Master of Applied Management (Business Information Systems)
This is an advanced qualification where you will learn to engage with research and apply specialised management and leadership knowledge in business information systems. This Master's degree offers you three pathway options: Coursework, Professional Project and Coursework, or Research Thesis.
About the programme
Successful completion of this advanced programme will enable you to confidently engage with research and its application across a range of disciplines within the business information systems context.
Graduates of this qualification are critical thinkers, effective problem solvers, future-focused and apply specialised management and leadership knowledge and capabilities to new situations within the field of business information systems.
Business information systems occupations are projected to grow rapidly over the next ten years leading to an increasing need for information systems professionals. There is also an increasing demand for those professionals to hold higher level qualifications.
This Master offers you three pathway options: Coursework, Professional Project and Coursework, or Research Thesis. Within the programme, you will also have the opportunity to attend employability workshops, industry and guest speaker events.
It will prepare you for further postgraduate study or alternatively, you could seek employment in a range of roles including:
- Business Analyst
- Business Intelligence Analyst
- Information Systems Analyst
- Information Systems Security Analyst
- Project Manager
- Technical/Solution Architect
- User Experience / Front End Designer
- Information Systems Researcher
On campus or online
At our Auckland International Campus, this programme is offered by Future Skills Academy due to a sub-contract arrangement with Otago Polytechnic. It's taught via face-to-face teaching and block courses. Or, international students outside of New Zealand can study it online. Both options have the same start dates.
What You Study
The Master of Applied Management has three pathway options.
Complete the four compulsory courses listed below plus eight other courses (including at least three Level 9 courses) from the electives list.
2. Professional Project and coursework
Complete the four compulsory courses listed below plus Professional Project (45 credits, Level 9) and five courses at Level 8 and Level 9 (at least two courses must be at Level 9) from the electives list.
3. Research Thesis
Complete the four compulsory courses listed below plus Research Thesis (120 credits, Level 9).
|Course name||Course description||Level||Credits|
|Capabilities for Managers||Gain a critical awareness of the skills needed to manage complex organisations||8||15|
|Research and Enquiry||Achieve the skills needed to undertake small-scale professional projects within organisations||8||15|
|Analytics for Managers||Achieve the skills needed to critically evaluate data for decision making within applied management.||8||15|
|Project Management||Develop critical analysis and application skills in project management||8||15|
|Course name||Elective name||Level||Credits|
|Information Security||Learn to critically analyse information security and design appropriate information security structures for organisations||8||15|
|Business Intelligence||Critically evaluate the processes and principles behind data analytics and extract information from large data sets that may be used to benefit a particular business or organisation||9||15|
|Management of Information Systems||Understand how information systems should be managed in order to assist in the achievement of the strategic goals of the organisation||9||15|
The following courses are subject to availability and number of enrolments.
|Business Solutions Architecture||Learn how to critically analyse, evaluate and apply the concepts and procedures used for the successful planning, design and implementation of an enterprise architecture based on an organisational strategy||8||15|
|Business Analysis||Ensure you can meet specified business needs through critical business analysis||9||15|
|User Experience Design||Critically analyse the design and behaviour of interactive products in organisations||8||15|
|Software Engineering Methodologies||Critically analyse and apply structured and adoptive software development principles in different organisational contexts||8||15|
|Software Quality Assurance||Investigate, evaluate, recommend and apply software quality assurance methodologies and techniques in organisations||8||15|
|Applied Human Resource Management||Ensure you can provide the skills needed for the management of human resources within contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand organisations||8||15|
|Professional Project||This course is compulsory in the course work and Professional Project option only. It will enable you to critically apply skills and knowledge gained during the programme to complete an ethical applied professional project that contributes to professional practice in management||9||45|
|Research Thesis||This course is compulsory in the Research Thesis option only. It will provide you with the opportunity to undertake individual study on a significant research project. It will enable you to produce methodologically and ethically sound study that will contribute advanced knowledge in the context of applied management.||9||120|
Your offshore online study journey will begin with an online Orientation. This session will cover introductions to staff, tips for academic success, and wellbeing information, among other things.
All courses offered at OPAIC use Moodle, which is an online learning management system (LMS). The use of the Moodle LMS means that students, no matter where they are, have ready access to all their course content.
All students have access to Microsoft Teams, where you will be able to collaborate with your classmates and work on certain tasks that have been designed by the lecturers.
Students get access to Office 365, including Teams, which they can use as part of their online interaction with lecturers and classmates.
Online students have access to the same services as students on campus. This includes online learning support, which will be available via Microsoft Teams. All online students will also have remote access to our library.
You will be expected to spend about 38 hours per week (or 300 hours per study block) on your course work. This includes both scheduled class time and self-directed study. For on-campus students, some of these hours may be spent in a workplace gaining hands-on experience and developing important industry and business connections.
Minimum entry requirements are:
- A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualification) in a related discipline with a grade average at Level 7/8 of B- or higher, OR
- A combination of academic qualifications and relevant skills and knowledge acquired through work or professional experience that is deemed equivalent to the above.
- If English is not your first language, you must provide:
- New Zealand University Entrance OR
- Overall Academic IELTS 6.5 with no individual band score lower than 6.0 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR
- Acceptable alternative evidence of the required IELTS (see here for NZQA proficiency table and here for list of recognised proficiency tests).
If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.
Where there are more applicants than places available, applicants will be selected on the basis of the best academic records and their admission recommended to the OPAIC Director, Learning and Teaching who will approve the final selection.
Pathways into this programme
You may have completed an undergraduate degree in a different discipline and be working in a management or information systems role. There are no specific foundation/bridging programmes in applied management for this qualification.
Where English proficiency does not meet the required IELTS level, you may pathway to this qualification by completing the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 5) which is available at Otago Polytechnic.
Want your existing skills recognised?
If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, please ask us about our recognition of prior learning process. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification and could achieve it in a shorter timeframe. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 762 786.
Covid-19 relief scholarships
We have scholarship available due to the impacts of Covid-19 for international students applying in all subject areas at our Auckland International Campus.
The tuition fees shown above are approximate only. There may be a slight fee increase per year once Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) rules and guidelines are applied.
A change for 2023 enrolments
When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.
While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.