This programme will allow students to gain skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to working, or further training, in the technical computing sector. Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills to standards recognised by the industry sector as appropriate, and develop work habits and practice appropriate for further training and employment in the technical computing sector. For those interested in pursuing the Bachelor of Information Technology, the papers from the Certificate in Technical Computing can be incorporated into the Bachelor of Information Technology.
CS101 Hardware Skills
Provides students with:
- conceptual and practical knowledge sufficient to gain the A+ Hardware section of the A+ Certificate.
- conceptual and practical knowledge sufficient to gain the A+ Operating System Technologies section of the A+ Certificate.
- practical knowledge of computer hardware to be able to perform the break/fix activities of a technician.
CS102 Computer Networks
Provides students with conceptual and practical knowledge sufficient to gain the Network+ Certificate.
Students may choose 2 papers at level 5 or above from either the Bachelor of Information Technology, Bachelor of Digital Media or Bachelor of Commerce with the approval of the programme manager.
Graduates will manage, maintain, troubleshoot, operate and configure basic computer infrastructure. They will provide technical repair services to computers, establish networks and construct and test the operations of LAN services.
Past students have obtained jobs in the following areas:
- Network engineering assistants
- Hardware sales, construction and troubleshooting
- Helpdesk work
- Retail sales and service
All applicants should demonstrate a keen interest in technical aspects of computing and have academic or work based attributes which demonstrate that they have a reasonable likelihood of successful completion of the programme.
School leavers should hold 12 credits in each of four NCEA level 2 subjects.
Alternatively a student should have attained a minimum of 75% of available credits in a level 3 computing programme such as Certificate in Computing or have completed a suitable level 2 qualification.
Applicants whose first language is not English or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence of having successfully completed English instruction to a level deemed appropriate by the Head of Faculty. Evidence may include official transcripts and or recognised English test results such as IELTS and TOEFL.
For students to be considered to have satisfactorily completed this programme, and be eligible for award of the qualification Certificate in Technical Computing 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 local modules, and achieved a total of 60 credits.