Computing & Information Technology
We like solving problems. Better security for computer networks? Software for more effective business processes? We're looking into it. If you're interested in how information and communications technologies (ICT) can change people's lives, join us.
Our computing courses keep pace with constantly evolving technology. Our industry advisory board makes sure of that. And that applies to all of our programmes – from a one-semester certificate to New Zealand's first Doctor of Computing. We cover everything from system analysis, software design and website development to network design and security, and mobile and web application development. It's computing for the real world – with practical assignments, guest lectures by industry experts, work experience and applied postgraduate research.
Did we mention that the Department of Computing is home to New Zealand's first Cybersecurity Research Centre? Opened in 2012 in collaboration with Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications technology (NICT), it's an example of cutting-edge technology being developed right here on campus.
Then there's the new IBM Delivery Centre – the first in New Zealand – which opened at our Mt Albert campus in 2013. As well as jobs for Unitec students and graduates, working with IBM means mentoring programmes, scholarships and internships with one of the biggest names in business and it consulting. You'll learn from staff who are members of industry organisations and who have work published in international journals. Some work as consultants to the it industry and quite a few of them are involved in applied research. From high-speed networks and data mining, to internet security and robotics, find out more about the skills and specialities of our teaching staff.
And because good ideas don't stick to a schedule, our computing labs are open seven days a week, always just a card swipe away.
Computing and Information Technology programmes
Free short courses:
- Free4U computer courses – offered at Unitec’s Northern campus in Albany, and at the Free4U classroom at Arcade 357 in Henderson
- International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) – offered at community libraries across West Auckland
If you're just starting out:
- Certificate in Information Technology – 1 semester full-time (part-time available), preparation for further study in the Bachelor of Computing Systems or the Diploma in Information Technology Support.
- Bridgepoint foundation education programmes can get you ready to apply for certificate, diploma or degree level study. Find out more about Bridgepoint programmes on offer.
Undergraduate computing programmes:
- Certificate in Computer Servicing (Level 5) - Full-time for 16 weeks (17 weeks allowing one re-sit), gain experience and skills to install and maintain computer hardware and software.
- Diploma in Information Technology Support – 2 years full-time (part-time available), focus on providing effective help desk support.
- Bachelor of Computing Systems – 3 years full-time (part-time available), practical assignments and case-study scenarios, includes an industry-based project.
If you work in IT but need a formal qualification:
- Diploma in Applied Computer Systems Engineering – 1 year full-time, good preparation for Microsoft certification examinations.
- Graduate Diploma in Computing – 1 year full-time (part-time available), pathway into postgraduate computing programmes, specialise in data communication/networks, software development or business analysis.
Advanced study in computing:
- Postgraduate Diploma in Computing – 1 year full-time (part-time available), wide range of electives.
- Master of Computing – 2 years full-time (part-time available), emphasis on projects, may include a major research project.
- Doctor of Computing – 3 years full-time (part-time available), New Zealand's first professional doctorate in computing, a combination of advanced coursework and original research.
Last edited: 19 September 2013