BUSINESS AT OTAGO
YOUR PLACE IN THE WORLD
WHY CHOOsE OTAgO?
BUsINEss AT OTAgO
UNDERgRADUATE DEgREE OPTIONs
BACHELOR Of COmmERCE
BCOm mAjOR – ACCOUNTINg
BCOm mAjOR – ECONOmICs
BCOm mAjOR – fINANCE
BCOm mAjOR – INfORmATION sCIENCE
BCOm mAjOR – INTERNATIONAL BUsINEss
BCOm mAjOR – mANAgEmENT
BCOm mAjOR – mARkETINg mANAgEmENT
BCOm mAjOR – TOURIsm
BACHELOR Of APPLIED sCIENCE (BAPPsC)
sTUDENT ExCHANgE PROgRAmmE
BUILDINg ON YOUR BCOm
mOvINg UP IN THE WORLD
ENTRANCE AND ENROLmENT
THINgs TO kNOW ABOUT sTUDYINg AT THE sCHOOL Of BUsINEss
Research underpins all academic activity at Otago and the University continues to build on its long-
held reputation for research excellence. Otago has been ranked as New Zealand’s most research-
intensive university by the ministry of Research, science and Technology and also as this country’s first
university for research quality by the government’s Performance-Based Research fund (PBRf) quality
evaluation, released in 2007.
Are you looking for a life filled with exciting Here we give you a taste of what we can
challenges, friends, knowledge, and reward? offer, and how your career could develop as
a result of studying with us. I trust you will
Whatever your goals, the University of
find the contents interesting and that they
Otago’s School of Business can help you
will whet your appetite to find out more
reach them — whether you are a school
leaver, a budding corporate leader, a senior
executive, or an enthusiastic entrepreneur. Ask friends or family about their Otago
experiences, visit our website, contact us
Our students gain maximum benefit from
by phone, or take a personally guided tour
up-to-the-minute tuition from staff who are
of Otago’s wonderful campus. You won’t be
on the cutting edge of research — and keen
to pass on the latest knowledge.
I am committed to ensuring students
At the School of Business you’ll meet great
leave Otago as motivated, well-informed
people, make lifelong friends, and build
individuals who are highly employable
networks that will span the globe. You’ll
and have the ability to develop their own
even have the opportunity to study overseas
for part of your degree at one of more than
50 business schools in 30 countries where we I welcome your enquiries and firmly believe
have student exchange partnerships. we can help with your education and
research aspirations. Enjoy!
Studying at Otago really does open up a
world of opportunities! So if you want a
rewarding career anywhere on the planet,
or you want to solve business and global
economic issues – the School of Business is
the place to start, and this booklet is your
Professor George L Benwell
Dean of the School of Business
Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Division of Commerce
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While all information in this publication is correct at the time of printing, the University reserves the right to change courses and course requirements at any
time. for further information see the University of Otago school of Business website www.otago.ac.nz/business.
Published july 2009.
WHY CHOOSE OTAGO?
What’s so special about studying Otago is known internationally as a modern excellent accommodation, meals, study
at the University of Otago? and dynamic University that still maintains tutorials, IT facilities, sporting, social and
Two things stand out – Otago’s traditional quality in its teaching and cultural activities and, above all, friendship
awesome academic reputation, research. Otago degrees are challenging and and mutual support. Second years often
and its legendary student lifestyle. totally relevant to the real world – making evolve into flat-sharing around the campus,
them highly respected by employers in New providing the University with some of its
Zealand and abroad. This booklet describes famous character.
the degree programmes available to School
Away from study, there’s a whole world of
of Business students.
fun things to do on Dunedin’s doorstep.
As to the lifestyle, Dunedin is student Otago is home to just about any sport or
heaven. More than 20,000 students make pastime you can imagine. Within easy reach
up almost a fifth of the city’s population, of town there are tramping and mountain
which welcomes them for the life and biking tracks and coastal hideaways to
vitality they bring. Dunedin shops, music, explore. Across the harbour there’s the
arts, entertainment, and sport are strongly unspoiled beauty of Otago Peninsula and
influenced by student culture. just a few hours’ drive away are the summer
and winter playgrounds of Central Otago
Most students live within easy walking
and the Southern Lakes, home to some of
distance of both campus and city centre.
the best snowboarding and skiing in the
First years tend to find their feet staying in
one of 14 residential colleges that provide
You can get in shape on campus at the As might be expected, the School of Business Learning Centre, Student Health and
Unipol Sports Centre — a gym solely for is up with the play, hosting one of New Counselling Centre, Scholarships Office,
students and staff — and take advantage of Zealand’s first research repositories — a International Office, Careers Advisory
the University’s Recreation Services, which publicly accessible digital library of research Service, Student Job Search, and Alumni and
offer a range of activities from fun sports to papers. All of the School’s academic and Development Office, among others, Otago
arts and crafts courses, organised trips, and support staff are housed in the University’s has every student’s needs covered from first
gear rental for just about anything. Commerce Building. There’s a striking enrolment right through to graduation and
atrium area with wireless access and space beyond.
Otago’s academic support is equally
for group work, a Start-up Lounge where
impressive. The heart of University knowledge,
entrepreneurial students can swap business
the Central Library, is internationally
ideas, and a shop that provides coffee, food,
renowned – not only for its 1.3 million
and stationery. Commerce students also have
books, databases, journals, internet access
access 24/7 to a number of well-equipped
and networks, but also for its luxurious
computer labs that provide PCs as well as
sofas in architecturally designed study areas.
the facility to use laptops. Additional labs are
Swotting has never been so good. There are
just a block away.
computer resource rooms throughout the
University, and study methods are right up Student support at Otago is unparalleled.
to date with web-based programmes and Between the Schools’ Liaison Service,
podcasting. University Information Centre, Student
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BUSINESS AT OTAGO
If you’re looking for a career to take you to the top, the University of Otago’s school of Business can
start you off, be beside you as you climb, and still be there for you when you reach your goal.
With a degree from the school of Business you prepare yourself not only for your first job, but also
for your future career.
Your BCom EmploymEnt prospEcts give you invaluable insights into a wide
The school has a variety of programmes, Students choose Otago for the quality and range of business subjects. They arm you
including Accounting, Economics, finance, variety of its academic programmes and for with useful skills such as problem-solving,
management, marketing, Tourism, Information the independent lifestyle they’ll experience decision-making and communication.
science, and International Business (see — a winning combination that sees You’ll also develop IT skills, cross-cultural
BCom majors, pages 10–27). employers actively recruiting our graduates communication skills, analytical skills, and
each year. teamwork abilities.
