Course Descriptions

Find out all you need to know about courses available throughout your studies with Auckland Institute of Studies.

 

Business

ACCT510 Accounting Systems and Processes

The course introduces the fundamentals of accounting. Students will learn how to record, prepare, analyse and interpret financial information. They will also be able to explain financial information to internal and external stakeholders to use for different purposes.

BUSS510 Professional Skills

Transferable skills are helpful in a variety of business settings and can increase employability. This course aims to develop students’ transferable skills essential to contribute effectively in a business setting.

BUSS511 Culture and Business in Aotearoa New Zealand

The course introduces historical and cultural perspectives on business in Aotearoa New Zealand, including Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and the ongoing obligations for businesses. The course will cover historical and contemporary developments in the Māori economy and enterprises. Students will also learn about how multiculturalism shapes organisations and society in Aotearoa New Zealand.

COMP520 Fundamentals of Information Systems and Technology

The course aims to enable learners to gain basic understanding of information systems concepts and underlying technologies in a business context. Learners will be able to apply these concepts and technologies to evaluate various information systems to support and enhance the organisational activities and information assets.

ECON510 Principles of Economics

Economics is the study of people's choices as they allocate and use scarce resources. The course explores the behaviour of individuals, organisations, markets and government in society. Students will learn how to apply economic principles to a range of real-life situations.

LAWS510 Aotearoa New Zealand Business Law

This course introduces students to the New Zealand legal system, including Te Tiriti o Waitangi and aspects of business law that are essential for entrepreneurs, managers and professionals. These aspects include statutes and common law on commerce, contracts, companies and employment. The course aims to develop students' understanding of how laws are applied to organisations and the transactions in which they engage.

MATH510 Essentials of Mathematics and Statistics

The aim of the course is to equip students with mathematical knowledge and skills relevant to their interests (IT or Business studies) and provide a foundation for modules in subsequent years of study. This course contains two components: a common field and a specific field related to Business studies.

MGMT510 Introduction to Management Dynamics

The course introduces the dynamic nature of management in diverse environments. By the end of the course, students will understand management's principles, practices, and challenges and how these are applied in organisations in New Zealand and worldwide.

MKTG510 Fundamentals of Marketing

This course aims to provide a foundational understanding of the function and role of contemporary marketing by introducing core marketing concepts, practices and processes employed to create value for customers.

ACCT610 Financial Accounting

The course aims to introduce students to the principles, concepts and applications of financial accounting. The course extends the study of the regulatory framework and accounting issues related to corporate external financial reporting. This course covers accounting for assets, liabilities and shareholders equity, accounting for business combinations, issues arising from group financial reporting and other selected accounting issues.

ACCT611 Management Accounting

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to the concepts and methodologies of management accounting and to develop an understanding of the supporting function of management accounting in business decision-making. It covers the importance of financial and business accounting information concerning planning, analysis, control and best practices and techniques to facilitate managerial decision-making.

ACCT612 Taxation in Aotearoa New Zealand

This course aims to introduce students to the New Zealand taxation system and practice. The students will be introduced to the historical, theoretical, conceptual and practical side of taxation and the New Zealand tax system. It will cover New Zealand taxation system, which will focus on taxable income of businesses, properties and individuals, and other revenues. Goods and Services Tax (GST), Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT), Provisional Tax will also be covered.

BUSS610 The Contemporary Work Environment and Compliance

This course aims to provide an understanding of how external environmental changes and trends are shaping the modern workplace. It also covers how organisations can achieve optimal workforce performance through organisational design and promoting well-being and mental health in the workplace.

BUSS611 Organisational Decision-Making Skills

The course aims to provide experiential learning by exposing students to the business community and provide an opportunity to build their networks. Students will interact, in-person or online, with an organisation to explore and analyse practices, processes, and procedures to identify areas for organisational improvement. They will be introduced to methods and tools used in organisational problem-solving and decision-making.

FINA610 Business Finance

The course aims to understand how an organisation's financial resources are managed to increase its value and improve its profitability and risk management. It furthermore covers techniques used to make finance-related decisions.

MGMT610 Strategic and Operational Management

This course aims to provide an understanding of the interrelated roles of both strategic- and operations management and how it contributes to achieving a competitive advantage for organisations. The course will cover various techniques and approaches used in strategic and operations management, respectively.

