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Graduate Diploma in Professional Coaching - SIT2LRN Distance Learning

Qualification: Graduate Diploma
Level: 7
Dates:

2020 Intake 4: 03 August to 27 November - Applications Close 13 July 2020

Duration:
One year full-time
Up to five years part-time
Intakes are 17 weeks long

One year full-time
Up to five years part-time
Intakes are 17 weeks long

Location: SIT2LRN Distance Learning
Credits: 120

The aim of the Graduate Diploma in Professional Coaching is to provide students who already have a degree, or extensive applicable experience, with advanced theoretical and applied knowledge in a specialised field, which can be used in professional practice or further advanced study in this area.

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

Students who have completed a Graduate Diploma in Professional Coaching will be able to critically analyse strategic issues facing the emerging profession of professional coaching and its role in various contemporary environments. They will have advanced knowledge of the standards of professional coaching ethics to enable the development of the professional coaching and effective management relationship. They will solve problems, both independently and as part of a team.

Compulsory Papers                              

MGT230 Role of Professional Coaching

Students in this paper will explore the origins of professional coaching and its role in today’s environment. The paper will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to build a portfolio of core coaching competencies and explore the emerging profession of professional coaching, including applicability to real life situations; characteristics, outcomes and benefits for a coachee; and the professional standards and code of conduct included in professional coaching ethics.

Upon successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: compare and contrast portfolios of coaching competencies in relation to primary coaching areas and outcomes for application  in workplaces and relevant environments; evaluate potential clients’ coachability indices, including consideration of mentor-coaching benefits; and critically assess the ethical framework of coaching and potential ethical conflicts.

MGT301 Business Ethics

This paper aims to provide participants with an understanding of ethical reasoning. Participants will learn to identify ethical issues and evaluate ethical theories as they are applied to various contexts with a particular emphasis on business.
On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: critically assess key ethical theories and principles; examine and research ethical issues; critically evaluate and apply a variety of ethical theories and principles to ethical problems; critically assess ethical theories and principles and their use in business and formulate strategies to assist businesses with ethical conduct.
MGT302 Contemporary Issues
This paper provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate an advanced knowledge and understanding of various marketing / management / accounting theories and practices applicable to profit and/or non-profit organisations, which reflect the key contemporary issues faced by organisations. Students will be able to identify, consolidate and evaluate strategic issues studied in earlier parts of the degree and within the current business environment.
On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: examine and critique contemporary issues relating to organisations and demonstrate familiarity with relevant published works; critically reflect on identified contemporary issues facing a specific organisation, including assessing the relevance and potential impacts; analyse information needs and recommend appropriate data gathering processes to aid organisational decision-making and planning, for an identified contemporary issue facing a chosen organisation and determine the research area for either their dissertation or advanced research project.
MGT309 Relationships, Influence and Leadership
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 the theory/ies behind influence in the corporate and governmental sense; examine their role in a sphere of influence; critique tactics for effective influence; critically analyse and justify own leadership style for further development; critically evaluate interactions between different agencies and sectors and research and apply appropriate influential arguments in a given situation.
Choose either 310 OR 320               
MGT310 Management Dissertation
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 professional coaching 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 professional coaching 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.
Assessments
Introduction and Literature Review
Final Research Report
Research Poster
Oral defence (via Skype)
Reflective Journal
Total Word Count
Approximately 12,000 words
MGT320 Internship
This paper provides students with an opportunity to become familiar with the micro and macro operating environments of an organization and to apply the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the course of their degree study.  Using knowledge and skills gained in the papers, students will be enabled to present a development/problem-solving proposal in an area relevant to the internship organization. Students will also gain reflective skills through the reflection on the internship and how their personal and professional managerial skills have developed and broadened.
On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to, critically evaluate an organisation’s corporate direction, main activities, and identify and evaluate the internal environment of the internship organisation, evaluate the organisation’s operating environment and the role of the internship organisation within the industry, assess and rationalise to all stakeholders significant issues confronting the internship organisation, specifically an aspect of concern or interest to the organisation’s operation or management, conduct and critically evaluate primary research regarding the specific aspect to be stated, distinguish between critical and non-critical factors impacting on the problem/development, evaluate information and make recommendations for specific development/problem, consider and assess issues for implementing recommendations, critically assess the dilemmas, challenges and problems faced, and how these issues were resolved during the internship, critically evaluate how the knowledge and skills acquired during the degree programme were adapted into practical situations.
You are expected to:
Identify and Investigate a current management issue within your internship organisation
Approach
Find an internship placement (this can be in your existing workplace) 
Collect both primary and secondary information to investigate a significant management issue within the organisation 
Make recommendations based on the findings and present a development/problem solving proposal 
Present the reflections and evaluations of the internship project and answer relevant questions raised.
Assessments
Introductory Report (based on the organisation)
Proposal Report including Negotiation Evidence
Research and Strategy Report
Journal
Presentation (via Skype)
Total Word Count
Approximately 12,000 words