Minors This practical approach to academic training
The School of Business has a well-deserved
In addition to the many major subjects reputation for producing outstanding mixed with a ‘can do’ attitude makes Otago
offered through the school of Business, graduates in all fields of business, spread all graduates highly sought after — and not just
students can also complete a recognised over the world. While many hold high posts in New Zealand.
minor in either Business Law (see page 12) in national and international companies,
or Hospitality (see page 26). minors can others have launched into successful self-
either complement your main area of study employment.
or give a different perspective.
The Otago BCom is designed to sharpen
your skills in areas that will impress
prospective employers. The core papers
complement your major area of study to
IntErnatIonal opportunItIEs graduatE rEcruItmEnt studEnt nEtworks – ocom
The Otago BCom is internationally programmE Students’ society OCOM offers social and
recognised and holds the European EQUIS Each year representatives from major academic support and activities for all
and US-based AACSB accreditations, so companies from many sectors visit Otago to School of Business students. OCOM is also
your degree is a passport to work and travel recruit students. Many students who gained involved in academic activities and holds
overseas. Students can take advantage of their first job through this programme events throughout the year to bring the
Otago’s excellent relationship with other are now in senior management roles in business community and School of Business
educational establishments around the world those organisations, or used those initial students together.
through the Business Case Competition, and placements to gain valuable work experience.
Student Exchange Programme. Companies that visit campus specifically mäorI and pacIfIc Island studEnt
Otago’s School of Business is the only New seeking our business students include: support
Zealand member of Partners in International Mainfreight The School of Business’s Kaiawhina Mäori
Management (PIM), a consortium of leading Fonterra (Mäori student support officer) offers
international business schools representing Hewlett Packard academic support as well as links with the
the highest degree of excellence in their pastoral care available for Mäori students
fields. through the Mäori Centre. There is a
Ernst & Young
mentoring programme with local businesses
IntErnatIonal studEnt for Mäori students and students are also
Audit New Zealand
ExchangE programmE supported to join the local Mäori business
PricewaterhouseCoopers network, KUMA. There is also a Mäori
This programme allows students to study
Telecom students association for School of Business
part of their Otago degree abroad (see
Lion Nathan students. The School of Business also works
Student exchange programme, page 29).
Frucor Beverages with the Pacific Islands Centre and offers an
Employers know that leaving the comfort
The Reserve Bank academic mentoring programme for Pacific
zone of friends and family to travel overseas
Contact Energy Island students which provides one-on-one
and experience new cultures takes character.
mentoring with academic staff.
Successful exchange students send a powerful Bank of New Zealand
positive message to potential employers. WHK Gosling Chapman
Craigs Investment Partners
practIcal ExpErIEncE Some papers are available off-campus
The Otago degree and the Otago experience by distance learning. The Department
There are strong links between the School
are often key ingredients to securing of Tourism offers undergraduate and
of Business and New Zealand commercial
that important first job. Other means postgraduate programmes via the Internet.
enterprises. Several BCom final year papers
of launching into the workforce include Check out Otago’s Distance Learning options
offer opportunities for students to work
newspaper advertisements, job vacancy at www.otago.ac.nz/courses/distance_study.
with businesses on specific projects.
websites, recruitment agencies, and the
The School of Business also organises University’s own Careers Advisory Service.
internships with many organisations such
as Tip Top, Nestlé, Deloitte, L’Oreal, and carEErs advIsory sErvIcE
Murray and Company. Students discover
real world practices, get a taste of life in that This service offers all kinds of information
industry, and see if it is a possible career from career ideas and course advice to
– while organisations get to know students details of specific jobs or employers.
and see how they handle many work-related It also provides:
challenges. Relationships built during
Personal career counselling
internships often prove useful when it comes
Employment related seminars and resources
Information on current job vacancies
Information and assistance with job search
CV and cover letter writing skills
Interview preparation skills
On-campus careers fairs
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scholarshIps start your own busInEss carEErs opportunItIEs
There are many scholarships available for The University and Dunedin City Council’s Make sure your business qualification is
undergraduate and postgraduate students. Kickstart programme provides a free business from Otago, and your career possibilities are
Check the website http://www.otago.ac.nz/ mentoring service for entrepreneurial almost endless. The School of Business prides
study/scholarships/ to see if there is anything students keen to develop their own ideas. itself on the quality of its programmes, and
you might be eligible to apply for. There Each year many new student-run businesses the wide range of organisations that come
may be other scholarships available that are become full-time employment after to campus to recruit students clearly shows
not administered through the University of graduation. Kickstart business coaches can that the School is preparing students for the
Otago, but are advertised within departments also help students to enter the Audacious demands of the workforce, and meeting the
– so drop in to your department when you Business Plan competition, which has needs of industry.
get here to have a look around. We also have a first prize of $20,000 to put towards
Sample positions secured by recent
scholarships available for students heading starting a new venture. Previous winners
away on international exchanges (see and participants have developed successful
Student exchange programme, page 29). businesses. Check out www.kickstart.net.nz Tax Accountant
and www.audacious.co.nz Financial Analyst
PhD and master’s candidates can apply
for University of Otago scholarships or
awards (respectively). Successful candidates Financial Advisor
may have their fees paid and an annual IT Consultant
emolument of $20,000 for three years Operations Manager
(PhD) or $13,000 for one year (master’s). Fixed Interest Dealer
The Neville Bain scholarship helps MBA Broker Assistant
students with travel expenses for research. Events Manager
If you want to improve on your BCom Volunteer Coordinator
there are many postgraduate qualifications Spa Manager
available, from postgraduate diplomas to a
master’s degree or PhD. If you enjoy research
Sales & Marketing Executive
and teaching then you might consider an
academic career. And if you’re already out in Communications Coordinator
the workplace you could look at some of our People & Culture Manager
professional development qualifications (see Policy Consultant
‘Moving Up in the World’, page 32). General Manager
Qualitative Research Executive
Global Purchasing Manager
marketing and geography graduate
what do EmployErs say?
“Each year we make sure we are involved with the graduate recruitment programme at Otago.
Past experience has shown business graduates are well prepared for the workforce and they
quickly learn what it takes for mainfreight to be a major player in the global logistics sector.
We enjoy hiring Otago graduates and they enjoy the benefits mainfreight can offer them.”
