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5575 Diploma in Information Technology (Level 6) - Queenstown

Qualification: Diploma
Level: 6

13 March to 19 May 2017

29 May to 28 July 2017

7 August to 6 October 2017

16 October to 15 December 2017


One year full time.

Part-time study may be available, dependent on individual's prior learning and previous work experience/study.

Location: Queenstown
Credits: 120

This programme will provide professional skills in Information Technology. Graduates will be able to construct data bases for business inventories, propose and develop information systems, design and test software applications within a variety of businesses.

IT601 System Analysis and Design
Enables students to apply structured systems analysis techniques. Enables students to produce and present well designed inputs and outputs and systems design documentation.

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).

IT604 Project Management
Enables students to understand the requirements of project planning and control, and use project management software to manage tasks.  Students will perform technical and financial evaluations of proposed systems at the feasibility stage.

IT620 Data Communications and Networks
Provides students with the knowledge and principles required for linking equipment using wide area networks and local area networks, as well as the expertise required for the management of Internet sites and associated software.

IT606 Object Oriented Databases
Reinforces the principles of Object oriented design and develops database applications using an Object Oriented database.

IT608 Game Development
Introduces students to the variety of disciplines involved in the gaming industry, and the physics and mathematic skills needed for developing games.  Gives students an understanding of the electronic game development process.

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.

IT611 Applied Computing
Students will use software applications in developing computer based solutions for business problems.  This will include customising and integration of business software, designing and developing business solutions, and reporting for decision-makers.

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • 2017 direct material costs: $349.00
  • Individual papers can be taken at a cost of $40.50 per papers.

International Fees can be found here.

Application and selection criteria for the Diploma in Information Technology Level 6 are as follows:

Applicants should have successfully completed the Southern Institute of Technology Diploma in Information Technology Level 5 programme or possess equivalent knowledge and skills, or;

Have completed an external or overseas qualification which is considered to be the equivalent of the above qualification, as approved by the head of faculty.

Special Application

Applicants who have successfully completed courses from any equivalent level programmes may be admitted to the Diploma in Information Technology Level 6 programme through cross credit processes.

Applicants who have relevant experience in the information technology industry may seek admission to the Diploma in Information Technology Level 6 programme through a Recognition of Prior Learning process.  Their experience will be taken into account for the purpose of admission.  Where such applicants gain admission, credit may be given for experience relevant to the learning outcomes of particular modules.

Part time Admission

Applicants may apply for part time admission, providing they meet the above requirements.

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 degree programme.

All enrolments in the Diploma in Information Technology Level 6 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 Diploma in Information Technology (Level 6), the student will have been credited with all required courses and electives as specified in the schedule of courses (120 credits).

The student completing the Diploma in Information Technology (Level 6) will normally be expected to complete the one year programme (full-time equivalent) over no more than three years.

For those interested in pursuing further study, the papers from the Diploma in Information Technology (Level 5) and Diploma in Information Technology (Level 6) can be credited towards the Bachelor of Information Technology (available at SIT's Invercargill campus).

Teaching will fall within the following timeframes:

  • Mondays: 9am – 4pm
  • Tuesdays: 9am – 4pm

NOTE: Students should be aware that a considerable amount of self-directed learning in own time is required on this programme.

Assessment is done through a combination of academic and commercial exercises, which look to apply the concepts of theory to the realities of the IT industry.