This qualification will provide both New Zealand and Global businesses and organisations with graduates who can apply advanced business management knowledge and skills to be able to manage within a business management environment.

In addition to advanced business management knowledge and skills, graduates with specialization in Business Information Technology will be able to manage e-business platforms to support strategic technology infused business processes in the digital age.


36 weeks (2 x 18 week Academic Terms)


NZ$ 19,804

2021 Intake Dates

11 February 2021 (AKL & CHCH)

22 April 2021 (CHCH)

1 July 2021 (AKL)

9 September 2021 (CHCH)

14 October 2021 (AKL)

18 November 2021 (CHCH)

Entry Criteria

Applicants must provide evidence of:

  • A Level 6 or higher qualification in Business (or equivalent) OR
  • A degree in other disciplines related to Business IT OR
  • A minimum of four years relevant industry experience in a Business related field, requiring knowledge equivalent to at least a Level 6 Business qualification. AND
  • International students for whom English is not their first language, must also have an IELTS score of 6.0 (Academic) with no individual band lower than 5.5, or equivalent evidence of English Language proficiency in accordance with NZQA regulations.


Students will be required to study the following eight papers in two semesters:

MGT701 Strategic Management

This course develops an understanding of the overall process of strategy making to increase the performance of a company, thereby increasing the value of the enterprise to its owners and shareholders. In this course students will explore strategies that a company’s managers pursue to attain a competitive advantage.

MGT702 Strategic Contemporary Marketing

This course develops an understanding of the overall process of marketing including research, planning, implementation and control of marketing activities in the contemporary business environment. The main emphasis is on the practical application of marketing concepts covered in the course, using NZ and international consumer products as examples to broaden the knowledge base in contemporary marketing.

MGT703 People and Organisation

This course develops an understanding of the linkage between organisations; human resource management (HRM) and business success. Students will be exposed to the principles of organisational behaviour and the fundamentals of HRM. Important concepts such as organisation structure and design; power and politics; motivation and job satisfaction; recruitment and selection, employee development and performance management will be discussed.

MGT704 Financial Management

This course provides an overview of financial management basics for financial decision making. Students will cover the fundamentals of financial management to support both short and long-term financial decisions of the firm. Includes topics related to sources of short-term and long-term financing, financial statement analysis, time value of money, capital budgeting and working capital management.

BIT701 Networking and Webserver Administration

This course deals with the complexity of network environments. Students are provided with an introduction to the design and analysis of computer communication networks. Topics include application layer protocols, Internet protocols, network interfaces, local and wide area networks, wireless networks, bridging and routing, webserver administration and current topics.

BIT702 Requirement Analysis and System Design

This course covers the modelling techniques for software analysis and design. The course orientates students with the principles, processes and methods of requirement analysis and system design. It is an essential course for students to understand the core concepts of analysis and design used in modern business systems worldwide.

BIT703 Electronic Business in Digital Age

This course deals with the ever growing paradigm of E-Business. Business in cyberspace has become one of the most exciting trends and companies are positioning themselves by adopting online platforms to remain competitive. In the market place the focus of E-business is shifting from an emphasis on pyre technology to more technology supported strategic actions. This course helps students to understand E-business issues and models in digital age.

BIT704 Database Management Systems

This course covers the concepts of DBMS – the predominant system for business, scientific and engineering applications at present. The topics are reinforced using structured query language (SQL). The course includes Entity-Relation model, Normalization, Relational model, and data access queries as well as an introduction to SQL.

Career Opportunities 

Graduates may work as:

  • Data base and System Administrators
  • Network and Support Professionals
  • Business Operations Analyst
  • IT Strategy Consultant
  • IT Project Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Technical Business Analyst

Suitable Industries

Graduates may be eligible to work into these industries:

  • Informational Technology
  • Retails and Manufacturing
  • Service Industry

Further Study Opportunities

This qualification can lead to degree or post graduate level qualifications in business management or other relevant industry qualifications; Example – Bachelor of Applied Management.

Bring your own device (BYOD) requirement

At AEI we understand that technology has become a key component to our everyday lives. Our programmes incorporate device driven activities and interactions. This also allows student learning to continue effortlessly wherever they are.  All students are required to have a device as part of their personal equipment.  This device is required to be brought to every class.

What type of device is needed?
Laptops are AEI’s preferred device. It is important that the student’s laptop operates effectively in the AEI BYOD environment. We therefore recommend the following:

If purchasing new, the following minimum requirements should be met:

  • Windows 10 (or Mac Os 10.x Yosemite or higher)
  • i3 dual core or equivalent processor 4GB RAM
  • 320GB or greater hard drive
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual band
  • At least a 13 inch screen
  • Up-to-date antivirus software
  • Battery life of a minimum of 6 hours (there is limited access to charging facilities in class)

If you currently have a laptop, the following minimum requirements should be met:

  • 10 inch screen or larger
  • 4GB RAM
  • 50GB free space minimum
  • Windows v7.0 or higher
  • Apple Mac 10.6 (Leopard) or higher
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual band
  • CPU meets vendor OS minimum requirements.
  • Battery life of a minimum of 6 hours (there is limited access to charging facilities in class)

Microsoft 365
AEI provides a free version of Microsoft 365 to every academic programme student. This ensures that students have the latest version of Microsoft Office. Students can use this software online.
During induction, students will be given further information for accessing MS365 and any other technology that they will be using during their studies.