“The Otago BCom and post-graduate qualifications provide a balance of academic rigour and
practical application that ensures graduates are well prepared to hit the ground running when
they start at Craigs Investment Partners.” (Craigs Investment Partners)
“Investment Banking involves numerical analysis, problem solving, and presentation skills,
therefore we target outgoing candidates with a solid academic track record, strong commercial
acumen and a genuine interest in finance. Otago graduates have consistently demonstrated
these qualities.” (Craigs Investment Partners)
“Otago University produces more than academically sound students. The environment
challenges Otago students to be independent, driven and full of initiative. These rare, yet
valuable qualities help separate good graduate candidates from great graduate candidates”.
(WHk gosling Chapman)
“As demonstrated by our recent graduate and scholarship appointments, we continue to be
very impressed by the calibre and financial skills of the students from the Otago school of
Business.” (murray & Company)
“Otago graduates are highly prized by Deloitte and make up a critical part of our graduate
recruitment programme.The academic training Otago students receive stands them in excellent
stead when applying for graduate opportunities at Deloitte. Otago graduates can be found in
all of our five offices in New Zealand and in locations around the world.” (Deloitte)
“Attending University Careers fairs and advertising on the University Career Hub play a big
part in the successful marketing of our graduate Programme each year. The Careers fairs
provide us with the opportunity to meet with some very talented students who have a genuine
interest for working for a financial institution such as ANZ National.”(ANZ National)
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UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE OPTIONS
• Bachelor of Commerce (3 years)
• Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (4 years)
othEr dEgrEE optIons taught by school of busInEss
• Bachelor of Applied science (majors: geographic Information systems / software Engineering / Telecommunications.
All majors include Commerce papers.) (4 years)
• Bachelor of Arts (majors: Economics / Philosophy, Politics and Economics / Information science.) (3 years)
• Bachelor of science (majors: Information science / Economics and statistics.) (3 years)
doublE dEgrEE optIons (4–5 yEars to complEtE)
• Bachelor of Commerce + Bachelor of Arts (BCom/BA)
• Bachelor of Commerce + Bachelor of Laws (BCom/LLB)
• Bachelor of Commerce + Bachelor of Physical Education (BCom/BPhEd)
• Bachelor of Commerce + Bachelor of science (BCom/Bsc)
• Bachelor of Commerce + Bachelor of Applied science (BCom/BAppsc)
• Bachelor of Commerce + Bachelor of Consumer & Applied science BCom/BCApsc)
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BACHELOR OF COMMERCE
The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) lets you follow your interests in business and related subjects.
You can create individual courses from a wide range of papers from the school of Business and the
University as a whole. You can combine two specialisations and graduate with a double major. Here
are a few guidelines.
bcom majors corE papErs These papers do not make up a foundation
For a Bachelor of Commerce degree you Within the BCom there are certain papers year. If one of them is a prerequisite for a
must specialise/major in at least one of the that you must take. Some are needed as part 200-level paper in your study programme
following subjects: of your chosen major. Others are part of the you must complete and pass that paper first.
overall BCom degree requirements. Aim to complete all BSNS papers before
• Accounting starting 300-level study. Advisors of studies
• Economics BCom students must take six introductory will help organise your programme and
• Economics and Statistics 100-level papers and one 200-level paper: papers during Course Approval at the start
• Finance of the academic year.
• BSNS 102 Quantitative Analysis for Business
• Information Science Otago’s flexible degree structure means it is
• International Business possible to combine most subjects, majors,
• BSNS 103 Marketing and Consumption
• Management and degrees. You should be able to study a
• Marketing Management double degree (two degrees simultaneously),
• BSNS 104 Principles of Economics 1
• Tourism a double major (two majors simultaneously),
or an endorsed minor without the required
Most of the above subjects are also available • BSNS 105 Management and Organisations papers adding significantly to your overall
as minors, and the School of Business offers (18 points) workload.
specialist minors in Business Law and • BSNS 106 Information and Communication
To complete a BCom you must gain a
Hospitality. in Organisations (18 points)
minimum of 360 points, of which 180
• BSNS 107 Understanding Accounting
must be above 100-level. Up to 90 points
may be taken from outside Commerce (e.g.
• BSNS 108 Business Finance (18 points) Humanities or Sciences).
Here’s one example of how you could structure your BCom degree
mInor: marketing management
ElEctIvE papErs (from outside major and minor subject requirements): finance and Quantitative analysis
1 2 3
PAPER CODE PAPER NAmE POINTs PAPER CODE PAPER NAmE POINTs PAPER CODE PAPER NAmE POINTs
bsns 104 Principles of Economics 1 18 Econ 201 microeconomics 18 Econ 301 Labour Economics 18
Econ 112 Principles of Economics 2 18 Econ 202 macroeconomics 18 Econ 302 International Trade 18
bsns 107 Understanding Accounting 18 Econ 207 Environmental Economics 18 Econ 312 Natural Resource Economics 18
bsns 102 Quantitative Analysis for bsns 105 management and Econ 317 Urban and Regional
Business 18 Organisations 18 Economics 18
bsns 103 marketing and Consumption 18 bsns 106 Information and Communication mart 202 Product and Brand
in Organisations 18 management 18
mart 112 marketing management 18
bsns 108 Business finance 18 mart 329 Consumer Behaviour 18
fInQ 102 Business mathematics 18
mart 203 Pricing and Distribution
poInts: 126 management 18
total poInts: 360
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BCOM MAJOR – ACCOUNTING
Accounting is the language of business. An understanding of accounting information is important for
everyone whether they intend to practise accounting, work in a business environment or simply wish
to be a better informed shareholder or consumer. The school of Business offers a menu of accounting
study choices providing interesting and challenging study opportunities.
Students planning to major in Accounting what you nEEd to study profEssIonal mEmbErshIps
have the opportunity not only to enjoy an For a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) By studying a BCom in Accounting you
excellent education in accountancy but also majoring in Accounting you must complete will also have the opportunity to become
have the opportunity to develop excellent the following papers (and also meet a member of the New Zealand Institute of
information technology, interpersonal and BCom degree requirements including the Chartered Accountants (NZICA), Certified
communication skills. A major in Accounting completion of all BCom core BSNS papers): Public Accountant (CPA) Australia, or
equips students to work as accountants in a the Association of Chartered Certified
wide range of organisations. Accountants (ACCA).
If you wish to improve your understanding
of accounting for a career in business but bsns 102 Quantitative Analysis for Business busInEss law (mInor)
don’t wish to complete a full Accounting
bsns 106 Information and Success in business requires a keen
major, we offer a minor in Accounting (i.e.
