Without Specialisation – Graduate Diploma in Business Studies

Keen to change the direction of your career? Massey’s Graduate Diploma in Business Studies enables you to study another subject without completing a second bachelor’s degree.

Where you can study

Auckland campus
Distance and online
Manawatū campus (Palmerston North)

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

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

Specialise in Without Specialisation for your Graduate Diploma in Business Studies at Massey

The Graduate Diploma in Business Studies is useful if you wish to keep up with professional developments in your field and are short of time. Or you may have found yourself working in a different field of business to that in which you hold a qualification.

The Graduate Diploma in Business Studies enables you to explore other business subjects without completing a second bachelor’s degree. This is an undergraduate diploma, designed for those who do not have a degree in the subject(s) you wish to pursue. You need to be a university graduate to enrol in this qualification.

It is a bridging tool to gain the equivalent of an undergraduate major in a specific area so you can go on to postgraduate study.

A Graduate Diploma in Business Studies in Without Specialisation is a good fit if you:

  • would like to study a different business subject or subjects
  • want to update your knowledge with the latest developments in your field.

Planning information

If you study full-time, in your first year, 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.

You will need to make sure you include courses that are prerequisites for the next level of courses you wish to study.

The GradDipBusStuds schedule includes some courses which have specific courses required as prerequisites which must be met before enrolling in a course. Meeting prerequisite regulations may require you to study courses in addition to those specified for the GradDipBusStuds. Please note: No 100-level credits can be included in the GradDipBusStuds. Any 100-level prerequisite course that you need to pass before you start the Graduate Diploma in Business Studies should be taken under the Certificate of Proficiency Undergraduate.

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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Courses you can enrol in

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.

Unendorsed schedule

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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: 110230 Introductory Financial and Management Accounting 15 credits

The preparation and use of accounting and related data in the planning, controlling, decision-making, and internal and external reporting functions of business.

Restrictions: 110109, 10110, 10213 (1999), 110215

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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: 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: 115377 Special Topic 15 credits
Course code: 119281 Decision Tools for Primary Industries 15 credits

Application of decision tools for farm systems analysis at the tactical level. Analytical frameworks to assist decision-making in finance, human resources, production and marketing.

Prerequisites: 119180 or 117155

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Course code: 119381 Decision-Making in Primary Industry 15 credits

A practical approach to the management of strategy, finance and tactics in primary industry. An exploration, through in-field case studies and business analysis, of planning under uncertainty.

Prerequisites: 119281

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Course code: 119382 Opportunity Analysis in Primary Industry 15 credits

An in-depth study of opportunities for agricultural/horticultural investments. An exploration, through in-field case studies, of alternative pathways to ownership, on-farm investment analysis and farm borrowing and lending. Relevant legislation affecting agricultural and horticultural businesses.

Prerequisites: 119381

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Course code: 125211 The Financial Planning Process 15 credits

This course introduces students to the theories and processes relating to Financial Planning and Advice.

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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: 125240 Fundamentals of Investment 15 credits

This course introduces the quantitative techniques that apply to investment valuation and management. Topics included are the valuing of equity and fixed interest securities, the trade-off between risk and return and an introduction to portfolio management from the financial planning perspective.

Corequisites: 125211 for GradDipBusStuds Restrictions: 125241

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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: 125310 Financial Advice Implementation 15 credits

This capstone course deals with the implementation of the financial planning process, including the formation of a comprehensive financial plan.

Prerequisites: 125351 and either 125240 or 125241 Corequisites: One of 110380, 125340, 125342

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Course code: 125312 Applied Personal Financial Management 15 credits

An examination of the issues and potential solutions pertaining to individual personal financial management decisions.

Prerequisites: 125211 Restrictions: 125212

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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: 125342 Investment Planning 15 credits

The application of investment valuation techniques and the evaluation of portfolio construction, encompassing fixed income and equities from the perspective of a financial planner.

Prerequisites: 125230 or 125240 Corequisites: 125220 Restrictions: 125340

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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: 125351 Personal Risk Management 15 credits

This course provides an overview of personal risk management, and the methods of mitigating potential impact including the role of insurance.