This paper aims to provide participants with an understanding of ethical reasoning. Participants will learn to identify ethical issues and evaluate ethical theories as they are applied to various contexts with a particular emphasis on business.
On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: critically assess key ethical theories and principles; examine and research ethical issues; critically evaluate and apply a variety of ethical theories and principles to ethical problems; critically assess ethical theories and principles and their use in business and formulate strategies to assist businesses with ethical conduct.

MGT302 Contemporary Issues

This paper provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate an advanced knowledge and understanding of various marketing / management / accounting theories and practices applicable to profit and/or non-profit organisations, which reflect the key contemporary issues faced by organisations. Students will be able to identify, consolidate and evaluate strategic issues studied in earlier parts of the degree and within the current business environment.
On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: examine and critique contemporary issues relating to organisations and demonstrate familiarity with relevant published works; critically reflect on identified contemporary issues facing a specific organisation, including assessing the relevance and potential impacts; analyse information needs and recommend appropriate data gathering processes to aid organisational decision-making and planning, for an identified contemporary issue facing a chosen organisation and determine the research area for either their dissertation or advanced research project.


MGT309 Relationships, Influence and Leadership

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 the theory/ies behind influence in the corporate and governmental sense; examine their role in a sphere of influence; critique tactics for effective influence; critically analyse and justify own leadership style for further development; critically evaluate interactions between different agencies and sectors and research and apply appropriate influential arguments in a given situation.


Choose either 310 OR 320               
MGT310 Management Dissertation

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 professional coaching 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 professional coaching 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 workUndertake an oral defence presenting key points from your research report and answer relevant questions raised.Assessments
Introduction and Literature ReviewFinal Research ReportResearch PosterOral defence (via Skype)Reflective JournalTotal Word CountApproximately 12,000 words

MGT320 Internship

This paper provides students with an opportunity to become familiar with the micro and macro operating environments of an organization and to apply the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the course of their degree study.  Using knowledge and skills gained in the papers, students will be enabled to present a development/problem-solving proposal in an area relevant to the internship organization. Students will also gain reflective skills through the reflection on the internship and how their personal and professional managerial skills have developed and broadened.
On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to, critically evaluate an organisation’s corporate direction, main activities, and identify and evaluate the internal environment of the internship organisation, evaluate the organisation’s operating environment and the role of the internship organisation within the industry, assess and rationalise to all stakeholders significant issues confronting the internship organisation, specifically an aspect of concern or interest to the organisation’s operation or management, conduct and critically evaluate primary research regarding the specific aspect to be stated, distinguish between critical and non-critical factors impacting on the problem/development, evaluate information and make recommendations for specific development/problem, consider and assess issues for implementing recommendations, critically assess the dilemmas, challenges and problems faced, and how these issues were resolved during the internship, critically evaluate how the knowledge and skills acquired during the degree programme were adapted into practical situations.
You are expected to:Identify and Investigate a current management issue within your internship organisation
Approach
Find an internship placement (this can be in your existing workplace) Collect both primary and secondary information to investigate a significant management issue within the organisation Make recommendations based on the findings and present a development/problem solving proposal Present the reflections and evaluations of the internship project and answer relevant questions raised.Assessments
Introductory Report (based on the organisation)Proposal Report including Negotiation EvidenceResearch and Strategy ReportJournalPresentation (via Skype)Total Word CountApproximately 12,000 words

