Programme overview

Are you interested in a career in management? To be successful in today's commercial world, you have to be competent in a variety of business skills. If you study for a Bachelor of Business (Management) you'll not only gain an overview of how business operates, but also understand what effect the management of human resources and operations has on business as a whole. Specialise in either human resource management or operations management.

Highlights

  • Developed with input from national and international business leaders.
  • Recognised by the New Zealand Institute of Management (NZIM).
  • Two pathways: human resource management or operations management.
  • Work experience in your final year: you take part in an Industry Based Learning (IBL) placement, undertaking a relevant project or work experience for an organisation sourced by you, and producing a portfolio that showcases your learning. You work part-time in the workplace (approximately two days a week for 10 weeks) while completing some study as part of your programme. An academic supervisor from Unitec will guide you through the experience.
  • Part-time study options available and some courses may also be offered as evening classes or during Summer School (in December and January).
  • It's up to you how many courses you want to complete each semester. You should complete the Bachelor of Business within 10 years.

Human resource management
If you're focusing on human resources (HR), you begin to understand that there is more to HR than staff recruitment. From an organisational viewpoint, HR is an increasingly important managerial function dealing with a whole range of staff-related needs such as HR strategy and planning, recruitment, performance management systems and employment contracts.

Operations management
If you're specialising in operations management, you cover a broad range of management functions within a business organisation, including product and service design, project management, work methods, process re-engineering and production planning.

Bachelor of Business courses range from levels 5 to 7. In general, the level 5 courses introduce students to key concepts and principles of business, and act as introductory courses for the major disciplines. Level 6 and 7 courses focus in more depth on knowledge related to the specific majors. Where possible you should complete the lower-level courses before moving on to the higher-level courses. Typically, you spend between 12 and 16 hours per week in the classroom and at least 20 to 24 hours per week on study, assignments and other out-of-class work.

Double majors

In a world of change and complexity, it's an advantage to have multiple skills and above all, to be adaptable. A Bachelor of Business double major consists of the common and major-specific compulsory courses from the two Bachelor of Business majors. A double major can be completed within three-and-a-half to four years of full-time study.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the general, or the discretionary, or the special admission requirements and they must also meet any programme-specific admission requirements. Applicants must also meet the English language requirements and may be interviewed.

Generic Admission Requirements

General Admission

Applicants must have:

  1. A minimum of 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher on the National Qualifications Framework, with 14 credits at Level 3 or higher in each of two subjects from an approved subject list, with a further 14 credits at Level 3 or higher taken from no more than two additional domains on the National Qualifications Framework or approved subjects plus a minimum of 14 credits at Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau on the National Qualifications Framework, plus a minimum of 8 credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori; a minimum of 4 credits must be in Reading and a minimum of 4 credits must be in Writing; OR
  2. At least 3 ‘C’ passes in the New Zealand University Bursaries Examinations; OR
  3. Successful completion of the Unitec Certificate in Foundation Studies: Whitinga Level 3 with a relevant pathway, where appropriate;OR
  4. Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4); OR
  5. Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 4); OR
  6. Equivalent

Special Admission

Applicants must have: 

  1. attained the age of 20 years on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the degree is to commence; AND 
  2. provided sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a potential successful outcome in the qualification. 

Discretionary Admission

In exceptional cases an applicant who does not meet the general admission requirements and who has not reached the age of 20 on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the degree is to commence may apply for discretionary admission.

In assessing whether to grant discretionary admission in exceptional cases, the primary focus will be on the applicant’s level of preparedness for study at the required level.

English Language Admission Requirements

General English Language Requirements

Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in Reading, 4 in Writing).

English language entry requirements for international students for whom English is not their first language:

Applicants must have at least ONE of the following:

a) Gained NCEA level 3 and met New Zealand university entrance requirements;

b) Clear evidence that they satisfy one of the following criteria for existing English proficiency:

  1. Previous primary and secondary study in English as evidenced by completion of one of the following at schools with English as the language of instruction in countries with a student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent:
    • Completion of all primary education and at least three years of secondary education (that is, the equivalent of New Zealand Forms 3 to 7 or years 9 to 13), or
    • Completion of at least five years of secondary education (that is, the equivalent of New Zealand Forms 3 to 7 or years 9 to 13)
  2. Previous tertiary study in English: clear evidence of completion of a tertiary qualification of at least three years’ duration with English as the language of instruction in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States.
  3. Achievement of the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)

c) Achieved, within the preceding two years, at least one of the English proficiency outcomes listed below:

  1. NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) (Academic) (Level 4)
  2. An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5. The IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form.
  3. An overall TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) score of 550 (essay 5 TWE) OR an overall TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) Score of 60 (writing 20)
  4. University of Cambridge English Examinations: First Certificate in English (FCE), or FCE for schools, or CAE, or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill
  5. Pearson Test of English PToE (Academic) with a score of 50.

Programme Specific Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this programme, applicants must also meet the requirements set out in this schedule.

