7.300 Bachelor of Information Technology

The Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) prepares students to become IT professionals with a breadth of knowledge across a range of IT sub-disciplines, and a depth of understanding in a specialisation, allowing them to lead and become strong participants in IT team projects. The BIT comprises 23 courses, including compulsory and elective courses from: Computer Networks, Information Systems and Software Development.

All BIT students are issued with their own laptop and receive the necessary free Microsoft software.

BIT Specialisations

Computer Networking

The Computer Networking specialisation equips students with skills in computer network engineering, server systems and network security. These skills are applicable to designing, implementing and maintaining computer networks at large and small organisations.

Information Systems

The Information Systems specialisation prepares students for the data-driven industry by equipping them with the analytical skills to develop and support organisations’ IT and enterprise systems. These skills are applicable to the development and management of the software, hardware, and data that is vital to the operation of modern businesses.

Software Development

The Software Development specialisation equips students with the skills to analyse, design, develop, test and deploy business software solutions. There is a continuing shortage of software developers in New Zealand and our students are educated to fill numerous roles in this industry. Software development is taught using the Python, Java and C# languages, in the .NET and Android environments.

BIT NZQA Qualification Overview »

Job Opportunities

The BIT is designed for a range of careers, depending on the specialisation selected. Software Development: software programmer, software developer, software analyst, software designer. Computer Networks: network engineer, network administrator, network support specialist. Information Systems: junior project manager, IT manager, business analyst.

Programme Information

The programme comprises 23 courses, including:
COMP501 Information Technology Systems
COMM502 Business Communication
COMP503 Fundamentals of Computer Programming
COMP504 Fundamentals of Computer Databases
COMP505 Fundamentals of Computer Networking
BUSS502 Business Environment
MATH501 Essentials of Mathematics and Statistics
COMP602 Computer System Testing
COMP609 Information System Security
COMP617 Requirements Modelling
COMP621 Operating Systems
COMP701 Information Technology Project Management
COMP720 Information Technology Project (completed over two semesters)

Plus four Information Technology elective courses

Plus six courses from a selected specialisation:

NB. Not all courses for the BIT are offered every semester

Software Development

COMP601 Systems Analysis and Design
SOFT605 Object Oriented Programming
SOFT606 Desktop Applications Development
SOFT703 Web Applications Development
SOFT704 Human-Computer Interaction
SOFT708 Mobile Applications Development

Computer Networks

CONE618 Server Administration
CONE622 Intermediate Computer Networking
CONE623 Cloud Computing
CONE709 Network System Security
CONE710 Advanced Computer Networking
CONE711 Wireless Network Design

Information Systems

COMP601 Systems Analysis and Design
SOFT605 Object Oriented Programming
INFO620 Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
INFO712 Management Information Systems
INFO714 E-Business Strategies
INFO716 Business Intelligence and Analytics 


Electives may be chosen from the courses available for the specialisations as well as the following:
COMP609 Information Systems Security
INFO614 Intermediate Computer Databases
COMP722 Information Technology Industry Practice

The inclusion of courses outside the Information Technology programme may be considered with the approval of the Academic Head of Programme.


7-9 semesters full-time

Start Dates in 2019

► 9 September

Semesters and scheduled breaks:

Semester 1, 2019 - 29 January to 3 May
Between Semester Break - 4 May to 19 May

Semester 2, 2019 - 20 May to 23 August 
Between Semester Break - 24 August to 8 September 

Semester 3, 2019 - 9 September  to 13 December


Entry Requirements

International Students

2019 Programme Fees:    NZ$17,680 per 120 credits
Resource Fees:    NZ$1,840 (includes laptop bond)
Total:    NZ$19,520

Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$300 per year (or NZ$30 per month or part thereof).

Domestic Students

2019 Programme Fees:    NZ$4,000 per 120 credits
Resource Fees:    NZ$1,840 (includes laptop bond)
Total:    NZ$5,840 per 120 credits

Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$300 per year (or NZ$30 per month or part thereof).


This programme is eligible for a student loan from Studylink. Contact Studylink on 0800 88 99 00 or log on to www.studylink.govt.nz to apply for student finance.


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