Additional Information

Bachelor of Information Technology Additional Information (PR5006/HV4701) 

Why should I apply for this programme 

The Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) helps you on your way to a meaningful career in the Information Technology (IT) industry. Over the 3 years, you’ll get a solid understanding of fundamental IT principles and theories, how to use common technologies used by large and small organisations, and the ability to learn new skills in an environment that is always growing and changing. Once you graduate, you can find a professional career in the IT industry in New Zealand or overseas, or go on to higher study, like a Master’s or PhD.  

Who studies this kind of programme? 

The BIT is open to all kinds of people with diverse backgrounds, experience, and education. Students of this programme include: 

  • Domestic and international high school or college graduates. 

  • Self-taught industry professionals with relevant industry experience who want to upskill. 

  • People looking for a career change.  

  • Mature students who want to learn something new.  

What majors can I study? 

You have a choice of one of these majors, or you can choose no major at all: 

  • Cyber Security 

  • Data Science  

  • Interaction Design  

  • Networking and Infrastructure 

  • Software Development 

Is the programme part-time or full time?  

The Bachelor of Information Technology is a 360 credit level 7 qualification which can be completed in 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time. 

How does the programme work for part-time students like me?  

If you’re a part-time student, you’ll enrol in 1, 2 or 3 courses in one trimester. You’ll attend the same classes as full-time students, but only the ones you’re enrolled in.   

What is the timetable like for full-time students??  

Classes are usually held anywhere between 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, and are subject to change. 

What do I need to enrol 

If you are a domestic student, you need to have an NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at Level 3 or higher and 20 credits at Level 2 or higher) including:  

  • A minimum of 14 credits at Level 3 or higher in each of three subjects from the list of approved subjects  

  • A minimum of 10 credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori made up of: 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing  

If you are an international student, you need to have IELTS 6.0 (Academic) no band lower than 5.5, or the equivalent issued within the last 2 years. 

NoteFor health and safety reasons, you need to disclose any medical issues on your application form so we can make sure that the programme is right for you.  

How can I use my previous education or experience to enrol? 

When you apply, WelTec and Whitireia can look at your previous study or learning as credit towards your new programme of study. Credit is considered if you have significant work experience in a relevant field and cannot account for more than two-thirds of your programme. If you want to know more about cross credits and credit transfers, talk with a Student Advisor.  

Please note that there is a $75 application fee, and a further $100 per hour up to 3 hours may be charged for processing cross-credit applications.  

If you don’t meet all of the entry requirements, but you have equivalent experience, the Head of School will decide whether or not you have a reasonable chance of completing the programme 

How does the programme work?  

You can either study in a specialised major leading to substantial applied project work at level 7 or choose no major at all. The programme lasts 3 years (full-time) and you need to take courses that add up to 120 credits per year. There are many multi-disciplinary, work-focused projects through links forged with the IT industry that you can participate in. 

Here are what courses are available over the 3 years 

Bachelor of Information Technology Structure 

Level 5 

 

CS: Cyber Security, ADS: Applied Data Science, ID: Interaction Design,  

NI: Networking and Infrastructure SD: Software Development,  

UN: Unendorsed 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Code 

Title 

Pre-requisites 

Credits 

CS 

ADS 

ID 

NI 

SD 

UN 

IT5501 

Mathematics for IT 

None 

15 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IT5502 

Communications for IT 

None 

15 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IT5504 

Information Security I 

None 

15 

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

IT5507 

Fundamentals of Data Science   

None 

15 

 
 

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

IT5505 

Interaction Design Fundamentals 

None 

15 

 
 

 
 

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

IT5506 

Introduction to Networking 

None 

15 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 

 
 

 
 

IT5503 

Programming I 

None 

15 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 

 
 

IT5508 

Electronics Fundamentals 

None 

15 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

IT5509 

Software Testing Fundamentals 

None 

15 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

IT5510 

Introduction to Operating Systems 

None 

15 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Compulsory credit 

 

45 

45 

45 

45 

45 

30 

 
 

 
 

Elective credit 

 

75 

75 

75 

75 

75 

90 

 
 

 
 

Total credit 

 