MGMT611 Introduction to Procurement and Supply Chain Management

The course aims to introduce the discipline of procurement and supply chain management. Understanding procurement and supply chain management processes and successfully managing these functions may benefit an organisation’s profitability.

MGMT612 Introduction to Facilities Management

This course aims to introduce students to the dynamic nature of facilities management, specifically the role facilities managers take to ensure productive use of premises and healthy/safe workplaces.

MGMT613 Tourism and Hospitality Management

This course aims to provide an understanding of management within the tourism and hospitality industry. The course also covers current trends in tourism, essential role players, and Aotearoa New Zealand as a tourism destination.

MKTG610 Consumer Insights

The course aims to explore aspects that drive consumer decisions and methods to measure and enhance customer experience. Understanding how consumers arrive at a decision is helpful for organisations to adapt their marketing mix and gain a competitive advantage.

MKTG611 Marketing Communications

The course aims to develop students’ understanding of integrating various contemporary marketing channels to communicate a consistent message designed to enhance an organisation’s brand.

ACCT710 Advanced Financial Accounting

This course is designed to examine selected financial reporting and accounting issues from theoretical and practical application perspectives, including current developments in financial reporting in New Zealand and being aware of national and international emerging issues and developments. The course coverage includes accounting for intangibles, leases, income and revenue recognition, share-based payments, foreign operations, consolidations and financial statements.

ACCT711 Advanced Management Accounting

The purpose of this course is to provide an accounting theoretical and practical foundation for the conception and application of performance measurement and management control systems in an organisation. Analytical and innovative thinking will be stimulated to determine solutions and recommendations to performance management and control issues.

ACCT712 Auditing

The course aims to examine the nature and purpose of auditing, the audit process, responsibilities of the auditors within statutory and professional requirements and current issues in auditing.

BUSS711 Contemporary Organisational Improvement

This course is the capstone project of the Bachelor of Business qualification. Students will liaise with organisations regarding a specific organisational problem and propose a solution(s). This course will allow students to gain a deeper exposure to a specific occupation that matches their academic program and will enable them to further their work experience and network.

BUSS712 Sustainability and Business

The course aims to examine sustainable development and its implications for organisations. It covers the importance of systems-level thinking as an approach for sustainable development, the role organisations play in stimulating change, benefits of sustainability practices, and sustainability leadership.

BUSS723 Internship

This course provides an opportunity to gain supervised experience under the oversight and mentoring of an academic and workplace manager. Students will develop familiarity with an operational organisation and integrate theories, knowledge and personal attributes with operational activities.

BUSS724 Intensive Internship

This course provides an opportunity to gain supervised experience under the oversight and mentoring of an academic and workplace manager. Students will develop familiarity with an operational organisation and integrate theories, knowledge and personal attributes with operational activities.

MGMT710 Risk Management

Organisations operate in complex environments and are faced with increasing uncertainties. This course covers what organisations can do to manage these uncertainties and build organisational resilience.

MGMT711 Advanced Procurement and Supply Chain Management

This course aims to advance students’ understanding of procurement and supply chain management. Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of improving and optimising supply chain performance, including commercial negotiation and technologies to support that goal.

MGMT712 Advanced Facilities Management

The course aims to advance student’s understanding of facilities management. Highlighting the current trends in sustainable practices, including technological tools, asset management, and other facilities management strategies, is a core component of the course’s focus.

MGMT713 Advanced Tourism and Hospitality Management

This course provides an understanding of tourism and hospitality management at a macro-level. The course explores the aspects related to destination management, including the impact of macro-environmental factors.

MGMT714 Project Management

Project management ensures the delivery of final outputs are constrained to a predetermined timescale and budget. This course aims to provide an understanding and the tools to manage a project successfully.

MGMT720 Applied Management

Students are required to choose a new business idea, investigate all aspects of the new venture, and prepare a comprehensive business plan, including preparation of a research-based feasibility study, development of operational and marketing strategies, forecasting and budgeting, and presentation to potential investors. The project includes undertaking a consumer and trade survey, and the results are presented orally to a panel of teaching staff.

Prerequisites: 17 courses including all compulsory courses

MKTG711 Marketing Analytics

This course aims to provide students with the technical knowledge and skills to analyse data commonly used by marketers. Students will also learn how to communicate results appropriately to decision-makers.

HEAL610 The Healthcare System in Aotearoa New Zealand

Students will have an understanding of Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand and Te Aka Whai Ora Maori Health Authority, relevant healthcare legislation, and cultural safety policies as they apply to diverse healthcare organisations.

