Graduate Diploma in Applied Management
Graduate Diploma in Applied Management

Graduate Diploma in Applied Management

Graduate Diploma in Applied Management

If you are a working professional and want to move up to a leadership and management role, study the Graduate Diploma in Applied Management to help your career progression. You’ll learn strategic, analytical and problem-solving business skills with a focus on management.

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Key Details
Invercargill
Qualification:
Graduate Diploma
Level:
7
Credits:
120
Duration:

One year full-time

Up to five years part-time

Study Modes:
On Campus
Dates:

2021 Semester 1: 15 February to 02 July

2021 Semester 2: 19 July to 19 November

Fees:

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • No Tuition Fees
  • Direct Material Costs:$915.00

International Fees can be found here. 

The aim of the Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management is to provide students who already have a degree, or extensive applicable experience, with advanced theoretical and applied knowledge in Human Resource (HR) Management.

The programme offers a blend of theoretical and practical learning, with an emphasis on applied knowledge and skill. High importance is placed on the development of soft skills for management (such as communication, presentation, interpersonal and problem solving skills) in addition to the development of specific business knowledge.

You will learn:

  • Problem solving, both independently and as part of a team, 
  • Employment relations
  • Organisational behaviour and change management
  • Business Ethics
  • To develop and critically evaluate HR policy in areas such as recruiting, organisational departmental planning, performance management and employment compliance.

You will also get hands on experience or undertake a research project. Elective papers are available in contemporary topics such as change management, health and safety and employee relations.

Some papers are only available on selected intakes - see below for details.

MGT215 Organisational Behaviour (15 credits)

This paper provides students with a strong background and understanding of organisational and motivational theories and the application of these in the development of internal and external environmental analyses for an organisation.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  • Analyse the behaviour of individuals and groups in organisations in terms of key factors that influence organisational behaviour.
  • Assess the potential effects of organisational-level factors on organisational behaviour.
  • Critically evaluate the potential effects of important developments in the external environment on organisational behaviour.
  • Analyse organisational behavioural issues in the context of organisational behaviour theories, models and concepts.

MGT219 Change Management (15 credits)

This paper provides students with an understanding of change management and the managing of the change process within an organisational context, supported by an understanding of leadership theory and solvency analysis in relation to management in organisations.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  • Debate current schools of thought that contribute to change management in organisations.
  • Examine methods for managing the change process in an organisation.
  • Analyse the relationship of leadership theory in organizational management.
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of organisational change theory in a business environment.

MGT702 Research Methodology (15 credits)

This paper will introduce students to the skills required to complete a research project.  It will cover advanced research skills, various methodologies available to gather and present primary and secondary information and data, and it will take students through the literature review process.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  • Select a suitable topic on which to base a research project, or similar piece of written work, and identify any possible ethical issues.
  • Source and critically analyse suitable secondary research from a variety of sources both online and in hard copy and select a methodology for gathering primary data.
  • Understand the requirements of a ‘literature review’ and how to construct this using an appropriate referencing style.
  • Write a proposal to complete a research project, or similar, outlining how all the key elements will be met within a specified timeframe.

MGT303 Strategic Management (15 credits)

This paper provides students with an insight into how to think strategically in order to gain strategic advantage and to add value to an organisation.  Students apply strategic management principles to simulated and actual business situations to develop their critical thinking skills.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate theories that have influenced approaches to strategic management.
  • Analyse an organisation’s internal and external environment.
  • Critically evaluate strategic options for specific organisations.
  • Assess factors that influence the effectiveness of strategy implementation and evaluate strategic performance of organisations.

MGT309 Relationships, Influence and Leadership (15 credits)

 

Analyse and evaluate a range of perspectives on leadership relevant to different
management levels within organisational and situational contexts
leadership
Discuss and demonstrate their understanding of the influence of a range of factors on
Apply leadership contemporary knowledge and skills to the management of change
Critically evaluate their current leadership abilities, strengths and weaknesses, and create their own leadership development plan

 

Analyse and evaluate a range of perspectives on leadership relevant to differentmanagement levels within organisational and situational contextsleadershipDiscuss and demonstrate their understanding of the influence of a range of factors onApply leadership contemporary knowledge and skills to the management of changeCritically evaluate their current leadership abilities, strengths and weaknesses, and create their own leadership development plan.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  • Analyse and evaluate a range of perspectives on leadership relevant to different
  • management levels within organisational and situational contexts
  • leadership
  • Discuss and demonstrate their understanding of the influence of a range of factors
  • Apply leadership contemporary knowledge and skills to the management of change
  • Critically evaluate their current leadership abilities, strengths and weaknesses, and create their own leadership development plan

