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Programme overview

Do you want an exciting role in the ever-changing computing industry? The Bachelor of Computing Systems provides you with a strong undergraduate learning experience that will underpin your readiness to work in the computing industry. We progressively hone your technical skills and help develop smart interpersonal skills too.

This programme is designed to build professional adaptive skills that will prepare you for the inevitable technical disruption and changes you will encounter in the IT industry. In your final year, you will have an opportunity to complete a real industry IT related project, a key advantage when looking for employment and presenting your CV to employers. 

Highlights

  • An applied computing qualification that equips you with the ability to cope with technological changes in this fast-moving industry.
  • Emphasis on the practical assessments and case-study scenarios.
  • Industry-based project in your final semester. This project is designed to further integrate knowledge gained throughout the programme in a practical situation that uses a wide range of skills.
  • Student Exchange programme: spend one or two semesters studying overseas.
  • Flexible structure so you can fit study around your life.
  • Numerous scholarships for both school leaver applicants, as well as for established second and third year students. 

 

Study pathways

You can choose from five pathway options designed to help you hit the ground running when you graduate:

Computer networks & cloud computing

Computer networks, real and virtual, are the connectors of the computing world. Organisations need people to help them manage their networks and 25% of computing jobs are in this area. Cloud computing is a relatively new development and is increasingly taking over the market. Choose this pathway and you'll learn about the latest technologies by working on practical problems in class. This pathway also gives you the opportunity to gain industry recognised Microsoft and Cisco certifications, including those in Cloud Computing.

Software engineering

Software engineering regularly rates as one of the top jobs in the world. This dynamic and changing pathway gives graduates the knowledge to design and develop software solutions and products. You'll be taught by industry practitioners and experienced academics and have access to work experience opportunities in the software industry.

Games development

This pathway prepares you to work in the fast-growing field of game development and interactive media. The game development combines design, software development and storytelling. You'll be encouraged to work with students and staff in the creative disciplines such as design and performing and screen arts. Industry links mean you'll also get the opportunity to contribute to the development of real games while still studying towards your degree.

Business intelligence

The amount of data and speed at which it is collected by organisations has reached unprecedented levels in recent years. But data without analysis is just a storage problem. Business intelligence combines business, databases, data warehousing, data mining and software development to find ways for organisations to use this data for future planning. Business intelligence helps organisations to excel in their field and compete effectively with other organisations. Through these courses, you'll learn how to create and manage data warehouse solutions that fit into the strategies of complex enterprises in the ever-changing market, and how to develop effective data models and reports to help business decision-making.

Cybersecurity

Every person who touches a computer keyboard or a smartphone screen could be a cyber-threat. Cybersecurity is a new area in computing and there is a big gap between graduates and job numbers. People with cybersecurity skills are needed by both the private and public sectors. The cybersecurity pathway gives graduates the knowledge to help them protect computers, networks and data from these threats.

You can also create a personal study pathway with the help of your programme leader with our BCS pathway progression diagram.

Scholarships

To help you on your chosen IT career we have IBM Kickstarter scholarships available for 20 first year students. In years two and three we also have specific IT scholarships supported by IBM for the ‘Earn As You Learn’ programme. To qualify for this opportunity you need to follow either the Computer Networks & Cloud Computing or Software Engineering pathways.

Exit qualifications

If you complete the level 5 compulsory courses plus two electives (a total of 120 credits) you can exit the programme with a Certificate in Computing Systems. 

If you complete 240 credits at levels 5 to 7, including the level 5 compulsory courses and at least 90 credits from level 6 including the level 6 compulsory courses, you can exit with a Diploma in Computing Systems.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher including:

  • 14 credits in two different approved subjects; and
  • 14 credits from up to two subjects (approved or non-approved)
  • Your 42 credits must also include 7 credits at NCEA Level 3 in English or Maori AND 9 credits at NCEA Level 3 in Mathematics or Pangarau

2. Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t have NCEA? We also accept:

  • A relevant qualification at Level 3 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification; OR
  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

