Diploma in Business Studies – DipBusStuds

Join a flexible qualification that suits you and gain introductory business knowledge with Massey's Diploma in Business Studies.

Type of qualification

Diploma

Level of study

Undergraduate study

An undergraduate qualification is usually the first one you study.

NZQF level 5

Our courses follow the New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF) levels.

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Time to complete

1 year(s) full-time (120 credits)
Up to 8 years part-time
Part-time available

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Definition of New Zealand citizens and residents

Open to international students on campus in New Zealand, or studying on-line out

Study a Diploma in Business Studies – DipBusStuds

The Diploma in Business Studies is taught at Massey University at the Manawatū, Auckland and Wellington campuses. Courses may also be taken via distance learning.

A DipBusStuds is a good fit if you:

  • want to dip your toes into the waters of tertiary study.

Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification, outside of university admission regulations.

For entry to the Diploma in Business Studies (Financial Advice) you will have been awarded or qualified for the Certificate in Financial Advice. 

English language requirements

To study this qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

English language skills

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.

Official regulations

To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.

You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the qualification or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.

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Structure of the Diploma in Business Studies

If you study full-time you’ll take eight 15-credit courses, making a total of 120 credits.

If you wish to study over two semesters, you should aim for 60 credits per semester. You may be able to take some courses at summer school. Make sure you include courses that are prerequisites for the next level of courses you wish to study.

Courses and specialisations

Key terms

Courses
Each qualification has its own specific set of courses. Some universities call these papers. You enrol in courses after you get accepted into Massey.
Course code
Each course is numbered using 6 digits. The fourth number shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).
Credits
Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.
Specialisations
Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.

Credit summary

120 credits

Either:

  • Courses from the Schedule – 90 credits
  • Electives – 30 credits

Up to 75 credits at 100 level

At least 45 credits at 200 level or above

A maximum of 30 credits from outside the Diploma in Business Studies Schedule

Or; Financial Advice specialisation:

  • Compulsory course – 30 credits
  • Courses from the Schedule – 90 credits

Course planning key

Prerequisites
Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
Corequisites
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
Restrictions
Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.
Course code: 110109 Introductory Financial Accounting 15 credits

An introduction to measurement concepts in accounting and to the preparation and presentation of financial statements and reports, including the compilation of primary financial data.

Prerequisites: 115112 or 115102 or 110100 Corequisites: 115112 or 115102 Restrictions: 110215, 110,230, 110213 (1999)

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Course code: 110209 Intermediate Financial Accounting 15 credits

A detailed study of financial reporting, with particular emphasis on corporate regulatory requirements, both professional and statutory.

Prerequisites: 110109 or 110215 or 110230 Restrictions: 10210, 10213 (Pre 1999), 110313

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Course code: 110229 Management Accounting 15 credits

A study of cost accumulation and allocation processes used for internal routine reporting to managers for cost management and operational planning and control; internal non-routine reporting to managers for strategic and tactical decisions; inventory valuation and income determination for external reporting. Where appropriate, examples and applications in primary industries and the public sector will also be considered.

Prerequisites: 110109 or 110215 or 110230 Restrictions: 10200, 10220, 110223

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Course code: 110249 Accounting Information Systems 15 credits

A study of systems for the measurement and reporting of information for internal and external decision-making, including the emerging technologies that lend support for this. The accountant’s role in the formulation, design, implementation and management of these systems, including risk management and controls will also be addressed.

Prerequisites: 110109 or 110215 or 110230 Restrictions: 10240, 110243

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Course code: 110279 Auditing 15 credits

An introduction to the basic principles of auditing, including the function of audits and the concepts that govern audit processes and practices.

Prerequisites: 115112 or 115102 or 110100 or 110230 Restrictions: 110274

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Course code: 110289 Taxation 15 credits

An introduction to the basic principles of taxation, the elements of taxation and the concepts that govern tax practice. The course will also provide an awareness of the economic implications of taxation at both local and global levels.

