Course Descriptions

Find out all you need to know about courses available throughout your studies with Auckland Institute of Studies.

Business

ACCT501 Accounting Principles

An introduction to the fundamental aspects of financial accounting, including the preparation, presentation and interpretation of financial information within the context of making effective business decisions.

MGMT501 Management Principles

An overview of fundamental theories and principles of management covering the four functions of management, their theory and practical implementation within an organisation. Analytical techniques and contemporary events required for practical applications are examined.

MKTG501 Marketing Principles

An introduction to basic marketing principles and concepts for application in real-life situations that may arise in a marketing career both domestically and internationally.

COMM511 Business Communication

This course provides the theoretical framework and practical experience to improve communication skills in the business environment.

COMP551 Information Technology Concepts

An introduction to global business use of current and emerging information technologies to manage daily operations. The course focuses on placing information technology in the context of business, and provides hands-on experience with business software.

ECON501 Business Economics

An introduction to the fundamental principles of economics in business decision making and the role it plays in everyday life and government policy-making.

LAWS501 Business Law

The fundamental aspects of law for business in New Zealand, including the principles of business law and the practical application of law in the business world. Topics covered include the basis of New Zealand law, the processes of government and business, the resolution of business disputes, the law of contract, consumer protection, and aspects of commercial law including the law of sale and goods and the law of business organisations.

MATH511 Business Mathematics and Statistics

This course equips students with the mathematical knowledge and skills required for subsequent study. It contains a common field and a specific field related to business studies.

COMM512 English: Study Writing

This course develops skills in academic reading and writing required for degree-level study.


MGMT602 Organisational Behaviour

The development of an understanding of organisations as living entities and an exploration of how individual and group behaviour, as well as organisation structure, affects organisational performance. 

MGMT601 Strategic Management

An understanding of the basic concepts of strategic management, such as environment scanning, strategy formulation, strategy implementation and evaluation and control. The course focuses on the organisation as a whole and examines strategies that are relevant at different levels of hierarchy, develops skills in analysis and decision-making in dealing with complex conceptual problems.

FINA601 Financial Management

An introduction to financial management theories, concepts and techniques that provide the knowledge for analysing financial information and making sound financial management decisions that affect all functional business areas.

MKTG602 Marketing Management

An introduction to the wide variety of planning tools used and skills required in managing the marketing function with particular focus on the systematic and logical application of planning tools to achieve optimum strategic outcomes.

Prerequisites: For Business students: 2.102 Management Principles and 2.103 Marketing Principles. For Tourism Management or Hospitality Management students: 2.103 Marketing Principles or 5.101 Principles of Hospitality Management

OPER601 Operations Management

An introduction to the basic concepts of production and operations management, including the role of production and operations management in relation to other functional areas of the business. Students learn to analyse a range of production and operations management decision-making situations and apply the appropriate decision-making techniques.

Prerequisites: 2.102 Management Principles

MGMT603 Human Resource Management

The conceptual, theoretical and contextual aspects of managing human resources in contemporary multinational organisations. The course creates awareness of the critical role played by human resources in the success of organisations, and examines issues of internationalisation, diversity and employment relations with particular reference to the Asia-Pacific region. 

Prerequisites: 2.102 Management Principles



MKTG603 Retail Management

An introduction to the wide variety of planning tools and skills required in managing retail operations, with particular focus on the systematic and logical application of planning tools to achieve optimum strategic outcomes.

Prerequisites: 2.103 Marketing Principles

BUSS601 Introduction to International Business

The course examines critical environmental factors in which an international business is conducted. It introduces students to a wide variety of concepts, issues and trends in a global business environment with a particular emphasis on contemporary issues such as globalisation, international strategy, culture and business ethics.

Prerequisites: 2.102 Management Principles and 2.113 Business Economics

MKTG601 Consumer Behaviour

An investigation of how people interact with products and their marketing environment, focusing on the decision-making process that consumers go through as they select, purchase, use or dispose of services, products, ideas or experiences in order to satisfy their needs and desires.

Prerequisites: 2.103 Marketing Principles

ACCT603 New Zealand Taxation

An introduction to the New Zealand taxation system and practice, including an introduction to the historical, theoretical, conceptual and practical side of taxation and the New Zealand tax system.

Prerequisites: 2.101 Accounting Principles

ACCT602 Managerial Accounting

A comprehensive introduction to the concepts and methodologies of management accounting that develops an understanding of the supporting function of management accounting in business decision-making.

Prerequisites: 2.101 Accounting Principles or 5.101 Principles of Hospitality Management

ACCT601 Financial Accounting

An introduction to the principles, concepts, and applications of financial accounting, covering accounting for investments, accounting for business combinations, issues arising from group financial reporting and other selected accounting issues.

