Bachelor of Applied Information Technology Course Outline
Whitecliffe's Bachelor of Applied Information Technology programme is accredited by the IT industry. The degree is endorsed by IT Professionals New Zealand and is part of the Seoul Accord, meaning graduates will have an internationally recognised qualification.
Students graduating with our Level 5 and 6 programmes will be able to transfer credits towards this degree.
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.
Why choose Whitecliffe Technology?
Whitecliffe Technology, formerly known as Computer Power Plus, is one of New Zealand's leading providers of IT and professional skills training.
- Focused on our students' success, Whitecliffe consistently strives to see our students and graduates excel in the IT industry by applying modern teaching/adult learning techniques and industry-relevant courses.
- Students work towards seven NZQA approved IT qualifications in our blended learning environment.
- Dedicated, highly-qualified, and experienced tutors offer support through both campus-based and online teaching.
- Whitecliffe has a proven track record of working with industry and a multitude of NZ companies and industry professionals.
- Aligned to industry vendor certifications recognised worldwide.
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 model 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 which is accessible from desktop PC's, 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 for project work and collaboration, skills students will need in their professional IT career. It also allows you to develop valuable time-management, self-management, and problem-solving skills that IT employers are looking for in graduates.
All of our programmes of study are structured in a manner that enables students to progress through each course following a detailed study plan. Some resources that students require to complete their learning, including course learning resources and access to software and hardware, are supplied and are covered in their course fees.
The Programme Structure and Learning Process
Each of our programmes is made up of a number of courses. The majority of courses are offered over a nine-week quarter requiring a total of approximately 16.5 hours per week, per course. In each course, there are modules containing learning activities, resources, and assessments. These learning activities and experiences may include:
- Tutor-led learning sessions
- Tutor-led group-based workshops
- Group-based assessment projects
- Industry speakers and visits
- Supervised labs
- A range of online learning activities including quizzes and videos
- Industry project placement (Level 7 degree programme)
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.
Bachelor of Applied Information Technology: Year One
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
Bachelor of Applied Information Technology: Year Two
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
Bachelor of Applied Information Technology: Year Three
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
Graduate Profile Outcomes
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.
Core Knowledge and Skills
- Apply critical thinking skills to resolve information technology challenges in a range of contexts and communicate ideas effectively.
- Select, adapt and apply a range of IT infrastructure, architecture, and software development 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.
- Apply ethical, legal, and social practice within the industry, while working with professional intent, demonstrating a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
- Self-manage, lead, and/or collaborate within a project to generate and communicate the solutions identified to meet the needs of the market or business.
Specialised Knowledge and Skills
- Identify opportunities for the application of specialist knowledge to a range of technical contexts including security, systems deployment, and maintenance.
- Lead and implement change management processes and procedures for an organisation in their chosen area of specialisation.
Graduates will be able to:
Network Engineering and Security:
- Troubleshoot local and wide-area enterprise networks on advanced security, voice, wireless, and video solutions.
- Plan, configure, install, and verify the implementation of complex enterprise switched and routed networks using current network architecture.
Software and Web Development:
- Design, develop, and maintain software applications, web, and mobile solutions, and related technologies.
- Critically evaluate and implement solutions for software and web-related environments.
This qualification offers training towards the following globally-recognised vendor qualifications:
- CompTIA IT Fundamentals
- CompTIA A+
- CompTIA Security+
- Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)
- CCNA Wireless
- Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching
- Implementing Cisco Collaboration Devices (CICD)
- Cisco CCNP Switching and Routing
- Cisco 210-260 IINS certification (CCNA Security)
Key Information for Students
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
Roman MitchProgramme Leader - Technology
Roman is an artist and full-stack developer with a long-standing involvement in the arts and culture sector in Aotearoa. His interdisciplinary research interests focus on the relationships between conceptual art and the computational from a Māori perspective. Roman holds a Doctorate in Fine Art from Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts and joins Whitecliffe looking to continue his contribution through enriching connections between creativity and tech.Continue reading
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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