Bachelor of Applied Information Technology Course Outline
This new degree programme aims to prepare industry ready graduates who are specialists in their chosen field of:
- Network Engineering and Security, or
- Software and Web Development.
The programme includes a final IT project of 60 credits, that includes an industry placement.
The Bachelor in Applied Information Technology is a 360 credit programme, consisting of two specialisations: Network Engineering and Security OR Software and Web Development. A full time student is expected to complete the programme in up to 3 years (108 weeks excluding study breaks).
Each of our programmes is made up of a number of courses, which are 9 weeks in duration. Weekly, each course requires up to ten hours of learning with your tutor and other students, along with six and a half hours of self directed learning.
Full time students take two courses at the same time while part time students take one course at a time.
In this first year of 120 credits, students first complete four common 15 credit subjects before progressing to specialised subjects depending on whether they are learning Network Engineering and Security or Web and Software Development. This programme allows students to specialise much earlier than most Degrees.
The course outline:
Common Subjects, all 15 credits at Level 5
- IT Systems
- Data Handling and Web Concepts
- Professional Practice
- Programming Principles
Specialised Subjects: Web + Software Development, all 15 credits at Level 5
- Event-driven Programming
- Web Programming
- Business Analysis and Solution Design
- Client-side Development
Specialised Subjects: Network Engineering + Security, all 15 credits at Level 5
- Computer Servicing Skills
- Operating Systems
- System Administration and Management
In year two students study 120 credits in their specialised fields. All courses are 15 credits at Level 6 and workplace soft skills are taught along with concepts of design thinking introduced
Specialised Subjects: Web + Software Development, all 15 credits at Level 6
- Application Security and Server-side Development
- Data Access Management
- Web Services
- Data Structures and Algorithms
- Game Development
- Mobile Development
- Software Testing and Maintenance
- Agile Project Management
Specialised Subjects: Network Engineering + Security, all 15 credits at Level 6
- IT Security Fundamentals
- Routing and Switching
- Connecting Networks
- Network Management
- Wireless Networking
- Unified Communications
- Network Security
- IT Management
Year three of 120 credits starts with three subjects in each specialised fields, but at 20 credits. This allows for critical and creative thinking skills and design thinking.
The final part of this degree is the IT Project. This provides real world learning in the workplace partnering with an internal Academic Project Support and external Industry Mentor.
Specialised Subjects: Web + Software Development, all 20 credits at Level 7
- Advanced Programming
- Interaction Design
- Web Technologies
Specialised Subjects: Network Engineering + Security, all 20 credits at Level 7
- IP Switched Networks
- IP Routing
- Troubleshooting IP Networks
Final : IT Project, 60 credits at Level 7
- IT Project in Industry
Why choose Whitecliffe Technology?
Whitecliffe, formerly known as Computer Power Plus, is one of New Zealand’s leading providers of IT and professional skills training since 1968. Thousands of our graduates are now working in rewarding careers.
Whitecliffe's creative and design thinking knowledge has been added to provide new IT degree graduates with these skills in response to latest industry needs.
Focused on our students’ success, Whitecliffe consistently strives to see our students graduates excel in the IT industry by applying modern teaching/adult learning techniques and industry-relevant courses.
Students graduating in our Level 5 + 6 IT programmes will be able to transfer credits towards this degree.
Our Blended Learning Environment
At Whitecliffe we offer a blended learning environment where students learn both face-to-face and through online learning experiences. The blended mode includes compulsory face-to-face tutor-led learning sessions focused on specific concepts, skills or learning problems; workshops, labs, and demonstrations; and online study. All of the learning materials are delivered through a digital platform that is accessible from desktop PCs, laptops and tablets both on and off-campus.
This enables students to work independently and have direct access to one-on-one tutor support. Other benefits of the blended approach include learning skills such as digital fluency, confidence using online technologies, and self-motivation. Online learning activities and channels also offer opportunities to connect with IT tutors and students at other Whitecliffe campuses, enabling additional opportunities for project work and collaboration, skills students will need in their professional IT career.
All of our programmes of study are structured in a manner which enables students to progress through each course following a detailed study plan. All the resources that students require to complete their training, including course learning resources and access to software and hardware, are supplied for them and are covered by the course fees.
To support this style of learning, qualified and experienced tutors are always on hand to support students through their study. Our tutors also help to keep students on track with regular follow-up contact and mentoring.
Flexible study options
Study on a timetable that suits you. We offer flexible training hours with our scheduled morning, afternoon and evening shifts.
• Full-time and part-time study options.
• Domestic students can study part-time or full-time; or study and work full-time.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Information Technology will develop a systemic and coherent understanding of Information Technology. In their chosen specialisation of Networking Engineering and Security or Software and Web Development, they will develop knowledge and understanding that they can apply in the workplace and will prepare them for IT professional body membership and certification.
They will be able to:
Analyse, evaluate and resolve information technology challenges in a range of contexts.
Apply critical thinking and problem-solving techniques to collaborate and communicate ideas effectively.
Select, adapt and apply a range of processes and solutions in their organisational or industry context.
Manage the requirements analysis, design, development, implementation and quality assurance of Information Technology projects and systems.
Practice their ethical, legal and social responsibilities within the industry, and demonstrate a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Work with professional intent, adopt appropriate interpersonal skills, adaptable in a team.
Self-manage and be accountable for their project and generate solutions, meeting the needs of the market or business.
Identify opportunities for the application of specialist knowledge to a range of technical contexts.
Lead and implement change management processes and procedures for an organisation in their chosen area of specialisation.
Bevan holds a BA in Chinese at Massey University and a Diploma of Business Systems from Whitecliffe, formerly known as Computer Power Plus.Continue reading
Rob has been an IT professional for 20 years having managed and owned several IT and web development companies.Continue reading
Steven is a IT Instructor who lectures our level 5, Level 6 and Level 7 (bachelor’s degree) software courses at Whitecliffe.Continue reading
Amr Adel is an Instructor in the School of Technology & Innovation at Whitecliffe College where he is a faculty member since 2018.Continue reading
Muhammad AzamHead of School - Information Technology
Muhammad is an experienced computer engineer and is currently working as the Program Director for Information Technology at Whitecliffe Technology.Continue reading
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Dr. Narayan NepalLecturer
Narayan completed his Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.Continue reading
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