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Programme overview

This programme is no longer offered for new enrolments. If you have applied for the programme you will be contacted about alternative study options or you can give us a call on 0800 10 95 10.

Are you already working in a technical role in the computing industry and want to gain a networking qualification to further your career? The Diploma in Applied Computer Systems Engineering helps you advance your knowledge of network operating systems and exchange servers, and gain skills that are in high demand in the computer industry. Learn how to design IT networks, configure servers and solve problems in a network environment.


  • A great preparation for Microsoft, Cisco and Private Cloud Configuration certification examinations
  • Comprehensive, hands-on training for IT professionals responsible for the planning, implementation, management and support of computer operating systems
  • Microsoft-certified lecturers
  • Access to Unitec's fully equipped computer laboratories
  • Courses are offered on weekends, with tutorials one evening per week

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. A total of 60 credits at NCEA Level 2 from four different subjects including a minimum of 8 credits in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing)
2. Be at least 16 years old by the time the programme begins
3. Have at least two years’ work experience in the IT industry, a relevant IT certification or can demonstrate competence equivalent to the above criteria 
4. If English is your second language, you 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 programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

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

Client Operating System Environment (ISCG5331) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To address the implementation and desktop support needs of customers who are planning to deploy and support a client network operating system environment.
Fundamentals of Network Infrastructure (ISCG5332) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To address the fundamental understanding of computer networks and applications infrastructure areas in order to pursue advanced topics in the area of applied computer system engineering.
Server Operating Systems (ISCG6330) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with the knowledge and skills that are needed to effectively manage and maintain server resources, monitor server performance, and safeguard data on a computer running network operating systems.
Configuring Network Infrastructure (ISCG6332) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide the knowledge to implement, manage and maintain networking infrastructure technologies.
Introduction to Networking (ISCG5337) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To introduce students to the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. By the end of the course, students will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes.
Routing and Switching (ISCG6339) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To introduce students to the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. By the end of this course, students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues.
Advanced Internetworking (ISCG6340) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with the knowledge and skills required to implement the Wide Area Networking (WAN) technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network
Network Security (ISCG6341) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with an in-depth, theoretical, and hands-on introduction to network security.





The 'Key Information for Students' below does not reflect any international student information.

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: 60 credits at NCEA Level 2 from a mix of subjects, be 16 years old, have two years' relevant work experience or equivalent and English language requirements or relevant and equivalent qualifications, special and discretionary admission also accepted.

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


1 Year

Tuition Fees


Total Qualification

Student fees:  $5,716$5,716
Government tuition subsidy: $9,200$9,200

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings$39,579
Earnings range$29,501 - $48,603
In employment59%
In further study29%
On a benefit7%

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.