Prerequisites: 2.101 Accounting Principles

BUSS602 Research Methods

An overview of the knowledge and skills necessary for carrying out research in the business and social science areas. Students are introduced and encouraged to apply appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods to a research project of their own choosing.

Prerequisites: Four Stage I courses including 2.120 English: Study Writing

BUSS701 International Business

An understanding of the global environment and strategies that multinational firms deploy to be effective in a complex and dynamic world. The course explains different approaches to how managers choose appropriate strategies that are consistent with the needs of philosophy and resources available, and equips students with a rigorous theoretical base, sound analytical skills and practical applications in international business operations. 

Prerequisites: 2.222 Strategic Management (except for GDIB students) and 2.231 Introduction to International Business

BUSS720 Research Project

An independent research study, building on their research understanding and expertise developed in other courses to examine a specific business topic, issue or area. Students must demonstrate an understanding of the practical significance of the research project undertaken, and must explain the implications of the results for further research. 

Prerequisites: 2.261 Research Methods

ACCT701 Advanced Financial Accounting

This course examines selected issues in financial reporting and accounting from both theoretical and practical application perspectives, including current developments in financial reporting in New Zealand and overseas.

Prerequisites: 2.239 Financial Accounting

ACCT703 Auditing

The main concepts of auditing and their application in the functional areas in a business organisation. 

Prerequisites: 2.239 Financial Accounting

BUSS703 Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Students develop and systematically apply an entrepreneurial approach to create a small business and exploit opportunities that may be commercially successful. The course focuses on managing the early growth of newly established businesses, and covers the needs of businesses.

Prerequisites: 2.222 Strategic Management

BUSS710 Business Industry Practice

This course aims to enhance students’ skills and knowledge of the New Zealand working environment through real-world work experience. In particular, the course aims to create an opportunity for students to develop their interpersonal, intercultural and workplace skills, while applying the technical knowledge and skills learnt in class to a real business

Prerequisites: 17 courses including all compulsory courses (Bachelor students). 5 courses (Graduate Diploma students).

MGMT701 Leadership

An insight into various aspects of leadership. The course employs theoretical concepts and models from an international business perspective and is designed to help students to develop their own leadership potential in preparation for managerial roles.

Prerequisites: 2.222 Strategic Management

ACCT702 Advanced Managerial Accounting

The theoretical and practical foundation for the conception and application of performance measurement and management control systems in an organisation. Students will make use of theoretical concepts, paradigms and frameworks in actual cases and learn to use analytical and innovative thinking to determine solutions and recommendations to issues relating to performance management and control.

Prerequisites: 2.236 Managerial Accounting

BUSS704 Business and Social Ethics

An examination of different theoretical arguments that underpin the ethical issues in business organisations. The course covers the ethical challenges and dilemmas faced by different stakeholders, and other issues relating to social ethics that may have a bearing on business. The emphasis is on practical issues relating to ethics and preparing students to deal with ethical challenges in managerial roles.

Prerequisites: For Business students: 2.222 Strategic Management and 2.231 Introduction to International Business (except for GDIB students). For Tourism Management students: 3.222 Tourism and Hospitality Management (except for GDTM students). For Hospitality Management students: 5.204 Hospitality Strategic Management

MKTG701 Services Marketing

An examination of contemporary issues in services marketing which includes managing and delivering quality services in a dynamic global environment. The role of multinationals and marketing of their global services. Case studies from different industries, such as banking, airlines and management consultancy, are used to enable students to appreciate the critical role of services marketing.

Prerequisites: For Business students: 2.224 Marketing Management or 2.232 Consumer Behaviour. For Tourism Management students: 3.221 Tourism and Hospitality Marketing. For Hospitality Management students: 5.221 Tourism and Hospitality Marketing

MGMT720 Applied Management

Students are required to choose a new business idea, investigate all aspects of the new venture, and prepare a comprehensive business plan, including preparation of a research-based feasibility study, development of operational and marketing strategies, forecasting and budgeting, and presentation to potential investors. The project includes undertaking a consumer and trade survey, and the results are presented orally to a panel of teaching staff.

Prerequisites: 17 courses including all compulsory courses

MKTG702 E-Marketing

This course will equip students with the knowledge of how to harness the web and other digital technologies as effective marketing tools for organisations, and will give them the skills to make critical decisions to leverage the benefits of an integrated e-marketing strategy for a business.

Prerequisites: 2.224 Marketing Management or 2.232 Consumer Behaviour or 2.265 E-Commerce for Managers

Tourism Management

TOUR519 Principles of Tourism

An introduction to the fundamentals and basic processes within the international tourism industry, including its meaning, development, components and dynamics that will enable each student to develop and an understanding of tourism consumer behaviour, tourism activities, the impacts of tourism, and the conditions necessary for sustainable tourism development to occur. The course examines the regulatory framework, and the trends, patterns and future of world tourism.