Prerequisites: 110100 or 110230 or 115102 or 115112 Restrictions: 10283, 110274

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Course code: 110303 Integrative Accounting 15 credits

An integrated study of accounting sub-disciplines and other related disciplines to create an appreciation of how accounting operates in practice. Emphasis will also be placed on integration of expanded competencies with knowledge-based skills.

Prerequisites: 240 credits inclusive of 110209 or 110313; 110229 or 110223; and at least 15 credits at 300-level with a 110 prefix from the BBS Schedule

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Course code: 110309 Advanced Financial Accounting 15 credits

A study of advanced financial accounting topics and contemporary professional and conceptual issues relevant to financial reporting.

Prerequisites: 110209 or 110313 Restrictions: 110713, 10310

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Course code: 110329 Advanced Management Accounting 15 credits

A study of advanced topics and contemporary issues in management accounting in a range of industry settings, including strategic management and performance management.

Prerequisites: 110229 or 110223 Restrictions: 110320

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Course code: 110369 Forensic Accounting 15 credits

A study of forensic accounting, fraud auditing and investigation.

Prerequisites: 110279

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Course code: 110379 Advanced Auditing 15 credits

A study of advanced topics and contemporary issues in auditing.

Prerequisites: 110109 or 110215 or 110230; and 110279 or 110274

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Course code: 110380 Estate and Tax Planning 15 credits

Practical issues arising in estate and tax planning for investors and small business in New Zealand.

Prerequisites: 110274 or 110289 or 125211 Corequisites: 125211

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Course code: 110389 Advanced Taxation 15 credits

A study of advanced topics and contemporary issues in taxation, including tax policy, international taxation and tax administration.

Prerequisites: 110109 or 110215 or 110230; and 110289 or 110274 Restrictions: 110783

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Course code: 114240 Organisational Behaviour 15 credits

A theoretical and practical examination of the behaviour of people in the work environment. Students develop a basic understanding of individual behaviour and team dynamics, exploring issues of motivation, communication, leadership, decision making, power and organisational change.

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Course code: 114241 Principles of Human Resources Management 15 credits

An introduction to human resources management (HRM) theories and practices in national and international contexts.

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Course code: 114254 Employment Relations 15 credits

An exploration of the theoretical frameworks used to analyse employment relations, including institutional processes and practices crucial to the workings of contemporary employment relations in New Zealand.

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Course code: 114330 Equity and Diversity in the Workplace 15 credits

A study of the historical, legal and social issues of diversity and equality in the workplace in Aotearoa/New Zealand and overseas.

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Course code: 114331 Contemporary HRM and Employment Relations 15 credits

An exploration of contemporary Human Resource Management (HRM) and Employment Relations (ER) systems and issues in an international and comparative context. Particular emphasis is placed on the institutions, the role of the parties, and the influence of multinational companies and global supply chains.

Prerequisites: 114241 or 114254

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Course code: 114332 Decent Work 15 credits

An exploration of the principles, practices and issues surrounding decent work in contemporary work organisations.

Prerequisites: 114241 or 114254

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Course code: 114396 Strategic Human Resource Management 15 credits

An exploration of human resources management as a strategy to achieve organisational goals. Particular emphasis is given to organisations’ responses to trends in both their internal and external environments.

Prerequisites: 114241

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Course code: 115109 Introduction to Business Analytics 15 credits

An introduction to internal and external organisational data, mechanisms to obtain, analyse and interpret that data, and performance indicators used to define and assess the operational and financial viability of a business.

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Course code: 115111 Communication Theory and Practice 15 credits

This course identifies key theories and strategies to enhance written, oral, visual, and interpersonal communication for different purposes and audiences. Students explore, discuss, critique, and practise communication for a business and global environment and recognise how world views, culture, and contexts shape communication.

Restrictions: 219100 and 219203

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Course code: 115112 Accounting for Business 15 credits

An introduction to how accounting information is used for planning, monitoring and evaluating organisational performance.

Restrictions: 115102

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Course code: 115113 Economics for Business 15 credits

The course examines the nature of the contemporary economic environment in which businesses operate, and considers how economics can aid in business decision-making.

