The Graduate Diploma in Information Technology (GDIT) bridges the gap between study and employment as an IT professional. It is ideally suited to people with an understanding of business who are already graduates, not necessarily in IT, and who want to move into an IT career. The primary focus of the qualification is systems development. This includes identification of the business goals of an organisation and translating these requirements into a workable technological solution. Although programming is a compulsory element of the GDIT, the programme is designed for those who want to be more than merely code cutters.
The programme culminates in the third semester with a real industry project where students get the opportunity to plan and implement a response to the needs of a business. Successful graduates have been able to use this real 'Kiwi' experience to open doors to careers that would previously have remained firmly closed.
During the first two semesters, students develop skills in:
- Programming (C#/Java, ASP.Net/ JSP, HTML/XML)
- Systems development (SDLC, Project Management)
- Network architecture and operating systems
- Database development (SQL Server/ Oracle)
The third semester industry project will extend learning in more than one of these areas.
The GDIT is respected for its very high employment outcomes in areas such as software developer, systems analyst, business analyst, project manager, systems support, technical support, network technician, hardware support, and IT manager. Some graduates create their own IT related businesses.