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Programme overview

If you are already working with computers but don't have a formal qualification, or you have a degree in a different discipline and want to move into the IT sector, our specially tailored course structure can help you accomplish your goals. The Graduate Diploma in Computing aims to equip you with substantial problem-solving skills in an area of your interest.

Highlights

  • Can serve as a bridge into the postgraduate computing programmes
  • Flexibility: you choose what courses interest you the most - from programming, software and hardware, to databases, networking, information systems and the internet. You can also develop testing and quality assurance skills, along with the project planning skills to lead a small in-house IT project
  • Practise your skills on cutting-edge computer technology
  • Highly qualified professionals as your lecturers
  • Small classes that ensure plenty of one-on-one time
  • Individual support: new students will be enrolled by the Programme Leader for an approved programme of study and given their timetables individually.

Specialist pathways

The Graduate Diploma in Computing is highly flexible. Depending on the career pathway you’re interested in, you can choose to specialise in different areas.

  • Networks & Data Communication
    Ideal for graduates from technical backgrounds this pathway prepares you to work in networking and communication fields. Many of the courses are practical and hands-on, giving you the skills you need for the industry.

  • Cyber Security
    This pathway prepares graduates from technical backgrounds to work in the cyber security field - a particularly challenging and interesting area for study and work. Many of the courses are hands-on and include malware analysis and other hot topics.

  • Business Analysis
    This pathway helps graduates from all IT backgrounds to prepare for management roles. It also enables arts and business graduates to learn additional IT skills, to make you more attractive to future employers or to enable you to run your own business.

  • Software Development
    This pathway prepares graduates from a variety of disciplines (usually technical) to work in the fast-moving software development space. If you don't have a technical background you may need to complete more study to prepare for this pathway.

  • Game Development
    This pathway prepares graduates from a variety of disciplines (usually technical) to work in the games industry as software developers with a speciality in game design. These skills are much needed here in New Zealand. If you don't have a technical background, a longer study plan can be negotiated.

  • Business Intelligence
    This pathway prepares graduates from all IT backgrounds for the business intelligence field. It will enhance your ability to use information systems to improve business decision making, a highly valuable and sought after skill.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. A recognised degree, a professional qualification in a relevant discipline or the ability to demonstrate competencies equivalent to the above
2. A minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing) 
3. 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 meet the requirements? We also accept:

  • 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Information Systems and Analysis (ISCG7142) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To familiarise participants with the characteristics of information systems together with the processes and tools used in developing computer application systems. This course provides participants an introduction to information systems in the business context, and the techniques and tools to perform feasibility analysis and requirement analysis in various software development methodologies.
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.
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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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: A recognised degree, professional relevant qualification or ability to demonstrate equivalent competencies plus English language requirements. Special and discretionary admission also accepted.

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

Duration

1 Year

Tuition Fees

Annual

Total Qualification

Student fees:  $5,860$5,860
Government tuition subsidy: $9,329$9,329
Total:$15,189$15,189

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings$55,773
Earnings range$42,455 - $66,938
In employmentN/A
In further studyN/A
On a benefitN/A

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.