Communication in Organisations awareness of the central role played by the
two 100-level papers leading to a further
law and an appreciation of the fact that all
three papers at 200- and 300-level). For bsns 107 Understanding Accounting commercial relationships and transactions
those who simply wish to be able to read
acct 102 Principles of Accounting have legal consequences. Those who plan to
and understand accounting information
become Chartered Accountants are required
better, BSNS 107 which is a BCom core
to complete three papers of business law,
paper, provides an interesting introduction
200-lEvEl which is offered in the School of Business
to the discipline.
through the Department of Accountancy
acct 211 financial Accounting and and Business Law. One or more papers in
carEEr opportunItIEs Reporting business law are highly recommended to
Employment prospects for accounting acct 213 Accounting for financial anyone completing a BCom.
graduates are very good. About one-third Decisions The various business law papers aim to
of graduates go to work for Chartered develop some crucial but practical skills,
Accountants firms. They usually start with acct 222 Cost and management
Accounting including identifying potential and actual
these firms working either in taxation, legal problems in practical situations,
auditing or general accounting work and knowing your own limits in dealing with
business advisory services. In addition these and being able to use professional legal
to further training, many Chartered 300-lEvEl
advisors effectively. The themes of particular
Accountants firms can offer graduates acct 310 Issues in financial Reporting papers include the central role played by
a variety of work experiences and the contract law, the variety of business vehicles
opportunity to see a variety of businesses acct 320 Accounting Theory
and their legal foundations, consumer/trader
in a short period of time. The remainder of
acct 302 Accounting Performance tensions in the market, and the practical
graduates undertake additional education or management importance of the courts and government
go into manufacturing, banking, retailing,
or in developing the law that regulates the
government departments or overseas. business environment.
acct 307 management Accounting
And two further ACCT 300-level papers Contact:
Tel: 03 479 8192
Fax: 03 479 8450
EstEllE sun At the age of 17 Estelle Sun’s parents with students and considers teaching a very
proposed the idea of sending her overseas fulfilling experience. As a teaching fellow she
PHD CANDIDATE for her higher education. Estelle eagerly was able to engage actively in research taking
UNIvErSITy Of CALIfOrNIA, packed her bags and left China destined for place within the department, which resulted
BErkELEy New Zealand. in her co-authoring several professional and
“I was so excited about the oppor tunity
to study at Otago, and at the same time “My time at Otago built up my confidence in
knew that it was just the beginning of a long academia, and encouraged me to seek more
journey, both geographically and academically. challenges and academic achievements.”
When I arrived in Dunedin I began my BCom
Always looking for the next challenge, Estelle
applied for, and was awarded a full scholarship
Estelle says that one of the most challenging to complete a PhD at the University of
experiences was entering the honours California’s Berkeley campus in the United
programme at the beginning of her second States. While there she will spend two years
year. completing coursework before beginning her
thesis in her third year.
“The honours programme, par ticularly
through the oppor tunity to work with an “My years as a student and a teaching fellow
experienced academic to develop a piece of at Otago were filled with great moments and
academic research, provided me with a solid more surprises than I can count. I believe my
grounding in accounting theor y, research educational success at Otago was the crucial
methods and statistical analysis. This helped factor for my admission to this prestigious
foster my personal and academic growth university in the U.S. However wherever I
as well.” go, I will be always proud of being an Otago
After gaining her BCom with first class
honours, Estelle worked as a teaching fellow in
the Department of Accountancy and Business
Law. She especially enjoyed the interaction
PA G E
BCOM MAJOR – ECONOMICS
Economics provides a framework for thinking about almost everything. Economics is about choice and
is at the heart of decision-making. governments, businesses and individuals are all faced with making
choices in situations where resources are scarce.
Not just a subject, but a way of thinking, what you nEEd to study For a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
Economics applies to business, finance, For a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) majoring in Economics and Statistics you
administration, law, local and national majoring in Economics you must complete must complete the following papers (and
government and most aspects of everyday the following papers (and also meet also meet BCom degree requirements
life. It provides a logical way of looking at a BCom degree requirements including the including the completion of all BCom core
variety of issues. completion of all BCom core BSNS papers): BSNS papers):
Economics examines topics important to
human well-being such as unemployment,
economic growth, inflation, poverty, 100-lEvEl
distribution of income, and resource bsns 104 Principles of Economics 1
bsns 104 Principles of Economics 1
allocation in areas such as education, health,
Econ 112 Principles of Economics 2
business and the environment. Econ 112 Principles of Economics 2
math 170 mathematics 2
stat 110 statistical methods
Graduates work in large industrial and or
commercial firms and many different Econ 201 microeconomics stat 115 Introduction to Biostatistics
branches of the public sector including or
the Ministries of Economic Development,
Econ 271 Intermediate microeconomic
Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Health, Theory 200-lEvEl
the Reserve Bank, Treasury, Statistics New
Zealand, the Departments of Labour and Econ 202 macroeconomics Econ 201 microeconomics
Internal Affairs, local government and And one further 200-level ECON paper or
planning authorities and banks and financial Econ 271 Intermediate microeconomic
Some work with health providers, research 300-lEvEl Econ 202 macroeconomics
bureaux and management consultancies,
while others have careers in universities, four 300-level ECON papers Econ 210 Introduction to Econometrics
other tertiary institutions and secondary
stat 261 Probability and Inference 1
And one further 200-level mATH or sTAT paper
stat 362 Probability and Inference 2
And three further 300-level sTAT papers
And four 300-level ECON papers
Tel: 03 479 8725
Fax: 03 479 8174
Nick flack has always had an interest in During his time at Otago Nick completed while staying with the same firm - but for
economics, which made enrolling in a BCom a BCom with honours, while juggling sport now I’m happy in Wellington.”
with New Zealand’s premier Economics and social life. Nick now holds a position at
Nick believes his dissertation research was
Depar tment an easy decision. “Hearing Hyder Consulting’s Wellington office as a
instrumental in securing his current position,
stories about Otago’s ‘student lifestyle’ – Policy Consultant, although he says Transport
as it proved he could organise large projects
hostel life, flatting, the active social scene, and Economist is a more accurate description of
within strict timeframes, understand complex
of course Otago’s strong academic standing his role.
problems, and develop technical economic
meant studying anywhere else was never an
“My position involves providing technical evaluation framewor ks to solve those
policy and transpor t strategy exper tise problems.