CoursesCreditsAim
Hardware Fundamentals (ISCG5400) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with a good working knowledge of information technology hardware.
Operating System Fundamentals (ISCG5401) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)The aim of this course is to provide students the understanding fundamental concepts of operating systems (OS), functionalities and architectures of operating systems, and how they are designed to meet requirements from users, hardware, and software. Students will gain hands-on experience on using MS Windows and Linux system commands and programs to explore various topics covered by the course.
Programming Fundamentals (ISCG5420) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To introduce students to the basic principles of designing and developing small computer programs within the context of programming language.
Introduction to Databases (ISCG5423) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with an introduction to database systems.
Information Systems Concepts (ISCG5424) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with an introduction to information systems and the role they play within industry. The main purpose of the course is to enable a student to engage with a range of information system elements and to make choices for future specialist study.
Professional Skills for IT Practitioners (ISCG5430) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course aims to develop the student’s professional competencies using relevant Information Technology (IT) software to enhance their interpersonal and research skills in creating, retrieving, using and disseminating information in a range of settings.
CoursesCreditsAim
Project Planning and Control (ISCG6411) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with a knowledge of the requirements of project planning by using project management techniques and tools, monitoring and controlling projects, using project management software, and applying reviewing techniques.
CoursesCreditsAim
Capstone Project (ISCG7431) 60 credits (0.5 EFTS)To provide students with the opportunity to research, select, integrate, and apply a range of techniques and technology in the solution of a complete realistic problem. Wherever possible students should undertake a project on behalf of a client or situated in an industrial or business environment.
Capstone Project (Sem A) (ISCG7431-SA) 30.0 credits (0.25 EFTS)To provide students with the opportunity to research, select, integrate, and apply a range of techniques and technology in the solution of a complete realistic problem. Wherever possible students should undertake a project on behalf of a client or situated in an industrial or business environment.
Capstone Project (Sem B) (ISCG7431-SB) 30.0 credits (0.25 EFTS)To provide students with the opportunity to research, select, integrate, and apply a range of techniques and technology in the solution of a complete realistic problem. Wherever possible students should undertake a project on behalf of a client or situated in an industrial or business environment.
CoursesCreditsAim
Networking Fundamentals (ISCG5403) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with a good working knowledge of the concepts of Networking and Data Communications fundamentals.
Programming Principles and Practice (ISCG5421) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To advance the knowledge of programming beyond an introductory level, in the context of a programming language.
Multimedia and Website Development (ISCG5422) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To introduce students to the concepts of the Internet as well as website design and development. The course focuses on developing fundamental skill for the creation of websites and multimedia applications.
CoursesCreditsAim
Hardware Technology (ISCG6400) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with technical knowledge of a wide range of computers and peripheral devices, covering installation, configuring, upgrading and troubleshooting.
Data Communications and Networks (ISCG6401) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide the students with the knowledge of the concepts of data communication and networking.
Network Administration and Support (ISCG6402) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with an insight into various local area network configurations.
Network Operating Systems Management (ISCG6403) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide the knowledge and skills required to install, manage and maintain small Linux networks.
Web Server Management (ISCG6404) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide the students with the knowledge and skills necessary to design, develop, configure and maintain the infrastructure of an Internet / Intranet website.
Fundamental Concepts in Cyber Security (ISCG6407) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with a clear understanding of fundamental concepts of cyber security as well as develop the knowledge needed to understand security risks and mitigation mechanisms associated with the implementation and management of IT infrastructure.
Help Desk (ISCG6412) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with practice in the techniques for working in a first level system support role.
Testing and Quality Assurance in ICT (ISCG6413) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)Students will apply testing and quality assurance methods and techniques in the development of ICT solutions.
Systems Analysis and Design (ISCG6414) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to analyse, design and document simple and complex information systems using object oriented analysis and design modelling tools, techniques and standards.
Internet and Website Development (ISCG6420) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide the students with knowledge of advanced concepts of the Internet and website design and development.
GUI Programming (ISCG6421) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide the student with the concepts of and practice in the use of event driven programming in the context of a selected language and a standard interface using windows, icons, menus and pointers.
Multimedia Programming (ISCG6422) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide the students with a knowledge of the issues pertaining to the design of multimedia applications and the tools used to create a multimedia application for the use in a commercial or education field.
Database Design and Development (ISCG6423) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To apply the principles of data management with database technology.
User Interface Design (ISCG6424) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with knowledge of the requirements of user interface design by using software to develop usable forms, prototype systems, and develop on-line documentation.
Data Warehousing (ISCG6425) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To introduce students to concepts of data warehousing and decision-making, data warehouse design and implementation, data sourcing and data quality, Extract-Transform-Load (ETL) procedure, and on-line analytical processing (OLAP). Students will gain hands-on experience using Microsoft SQL server for implementing data warehouses.
Data Structures and Algorithms (ISCG6426) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course introduces the fundamental data structures and algorithms used in software development, extending the object-oriented concepts taught in the pre-requisite subject Programming Principles and Practice. The course will cover searching and sorting, linked data structures such lists and trees as well as hash tables. Upon completion of this course students will be able to implement a variety of data structures and algorithms, and will have an expert knowledge of the scalability and design trade-offs of these algorithms.
ICT Industry Culture (ISCG6432) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with the opportunity to practise, develop and reflect on their professional skills and standards immersed in the corporate culture of a particular IT business. The purpose of this course is to give students a practical experience of employing professional IT skills in a workplace environment.