Restrictions: 115106

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Course code: 115114 Finance Fundamentals 15 credits

This course introduces analytical techniques for evaluating personal and business investment and financing decisions, including coverage of the context and environment in which these decisions are made.

Restrictions: 115105

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Course code: 115115 Management in Context 15 credits

This course provides students with a theoretical and practical understanding of management and organisations in the contemporary context.

Restrictions: 115108

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Course code: 115116 Introduction to Marketing 15 credits

The course provides an understanding of the core concepts and practices of marketing.

Restrictions: 115104

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Course code: 115211 Business Law 15 credits

The course will encompass an introduction to the key elements of the law within which business operates in New Zealand from a practical perspective.

Prerequisites: 90 credits at 100-level Restrictions: 115103, 155110

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Course code: 115212 Fundamentals of Leadership and Teamwork 15 credits

This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of leadership and teamwork.

Prerequisites: 90 credits at 100 level

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Course code: 125111 Managing your Personal Finances 15 credits

This course introduces students to key concepts of financial capability, helping individuals to understand how best to manage and protect their financial resources during various life stages and their rights in relation to this.

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Course code: 125143 Essentials of Investment Advice 30 credits

Providing essential knowledge of the principles and practice of the provision of investment advice

Prerequisites: 125179 Corequisites: 125179

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Course code: 125155 Essentials of Insurance Advice - Life, Disability, and Health 30 credits

Providing essential knowledge of the principles and practice of the provision of insurance (life, disability and health) advice

Prerequisites: 125179 Corequisites: 125179

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Course code: 125156 Essentials of Insurance Advice - General 30 credits

Providing essential knowledge of the principles and practice of the provision of insurance (general) advice

Prerequisites: 125179 Corequisites: 125179

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Course code: 125163 Essentials of Residential Property Lending Advice 30 credits

Providing essential knowledge of the principles and practice of the provision of residential property lending advice

Prerequisites: 125179 Corequisites: 125179

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Course code: 125179 Introduction to Financial Advice 30 credits

Providing knowledge of the financial advice industry, including regulatory requirements, and the application of professional practice.

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Course code: 125220 Financial Institutions and Markets 15 credits

An overview of the operation of institutions, products and markets which make up the financial system and discusses the role of governments, both domestically and internationally, in the management of our financial system.

Prerequisites: 115114

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Course code: 125230 Business Finance 15 credits

The course provides students with a fundamental knowledge of financial theory and practice. In addition to valuation and capital budgeting, students will study working capital management, capital structure, the cost of capital, dividend policy and ethics in finance.

Prerequisites: 115114

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Course code: 125241 Introduction to Investments 15 credits

An introduction to the fundamental and practical concepts of the investment process. Investment products, including equity, debt instruments, and derivatives are discussed as well as basic portfolio concepts.

Prerequisites: 115114 Restrictions: 125240

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Course code: 125250 Financial Modelling 15 credits

An examination of the principles of sound financial decision-making with the use of spreadsheets for analysis. Students will use various applications to perform quantitative analysis, assessing risk and return, and asset valuations.

Prerequisites: 115114 or 115105

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Course code: 125320 International Finance 15 credits

This course provides an overview of the theories and institutional environment of international finance. Students will gain insight into exchange rate determinations and instruments available for managing financial risk in a globalised economy.

Prerequisites: 125230; and one of 125220 or 125241 or 110209 or 152261

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Course code: 125330 Advanced Business Finance 15 credits

This capstone course is a study of finance theory in practice, designed to facilitate effective corporate financial decision making.

Prerequisites: 125230; and one of 125320 or 125340 or 125350 or 125364 or 110309 Corequisites: 125320 or 125340 or 125350 or 125364 or 110309

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Course code: 125340 Investment Analysis 15 credits

The application of analytical techniques to investment decision-making.

Prerequisites: 125241 Restrictions: 125342

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Course code: 125350 Financial Risk Management 15 credits

This course provides an overview of the theory and practice of financial risk management or hedging. Financial risk exposures can be categorised into three areas: interest rate risk, foreign exchange risk and commodity price risk. The focus will be on the methods of identifying and measuring the impact of these exposures and the appropriate instruments to hedge the firm's exposures.

