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Diploma in Software Development (Level 7)

Study Program for IT Professionals at Cornell Institute of Business and Technology (CIBT)

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Diploma in Software Development (Level 7)
Written by Jennifer Aranda.
Posted on September 26, 2015 | New Zealand
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Do you want to switch careers to the IT industry? Or are you already an IT professional but want to break into software development but can't get the necessary training or job to do it where you live?  If either of these scenarios applies to you, think about enrolling in this Diploma in Software Development Level 7 program! 

This program aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to carve a successful career in the specialized area of software development including mobile applications development.  Just think of iTunes App and Google Play Stores selling at a minimum of 99 cents per download.

A strong focus of Diploma in Software Development L7 (or DSDL7) is on group and individual projects. Projects involve the application of project management tools and techniques, system modeling and design, and coding skills. 

In your final term, you will be tasked to demonstrate all the knowledge and skills acquired in the three earlier terms through a capstone project. You can use this project as part of a portfolio that you can present to potential employers after graduation.

You may enroll even without formal computing qualification.

  • If you are a citizen of a country where proof of English language proficiency is required to enroll in New Zealand then this part is important to you:
  • You must take the Academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and score 6.0 or higher with NO BAND less than 5.5 OR any approved equivalent; OR
  • Passing scores in the Cornell Internal English Test.

Have you been working in an IT-related field for at least 5 years even WITHOUT a formal computing qualification?  That's fine provided you completed an undergraduate degree level qualification or above in a relevant non-computing field.  You might however, be required to take additional pre-admission study in your own country before applying.

If you have a relevant computing qualification at New Zealand National Qualification Framework Level 5 or above, you will of course, be most welcome to apply.

What subjects will be tackled?

If you're like most IT professionals, you are most likely detail-oriented and would like to know EXACTLY what you'll be studying.  Take note of the following courses that we're sure you'll find interesting:

  • COMP645: Object Oriented Programming
  • COMP715: System Analysis & Design
  • COMP741: Applications Development
  • COMP735: IT Project Management and Ethical Practice
  • COMP742: Mobile Applications Development
  • COMP743: Web Applications Development
  • COMP744: Software Development Project Research and enquiry-based component

Careers and Opportunities

If you graduate from this DSDL7 program, you will be capable of working effectively with autonomy or contribute to teams in the development and planning of software applications using appropriate methodologies, techniques, tools and available technologies.

And if you'd like to go on to further studies, you may progress to higher academic qualifications that explore more advanced software development skills.

These are some of the positions in the IT industry (with the corresponding median salaries) that may be open to you upon graduating from this program::

  • Software engineer
  • Software and applications programmers: annual salary $65K to $90K
  • Web developer: annual salary $45K to $77K
  • Test Analyst: annual salary $58K to $89K

What Cornell Institute of Business and Technology Offers

  • Job search iCareer Centre: The Cornell Education Group is committed to offering professional consultation services to their international students for both work placement experience and ongoing employment support - during and after studies.  Work well with their partners (Datacom, Fujitsu New Zealand Limited, Telnet Telecommunications Ltd. to name a few) and who knows? Your part-time employer might be your full-time one after you graduate.
  • Airport Pickup Service: Cornell Institute of Business and Technology can arrange airport pick-up for you for a fee charge. Students will be greeted by Cornell staff members, and will take them to their home-stay family and help them get settled.
  • Homestay can be pre-arranged for you before you are admitted to New Zealand at a reasonable fee.  The cost of homestay starts from NZ$ 250 per week and usually includes breakfast and dinner and lunch on weekends. Homestay students live with a host family in a suburb area with their own room where they are treated as part of the family. The host family will provide the student with a safe and friendly environment.
  • Free internet: free internet for use while you're on campus! 

And if you're still with us so far, here are other details of the DSDL7 program.

  • The program is of one year duration
  • Intakes are five times a year. Pick the month most convenient for you:                                
  • January
  • April
  • July
  • September
  • November               
  • Tuition Fee: As of October 2015, the base tuition fee is NZD16,350.  
Call us for updates on discounts! 

Still need more information to make a decision? How about checking out the monthly cost of living in New Zealand?

(Monthly Costs are all in NZ$)

  • Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre: 1,630.52
  • Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre: 1,236.25
  • Basic utilities electricity, heating, water, garbage for 85m2 apartment: 205.44
  • Transportation (Monthly Pass, not unlimited): 145.00
  • Regular milk, 1 liter: 2.47
  • White rice, 1 kg: 2.72
  • Eggs, 12: 10.34
  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless: 15.30
  • Potato, 1 kg: 2.81
Want to know if you will meet the requirements of this program? Avail of our FREE program and school match! Call us at (02) 634 8717 or 0917 529 8472 or write us at

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About the Author

Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer S. Aranda is the COO of IVC Immigrant Visa Center, Inc.

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