HEAL611 Introduction to Healthcare Management

This course aims to provide students with the context of healthcare management in local and international settings, including challenges, trends, stakeholders and the roles of support staff.

HEAL710 Healthcare Administration

Students will be able to apply key healthcare management principles and practices to effectively contribute to operations in healthcare organisations.

HEAL711 Public Health Protection in Aotearoa New Zealand

This course aims to advance students’ understanding of Public Health Protection, the role of epidemiology in decision-making and the implication of emergency response from a healthcare administration perspective.

Tourism Management

TOUR510 Principles of Tourism

The course aims to introduce and provide the student with the fundamentals and basic processes within the international tourism operating environment including its meaning, development, components and dynamics. This will enable the student to develop an understanding of tourism consumer behaviour including trends and behaviour, tourism activities, the impacts of tourism and the processes required to deliver a high-quality visitor experience. Overall, it will assist students in the tourism industry through enhancing their decision-making skills, contributing to successful and effective tourism business outcomes.

TOUR511 Tourism and Hospitality Business Information Systems

The aim of this course is to enable students to understand the management practices of a front office and its interrelationship with other departments in an accommodation establishment.

TOUR512 Managing the Visitor Experience

The aim of this course is to give students an understanding of the importance of a quality visitor/customer experience. Students will understand that excellent experiences are only possible if the organisation has a clear idea of what it wishes to deliver, how it will plan the delivery, and who will deliver it. This course therefore considers customer orientation, planning, recruiting and the importance of training the right staff. It also addresses designing an environment to deliver a service, and listening very carefully to staff and to the customer to resolve issues or learn about opportunities for further improvements or new developments.

Business Administration

ACCT801 Accounting for Managers

Provides a clear understanding of the conceptual underpinnings of accounting reports commonly used by an organisation’s stakeholders. Provides a solid grounding in both financial and managerial accounting spheres. Supports students becoming astute users of a wide range of financial information.

BUAD801 Decision Support Tools and Techniques

Exploit various quantitative analytical tools that apply to business problem solving and decision-making contexts.

Facilitate problem solving and decision-making skills that managers need when analysing data.

BUAD915 Exploring Business Research

Equip students with an overview of the research process and the knowledge and tools necessary for undertaking research in a business setting. 

BUAD916 Applied Business Research

Critically evaluate theory and research on a current issue, practice or policy in a specific area of business.

Prepare and present a research report under supervision which gives an opportunity to explore in more depth a topic covered during their specialisation studies.

BUAD917 Dissertation

Students apply theory, research, and methodologies learned from coursework to an individual research project involving a significant problem or process with a focus on their specialisation of international business, finance, marketing, or operations and logistics. Prior to embarking on their research projects, students attend workshops on quantitative and qualitative research methods. A senior member of academic staff will supervise the project. The dissertation represents a significant proportion of the programme and is typically completed over a six-month period. The successful conclusion of the dissertation is an oral presentation of the project and its findings to staff and other interested graduate students.

Prerequisites: 20 compulsory modules in chosen specialisation

BUAD920 Internship

Provide an opportunity for students to critically reflect on concepts studied in their academic programmes from the perspective of the day-to-day operations of an enterprise.

Gain supervised experience under the oversight and mentoring of a senior academic and a senior workplace manager.

Develop familiarity with an operational enterprise and integrate theories, knowledge and personal attributes developed in their campus-based learning with operational activities.

ECON802 Economics and Global Trade

Apply economic theories and policies to domestic and global business environments.

Relate economic theories to individuals and on a global scale with an emphasis on the legal environment.

FINA802 Financial Intelligence

Develop managerial skills for strategic corporate financial decision-making

Develop expertise in applying tools needed by managers to address complex financial issues including valuations

FINA903 Financial Risk Management

Assess various financial risks faced by an organisation such as funding and liquidity risk, market risk from interest rate, exchange rate or commodity rate movements, credit risk and operational risk and manage such risks strategically using financial instruments.

Examine some elements and complexities of hedge accounting, extend the governance framework and further consider the process of investment evaluation.

HEAL802 Decision-Making in Healthcare Services

The course will examine, critique and review legislation and related policies in the areas of health and related services and consider how these influence ethical decision-making.