Prerequisites: 125230; and either 125220 or 125241

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Course code: 125364 Bank Financial Management 15 credits

An application of finance and economic theory to the financial management and operation of banks in New Zealand and internationally, from a risk and regulation perspective. Attention is also given to the fragility of modern banking and its impact on systemic risk.

Prerequisites: 115114 or 115105; and 125220 Restrictions: 125360, 125361, 125362, 125363

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Course code: 127241 Property Market Principles 15 credits

A broad based introduction to property examined from both a New Zealand and international perspective. This course incorporates the use of technology in relation to all aspects of the property market.

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Course code: 127242 Introduction to Property Valuation 15 credits

An introduction to the principles and methods of property valuation.

Restrictions: 127255

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Course code: 127245 Introduction to Property Finance and Investment 15 credits

Introduction to property investment analysis, the role of property finance and the evaluation of property financing decisions.

Prerequisites: 115114 or 115105

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Course code: 127341 Property Management and Development 15 credits

The application of analytical techniques to, and the appraisal of, the management and development of commercial real estate resources.

Prerequisites: 127241

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Course code: 127342 Applied Property Finance and Investment 15 credits

This capstone course is an applied study of property finance and investment analysis which includes portfolio theory in relation to property.

Prerequisites: 127241, 127242, 127245 and one of 127341 or 127343 or 127378 Corequisites: 127341 or 127343 or 127378

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Course code: 127343 Applied Property Valuation 15 credits

The application of valuation theory in relation to commercial and industrial property, both vacant and improved, valuation practices.

Prerequisites: 127242

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Course code: 127378 Property Economics and Planning 15 credits

A study of location theory, planning and the economic dynamics involved in the development of cities, using analysis of property space and asset class.

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Course code: 152203 Business and Society 15 credits

A study of the interplay of business and society in the context of business development and contemporary business practice.

Restrictions: 52101

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Course code: 152232 Small Business Management 15 credits

This course develops competencies relevant to operating small and medium sized enterprises. The focus is on critical skills, ethical awareness and the concepts needed by today's small business owners, and introduces specialist topics in enterprise development.

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Course code: 152233 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship and Innovation 15 credits

This introductory course develops understanding of the key concepts in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Restrictions: 152230

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Course code: 152250 Managing Organisations 15 credits

An analysis of the management of organisations emphasising themes relating to people, process and structure.

Restrictions: 152200

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Course code: 152252 Project Management 15 credits

An introduction to the theory and methods employed in project management.

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Course code: 152261 International Business 15 credits

A study of business and management from an international perspective. This course provides an introduction to the conduct of business in the global environment by exploring different forms of international business activity in the context of regionalism and globalism.

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Course code: 152264 International Supply Chain Management 15 credits

An introduction to the applied aspects of supply chain management in international business.

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Course code: 152270 Māori Management 15 credits

Māori Management is designed for people who have a responsibility for undertaking management activities related to Māori business development and commercial activities. It examines the history and structure of Māori organisations, contemporary management structures and the impact of associated government policies and legislation.

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Course code: 152304 Managing Services 15 credits

Examines theories and issues relating to the place of services in the economy.

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Course code: 152325 Designing and Developing Organisations 15 credits

A theoretical and practical introduction to organisational designs and development processes.

Prerequisites: Any 200 level course from the 152 course prefix series Restrictions: 152360, 152303, 152341

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Course code: 152330 Enterprise Development 15 credits

An examination of issues relating to entrepreneurship and management in the start-up, survival and development of enterprises. Emphasis is placed on the use of the case study approach from the perspective of the manager or consultant.

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Course code: 152331 Scaling and Growth 15 credits

Develops understanding of key areas that are critical for the sustainable growth of an organisation, by exploring the key challenges of scaling and growth.

Prerequisites: 152233 or 152234

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Course code: 152333 New Venture Project 15 credits

This course studies the process of initiating and managing a new venture. The course includes opportunity identification and assessment processes for new ventures; comprehensive business planning including data collection and analysis; strategy formulation and results forecasting; integration of concepts and techniques relevant to new ventures. Integrated plans for launching new products and services by existing businesses are also considered.

