Bachelor of Applied Management

with majors in Accounting, Business Information Systems, Business Transformation and Change, Project Management, or unendorsed

Auckland International, Whangarei
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About this programme

This programme provides an interactive learning environment that reflects the changing nature of business nationally and globally. You will gain an understanding of the factors that impact people’s behaviour in organisations, learn processes to manage projects and change in the workplace, and explore developing and managing people. You have the opportunity to apply your learning to the real world in an industry project.

You can choose from four exciting majors offering great career opportunities: accounting, business information systems, project management or business transformation and change.

The accounting major is accredited by both Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and CPA Australia to support you to become a professionally qualified accountant and register with their respective institutes.

NorthTec delivers this degree programme in collaboration with six other major polytechnics in New Zealand. Sharing resources, knowledge and research capabilities ensures our students benefit from the latest teaching and management practices to ensure their future success.

Study pathways

Students who have completed the NZIM Diploma in Management or New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6) or similar at NorthTec or other institutions are welcomed and encouraged to transfer their courses to Bachelor of Applied Management.

Students who have completed courses in the Bachelor of Applied Management programme at Otago Polytechnic, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Manakau Institute of Technology or other tertiary institutions will receive the specified credit for those courses where NorthTec has appropriate approvals in place. Please contact Registry/Business Programme office for an application form.

What will I learn?

This is a focused and practical study programme that will ensure you are "work ready" for employment in industry and business and provide you with a global view of business and commerce.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Management programme will have the following abilities:

  • Communication – The capacity to communicate skilfully in interpersonal, group and intercultural situations.

  • Ethics – The capacity to think critically through the ethical issues inherent in business situations.

  • Problem solving – The capacity to solve problems, accomplish tasks, think independently and contribute immediately to the organisation’s decision making.

  • Mindfulness – An awareness of and respect for the diversity of the local and global business environment.

  • Learning – To Learn the understanding of how they learn as individuals, how they continue to learn after their formal studies have finished and how they can contribute to organisational learning.

  • Applied – Our graduates are work ready. They apply their learning during their courses to projects and real business solutions.


Within this programme you can choose from the following majors:

Accounting (Whangarei campus only)

Become a professionally qualified accountant. Our accounting major is accredited by both Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and CPA Australia in becoming a professionally qualified and registering with their respective institutes.​

Learn more about becoming a professionally qualified accountant.

Business Information Systems (Auckland International only)

Skills covered range from e-commerce and web design through to financial information systems and programming.

Business transformation and change (Whangarei campus only)

Gain the specialist skills needed to plan, lead and manage change within diverse businesses and organisations.

Project management

Specialise in project management and develop a career in this highly sought after profession. Build your project planning expertise as well as your management skills to ensure projects are completed successfully on time and within budget. Gain the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) credentials of Certified Associate Project Management (CAPM)® and Project Management Professional (PMP)®. These PMI credentials will distinguish you in the marketplace and help you move ahead.

Double major

Double majors are possible with project management and business transformation and change. This choice will give you strong management skills to deliver projects successfully on time and within budget, but also to successfully implement business change within an organisation.

Unendorsed BAppMgt

The unendorsed programme gives you the opportunity to build your own electives around the ten core courses, thereby enabling you to focus your training on your career aspirations.

Courses in this programme

People who want to study business for professional development purposes can now choose to take individual courses (papers) at NorthTec. You can select individual papers/courses from the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Accounting) (Level 5)New Zealand Diploma in Business (Leadership and Management) (Level 5) or the Bachelor of Applied Management to suit your needs. On successful completion of a paper/course you will gain a Certificate of Proficiency.

The core courses for all majors are:

Core Courses (All majors) Level Credits
AMIA500 - Introduction to Accounting 5 15
AMBH500 - Business Heritage, Culture and Sustainability 5 15
AMCL510 - Commercial Law 5 15
AMEC520 - Economics 5 15
AMMA530 - Management 5 15
AMIM541 - Introduction to Marketing 5 15
AMBC550 - Business Computing 5 15
AMPC560 - Professional Communication 5 15
AMRM600 - Research Methodology 6 15
AMAM636 - Applied Management 6 15

In addition to the core courses listed above, each major has further compulsory courses. See the Business Studies Information Brochure.

Career opportunities and pathways

On completion of this programme, you will have a sound understanding of the dynamic and changing environment in which management takes place, enabling you to apply your knowledge at both operational and strategic levels in a range of industries, businesses and professions including:

Professionally Qualified Accountant, Project Manager, Business Consultant, Strategic Manager, Entrepreneur, Event Manager, Business Development Manager, Chief Executive, Sales and Marketing Manager, Hospitality, Account Manager, Government, Health, Human Resource Manager.

Workload & schedule

This is a three year full time programme of study. The programme consists of 360 credits and is structured as follows:

  • 150 core course credits

  • 135 compulsory credits in a major

  • 75 elective course credits

  • a minimum of 90 credits at Level 7

  • Co-operative Educational project Level 7 (60 credits)

Each course is worth 15 credits which equates to 150 to 200 hours of study. Course plans for each major are available within the Business Information Brochure.

Our lectures are supported by e-learning resources. These consist of lecture presentations, additional reading, discussion forums and other resources which help reinforce your learning.

Additional costs

There are additional costs for textbooks, which varies from $50 to $150 per course. Class materials are $50.

There are additional costs associated with membership of the Project Management Institute and for those who wish to sit the PMI professional examinations.

Admission information

Applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be 16 years of age or older on the 1st of January in the year that the student enrols, unless approved otherwise by the Programme Leader.

  • The student can reasonably expect to achieve the standards required for successful completion of the programme or course.

Applicants under 20 years of age require a minimum of NCEA (Level 3) with University Entrance.

Applicants aged 20 years or over need to provide appropriate evidence of their ability to study at tertiary level. Level 4 or 5 courses or programmes are preferred.

Applicants whom English is not their first language shall provide evidence that they have achieved an overall IELTS score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5, or NZCEL Level 4 (Academic).

Qualification gained

Bachelor of Applied Management which may be endorsed with a major:

  • Accounting

  • Business Information Systems

  • Business Transformation and Change

  • Project Management

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

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Dr Mike Mullany
Dr Mike Mullany

Mike is lecturer and a researcher at NorthTec and teaches Engineering Mathematics, Physics, Project Management, Technical Literacy, Engineering Management and Business Statistics




Full time/Part time


3 academic years

Start Dates

Whangarei: Feb 2020
May 2020
Jul 2020
Oct 2020

Auckland (International Students Only): 2020 Dates:
13 January
23 March
8 June
17 August
27 October

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $5,940.52 (Year 1)

Student levy may apply

International: $19,760*

*120 credits - per academic year

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