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Postgraduate Diploma in Computing

Learn to manage IT projects and solve complex applied computing problems. This postgraduate programme lets you choose the IT courses that are most relevant to your career such as enterprise networks, the Internet, interactive multimedia or instructional technology.

Level
8
Credits
120 (1.0 EFTS)
Campus
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Duration
Full-time for one year or part-time for two to three years

Programme overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in Computing develops your ability to solve complex applied computing problems and gets you up-to-date with the latest advances in information technology. Choose the courses that are most relevant to your career, including data mining, adaptive business intelligence, multimedia development, website management, IT applications, networks, and security. Learn to manage IT projects and find out how information technology affects society. Further your ability to design, plan and organise technology-based projects that are produced on time, to high standards, and within budget.

Highlights

  • Fits around your career: all courses are electives and you can select the classes that suit you best.
  • Taught by experts and experienced IT practitioners.
  • Emphasis on the practical application of your knowledge: apply what you’ve learnt in our state-of-the-art computer labs, which you can access seven days a week.
  • A mix of on-campus weekend classes and a high proportion of self-directed research. Classes are supplemented by electronic communications.
  • Cross-credit this programme towards the Master of Computing.

Areas of Specialisation

Computer networks and cloud computing. Computer networks, real and virtual, are the connectors of the computing world. Organisations need people to help them manage their networks and 25% of computing jobs are in this area. Cloud computing is a relatively new development and is increasingly taking over the market. This pathway also gives you the opportunity to gain industry-recognised Microsoft and Cisco certifications, including those in Cloud Computing.

Software development. Software engineering regularly rates as one of the top jobs in the world. This dynamic and changing pathway gives graduates the knowledge to design and develop software solutions and products.

Business intelligence. The amount of data and speed at which it is collected by organisations has reached unprecedented levels in recent years. But data without analysis is just a storage problem. Business intelligence combines business, databases, data warehousing, data mining and software development to find ways for organisations to use this data for future planning. Business intelligence is pivotal in helping organisations understand their business, compete effectively and excel in their field. Through these courses, you’ll learn how to create and manage data warehouse solutions that fit into the strategies of complex enterprises in the ever-changing market, and how to develop effective data models and reports to help business decision-making.

Cybersecurity. Every person who touches a computer keyboard or a smartphone screen could be a cyber threat. People with cybersecurity skills are needed by both the private and public sectors and there is a huge demand for graduates in this field. The cybersecurity pathway can give you the knowledge to help you protect computers, networks and data from these threats.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. A recognised Bachelor's degree in the same or similar discipline, with an average grade of B- or higher in all Level 7 courses; OR
2. A professional qualification in a relevant discipline, recognised as being equivalent to the above.
3. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing).
4. If English is your second language, you are required to have 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 meet the requirements? We also accept:

  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special admission.

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
Managing Information Technology Projects (ISCG8022) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To prepare participants to systematically carry out substantial projects in the Information Technology area.
Research Methods in Computer Science (ISCG8024) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS) To provide students with a framework for applied research through examining research methods and preparing research proposals in computer science and information technology areas.
Introduction to Data Science (ISCG8026) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) The course explores concepts, methodologies and tools used in the growing and emerging domain of data sciences. Drawing upon a data science pipeline approach and group activities the class learning experience seeks, through contemporary analyse techniques, to turn ubiquitous data into information, knowledge, and data product.
Enterprise Network Design and Management (ISCG8030) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To equip participants with an in-depth understanding of the concepts and procedures used in the requirements analysis, design, installation and management of enterprise-wide computer and communications networks
Advanced Web Development (ISCG8038) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To critically review the application of web based systems in industry, commerce and research. To comprehensively examine a wide range of web related technologies and their roles in planning, developing and managing web based systems.
Enterprise Network Information Security Management (ISCG8040) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To equip the participants with an in-depth understanding of concepts, standards, procedures and mitigation techniques and tools used in the design, installation and management of enterprise network information security.
Mobile and Wireless Communications (ISCG8041) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide the participants with a framework for applied wireless communications through research and industry contact.
Adaptive Business Intelligence (ISCG8043) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To critically review the application of business intelligence in industry, commerce, and research. To comprehensively examine a wide range of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and their role in achieving adaptive business intelligence.
Cloud Computing (ISCG8046) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide the participants with a framework for applied Cloud Computing through research.
Cyber Security and Cloud Computing (ISCG8047) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To equip the participants with an in-depth understanding of concepts, procedures and computing techniques for cyber-security in the context of cloud-based systems and small size business infrastructure planning.
Mobile Security (ISCG8048) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide the participants with a framework for applied mobile security through research.
Machine Learning (ISCG8050) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop an advanced technical knowledge and enhanced understanding of a number of Machine Learning techniques and their application from among a wide range of Intelligent Data and Information Processing Systems including Business Intelligence, Cyber-security, Speech Processing, Automation and Computer Vision.
The Internet of Things (ISCG8052) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop an advanced technical knowledge and enhanced understanding of The Internet of Things technologies and their applications to a wide range of real wold problems in areas such as: - Smart Rooms - Health - Monitoring - City Planning - Farming and agriculture - Smart cities, driverless cars, drones and autonomous robots - Smart Roads - Environment- Air and water quality - Education.