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Course code: 152336 Leadership Practice 15 credits

A critical analysis of the theory and practice of leadership relevant to public and private organisations and the development of ethical leadership and citizenship in a variety of socio-cultural contexts.

Restrictions: 152328, 152329

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Course code: 152338 Cultural Perspectives on Entrepreneurship 15 credits

An examination of interconnections between entrepreneurship, culture and diversity, including social identities such as gender, ethnicity and indigeneity, age, religion, and sexual identity. Students will consider how these aspects shape entrepreneurial thinking and practice, with particular emphasis on the experiences of Māori in Aotearoa NZ.

Prerequisites: 152233 or 152234

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Course code: 152350 Strategic Management and Governance 15 credits

An examination of strategic management concepts, the tools and techniques of strategic analysis, and issues associated with governance including business ethics.

Prerequisites: Any 200 level Management course Restrictions: 152341, 152365

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Course code: 152355 Sustainability Issues, Challenges and Responses 15 credits

An examination of sustainability issues and challenges, how they relate to the business community, and the implications of sustainability for business policy and management.

Prerequisites: Any 200 level course from the 152 course prefix series Restrictions: 152392

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Course code: 152366 Operational Management of International Business 15 credits

Managing the operational effectiveness of the enterprise conducting business in international markets including international supply chain, quality, and distribution management.

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Course code: 152370 Te Whanaketanga o te Pakihi Māori - Advanced Māori Business Development and Management 15 credits

An examination of the interface between customary and contemporary management practices focusing on the management of Māori resources and the development of Māori enterprise.

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Course code: 153204 Negotiation Principles 15 credits

Negotiation principles as applied to avoiding and resolving disputes.

Restrictions: 153307

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Course code: 155201 Law of Property 15 credits

The law relating to the transfer and ownership of and other dealings in real property.

Prerequisites: 115211 or 115103 or 155202 Restrictions: 155216, 155700

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Course code: 155202 Essentials of Law 15 credits

Introduction to the New Zealand legal system, legal interpretation and substantive law.

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Course code: 155203 Law of Business Organisations 15 credits

General principles of law relating to companies and partnerships.

Prerequisites: 115211 or 115103 or 155202 Restrictions: 155200, 155700

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Course code: 155210 Commercial Law 15 credits

Legal obligations and responsibilities that may arise when conducting business activities.

Prerequisites: 115211 or 115103 or 155202 Restrictions: 155200, 155700

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Course code: 155301 Employment Law 15 credits

This course examines the law governing the employment relationship in New Zealand.

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Course code: 156231 Strategic Marketing Management 15 credits

A study of the decisions required to allocate and manage marketing resources in a competitive business environment.

Prerequisites: 115116 or 156200

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Course code: 156232 Consumer Behaviour 15 credits

A study of the theory and practice of changing consumer behaviour through marketing programmes. The course critically evaluates traditional cognitive models of consumer behaviour and alternative behaviourist approaches.

Prerequisites: 115116 or 156200

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Course code: 156233 Marketing Research 15 credits

A study of the collection, analysis and interpretation of marketing information for the purpose of managerial decision-making.

Prerequisites: 115116 or 156200

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Course code: 156235 Social Media and Digital Marketing 15 credits

A study of the impact, application and evaluation of new digital media marketing strategies and techniques.

Prerequisites: 115116 or 115104 or 156200 or 75 credits for non-Business students

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Course code: 156237 Marketing Communication and Advertising 15 credits

A study of advertising and other forms of marketing communication, including key theories of marketing communication, elements of the communication mix, and effective campaign design.

Prerequisites: 115116 or 156200

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Course code: 156238 Marketing New Products 15 credits

A study of new product and service development processes from a marketing perspective.

Prerequisites: 115116 or 115104 or 156200

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Course code: 156334 Marketing Consultancy Project 15 credits

A client driven marketing planning course that integrates marketing concepts and methods across the curriculum.