Nick is passionate about economics saying in a wide range of areas from financial
“The Economics Depar tment [combined
it’s not only used for analysing interest rates, and economic modelling, economic
with a lot of hard work] provided me with
inflation, or exchange rates – it can be used development strategy, and transpor t costs
the opportunity to develop my understanding
for many things including conducting analysis and charges research, through to transport
of economics and apply it to an area which I
on telecommunications, international trade, planning of major road and public transport
was particularly interested in.
urban and regional development, or the infrastructure.
efficiency and effectiveness of transpor t “The staff within the depar tment were
“I enjoy the work and culture here at Hyder
policy and strategies. approachable, inspiring, and passionate about
Consulting, and because it’s a global company
all areas of economics. This resulted in a
with over 4,700 employees it opens up the
learning experience that was both fun and
opportunity to work throughout the world,
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BCOM MAJOR – FINANCE
finance is a modern and fascinating discipline dealing with money, markets and valuation that is
relevant to all aspects of business and personal and professional planning. There are few businesses
today that are not acutely aware of the significance of markets and financial planning for their viability.
Professionals in finance are involved with a myriad of issues in investments, planning and risk.
Finance provides a framework for weighing what you nEEd to study Contact
risks and rewards, and develops essential For a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) Email: email@example.com
problem solving skills. It systematically majoring in Finance you must complete Web: www.otago.ac.nz/financeqa
analyses information and uses it to make the following papers (and also meet Tel: 03 479 8060
and test predictions. However, because these BCom degree requirements including the Fax: 03 479 8193
activities are not exact there is frequently completion of all BCom core BSNS papers):
no ‘right’ answer. Therefore, intuition and
experience play a strong role.
Finance also recognises that all financial
decisions affect people. This human factor bsns 102 Quantitative Analysis for Business
contributes to the uncertainty that is
inherent in Finance and that helps to make bsns 108 Business finance
it a challenging, yet highly rewarding career.
fInQ 102 Business mathematics
A major in Finance is a passport to a highly
paid career. fInc 201 fundamentals of Corporate
• You will develop critical, analytical and finance
managerial skills that can be applied to any fInc 202 Investment Analysis and
situation. Portfolio management
• You will often have to make swift decisions
fInc 203 financial Data Analysis
about large amounts of money. You will
learn to rapidly identify and assess choices
and cope in any financial situation. 300-lEvEl
Finance graduates work in New Zealand and
fInc 302 Applied Investments
throughout the world in:
• Investment and trading banks fInc 303 financial management
• Share-broking firms And two further 300-level fINC papers
• Government departments
• Chartered accounting firms
• Professional organisations
• Research units
• Investment consultancies
• International agencies, or as
• Specialists in the private sector.
for someone who never studied finance
or accounting at high school, Cedreece
Tamagushiku is a natural.
Cedreece graduated with a Master of
Business degree (MBus) in finance from
Otago after completing a Diploma for
graduates in finance and Bachelor of
Commerce at the University of Canterbury.
“I was really keen to take my studies further.
Otago won me over for its superb selection
of finance papers and the lifestyle.”
Cedreece studied a range of finance papers
including advanced corporate finance,
der ivative mar kets, r isk management
(“essential for business”), and papers on
empirical statistics (“very useful background
“The teaching was excellent. The Head of
Department and staff were very proactive
with their teaching and research, and they
brought great things to the classroom.”
His MBus research looked at the Australian
interest rate data – the 90 day rate and the
term structure of interest rates to price
derivatives which was quite novel as many
financial papers at university are based on US
from University, Cedreece landed a position
in the Corporate finance Depar tment at
PricewaterhouseCoopers in Auckland. Since
then he has been involved with a number of
interesting companies in a diverse range of
“Some of my work assignments include
advising on strategy and deal transactions
such as mergers, acquisitions and divestments
for both public and private companies.
“I’m also involved with valuation advisory
ser vices such as business valuations,
independent exper t repor ts and purchase
price allocations for financial repor ting
purposes. There’s never a dull day!”
Now a senior analyst, Cedreece has worked
with many different people from all over the
world which is a part of the job he enjoys
– not to mention the international travel that
comes with that side of the job!
“The School of Business’s finance
Department has an excellent strike rate for
graduate employment. There are heaps of
jobs out there for finance grads. for excellent
study options, career choices and a lifestyle to
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boot you can’t beat Otago.”
BCOM MAJOR – INFORMATION SCIENCE
Computer-based systems play a vital role in contemporary society. We live in a world where
information is constantly being sorted, transported and analysed. Online shopping, in-car navigation
and digital/streamed media all use computer systems and software to process information. Information
science is an exciting and progressive field of study that focuses on problem-solving through applying
information and communications technologies and techniques to business.
Topics students can study in the Information what you nEEd to study Contact
Science major include software engineering, For a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
database design, system development, majoring in Information Science you must Web: www.otago.ac.nz/informationscience
project management, and several state-of- complete the following papers (and also Tel: 03 479 8142
the-art techniques in the area of Artificial meet BCom degree requirements including Fax: 03 479 8311
Intelligence, spatial information systems, the completion of all BCom core BSNS
distributed information systems, and multi- papers):
Information Science is a dynamic course of
study that is an excellent partner to subjects
ranging from Physics and Statistics through bsns 106 Information and
to Accounting and Marketing, Anthropology Communication in Organisations
comp 160 general Programming
A degree in Information Science can enable 200-lEvEl
a successful career in business, science,
medicine and the arts. Otago graduates can Info 211 systems Analysis and Design
be found in companies doing a variety of methods
roles such as:
Info 212 Database Design and
• Analysis management
• Database administration Info 221 Application software
• System and web design Development
Info 233 Information structure and
• IT management. Networks
• System auditing
Info 312 Information systems
Info 321 Database systems
Info 323 Distributed Information systems
And one further 300-level INfO paper or
sEng 301 software Project management
tElE 303 Wireless Communication
Daniel Jang, a double degree holder from “Meeting people from all over the world GD Consultants from other IBM offices (eg:
the University of Otago who was offered a provided great networking opportunities and India, Philippines) coming to Australia’s north
United Nations (UN) internship described his helped to put the world in perspective.” region. I look after about 100 consultants
three and a half-month term as a humbling (both technical and business) working on
Daniel completed a BCom (Hons) in
experience. various projects.”
Information Science, as well as a BSc (Hons)
“My primary assignment at the UN was the in Energy Management from Otago. After So what would he do if he was appointed
Customer relationship Management (CrM) graduating he moved to Australia to work Secretary-general of the UN?