MGMT801 Management in a Multicultural Environment

Develop management and leadership skills to build high performing organisations in culturally diverse workplaces.

MGMT902 Enterprise and Information Systems

Have an understanding of the application of frameworks and the methodologies for the effect management of information systems and become a knowledge participant in ICT related positions.

Be able to relate ICT across the company processes and to utilise ICT to commence successful ventures.

MGMT904 Global Strategy and Leadership

Provide an in-depth understanding of leadership in setting strategic direction to achieve and maintain sustainable competitive advantage in dynamic international settings.

MKTG801 Marketing and Enterprise

Develop practical insights into Marketing Management and Service Marketing, with an emphasis on entrepreneurial new businesses and digital operations.

MKTG802 Strategic Marketing – Brands, Products and Services

Provide the student with key strategic concepts and principles focusing on branding, competitive advantage and international market forces.

MKTG903 Global Marketing – Future Dynamics

Provide the student with key strategic concepts and principles covering international marketing with a focus on digital and building on the fundamentals of marketing management.

OPER802 Operations, Quality and Technology

Define strategy, critically evaluate options to improve business operations to effectively achieve the desired customer outcomes and do this efficiently while meeting the quality requirements of customers and society through practical considered application of key quality principles and building on operations management techniques.

Evaluate and apply strategies to continuously improve efficiency and effectiveness of business operations and position the business for future success through critical decisions regarding technology development and exploit unpredictable opportunities that could become possible through technological leadership.

OPER903 Supply Chain and Project Management

Develop a holistic approach for the development of integrated supply chains, in terms of global outsourcing, information technology and green issues.

Apply project management tools and techniques considering technical and socio-cultural dimensions for the Project Management process.

Hospitality Management

HOSP510 Food Production Operations

The aim of this course is to provide students with an introductory knowledge of food production operations in New Zealand and the Pacific region. The course introduces the processes and practices involved in the preparation and production of food in a commercial operation. Students will be taught basic culinary skills and a variety of cooking methods for starters, main courses and desserts. The course introduces food safety, safe working practices and personal food hygiene, with an emphasis on menu planning, food costing and budgeting for a variety of food production operations

HOSP511 Food and Beverage Service Operations

The aim of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to serve food and beverages within commercial operations. It focuses on understanding components of the meal experience, and in particular the food and beverage menu, customer service and the expectations of different customers. Learners will develop an understanding of the styles of food served in different types of food and beverage operations, and develop skills to design and produce menus. The practical component of the course will develop skills for customer service, serving food and beverages in different types of establishments, and develop knowledge of preparing and serving a range of beverages.

Information Technology

COMP510 Fundamentals of Information Systems and Technology

The course aims to enable learners to gain basic understanding of information systems concepts and underlying technologies in a business context. Learners will be able to apply these concepts and technologies to evaluate various information systems to support and enhance the organisational activities and information assets.

COMP511 Information Technology Professional Skills

The course aims to equip learners with the fundamental professional skills required to enter industry. The course covers the business environment, professional communications skills, the introduction to fundamental Māori cultural concepts and their application, and the professional and social ethics relevant to Information Technology professionals.

COMP512 Fundamentals of Technical Support

The course will introduce learners to the fundamentals of information technology technical support. The course covers the secure management of hardware and software resources to meet end user and organisational needs.

COMP513 Fundamentals of Computer Programming

This course introduces learners to the essentials of computer programming, including algorithms, data types, elementary control structures and programming logic. Learners will be able to demonstrate the ability to solve problems, explore real-world software development challenges, test and document working code.

COMP514 Fundamentals of Computer Databases

The course aims to introduce the concepts and fundamentals of computer database management systems (DBMS), needed by a database administrator to ensure organisational data is well maintained. It enhances students’ skills to familiarise themselves with database administration such as cleaning, optimising, securing, and backup of data using Structured Query Language (SQL).

COMP515 Fundamentals of Computer Networking

The course aims to equip learners with a basic understanding of networking technology: such as network standards and OSI model, TCP/IP model, transmission basics, TCP/IP protocols, IP addressing & subnetting, network topologies, wired and wireless networking, virtual network, the basic concept of cloud computing in network and remote access, network troubleshooting, availability, and security. Practical networking simulation is covered to design and configure a basic a local area and wide area network.

