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5153 National Diploma in Business (Level 5) - SIT2LRN Distance Learning

Qualification: Diploma
Level: 5
Dates:

Intake 1: 30/01/2017 to 26/05/2017 - Applications close 09/01/2017

Intake 2: 27/03/2017 to 21/07/2017 - Applications close 06/03/2017

Intake 3: 12/06/2017 to 06/10/2017 - Applications close 22/05/2017

Intake 4: 07/08/2017 to 01/12/2017 - Applications close 17/07/2017

Duration:

1 year fulltime

Intakes are 17 weeks long.

 

The National Diploma in Business (Level 5) is expiring at the end of 2017 and has been replaced with the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5). In 2017 the National Diploma in Business (Level 5) is only available to returning students to enable them to complete the qualification. All other applicants should go to the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) webpage and complete the online application form found there.

Location: SIT2LRN Distance Learning
Credits: 120

This is a great entry-level business course that will give you a broad base of technical business competence. Ideal for those aspiring to middle management, supervisory positions or other business related roles.

Note: Compulsory papers – all must be completed and in the order listed below:

Please note: the following units must be completed concurrently, as the assessments are integrated:

  • 25940 and 27643
  • 25212 and 26254

US9691 Demonstrate knowledge of group processes (Level 5) 5 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to: analyse the advantages and disadvantages of working in groups; explain group processes and their effect on group function; and outline strategies to manage conflict in a group.

US21336 Lead a group/team to achieve an objective(s) with some complexity (Level 5) 5 credits 

People credited with this unit standard are able to: plan group/team activities, set goals and negotiate group/team process, and facilitate group/team process, to achieve an objective(s) with some complexity; and evaluate performance. This unit standard is for people who lead groups/teams regularly, perhaps on a daily basis. Such groups/teams may include but are not limited to work groups/teams.

US9685 Write an analytical report (Level 5) 5 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to plan, write and evaluate the effectiveness of an analytical report. 

US8078 Lead a team to achieve specified quality improvement objectives (Level 5) 6 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to: form a team to achieve specified quality improvement objectives; facilitate team processes to achieve specified quality improvement objectives; and review and complete team activity. This unit standard applies to members of teams that exist to achieve specified quality improvement objectives. These can include the completion of a one-off or a continuing improvement task.

You will need to be able to get a small group of people together (minimum three) and decide on something which needs improving. At least two meetings will be held and agendas and notes of meetings submitted.

  • Requires access to a workplace, organisation or club/group.

US25695 Describe human resource management in organisations in New Zealand (Level 5) 10 credits

This unit standard is intended as an overview of human resource management (HRM) specific to the NZ environment, and is intended for non-specialists or for specialist HRM people new to this environment. People credited with this unit are able to describe: human resource management and its place in organisations in NZ, the main functions of human resource management in organisations in NZ, and the impact of key legislation on human resource management practice in NZ.

US8498 Develop strategies to manage conflict in an organisation (Level 5) 5 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to develop strategies to manage conflict in an organisation.

US2931 Plan a marketing campaign (Level 5) 8 credits

This unit standard is for people who need, or seek, to define the direction and targets for annual marketing operations and for specific projects. People credited with this unit standard are able to: complete situational analysis; identify marketing objectives; and develop an operational plan for the marketing campaign.

US2950 Produce and coordinate promotional strategies (Level 5) 8 credits

This unit standard is for people who have, or seek responsibility for, or provide advice for, the promotion of products or services in both profit and not-for-profit sectors. People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify the role of promotion in marketing and analyse the inter-relationships of the promotional mix; determine appropriate promotional objectives for a specific situation and target market; select appropriate promotional strategies and elements for a specific situation, target market, and objectives; and coordinate promotional strategies. 

US6410 Manage financial resources for a small business enterprise (Level 5) 5 credits

People credited with this unit standard are, for a small business enterprise, able to: develop financial strategies; implement financial strategies; monitor financial performance; and identify opportunities to improve financial performance.

US6407 Establish human resource needs of the small business operation (Level 5) 5 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to: assess human resource requirements to establish the business operation; identify potential sources of personnel; evaluate human resource management options; identify employment obligations and responsibilities; plan how work will be allocated and evaluated; and identify staff development needs and establish staff development policies. 

US8084 Audit quality management systems for compliance with quality standards (Level 6) 14 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to: prepare to carry out a quality audit; carry out technical aspects of a quality audit; carry out interpersonal aspects of a quality audit; report on a quality audit; and verify corrective actions.

  • Requires access to a workplace, organisation or club/group.   Students must either be employed at, or have access to, an organisation or small business that will allow for the audit of a quality process.

US25940 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of management accounting concepts (Level 5) 12 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to: explain the role of management accounting; explain and apply the processes for controlling and allocating costs; prepare a variance report for a standard costing system; and apply short-term decision-making techniques in management accounting.

  • This unit standard must be completed concurrently with US 27643.

US27643 Apply spreadsheet features to present data to meet a brief (Level 4) 6 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to apply spreadsheet features to present data to meet a brief. 