Prerequisites: 156231 and any 1562xx course

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Course code: 156338 International Marketing 15 credits

A critical examination of issues in international marketing and their relevance to business and society.

Prerequisites: 156231 plus either 156232, or both 156235 and 156237

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Course code: 156339 Omni-Channel Retail Marketing 15 credits

A critical examination of marketing in an omni-channel retail environment.

Prerequisites: 156231 or 2902xx

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Course code: 156340 Customer Intelligence 15 credits

This course teaches methods to convert organisations’ large data sets about customers, competitors, channel partners and their own activities into information for improved marketing decision making.

Prerequisites: 156233

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Course code: 156341 Branding 15 credits

A critical examination of brands and issues in branding and their relevance to business and society.

Prerequisites: 156231 and plus either 156232, or both 156235 and 156237

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Course code: 157151 Living and Working with Technology 15 credits

An introductory study of the roles and applications of information systems in organisations and society.

Restrictions: 115107, 157150, 157100

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Course code: 157240 Social Media Networks for Business 15 credits

An examination of current issues in the rapidly developing area of social media. A socio-technical approach is adopted to examine how social media networks are being used in business processes.

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Course code: 157241 Technology Trends for Organisations 15 credits

A comprehensive study of major technology trends and organisational contexts within which information systems are developed and used from user, manager, organisational and societal perspectives.

Prerequisites: 157150 or 157151 or 115107 or 1581xx or 1591xx Restrictions: 157242

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Course code: 157325 Information Management Project 15 credits

A guided practical applying business analysis methods to an information system and its environment.

Prerequisites: 15724x Corequisites: 157341 Restrictions: 157381,157342

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Course code: 157340 Organisational Knowledge Management 15 credits

An examination of the role of information systems in creating business value in a knowledge economy.

Prerequisites: 1142xx or 1522xx or 1572xx or 1582xx or 1592xx

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Course code: 157350 Technology Governance and Risk Management 15 credits

Designing and managing technology-based solutions for realising organisational strategy.

Restrictions: 57301, 157373, 157341

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Course code: 161101 Statistics for Business 15 credits

An introduction to the presentation, analysis and interpretation of quantitative data. Topics include the construction of charts and summary statistics, probability, sampling, hypothesis testing, regression, time series analysis and quality management.

Restrictions: 115101, 161100, 161111, 161120, 161122, 161130, 161140

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Course code: 178100 Principles of Economic Policy 15 credits

The course provides students with a basic understanding of economic policy at industry, national and international levels.

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Course code: 178111 Quantitative Methods for Economics 15 credits

This course provides a foundation for students to develop their quantitative and analytical skills in the context of the Economics discipline.

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Course code: 178200 Macroeconomics 15 credits

The development and application of macroeconomic models to globally-oriented economies, and the assessment of real-world policy problems from a practical perspective.

Prerequisites: 178100 or 115113

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Course code: 178201 Microeconomics 15 credits

The development and application of models of consumer optimisation, producer behaviour, and competition in markets.

Prerequisites: 115113 or 115106

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Course code: 178221 Methods of Economic Analysis 15 credits

An introduction to the techniques of quantitative economic analysis. The use of linear algebra and calculus in economics. Constrained optimisation. Simple dynamics.

Prerequisites: 115113 or 115106 or any 1781xx course

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Course code: 178250 Contemporary Economic Issues 15 credits

A study of selected economic and socio-economic topics in a contemporary framework.

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Course code: 178280 Economic Analysis and Applications 15 credits

An introduction to quantitative analysis and applications in economics.

Prerequisites: 115113

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Course code: 178300 Macroeconomic Policy and Applications 15 credits

This course incorporates financial markets into macroeconomic models and analyses government policies that address current macroeconomic events.

Prerequisites: 178200

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Course code: 178301 Microeconomic Theory and Applications 15 credits

The modelling of microeconomic decision-making, with application to real-world issues.

Prerequisites: 178201

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Course code: 178307 Markets, Firms and Consumers 15 credits

Microeconomic analysis will be applied to problems in consumer behaviour, business strategies and investment choice, resource allocation and regulation.

