Victoria University of Wellington is a state-funded University based in the capital city of New Zealand. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in New Zealand and is renowned for its teaching and research. It has established an international reputation for the high quality of its graduates and research and it has a proud tradition of academic excellence. There are over 22,000 students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds, and approximately 1,900 permanent staff at Victoria, making it one of Wellington’s most significant employers.
Victoria University is situated in the heart of the business and government districts of Wellington and close links are maintained between the Faculty and the city. The Victoria Business School and the Faculty of Law are located at the Pipitea Campus in downtown Wellington. Wellington offers a lively cultural and arts scene, a variety of restaurants, and opportunities for a wide range of outdoor activities. The city is centrally located in New Zealand and the magnificent scenic and outdoor recreation attractions of the rest of the country are within easy access. The University’s location in New Zealand’s capital city facilitates links with the finance and business sectors, national sector organisations, and government policy-makers.
The Victoria Business School continually seeks formal accreditations and certifications from international organisations. The School is among just 72 business schools worldwide that hold the 'triple crown' of international accreditations of the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA). We are among a select group of business schools worldwide and one of only three in Australasia and the only one in New Zealand to have achieved dual AACSB accreditation in business and accounting.
Within the BCom, the INFO major provides the new commerce graduate with a clear understanding of how information systems is used to create value in commerce and government. Information systems graduates develop their foundation skills in data and process management to be equipped to effectively design and coordinate information resources, information flows and online commercial activity. From that foundation, students can further focus their studies into predefined specialisations of Business Analysis or IT Solutions Developer to give them an immediately compelling and marketable value proposition for future employers. Or, students can choose to ‘tailor make’ a programme to follow their individual passions and interests.
The MIM is New Zealand’s premier masters qualification designed for IT professionals who are moving to senior business-oriented roles. It combines leading-edge research with rigorous case analysis and peer-based learning in a flexible, modular structure suited to fulltime workers in Auckland and Wellington.
The MIM programme caters for
• IT industry professionals who aim to move into senior business-orientated roles
• Managers taking on higher-level responsibilities in information systems
• CIOs wishing to broaden their management perspective
• Other mid-career professionals wishing to move into information management roles
The ability to manage information systems is a worldwide need in businesses and governments, and the demand for information professionals will continue in the forseeable future.
The 180-point MIM programme consists of 11 courses: 2 core courses (15 points each), 8 elective courses (15 points each), plus either Case Study (Consulting Project) or Research Project (30 points each).
An examination of the role of information systems in the business operations, managerial decision-making and strategy of modern organisations. The course introduces the fundamental concepts of computer-based information systems acquisition and use.
This course covers the IS system development life cycle (SDLC) from a business perspective. It introduces basic techniques for analysing business flows, information analysis, objects and classes. It introduces techniques for documenting information systems requirements in an object oriented modelling language.
This course introduces the principles of database definition, design, access and implementation. It shows how databases support modern data processing systems. Students will be able to create a data model from a business situation, implement a database from that data model and use query language such as SQL to access data.
An introduction to the use of software languages and tools for rapid application development. The course takes students through the process of translating business requirements, expressed with functional and structural models, into business applications.
A detailed examination of IT project management including scheduling, monitoring and control techniques, and using automated tools. Students will gain an appreciation of IT risk management, change management strategies for internal and external stakeholders, and social and cultural issues arising in multi-country project team environments.
This course will explore the role and potential of IT to support business process management and design. Students learn a modern business process modelling technique, apply that to designing an improved business process, then test and evaluate their proposed design using simulation software.
Introduces fundamental principles, standards and best practices of human-computer interaction, usability and user experience. Advanced software tools enable students to create low-fidelity and high-fidelity user-interfaces for business websites and applications and covers the full lifecycle of user-interface design, from requirements specification to design, prototyping, and evaluation.
Covers the techniques of collecting, organising and analysing historic data to improve business processes and predict customer behaviour. Uses analytical software for data mining, decision support, supply chain management, simulation, and optimisation.
This course provides students with an opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge to a practical problem in the area of information systems. Students work in teams on real projects for real clients. The projects are identified by the course coordinator.
An appreciation of the philosophical underpinnings of business ethics, and of cultural sensitivities to new technologies. Examines how cultural and ethical issues can impact on the successful implementation of information systems.