  • Application Criteria: You will need Microsoft Excel software and basic Excel skills. You may also need to purchase an Excel reference text of your own choosing.
  • This unit standard must be completed concurrently with US 25940. 

US26254 Identify and assess impacts on international marketing opportunities for a New Zealand product or service (Level 5) 10 credits

This unit standard is for people who need, or seek to conduct or provide, advice for marketing activities on an international basis, and require an understanding of the global business environment as it relates to international marketing. People credited with this unit standard are, for a New Zealand product or service, able to: identify and assess political, economic, sociocultural, and technological factors in markets that impact on international marketing opportunities; identify and assess geographic and demographic characteristics in markets that impact on international marketing opportunities; and assess the viability of international markets.

  • This unit standard must be completed concurrently with US 25212.

US25212 Apply scope controls to a project (Level 4) 5 credits

A project team member usually performs the functions required by this unit standard under direction of the project manager and working with other project team members. People credited with this unit standard are able to contribute to scope definition for a project, and apply project scope controls to a project.

  • This unit standard must be completed concurrently with US 26254.
  • Requires evidence of participation in a project within a past or present workplace, organisation or club/group.

 

Elective units:

Elective unit standards must be completed in one of the following combinations:

  • 8076, 11610, 11611 (12 credits)
  • 19025, 11622 (17 credits)

US8076 Promote the participation of management and staff in quality initiatives (Level 5) 4 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify and prioritise the quality initiatives to be promoted; select promotion strategies; implement promotion strategies; and review and monitor the promotion of initiatives. This unit standard is applicable to people in organisations who promote and facilitate improvements in quality management activities. The skills contained in this unit standard can be applied in a wide range of contexts, from strategic to specialised activities. 

US11610 Perform the accounting functions for accounts receivable (Level 4) 4 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to: analyse, classify, and record accounts receivable transactions in an accounting system; and reconcile records of, and report accounts receivable transactions.

US11611 Perform the accounting functions for accounts payable (Level 4) 4 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to: analyse, classify, and record accounts payable transactions in an accounting system; and reconcile records of, and report accounts payable transactions.

US19025 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of quality assurance in a business operation (Level 4) 7 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to: explain concepts, systems, and principles of quality and quality assurance; identify the quality assurance requirements for a business operation; and assess the quality assurance system of a business operation.

You will need access to details of a quality system on which you can comment. This can be a case study but ideally should be your current or past employment or an organisation with which you are involved.

  • Requires business or organisational knowledge either from a past or present workplace, organisation or club/group.

US11622 Demonstrate knowledge of the nature of accounting and prepare financial statements for an entity (Level 4) 10 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to: explain the nature of accounting and accounting concepts; explain and classify transactions according to their effect on the expanded accounting equation; and prepare financial statements for an entity.

 

ADDITIONAL PAPERS

Although no longer offered in this programme, students who have previously completed unit standard 9732 and/or unit standard 19020 and/or unit standard 1991 may credit these towards the programme please contact SIT2LRN in regards to your paper selections.

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 fee 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). 2017 Cost (NZ$) $7.00 per credit + admin fee $50.00 per application (e.g. $750.00 for 100 credit course) - includes GST

International Students $100.00 per credit

Fees 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 fee 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 fee. 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.

Graduates will have successfully demonstrated the required attributes and ability to carry out specific roles within business.

Graduates could continue their studies further by enrolling in the New Zealand Diploma in Business, the Bachelor of Commerce (L7) (Invercargill campus) or the Bachelor of Applied Management (L7) (SIT2LRN).

All applicants should demonstrate a keen interest in business management.  Applicants are required to have relevant work experience, preferably current or recent, that can be applied to assessments as required.

School leavers:

  • A minimum of 18 years of age, with a minimum of 4 years secondary education. 
  • School leavers should have attained a minimum of 12 NCEA credits at Level 2 in each of 4 subjects.

Mature students:

  • Over 20 years of age at commencement of programme, with a minimum of 4 years secondary education.
  • Applicants should demonstrate interest and aptitudes in the field of business management which demonstrate potential for success. Examples may include a history of successful employment for 2 or more years in business, or have held a management position for a minimum of 2 years and/or membership of organisations related to business.
  • Completion of the National Certificate in Business (Level 4)

Workplace Access

SIT abides by the Privacy Act and will never disclose details to a third party (except NZQA). You may refer to your organisation as Company X or ABC Group and Employee Y, etc. Although not compulsory, it is helpful to discuss assessments with your employer or group to gain access to information. This will normally enhance your opportunities for progression.

 

Language Requirements
Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 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, are required to provide evidence of having achieved an NZQA approved English Proficiency Assessment, or achieved the required score in one of the following internationally recognised English Proficiency tests within the preceding two years:

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) – Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet- based test (iBT) – Score of 46 (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations – FCE, or FCE for schools, with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill.
  • NZCEL – Level 4 with the Academic endorsement
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PToE (Academic) score of 42
  • City and Guilds IESOL – B2 Communicator with a score of 42

 

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 the required score in one of the internationally recognised English Proficiency tests (specified above) within the preceding two years. 

