Students who have not emailed their facilitator or embarked upon their course of study by the end of the 2nd week of an intake, will be Faculty Withdrawn from the programme.  Such withdrawals may impact on future access to SIT Zero Fees Scheme and Student Direct Material Costs are still liable for payment.

 

We recommend students new to SIT2LRN read through the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section of our website at http://www.sit.ac.nz/pages/FAQs for further study and enrolment information.

As a guideline, one credit equates to approximately 10 hours study within an intake period.  Click HERE to download a Study Load Calculator (spreadsheet).

All papers selected within a particular intake must be completed within that intake unless a transfer is requested (conditions apply; see FAQs).

Application forms are filled out on a year by year basis and students are welcome to apply for multiple intakes on the one application form.  Further enrolment is the responsibility of individual students.  There is no automatic enrolment rollover.

Application Criteria

School Leavers:

  • All applicants should demonstrate a keen interest in business management and have academic attributes which demonstrate that applicants have a reasonable likelihood of successful completion of the programme;
  • A minimum of 18 years of age, with a minimum of 4 years secondary education. 
  • School leavers should have attained a minimum of 12 NCEA credits at level 2 in each of 4 subjects). 

Mature Students:

  • The entry requirements noted above may be applicable. 
  • Open entry to applicants over 20 with appropriate experience and aptitude.
  • Admission may also be granted in special cases by the Programme Manager.
  • Relevant work experience and/or
  • Completion of National Certificate in Business Level 4

Additional Criteria:

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.  The full list is available on the SIT website.

 

Programme Level

IELTS test

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT)

University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations

NZCEL

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

The head of faculty will determine the maximum number of students permitted to enrol in this programme.  If there are more applicants than places available, students will be selected primarily on academic ability.

 

All enrolments in the National Diploma in Business programme are at the discretion of the programme manager hin consultation with the head of faculty as required.

Satisfactory Completion

For students to be considered to have satisfactorily completed the programme and be eligible for the award of the qualification 'National Diploma in Business Level 5' they must have completed all scheduled course work requirements and assessments, successfully completed assessment requirements for all unit standards, and achieved 120 credits as specified in the programme schedule.

 

The National Diploma will be awarded directly by NZQA on attainment of 120 credits as specified and upon verification of the graduate's NZQA official record of learning.




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