COMP516 Fundamentals of Network Security

The purpose of the course is to provide students with a comprehensive foundation of network security and maintenance including network, compliance, operational, application, data, and host security. Furthermore, this course covers threats, vulnerabilities, and access control from a technical point of view which enables students to develop specialist skills necessary to protect and secure data systems in general. 

Prerequisites: COMP505 or COMP515

COMP517 Hardware and Software Service Provisioning

This course aims to provide learners the fundaments of computer hardware and software provisioning concepts with a focus on hands-on practical skills, covering assembling, and disassembling of computer hardware including desktop and laptop computers, networking equipment LANs, WANs, and installing and configuring operating systems. This course will also enable learners to diagnose, and troubleshoot computer hardware and software issues.

COMP518 Information Technology Systems Maintenance and Service Management

This course aims to give students an introduction to maintenance and service management of IT systems, with an emphasis on the necessary tools to plan and control, hardware, software and systems installation, software solutions and the production of customer support materials. This course also paves the path towards management and support positions in the IT field by providing the knowledge and skills of hardware, software, networking, user support, technology maintenance and troubleshooting.

MATH501 Essentials of Mathematics and Statistics

The aim of the course is to equip students with mathematical knowledge and skills relevant to their interests (IT or Business studies) and provide a foundation for modules in subsequent years of study. This course contains two components: a common field and a specific field related to IT and Business studies.

COMP601 Systems Analysis and Design

Provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to manage the complexity of software systems. It introduces systems development process concepts and activities, with a strong focus on understanding the problem and solution through modelling using structured Systems Analysis and Design and Object-Oriented methodologies.

The course also concentrates on the front-end of the systems development process; that is, the analysis process. The analysis process provides a strong basis for understanding and modelling the user needs in an information system solution. The course touches on the design of computer programs to provide an overview of the entire information system development process.

Prerequisites: COMP504 Fundamentals of Computer Databases OR COMP514 Fundamentals of Computer Databases

 

 

COMP602 Computer System Testing

Introducing the concepts and principles of software testing techniques that are normally involved in the software testing process including the industry standards and available tools. It also introduces the IT process of internal control, governance and risk management and to critically evaluate existing network services, processes, and make well informed and justified recommendations for their improvement.

Prerequisites: COMP503 Fundamentals of Computer Programming OR COMP513 Fundamentals of Computer Programming

COMP505 Fundamentals of Computer Networking OR COMP515 Fundamentals of Computer Networking

 

COMP609 Information Systems Security

The course aims to develop theoretical and practical knowledge of securing software applications and computer networks. The course enables the learners to identify the software and network threats and implement the concepts of software and network security. Security practices in the context of business information systems are also covered.

COMP617 Requirements Modelling

This course aims to develop the fundamental steps to establish requirements by building business analysis skills, strategies and techniques. This course develops the necessary skills to study the information system impacts on an organization with the advanced techniques and processes for eliciting, modelling and documenting requirements in context of business and Information System scenarios.

COMP621 Operating Systems

The aim of the course is to cover the core concepts of operating systems. Students will study these concepts by deploying them in a simulation environment. Students will be able to install, deploy and configure operating systems.

Prerequisites: COMP501 Fundamentals of Information Technology OR COMP510 Fundamentals of Information Systems and Technology

CONE618 Server Administration

The purpose of the course is to Successfully administer Windows Server 2012. Skill sets include planning for server deployment and management, application and data provisioning, business continuity, high availability, and monitoring and maintaining administrative security on a network infrastructure. Throughout the course, hands-on exercises and demonstrations will reinforce lecture content for students to gain practical experience with Windows Server 2012 r2.

Prerequisites: COMP505 Fundamentals of Computer Networking OR COMP515 Fundamentals of Computer Networking

CONE622 Intermediate Computer Networking

This course provides the knowledge and skills to plan, design, configure and manage computer network infrastructure for an organisation through detailed study of the underlying concepts and technologies of network design.

Prerequisites:  COMP505 Fundamentals of Computer Networking OR COMP515 Fundamentals of Computer Networking

CONE623 Cloud Computing

The course aims to provide the knowledge and skills students require to perform fundamental tasks related to cloud computing and helps to prepare students for the Cisco industrial cloud certification.

Prerequisites: COMP505 Fundamentals of Computer Networking OR COMP515 Fundamentals of Computer Networking

INFO614 Intermediate Computer Databases

The aim of the course is to develop the fundamental theoretical and practical skills of designing and developing a functional relational database. The student will be introduced to more advanced concepts in DBMS including Data Warehousing and Distributed Databases. This course will enable students to advance their skills in querying, forms and reports and macros.

