Diploma in Business Studies

Programme details

Translation Te Pōkairua Ako Pakihi
Code WR2875
Level 5
Credits 120
Duration 1 year
Domestic student fee $6,340* (per year)
IntakesSemester 1, Semester 2, May, November
Intakes information

November intake is at Mokoia Campus only.

Study options Full-time, Part-time
LocationRotorua (Mokoia), Whakatane
Further study New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6) Bachelor of Applied Management - Accounting
*Fees are applicable to study in 2017 and are indicative only; fees will vary depending on the courses selected, and/or course-related costs where applicable.
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Information for international students

Tuition fee$19,950
IntakesFebruary, November
Minimum IELTS5.5 with no band less than 5.0
Duration (length of study)1 year
Application Checklist and RequirementsView the information page to see what documents you must supply with your application.
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Programme aim

This diploma is to provide an entry-level qualification for those students who are seeking a career or already working in an office or junior management role. This qualification also seeks to enable students to apply introductory business knowledge and management skills to a range of business processes.

Award information

To achieve the award of the Diploma in Business Studies students must pass a total of 120 credits.
Holders of the New Zealand Diploma in Business, granted by Waiariki Institute of Technology prior to 2008, may be eligible to receive the Diploma in Business Studies, provided they enrol in, and complete, two additional version 2 New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6) courses.

Knowledge and skills you will gain

Graduates will be able to:
  • apply introductory business skills and knowledge into their present employment roles;
  • operate in roles such as administrative assistant, accounts clerk and office manager in a small to medium business organisation; and
  • pursue further specialised or higher-level study.

Entry criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations.

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Compulsory courses

Choose 80 credits from the following list

Course details
COMM.5560 Business Communication
Students will apply communication knowledge and skills in the evolving context of New Zealand and global business. This course will enable students to be better equipped to write business letters, reports, take notes from meetings and write up minutes. The course will also enable students to develop research skills and...
Credits 20 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
MGMT.5500 Accounting Principles
Students will understand financial statements and reports and be able to analyse and interpret financial performance for sole traders and small companies.
Credits 20 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
MGMT.5510 Introduction to Commercial Law
The aim of this course is to provide students with knowledge of commercial law and enable application to legal reasoning.
Credits 20 Intakes Semester 2
MGMT.5520 Economic Environment
Students will apply elements of economic theory to the contemporary New Zealand environment.
Credits 20 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
MGMT.5530 Organisation and Management
Students will understand the factors that influence management and the organisation and apply a range of factors.
Credits 20 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
MGMT.5541 Fundamentals of Marketing
The aim of this course is to provide students with a working knowledge of fundamental marketing concepts relevant to contemporary organisations.
Credits 20 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2

Optional courses

Select 20 credits

Course details
MGMT.6601 Financial Accounting
Students will apply Generally Accepted Accounting Practice (GAAP) to prepare and present general purpose financial reports for a company and evaluate a listed company for the purpose of shareholder investment.
Credits 20 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
MGMT.6602 Management Accounting
Collect, interpret, present, and use relevant management accounting information for an organisation to effectively plan, control and make appropriate decisions regarding business operations.
Credits 20 Intakes Semester 2
MGMT.6603 Business Finance
Students will apply financial management knowledge and skills to a small or medium size business for decision-making purposes.
Credits 20 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
MGMT.6606 Taxation
Students will apply knowledge of taxation rules to New Zealand taxable entities in a range of situations.
Credits 20 Intakes Semester 2
MGMT.6630 Leadership
The aim of this course is to provide students with knowledge of the concepts of leadership and to enable them to apply principles of leadership in a dynamic environment. Students will create a personal plan to develop leadership capabilities.
Credits 20 Intakes Semester 2
MGMT.6632 Operations Management
The aim of this course is to provide students with knowledge of the principles and functions of operations management and apply techniques to ensure efficient and effective production of goods and services.
Credits 20 Intakes Semester 2
MGMT.6633 Human Resource Management
The aim of this course is to provide students with knowledge of the roles, functions and application of human resource management processes within contemporary New Zealand organisations.
Credits 20 Intakes Semester 2
MGMT.6635 Employment Relations
Students will apply knowledge of current New Zealand employment relations legislation, processes and practices, and understand the implications for employment relationships.
Credits 20 Intakes Semester 1
MGMT.6636 Applied Management
Students will identify a managerial problem, and research and apply management concepts and tools to find and recommend possible solutions to the problem.
Credits 20 Intakes Semester 1
MGMT.6642 Marketing Research
The aim of this course is to provide students with the tools to design and conduct marketing research to develop and assess marketing strategies.
Credits 20 Intakes Semester 2
MGMT.6644 Buyer Behaviour and Communication Strategies
The aim of this course is to provide students with the tools to examine buyer behaviour and develop appropriate marketing communication strategies to reach target markets.
Credits 20 Intakes Semester 1
MGMT.6648 Marketing Planning and Control
Students will produce an operational marketing plan for a market, business or product.
Credits 20 Intakes Semester 2


*Course cost: Standard fee for New Zealand residents only. Fees for non-New Zealand residents will vary, visit the International Programmes and Tuition Fees information page.

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