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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 transport 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, logistics, and management. 

Learn about the advances in automotive transport technology and find out how international trends affect national decisions in transport applications. Apply the principles of transport efficiency, sustainability issues, and vehicle design analysis and selection for business applications. 

Learn to be socially responsible, innovative and gain the skills to confidently apply your knowledge in a wide range of entrepreneurial activities in transport management. Develop an understanding of how to conduct business and manage projects. You'll also improve your communication and problem-solving skills.


  • Students will have options to completeGraduate Diploma in Business (Operations Management) while completing this programme; you may gain both qualifications by choosing the relevant common electives
  • Analytically examine the motor trade regulations and their application in everyday business processes
  • Develop an understanding of vehicle components, concepts and inventory systems, processes, and procedures
  • Analyse the road transport guidelines and their application in freight movements
  • Discuss  fleet operations, planning, and the importance of fleet maintenance to minimize the impact of risks associated with vehicle investment
  • Develop 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
  • Students will learn from teaching staff who are highly experienced, industry-connected, and research-active.

Qualification pathway

Once you've successfully completed this programme pathway you'll receive the qualification: Bachelor of Applied Technology. 
Students who have chosen electives relevant to the students who have chosen electives relevant to the Graduate Diploma in Business (Operations Management) can proceed to achieve this additional qualification.


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 including timetables, please click on the course names below.

Courses Credits Aim
Technology Skills 1 (APTE5101) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To introduce and develop effective skills for the investigations and learning required for studies in technology.
Technology Skills 2 (APTE5102) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop knowledge and understanding of industry structures, Treaty of Waitangi//Tiriti o Waitangi implications, small business practices, and use of industry software in selected areas of technology.
Courses Credits Aim
Engineering Mechanics (APTE5203) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students’ knowledge and skills to the application of mechanical engineering science principles in relation to their specific area of study.
Courses Credits Aim
Engineering Concept Modelling (APTE6201) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to use modelling and analysis techniques applicable to the areas of study.
Steering and Suspension (APTE6507) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to analyse theoretical and practical aspects of steering and suspension
Automotive Professional Practice (APTE6511) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) The purpose of this course is to enable the student to discuss the operational requirements of an automotive workshop at level 6 .
Road Transport Guidelines (APTE6514) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to analyse the road transport guidelines and its application in business processes.
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.
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.
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.

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