TOUR520 Tourism in New Zealand

This course presents a systematic examination of international and domestic tourism in New Zealand and introduces the concept of sustainable development in relation to the tourism industry.

TOUR523 Introduction to Tourism & Hospitality Marketing and Communications

The aim of this course is to introduce basic marketing principles and concepts to students. Upon completion of this course students will have gained an appreciation of and confidence in applying this understanding to real-life situations arising in their marketing careers.

TOUR524 Tourism and Hospitality Business Information Systems

The aim of this course is to enable the student to understand the management practices of the front office and its interrelationship with other departments in an accommodation establishment.

TOUR525 Managing the visitor experience

The course aims to give students an understanding of the importance of a quality visitor/customer experience. Students will understand that excellent travel experiences are only possible if the organisation has a clear idea of what it wishes to deliver, how it will plan the delivery, who will deliver it. This course therefore considers customer orientation, planning, recruiting and the importance of training the right staff. It also addresses designing the environment to deliver the service, and listening very carefully to staff and to the customer to resolve issues or learn about opportunities for further improvements or new developments.

TOUR622 Tourism and Hospitality Management

An understanding of the scope of management in the tourism and hospitality sectors.

Prerequisites: 2.102 Management Principles and 3.119 Principles of Tourism

TOUR625 Asia-Pacific Tourism

The geography and cultures and their role in tourism of the Asia-Pacific region, examining and analysing the role of social-cultural, political and economic factors in shaping the nature of tourism in the Asia-Pacific region, and developing students' understanding of the region's political and economic environments influencing tourism.

Prerequisites: 3.119 Principles of Tourism

TOUR627 Sustainable Tourism

This course introduces the core principles related to sustainable tourism, highlighting their management implications for the tourism operating environment at the local community (micro), national and international (macro) levels. Topics covered in the course include: evolution of sustainable development; socio-cultural, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainable tourism. Students will identify both the positive and negative impacts of tourism development, and propose management strategies for tourism businesses to enhance environmental and community sustainability.  Students will analyse and evaluate a variety of different case studies of sustainable business models in tourism operating environments at a local, national and international level.

Prerequisites: 3.119 Principles of Tourism

TOUR629 Gastronomic Tourism

This course develops a theoretical understanding of the significance and implications of gastronomic tourism within the global tourism and hospitality environment. Through an analytical approach different perspectives of gastronomic tourism will be studied including cultural and social dimensions of food and the implications for cities and destinations. Students will explore different aspects of food, wine and beverage tourism including customer motivation, product and experience.

Prerequisites: Core stage one papers

TOUR710 Tourism Industry Practice

This course offers a placement in a tourism establishment and the expectation of at least 140 hours of practical work place experience.  This practical component is matched by the requirement to keep a detailed log of experiences and to use a systematic review process to analyse and provide a wider context for the experience.  The analysis will include reviewing the strategic goals of the enterprise and evaluating various departments and legislation relating to the New Zealand tourism industry, and an assessment of different customer needs and the provision of services to satisfy those different requirements. 

TOUR701 Applied Tourism Management Project

This course requires students to choose a new business idea within the tourism or travel industry, investigate all aspects of the new venture, and prepare a comprehensive business plan including the preparation of a research-based feasibility study, development of operational and marketing strategies, forecasts and budgets, and presentation to potential investors. Students are required to present their results orally to a panel of teaching staff.

Prerequisites: 17 courses including all compulsory courses

TOUR711 Events Management

This course will provide students with knowledge and understanding of trends and event marketing, coordination of international, national, regional and local events, and successful management.

Prerequisites: 3.221 Tourism and Hospitality Marketing or 3.222 Tourism and Hospitality Management. For International Business students: 2.224 Marketing Management

TOUR713 Entrepreneurship and Small Business for Tourism and Hospitality

This course will help students develop and systematically apply an entrepreneurial approach to create a small business and exploit opportunities that may be commercially successful. It focuses on managing early growth of newly established businesses and covers the needs of businesses in the tourism industry with particular emphasis on the entrepreneurial environment of the Asia-Pacific region.

Prerequisites: 3.222 Tourism and Hospitality Management

TOUR714 Travel and Air Transport Management

This course is intended for students who plan to pursue careers as managers, executives or entrepreneurs in travel agencies, tour operations, airlines, airports, ground transportation, the cruise industry, transportation research and planning, consultancies and government.

Prerequisites: For Tourism Management and Hospitality Management students: 3.222 Tourism and Hospitality Management or 5.204 Hospitality Strategic Management. For International Business students: 2.222 Strategic Management

TOUR715 Tourism and Hospitality Consumer Behaviour

Develop an understanding of tourists' behavioural characteristics that underpin evolving tourism demand.

