New Zealand Diploma in Systems Administration – Cloud and Virtualisation – Level 6

        Be professionally and skilfully abreast with rapid changes in the IT sector

COURSE DESCRIPTION



The New Zealand Diploma in Systems Administration (Cloud and Virtualisation) constitutes an NZQA approved 120 credit Level 6 qualification. This qualification consists of nine papers in all. You need to pass in all papers to complete the qualification. The 44-week study of New Zealand Diploma in Systems Administration (Cloud and Virtualisation) provides a broad and generalist understanding, knowledge and skills in Systems Administration including computer administration, sever infrastructure and virtualization, networking directory services, scripting, remote access, messaging and collaboration, network services, project management, communication, personal and interpersonal skills, IT service management, and professional ethical work practice. The aim of this programme is to equip learners with an understanding of the core and technical concepts of systems administration and to be cognizant of network technologies and operations. Learners will be equipped with the knowledge that will enable them to improve agility, performance, IT security, resiliency, performance and also enable them to generate value for organisations. This programme will allow learners to work in different environments (cloud and on premise) under various models including infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) or software as a service (SaaS). There will be an integration of 'soft skills' with the technical learning in the programme. Graduates of this programme will be able to work independently or in a team in both familiar and unfamiliar situations.

On completion of this programme, graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge, skills and understanding in Systems Administration including computer administration, sever infrastructure and virtualisation, networking directory services, scripting, remote access, messaging and collaboration, network services, project management, communication, personal and interpersonal skills, IT service management, and professional ethical work practice.

The Programme will equip learners with the soft skills and technical skills to meet a range of IT roles.

Skills acquired:

  • Implement relevant tools, techniques, project management and best practices on projects such as virtualisation, Infrastructure as a Services, Application as a Service, Platform as a Service under both on premise and cloud deployments
  • Deploy, configure and manage servers with various associated network services such as DHCP, DNS, PKI and other services under an on premise deployment and contrast to a cloud solution deployment
  • Plan and implement storage solutions for an organisation such as DAS, SAN, NAS under both on premise and Cloud environments
  • Configure and manage directory services for an organisation under both on premise and cloud environments
  • Identify and apply automating tools for system and application deployment to support organisational operations.
  • Implement a server based virtualisation infrastructure to support organisational requirements.
  • Configure, manage and maintain various remote access services solutions for an organisation
  • Configure, manage, maintain messaging and collaboration solutions for an organisation
  • Apply IT service management, change management and project management tools to analyse and solve problems

Education Outcomes:

A level 6 graduate has the capability of meeting the requirements of advanced technical system job roles in the jobs market.

This program understands the importance of cloud computing and virtualisation in the changing world of IT. Students will therefore be equipped to apply and understand Systems Administration specially with a focus on Cloud and Virtualisation

Assessment Methods:

  • Assessments are based on ensuring that learners are able to apply skills in a real or realistic work based scenarios/ settings; and will be relevant to the emerging practice.
  • The assessment methods include written examinations, projects based on current technologies/ situations, assignments, presentations, group work, case studies, developing practical programmes.
  • The assessments will be based on a range of standard and non-standard processes relevant to the IT sector in order to ensure that learners use critical thinking and problem solving methods.
  • The case studies and other challenge assessments will be conducted in and for the context of real or realistic organisations and/or settings; and be relevant to current and/or emerging practice.
  • There will be a capstone project as an assessment which will involve an assessment with the chosen strand.
  • Formative assessments will be ongoing and integrated throughout the programme to prepare learners to develop relevant skills and knowledge.
  • Assessments are based on “achievement” based grading system, however the minimum standard of achievement will be the achievement of all the graduate outcomes in the graduate profile

Work Place Component:

This programme is application based and the content relates to practical experience, however there are no field-based or work based components included within the programme.

All practical work will be undertaken during a simulated approach and using real or realistic organisations. This will provide assurance that exercises and learning experiences provided by the programme will be undertaken in a systematic manner.

All practical experiences have been designed to provide students within a context of realistic workplace situations or settings using case studies and relevant scenarios.

Course Duration:

It is expected that a student will progress through the programme within one typical academic year of 44 weeks and 40 teaching weeks to complete the New Zealand Diploma in Systems Administration – Cloud and Virtualisation (Level 6) (120 Credits).

