Bachelor of Applied Information Systems


This program is designed to empower students to apply computer-based technologies and systems to cater for individual and organisational information needs. Students will learn essential IT skills and gain knowledge of business processes to effectively use, develop and manage IT-based systems. This highly practical program prepares graduates for careers working with information systems and IT in business, government and industry.

Course Detail

  • Course Length: 3 years including holidays
  • Semester Length: 18 Weeks (2 semesters in one calendar year)
  • Class Timetable: Weekday classes
  • Degree Awarding Body: Northland Polytechnic, New Zealand

Entry Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be 16 years of age or older on the 1st of January in the year that the student enrols, unless approved otherwise by the Programme Leader.
  • The student can reasonably expect to achieve the standards required for successful completion of the programme or course.
  • Applicants for whom English is not their first language must achieve an IELTS score of no less than 6.0 (with no bands lower than 5.5) or hold an equivalent score from a recognised alternative English Proficiency Test.
  • Applicants under 20 years of age require a minimum of NCEA Level 3, University of Cambridge International Examination (CIE) minimum 120 points or International Baccalaureate (IB) minimum 24 points with University Entrance. Applicants aged 20 years or over need to provide evidence of their ability to study at tertiary level.  Level 4 or 5 courses or programmes are preferred.
  • Recognition of prior learning (Credit Transfer, Cross Credit and Assessment of Prior Learning) are available for students with prior knowledge and skills.

The English language tests in the Table below may be used to meet ICA’s English language requirements. You must satisfy the requirements in one sitting and the results are valid for two years from the date on the test certificate.

Table 1: Minimum English entry requirements


Program Structure


Career Choices

The graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Information Systems program will have career openings:

  • Business systems analyst 
  • Business intelligence consultant
  • Programming Web developer 
  • Network engineer
  • Mobile applications developer 
  • Database administrator

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Apply analytical and critical thinking skills, and information systems concepts to solving organizational problems.
  • Plan, document, and discuss potential changes and impacts to an enterprise information system.
  • Explain and apply the core aspects of IT principles and tools, and manage their implementation in a business context.
  • Evaluate and implement organizational plan; design and integrate information systems solutions in a competitive environment.
  • Plan and design organizational communications infrastructure and networking topology.
  • Manage complex IT projects with consideration for human, financial and environmental factors and an understanding of risk management processes, operational, and policy implications.
  • Demonstrate to an organization how IT can be used as a competitive tool.
  • Demonstrate written and oral communication skills in a collaborative environment.

Key Features of BAIS Program

  • Industry based project is part of the curriculum in the final year of studies.
  • Highly qualified and trained staff with number of years of industry and research experience.
  • Staff have a strong research focus on Information Systems, Business Intelligence, Data Mining & Warehousing, Robotics and Network Security.
  • International College of Auckland (ICA), as a private training provider has the capacity and capability to deal with and meet our students’ academic and non-academic needs on one-on-one basis.
  • ICA’s close connection with industry ensures what you learn, is current and in-demand.
  • Summer schools are organised during summer holidays to conduct a variety of workshops and deliver academic courses. This enable students to acquire the latest IT knowledge and complete their degree program faster.
  • Students will have access to Learning resources such as a Library, E-Library, Computer Labs and Wi-Fi Connectivity. The E-library repository consists of databases such as Safari, EBL and ProQuest Central.
  • State of the art learning management system (MOODLE), which enhances students’ learning experience and online accessibility of teaching resources.
  • Excellent internal and external quality assurance system in place that allows top level delivery of this program.
  • ICA has an excellent student support system including academic services, placement and general pastoral care services.
  • Recognition of prior learning (Credit Transfer, Cross Credit and Assessment of Prior Learning) are available for students with prior knowledge and skills.