Prerequisites: 3.221 Tourism and Hospitality Marketing or 3.222 Tourism and Hospitality Management

TOUR716 Ecotourism Management

An introduction to ecotourism that will provide students with the meaning, development, planning and management of this concept, and how stakeholders may reap its benefit with minimum social and ecological impact.

Prerequisites: 3.222 Tourism and Hospitality Management or 5.204 Hospitality Strategic Management

TOUR717 Tourism Policy Planning and Development

This course will provide an in-depth knowledge of tourism policy, planning and development, and various aspects of planning in New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region. It will provide students with the ability to analyse the economic, socio-cultural, environmental and geographical factors that affect tourism, and how this knowledge can be used to provide appropriate plans for sustainable tourism development.

Prerequisites: 3.222 Tourism and Hospitality Management or 5.204 Hospitality Strategic Management

TOUR720 Research Project

Students will undertake an independent research study in a topic of their interest in the field of travel and tourism, building on their research understanding and expertise developed in other courses to examine a specific topic, issue or area. Students must demonstrate an understanding of the practical significance of the research project undertaken, and must explain the implications of the results for further research.

Prerequisites: 2.261 Research Methods

TOUR750 Tourism Internship

This course offers a placement within a tourism establishment and the expectation of at least 240 hours’ practical work place experience. This practical component is matched by the requirement to keep a detailed log of experiences and then using a systematic review process to analyse and provide a wider context for the experience. The analysis will include reviewing the strategic goals of the enterprise and evaluating various departments and legislation relating to the tourism industry, and an assessment of different guest needs and the provision of services to satisfy those different requirements. Students will work for 240 hours in the establishment and a contract of services between the student and the establishment will be provided including a job description and work hours. A presentation of their work experience will also be required.

Prerequisites: Five courses completed in GDTM.

Business Administration

ACCT801 Accounting for Managers

Provides a clear understanding of the conceptual underpinnings of accounting reports commonly used by an organisation’s stakeholders. Provides a solid grounding in both financial and managerial accounting spheres. Supports students becoming astute users of a wide range of financial information.

BUAD801 Decision Support Tools and Techniques

Exploit various quantitative analytical tools that apply to business problem solving and decision-making contexts.

Facilitate problem solving and decision-making skills that managers need when analysing data.

MGMT801 Management in a Multicultural Environment

Develop management and leadership skills to build high performing organisations in culturally diverse workplaces.

MKTG801 Marketing and Enterprise

Develop practical insights into Marketing Management and Service Marketing, with an emphasis on entrepreneurial new businesses and digital operations.

ECON802 Economics and Global Trade

Apply economic theories and policies to domestic and global business environments.

Relate economic theories to individuals and on a global scale with an emphasis on the legal environment.

FINA802 Financial Intelligence

Develop managerial skills for strategic corporate financial decision-making

Develop expertise in applying tools needed by managers to address complex financial issues including valuations

FINA903 Financial Risk Management

Assess various financial risks faced by an organisation such as funding and liquidity risk, market risk from interest rate, exchange rate or commodity rate movements, credit risk and operational risk and manage such risks strategically using financial instruments.

Examine some elements and complexities of hedge accounting, extend the governance framework and further consider the process of investment evaluation.

MGMT902 Enterprise and Information Systems

Have an understanding of the application of frameworks and the methodologies for the effect management of information systems and become a knowledge participant in ICT related positions.

Be able to relate ICT across the company processes and to utilise ICT to commence successful ventures.

MGMT904 Global Strategy and Leadership

Provide an in-depth understanding of leadership in setting strategic direction to achieve and maintain sustainable competitive advantage in dynamic international settings.

MKTG802 Strategic Marketing – Brands, Products and Services

Provide the student with key strategic concepts and principles focusing on branding, competitive advantage and international market forces.

MKTG903 Global Marketing – Future Dynamics

Provide the student with key strategic concepts and principles covering international marketing with a focus on digital and building on the fundamentals of marketing management.

OPER802 Operations, Quality and Technology

Define strategy, critically evaluate options to improve business operations to effectively achieve the desired customer outcomes and do this efficiently while meeting the quality requirements of customers and society through practical considered application of key quality principles and building on operations management techniques.

Evaluate and apply strategies to continuously improve efficiency and effectiveness of business operations and position the business for future success through critical decisions regarding technology development and exploit unpredictable opportunities that could become possible through technological leadership.

OPER903 Supply Chain and Project Management

Develop a holistic approach for the development of integrated supply chains, in terms of global outsourcing, information technology and green issues.

Apply project management tools and techniques considering technical and socio-cultural dimensions for the Project Management process.

BUAD915 Exploring Business Research

Equip students with an overview of the research process and the knowledge and tools necessary for undertaking research in a business setting. 

BUAD916 Applied Business Research

Critically evaluate theory and research on a current issue, practice or policy in a specific area of business.