MGT312 Advanced Human Resource Management (15 credits)

Students will be able to recognise and maximise their role in influencing decision makers and understand how to use influential tactics; they will understand some of the theories attached to influencing decision-making and know when to apply these to situations; leadership and its qualities as opposed to management, will be examined as will the relationship between leaders and those who seek to influence them.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  • Analyse and evaluate a range of perspectives on leadership relevant to different
  • management levels within organisational and situational contexts
  • leadership
  • Discuss and demonstrate their understanding of the influence of a range of factors on
  • Apply leadership contemporary knowledge and skills to the management of change
  • Critically evaluate their current leadership abilities, strengths and weaknesses, and create their own leadership development plan

MGT310 Management Research Project (30 credits)

This paper provides students with an opportunity to conduct advanced research into an aspect of management theory or practice by integrating the body of knowledge learnt in management papers.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to select a current management issue or applied management problem and formulate an appropriate research objective and research question, plan, organise and implement a research project, select and apply appropriate research methodologies, collect, analyse and interpret research data, write a research report to a professional standard, make an oral presentation of the management-related research project and answer relevant questions raised.

You are expected to:

Identify and investigate a current management issue based on personal interest, benefit to an organisation, popular topic or a gap in research you have identified

Approach

  • Select a current management issue or applied management problem and formulate an appropriate research objective and research question.
  • Select and apply appropriate research methodologies.
  • Collect, analyse and interpret research data.
  • Write a research report to a professional standard.
  • Make a research poster to present your research work
  • Undertake an oral defence presenting key points from your research report and answer relevant questions raised.

Total Word Count: Approximately 12,000 words

Students who have completed a Graduate Diploma in Applied Management will gain employment in organisations where they will critically analyse strategic issues, develop and implement appropriate policies in the areas of operations and general management, and understand costing and financial management processes.  They will solve problems, both independently, and as part of a team.

Applicants must have obtained at least an undergraduate degree in any discipline, or be a mature student aged at least 20 years and supply evidence of at least three years relevant work experience.  Each mature applicant must provide their curriculum vitae detailing any relevant work experience and academic achievements.  The Programme Manager will use this information to assess whether the applicant is likely to successfully complete the Graduate Diploma.

Meeting the application criteria does not guarantee acceptance into the programme.

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

Level 6 papers must be completed before, or at the same time as, Level 7 papers unless approved by the programme manager. Papers at the same level may be studied in any order

Full time study

Full time study is completing 60 credits per intake. Students studying full time will complete the Graduate Diploma within two intakes (one year)

Full time acceptance into the programme is at the Programme Manager’s discretion.

Part time study

The number of credits selected per intake will depend on work, family, and other commitments. The recommended maximum number of credits per intake, compared to working hours, are:

  • Working 37+ hours per week = enrol in a maximum of 30 credits per intake
  • Working 20 – 37 hours per week = enrol in a maximum of 45 credits per intake
  • Working fewer than 20 hours per week = enrol in a maximum of 60 credits per intake (full time study).

Cross Credit

If you have completed and passed the National Diploma in Business (Level 6) through SIT2LRN within the last 5 years, you may be able to have some of your study credited towards this programme.

Please contact SIT2LRN to discuss or download the cross credit application form. http://www.sit.ac.nz/Students/Academic-Support

Additional 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).
  • Online enrolments are on a year by year basis and students are welcome to apply for multiple intakes in one enrolment.  Further enrolment is the responsibility of individual students.  There is no automatic enrolment rollover. 

For students to be considered to have satisfactorily completed this programme and be eligible for the awarding of the qualification Graduate Diploma in Applied Management, they must have completed all scheduled course work requirements and assessments, successfully completed assessment requirements for all papers, and achieved a total of 120 credits as specified in the programme schedule. The timeframe for completion of this programme is five years.

Assessments may include, but are not limited to: tests, assignments, case studies, presentations, reports, and final examinations.
Assessments for the Management Research Project and Internship papers may also include a research proposal, literature review, research report and presentation.

Assessments may include, but are not limited to: tests, assignments, case studies, presentations, reports, and final examinations.

Assessments for the Management Research Project and Internship papers may also include a research proposal, literature review, research report and presentation.

For more information on required and recommended textbooks for this course please refer to the textbook list here

Please note that textbooks need to be ordered at least 3-4 weeks prior to the commencement of your study

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