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5142 Graduate Diploma in Information Technology - Invercargill

Qualification: Graduate Diploma
Level: 7
Dates:

15 February to 11 November 2016

Duration:

One year full time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 120

This Graduate Diploma programme provides the opportunity for information technology students to specialise in the disciplines of either Networking or Web Development.  As well as promoting and enhancing their knowledge base, skills, and professionalism, it aims to stimulate students to develop an inquiring and analytical approach to problems and issues, and to encourage independent judgment and creative thinking.

Elective Option A: Majoring in Networking

IT601 Systems Analysis and Design
Students learn to apply structured systems analysis techniques, and produce and present well-designed inputs and outputs and systems design documentation.

IT620 Routing and Switching
To plan, configure and implement simple routing and switching protocols, and associated technologies, including SSH and access control lists.

IT701 Project
Provides students with the opportunity to research, select, integrate and apply a range of techniques and technology to solve a workplace problem.

IT708 Information Systems in Management
Students will gain an understanding of how information systems provide solutions to organisational problems and challenges, and understand the importance of plans and strategies relating to the management of the IS function. This paper enables learners to understand the nature and role of management support systems as aids in management decision-making, with particular emphasis given to decision support systems.

IT711 Advanced Networking
Students will develop the skills necessary to fulfill the job responsibilities of network technicians, network administrators and network engineers. This paper aims to provide a theoretically-rich, hands-on approach to networking, preparing students for industry-recognised certification.

IT712 Professional Skills for Information Technology
Provide students with IT Service Operations Management knowledge concentrating on skills and practices to for delivering quality IT services. Topics include service strategy, design, transition and operations; continual service improvement; workplace and professional ethics; communication skills and interview techniques; stakeholder negotiations and conflict resolution.

IT717 System Security
To extend the students’ knowledge of security practices. To be able to use industry tools to provide good system administration to the infrastructure. To give student experience in troubleshooting security incidents

 

Option B: Majoring in Web Development

IT603 Data Models and Databases
Gives students an understanding of database design and enables them to produce data models and implement database management systems. Provides students with a thorough understanding of the features of Structured Query Language (SQL).

IT712 Professional Skills for Information Technology
Provide students with IT Service Operations Management knowledge concentrating on skills and practices to for delivering quality IT services. Topics include service strategy, design, transition and operations; continual service improvement; workplace and professional ethics; communication skills and interview techniques; stakeholder negotiations and conflict resolution. 

IT609 Fundamentals of Web Development
Prepares students for web-based development, including:

  • Overview of web design and protocols
  • Overview of client-side and server-side languages suitable for web based development
  • Web frameworks and libraries
  • Implementation of dynamic web technologies 
  • Client-side development 
  • Basic server-side development 
  • Database connectivity.

IT701 Project
Provides students with the opportunity to research, select, integrate and apply a range of techniques and technology to solve a workplace problem.

IT705 Human Computer Interaction
Introduces the principles of Human-Computer Interaction in relation to design and implementation of components and systems. Students will experience different application development tools in the design, implementation, and documentation of reusable components in graphical and physical user interfaces.

IT708 Information Systems in Management
Students will gain an understanding of how information systems provide solutions to organisational problems and challenges, and understand the importance of plans and strategies relating to the management of the IS function. This paper enables learners to understand the nature and role of management support systems as aids in management decision-making, with particular emphasis given to decision support systems.

IT709 Web Applications
Prepares students for web based application development, giving them knowledge of industry application software and familiarity with industry standards for web design.

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology who complete the networking strand will be able to analyse information systems including feasibility for installation, developing information systems and configuring and troubleshooting information networks. Graduates will also be able to manage internet sites and associated software.

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology majoring in web development will be able to develop, implement and manage web applications for organisations and businesses.

Application by Academic Qualification

Entry is open to degree graduates who have graduated successfully from a relevant bachelor’s degree programme or can demonstrate equivalent, relevant, practical professional or educational experience in a related discipline.

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 must provide evidence of having successfully completed English instruction  in accordance with NZQA guidelines below

  • IELTS test: 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 or higher (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations: FCE with a pass at Grade B or CAE with a score of 52
  • NZCEL Level 5 with Academic Endorsement
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PToE (Academic) score of 50
  • City and Guilds ESOL: B2 Communicator with a score of 66

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

All enrolments in the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology  are approved at the discretion of the programme manager in consultation with the head of faculty and teaching staff, as required.

In order to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology, the student will have been credited with all required papers and electives as specified in the programme schedule. The overall programme of study for every candidate requires 120 credits for successful completion of the qualification.

A student completing the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology will normally be expected to complete the one-year programme (full-time equivalent) within 3 years. Not withstanding the requirements set out above, the Head of Faculty with the approval and recommendation of the Board of Studies may allow a student a longer period to complete the programme.