New Zealand Diploma in Information Systems – Level 5

        Imparting students with broad awareness and structure on Information Systems

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The aim of this programme is to prepare students with a broad and generic understanding of core and technical concepts in Information Systems.

Graduates of this programme will be able to demonstrate a broad and generalist understanding, knowledge and skills in Information Systems including computer administration, networking, software development, user experience and technical and functional support.

The programme will equip learners with the required soft skills and technical skills to meet the range of Information Systems roles.

The New Zealand Diploma in Information Systems constitutes an NZQA approved 120 credit Level 5 qualification. This qualification consists of eight papers in all. You need to pass in all papers to complete the qualification. The 44-week study of New Zealand Diploma in Information Systems provides a broad and generalist understanding, knowledge and skills in Information Systems including computer administration, networking, software development, user experience and technical and functional support. The aim of this programme is to equip learners with a broad generic understanding of the core and technical concepts in Information systems. This programme will allow the learners to attain entry level roles and pursue further study in Information Systems. Learners will be equipped with the soft skills and technical knowledge to meet the needs of a range of Information Systems roles. Graduates will also be able to work independently in familiar situations and also as part of the team under broad supervision.

SKILLS ACQUIRED:

  • Select, install and configure common computer architecture from personal to enterprise environment
  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional, ethical and legal practices in the context of Information Systems to meet business requirements
  • Apply basic operational practices of fundamentals of computer networking and administration
  • Understand the application of Information security and system troubleshooting
  • Apply the principles business ethics including the Treaty of Waitangi in an IT support environment
  • Install and administer system and application software on desktop and network including emerging technologies
  • Automate system and application processes to meet typical organisational IT support requirements
  • Provide helpdesk support and problem solving to end users for both hardware and software issues, covering both operating systems and application software
  • Demonstrate understanding of IT project life cycle and other project management principals
  • Use communication, personal and interpersonal skills to enhance effectiveness in an IT role
  • Apply the fundamentals of information system and design including appreciation of the relevance of user experience and interactive design
  • Explore fundamentals of data modelling and database management
  • Develop and deploy a simple software application
  • Operate within applicable professional standards and practice

Education Outcome

Businesses, organisations and communities will value qualified Information System professionals who are able to contribute in the changing world of Cloud Computing and Information Systems development in New Zealand, using skills and knowledge that are internationally relevant.

Assessment Methods:

  • The assessment methods for this programme include written examinations, presentations associated with current technologies, assignments, presentations, group work to evaluate the practical and realistic aspects of the programme
  • Assessments have been designed to ensure that learners can apply skills in real or realistic work-based scenarios and settings
  • The assessments will be based on a range of standard and nonstandard processes relevant to the IT sector to ensure that learners use critical thinking and problem-solving methods
  • Formative assessments will be ongoing and integrated throughout the programme
  • Assessments are based on a performance-based grading system; however, the minimum standard goal will be the achievement of all the graduate outcomes listed in the course 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 using a simulated approach with real or realistic organisations.

Delivery Methods:

This programme will be delivered using an integrated mix of directed classroom lectures and practical laboratory activities with the focus on building a foundation for robust theoretical concepts with practical application of skills.

The delivery will include simulated real life scenarios to equip learners with the experiential learning and engage in the field of IT; group work and team exercises will also help students to work in the team and develop interpersonal skills.

There will be sessions from guest speakers within the industry to enable and offer students with industry’s best practices and reflect on user experiences as a critical component.

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 Information System - Level 5 (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.
  • DIS 501 – Business Communication and Ethics Credit 15

    Module Aim: The aim of this module is to enable learners to understand and apply various aspects of communication including personal and interpersonal skills. The learner will be able to understand the issues of ethics, compliance, responsibility, and demonstrate grasp of all material facts including the stakeholders involved and their interests. The learner will demonstrate an understanding of the applicable standards, procedures, relevant laws and regulations in the context of and Treaty of Waitangi and wider New Zealand business

    DIS 502 – Introduction to Computer Administration, Networking and Helpdesk Credit 15

    Module Aim: The aim of this module is to enable learners to understand various aspects of computer administration, networking management and helpdesk. The learner will develop understanding of computer administration and networking management including monitoring of systems, maintain the hardware and software responsible for these networks and provide helpdesk support to end users.

    DIS 503 – Business Modelling Credit 15

    Module Aim: The aim of this module is to provide learners the knowledge and skills involved in business modelling and expose students to developing and documenting operational processes of a business. This module will also incorporate Business Models and tools in creating, describing and analysing business processes.

    DIS 504 – Foundation of Project Management Credit 10

    Module Aim: The aim of this module is to enable learners to understand various aspects of project and people management. The learners will be gain an understanding of a project life cycle, concepts and project related activities.

    DIS 505 - Introduction to Software Development Life Cycle Credit 20

    Module Aim: The aim of this module is to enable learners to understand various aspects of software engineering including development methodologies, configuration management, quality assurance, deployment, user training, testing and documentation. Learners will also be able to apply fundamental concepts of change management and any relevant principles.

    DIS 506 – User Experience and Interaction Design Credit 20

    Module Aim: The aim of this module is to enable learners to understand and apply the concepts of user interface design and use them appropriately to achieve the best possible usability. Learner will also be able to enhance user experience by implementing various media designs.

    DIS 507 – Fundamentals of Computer Databases Credit 10

    Module Aim: The aim of this module is to enable learners to understand various aspects of the Database Management System. They will be able to explore fundamentals of data modelling and perform database related activities to meet the organisation requirements.

    DIS 508 – Critical Thinking and Programming Credit 15

    Module Aim: The aim of this module is to enable learners to analyze and think critically to resolve computational business problems and resolve them with the help of computer programs. The learners will also gain an understanding to deploy computer programs.

    Course Content

    The courses that are mandatory for this diploma are Business Communication and Ethics, Introduction to Computer Administration, Networking and Helpdesk, Business Modelling, Foundation of Project Management, Introduction to Software Development Life Cycle, User Experience and Interaction Design, Fundamentals of Computer Databases, Critical Thinking and Programming.

    Entry Requirements

    • Applicants must have completed a certificate in computing Level 3 or successful completion of NCEA Level 2 or 3 or Year 12 secondary schooling; or appropriate work experience in the Information Systems sector
    • International students will also be required to meet an IELTS Academic score of 5.5, with no band score lower than 5; or the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4)