Graduate Diploma in Information Technology - Invercargill

Qualification: Graduate Diploma
Level: 7

2019 Semester 2: 08 July to 08 November

2020 Semester 1: 10 February to 26 June

2020 Semester 2: 13 July to 13 November


One year full time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 120

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology 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.

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


This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • 2019 Direct material costs of $423.00 (GST inclusive).

This Graduate Diploma programme provides the opportunity for information technology students to specialise in the discipline of Networking.  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 judgement and creative thinking.

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 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 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 ESOL Examinations: FCE or FCE for schools or CAE or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • Pearson Test of English Academic: PToE Academic with score of 50
  • City and Guilds IESOL: B2 Communicator with a score of 66
  • NZCEL: Level 4 with the Academic endorsement

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 passed one of the English language tests listed above.

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.