Bachelor of Applied Management (Business Information Systems) Bachelor of Applied Management (Business Information Systems)

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Bachelor of Applied Management (Business Information Systems)

DegreeFull-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 10 years

Programme code

CH3988

Starts

February, July

Credits

360

Level

7

Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

22 January for February start, 23 June for July start

Location

Christchurch - Madras Street

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Domestic

$6,200 - $7,000

International

$19,340+ $500 text book costs

Course related costs

Advised before enrolment

About this programme

Combine management expertise with the analytical and computing skills needed to perform at high levels in any business environment.

In your first year of study you will develop knowledge in core business strategies including accounting, business communication, commercial law, business heritage, culture and sustainability, marketing, computing, management and applied research.

You will focus on your business information systems specialisation in the second and third years and enhance your understanding of business decision making and planning processes. Courses in this specialisation include:

  • Applied Computing - Uses software and computer based solutions for business problems.
  • Business Analysis - Covers the modelling of business systems, project management, systems methodologies and requirements analysis.
  • Systems Analysis and Design - Practices data and process modelling, systems development and project management.
  • Business Analysis - Details techniques for defining and evaluating relevant information.
  • Management of Information and Communication Technologies - Develops an overview of strategies and skills specific to the IT industry.

You will also complete a Cooperative Education Project where you will work 'hands-on' in a business environment and apply your learning for a minimum of 400 hours.

You will also complete a significant research project for your host organisation.

Career opportunities

A career in business information systems will allow you to combine management expertise with analyst and computing skills. Emphasis is placed on understanding how information is stored and how you can manipulate it to be able to draw sensible conclusions. As an systems or business analyst you will become a key ingredient to business decision making and an integral part of any business environment.

Study pathways

On completion of this qualification you can complete any of our graduate diplomas in a different area of business to enhance your skills.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Computing / ICT
  • Economics

Programme structure

To complete this Degree you are required to complete 360 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • University Entrance: NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at Level 3 and 20 credits at Level 2 or higher) which must include 14 credits at Level 3 in each of three approved* subjects and

    • Literacy* - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing and
    • Numeracy* - 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627)

    OR
    New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) Ara Business and ICT Pathway or equivalent

    Note: If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

    * NZQA approved subjects: see http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/

Alternative requirements
  • Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

    If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

    Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace. Contact Ara for advice.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • What if English is not my first Language?

    If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study. Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart .

    OR

    • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
    • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS, Pearson or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.

    IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS test report form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

    What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?

    You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

OVERALL IELTS REQUIREMENTS

6.0 ACADEMIC

SPEAKING

5.5

READING

5.5

WRITING

5.5

LISTENING

5.5
Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an application form

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

Your on-the-job experience may count towards part or even all of this qualification. To learn more, contact our Centre for Assessment of Prior Learning (CAPL) .

Application documents

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.