Computing & Information Technology
We like solving problems. Better security for computer networks? We’re looking into it. Software for more effective business processes? We’re investigating that as well. If you’re interested in how information and communications technologies (ICT) can change people’s lives, join us. At the Department of Computing, developing new ICT solutions is what we do.
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, and from system analysis, software design and website development to network design and applications programming. It’s computing for the real world – with practical assignments, guest lectures from industry experts, work experience for Bachelor of Computing Systems students and applied postgraduate research.
You’ll learn from staff who remain actively involved in the latest industry practices. Many of them are members of industry organisations like the Institute of IT Professionals NZ. Their work is published in international journals. Some continue to work as consultants to the IT industry. And quite a few of them are involved in applied research – from e-government and 'smart' houses to telecommunication systems, high speed networks and robotics.
And because good ideas don’t stick to a schedule, our computing labs are open seven days a week. They’re just a card swipe away, whenever that brilliant solution might strike you.
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.
- Certificate in Network Administration and Security (Level 6) - Full-time for 20 weeks, hands-on learning, focus on network and server security.
- Diploma in Information Technology Support – 2 years full-time (part-time available), focus on providing effective help desk support.
- National Diploma in Computing (Support and Software Development) - Full-time for 32 weeks, computer repair and maintenance, database design and software development)
- 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: 22 April 2013