Specific Admission

To be admitted to this programme, all applicants must meet the requirements set out in the Bachelor Generic Regulations. There are no additional programme-specific admission requirements.

Discretionary Admission

Applicants may be granted Discretionary Admission if they have, for example:

  • A minimum total of 60 NCEA credits at level 2 in their best 4 subjects or equivalent: or
  • A maximum total of 12 in New Zealand Sixth Form Certificate in their best 4 subjects, or equivalent, or
  • Have the New Zealand Diploma in Business, or
  • Completed a minimum of 3 courses in the New Zealand Diploma in Business and achieved a minimum ‘B’ grade average from all courses completed; or
  • Completed a minimum of two courses in the New Zealand Diploma in Business (EAL stream) with an ‘A’ grade for each course; or
  • Completed an appropriate qualification at level 4 or higher.

Courses and timetables

The courses may be offered as part of the programme. Click on the course links below to see the course details and timetables.

Courses Credits Aim
Accounting for Business (ACTY5200) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To introduce students to the role of accounting information in business decision-making and to analyse and interpret financial statements.
Information Systems and Applications (ACTY5230) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to gain an understanding of how information systems are used in a modern organisation and to be able to apply software skills to business related problems.
Law of Business Obligations (ACTY5320) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with an in depth understanding of legal rules and fundamental legal obligations in the New Zealand business environment.
Business Statistics (ACTY5401) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To introduce students to the importance of research and data collection in business and apply quantitative methods and statistical analysis to data.
Introduction to Professional Practice (Part 2) (ACTY5700) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) The aim of this course is to build on student’s knowledge of successful Business practices gained from Introduction to Professional Practice Part A. A theme running throughout the course is a focus on ethical business practices which acts as a foundation for later courses within the Bachelor degree programme. Throughout the course students will be expected to engage in individual and collaborative learning and assessment events. Students will continue to develop and refine their professional profile through the development of a portfolio of evidence. The course will enable students to continue to develop their digital, information and academic literacies for tertiary study.
Managing In Organisations (BSNS5390) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to examine the role and functions of organisations in New Zealand and globally.
Introduction to Professional Practice (Part 1) (BSNS5600) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the development of business and academic skills in order to enhance personal development of communication, numeracy and literacy.
Courses Credits Aim
Managing Projects (BSNS6162) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to participate effectively in a project team, to manage selves and others, and to scope and develop a project brief.
StrategicThinking for Managers (BSNS6340) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop students’ ability to critically evaluate business systems from a range of perspectives.
Talent Development and Management (BSNS6341) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop employee knowledge, skills and ability (KSA) talent requirements that align with the future needs of the employee and organisation.
Organisational Behaviour (BSNS6342) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop students’ ability to critically assess the impact that individuals and groups/teams have on behaviours within organisations.
Employee Relations and Legislation (BSNS6343) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to explore the nature of the employment and regulatory environment, and the formal informal relationships between employee and employer.
Business Process Improvement (BSNS6350) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To conduct, and communicate the results of Business Process Improvement (BPI) investigations.
Quality Management (BSNS6351) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop student enquiry and investigation skill relating to quality assurance and quality improvement
Supply Chain Management (BSNS6352) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To manage efficient, effective and sustainable supply chain processes and procedures incorporating inventory control strategies and systems.
Business Research Methods (BSNS6371) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to apply research methodologies and techniques with the purpose of completing a formal research proposal.
Courses Credits Aim
Advanced Human Resource Management (BSNS7140) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) Students will investigate, critically analyse and align HRM practices to business and organisational goals.
Business Analytics (BSNS7162) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to analyse and apply business information to support organisational decision making.
Organisational Strategies (BSNS7340) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to participate in the development of corporate and functional strategies using market intelligence.
Industry Based Learning - Human Resource Management (BSNS7349) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with the opportunity to integrate their learning across their programme of study and to apply theoretical and practical business skills to an approved project/placement in industry. To critically reflect upon the processes undertaken in completing the project/placement.
Operations Management (BSNS7350) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to participate effectively in the investigation of an operations-related programme for improvement and change.
Industry Based Learning - Operations Management (BSNS7359) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with the opportunity to integrate their learning across their programme of study and to apply theoretical and practical business skills to an approved project/placement in industry. To critically reflect upon the processes undertaken in completing the project/placement.
Industry Based Learning (Service Operations) (BSNS7459) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS) To provide students with the opportunity to integrate their learning across their programme of study and to apply theoretical and practical business skills at an approved project and work objectives in industry. To critically reflect upon the process undertaken in completing the project and work objectives so as to inform their future personal and professional development
Courses Credits Aim
Accounting Applications (ACTY5206) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to apply double entry accounting to prepare financial statements using both manual and computerised processes.
Economic Principles (ACTY5270) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to apply the fundamental elements of economic theory to contemporary business issues.
Principles of Managerial Finance (ACTY5290) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To introduce students to the fundamental concepts and analytical techniques used in financial management.
Marketing Fundamentals (BSNS5340) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to demonstrate and an understanding of the role and purpose of marketing in organisations.
Human Resource Management (BSNS5341) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to review and apply HR roles and practices to impact on organisational effectiveness.