Prerequisites: 178201 or 178204 or 125230; or (115113 or 115106 or 178101) and 178280

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Course code: 178360 Environmental Economics 15 credits

An introduction to the application of economic analysis, to environmental and climate change related issues and policies.

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Course code: 178370 Development Economics 15 credits

An examination of major development problems and issues, both domestic and international, from a combined economic theory, empirical and policy-oriented perspective.

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Course code: 178380 Applied Econometrics 15 credits

Specification and estimation of econometric models for policy analysis and forecasting. Treatment of common problems encountered in economic and financial data analysis.

Prerequisites: 178220 or 178280 Restrictions: 178321 and 178320

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Course code: 197288 Creative Collaboration 15 credits

In this course, students from a broad range of creative practices will work together to conceptualise and create innovative offerings to experience and reflect upon collaboration as creative citizens.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level

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Course code: 197388 Creative Communities 15 credits

In this course, students from a broad range of creative practices will work together to explore conceptual and strategic dimensions of professional practice through encounters with external partners. Students will develop an understanding of their position as creative citizens within a broader community, and produce strategic, innovative offerings that reflect this relationship.

Prerequisites: 75 Credits at 200 Level Restrictions: 198481, 212425, 221382, 222382, 223425, 224382

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Course code: 219203 Business Communication 15 credits

A study of the processes and practices of business communication in the context of the private and public sectors. The course is based on those theories of human communication of most relevance in developing an understanding of and facility in skills such as listening, speaking to a group, interviewing and writing in organisations.

Restrictions: 114100, 114253, 219100

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Course code: 219204 News Media and Society 15 credits

This course examines the structure and functions of New Zealand news media, including its linkages to global news media systems. It also examines how different social identities are constructed in news media.

Restrictions: 114264

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Course code: 219205 Professional Presentations in Business 15 credits

This course is about how to persuade, inform, and entertain. In this practical course students will learn about aspects of performance, including character, style, creativity, making meaning, psychology, semantics, and how to read contexts/audiences. Students will explore and develop strategies for managing fear and anxiety.

Restrictions: 114285

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Course code: 219206 Communication and Technological Change 15 credits

This course examines the impacts of technology on communication, organizations, and cultures. Students will learn to anticipate change and engage with big problems. Students will also design, create and critique human-centric, ethical solutions to help navigate the complex challenges of the 21st century.

Restrictions: 114263, 14263

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Course code: 219209 Public Relations Practice 15 credits

An introductory study of public relations and its use to create and maintain communication between organisations and their internal and external publics. Theoretical and practical approaches are combined so that students are introduced to the diversity of contemporary public relations theory and techniques and have opportunities to develop key skills in practical assignments.

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Course code: 219302 Gender and Communication in Organisations 15 credits

This course closely examines how language and communication are used by women and men, and explores the social and biological factors that contribute to communication differences and similarities. Students study the implications of theories of sex and gender for communication and organizational behaviour, with emphases on identity management, leadership, (in)equality, and harassment.

Restrictions: 114358

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Course code: 219303 Organisational Communication 15 credits

This course draws on current research and theory to examine the communication process, practice and ethical considerations of organisations' communication with their internal and external stakeholders.

Restrictions: 114353

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Course code: 219304 Intercultural Communication 15 credits

This course compares the communication behaviours of different cultures. Students will develop skills that help them analyse and address intercultural conflicts and issues, and gain skills that allow them to communicate effectively in intercultural contexts.

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Course code: 219305 Public Relations Management 15 credits

This course provides an in-depth examination of public relations theory and shows how it applies to practice. It focuses on strategic engagement with diverse publics, the development of long-lasting and meaningful organisational relationships, and reputation management.

Prerequisites: 219209 Restrictions: 114363

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Course code: 219307 Interpersonal Communication 15 credits

This course builds understanding of the struggle to make sense of other people and to build thriving communities and relationships, both in and out of the workplace. Students will examine how communication is used to connect with others, to express and uphold identities, and to manage challenging interactions and relationships.

