Graduate IT course set to go

ITI, the new private Information Technology Institute, is on track to begin its first courses this month, says general manager Chris Mitchell.

ITI, the new private Information Technology Institute, is on track to begin its first courses this month, says general manager Chris Mitchell.

The first intake of students will begin their nine-month course in Wellington on February 18 and courses in Auckland and Christchurch will get underway in March.

"We've got NZQA approval and there's just a bit of paperwork to go, but we're on track to get course accreditation and student allowances," says Mitchell.

To gain entry to ITI's course -- the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology -- applicants must already have a tertiary qualification. They must also pass a selection test, into which ITI's private sector partners (which include Comacc and Jade) have input.

Demand for the Auckland course has been such that a second stream is being considered, with the two courses to run side by side, Mitchell says. There will be two national intakes a year, one in February-March and on in June.

The ITI curriculum has seven modules and material covered includes Visual Basic, HTML, C++, Jade, internet concepts, system analysis and design, project management, Windows, Linux, MIS, database concepts and computer architecture.

The course fee is $11,500 and ITI has asked NZQA for $6500 allowances for students, Mitchell says.

The Wellington ITI site has co-located with that city's Whitireia Community Polytechnic, providing opporunities for the two institutes to work together, he says.

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