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Diploma in Information Technology (Level 6)

A hands on learning focus to develop your skills in engineering and building programmes, websites, databases, networks and servers. Your stepping stone into the Bachelor of Information Technology or into the workforce.

This programme is changing in 2017 to the New Zealand Diploma in Information Systems (Level 6), which is currently subject to NZQA approval. Please check back soon for updated programme content.

Programme Overview

This diploma is a level 6 qualification.  It extends and reinforces the knowledge and skills gained from the L5 courses. It is an exit qualification from the Bachelor of Information Technology, after the completion of the Level 6 papers.

Programme Outline

The Diploma in Information Technology (Level 6) requires successful completion of 240 credits (120 credits from Level 5) drawn from a range of computing and business courses, which have a high practical content.

Four of the networking principle and practice modules contained in this programme prepare students for the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) qualification. Students are able to sit an external, independent exam to gain this qualification which is recognised by industry organisations around the world. Whitireia is an accredited Cisco Networking Academy.

 

Diploma in Information Technology Level 6

Paper #

Description

Prerequisites

IT6x11

Research and Theory in Information Technology (Compulsory)

 

 

Aim - To introduce students to the theories of communications. To consider theories of investigation and research methodologies, and apply scientific research principles to a topic of interest. To provide practice in the basic probability and statistical principles needed in an Information Technology environment using statistical software packages.

 

IT5x81

IT6x19

Operating Systems

 

 

Aim - To understand the underlying principles of Operating Systems for desktop and server systems in a network environment. To apply the underlying principles and concepts of operating systems to the implementation and configuration of operating systems in a network environment. To apply the underlying principles and concepts of operating systems to the implementation and configuration of an operating system for a server in a network environment.

IT5x89

IT6x21

Introduction to 3D Modelling and Animation

 

 

Aim - To introduce students to 3D graphics, animation, software and environments. Students will gain an understanding of 3D modelling, animation, texturing and rendering techniques. Students will experience a range software tools to build 3D models, develop motion and render.

 

IT6x22

Software Quality Assurance

 

 

Aim - To understand quality assurance principles. To understand software quality assurance principles and practices. To apply software testing principles and practices

 

IT6x23

Software Development Methods

 

 

Aim - To provide students with advanced programming skills. To allow students to gain experience in using prototyping techniques during the development of software applications

 

IT5x84

IT6x26

Data Models and Databases

 

 

Aim - To give students an understanding of database design. To enable students to produce data models and implement database management systems. To provide students with a thorough understanding of the features of structured query language, including recognition of its importance, management implications and integration with other components of the computing environment. To enable students to understand and apply data modelling techniques.

 

IT5x82

IT6x28

Evaluation and Procurement

 

 

Aim - To enable students to conduct an evaluation and procurement exercise. To enable students to determine and use appropriate information gathering techniques, assess the type of information and appropriately document and present the results.

 

IT6x29

Systems Analysis and Design

 

 

Aim - To enable students to apply current systems analysis techniques. To enable students to produce and present well-designed system inputs, outputs, and design documentation.

IT5x83

IT6x30

Internet Application Development

 

 

Aim - To introduce students to the principles of interface design and evaluation of Internet-based applications. To implement Internet-based application suitable for business purposes.

 

IT5x82 and IT5x84

IT6x87

Network Technologies (30 Credits)

 

 

Aim - To provide an understanding of Local Area Network (LAN) design, including the knowledge and skills required to configure a complex LAN. To provide students with an understanding of Wide Area Networks (WANs). To provide students with a basic understanding of network security.

IT5x87


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Entry Requirements

Domestic Students: Meet the degree entry requirements

International Students: Require proven equivalence of domestic degree entry requirements
PLUS IELTS 6.0 or equivalent

Further Study Options

Continue to study to gain a Graduate Diploma in Information Technology - Level 7.
Graduates will have acquired detailed knowledge and skills in selected areas of ICT and become ICT professionals. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates will have acquired detailed knowledge and skills in selected areas, enabling them to move towards specialisation in application development and network/support areas in the business computing profession or further study.​​​


Campus Starts on Duration
Porirua 2017: 13 February, 17 July One year full-time; part-time options available
Auckland City 2017: 7 February, 29 May, 11 September One year full-time; part-time options available

Domestic Fees: $6,457 (per year)

International Fees: $19,950 NZD (per year)

 

Entry Requirements

Domestic students

Diploma in Information Technology (Level 5) or equivalent study/work experience

International students

Proven equivalence to domestic entry requirements and IELTS 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5)

Career Opportunities:

Graduates will have acquired detailed knowledge and skills in selected areas of ICT, enabling them to move towards further specialisation. Work opportunities include trainee programmer or analyst, network or database administrator, computer trainer, helpdesk analyst, user/systems support, trainee webpage developer.

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