Prepare and present a research report under supervision which gives an opportunity to explore in more depth a topic covered during their specialisation studies.

BUAD920 Internship

Provide an opportunity for students to critically reflect on concepts studied in their academic programmes from the perspective of the day-to-day operations of an enterprise.

Gain supervised experience under the oversight and mentoring of a senior academic and a senior workplace manager.

Develop familiarity with an operational enterprise and integrate theories, knowledge and personal attributes developed in their campus-based learning with operational activities.

Hospitality Management

HOSP501 Principles of Hospitality Management

This course provides a thorough understanding of the essential fundamentals of the hospitality sector in order to provide an efficient hospitality service.

HOSP502 Food Production Operations

An introduction to food and beverage operations in New Zealand, including the processes and practices involved in preparation and operation of a restaurant, café, takeaway or catering service.

HOSP503 Food and Beverage Service Operations

How to acquire and apply correct the principles of service operation within a dining room and/or banquet environment.

HOSP505 Accounting and Finance for Hospitality and Tourism

An introduction to accounting principles and practices as they apply to financial record keeping in the hospitality industry.

HOSP602 Food and Beverage Management

This course will enable students to understand and develop their knowledge, skills and techniques related to the management of a food and beverage operation.

Prerequisites: 5.101 Principles of Hospitality Management

HOSP603 Accommodation Management

This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for the efficient operation of the housekeeping department within an accommodation facility.

Prerequisites: 5.101 Principles of Hospitality Management

HOSP604 Hospitality and Tourism Strategic Management

A comprehensive and managerial overview of strategic management in the hospitality industry, including relevant models, theories and hospitality practices in today's competitive international hospitality industry.

Prerequisites: 5.101 Principles of Hospitality Management

HOSP710 Hospitality Industry Practice

This course offers a placement to a hospitality establishment and the expectation of at least 140 hours practical work place experience. This practical component is matched by the requirement to keep a detailed log of experiences and then using a systematic review process to analyse and provide a wider context for the experience. The analysis will include reviewing the strategic goals of the enterprise and evaluating various departments and legislation relating to the hospitality industry, and an assessment of different guest needs and the provision of services to satisfy those different requirements. Students will work for 140 hours in the establishment and a contract of services between the student and the establishment will be provided including a job description and work hours. A presentation of their work experience will also be required.

Prerequisites: All compulsory Stage I and II BHM courses

HOSP702 International Food and Beverage Management

This course emphasises international cuisine production and management, and examines international hospitality companies, management practices and trends in the marketing and selling of food and beverage products and services.

Prerequisites: 5.202 Food and Beverage Management

HOSP703 An Integrated Approach to Hospitality Management

This course brings together all the theoretical knowledge, analytical tools and the implementation skills previously covered in the programme, and applies them in an integrated manner to the task of managing a hospitality enterprise. It addresses issues of management efficiency, performance enhancement and analytical skills in workplace situations.

Prerequisites: All compulsory Stage I and II courses

HOSP701 Applied Hospitality Management Project

Students are required to choose a new business idea within the hospitality industry, investigate all aspects of the new venture, and prepare a comprehensive business plan including preparation of a research-based feasibility study, development of operational and marketing strategies, forecasts and budgets, and presentation to potential investors. Students are required to present their results orally to a panel of teaching staff.

Prerequisites: 17 courses including all compulsory courses

HOSP712 Resorts and Hospitality Management

This course provides an understanding of the management of resorts and hospitality enterprises, including current issues in the industry, service concepts and strategic planning

Prerequisites: 5.204 Hospitality Strategic Management

HOSP720 Hospitality Management Research Project

Students will undertake an independent research study in a topic of their interest in the field of hospitality management, building on their research understanding and expertise developed in other courses to examine a specific topic, issue or area. Students must demonstrate an understanding of the practical significance of the research project undertaken, and must explain the implications of the results for further research.

Prerequisites: 2.261 Research Methods

HOSP750 Hospitality Internship

This course is designed for those seeking an opportunity to investigate the functioning of a hospitality enterprise through participative observation, and to correlate an applied management project using the knowledge gained in previous courses, and time in industry, to allow students to gain experience in analytical and applied research in the hospitality field. Students will work for at least 240 hours in a hospitality establishment to gain practical knowledge and experience in planning and production, dealing with customers, risk assessment, and planning the implementation of operations for daily events.  Students can gain first-hand appreciation of research for management efficiency, improved performances and analytical skills in a workplace situation. Students will be required to keep a detailed log of their experiences and provide a systematic analytical framework for recording and analysing their observations.

Prerequisites: All compulsory Stage I and II GDHM courses.

Information Technology

BUSS502 Business Environment

An introductory course that will enable students to understand today's business environment, both nationally and internationally, at a basic level.

COMM502 Business Communication

This course provides students with a theoretical framework and practical experience as a basis for improving communication skills in the business environment.

