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Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Southern Institute of Technology

New Zealand



Course info


This graduate diploma programme provides the opportunity for information technology students to specialise in the disciplines of either networking or web development. As well as promoting and enhancing their knowledge base, skills, and professionalism, it aims to stimulate students to develop an inquiring and analytical approach to problems and issues, and to encourage independent judgment and creative thinking.

Course Content

Majoring in Networking

IT601 Systems Analysis and Design

Students learn to apply structured systems analysis techniques, and produce and present well-designed inputs and outputs and systems design documentation.

IT620 Routing and Switching

To plan, configure and implement simple routing and switching protocols, and associated technologies, including SSH and access control lists.

IT701 Project

Provides students with the opportunity to research, select, integrate and apply a range of techniques and technology to solve a workplace problem.

IT708 Information Systems in Management

Students will gain an understanding of how information systems provide solutions to organisational problems and challenges, and understand the importance of plans and strategies relating to the management of the IS function. This paper enables learners to understand the nature and role of management support systems as aids in management decision-making, with particular emphasis given to decision support systems.

IT711 Advanced Networking

Students will develop the skills necessary to fulfill the job responsibilities of network technicians, network administrators and network engineers. This paper aims to provide a theoretically-rich, hands-on approach to networking, preparing students for industry-recognised certification.

IT712 Professional Skills for Information Technology

Provide students with IT Service Operations Management knowledge concentrating on skills and practices to for delivering quality IT services. Topics include service strategy, design, transition and operations; continual service improvement; workplace and professional ethics; communication skills and interview techniques; stakeholder negotiations and conflict resolution.

IT717 System Security

To extend the students’ knowledge of security practices. To be able to use industry tools to provide good system administration to the infrastructure. To give student experience in troubleshooting security incidents

Course Outline:

Graduates of the graduate diploma in information technology who complete the networking strand will be able to analyse information systems including feasibility for installation, developing information systems and configuring and troubleshooting information networks. Graduates will also be able to manage internet sites and associated software.

Satisfactory Completion

In order to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology, the student will have been credited with all required papers and electives as specified in the programme schedule. The overall programme of study for every candidate requires 120 credits for successful completion of the qualification.

A student completing the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology will normally be expected to complete the one-year programme (full-time equivalent) within 3 years. Notwithstanding the requirements set out above, the Head of Faculty with the approval and recommendation of the Board of Studies may allow a student a longer period to complete the programme.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Graduate Diploma in Information Technology.

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

NZ$17,000.00 (8,29,923) per year

Resource fee: NZ $2,000




Southern Institute of Technology

Invercargill Campus,

136 Tay Street,


Invercargill Central,

9810, New Zealand

Entry requirement for international students

Entry is open to degree graduates who have graduated successfully from a relevant bachelor’s degree programme or can demonstrate equivalent, relevant, practical professional or educational experience in a related discipline.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS Test: Academic Score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations: FCE or FCE for schools or CAE or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • Pearson Test of English Academic: PToE Academic with score of 50
  • City and Guilds IESOL: B2 Communicator with a score of 66

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