Students must complete two of the following four papers:                           

MGT231 Professional Coaching Relationships and Environment

This paper provides students with the skills and knowledge to develop a professional coaching relationship, in differing environments and utilising differing styles, in a project-based setting through the focus of a business enterprise opportunity or existing business enterprise.

Upon successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: analyse key aspects of coach coachee relationships in contexts of professional coaching psychological contracts recognising the dynamics of professional coaching relationships with different partners; evaluate professional coaching styles in order to assess own preferred style and manage the creation of professional coaching environments and provision; as well as prepare, execute, and evaluate professional coaching projects to develop professional coaching models that can accommodate differing topics in differing workplace environments.

MGT232 Professional Coaching Tools

This paper provides students with the skills and knowledge to develop the suite of tools and techniques necessary to undertake professional coaching and enable the creation of a portfolio for use in a professional coaching environment.

Upon successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: critically assess and evaluate different professional coaching tools and related applications for use in professional coaching environments; review professional coaching techniques to enable portfolio utilisation in workplace and professional environments; and develop own vision, mission, values and strategy for a professional coaching business.

MGT233 Life and Career Coaching

This paper provides students with the advanced knowledge of professional standards of professional coaching ethics to enable the development of the professional coaching and effective management relationship and the exploration of the difference between career counselling and career coaching.

Upon successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: evaluate relationships between professional coaching and effective management structures in workplaces; critically compare and contrast differences between career coaching and career counselling for application in workplaces; and develop own action plan for career coaching case study.

MGT234 Executive and SME Coaching

This paper provides students with the knowledge and skills to undertake transactional and transformational professional coaching in a corporate environment, together with an understanding of key professional coaching areas of relevance to SME business owners and professionals.

Upon successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: assess potential challenges and identify solutions for  applying transactional and transformational coaching models in corporate organisations; critically assess professional coaching issues for application with SME business owners and skilled professionals, including work/life balance characteristics; and Provide professional coaching for differing stages of SME business development (from start-up to exit).

 

The Zero Fees Scheme applies to this course, so there are no tuition fees as long as you are a New Zealand citizen, resident/permanent resident (residing in NZ), BUT there is a student direct material cost per credit of study undertaken, plus a non-refundable administration cost 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.

Zero Fees Scheme – applies to NZ citizens and residents/permanent residents (residing in NZ). 2019 Cost (NZ$) $7.50 per credit + admin cost $50.00 per application (e.g. $750.00 for 100 credit course) - includes GST

International Students $100.00 per credit

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

Withdrawals & Transfers

  • Early withdrawals within the first week of the intake starting are entitled to a full refund of the Student Direct Material Costs but not the non-refundable administration cost of $50.
  • Withdrawals have to be requested within 75% of the intake, withdrawals after the early withdrawal date are not eligible for a refund.
  • Transfer requests have to be within the first two weeks of the intake starting and will incur a $50 transfer cost. Transfers can only occur to a subsequence intake within the same calendar year.

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.

Students who have completed a Graduate Diploma in Professional Coaching will be able to critically analyse strategic issues facing the emerging profession of professional coaching and its role in various contemporary environments. They will have advanced knowledge of the standards of professional coaching ethics to enable the development of the professional coaching and effective management relationship. They will solve problems, both independently and as part of a team.

Applicants must have obtained at least an undergraduate degree in any discipline.

Mature Applicants
Applicants must supply 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 programme.