STUDY OPTIONS

Full time study

Full time study is completing 60 credits per intake over two non-overlapping intakes. Full time acceptance into the programme is at the Programme Manager’s discretion.

Part time study

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

  • 37 + hours per week = maximum of 25 credits per intake
  • 20 – 37 hours per week = maximum of 40 credits per intake
  • Fewer than 20 hours per week = maximum of 60 credits per intake (full time study)

Students must complete the compulsory papers in the order that they are listed on the fact sheet. Elective papers must be completed in one of the combinations outlined on the fact sheet.

The following study paths are guides only; students may do fewer or more papers, time permitting:

 

Part time (2 years to complete)

Full time (1 year to complete)

First intake of study:

US9691

US21336

US9685

US8078

US25695

 

US9691

US21336

US9685

US8078

US25695

US8498

US2931

US2950

US6410

Second intake of study: 

US8498

US2931

US2950

US6410

US6407

US6407

US8084

and

 

US25940

US27643

US26254

US25212 

and

 

Option 1

US19025

US11622

or

 Option 2

US8076

US11610

US11611

Third intake of study: 

US8084

US25940

US27643

 

 

Fourth intake of study: 

 

US26254

US25212

and

Option 1

US19025

US11622

or

Option 2

US8076

US11610

US11611

 

         

 

WORKPLACE ACCESS

SIT abides by the Privacy Act and will never disclose details to a third party (except NZQA). You may refer to your organisation as Company X or ABC Group and Employee Y, etc. Although not compulsory, it is helpful to discuss assessments with your employer or group to gain access to information. This will normally enhance your opportunities for progression.

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. 

Cross Credits

Students who have previously completed any of the above units at another learning institution can apply to have the unit(s) cross credited to their record of learning at SIT.  This is done by filling in a cross credit application form and attaching proof of achievement. The cross credit application form is available on MySIT or from the Programme Administrator. If you wish to apply for a cross credit, please attach the completed form to your application. Forms can be found at: http://www.sit.ac.nz/Students/Academic-Support

Once completed, US8076, US8084 and US6407 can be cross credited into the National Diploma in Business (Level 6) programme.

Unspecified Cross Credits

If you have previously completed any unit standards that are not listed on the application form, but may fit into the National Diploma in Business (Level 5) programme, you may be eligible for an ‘unspecified’ cross credit. Please refer to the National Programme Document (http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/nqfdocs/quals/pdf/1498.pdf) or contact your administrator for more details. Granting of unspecified cross credits is at the discretion of the Programme Manager.

RETURNING STUDENTS

If you started the programme prior to 2014, please let your administrator know, as you may not need to complete all of the listed unit standards. 

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 2nd week 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.
  • I have completed and attached a cross credit form (if applying for a cross credit)
  • 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 acknowledge that the study I am undertaking will require access to, and/ or knowledge of a business, organisation or club/group and that I may be required to submit evidence from a business, organisation or club/group confirming my participation in meetings, teams and/or projects
  • 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);
  • And you do not have an active NSN, then attach a copy of your verified ID in the name you are enrolling in.
  • And 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.

For students to be considered to have satisfactorily completed the programme and be eligible for the award of the qualification 'National Diploma in Business Level 5' they must have completed all scheduled course work requirements and assessments, successfully completed assessment requirements for all unit standards, and achieved 120 credits as specified in the programme schedule. The timeframe for completion of this programme is four years.

The National Diploma will be awarded directly by NZQA on attainment of 120 credits as specified and upon verification of the graduate's NZQA official record of learning.

Successful completion of this programme will enable you to progress to higher levels of tertiary training including:

Assessments for this programme typically include essays, analytical business reports, question and answer assessments and practical assessments. There are no exams for this programme. The programme requires access to, or knowledge of, a business or organisational workplace. This could be:

  • Your current workplace
  • A past workplace
  • A family business
  • A voluntary organisation (church, playgroup, sports club etc.)

The following papers in the National Diploma in Business (Level 5) require textbooks:

US 11622/ US 11610/ US11611:

McIntosh, R. (2012). Accounting practices: The New Zealand context (3rd ed.). Auckland, New Zealand: Pearson Education Ltd.

US 8076/ US 8078/ US 19025:

Oakland, J. S. (2004). Oakland on quality management (3rd ed.). London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

US 8084:

Arter, D. (2003). Quality audits for improved performance (3rd ed.). Milwaukee, WI: American Society for Quality.

US 2931/ US 2950:

Quester, P. G. (2007). Marketing: Creating and delivering value (5th ed.). North Ryde, Australia: McGraw-Hill Education.

US 9691/ US 21336:

Engleberg, I. N., & Wynn, D. R. (2013). Working in groups: Communication principles and strategies (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

 

For information and advice about purchasing textbooks, see www.sit.ac.nz/Bookshop.

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