The maximum duration permitted to complete the programme is four years unless an exemption is applied and granted.

Intakes:

February, April, July, November

Class Details:

  • Total class time is expected to be minimum of 20 hours per week
  • The classes will be held between 08:30 am and finish not later than 5:30 pm from Monday to Friday.
  • The classes may be held between 09:00 am and finish not later than 3:00 pm on Saturdays.
  • AGI reserves the right, due to insufficient student enrolments, staffing resource or any other matter, to cancel, reschedule, postpone classes or vary this schedule.
  • Module Aims DIS 601 – Business Environments Credit 20

    Module Aim: The aim of this module is to enable learners to learn and practice good behaviour by following relevant codes of conducts. Learners should also be able to contribute effectively to achieve high standard organisational outcomes.

    DSA 601– Server Administration and Virtualisation Credit 15

    Module Aim: The aim of this module is to provide learners with fundamental concepts of server administration and virtualisation technology, the learners will implement a range of server technologies in a virtualised environment for systems and network services both on premise and on the cloud to meet organisational requirements.

    DSA 602– Implementation of Storage Solutions Credit 10

    Module Aim: The aim of this module is to enable learners to analyse DAS, SAN, NAS and Cloud storage solutions and implement these solutions to meet organisations data storage requirements.

    DSA 603– Directory Services Credit 12

    Module Aim: The aim of this module is to enable learners to plan, implement, and manage active directory service on premise infrastructure and the cloud to meet organisational requirements.

    DSA 604– System and Application Deployment Credit 15 Module Aim: The aim of this module is to enable learners to plan and implement automated system and application software deployment to both on premise and on the cloud using support efficient organisational operations.

    DSA 605–Implementing Server Based Virtualisation Infrastructure Credit 10

    Module Aim: The aim of this module is to enable learners understand and apply basic concepts of computer virtualisation and implement a serverbased virtualisation infrastructure to support organisational requirements.

    DSA 606– Remote Network Access Solutions and System Procedure Automation Credit 15 Module Aim: The aim of this module is to analyse organisational requirements, implement a solution, and administer infrastructure for remote network access and write scripts to automate standard system procedures.

    DSA 607– Messaging and Collaboration Systems Administration Credit 8

    Module Aim: The aim of this module is to enable learners to manage and administer a messaging and collaboration service solution focusing both on premise and cloud environment to meet organisational requirements.

    DSA 608– Project and IT Service Management Credit 15

    Module Aim: The aim of this module is to enable learners to critically think, choose and apply appropriate software development approach, modelling and design techniques, quality assurance processes, software deployment and maintenance techniques by practicing the acquired skills in familiar / unfamiliar and simple / complex business problems. The learners will also be able to apply IT service management and change management processes and procedures to comply with organisational requirements.

    Course Content

    • Business Environments
    • Server Administration and Virtualisation
    • Implementation of Storage Solutions
    • Directory Services
    • System and Application Deployment
    • Implementing Server Based Virtualisation Infrastructure
    • Remote Network Access Solutions and System Procedure Automation
    • Messaging and Collaboration Systems Administration
    • Project and IT Service Management

    Entry Requirements

    • Learners enrolling are recommended to hold the New Zealand Diploma of Information Technology Technical Support (Level 5) [Ref: 2596], or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience.
    • International students must have an appropriate level of English proficiency for the level at which they intend to study. Details of English language entry requirements are contained in the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 (Appendix 2). E.g. IELTS Academic score of 6, with no band score lower than 5.5; or the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 5) [Ref: 1884].

    Employment Pathways

    Graduates of this programme will have skills and knowledge to gain entry level employment in roles such as:
    • Computer Technician/Support
    • Desktop support (Tier 1 and 2)
    • Helpdesk Support
    • Network Support
    • Project Coordinator
    • Systems Support
    • Service Desk Support
    • Technical Support
    • Applications Support
    • Technical Project Coordinator
    • Server Administration Roles
    • Cloud Administration Roles
    • IT Service Management Support

    Education Pathways:

    • Learners can undertake further studies in the under-graduate degree qualifications.
    • This programme will also equip learners to attempt optional industry certifications at the appropriate level and area of specialty.