Certificate in Business

Qualification Certificate in Business
Level 4

February and July


19 weeks full time, part time study is also available

Location Invercargill

Course Outline

Get your teeth into the business world with this 17 week course that introduces you to a selection of business topics. In a casual and welcoming classroom become familiar with a selection of basic functions of a business in a way that suits you.

This is an ideal programme if you are preparing to enter/re-enter the workforce, seeking new employment opportunities or thinking of starting your own business.  It also prepares you for further study towards more advanced business qualifications such as New Zealand Diploma in Business. Each programme comprises six or more papers when studying full time.

Course Content

Six or more of the following papers:


NZIM801 Employment Relations

Introduction and framework of employment relations in New Zealand, the roles of the parties, the contract of employment, formation of the contract, interpreting and enforcing the contract, personal grievances, equity issues, work organisation and industrial democracy.


NZIM802 Introduction to Marketing

Introduction to marketing concepts, environmental factors affecting marketing decisions, the nature of the marketing process, the marketing mix, the product, requirements of a marketing plan and preparation of a plan.


NZIM803 Human Resources/People at Work

The nature of work, work environments, relationships and structures, processes for allocating work, motivators, organisational change, personal health and safety.


NZIM805 Introduction to Management

Definition of management roles, principles of management theory, characteristics of effective managers, five management functions, planning function, organising function, leadership function, control function.


NZIM806 Applied Economics

Economic concepts and terminology, economic decision making, interaction between sectors of the economy, supply and demand, money in an economy, savings and investment, international trade, current economic issues.


NZIM807 Introduction to Financial Services

Ways of obtaining income, banking processes and products, ways of investing, insurance, taxation, budgeting and financial planning, consumer rights, developing a financial plan.


NZIM808 Introduction to Accounting

Accounting terms and concepts, the accounting environment and accounting systems, introduction to financial accounting, basic records, the accounting equation, revenue statements and balance sheets, interpretation of financial statements, developing budgets for non-complex situations.


NZIM809 Human Resource II: Personnel Practice

Human resource management functions and procedures, styles and skills, planning functions, staffing functions, performance management functions, development functions, reward functions and analysing effectiveness.


NZIM810 Introduction to Law

Legal terms and concepts, functions of parliament, government and legal agencies, personal and workplace responsibilities, legal entities, legal contracts, courses of action relating to specific issues, Treaty of Waitangi.


NZIM811 Introduction to Computing

Structure and function of computer systems, file management and networking functions, word processing software functions, databases, spreadsheet, use of email and internet.


NZIM812 Workplace Communications

Communication in personal and workplace situations, appropriate forms of communication, variety of verbal and non verbal techniques, appropriate formats and protocols, communication strategies.


NZIM815 Quality Management

Quality terminology, principles, concepts, typical element of a quality culture, components of a quality management system, features of major quality management systems: ISO, QAC, TQM, processes for quality management and improvement.


NZIM817 Information Systems

Information needs of workplace, nature and uses of information systems, networking components, integrity of data, maintenance and planning a system.


NZIM819 Problem Solving and Decision Making

Range of tools for problem solving and decision making, including decision grid, decision tree, force field analysis, mind mapping, sociometric exercises, brainstorming.


NZIM822 Managing Small Projects

Defining and scoping the project, planning processes, task analysis, resourcing and budgeting, risk management, implementation and review.


NZIM836 Enterprise Research Project

Forming work teams, defining goals, defining operating procedures, identifying product, developing a business plan, developing a marketing plan, self assessment, accounting, putting plans into practice, winding up the enterprise, reporting on progress, evaluating performance.

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Course Timetable

For information regarding the 2014 timetable, please email info@sit.ac.nz

Career Opportunities

Suitable for people working in or aspiring to work in frontline management positions or developing their own business ideas.

Application Criteria

All applicants should demonstrate a keen interest in business and have academic attributes which demonstrate that applicants have a reasonable likelihood of successful completion of the programme.

Satisfactory Completion

For students to be considered to have satisfactorily completed this programme, and be eligible for award of the qualification Certificate in Business they must have: Attended for not less than 80% of the timetabled class hours and other scheduled learning activities relating to the programme. Completed all scheduled course work requirements and assessments. Successfully completed assessment requirements for all NZIM papers, and achieved a total of 60 credits.


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