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Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Informatics


Course details


The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Informatics programme has been developed to meet increasing demand from industry and organisations for professionals with interdisciplinary knowledge and information management skills. This programme provides a professional development pathway for graduates with a relevant degree. Students will learn about the social, cultural, and organisational settings in which information is used. Areas of specialisation could include e-commerce, strategic planning, organisational behaviour, and services management.

Informatics has to do with the science of information and the practice of information management. Information plays an increasingly pervasive role in our daily lives. How we relate to technology and how technology relates to us is becoming progressively more important. Information systems need to be engineered to deliver data in a way that accurately reaches, communicates with, and influences its intended recipients.

This programme is about the use of information systems as solutions in business environments. Students will learn how the analysis and implementation of information systems can deliver information to the right people in the most effective time and ways.

We live in an age where the volume and complexity of information threatens to overwhelm us. Practitioners who can manage the necessary systems and people to make such information commercially useful will be in high demand. Students will, therefore, learn how to think critically and solve problems creatively.

What you will learn

Students will study a total of 120 credits consisting of two compulsory modules and a selection of elective modules with at least two being from Table 2, at least one from Table 3, and at most three from Table 4. You can view the tables below.

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Table 1: Compulsory modules (30 credits)

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
INFO801Project Management for
Information Technology
INFO802Research in Information Technology815

Table 2: Elective modules (at least 30 credits)

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
ITPD811e-Business Models and Systems815  
INFO812Management of Information Systems815  
ITPD813Management Support Systems815  
INFO816Special Topic in Informatics815  
INFO810Business Analysis for IT815  
INFO814Security and Forensics815

INFO823Software Testing815  
INFO813Networks and Infrastructure815  
 Approved modules at level 8 from another qualification    

Table 3: Elective modules (at least 15 credits)

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
BSPD821e-Business Strategies815  
BSPD822Management of Services815  
BSPD823Organisational Behaviour and Change815  
BSPD824Strategic Planning815  
 Approved modules at Level 8 from another qualification    

Table 4: Elective modules (at most 45 credits)

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
BIZM701*Business Essentials for IT Professionals715  
ITPD711**Information Systems Essentials715  
 Approved modules at Level 7 from another qualification    

* Module BIZM701 is compulsory for candidates who do not already have an approved Business qualification.
** Module ITPD711 is compulsory for candidates who do not already have an approved Information Technology qualification.

Please note that some elective modules may not be available every semester due to staff availability and class sizes. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility in this matter.

Postgraduate support

The Postgraduate Office at Wintec has been created to support postgraduate students in their studies and research by providing dedicated resources and advice. Wintec also has a dedicated Research Office, which caters to all researchers, both staff and students.


Entry criteria

General academic admission

a) Candidates are required to have gained:
i) a degree (or equivalent) that incorporates applied information technology studies; or
ii) any other degree (or equivalent) and at least two years’ experience of designing and/or developing and/or customising an information system in a business context (including the education, health, government and not‐for‐profit sectors).

Special admission

Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success1 may be eligible for Special Admission.  Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee. Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme as a condition of entry into higher level programmes.

Provisional entry

Domestic applicants aged under 20 years who have not met the general academic admission and entry criteria for a programme but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment and/or work or life experience may be eligible for provisional entry at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee. Provisional entry places restrictions on re‐enrolment to be lifted if the applicant’s performance is deemed satisfactory by the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5, with no individual band score lower than 6.0; or equivalent.

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Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Semester 2 2024
Date: Thursday 18 July 2024
Time: 1pm-4pm
Venue: The Long Room, City Campus

What you will need

We encourage you to bring your own device with you (eg a laptop). Laptop specifications can be found here. It is important that you follow the BYOD set-up instructions available through ITS before you come to class.

Alternatively, vending machine laptops can be accessed by all students and have all of the software needed.

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - payment and permits may be required. Learn more about parking and find out about bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

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Purchasing textbooks

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