Project for the Office of Human Resources for IBM as a graduate consultant, and worked
“Immediately following my appointment,
Management Information Technology Section. his way up to Senior Consultant, while also
I would send all office-based UN staff to
Other tasks included assisting the Hr studying part-time towards a Masters degree
Third World countries on a rotating basis
helpdesk on resolution of worldwide Hr- in Peace and Conflict Studies.
for a short mission to get them experience
related UN staff issues, and assisting during
His experience as an intern at the UN and see the needs of our world first-hand
the general Assembly as a media liaison
required him to take a leave of absence from through practical work assignments (such as
officer and a media centre analyst.”
IBM, but upon his return to Australia he was house building, work at childcare centres) to
This unique experience gave him a better offered a new role with IBM. encourage more action, less talk.”
appreciation of the inner workings of the
“I am now working as a People & Cultural
UN Headquarters, and he found New york
Manager for global Delivery (gD) for IBM
to be the ideal place for hanging out with
Australia. In this new role I manage all the
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BCOM MAJOR – INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
International Business is about learning how to conduct business in the ‘global village’, which requires a
wide range of skills. You have to be able to conduct business not just in your own country but in many
different countries, each of which has its own way of doing things.
That means being able to deal with what you nEEd to study 300-lEvEl
the culture, language, law, institutions, For a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Econ 302 International Trade
companies and communities of different International Business you must complete
countries and understanding how the people the following papers (and also meet fInc 305 International finance
from other cultures do business. BCom degree requirements including the management
International Business is also about gaining completion of all BCom core BSNS papers): mant 332 International management
a sound foundation in each of the basic
business subjects – accounting, economics, or
finance, management, and marketing – and mant 341 management in Asia Pacific
then putting those into the international bsns 102 Quantitative Analysis for Business
mart 326 International and Export
context. With this comprehensive training,
bsns 103 marketing and Consumption marketing
a graduate can work in any arena of global
business, including positions in international And
bsns 104 Principles of Economics 1
institutions. Understanding and being able 108-points of approved language/culture
to work comfortably in that environment is bsns 105 management and Organisations papers (see www.otago.ac.nz/subjects/
the mark of a leader of the future. humanities)
bsns 107 Understanding Accounting
If you have an interest in culture and business
International Business is a worthwhile bsns 108 Business finance
option and also offers excellent international Email: email@example.com
Econ 112 Principles of Economics 2
student exchange opportunities. (recommended) Web: www.otago.ac.nz/subjects/intb
Tel: 03 479 5197
carEEr opportunItIEs Fax: 03 479 8171
A degree in International Business will
enable you to work in any area of business Econ 201 microeconomics
for any organisation in the international
fInc 201 fundamentals of Corporate
community. Examples of areas you could finance
work in include:
mant 211 Organisation, strategy and
• Human resource management
• Foreign economic relations
mant 215 Organisational Behaviour
• International trade and investments
mant 217 International management
• International marketing and business
mant 222 Interpersonal/International
strategy Business Communication
• Management consulting or operations
• Government departments, such as the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Sarah Nicolson is in no doubt about Spain. This experience was fantastic as it
the prestige of the University of Otago, not only helped with my Spanish but meant
par ticularly the School of Business. Having I could study business from a European
perused prospectuses from all the other perspective.”
universities in New Zealand, the reputation
A f t e r g r a d u a t i n g , S a r a h m ove d t o
and lifestyle at Otago were the deciding Melbourne and joined the IBM graduate
factors which saw her stay in her home town
Programme where she’s involved with
to further her education.
business strategy, programme development
“Living in Dunedin, I saw the University and communications for the Strategic
lifestyle first hand and, although initially Outsourcing Division.
overwhelmed by the variety of courses
“Since starting with IBM I’ve gained an insight
available at Otago, I was able to design my
into how huge corporations like IBM work,
degree to complement my strengths and set
and have been able to match up theoretical
myself some realistic goals.”
learning with the dynamic functioning of a
Sarah initially set out to complete a BCom in successful global company.”
International Business which incorporates a
Sarah has many happy memories from her
variety of business disciplines, and before long
days at Otago: “Lectures in big old buildings,
had added Marketing as a second major. A
being taught by amazing professors, staying
growing interest in learning a foreign language
up all night in the Commerce Building to
also saw Sarah complete a BA in Spanish.
finish an assignment, partying every weekend
“My interest in developing my Spanish and making the most amazing friends. That’s
language skills saw me spend six months the Otago experience, and you couldn’t ask
on the International Student Exchange for more.”
Programme at a business school in Barcelona,
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BCOM MAJOR – MANAGEMENT
management is the art of getting things done through people. It is integral to all business;
successful people end up managing and leading wherever they work. It is always better to manage
than to be managed!
Great leaders, great entrepreneurs, even great carEEr opportunItIEs what you nEEd to study
bosses, they all have one thing in common: Management majors can expect to develop a For a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
great management skills. career in a range of fields. These may include: majoring in Management you must complete
Whether you’re selling your old CDs on Trade the following papers (and also meet BCom
Me, or working out who’ll be in the next All degree requirements including the completion
Black squad, having sound management skills of all BCom core BSNS papers):
Human resource management
will be immensely valuable.
Industrial and organisational psychology
Success in professions such as law, 100-level
accountancy and other areas will lead
Organisational communications. bsns 105 management and Organisations
individuals to the chance, first to manage
themselves and other staff and ultimately Operations management
mant 102 Business Environment
the chance to manage an organisation. The Policy analysis
people who make things happen in any area Strategic management
of life, are managers and leaders. Training and development
The study of management explores a
diverse range of topics that provide Three 200-level mANT papers
students with a broad preparation for
dealing with the dynamics of managing in
complex organisations. Students will learn 300-level
organisation-wide issues, such as competitive
four 300-level mANT papers (excluding
positioning, managing new technologies,
mANT 365 – Research methodology)
shaping organisational cultures, and the
skills needed by individual managers to plan,
lead, organise and control these issues.