Prerequisites: 125211 Corequisites: 125211

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Course code: 125356 Business Insurance 15 credits

This course introduces the use of insurance within a business context, using a risk management perspective to look at the major risk exposures and the techniques that can be used to mitigate them. The course also looks at accounting, financial management, and the other skills required to assess the risk of a client. The emphasis is on the applied aspects of the material.

Prerequisites: 125211 Corequisites: 125211

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Course code: 125357 Advanced Issues in Insurance 15 credits

This course deals with advanced technical aspects of insurance, including a solid grounding in the theory that underlies the processes of ratemaking. It also examines contemporary issues in insurance law and dispute resolution. Strategic issues in the industry, including likely future structural changes, will be analysed.

Prerequisites: 125211 Corequisites: 125211

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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: 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: 127356 Rural Valuation 15 credits

The valuation of rural property including: pastoral, peripheral, horticultural and forestry land issues relating to the valuation of leasehold interests and Māori Land. The dispute resolution process. The course has a practical orientation and includes a field test.

Prerequisites: 127242 or 127255

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Course code: 132221 Planning Studies 15 credits

An introduction for non-planners to planning and practice in the New Zealand urban, rural and natural resource environment, including an introduction to the principles of the Resource Management Act 1991 and its administration.

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Course code: 134220 Business and Professional Ethics 15 credits

An examination of the practice of ethical reasoning with special concern for issues that arise in business and professions.

Restrictions: 134320, 134219, 134319

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Course code: 138255 Applied Engineering in Agriculture and Horticulture Systems 15 credits

Engineering principles underpinning the systems used in the growing, harvest and post-harvest treatment of agricultural and horticultural products. Emphasis is placed on deriving the system performance specification following consideration of capacity, product quality and safety, and ecological requirements.

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Course code: 152230 Entrepreneurship 15 credits

An introduction to entrepreneurship and its application to new ventures as well as to existing small businesses.

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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: 152236 Sport Business 15 credits

This course explores the theories, concepts and practices relating to strategic management, governance, organisational behaviour, and human resource management in sport organisations.

Restrictions: 152211, 234232

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Course code: 152237 Sport Event Management 15 credits

This course examines specific management aspects of sport events.

Restrictions: 152215, 234233

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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: 152304 Managing Services 15 credits

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

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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: 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: 153200 Introduction to Dispute Resolution 15 credits

An introduction to the modes of dispute resolution including negotiation, mediation and arbitration and the relevant law.

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Course code: 153202 Law and Mediation 15 credits

The legal framework for mediation and an introduction to the law of contract and tort.

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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: 153302 Mediation Process 15 credits

An examination of the nature of disputes, negotiation, mediation, and other non-adjudicative dispute resolution processes.

Prerequisites: 153200

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Course code: 153306 Negotiation Practice 15 credits

Application of the theory of the negotiation process.

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Course code: 153310 Arbitration Practicum 15 credits

A practical residential course on practice, procedure and award writing.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 153311 Mediation Practicum 15 credits

A practical residential course on the practice and procedure of non-adjudicative dispute resolution including settlement agreements.

Prerequisites: 153210 or 153330

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Course code: 153314 Dispute Resolution Advocacy 15 credits

A study of advocacy practice and the application of the Evidence Act 2006 in the management of dispute resolution processes.

Restrictions: 153201

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Course code: 153315 Adjudicative Processes 15 credits

A study of the Arbitration Act 1996, and the Construction Contracts Act 2002

Prerequisites: 153200

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Course code: 153320 Employment Dispute Resolution 15 credits

The theory and practice of solving employment disputes.

Restrictions: 153708

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Course code: 153330 Dispute Resolution Practicum 15 credits

A Residential practicum covering negotiation, mediation, arbitration and other dispute resolution techniques.

Prerequisites: 153200, 153314 Restrictions: 153210

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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: 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: 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: 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: 178210 Economic Policy 15 credits

Macroeconomic and microeconomic policies and problems of unemployment, inflation, balance of payments, growth, market distortions and public goods. Justification for government intervention and its effectiveness. Application of economic principles will be stressed and social considerations incorporate emphasis on the New Zealand experience.