120 

120 

120 

120 

120 

120 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Level 6 

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Code 

Title 

Pre-requisites 

Credits 

CS 

ADS 

ID 

NI 

SD 

UN 

IT6501 

Systems Analysis and Design 

IT5507, IT5503 

15 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IT6502 

Project Management 

IT5502 

15 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CS6501 

Information Security II 

None 

15 

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

CS6502 

Linux System Administration 

IT5504, IT5506 

15 

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

CS6503 

Digital Forensics 

IT5504, IT5506 

15 

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

CS6504 

Cryptography and Blockchain 

IT5504, IT5506 

15 

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

DS6501 

Social Data Analytics 

IT5507 

15 

 
 

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

DS6502 

Data Analysis and Visualisation 

IT5507 

15 

 
 

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

DS6503 

Data Mining Tools and Techniques  

IT5507 

15 

 
 

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

DS6504 

Business Intelligence and Big Data 

IT5507 

15 

 
 

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

ID6501 

Responsive Website Design 

None 

15 

 
 

 
 

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

ID6502 

3D Environments 

IT5505 

15 

 
 

 
 

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

ID6503 

Advanced Interaction Design 

IT5505 

15 

 
 

 
 

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

ID6504 

User Interface and User Experience 

IT5505 

15 

 
 

 
 

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

NI6501 

Networking II – LAN 

IT5506 

15 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 

 
 

 
 

NI6502 

Networking III – Campus 

NI6501 

15 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 

 
 

 
 

NI6503 

Unified Infrastructure Services 

IT5506 

15 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 

 
 

 
 

NI6504 

Cloud Computing 

IT5506 

15 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 

 
 

 
 

SD6501 

Mobile Application Development 

IT5503, IT5507 

15 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 

 
 

SD6502 

Programming II 

IT5503 

15 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 

 
 

SD6503 

Testing and Secure Coding 

SD6502 

15 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 

 
 

SD6504 

Game Development 

IT5501, IT5503 

15 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 

 
 

IT6503 

Microcomputer Systems 

IT5503 

15 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

IT6504 

Embedded Systems I 

IT5503 

15 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

IT6505 

Advanced Software Testing 

IT5509 

15 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

IT6506 

Carrier Technology I 

IT5506, IT5501 

15 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

IT6507 

Wireless Networking Technology 

None 

15 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Compulsory credit 

 

90 

90 

90 

90 

90 

30 

 
 

 
 

Elective credit 

 

30 

30 

30 

30 

30 

90 

 
 

 
 

Total credit 

 

120 

120 

120 

120 

120 

120 

 

Level 7 

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Code 

Title 

Pre-requisites 

Credits 

CS 

ADS 

ID 

NI 

SD 

UN 

IT7501 

Capstone Project 

* 

45 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IT7502 

Digital Ethics 

IT5502 

15 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CS7501 

Information Security III 

IT5504, IT5506 

15 

 

 
 

  

  

  

  

CS7502 

Special Topic in Cyber Security 

IT5504, IT5506 

15 

 

 
 

  

  

  

  

DS7501 

Data Mining for Business Analytics 

DS6502 

15 

 
 

 

  

  

  

  

DS7502 

Data Warehouse Design and Implementation 

DS6503 

15 

 
 

 

  

  

  

  

ID7501 

Advanced Interface Technologies 

ID6504 

15 

  

  

 

  

  

  

ID7502 

Human Computer Interaction 

IT5505 

15 

  

  

 

  

  

  

NI7501 

Current topic in Networking and Infrastructure 

NI6501, NI6502 

15 

  

  

  

 

  

  

NI7502 

Emerging topic in Networking and Infrastructure 

NI6501, NI6502 

15 

  

  

  

 

  

  

SD7501 

Web Application Development 

IT5507, SD6502 

15 

  

  

  

  

 

  

SD7502 

Intelligent Systems Development 

IT5501, SD6502 

15 

  

  

  

  

 

  

IT7503 

Special Topic 

** 

15 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

IT7504 

Middleware 

SD6502, IT5507 

15 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

IT7505 

Embedded Systems II 

IT6504 or IT6503 

15 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

IT7506 

Testing Automation 

IT6505 

15 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

IT7507 

Carrier Technology II 

IT6506 

15 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

IT7508 

Internship 

*** 

30 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Compulsory credit 

 

90 

90 

90 

90 

90 

60 

 
 

Elective credit 

 