Prerequisites: COMP504 Fundamentals of Computer Databases OR COMP514 Fundamentals of Computer Databases

INFO620 Enterprise Resource Planning Systems

The aim of this course is designed to introduce enterprise systems and demonstrate how small businesses use enterprise systems to run their operations more efficiently and effectively. Students explore the factors and implementation strategies that lead to the success of an enterprise system including informational, knowledge, and decision-making opportunities provided by enterprise systems. The course will cover typical Enterprise Systems components: supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), Accounting (Financial and managerial accounting) and human resource management (HRM). Also, this course will incorporate a hands-on component using an open source ERP.

SOFT605 Object Oriented Programming

The aim of the course is to develop students’ skills in object oriented programming. The students will gain the knowledge to create the applications for the business environment using object oriented programming concepts.

SOFT606 Desktop Applications Development

The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the design and construction of an object-oriented system based on the Microsoft .NET Framework Technology. It will further extend the design and programming concepts that were delivered in earlier courses into a completed system with standard controls such as: quality, modularity and reusability principles. The area of multi-tier system architecture including user interface layer, business logic layer, data access layer and database layer will be discussed. The Microsoft .NET Framework and MS SQL Server technologies are used to develop the main deliverables as its practical component.

COMP701 Information Technology Project Management

This course provides an introduction to the disciplined approaches to IT project management, knowledge and skills. This course will give students an understanding of the most common processes, tools & techniques, and theories necessary to manage IT projects.  Each student will demonstrate the application of methods for project planning, developing project proposals, working with project teams, sequencing tasks, charting progress, dealing with changes, managing project budgets and resources and use of project management software.

Prerequisites: COMP617 Requirements Modelling

COMP720 Information Technology Project

To bridge the gap between the current academic environment and the expected professional workplace environment.

To gain industrial experience through IT development work in an industry environment.

Prerequisites: COMP701 Information Technology Project Management

Four courses from specialisation

COMP721 Intensive Information Technology Project

To bridge the gap between the current academic environment and the expected professional workplace environment.

To gain industrial experience through IT development work in an industry environment.

Prerequisites: COMP701 Information Technology Project Management and four courses from specialisation

COMP722 Information Technology Industry Practice

This course offers a placement to an information technology industrial establishment and the expectation of at least 100 hours practical work place experience. This practical component is matched by the requirement to keep a detailed log of experiences and then using a systematic review process to analyse and provide a wider context for the experience. The analysis will include reviewing the strategic goals of the host, an assessment of different client requirements and the provision of services to satisfy those different requirements. Students will work for no less than 100 hours in the establishment and a contract of services between the student and the establishment will be provided including a job description and work hours. A presentation of their work experience will also be required.

Prerequisites: Admission will be with the approval of the Head of Programme only

COMP723 Information Technology Internship

This course offers a placement to an information technology industrial establishment and the expectation of at least 260 hours practical work place experience. This practical component is matched by the requirement to keep a detailed log of experiences and then using a systematic review process to analyse and provide a wider context for the experience. The analysis will include reviewing the strategic goals, business processes of the host, areas of improvement and recommendations to the host. Students will work for no less than 260 hours in the establishment and a contract of services between the student and the establishment will be provided including a job description and work hours.

Prerequisites: COMP701 Information Technology Project Management. Admission will be with the approval of the Head of Programme only

A presentation of their work experience will also be required.

CONE709 Network System Security

The purpose of the course is to provide students an overview of the field of Information Technology Systems Security, which includes network, compliance, operational, application, data, and host security. This course also covers threats and vulnerabilities, access control, identity management, and cryptography from a technical perspective. Coverage will include inspection and protection of information technology assets, detection and reaction to threats of information assets.

CONE710 Advanced Computer Networking

The objective of this course is to provide an up-to-date survey of developments in the field of computer networking. It mainly covers various routing protocols, transmission technologies to support multimedia in real-time traffic and congestion control to provide different levels of quality of service (QoS) in an IP based computer network.

CONE711 Wireless Network Design

This course focuses on understanding of the wireless and cellular network which is now a global industry supporting mobile users all around the globe. The knowledge of cellular/wireless network, devices, protocol and how they access and interact with information and services instantly are also covered in this course. The design and implementation issues that are involved in cellular/wireless network are also investigated.