Management courses can provide students
with a knowledge of human resource
management, employment relations,
Tel: 03 479 8129
operations and supply chain management,
Fax: 03 479 8173
o r g a n i s a t i o n t h e o r y, i n te r n a t i o n a l
management, and communication. Students
can specialise in a subject area or take a
generalist approach according to individual
fOrEST HOLDINgS LTD,
When Hadleigh Mess needs petrol for his car but he enjoys developing, implementing and
he heads straight to a Shell Service Station, monitoring strategies that see his nine outlets
not for the fly Buys points customers can remain competitive.
earn, but because he manages the operation
“As general Manager I take a broad view of
of nine outlets in the Christchurch and
the entire business. I’m responsible for the
effective day to day operations, along with
Hadleigh completed a BCom, and MBus in the longer term viability and profitability in an
2005 in Management, and before long was increasingly competitive marketplace.
heavily involved in possibly the world’s most
“yes it’s challenging, but the rewards of
knowing that you are successfully controlling
“As you can imagine the current environment a dynamic business are well worth it.”
makes working within the fuels retailing
Hadleigh says that understanding the systems
sector an immensely challenging, dynamic and
that allow for control over the business, as
well as identifying, training and managing
A thirst for responsibility and the ability to the people on the ground to ensure these
learn quickly has seen Hadleigh become systems are utilised has been a significant
general Manager of forest Holdings Ltd in challenge to say the least.
the short time since graduating. His initial role
“Looking back, the University of Otago
with the company was focused on operational
allowed me to not only gain a foothold in
and human resource requirements, but with
a progressive and demanding business, it
increasing experience and development he
has ultimately led to a senior management
has progressed very quickly.
position, as it provided the necessary tools to
“I’ve taken every opportunity to learn about succeed in a competitive environment such
the business and how the sector operates - as this.”
it’s been an exciting few years.”
Hadleigh admits his role has many challenges
considering the global demand for petroleum,
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BCOM MAJOR – MARKETING MANAGEMENT
marketing management looks at the world from the point of view of consumers, so it’s important to
understand how to satisfy their needs and wants in a world full of an ever increasing variety of goods
What do we mean by value? How does what you nEEd to study Contact
advertising work? Why do people buy things? For a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are customers always right? Are products majoring in Marketing Management you Web: www.otago.ac.nz/marketing
different from services? What is a brand? must complete the following papers (and Tel: 03 479 7697
also meet BCom degree requirements Fax: 03 479 8172
These are marketing questions and
answering them helps us to understand, including the completion of all BCom core
influence and better meet the needs of other BSNS papers):
people or organisations.
Marketing is essential to almost every 100-level
industry and to every part of society. You’ll
learn transferable skills that will be useful BsNs 102 Quantitative Analysis for Business
to you wherever you go, for example, group
BsNs 103 marketing and Consumption
work, communication, analysis, negotiation,
management skills. Above all, Marketing is mART 112 marketing management
fun and relevant to everyday life.
carEEr opportunItIEs 200-level
There are many career opportunities and mART 201 Integrated marketing
graduates can start on approximately $35- Communication
40,000 per annum, with experienced and
successful marketers earning $100,000 plus. mART 202 Product and Brand management
Marketing Management is a broad-based mART 203 Pricing and Distribution
discipline, so graduates are well-equipped management
to work in a huge variety of roles within
organisations large and small across the
private, public and not-for profit sectors.
Many of our graduates begin their careers
as part of a formal graduate training mART 301 strategic marketing
prog r amme w ith such wel l-know n
companies as Nestle, L’Oreal or Tip Top. mART 307 marketing Research methods
Others choose to work for a smaller
organisation offering equally stimulating And two further 300-level mART papers
career opportunities ranging from sales to
advertising or market research to market
Personally and professionally rewarding – the clients and New Zealand brands such as reminded me to appreciate that it is people,
total package - is how Ngaia Calder describes TvNZ, Lion Nathan and Tip Top, and has the consumer who is at the centre of
her University of Otago experience. given her the opportunity to work across a everything we do as marketers.”
diverse range of interesting projects.
Born in Bluff and educated at Southland “Working as a qualitative researcher I have
girls’ High School, Ngaia came to Dunedin “I think my decision to work for a small the opportunity to get close to consumers,
and completed a BCom with honours in company was the right one as I’ve been to find out what makes them tick, why we do
marketing. exposed to responsibility and decision making what we do and to speak on their behalf. The
at an early stage and have been provided most rewarding part is bringing the research
“Otago was close enough to family and
with training and support at the leading edge to life, working with, and alongside clients to
friends, yet far away enough to develop a
of research.” make things happen.”
sense of independence. The University’s
reputation, the lifestyle and the variety of The various research papers completed Ngaia knows that Dunedin will always have
papers on offer was exactly what I was as par t of her degree provided a strong a place in her hear t as a vibrant place for
looking for. I felt like I belonged from day foundation for Ngaia to develop her research students. As she puts it: “There are things
one.” instincts. to overcome such as the weather, money,
and so on, but that’s how it should be – it
Ngaia now works as a Qualitative research “If someone had told me I would end up
shouldn’t be easy, it should test you as much
Executive at focus research, in Auckland. working in market research and loving
as a person as it does academically.”
Her position involves dealing with corporate it, I would have laughed. My disser tation
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BCOM MAJOR – TOURISM
Tourism is the industry of fantasy and movement. Anything that fascinates people will inspire them to
want to see it, learn about it and travel to experience it. Take, for example, the movie The Lord of the
Rings. It unlocks people’s imagination – and because it was filmed in New Zealand, it inspires people to
see, learn about and experience this country.
Tourism goes beyond the realm of hospitality what you nEEd to study hospItalIty mInor
to focus on travel – theory, concepts, For a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) The hospitality sector combines the growth
industry-related, applied, and scale – ranging majoring in Tourism you must complete of the tourism industry with changing
from international, national, regional to local. the following papers (and also meet patterns of leisure consumption, creating
Tourism has a diverse subject base: BCom degree requirements including the one of New Zealand’s fastest growing
• Destination management completion of all BCom core BSNS papers): business sectors. It’s about more than food,
beverage and accommodation. Hospitality
is first and foremost about people, designing
• Sport 100-lEvEl
and managing memorable experiences. This
tour 101 Principles and Business of happens through the transfer of products,
Tourism management services and knowledge to both domestic
• Events and Conventions and international consumers.
• Cultural and Heritage Tourism tour 102 global Tourism
Hospitality businesses involve down-to earth
Our tourism papers are taught by an things like business planning, managing
tour 103 Introduction to Hospitality
international staff, many with industry- people and marketing. The solid business
related experience, promoting current skills you develop from doing the hospitality
thinking based on their own research. minor will equip you to realise your dreams.