Business Process Management (BSNS5350) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to apply concepts, tools and techniques of operations management to improve organisational performance.
Advertising and Promotion (BSNS5373) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) - To enable students to identify the foundational knowledge in the discipline of Advertising and Promotions in a marketing environment - To enable students to acknowledge and define the role and relationship of advertising in business and society, and the global effect that advertising has on business, industry and national economies - To help students recognise advertising and promotion strategies as an integral part of marketing strategy in business - To introduce students to the processes, roles, and operations in advertising agencies
Innovation and Entrepreneurship (BSNS5391) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with a broad overview of the principles, theories and practice of innovation, entrepreneurship and new venture development.
Courses Credits Aim
Financial Accounting (ACTY6201) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with the skills to prepare general purpose financial reports in accordance with generally accepted accounting practice (GAAP) and to discuss the concepts and valuation bases underlying their preparation.
Accounting Information Systems (ACTY6206) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to use and evaluate accounting information systems to provide information to support business processes.
Taxation (ACTY6210) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To introduce students to the fundamental tax principles and apply them to entities in the New Zealand environment.
Management Accounting (ACTY6212) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with an in-depth understanding of the core concepts and techniques for planning and control of costs in organisations.
Business Finance (ACTY6290) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with an understanding of the corporate finance theory and the ability to apply analytical techniques to facilitate investment, financing and dividend decisions of a firm.
Investments (ACTY6291) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with the skills to analyse and manage investment portfolios and an understanding of the theory underlying the practice.
Financial Markets and the World Economy (ACTY6292) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to analyse the role of national and international financial markets and the impact they have on the New Zealand economy.
Law of Business Entities (ACTY6320) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to explore the legal issues surrounding the creation, administration and termination of business structures.
Buyer Behaviour (BSNS6372) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to critically evaluate the issues and processes related to the major psychological and sociological elements which influence both individual and group buying behaviours.
Sales Management (BSNS6373) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to investigate sales management, and propose appropriate interventions typical for sales management situations.
Integrated Marketing Communications (BSNS6374) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop and present an appropriate integrated marketing communications plan incorporating reasoned objectives balanced with creative strategies and tactics.
Services Marketing (BSNS6375) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) Utilising a Service Dominant Logic context, provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the concepts of services marketing and its role in the economy and to develop and recommend approaches to the marketing of professional services.
Leadership (BSNS6730) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to undertake critical investigations into leadership concepts and to apply principles of leadership to their own professional development.
Courses Credits Aim
Advanced Financial Accounting (ACTY7201) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to critically examine accounting theories, current financial accounting issues and apply advanced financial accounting techniques.
Advanced Auditing (ACTY7209) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with an understanding of the role and practice of external auditing of financial statements.
Advanced Taxation (ACTY7210) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to critically examine contemporary taxation issues affecting the New Zealand business environment.
Advanced Management Accounting (ACTY7212) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to critically evaluate those management accounting techniques that contribute to business strategy and enhance organisational performance.
Industry Based Learning - Accounting (ACTY7219) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with the opportunity to integrate their learning across their programme of study and to apply theoretical and practical business skills to an approved project/placement in industry. To critically reflect upon the processes undertaken in completing the project/placement.
Advanced Business Finance (ACTY7290) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the students to apply advanced analysis of financial decision-making at the business level and discuss recent developments in the field of business finance.
Financial Statement Analysis (ACTY7292) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with advanced analytical skills in using a company’s financial statements to understand its past, present and future performance and assess its current value.
Financial Risk Management (ACTY7295) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To examine the theoretical and practical aspects of financial risk management with an emphasis on the effective use of derivatives, including futures, swaps, options and other financial instruments.
Industry Based Learning - Finance (ACTY7319) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with the opportunity to integrate their learning across their programme of study and to apply theoretical and practical business skills to an approved project/placement in industry. To critically reflect upon the processes undertaken in completing the project/placement.
Google Certified (Web-based Advertising and Analytics) (BSNS7110) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) For students to gain practical experience in web based analytics and on-line advertising
Negotiated Study Human Resource Management (BSNS7348) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to follow a course of self-directed study in their major discipline that will be in-depth study of an approved topic area.
Negotiated Study Operations Management (BSNS7358) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to follow a course of self-directed study in their major discipline that will be in-depth study of an approved topic area.
International Business (BSNS7360) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to examine the drivers and processes shaping the global economic environment of the twenty first century.
Digital Marketing (BSNS7373) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to explore the Internet and other forms of technologies are being used to transform business.
Negotiated Study Marketing (BSNS7388) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to follow a course of self-directed study in their major discipline that will be in-depth study of an approved topic area.
Industry Based Learning - Marketing (BSNS7389) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with the opportunity to integrate their learning across their programme of study and to apply theoretical and practical business skills to an approved project/placement in industry. To critically reflect upon the processes undertaken in completing the project/placement.