COMP501 Information Technology Systems

A basic understanding of computer concepts and the components of information technology system, including system software, application software, hardware assembling, installation and testing, understanding IS security threats, and ways to protect, prevent and mitigate potential threats.

COMP503 Fundamentals of Computer Programming

An introduction to the fundamental principles of computing logic and the development of problem solving skills using structured programming techniques. Students will acquire basic competence in the chosen programming language and will apply this language to simple tasks using good programming techniques.

COMP504 Fundamentals of Computer Databases

An introduction to the concepts and fundamentals of database system (DB) and database management system (DBMS) through MS SQL Server 2008. The course will enhance students' skills in the basic elements of database design and implementation, including data modelling, logical and physical database design, and structured querying language (SQL).

COMP505 Computer Networks I

An introduction to the concepts of basic networking technology, network monitoring, availability and security. Students will gain an understanding of the OSI model, and the functionalities and protocols involved in each layer.

Prerequisites: COMP501 Information Technology Systems

COMP601 Systems Analysis and Design

This course provides the necessary knowledge and skills that an IT professional must have on how information technology systems are constructed, tested and assessed for quality in order to manage, develop or provide innovative business solutions. Systems analysis and design introduces systems development process concepts and activities, with a strong focus on understanding the problem and solution through modelling using Structured (SA&D) and OO methodologies.

Prerequisites: COMP503 Fundamentals of Computer Programming and COMP504 Fundamentals of Computer Databases

COMP602 Computer System Testing

An introduction to the concepts and principles of software validation and verification techniques that are normally involved in the software testing process, including industry standards and available tools. Software testing is one of the important components of quality assurance of products and services.

Prerequisites: COMP503 Fundamental and Principles of Computer Programming

COMP609 Information Systems Security

This course focuses on the analysis of the complete internet security of an enterprise by providing an understanding of the business risks, threats, tools required to deal with threats, and the processes needed to build more secure systems and continually improve them.

Prerequisites: COMP505 Fundamentals of Computer Networking

COMP617 Requirements Modelling

This course builds business analysis skills and details the application of process proven techniques, such as use-case, business object-oriented modelling and the UML, and will facilitate the development of the necessary skills for gathering, modelling and documenting requirements in the context of business and information system scenarios.

Prerequisites:  BUSS502 Business Environment

COMP621 Operating Systems

The course aims to cover the core concepts of operating systems, equip students to study some of the concepts by deploying them in a simulated environment and enable them to install, deploy and configure operating systems.

Prerequisites: COMP501 Information Technology Systems

COMP701 Information Technology Project Management

Gain knowledge and skills in information technology project management, and learn how to apply this knowledge in successfully managing IT projects for an organisation.

Prerequisites:  COMP617 Requirements Modelling

COMP720 Information Technology Project

This two-semester course will provide students with industrial experience through IT development work in an industry environment.

Prerequisites: COMP701 Information Technology Project Management and four courses from specialisation

COMP721 Intensive Information Technology Project

This one-semester intensive course will provide students with industrial experience through IT development work in an industry environment.

Prerequisites:  COMP701 Information Technology Project Management and four courses from specialist topic

COMP722 Information Technology Industry Practice

This course offers a placement to an information technology industrial establishment and the expectation of at least 100 hours practical work place experience. This practical component is matched by the requirement to keep a detailed log of experiences and then using a systematic review process to analyse and provide a wider context for the experience. The analysis will include reviewing the strategic goals of the host, an assessment of different client requirements and the provision of services to satisfy those different requirements. Students will work for no less than 100 hours in the establishment and a contract of services between the student and the establishment will be provided including a job description and work hours. A presentation of their work experience will also be required.

Prerequisites: Applicants must have passed at least 180 credits in IT courses, including:COMM502 Business Communication, BUSS502 Business Environment, COMP617 Requirements Modelling, two courses from chosen specialisation 

NB. Admission will be by approval only

COMP801 Research Methods

This course introduces students to the discipline of performing research in the field of Information Technology. The course covers: selecting a research topic; forming research questions and hypotheses; performing a literature review; gathering data; experimental design; and statistically sound practices in data analysis. The skills of writing-up the steps of a research project will be continuously reinforced and critical thinking skills will be developed. This course is only available to students in the research pathway of the PGDIT.

COMP802 Research Project

The course involves a supervised individual research project leading to the production of a research report (dissertation). The project applies the skills acquired in Research Methods to select a project topic and supervisor, design hypotheses and experiments, gather data, analyse and report the results in the form of a dissertation. Specifically, students are required to employ their analytical skills to establish logical arguments in the form of hypotheses on a given research topic at the beginning of their research, and apply their research capabilities to further enhance the initial arguments and see them through the final outcome. The projects may contain both simulation and implementation studies depending on the project topic. The project prepares students for higher-level post-graduate study and provides practice applying critical research skills. This course is only available to students in the research pathway of the PGDIT.