The course focuses on how businesses can adapt information technologies to add innovation to business models, products and services. It includes an evaluation of digital strategies to support other corporate initiatives and how to integrate innovative business models such as social media and e-commerce to build customer relationships and improve the customer experience.
The course will enable students to learn the theory and best practices leading to the alignment between business strategy and information technology. Students learn how to analyse, model, design and evaluate enterprise architecture; and how to create effective governance instruments for successful enterprise architecture.
Large information systems are a complex mix of hardware, software, procedures and logic. Many things can and do go wrong. This course teaches the standard techniques used to evaluate whether or not a system is working to its planned requirements and to identify defects. Students who complete this course may be able to get professional certification, which is in high demand from employers.
This course examines conceptual and physical building blocks of current information and communication infrastructures, including distributed, mobile, pervasive and cloud solutions. It assesses the use of the Internet as a common platform for developing business applications, and uses advanced software tools to enable students to model and design IT architectures.
An evaluation of the systems, software, tools and techniques deployed to protect digital assets in companies and government organisations. Apply the theories of data security to analyse potential vulnerabilities in Internet and Enterprise Architecture, and design loss prevention strategies.
How can managers take a critical approach to the role of communication in an environment of exponential growth of new information? You will learn the principles of communications design and critical thinking with special reference to communications mediated through IT.
How can managers assess the impact of IT and IS developments on the way in which organisations are, and can be managed? And how can organisations direct the development of IT and IS? You will explore the influence of IT/IS and organisations upon one another, gain an understanding of key challenges facing managers in the information age and examine ways in which IT/IS can help address these issues.
How can managers manage knowledge in a strategic way that improves organisational outcomes and capability? Through interactive seminars students will tackle issues such as managing tacit know-how and intellectual capital, the application of technology in KM, reasons for failure of KM systems, and the crucial role of intermediaries, networks and culture.
What is the best way to manage the IS function within an organisation? The relationship between the IT Department and the rest of the organisation is often less than ideal, and the impact of new technologies means the game is constantly changing. You will learn different approaches that a Chief Information Officer can use to ensure smooth delivery of IT services and improved relationship management. You will also learn how to best manage the introduction of new technologies such as cloud computing and social networking software into an organisation.
An examination of both benefits and risks associated with new technology adoption, drawing on theories including technological determinism, the diffusion of innovation, and the technology acceptance model, and providing the skills needed by a champion or evaluator of technological innovation.
How do managers align information systems and emerging technologies with strategic organisational initiatives? This course will help you to articulate the relationship between a business and its information systems at strategic, tactical, and operational levels. You will develop skills in using models and frameworks to critically analyse, evaluate and communicate the role of IS in relationship to organisational issues and strategy, and build a deeper understanding of how strategies, tactics, and operational approaches are used by organisations to manage their IT resource.
How can you absorb the deep impact of information technology change - and how do you make your organisation embrace the opportunities because they master the pitfalls? Working from leading edge research, complemented by the proven tribal knowledge of seasoned IT practitioners, this relentlessly interactive course gives you the tools and leadership nous for focused change preparation; for evaporating resistance to change; for realistic transformation planning; and for business process re‑engineering that works for humans – and their computers.
Globalisation, culture and social structure in the e-enterprise; how international trade in an e-enterprise will cope with different cultures and global politics. This course aims to give students insight into the philosophical background to national telecommunications policies and access to, and control of, communications outlets for national and cultural development.
A debate of overarching challenges to enterprises and enterprise systems. This course goes beyond the basics to consider issues such as complexity, failure, resilience, agility, flexibility, design thinking, steering, and governance of enterprise systems. Be prepared for discussions of theory, case studies, research essays, and De Bono’s debates.
What issues do managers face in managing IT security and how should they address these? This course will examine the policies, techniques and strategies used by commercial and government organisations for protection of their digital assets, including personal security and privacy (cyber-safety), business security strategies and policies for internet security and threats (cyber-defense), and responses to breaches and recovery from attacks (cyber-resilience).
An examination of the linkages between IT innovation, value, and the challenges of bringing innovations to market. The closely aligned phenomenon of entrepreneurship will also be explored. Various relevant models and practices will be examined and applied to real-life situations.