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Information Technology Diploma Auckland Institute of Studies

Information Technology Diploma Auckland Institute of Studies

Auckland Institute of Studies, New Zealand

About This Program

This Graduate Diploma in Information Technology or GDIT Level 7 programme is for you if:

  • You already hold a bachelor’s degree in a non-IT related program but want to switch careers;
  • You hold a bachelor’s degree in IT and wish to enhance your career opportunities in the IT industry by focusing on a special topic.

GDIT's 8 courses are spread over 3 semesters, in a one-year period.  This includes both compulsory and elective courses from: Software Development, Computer Networks and Information Systems.

The GDIT is respected for its very high employment outcomes in IT professions with some graduates even creating their own IT-related businesses.

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Course Delivery

This Graduate Diploma in Information Technology is a full-time programme being offered at the St. Helens and Asquith Campuses of Auckland Institute of Studies.

The following are the semesters and scheduled breaks for 2018:

  • Semester 3
    • Start and End Dates: 10-September to 14-December
    • Scheduled Break: 15-December to 28-January
  • Semester 2
    • Start and End Dates: 21-May to 24-August
    • Scheduled Break: 25-August to 9-December
  • Semester 1
    • Start and End Dates: 30-January to 4-May
    • Scheduled Break: 5-May to 20-May


Once you've graduated from this program, you will be capable of working in roles such as:

  • IT Project Manager;
  • Software or Web Developer;
  • System Analyst;
  • Database or Network Administrator;
  • Programmer and;
  • Help Desk support.

And should you wish it, you will also be able to continue to postgraduate studies in Information Technology.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Advanced Information Technology knowledge in one of four major fields of study;
  • Be able to apply the accumulated IT knowledge in an industry setting.

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Course Outline

The programme is comprised of 8 courses chosen from one of three specialist topics: Software Development, Computer Networks, Information Systems.

  • Software Development
    • 7.104 Database Engineering I
    • 7.205 Object Oriented Programming
    • 7.206 Desktop Applications Development
    • 7.217 Requirement Modelling
    • 7.301 Information Technology Project Management
    • 7.303 Web Applications Development
    • 7.308 Mobile Applications Development
    • 7.321 Intensive Information Technology Project
  • Computer Networks
    • 7.105 Fundamentals of Computer Networking
    • 7.217 Requirement Modelling
    • 7.218 Server Administration
    • 7.222 Intermediate Computer Networking
    • 7.301 Information Technology Project Management
    • 7.309 Network System Security
    • 7.310 Advanced Computer Networking
    • 7.321 Intensive Information Technology Project
  • Information Systems
    • 7.104 Database Engineering I
    • 7.201 Systems Analysis and Design
    • 7.217 Requirement Modelling
    • 7.220 Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
    • 7.301 Information Technology Project Management
    • 7.312 Management Information Systems
    • 7.314 E-Business Strategies
    • 7.321 Intensive Information Technology Project

Please note: The GDIT is prescriptive and course modules vary by intake.

Course Info

Course Code : PC3638

College : Information Technology

Duration : One year

Qualifications Level : Graduate Diploma

Fees :

All fees listed below are quoted in New Zealand Dollar (NZD).

  • Application Fee: 
  • Base Tuition Fee:  17,840
    • Discounted Fee for Graduate Diploma in Tourism Management or GDIT: 14,270
  • Resource Fee of GDIT (include e-books, textbooks, workbooks, internet, Wi-Fi): 1,760
  • Student Services Fee (pastoral care, counselling services, employment and careers information and guidance sports, recreation, cultural activities and Student Council activities): 270/year
  • Airport Transfer (one-way):  80 
  • Mandatory Health Insurance:
    • Southern Cross International Student Insurance: 500/year
    • Uni-Care NZ Student Plan: 584.81/12 months

Take note of the following:

  • The above figures represent what Auckland Institute of Studies expects will be your reasonable international fees.
  • The fees listed above include Goods and Services Tax or GST of 15%, where applicable
  • As costs are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by the administration of Auckland Institute of Studies.
  • When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, include weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socializing, and health.

Accommodation for International Students at Auckland Institute of Studies, your choice:

  • Homestay Accommodation:  275/week
    • Homestay Arrangement Fee:  260
  • On-Campus Accommodation, excluding meals:
    • Accommodation Bond: 300 (payable in advance, refundable)
    • Multi-share Room
      • Advance payment of 12 weeks or more: 125/week
      • Advance payment of 5 to 11 weeks: 135/week
      • Casual weekly rate: 170
    • Twin-share Room
      • Advance payment of 12 weeks or more: 145/week
      • Advance payment of 5 to 11 weeks: 155/week
      • Casual weekly rate: 190
    • Single Room
      • Advance payment of 12 weeks or more: 165/week
      • Advance payment of 5 to 11 weeks: 155/week
      • Casual weekly rate: 210

Intake Dates :

There are three start dates in 2018:

  • 30 January
  • 21 May
  • 10 September

IVC has a 3-month preparation period that includes, among others:

  • Review by Auckland Institute of Studies for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the International Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Payment of tuition fee;
  • Visa processing;
  • Seeking accommodation.

It is important to apply early as this course may have many applicants.  Moreover, beginning an application well in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the IELTS and consolidate your academic and professional credentials for your visa application.  So make sure you apply early!

Entry Criteria

  • You must have completed a bachelor's degree at least equivalent to New Zealand's pass standard.
    • If you wish to apply to the GDIT programme but do not have a bachelor's degree, you must have an appropriate mix of a lesser qualification and work experience.
    • In this case, your application must then be approved for special admission by the Academic Board of Auckland Institute of Studies.
  • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests that should have a validity of two years:
    • IELTS (Academic Test) 6.0 overall band score with no individual band under 5.5
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based (TOEFL iBT): 60 overall, writing score of 18
    • PTE Academic: 50 overall minimum

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