Prerequisites:  COMP802 Research Methods

COMP803 Internship

The course aims to provide students real world insights and exposures to actual working life and practical knowledge towards a particular occupation in an IT establishment. Students will explore and analyse the workplace practices, business processes, policies and procedures with the aim of improvement in terms of efficiency, resource utilisation and sustainability in addition to their role specific tasks. This course is only available to students in the internship pathway of the PGDIT.

Prerequisites: One Level-7 specialisation course and one Level-8 specialisation course

COMP804 Industrial Project

The course aims to provide students an opportunity to apply the academic learning, knowledge and skills to work on an industrial project and get an exposure to actual workplace within an organisation.

Prerequisites: One Level-7 specialisation course and one Level-8 specialisation course

COMP805 Specialisation Project

This course involves an individual one-semester supervised implementation or research project. The student will reinforce their skills in implementation, individual research and time-management to produce a small software or IT system along with a formal written report. The written report will be of a similar format to those expected within the New Zealand IT industry.

CONE618 Server Administration

Learn how to build skill sets to successfully administer Windows Server 2008 systems. Skill sets include planning for server deployment and management, application and data provisioning, business continuity and high availability, and monitoring and maintaining administrative security on a network infrastructure.

Prerequisites: COMP505 Fundamentals of Computer Networking

CONE622 Intermediate Computer Networking

This course provides the knowledge and skills to plan, design, configure and manage computer network infrastructure for an organisation through detailed study of the underlying concepts and technologies of network design.

Prerequisites:  COMP505 Fundamentals of Computer Networking

CONE623 Cloud Computing

The course aims to provide the knowledge and skills students require to perform fundamental tasks related to cloud computing and helps to prepare students for the Cisco industrial cloud certification.

Prerequisites:  COMP505 Fundamentals of Computer Networking

CONE709 Network System Security

An overview of the field of information security from a management perspective, covering the spectrum of security activities, methods, methodologies and procedures.

Prerequisites: CONE622 Intermediate Computer Networking or 7.210 Computer Networks II or 7.211 Network Infrastructure Design

CONE710 Advanced Computer Networking

This course provides an up-to-date survey of developments in the field of computer networking, and covers the main problems that confront the design of a computer network and the need to support multimedia and real-time traffic and congestion control to provide different levels of quality of service (QoS) in a computer network.

Prerequisites: CONE622 Intermediate Computer Networking 

CONE711 Wireless Network Design

An understanding of the wireless and cellular network supporting mobile users all around the globe. The course includes knowledge of the cellular/wireless network, devices, protocols and how they access and interact with information and services instantly, and the design and implementation issues involved in cellular/wireless networks.

Prerequisites: COMP505 Fundamentals of Computer Networking and MATH501 Essentials of Mathematics and Statistics

CONE809 Topics in Cloud Computing

This course is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills required to understand and perform the essential tasks related to the operation, maintenance, monitoring and troubleshooting of Cloud products and solutions.

CONE810 Computer and Communication Network Security

The course aims to provide an in-depth understanding of LAN, WAN and Wireless security with a focus on cryptography and management of network security. Students will explore security frameworks, policies and processes as well as practical issues involved in designing, building and deploying a secure operational environment.

CONE811 Penetration Testing

his course is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills required to understand and perform essential tasks related to penetrating information systems. Students will learn to explore and analyse security vulnerabilities in the target systems, design suitable security approaches to mitigate the detected risks and vulnerabilities, and conduct relevant security assessments to verify the effectiveness of those approaches.

INFO614 Intermediate Computer Databases

An introduction to an integrated study of the theory and the practice associated with transferring user requirements into effective database design, and transfer of design into a physical database with complete functionality and high performance applications. It is also to extend understanding of emerging DB technologies and architectures.

Prerequisites: COMP504 Fundamentals of Computer Databases

INFO620 Enterprise Resource Planning Systems

Apply the knowledge of e-commerce in developing, implementing and reviewing strategies for small businesses.

Prerequisites: COMP501 Information Technology Systems and BUSS502 Business Environment

INFO712 Management Information Systems

A focus on the implications of information technology in industry and addressing the role of information systems within companies using examples of solutions such as OpenERP, SAP ERP and Microsoft dynamics. The course exposes students to the selection, implementation and benefits of IT infrastructure in an organisation so that they may apply the knowledge gained in developing effective information systems solutions for an organisation.

Prerequisites:  COMP601 Systems Analysis and Design and  COMP617 Requirements Modelling

INFO714 E-Business Strategies

This course provides knowledge on e-business that will enable students to plan, realise and manage e-business implementations.

