Course Name

New Zealand Diploma in Business - Multiple Strands (Level 7)


  1. Finance and Accounting
  2. Healthcare Management
  3. Project Management
  4. Management and Marketing
  5. Business Computing and Technology

Programme Overview

The Diploma in Business (level 7) is a New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) approved programme of study. It allows students to gain an in-depth business skills and knowledge that build upon the foundation of level 6 business qualifications such as New Zealand Diploma in Business or National Diploma in Business which are pre-requisite for entry. Graduates of the Diploma in Business (Specialty) (level 7) will gain the knowledge and skills to enter careers such as accountancy, banking, and business computing, management, marketing, tourism, healthcare and project management. With knowledge in business related subjects, students will gain introductory level research skills and explore contemporary business issues in New Zealand.

Course Detail

Course length – 46 weeks including holidays
Class timetable – Classes over weekdays as well as weekends
Total Credits – 120

Entry requirements

To be eligible in this programme, all applicants must be:

  • 18 years and above.
  • Have an appropriate academic qualification to enroll on this programme. Students must have gained the New Zealand Diploma of Business (Level 6) or National Diploma of Business(Level 6) or their equivalent.
  • International students for whom English is a second language must also have an IELTS score of 6.0 (academic) with no individual band lower than 5.5 or TOEFL score of 550 with an essay score of 5 TWE or equivalent. Students who enroll having the New Zealand Diploma of Business or National Diploma (Level 6) will be deemed to have met this criterion.
  • Should pass ICA’s internal English Language Proficiency Assessment with an overall proficiency of 6, with no individual band score lower than 5.5.

Course Aims

This programme aims the following:

  • To enable international and domestic students to gain a level 7 business qualification which provides pathways to enter the workforce or to progress to further study in other tertiary institutions;
  • To build upon the knowledge, understandings and skills developed in NZDipBus and NZIM Diploma in Management Advanced Level 6 in a chosen specialist area;
  • To provide opportunities for students to be exposed to the culture and context of New Zealand Business through assessment tasks, project, reports, research, industry visits, visiting lecturers from the industry and internships and
  • To expose students to a qualification which encourages reflection on the nexus between theoretical knowledge and practice in New Zealand business environment.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Diploma in Business Level 7 will have the knowledge and skills to enter careers in the field of accountancy, banking, and business computing, management, marketing, tourism, healthcare and project management.

Course Structure

ICA will make the option of papers to be offered for any given term

Core papers – Subject Description

791 Contemporary Business Issues – 20 Credits (Core Paper)

Students will analyse a number of issues and challenges facing business today. They will be required to critique the rationale and application of code of ethics in different New Zealand organizations. Further, students will be required to review the relating to a contemporary business of their chosen organization.

792 Research Methods for Business – 20 Credits (Core Papers)

Students will be introduced to the nature and purpose of research in business and compare different research methodologies. A research proposal will be developed by the students in the later part of the paper.

Optional Papers Subject Description

630 Leadership (20 credits)
Students will use a variety of tools and strategies for planning in a small business environment.

631 Strategic Planning for Small Business (20 credits)
Students will understand concepts and apply principles of leadership. Students will create a personal plan to develop leadership capabilities.

632 Operations Management (20 Credits)
Students will understand functions of operations management and apply techniques to ensure efficient and effective provision of goods and services.

636 Applied Management (20 credits)
Students will identify a managerial problem, and research and apply management concepts and tools to find and recommend possible solutions to the problem.

642 Marketing Research (20 credits)
Students will design and conduct marketing research to develop and assess marketing strategies.

633 Human Resource Management (20 credits)
Students will understand the roles, functions and applications of Human Resource Management processes within contemporary New Zealand Organisations.

652 Systems Development (20 credits)
Students will demonstrate understanding of information systems and their effective management, and use information methodologies to enhance business processes and contribute to achievement of organization goals.

648 Marketing Planning and Control (20 credits)
Students will produce an operational marketing plan for a market, business or product.

Finance and Accounting Strand – Subject Description

701 Advanced Financial Accounting (20 credits)
Students will examine advanced level financial accounting and reporting issues with a New Zealand perspective while also being cognizant of contemporary international focuses and solutions/developments.

702 Advanced Management Accounting (20 credits)
The Advanced Management Accounting (702) is a 20 credit paper designed to develop the capability to construct and implement appropriate management control systems for an organisation. On the successful completion of the course students will know how management accounting can contribute to the generation of value by providing relevant information in relation to:

  • Planning future strategies, tactics and operations
  • Optimising the use of the resources
  • Measuring and evaluating performance
  • Reducing the subjectivity in the managerial decision making process

703 Advanced Business Finance (20 credits)
This course intensively examines selected aspects of corporate financial theory and empirical evidence, as well as their application to corporate financial decisions and the implications for problem solving. Consideration of the practical aspects of corporate financial management, capital markets and long-term financial strategy are undertaken with the objective of making corporate decisions more effectively with the focus of creating value for the firm.

706 Advanced Taxation (20 credits)
Students will apply knowledge of taxation rules to New Zealand taxable entities in a range of situations. Student will have the opportunity to apply relevant knowledge, skills, and exercise professional judgement in providing significant information on the impact of the major taxes on financial decisions and situations.

Healthcare Management Strand – Subject Description

711 - Leadership and Professional Communication in Healthcare Management (20 credits)
This paper aims to develop learner’s leadership and communication skills by evaluating the specialized needs of the healthcare sector in accordance with best practices. The course will further develop learner’s skills to practice and fulfill the healthcare organisation’s ethical and operational requirements including safety, quality patient care, and collaboration between leadership, leadership structures, relations and operations within the healthcare systems. Upon the completion of this paper, the learner will be capable of evaluating and practicing communication and contemporary communication ethics and leadership skills, required in healthcare organizations.

