Bachelor of Applied Information Technology

This 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. Graduates will develop a systemic and coherent understanding of Information Technology.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Information Technology will develop a systemic and coherent understanding of Information Technology. In their chosen specialisation they will develop knowledge and understanding that they can apply in the workplace and will prepare them for IT professional body membership and certification.

The degree is endorsed by IT Professionals New Zealand and be part of the Seoul Accord, so that graduates will have an internationally recognised qualification.

Students are taught creative and design thinking skills that reflect industry demand for more creative IT graduates.

Key dates

October 2021 Intake 11 • 10 • 21
February 2022 Intake 21 • 02 • 22

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Duration

3 years full-time in Wellington + Christchurch

Qualification

Bachelor's Degree (Level 7) 360 credits

Costs

2021 fees
Domestic Year One: $7,008 + $300 Student Services Levy
Domestic Year Two: $7,008 + $300 Student Services Levy
Domestic Year Three: $6,017 + $300 Student Services Levy
International Year One: $18,000 + $300 Student Services Levy
International Year Two: $15,000 + $300 Student Services Levy
International Year Three: $10,000 + $300 Student Services Levy
All 2021 fees are subject to change and regulatory approval

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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.

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Programme Structure

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.

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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

or

Specialised Subjects: Network Engineering + Security, all 15 credits at Level 5

  • Computer Servicing Skills
  • Operating Systems
  • Networking
  • System Administration and Management

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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

or

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


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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

or

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
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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.

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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.
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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.
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Industry Certifications

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)
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Key Information for Students

NZ Government key information link for students, that provides more information to support your decision making for this programme

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Admission Requirements

Domestic Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Minimum Age: Students must turn 17 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • Applicants must demonstrate an ability to undertake degree-level study including appropriate knowledge and skills in the areas of written communication and mathematics, by having achieved:
    • Certificate in IT Essentials or
    • A New Zealand or overseas qualification assessed to be equivalent to the above by the Head of School/Programme Leader or
    • Passes in other Certificate/Diploma qualifications or courses as considered appropriate by the Head of School or Programme Leader

Please Note:

  • Applicants who do not meet the above criteria may be eligible for admission with the approval of the Head of School or Programme Leader
  • Applicants for the Bachelor of Applied Information Technology are required to attend an interview

International Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Minimum Age: Students must turn 18 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • IELTS Academic overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 or equivalent
  • Applicants must demonstrate an ability to undertake degree-level study including appropriate knowledge and skills in the areas of written communication and mathematics, by having achieved:
    • Certificate in IT Essentials or
    • A New Zealand or overseas qualification assessed to be equivalent to the above by the Head of School/Programme Leader or
    • Passes in other Certificate/Diploma qualifications or courses as considered appropriate by the Head of School or Programme Leader

Please Note:

  • Applicants who do not meet the above criteria may be eligible for admission with the approval of the Head of School or Programme Leader
  • Applicants for the Bachelor of Applied Information Technology are required to attend an interview
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Where could this programme take you?

Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Information Technology programme will develop a systemic and coherent understanding of Information Technology. In their chosen specialisation of Network 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.

Jobs related to this programme

Network Engineer

Security Systems Engineer

Cybersecurity Specialist

IP Design Engineer

Dev Ops Engineer

IT Business Analyst

Infrastructure Support

Software Developer

Front-end/Back-end Developer

Software Architect

Software Release Manager

Systems Analyst

Application Developer

QA Test Analyst

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