Prerequisites: COMP617 Requirements Modelling

INFO716 Business Intelligence and Analytics

Provides students with the design, development and implementation skills for commercial data warehouse systems, including the concepts, techniques and use of tools for data mining in the context of business and market research.

Prerequisites: INFO614 Intermediate Computer Databases

INFO812 Data Mining

This course is an introduction to Data Mining techniques which includes analysis of medium to large sized datasets from different sources; data preparation which includes feature selection;  visual analytics and exploratory data analysis; prediction and classification by regression and classification modelling, neural network and tree-based methods; cluster analysis; association mining with market basket methods, Text Mining; extensive use of WEKA for analysis and prediction also the use of  other industry driven demand tools for  Visual Analytics.

INFO813 Artificial Intelligence

This course covers the technologies and techniques of artificial intelligence currently in common use. Students will learn the contemporary models and algorithms used in intelligent information systems, their origins, and their workings. Students will also be introduced to the unique problems involved in developing an intelligent information system and the means by which real-world problems are solved by intelligent techniques.

MATH501 Essentials of Mathematics and Statistics

This course provides students with a foundation in the mathematical knowledge and skills relevant to their interests and subsequent years of study. It contains two components: a common field and a specific field related to IT.

INFO814 Enterprise Cloud-based Systems

Cloud computing is one of the trendiest technical topics today, with its scalability in the delivery of enterprise applications, cloud concepts and cloud service models, these all have a broad effect across Information Technology Information Architecture, Business, and Data Storage.  This course serves to expose students to cloud service models such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Business Process as a Service (BPaaS). Such cloud service models will familiarise students with vendor-maintained applications.  The course also covers the Cloud security model and its challenges, implementation and support of High Performance Computing and Big Data on the Cloud.

SOFT605 Object Oriented Programming

A skills development course that will enable students to gain the knowledge necessary to create advanced applications for the business environment using object-oriented programming concepts.

Prerequisites: COMP503 Fundamentals of Computer Programming

SOFT606 Desktop Applications

An introduction to the design and construction of an object-oriented application system based on the Microsoft .NET Framework Technology. The course will extend the designing and programming concepts delivered in the earlier courses into a completed application system with a focus on some known standard controls: quality, modularity and reusability principles. Multi-tiers system architecture, including user interface layer, business logic layer, data access layer and database layer, is included.

Prerequisites: COMP504 Fundamentals of Computer Databases and SOFT605 Object Oriented Programming

SOFT703 Web Applications Development

This course will extend students' knowledge of data communications and internetworking over the world wide web, and covers issues associated with the development of applications in this environment. Emphasis is placed upon the analysis, design and development of web-based applications for a variety of purposes using current tools and techniques.

Prerequisites: SOFT606 Applications Development

SOFT704 Human-Computer Interaction

This course will provide the necessary knowledge and skills in the areas of understanding, designing, implementing and evaluating user-interface to offer an enhanced interaction between users and computers.

Prerequisites: COMP601 Systems Analysis and Design

SOFT708 Mobile Applications Development

This course extends students' knowledge of OOP programming by investigating and using advanced techniques that extend the standard software development environment to develop and deploy software applications for mobile devices.

Prerequisites: COMP504 Fundamentals of Computer Databases and SOFT605 Object Oriented Programming

SOFT806 Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment

This course aims to develop skills to automate and improve the application development process by using continuous integration, delivery and deployments tools. The course enables learners to write unit and user interface tests to ensure application functionality and interface workflows. The course emphasis is on continuous automated integration builds, testing, delivery, deployment, user interface testing, release management and recovery automation.

SOFT807 Cloud Application Development

This course aims to develop theoretical and practical knowledge of cloud application development. The course enables learners to develop applications for the cloud. The course emphasis is on various cloud technologies, cloud application development, deployment and cloud application scalability, reliability and security.
 

SOFT808 Software User Experience

This course aims to provide theoretical and practical knowledge for designing and implementing quality interfaces for interactive information systems. This includes the usage of widely used guidelines, theories and principles of designs that leads to the development of high performance, reliable and usable information system.

Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource (STAR)

Note: STAR courses cannot be completed as a Certificate of Proficiency

3.679 Prepare and bake basic cakes, sponges, and scones in a commercial kitchen

Credit Value 4
NQF Level 3
Unit Standard Version 13325

3.681 Prepare and cook basic pasta dishes in a commercial kitchen

Credit Value 3
NQF Level 3
Unit Standard Version 13316

3.682 Prepare and cook vegetable dishes in a commercial kitchen

Credit Value 6
NQF Level 3
Unit Standard Version 13293

3.684 Prepare, assemble, and present complex sandwiches for service in a commercial kitchen

Credit Value 2
NQF Level 3
Unit Standard Version 13282

3.685 Provide counter food and beverage service in a commercial hospitality environment

Credit Value 3
NQF Level 3
Unit Standard Version 14441