Prerequisites: COMP505 Fundamentals of Computer Networking OR COMP515 Fundamentals of Computer Networking

MATH501 Essentials of Mathematics and Statistics

 

INFO712 Management Information Systems

The aim of this course is to provide students with an appropriate balance of technical and organisational perspectives that focuses on the dimensions of information systems in today’s increasingly competitive business world. This course also exposes the learners to a variety of software for implementing an information system, analytics and decision making. The course will enable the students to apply the knowledge gained in developing effective Information systems solutions for an organization.

INFO714 E-Business Strategies and M-Commerce

This course aims to introduce concepts of e-business and e-commerce and m-commerce, including the strategies and technologies involved. This course also covers the theoretical and practical issues of conducting business over the internet, Web and mobile It examines how e-businesses have evolved and the technologies and business models that drive it. It also considers the business, technology and society aspects of e-business and how these elements can be combined to produce innovation in business models, processes, products and services.

INFO716 Business Intelligence and Analytics

The course provides students a collection of techniques and technologies that will include analytics, business intelligence and decision support systems. Students will learn to identify, evaluate, and capture business analytic opportunities that create value. Students will also be introduced to analytic methods and analyse case studies on organizations that successfully deployed these techniques. There will be a focus on how to use data to develop insights and predictive capabilities using machine learning, data mining and forecasting techniques and technologies. Finally, the emphasis on how business analytics can be used to improve performance and support important decisions.

Prerequisites: INFO614 Intermediate Computer Databases

SOFT703 Web Applications Development

The aim of the course is to extend the students’ knowledge of data communications and internetworking over the World Wide Web, to cover issues associated with development of applications in this environment. Emphasis is upon the analysis, design and development of web-based applications for a variety of purposes using current tools and techniques. The multi-tiers system architecture including presentation layer, web services layer, business logic layer, data access layer and database layer will be discussed.

SOFT704 Human-Computer Interaction

The aim of the course is to provide knowledge and skills that cover the areas of understanding, designing, implementing and evaluating user-interfaces to offer an enhanced interaction between users and computers.

Prerequisites: COMP617 Requirements Modelling

SOFT708 Mobile Applications Development

This course will provide students with the ability to investigate and use advanced techniques that extend the standard software development environment such as OOP, so that the student is knowledgeable in approaches required in the development and deployment of software applications for mobile devices using Android Studio.

COMP801 Research Methods

This course introduces students to the discipline of performing research in the field of Information Technology. The course covers: selecting a research topic; forming research questions and hypotheses; performing a literature review; gathering data; experimental design; and statistically sound practices in data analysis. The skills of writing-up the steps of a research project will be continuously reinforced and critical thinking skills will be developed.

COMP802 Research Project

The course involves a supervised individual research project leading to the production of a research report (dissertation). The project applies the skills acquired in Research Methods to select a project topic and supervisor, design hypotheses and experiments, gather data, analyse and report the results in the form of a dissertation. Specifically, students are required to employ their analytical skills to establish logical arguments in the form of hypotheses on a given research topic at the beginning of their research and apply their research capabilities to further enhance the initial arguments and see them through the final outcome. The projects may contain both simulation and implementation studies depending on the project topic. The project prepares students for higher-level post-graduate study and provides practice applying critical research skills.

Prerequisites: COMP801 Research Methods

COMP803 Internship

The course aims to provide students real world insights and exposures to actual working life and practical knowledge towards a particular occupation in an IT establishment. Students will explore and analyse the workplace practices, business processes, policies and procedures with the aim of improvement in terms of efficiency, resource utilization and sustainability in addition to their role specific tasks.

Prerequisites: One Level 7 specialisation course and One Level 8 specialisation course OR One Level 8 specialisation course and COMP801 Research Methods

Admission to this course will be by approval only

 

COMP804 Industrial Project

The course aims to provide students an opportunity to apply the academic learning, knowledge and skills to work on an industrial project and get an exposure to actual workplace within an organisation.

Prerequisites: One Level 7 specialisation course and One Level 8 specialisation course OR One Level 8 specialisation course and COMP801 Research Methods

COMP805 Specialisation Project

This course involves an individual one-semester supervised implementation or research project. The student will reinforce their skills in implementation, individual research and time-management to produce a small software or IT system along with a formal written report. The written report will be of a similar format to those expected within the New Zealand IT industry.

