New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6) (Administration and Technology Strand) - SIT2LRN Distance Learning

Qualification: Diploma
Level: 6

2020 Intake 1: 10 February to 05 June - Applications Close 19 January 2020

2020 Intake 2: 30 March to 24 July - Applications Close 08 March 2020

2020 Intake 3: 15 June to 09 October - Applications Close 24 May 2020

2020 Intake 4: 03 August to 27 November - Applications Close 12 July 2020


One year full-time
Up to five years part-time
Intakes will be 17 weeks long.

Location: SIT2LRN Distance Learning
Credits: 120

This qualification provides learners with core technical knowledge, people, cognitive, affective, and business environment skills.

The programme is structured with five core compulsory papers, then three elective papers.

This allows students to specialise and gain technical knowledge and people skills relevant to their interest area.

Programme Structure


  • MGT200 Management Accounting and Finance
  • MGT201 Marketing Operations
  • MGT203 Operations Management
  • MGT205 Introduction to Strategic Management

Select one of the following:

  • MGT209 Managing Human Resources
  • MGT215 Organisational Behaviour

Administration and Technology Strand

  • MGT219 Change Management
  • MGT221 Strategic Planning
  • MGT224 Administration Systems II

Paper Descriptions

MGT200 Management Accounting and Finance (Level 6) 15 credits

  • Pre-requisites: MGT100

This paper provides an overview of objectives and limitations of analysis of financial statements and provides students with the knowledge and skills to report results of financial analysis, including calculating ratios to measure profitability, asset utilisation, management of working capital and will be able to apply this knowledge to both evaluating franchise proposals and in the area of scheduling and revising project costs as part of project planning.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: understand the business finance environment; apply capital budgeting practices and evaluate investment decisions; apply knowledge of working capital to effectively manage a business for a given situation; compare and contrast financing options for a given situation and make recommendations; discuss the principles of capital structure and cost of capital, and calculate the cost of capital; calculate, apply and evaluate different types of costs to various costing systems; apply management tools to assist in the planning and control of business operations and use management accounting information to assist decision-making in a given business situation.

MGT201 Marketing Operations (Level 6) 15 credits

  • Pre-requisites: MGT104

Students will consider marketing activities in the context of quality and customer service and in the setting of marketing strategies to enable marketing objectives to be met.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: examine the effect quality has in relation to specific marketing activities; examine the effect customer service has in relation to marketing activities; assess the influences of quality and customer service on marketing mix decisions; develop marketing objectives for a specific organization; prepare marketing strategies to achieve the objectives and formulate quality standards and customer service strategies for marketing operations.

MGT203 Operations Management (Level 6) 15 credits

This paper provides students with the knowledge and skills to undertake the management of small to medium business operations, including identifying and managing operational risks.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: assess location and layout of physical facilities for a small to medium business; plan and control production of goods and/or services of a small to medium business; assess staffing needs of a small to medium business; analyse merchandise management in a small to medium business environment; formulate and analyse marketing strategies relevant to a small to medium business; establish the context to be taken into account when managing risk for a small to medium business organization; assess risks in a small to medium business organisation; develop a framework for managing risk in a small to medium business organisation and compare options for the treatment of risks, prepare a risk treatment plan for a small to medium business organisation, and explain how the plan will be monitored, reviewed and updated.

MGT205 Introduction to Strategic Management (Level 6) 15 credits

This paper introduces the concepts of strategic management, focussing on the consideration of strategic management in the context of change processes and methods, and organisational objectives, planning and performance.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: analyse an organisation’s operational plans and objectives; review organisational performance against operational plans and objectives; analyse and assess performance and identify current strategic position; evaluate change processes and methods for implementation to assist an organisation in achieving its objectives and report on organisational performance in relationship to its organisational objectives.

MGT209 Managing Human Resources (Level 6) 15 credits

Building on the knowledge gained in MGT101 introduction to human resource management, students will explore the manager’s role in managing human resources and coordinating team activity. This paper will also enable students to develop an understanding of aspects of leadership, leadership style and methods for dealing with leadership problems.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: develop a human resource management plan for a specific organisation; outline the factors involved in performance management and critically examine strategies to review individual performance; analyse the factors that contribute to a positive work environment, including cultural aspects of human resource management; examine the importance of leadership style in managing people and dealing with problems in a team environment; consider various contemporary leadership concepts and how they can be implemented to manage teams effectively and evaluate the application of leadership concepts in business environments.


Administration and Technology Strand

MGT219 Change Management (Level 6) 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 and demonstrate and apply knowledge of the solvency test and its relationship to organisational change.

MGT221 Strategic Planning (Level 6) 15 credits

In this paper students will apply strategic planning techniques in order to envision a future for an organisation.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: apply the key elements of strategic planning to a specific organisational situation; strategically analyse a range of futures for an organisation; examine the influences, impacts, and consequences of each strategic vision and report on the development of the future envisioned for the organization with reference to organisational values, stakeholder’s interests, purpose and direction.

MGT221 Administration Systems II (Level 6) 15 credits

This paper provides students with an understanding of administrative systems and practices, including the management and implementation of systems and processes to enable the achievement of personal goals that align with an entity’s purpose.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to evaluate emerging business technologies in terms of meeting business needs and make recommendations, manage and co-ordinate the internal business administrative systems, processes, and technologies to support operational needs, evaluate and apply management techniques to manage change and provide leadership to enable people to achieve personal and entity goals in administration and/or technology contexts, to improve performance and productivity.

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 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$) $7.00 per credit + admin cost $50 per application (e.g. $700 for 100 credit course) - includes GST

International Students $100 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.

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Application by Academic Qualification
It is recommended that all applicants should complete the New Zealand Diploma in Business (with strands in Accounting, Administration and Technology, Leadership and Management, and Project Management) (Level 5) prior to application for this programme, alongside the following criteria:

School Leavers:
Applicants should be a minimum of 18 years of age, have completed a minimum of four years secondary education, and have attained a minimum of 12 NCEA credits at Level 2 in each of four approved subjects.

Applicants over 20 years:
Applicants over the age of 20 years will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a programme (e.g. Record of Learning or Curriculum Vitae). They may be admitted subject to programme regulations approved by the Head of Faculty in consultation with the Programme Manager as appropriate.  Personal commitment and a belief in one’s own ability to succeed are important personal traits and will always be taken into consideration during the selection process. 

Language Requirements
Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 percent, 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 passed an NZQA approved English Proficiency Assessment, or one of the following tests of English language competence in accordance with the NZQA rules below:

  • 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 of 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) – Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge English Examinations – FCE, or FCE for schools, or CAE, or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill
  • NZCEL – Level 4 with the Academic endorsement
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PtoE (Academic) score of 50
  • City & Guilds IESOL – B2 Communicator with a score of 66

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, 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 that they:

  1. Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements or
  2. Hold a bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America or
  3. Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA or
  4. Have achieved one of the English Language competence tests  specified  above

The head of faculty will determine the maximum number of students permitted to enrol in the diploma programme.

All enrolments in the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 6) are approved at the discretion of the programme manager in consultation with the head of faculty and teaching staff, as required.

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 6), and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

  • A minimum of 120 credits in accordance with the programme schedule for the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 6).
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 6) full-time over one year or part-time over a maximum of five years.

Please Note: Students failing to engage in study as per programme requirements may forfeit zero fees entitlement.

Assessments for this programme may include, but are not limited to:

  • Tests
  • Assignments
  • Case studies
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Final examinations

All requirements for assessment must be submitted by the advised time and date. Late assignments will not be accepted unless an extension has been requested

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