Restrictions: 219201,114261,14352

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Course code: 219335 Media Law and Ethics 15 credits

Students develop an understanding of the process of making editorial decisions on matters of media law and ethics, including defamation, privacy and complaints about the media.

Restrictions: 219331

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Course code: 222215 Brand Communication 15 credits

In this studio course students will learn history and methods particular to practices of brand positioning and marketing communication. Students will apply fundamentals of brand strategy to the process of differentiating branded offerings through design.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level from College of Creative Arts or 75 credits at 100 level including 115116 or 115104

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Course code: 224205 Design for Display 15 credits

In this studio course students will investigate concepts for display and design strategies for exhibitions as temporary interventions in public space.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level Restrictions: 197205

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Course code: 240260 Logistics and Supply Chain Fundamentals 15 credits

A study of logistics and supply chain management fundamental concepts. The supply chain management paradigm that underpins modern business is fully explored with a specific focus on customer service, forecasting, process integration, relationship management, and performance measurement.

Restrictions: 115260

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Course code: 240364 Purchasing and Supply Management 15 credits

A study of the scope of purchasing and procurement and the principles, structures and key variables of supply management.

Prerequisites: 240260 or 240261 or 240263 Restrictions: 240360, 240361

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Course code: 240365 Demand Chain Management 15 credits

A study of distribution management concepts and strategy together with an exploration of demand chains. Methods to align supply chain strategies with market drivers are examined. A range of distribution channel approaches are also discussed in regard to alternative customer demands.

Prerequisites: 240260 or 240261 or 240263 Restrictions: 240360, 240361

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Course code: 290100 Retail Practice Internship 15 credits

The internship will provide an overview of product and service delivery to customers in the retail environment. The internship will focus on a chosen retail industry and contrast the differences between competing retailers of varying sizes and retail models.

Corequisites: 290102 Restrictions: 290101

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Course code: 290102 Contemporary Retail Management 15 credits

An introduction to the fundamental concepts and principles of contemporary retail management from local and international viewpoints.

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Course code: 290201 Retail Knowledge Internship 15 credits

The internship provides the participant with a practical understanding of the components of a retail operation from buying (supply end) to delivery (customer end).

Prerequisites: At least 15 credits at 200-level from the 290 course prefix series

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Course code: 290202 Design Thinking for Business Operations 15 credits

This course applies the principles of design thinking to examine the operations of a business (physical and virtual), and how they are integrated to deliver the business proposition to satisfy customer needs and wants.

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Course code: 290203 Buying and Category Management 15 credits

A study of the theory and practice of effective product buying from suppliers, and the planning of product range construction and execution of merchandising the range to the customer in the retail environment.

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Course code: 290204 Managing the Customer Experience 15 credits

This course examines the customer experience when navigating physical and virtual service environments. It explores the theory and practice regarding customer experience.

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Course code: 290301 Retail Experience Internship 30 credits

This capstone internship involves extensive work within a retail business to analyse and critique current practices against retail and business theories and international best practice.

Prerequisites: At least 30 credits at 200-level from the 290 course prefix series Restrictions: 115388

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Course code: 290302 Strategic Transformation in Retailing 15 credits

A study of the strategic models and frameworks used by retail businesses to construct strategies to ensure business transformation and viability. This course evaluates historical practices of strategy formation as well as how changes in the modern marketplace are affecting retail strategy.

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Endorsements

Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.

You may enrol in this qualification with or without a specialisation.

Diploma in Business without specialisation 

See the Regulations for this qualification for the courses available for the ‘without specialisation’ option.

The endorsement in Financial Advice is intended for students who have completed the Certificate in Financial Advice. 

Fees and scholarships

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Accreditations and rankings

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Massey Business School is rated in the top 5% of global business colleges by AACSB International.

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Digital Reskill

You have an opportunity in this qualification to develop the digital skills to thrive in a rapidly changing world, and gain Microsoft certification through Massey's Digital Reskill initiative.

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QS Ranking - Business and Management

Massey University is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as one of the top 300 universities for business and management.

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ShanghaiRanking – Business Administration and Finance

Massey University is ranked #1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 universities globally for business administration and finance by ShanghaiRanking.

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