PGDIT Programme To Be Offered Soon At AIS

In almost every industry and sector around the globe, Information Technology is playing a major role in development. As such, having computing and IT knowledge is now an in-demand skill set for the modern job candidate – regardless of whether you will pursue a career in the Information Technology sector or not.

Postgraduate qualifications open more doors to employment opportunities and research careers for many domestic and international students. From semester 2 in 2018, Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS) will offer a level 8 Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology (PGDIT) qualification to students (subject to NZQA approval).

We interviewed Dr Michael Watts – Academic Head of IT programmes about this degree.

Dr Michael Watts is a well recognised researcher in the IT field

Dr Michael Watts – Academic Head of Information Technology Programme at AIS

1. Overview of the PGDIT

The Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology (PGDIT) consists of 120 credits (two 15-credit level 7 courses, with the remaining 90 credits consisting of level 8 courses). Students will take six or seven courses depending upon which pathway they choose.

There are three pathways available to complete the qualification: Research Project; Internship; and Industry Project. The Research pathway is intended to prepare students for research-based higher qualifications, especially Master’s study.

The content of the programme is what the market is asking for. As a result, AIS graduates are ready for employment upon graduation.

2. Why did AIS develop the PGDIT programme?

There are recognised skills shortages within New Zealand and internationally in terms of Information Technology. The PGDIT has been designed to fill those shortages.

Furthermore, many students after studying a Bachelor or Graduate Diploma, want to continue on to study postgraduate level to push technology and challenge their knowledge. They want to see “how far they can go with technology.”

3. Who is the PGDIT for?

Students who already have a Bachelor in IT or Graduate Diploma in IT and want to upgrade their skills and knowledge to a higher education level – level 8. This will also allow for for employment opportunities at higher-than entry-level positions,

Students who want a research career in the IT field would also be interested in the programme.

AIS IT graduates have gained jobs with well known companies

Dr Michael Watts with students from Information Technology Programme

In addition, there are three specialist topics for this qualification for students to follow:

  • Software Development;
  • Information Systems;
  • and Networks and Security.
Applied learning allows students hands-on experience

Dr Michael Watts in an IT recruitment workshop for AIS students

The Software Development specialist topic enables students to analyse requirements and design, implement, test and deploy a software application. The Information Systems specialist topic covers the acquisition, storage, transformation and analysis of data and information within a business setting. The Networks and Security specialist topic deals with the technical issues involved in designing, implementing, administering and securing computer networks. Each of these specialist topics are currently taught at AIS within the Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) and Graduate Diploma in Information Technology (GDIT), although the Networks and Security is called “Computer Networks” for the BIT and GDIT.