712 - Ethics, Legislation and Compliance Issues in Healthcare Management Practices (20 credits)
This paper aims to develop learner’s skills to analyse ethics, legislation and standards involved in the relationship of healthcare centres and patients in the healthcare industry. Upon the completion of this course, learners will be acquainted with quality management systems in healthcare centers according the criteria of the DHBs. The learner will also be able to interpret and practice rights and responsibilities of patients, healthcare professionals and organizations in the healthcare framework.

713 New Trends and Marketing Strategies in Healthcare (20 credits)
This paper aims to enhance learner’s knowledge and skills of healthcare marketing by understanding specialist marketing strategies; analysing and reviewing new trends in the sector, practicing contemporary marketing techniques, analysing ongoing practices and predicting their impact on the future of healthcare marketing. After completion, the learner will be able to market healthcare products and services, assess marketing trends, review marketing strategies and evaluate their impact on the future of marketing in the healthcare sector.

714 Healthcare Financial Management (20 credits)
This paper aims to develop learner’s knowledge and skills of healthcare financial management by evaluating the financial environment of the healthcare sector and its management. The paper will further enhance learner’s capabilities to review concepts of capital acquisition, cost and structure; capital allocation, financial condition analysis and forecasting for healthcare organizations. Upon completion, the learner will be able to manage healthcare financial systems in accordance with best industry practices.

Project Management Strand - Subject Description

721 - Project Management Concept and Techniques (20 credits)
This course intends to apprehend management issues in projects and to tackle problems raised in teamwork appropriate to contemporary applications. The primary focus of the paper is on planning, managing, scheduling and controlling projects, dealing with team members, time and activity scheduling of work force, risk management, controlling reliability of processes and maintaining the quality of products by implementing standards. This course will provide knowledge and skills to the learner to manage and complete projects in a successful way.

722 – Strategic Management (20 credits)
The course aims to stimulate and develop strategic thinking of the learner from a project management perspective for managerial decisions and future actions that determines the longer-term performance of an organisation. The course will enhance learner’s capabilities of environment scanning of an organisation and its projects by formulating, implementing, assessing and controlling strategic plans. Upon completion of this course, the learner will have the skills to execute strategic plans for efficient management of capital and operational projects. The course will also enhance the learner’s capabilities of strategic management for organisations seeking a competitive advantage and resource management for successful projects, programmes and portfolio management.

723 – Quality Management and Control (20 credits)
The course focuses on the learner’s development to critically review quality management, operations, client service, information delivery, service operations and financial aspects throughout the system of an organisation. The course will also enhance learner’s capabilities to evaluate and discuss state of the art quality management concepts including Six Sigma, ISO standardization and lean management for global operations. Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to assess and enhance the capabilities of a sustainable organisation with embedded quality and control mechanisms across all projects.

724 – Agile Project Management (20 credits)
This course aims to provide learner with the skills to apply core project management concepts and techniques in a real life project. The course also aims to develop the learner’s capability to use contemporary tools that will strengthen planning processes and embed professional management skills in accordance with industry best practices. The course will enhance learner’s practical skills to manage and control scope, schedules, budgets and resources for a project. Upon completion of this course, the learner will be capable of managing all phases of a real life project by practicing project management principles and techniques supplemented with tools.

Management and Marketing Strand – Subject Description

731 Advanced Strategic Planning for Small Business – 20 Credits
Students will be able to assess the strategic situation faced by organisation through the application and understanding of the appropriate analytical tools; they will extrapolate various options which have arisen from the analysis and evaluate its suitability. From the analysis, they will plan how to implement the strategies through leadership styles, organisational structures, systems, culture and actions; and on the final part student will compile measurement devices to monitor the effectiveness of the strategy in meeting the original goals and objectives.

732 Advanced Operation Management – 20 Credits
Students gain the knowledge to more effectively manage their operations and thus make a valuable contribution towards the success of their business. Specifically they gain knowledge of major disciplines with areas of specialisation in depth of operations management further they will create appropriate responses to resolve given or contextual abstract problems of real operational management within New Zealand.

742 Advanced Marketing Research – 20 Credits
Students will gain a deeper understanding of the different types of measurement and scaling in research and the application of quantitative and qualitative analysis to marketing research. They will further analyse a variety of research tools used in marketing research and design tool for a specified purpose.

781 Internship – 20 Credits
Students will gain practical on-the-job experience in a business organisation in their chosen specialty. It provides the students the opportunity to find out what working in a certain industry, is really like. This paper also allows students to make contacts with managers and recruiters, which can be their full-time employment in the future.

Business Computing and Technology Strand – Subject Description

751 E - Commerce - (20 credits)
Students will demonstrate understanding of e-commerce systems and their effective design and management. Student will design an effective e-commerce site in accordance with specification and business goals.

752 Website Development (20 credits)
Students will demonstrate understanding of web technologies and their effective development and management. They will develop websites and manage its implementation to meet specifications and organizational goals and context.

753 Computer Networks (20 credits)
Students will demonstrate understanding of computer networks and their effective installation, administration and configuration.

754 Database Development (20 credits)
Students will demonstrate understanding of database design and development. Some tools are designed to monitor database performance. These tools are designed to monitor and optimize the underlying hardware and software on which the system runs.