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Graduate Diploma in Business (Operations Management)

Take your organizational skills to the next level. Learn the important responsibilities and decision making skills that an Operations Manager needs.  Learn to optimise supply chain relationships and control schedules, costs and logistics.

Level
7
Credits
120 (1.0 EFTS)
Campus
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Duration
Full-time for one year or part-time options available

Programme overview

This programme is ideal if you already have a degree in another field of study, or have a minimum of 2 years of work experience in the business sector and want a formal qualification, or need a certification specializing in Operations Management.

This programme creates the framework for those with business experience wanting to move into management, focusing on business process improvement, supply chain management, quality, and sustainability. Learn how to ensure a business runs as well as it possibly can by focusing on creating smooth, efficient processes that meet customer expectations. The first semester is an intense applied study with the second focused on strategy and applying these core principles to a business model.  

Highlights  

  • A short, concentrated programme specializing in Operations Management.
  • An area of management that is relevant in all organisations of all sizes, with particular focus on small to medium enterprises (SMEs).
  • Learn about the theory and practical application of business process improvement, supply chain management, product quality, project management, sustainability and people management.
  • Not just the theory; you'll put your learnings to work in a work placement in an organisation of your choice.  
  • If you decide you would like to study further, this qualification can be used to pathway into postgraduate business programmes like the Master of Business.  
  • 60 Credits of this programme can be cross credited towards Bachelor of Applied Technology - Transport Management programme. 

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. A recognised degree, a professional qualification in a relevant discipline or the ability to demonstrate competencies equivalent to the above
2. If you're a graduate of Unitec's Bachelor of Business, you cannot be admitted to the Graduate Diploma in Business in the same specialisation in which you majored in the degree
3. A minimum of 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
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 50 with no score lower than 50
  • 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 or discretionary admission; or
  • If you're seeking entry based on work experience, you will be required to demonstrate, in a written application, CV and attestation from suitable referees, that you have substantial professional experience in activities related to this programme, and/or be able to demonstrate equivalent competencies.

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
Business Environments (BEBP5106) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To analyse the environment in which business entities operate and to address identified performance issues and risks.
Courses Credits Aim
Operations Management (BSNS6350) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To conduct, and communicate the results of Business Process Improvement (BPI) investigations.
Courses Credits Aim
Organisational Strategies (BSNS7340) 15 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 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to participate effectively in the investigation of an operations-related programme for improvement and change.
Courses Credits Aim
Supply Chain Management (BSNS6352) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To manage efficient, effective and sustainable supply chain processes and procedures incorporating inventory control strategies and systems.
Courses Credits Aim
Internship Based Learning (BSNS7015) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with the opportunity to integrate their learning across their programme of study and to apply theoretical and practical business skills to an approved project and work objectives in industry. To critically reflect upon the processes undertaken in completing the project and work objectives so as to inform their future personal and professional development.
Business Analytics (BSNS7162) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to analyse and apply business information to support organisational decision making.
International Business (BSNS7360) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to examine the drivers and processes shaping the global economic environment of the twenty first century.

Moving to Te Pūkenga

Vocational education in Aotearoa (New Zealand) is changing to better meet the needs of learners like you.

As part of this transformational change, in 2023 Unitec will become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa.

This means that while you are enrolling with Unitec now, from Semester 1, 2023 you will become a Te Pūkenga learner.

Te Pūkenga has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including this programme. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

The information contained here is correct at the time of publishing, but as the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time.

Rest assured that we will notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you study, where you study or the ways you learn.