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Bachelor of Applied Technology - Transport Management

Want to work in the transport industry? Learn and apply your skills to keep pace with advances in logistics, spare parts, vehicle trading and business management.

360 (3.0 EFTS)
Mt Albert
Start dates
February and July
Full-time for three years or part-time (day) options available

Programme overview

The Transport Management specialisation within the Bachelor of Applied Technology is a programme for students already employed or those intending to be employed in the motor trade and spare parts sales industry, logistics and management. Learn about the the advances in automotive technology and find out how international trends affect national decisions in transport applications. Apply the principles of transport efficiency, sustainability issues, and vehicle design and selection for business application. Learn to be innovative and gain the skills to confidently apply your knowledge in a wide range of situations. Develop an understanding of how to conduct business and manage projects. You'll also improve your communication and problem-solving skills.


  • With an additional credits of study you can also complete the Graduate Diploma in Business (Operations Management)

  • Analytically examine the motor trade regulations and its application in everyday business processes

  • Develop an understanding of vehicle components, concepts and inventory systems process and procedures
  • Analyse the road transport guidelines and its application in business processes
  • Discuss fleet operations, planning, and the importance of fleet maintenance to minimise the impact of risks associated with vehicle investment
  • Develop your analytical knowledge of working in logistics of goods and services
  • Conceptualisation of international trade and customs in the development of New Zealand business while complying with border protection
  • Analyse different vehicle designs to select proper vehicles for business efficiency
  • Undertake a major industry project in your final year where you can make valuable contacts for your future career in the automotive industry

Qualification pathway

  • Once you've successfully completed this programme pathway you'll receive the qualification: Bachelor of Applied Technology.
  • The courses in this study plan are jointly delivered by the Departments of Vehicle Systems & Materials and Business Studies. With additional credits of study, you may also complete the Graduate Diploma in Business (Operations Management). Graduates from the Graduate Diploma in Business (Operations Management) will have credits transferred to the Bachelor of Applied Technology.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher including:

  • 14 credits in two different approved subjects; and
  • 14 credits from up to two subjects (approved or non-approved)
  • Your 42 credits must also include 20 credits at Level 3 in any two of the following domains: Physics, Mathematics with Calculus, Statistics and Modelling, Mechanical Engineering, or any other relevant technical domain as approved by Academic Leader.

2. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori (4 in reading, 4 in writing).

3. 14 credits in NCEA Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau.

4. If English is not your first language, you will need 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:

  • Completion of a relevant endorsement of the Certificate in Applied Technology; or a relevant qualification at Level 3 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification AND
  • Demonstrate your practical abilities by providing a small portfolio of evidence.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses, please click on the course names below. Please note that our systems are updating with new course timetable information for 2020; the course timetables for 2020 will be available in mid-November.

Courses Credits Aim
Marketing Fundamentals (BSNS5340) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to demonstrate and an understanding of the role and purpose of marketing in organisations.
Introduction to Human Resources Management (BSNS5341) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to review and apply HR roles and practices to impact on organisational effectiveness.
Introduction to Operations Management (BSNS5350) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to apply concepts, tools and techniques of operations management to improve organisational performance.
Courses Credits Aim
Marketing Management (BSNS6100) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to understand the concepts, principles and practices of effective marketing management for an organisation.
StrategicThinking for Managers (BSNS6340) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop students’ ability to critically evaluate business systems from a range of perspectives.
Talent Development and Management (BSNS6341) 15.0 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.
Operations Management (BSNS6350) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To conduct, and communicate the results of Business Process Improvement (BPI) investigations.
Managing Quality (BSNS6351) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop student enquiry and investigation skill relating to quality assurance and quality improvement
Supply Chain Management (BSNS6352) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To manage efficient, effective and sustainable supply chain processes and procedures incorporating inventory control strategies and systems.
Digital Marketing (BSNS6363) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course introduces the foundations of digital marketing with the goal of providing students with hands-on experience in developing a digital presence that supports the organisation’s marketing strategy.
Courses Credits Aim
Advanced Marketing (BSNS7100) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to critically evaluate and develop a marketing strategy for an organisation.
Applied Human Resource Management (BSNS7140) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) Students will investigate, critically analyse and align HRM practices to business and organisational goals.
Organisational Strategies (BSNS7340) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to participate in the development of corporate and functional strategies using market intelligence.
Applied Operations Management (BSNS7350) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to participate effectively in the investigation of an operations-related programme for improvement and change.
International Business (BSNS7360) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to examine the drivers and processes shaping the global economic environment of the twenty first century.
Sustainability in Business (BSNS7730) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To engage students in the critique and analysis of issues affecting sustainability of business organisations