ICT Customer Service Centre Skills (ISCG6433) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students opportunities to employ customer service skills and to practise, develop and reflect on these in an IT business situation. The purpose of this course is to give students a practical experience of employing professional customer service skills in a workplace environment.
ICT Technical Solutions (ISCG6436) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students opportunities to employ ICT specialised technical knowledge and skills to produce solutions arising from real world demand(s).
Visual Game Design (ISCG6441) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide the students with knowledge of concepts and theories related to game design and the ability to analyse games from the non-technical perspective.
Game Programming (ISCG6442) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with programming knowledge and mathematical concepts required for effective game development
CoursesCreditsAim
Computer Systems Security (ISCG7400) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with an insight into computer systems security and carry out advanced tasks in planning, operation and monitoring of comprehensive systems security.
Advanced Data Communications (ISCG7401) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide the students with knowledge and application of latest development in data communications and networking.
Network Design and Implementation (ISCG7402) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with an insight into various large network technologies.
Computer Forensic Investigations (ISCG7404) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to plan and conduct a digital forensic investigation.
Advanced Cyber Security (ISCG7407) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with a deep understanding of the principles of information security in cyber space, enabling them to analyse various phases in the Cyber Attack Cycle and plan prevention mechanisms into their network design.
Malware Analysis (ISCG7408) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To give students an insight into the fundamental concepts of malware analysis, the knowledge needed to understand the security risks of malware infections and the mitigation mechanisms required to be implemented and managed for securing IT infrastructure.
Information Systems Management (ISCG7410) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop an understanding of the importance of managing information systems through the systems life cycle. To be able to develop information systems strategic plan and the subsequent tactical and operational plans which are aligned with and contribute to the achievement of corporate business goals. To develop an understanding of the way in which corporate information systems, corporate structure and corporate culture are inter-related.
Project Management Methodologies (ISCG7411) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide a comprehensive understanding and practical knowledge of the application of Project Management Principles, Themes, Processes and Techniques
Risk Management (ISCG7412) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide a comprehensive understanding and practical knowledge of the application of a Management of Risk Framework
Testing and Quality Assurance Management (ISCG7413) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)Students will apply testing and quality assurance methods and techniques in the development of ICT solutions.
Business Systems Analysis (ISCG7414) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course addresses advanced business analysis and logical design. It is intended that the students critically analyse a business information system, and determine and document the business requirements for a new information system.
Web Application Development (ISCG7420) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with knowledge and skills for developing client-server and web-based applications in the Intranet/Internet environment.
Advanced Program Development (ISCG7421) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with the ability to investigate and use advanced techniques that extend the standard development environment so that the student is competent in approaches required by full-scale commercial GUI development in a given GUI language.
Mobile Software Development (ISCG7424) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with the ability to investigate and use advanced techniques that extend the standard software development environment so that the student is competent in approaches required in the development and deployment of software applications for mobile devices.
Java Enterprise Programming (ISCG7425) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To critically review the concepts of enterprise component based programming with the Java programming language. The course will comprehensively examine a range of enterprise technologies and frameworks such as Hibernate, Spring, Struts and Java beans. The subject will also cover RMI and socket programming, and the development of a graphical user interface using the Java Swing library.
Data Mining (ISCG7426) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with the knowledge, tools and techniques required for mining complex data sets and to present the results to non-technical audiences.
Agile and Lean Software Delivery (ISCG7427) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To equip participants with the mindset, knowledge, tools and techniques to succeed in agile software development projects. To help participants to understand Agile and Lean principles and practices, and allows participants to gain experience in working in an Agile environment using industry leading Agile team collaboration tools.
Special Topic 2 (ISCG7436) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)The inclusion of a special topic is to allow SCIT to offer courses at this level that deal with current, but possibly transient issues, and that make use of the particular expertise of individual staff members, including visitors. Each special topic offered will be documented either in the form of a standard description using the heading above. Each special topic offered must be approved by the Programme Committee and the Undergraduate Board of Studies and endorsed by the Academic Board.
Advanced Game Programming (ISCG7441) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with the ability to investigate and use advanced programming techniques to solve complex game development problems.
ICT Technical Solutions (ISCG7443) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students opportunities to employ ICT specialised technical skills (for example, real-time optimisation, database optimisation for specific applications, cyber-security penetration testing) and to produce solutions arising from real world demand(s).
Cloud Application Design and Development (ISCG7444) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course explores the best practices and emerging principles for the design & development of cloud-based applications.
Advanced Data Engineering (ISCG7446) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with advanced knowledge, methods, and techniques required for engineering and managing data and database.

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Please take this information as a guideline only. For example, you will often see a difference between these tuition fees and our estimate above. This is because there are a number of variables, such as the specific courses chosen within a programme.

The national graduate outcomes information is for all tertiary New Zealand providers including Unitec. This information is provided by the New Zealand Government and is derived from a national database that links educational and income information.



Key Information for Students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements: 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 from a mix of subjects, Mathematics and English language requirements or relevant & equivalent qualifications, special and discretionary admission also accepted.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.

Duration

3 Years

Tuition Fees

Annual

Total Qualification

Student fees:  $5,872$17,616
Government tuition subsidy: $9,440$28,320
Total:$15,312$45,936

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings$50,705
Earnings range$38,263 - $61,356
In employment78%
In further study15%
On a benefit1%

Note:All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.