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 the Diploma in Project Management (Level 6), Diploma in Hotel and Tourism (Level 6) or the National Diploma in Business (Level 6) through SIT2LRN within the last five 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. 

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 an Important Information Booklet 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 2ndweek 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.

Progress reports are sent out 6-8 weeks after the end of each intake.

We recommend students new to SIT2LRN read through the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website for further study and enrolment information.

Please use the following checklist to ensure that all relevant information and documentation has been included. Remember, your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide us with.  Processing of your application will be delayed if we need to come back to you for missing information.

  • I have read all sections of the Programme Information on this page
  • I have read the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions section
  • I have met all admission criteria for the programme (found under Application Criteria)
  • I have met all the criteria for individual papers (found under Course Content).
  • I have selected the paper(s) I wish to study
  • I have selected intake(s) (I have selected alternate intakes rather than overlapping intakes)
  • I know my intended payment method
  • If my organisation/company is paying for my studies, I have a completed and approved purchase order to attach to my online application.  I am aware that should my organisation or company not pay my fees, these will become my responsibility.
  • New students – I have provided an active NSN in the name I am enrolling in or I have verified ID and will attach it to my online application.
  • New students – I will attach academic documentation (NZQA record of achievement/academic transcripts/certificates).  These do not need to be verified. (If you do not have any academic documentation to support your application, please attach a comprehensive CV outlining your education and work experience).
  • I have access to a workplace or organisation to assess Health and Safety systems, processes and procedure for MGT222
  • I have computer access,  an Internet connection and access to software to create electronic documents e.g. Microsoft Word or Open Office

What is the Zero Fees Scheme?

The Zero Fees Scheme means we do not charge tuition fees. However, there is a Student Direct Material Cost that you need to pay and a non-refundable administration fee. The administration fee is for processing your application and the Student Direct Material Cost gives you secure access to Blackboard® our online learning environment and to student support services throughout your study with us.

Who qualifies for the Zero Fees Scheme?

  • A New Zealand citizen completing the full qualification or 
  • An Australian citizen/New Zealand Resident or Permanent Resident who will be residing in New Zealand for the duration of your enrolment.

Instructions to help you with your application:

  1. Read the Programme Information on this page and the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions and find out if you meet the application criteria for both the programme and the unit/s you wish to study.
  2. Check your eligibility for Zero Fees. If you are not eligible to study under this scheme, please call 
    0800 748 257 for further options.
  3. Complete your online enrolment checking that:

If you are a new student …

  • Provide an active NSN number in the name you are enrolling in (contact NZQA on 0800 697 296 to get your NSN number if you do not know it);
  • If you do not have an active NSN, then attach a copy of your verified ID in the name you are enrolling in.
  • If you are a Resident or Permanent resident of NZ, please provide a copy of proof of residency;
  • Attach all academic documentation to support your application including copies of any certificates of courses you have undertaken / NZQA record of achievement / transcripts / CV;

Attach supporting documents as required and outlined on the previous page.

  1. Please check that you have included all the required information and supporting documents.  Your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide.  Missing information will delay the processing of your application.
  2. Please scan and email all additional documentation to sit2lrn@sit.ac.nz.

What happens next?

  • You will receive an automatic email confirmation when we receive your online application. Processing may take up to three weeks. However, we will get in touch with you sooner if we require further documentation.
  • Once your application has been accepted you will be sent a conditional offer of acceptance with an invoice and instructions on how to make payment.
  • Once we have received your payment (or if you have opted to pay by Credit Card, Student Loan or Purchase Order) you will be sent an Enrolment Confirmation Letter and Important Information Booklet. Closer to the start of the intake you will receive a Time To Get Started Letter which will give you all the necessary information, tools and guidance to start your study with us.

In order to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Professional Coaching, students will have been credited with all required papers and electives as specified in the schedule of papers. The total credit value of the Graduate Diploma in Professional Coaching is 120 credits.

 

Please note: Students failing to engage in study as per programme requirements may forfeit Zero Fees entitlement.

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

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

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