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Graduate Diploma in Operations and Production Management

Graduate Diploma in Operations and Production Management

Level 7

Kick start a successful career in business management with the UCOL | Te Pūkenga Graduate Diploma in Operations and Production Management.

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Quick info

Level: 7

Locations: UCOL | Te Pūkenga Manawatū in Palmerston North

Duration: 1 year full-time (40 weeks)
Part-time option available.
(See Course Hours & Duration for details)

Dates:
13 Feb 2023 - 24 Nov 2023
17 Jul 2023 - 28 Jun 2024

Domestic Fees: *
$6527.00Scholarship info

International Fees:*
$21,325.00

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Make a valuable contribution to the business world by undertaking specialist business and management training.

The UCOL | Te Pūkenga Graduate Diploma in Operations and Production Management will give you the knowledge and skills needed for business sustainability, supply chain management, resource and capacity planning, quality management, and general business and project management.

You’ll learn how to most efficiently allocate resources and gain the skills needed to analyse, oversee and improve the processes and logistics required for a profitable production company.

As part of the programme, you will gain real-world experience by working with a local business/organisation on a project, enabling you to make an immediate contribution to the business environment.

Blended delivery: This programme is also offered on a blended delivery approach as an alternative for your learning and training needs. It is a unique combination of online and face-to-face learning option provided for those who are wanting to upskill themselves while still at work.

 Course Hours & Duration

This programme runs for 40 weeks, including 6 holiday weeks.

Per week, your learning will include approximately:

Class Time
9 hrs

In-person, online and plus block courses at UCOL | Te Pūkenga.
Industry Experience
12-14 hrs

Industry placement or internship.
Study Time
20 hrs

Study in your own time.

You can also choose to study part-time. Talk to us about your options with this programme.

 Career & Study Outcomes

  • Project manager
  • Operations management
  • Production planning
  • Technical management
  • Quality management
  • Product management

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries for Managers, see careers.govt.nz

 Course Information

Note: As a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, UCOL is committed to providing the best learning outcome for you. As part of this, all programmes are currently being reviewed to make them portable, consistent, and closely aligned with the needs of the industry. When published, this course information is correct, but the courses offered may change over time. If you have any questions call an Enrolment Advisor on 0800 468 265.

From 2023, UCOL and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of Te Pūkenga. So, if you join UCOL in 2023, you will be awarded Te Pūkenga certification. And, if you are a current learner graduating in 2023, you will be awarded a co-branded certificate.

This programme consists of 120 credits. The course includes:

Level 6 courses

Project Management (15 Credits)
Learn the basic principles and terminology of the profession of project management, and apply this to create project plans. You'll also be given a brief introduction to using project management.

Operations Management (15 Credits)
Gain an understanding of the concepts and analytical methods that contribute to the systematic direction and control of the processes that transform inputs into completed goods and services. Operations Management focuses on the management of people and resources through systematic management and feedback. You'll gain introductory knowledge and experience of an operation's contribution to the macro-management environment.

Introduction to Finance* (15 Credits)
Learn to apply financial management knowledge and skills to a small or medium size business for decision-making purposes.

Level 7 courses

Product Development (15 Credits)
Examine the requirements for the effective management of cross-functional activities in new product and service development, and critically evaluate appropriate tools and methods for achieving the best outcomes.

Resource Integration Management (15 Credits)
Develop the skills, knowledge and expertise in the related disciplines of supply chain management, business facility layout/modification, and engineering economics, to ensure resource integration occurs at various levels for business operation, technical management, project management and production of goods or services.

Professional Practice (15 Credits)
Preparation for transition into an applied business profession. You'll also source an industry project/internship and produce appropriate documentation.

Industry Project/Internship (30 Credits)
An applied research project involving a work placement at an organisation to which theoretical learning and self-reflection is applied.

* The courses with an asterisk are electives of which you need to choose one.

 Student & Staff Profiles

 Industry Connections

The Graduate Diploma is well supported by industry and this strong industry involvement means that students are able to apply their knowledge and skills and develop an analytical approach to real world problems and issues.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

A Bachelor's degree in any field excluding Operations and Production Management.
OR
Level 6 or 7 Diploma and relevant work and/or life experience (equivalent to a Bachelor's degree) or Evidence of equivalent practical, professional or educational experience e.g. 3 - 5 years full-time work experience [relevant to business studies].

English language proficiency

If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL | Te Pūkenga is a TOEFL testing centre.

 

For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English language proficiency
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL | Te Pūkenga is a TOEFL testing centre.

Under 20 years of age
In addition to this, international applicants under 20 years of age must have NCEA equivalency

 Advice & Guidance

Additional qualification
If you complete one additional course, Advanced Project Management and choose Introduction to Finance as your elective option, you will graduate with two graduate diplomas - the Graduate Diploma in Operations and Production Management and the Graduate Diploma in Project Management, provided that your industry project reflects both fields of study.

Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course have already been met. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the UCOL | Te Pūkenga Academic Statute and other relevant policies and procedures.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email (not via the online application form).

 Additional Costs

Approximately $145 for textbooks.

 Accreditation

The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020, and Universal College of Learning Limited, a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga is accredited to teach it.

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