COMP806 Intensive Internship

The course aims to provide students real world insights and exposures to actual working life and practical knowledge towards a particular occupation in an IT establishment. Students will explore and analyse the workplace practices, business processes, policies and procedures with the aim of improvement in terms of efficiency, resource utilisation and sustainability in addition to their role specific tasks.

COMP901 Information Technology Research Thesis

The course is a substantial, in-depth, supervised independent research project that will contribute to the body of knowledge in a discipline. The end results is the production of a thesis describing research work of an international standard. The thesis will be examined by both an internal examiner other than the supervisor as well as an external examiner. Students should consult their academic supervisor for suitable topics for their proposed research.

Prerequisites: COMP801 Research Methods

Students are strongly encouraged to contact potential supervisors before enrolling in the course.

COMP902 Advanced Information Technology Specialised Project

This course involves an individual supervised practical project in a specialised area of Information Technology. Students will reinforce their skills in implementation, problem solving, project planning, and time management. Progress and final reports will be produced to a high professional standard.

Prerequisites: COMP801 Research Methods

Students are strongly encouraged to contact potential supervisors before enrolling in the course.

COMP903 Information Technology Applied Research Project

The course involves a short-term supervised individual applied research project in the field of information technology. It requires applying a rigorous, analytical and critical approach to the design, execution and reporting of the project. It also develops students’ abilities to perform professional applied research. A final report must be prepared, which includes a draft paper suitable for submission to an international journal.

Prerequisites: COMP801 Research Methods

Students are strongly encouraged to contact potential supervisors before enrolling in the course.

CONE809 Topics in Cloud Computing

This course is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills required to understand and perform the essential tasks related to the operation, maintenance, monitoring and troubleshooting of Cloud products and solutions.

CONE810 Computer and Communication Network Security

The course aims to provide an in-depth understanding of LAN, WAN and Wireless security with a focus on cryptography and management of network security. Students will explore security frameworks, policies and processes as well as practical issues involved in designing, building and deploying a secure operational environment.

CONE811 Penetration Testing

This course is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills required to understand and perform essential tasks related to penetrating information systems. Students will learn to explore and analyse security vulnerabilities in the target systems, design suitable security approaches to mitigate the detected risks and vulnerabilities, and conduct relevant security assessments to verify the effectiveness of those approaches.

INFO812 Data Mining

This course is an introduction to Data Mining techniques which includes analysis of medium to large sized datasets from different sources; data preparation which includes feature selection;  visual analytics and exploratory data analysis; prediction and classification by regression and classification modelling, neural network and tree-based methods; cluster analysis; association mining with market basket methods, Text Mining; extensive use of WEKA for analysis and prediction also the use of  other industry driven demand tools for  Visual Analytics.

INFO813 Artificial Intelligence

This course covers the technologies and techniques of artificial intelligence currently in common use. Students will learn the contemporary models and algorithms used in intelligent information systems, their origins, and their workings. Students will also be introduced to the unique problems involved in developing an intelligent information system and the means by which real-world problems are solved by intelligent techniques.

INFO814 Enterprise Cloud-based Systems

Cloud computing is one of the trendiest technical topics today, with its scalability in the delivery of enterprise applications, cloud concepts and cloud service models, these all have a broad effect across Information Technology Information Architecture, Business, and Data Storage.  This course serves to expose students to cloud service models such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Business Process as a Service (BPaaS). Such cloud service models will familiarise students with vendor-maintained applications.  The course also covers the Cloud security model and its challenges, implementation and support of High Performance Computing and Big Data on the Cloud.

SOFT806 Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment

This course aims to develop skills to automate and improve the application development process by using continuous integration, delivery and deployments tools. The course enables learners to write unit and user interface tests to ensure application functionality and interface workflows. The course emphasis is on continuous automated integration builds, testing, delivery, deployment, user interface testing, release management and recovery automation.

SOFT807 Cloud Application Development

This course aims to develop theoretical and practical knowledge of cloud application development. The course enables learners to develop applications for the cloud. The course emphasis is on various cloud technologies, cloud application development, deployment and cloud application scalability, reliability and security.
 

SOFT808 Software User Experience

This course aims to provide theoretical and practical knowledge for designing and implementing quality interfaces for interactive information systems. This includes the usage of widely used guidelines, theories and principles of designs that leads to the development of high performance, reliable and usable information system.