Prerequisites: 178100 or 78102 or 178110

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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: 178240 Managerial Economics 15 credits

Economic principles applied to decision problems of managers in a business organisation. Analysis of costs, revenues and profits in relation to a firm's objectives. Emphasis on pricing policy, investment decisions, advertising and promotion expenditure.

Prerequisites: 115113 or 115106 or 178101

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Course code: 178242 Land Economics 15 credits

The treatment of land resource questions in economics, including changing theoretical approaches to land and the income from the land, factors influencing the behaviour of land markets, environmental economics and land use, specific models of land use patterns, the question of the efficient use of land resources, estimating changing land use requirements, taxation in relation to land markets, location decision.

Prerequisites: Any 1781xx course or 115113 or 115106

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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: 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: 178308 Economic Analysis of Money, Banking and Financial Markets 15 credits

This course analyses the causes, characteristics and consequences of business cycles. A neo-classical framework is applied to situations commonly seen in small open economies such as New Zealand. The role and importance of financial markets is highlighted and used to prescribe optimal government policy in many frequently observed macroeconomic situations.

Prerequisites: Any 1782xx course Restrictions: 178300

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Course code: 178328 Project Evaluation 15 credits

Theoretical and empirical aspects of economics (benefit-cost analysis) and financial project evaluation. Consumption/investment decisions; discounted cash-flow techniques; cost of capital financing; risk and uncertainty; and shadow pricing for economic policy. Emphasis is on practical applications, using microcomputers, to projects and investments in developed and developing countries.

Prerequisites: Any 1781xx course

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Course code: 178358 International Trade in Agri-food Products 15 credits

Agri-food trade today. Gains from trade and barriers to trade. Agri-food trade policies in the EU, USA and selected Asian countries. The WTO and agri-food trade liberalisation. Measuring the impacts of trade liberalisation on developed and developing economies. Macroeconomics of agri-food trade. Linkages between agriculture, trade and environment.

Prerequisites: Any 1781xx course or 119156 Restrictions: 178357

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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: 218172 Construction Technology: Residential 15 credits

Principles of construction and structural systems for residential buildings, and non specific design of timber framed buildings for resistance to wind and earthquake.

Restrictions: 138254, 138282, 138281, 217172

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Course code: 218273 Building Technology: Commercial Property 15 credits

Building technology of low rise commercial and industrial buildings.

Prerequisites: 218102 or 218172 or 138281 Corequisites: 218102 or 218172 or 138281 Restrictions: 218201, 138383, 218271

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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: 219310 Speech Writing 15 credits

This course focuses on the art of writing interesting, strong and memorable speeches. Students will analyse some of the world's greatest speeches, and practise applying the techniques to write speeches that audiences will find compelling. The curriculum will assist, but is not exclusively directed at, students pursuing careers in Communication Management and Public Relations.

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Course code: 234331 Sport and Physical Activity in the Social Context 15 credits

An examination of the social, cultural, political, economic and educational contexts of sport and physical activity.

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Course code: 234338 Sport and Exercise Practicum 30 credits

The practicum is designed to provide practical experience in sport and exercise areas according to individual interests and experience. Students may choose to undertake a practicum in areas including, but not limited to, sport event management, sport coaching, sport coordination, sport performance, exercise prescription and athlete conditioning.

Prerequisites: One of 234214, 234215, 234236, 234243, 152237 or 234233, 152238, 234315 Restrictions: 152371, 152372, 152376, 234316

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Course code: 234360 Sport Psychology 15 credits

This course examines theory, research and practice in aspects of sport psychology.

Restrictions: 152318

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Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

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Specific requirements

To enter the Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Without Specialisation) you will:

  • have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent; or
  • have demonstrated equivalent practical, professional and/or scholarly experience.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

If you are applying for admission with equivalent practical, professional and/or scholarly experience you will need to provide a current CV containing details of academic and work history.

English language requirements

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

English language skills

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

Fees and scholarships

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

Fees disclaimer

This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.

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