Bachelor of Information Technology - Invercargill

Qualification: Degree
Level: 7

2021 Semester 1: 15 February to 02 July

2021 Semester 2: 19 July to 12 November


Three years full-time

Part time study is also available

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 360

Explore progressive, cutting edge technologies and complete projects for real industry clients, solving real problems and creating real solutions.

With a Bachelor in Information Technology from SIT, you can specialise in:

  • Management
  • Databases
  • Programming
  • Web applications
  • Technical computing (networks and systems administration).  

This course is designed to prepare graduates for a comprehensive and broadly based range of professional careers within the information technology field.

The curriculum addresses both theoretical and practical applications of computer technology within today's business environment. The first year provides a foundation of knowledge in software development and design fundamentals, operating systems, computer networks and programming. The second year builds on these with more advanced programming, databases, networking, web applications and managing computer projects.

The final year pulls it all together with topics in networking, databases, web applications, and a full year, full scale project.

Students are assigned their own state of the art computer for the duration of their studies. They are provided with leading edge tools that are presently being used to develop e-commerce and business solutions.



ITC 501 Information Technology Operations

ITC 502 Fundamentals of Programming and Problem Solving

ITC 503 Professional Practice

ITC 504 Enterprise

Elective: Four of the following papers may be chosen from the list below. Electives 1, 2 and 3 may be from any other programme with permission of the programme manager. Papers must be at a minimum level of Level 5

ITC 505 Introduction to Networks

ITC 506 Operating Systems

ITC 507 Technical Support

ITC 508 Database Administration

ITC 509 Web applications Implementation

IT511 Business Computing

ITC 513 Programming                



ITC 601 Project Management 

ITC 604 Systems Analysis and Design

Compulsory: One of the following papers to be chosen

IT606 Object Oriented Databases

ITC607 Data management

Elective: A minimum of three of the following "GEN' coded or "IT/ITC" coded Level 6 electives must be taken plus up to 30 credits at Level 5 or above from this or other programmes with permission of programme manager:

ITC605 Web Services and Design Methodologies

ITC606 Algorithms and Data Structures

IT607 Advanced Programming

IT608 Game Development I

IT611 Applied Computing

IT612 Applied Graphics

IT617 Mobile Application Development

IT 620 Routing and Switching                 



IT701 Project

Elective Options to the value of 120 credits

A minimum of three of the following Level 7 electives must be taken from "IT/ITC' coded courses plus 45 credits at level 5 or above from this or other programmes with permission of programme manager:    

IT610 Help Desk       

IT703 Database Design and Implementation

IT705 Human Computer Interaction

IT708 Information Systems in Management

IT709 Web Applications

IT710 Game Development ll

IT711 Advanced Networking

IT712 Professional Skills for Information Technology 

IT715 Embedded Systems

IT717 System Security

IT721 Software Engineering

IT722 Algorithims and Problem Solving

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

At the successful completion of this programme, students will have the required competencies to function successfully and effectively at entrance levels within the information technology sector. It is anticipated that graduates from the degree programme will be able to pursue professional careers in the following areas within the information technology industry:

Management: Entry level management/team leader in information systems development analysis, design and production of information systems to meet prescribed specifications and needs within an organisational context.

Database: Creation and support of database systems, analysis of processes and data flow leading to building effective database systems within an organisation's information system.

Technical: Information systems support selecting, configuring and supporting hardware, operating systems, networks, and software components of an organisation's information system.

Web Applications: Analysis, design and production of web interfaces and the back-end systems that support them.

Programming: Creating and supporting a variety of software applications.

School Leavers

University Entrance NCEA Level 3: Three subjects at Level 3 or above made up of the following:

  • 14 credits each, in three approved subjects
  • Literacy, 10 credits at Level 2 or above made up of Five credits in reading and five credits in writing
  • Numeracy, 10 credits at Level 1 or above made up of specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects or unit standards package of three numeracy unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627 - All three required


Mature Applicants
Applicants in this category will be the age of 20 by March 1 of the first year of enrolment in the programme, and have provided evidence of relevant prior learning and experience. For example, successful completion of a programme of study at Level 3 or above in a related discipline and/or employment in the IT related sector for two or more years.

Special Application

Applicants who have successfully completed courses from any equivalent level programmes may be admitted to the Bachelor of Information Technology programme through cross credit processes.

Applicants who have relevant experience in the information technology industry may seek admission to the Bachelor of Information Technology programme through a Recognition of Prior Learning process. Their experience will be taken into account for the purpose of admission. Where such applicants gain admission, credit may be given for experience relevant to the learning outcomes of particular modules.

Part time Admission

Applicants may apply for part time admission, providing they meet the above requirements.


English Language Requirements

Applicants, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved one of the following

NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or

an International Baccalaureate Diploma or Cambridge A- level qualification for which the teaching and assessment was conducted in English; or

Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA),or Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL);or

Successful completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand,,Australia,Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States one of the countries listed in Rule 18.5 where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of a Bachelor's Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters' Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States or

Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment

IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42
Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band

* New versions of some NZCEL qualifications, and in some cases new qualifications, were published on 13 June 2017. These are intended to replace pre-existing versions and qualifications, which have been given expiring status until discontinued on 31 December 2019. (a) denotes expiring (b) denotes current

Suggested Themes
There exists the opportunity to have a specialised theme in your degree. This will still require all compulsory courses and credit allocations, but have suggested elective courses.
Themes are based on student interests and the current employment opportunities obtained by previous students, including programming, web development, network administrators and teaching.
The most common of these themes are listed below along with the associated modules.

GEN100 Introduction to Academic Skills
IT601       Systems Analysis and Design
IT604       Project Management
IT708       Information Systems and Management
IT712       Professional Skills for Information Technology
Plus selected papers from SIT's Bachelor of Commerce.

IT501       Fundamentals of software development and design
IT601       Systems analysis and design
IT603       Data models and databases
IT606       Object oriented databases
IT703       Database design and implementation

CS101     Hardware for Computing
CS102      Computer Networks
IT705       Human Computer Interaction
IT711       Advanced Networking

Web Applications
Multimedia degree courses in design and interactive web pages:
IT502      Programming
IT506      Web and Graphic Design I
IT512      Fundamentals of Programming
IT609      Fundamentals of Web Development
IT612      Applied Graphics
IT705      Human Computer Interaction
IT709      Web Applications

IT502      Programming
IT512      Fundamentals of Programming
IT607      Advanced Programming
IT608       Game Development I
IT705       Human Computer Interaction

*Please note that not all elective options will be available in any one year.

Every candidate for the qualification of Bachelor of Information Technology is required to follow a programme of study for a minimum period of three years.

The overall programme of study for every candidate requires 360 credits for successful completion of the qualification.

In order to be awarded the Bachelor of Information Technology, the student will have been credited with all required papers and electives as specified in the programme schedule.

A student completing the Bachelor of Information Technology will normally be expected to complete the three-year programme (full-time equivalent) within 5 years.

Please note students failing to attend for 80% of timetabled programme hours may forfeit Zero Fees entitlement.

Most classes are held Monday to Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm at SIT's main Invercargill campus. Evening classes may be scheduled.