 

30 

30 

30 

30 

30 

60 

 
 

Total credit 

 

 

120 

120 

120 

120 

120 

120 

 
 

 
 

Total for degree 

 

360 

360 

360 

360 

360 

360 

Key 

 

Common core compulsory courses 

 

Cyber Security (CS) major compulsory courses 

 

Applied Data Science (ADS) major compulsory courses 

 

Interaction Design (ID) major compulsory courses 

 

Networking and Infrastructure (NI) major compulsory courses 

 

Software Development (SD) major compulsory courses 

 
 

Elective courses 

Note 

* 

240 credits at level 5 and above with 1 course at level 7 

** 

Level 6 study as appropriate for topic 

*** 

Completion of 240 credits at level 5 and above 

  • Not all electives are offered every year or at every campus. A list of available elective courses for the following 3 years will be available when you apply. 

What personal equipment and materials do I need?  

You’ll need:  

  1. textbooks 

  1. regular stationery requirements 

  1. an external hard drive or USB; and 

  1. a laptop or portable device. 

What skills will I learn with this diploma?  

The BIT will teach you how to: 

  • build your expertise in the IT discipline 

  • develop professional competencies 

  • think critically, creatively and problem solve 

  • collaborate and communicate. 

What jobs and careers can I get with this diploma?  

Graduates of the Bachelor of Information Technology have the necessary knowledge and skills to find work immediately as an IT professional. Our graduates have gone on to work within the IT industry in public organisations, private companies, IT enterprises, self-employment, and teaching.  

Graduate occupations include, but are not limited to: 

Cyber Security 

  • Security analyst 

  • Security administrator 

  • Incident responder 

  • Information assurance analyst 

  • Security assessor/auditor 

  • Penetration tester 

  • Digital forensic technician/analyst 

  • Service desk  

Data Science 

  • Data scientist 

  • Business intelligence analyst 

  • Data management and analytics 

  • Database developer 

  • Marketing data analytics 

  • Systems analyst 

  • Business analyst 

  • Data warehouse developer 

  • BI reporting analyst 

  • Social media analytics 

  • Data analyst 

  • Reporting analyst 

 Interaction Design 

  • IT design practice lead 

  • Product designer  

  • User experience 

  • IT communications lead 

  • Quality standards and customer feedback officer 

  • User testing manager 

  • IT test planning 

  • UX designer 

  • User interface designer 

  • UX researcher 

  • Requirements lead 

  • Digital design & content manager 

  • Web manager 

  • Front-end web developer  

  • Design integrator 

Networking and Infrastructure 

  • Network engineer 

  • Systems engineer 

  • Systems engineer/cloud support 

  • ICT support technician 

  • Cloud network engineer 

  • Infrastructure engineer 

  • Network support 

  • Network administrator 

  • Service desk support 

 Software Development 

  • Full-stack developer 

  • Web developer 

  • Analyst programmer 

  • AI application developer 

  • System test analyst/engineer 

  • Business analyst 

  • Net developer 

  • Software developer 
    Mobile application developer 

  • Game developer 

  • Software engineer 

  • System and software tester 

You can find more career information at www.careers.govt.nz and MBIE’s career website. 

What is the hardest part of the programme 

The hardest part of the BIT is that New Zealand’s school holidays don’t always align with our midterm study break. This means that if you have children, you’ll have to sort childcare over this time. Students need to be in class before 9 am to start their lessons on time.    

The Learning Support Team can help you if you’re finding any aspects of your learning challenging.   

As part of your application process, you may need to come in for a Personal Education Plan (PEP) to assess whether you’re ready for study at your chosen level.  At this point, we might tell you about other ways to reach your goals if we don’t think you’re ready to study. 

 Can I get a Student Loan and Allowance? 

Yes. If you meet the criteria, you can apply for a StudyLink Student Loan or Allowance as soon as you enrol with us. You should apply as early as possible.  

If you do not qualify for StudyLink funding, you can apply to pay for your fees by automatic payment.  Contact a Student Advisor to discuss this option.  

Go to www.studylink.govt.nz and www.workandincome.govt.nz for more information about getting financial help. 

What other support services can I get? 

We do everything to give our students the support they need to succeed at Whitireia & WelTec 

 

Here are some of our most popular support services: 

 
 

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