Hospitality is available as a minor subject.
carEEr opportunItIEs tour 211 Tourism Impacts and Evaluation It maybe of particular interest to Bachelor
of Commerce students, as well as students
With a degree in Tourism, you can work in all tour 212 Tourism Development and
from a variety of other disciplines including
fields of tourism, hospitality, entertainment and Planning
sociology, anthropology, geography and
leisure. With tourism being one of the largest
tour 217 Tourism and Behaviour psychology.
industries in the world, there is no shortage of
places to work! The industry world-wide is a A graduate with a minor in Hospitality will
multi billion-dollar affair and therefore has a take with them critical skills developed whilst
huge demand for people to keep it running. 300-lEvEl analysing the socio-cultural performances
that underpin the host-guest relationship.
Past graduates have become: tour 302 Destination Analysis
These skills will offer you the competitive
• Marketing co-ordinators advantage needed to reach your potential in
And two further 300-level TOUR papers
• Events and meetings co-ordinators this sector.
• Economic Development officers
• Accommodation and restaurant/business
• Operation co-ordinators or managers Email: email@example.com
• Museum curators Web: www.otago.ac.nz/tourism
Tel: 03 479 8520
• Staff in tourism organisations – e.g. Tourism
New Zealand, Tourism Dunedin Fax: 03 479 9034
• Staff in community employment groups
• Tour guides, operators
• Researchers, academics, policy makers
Born and raised on a farm in Nor thern “This role was fantastic, I had the opportunity Louisa enjoys the innovative and creative
Southland, within a stone’s throw of to interact with New Zealand tourism elements of mar keting within Tourism
Queenstown and Milford Sound Louisa operators, negotiate contract rates, and was Auckland, as they are constantly looking to
Aitken always had a keen interest in tourism responsible for ensuring those contracts identify new channels for connecting with
– which made the decision of what to study were accessible by overseas travel agents and customers and building brand equity.
at Otago easy. wholesalers. This position gave me a different
“We have even taken up sponsorship on
perspective into how the tourism industry
Louisa completed a Bachelor of Commerce Internet Social Networking site BEBO, and
works and how international tourists make it
(Management, with a Marketing minor) and with the rugby World Cup just around the
to our shores.”
a Bachelor of Tourism*. During her third year corner the next few years are going to be
“the oppor tunity to complete an honours Louisa used these newly acquired insights very exciting.”
degree was too good to pass up.” to secure a permanent position at Tourism
Louisa is a firm believer in the tourism
Auckland, where she is currently employed as
“The honours course was great, it built on programme at Otago, and is cer tain the
the Marketing Communications Co-ordinator.
my current knowledge and allowed me industry recognises Otago’s strength in this
to develop a more critical and in-depth “I’m now responsible for helping with the area.
understanding of the tourism sector.” enormous task of marketing New Zealand’s
“It’s amazing where you find Otago graduates.
lar gest metropolitan centre and the
After completing her studies she secured Tourism graduates are highly sought after
a contract role as the global Purchasing surrounding region to both New Zealand and
because of the value of the degree, and
the world. This is the type of role I aspired to
Manager for the newly formed Stella Travel experiences they have as students.”
after graduating, it’s perfect and everyday is
*Tourism is now a major in the BCom programme.
The Bachelor of Tourism has been discontinued.
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BACHELOR OF APPLIED SCIENCE (BAppSc)
The University of Otago’s Applied science programme combines
the excitement of science and technology with the challenges of
business. It is an innovative programme for high-achieving students
and offers a four-year undergraduate degree, and master’s degree.
Undergraduate students with a strong academic record through their first two years will be
invited to enter the honours programme, which emphasises opportunities for development
of independent research skills. Applied Science helps students prepare for careers in growth
areas like information and communication technology and biotechnology.
The Applied Science programme represents a powerful integration of academic excellence
from a range of disciplines. The subject majors give students the ideal mix of skills for the
expanding science and technology sectors.
“The unique combination of broad academic excellence, leading-edge technology, and
relevance to the market-place, makes applied science graduates highly employable.” - Dr Max
Shepherd, Executive Director of Zenith Technology Corporation and Member of the National
STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMME
Export yourself to a new country with the University of Otago’s student exchange programme!
The School of Business places undergraduate applIcatIon procEss school of busInEss approvEd
and postgraduate students with more There are two application rounds each ExchangE partnErs
than 50 similar schools in 30 countries semester, and students are required to Otago’s School of Business is the only New
throughout Asia, America, and Europe. It’s complete an application form and statement Zealand member of Partners in International
a golden opportunity to step out of your of purpose, provide a character reference, Management (PIM), a consortium of leading
comfort zone, experience new places, make and attend a short interview. For the most international business schools representing
new friends, and have something exceptional up-to-date overview of the application the highest degree of excellence in their
on your CV to impress employers. and selection process, or to download the fields. Most of the exchange schools are also
You can spend one or two semesters at an application forms visit http://www.otago. PIM members, keen to develop international
overseas partner university and credit your ac.nz/study/student_exchange cooperation. For a list of all approved
work to your Otago degree – while only exchange schools, see http://www.business.
paying Otago fees, and remaining eligible for school of busInEss scholarshIps otago.ac.nz/com/international/exchange_
your student loan or allowance. Exchange partners.html
Additional financial assistance may be
students also get a travel grant from the
available through the School of Business.
Exchange Office. The amount varies but it is
Each year the School offers two different
scholarships specifically for students
Language is NOT a barrier. There are many participating on the exchange programme
places in English-speaking countries but most – the Westpac Travelling Scholarship and
non-English speaking universities offer loads the Dean’s Exchange Scholarship. Both
of papers taught in English. Local language scholarships are promoted throughout the
skills are not required for your study, although year, with applications being received twice
it’s always good to brush up on the basics yearly – 15 March and 22 July. If successful
wherever you go. If you do have knowledge of you could be awarded up to $3,000. Each
a second (or third) language, there are even year many students benefit from these
more options open to you. Taking papers in scholarships helping to make their exchange
French, Spanish, or German might be just the dreams a reality.
challenge you need.
You also have a chance to take papers that
Otago doesn’t teach – such as Management
of Fashion and Design Companies at Luigi
Bocconi, Milan, Italy.
At the end of your travels you’ll need to
report back to Otago to help other students
prepare for their exchanges. Check out
previous reports at the Exchange Office in the
basement of the Clocktower building. They
could help you decide where to go – because
if you have completed at least one semester
at the University of Otago with a B average
then you have already met the minimum
requirements for the Exchange Programme.
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BUILDING ON YOUR BCom
There is a whole range of postgraduate programmes for BCom graduates from Otago and
other institutions, both in research and practical applications. There are also many opportunities
for those already in the workforce to enhance their career prospects with further study at the
school of Business
Here’s a look at the academic approach. If
you’re considering returning to University
for professional advancement, read on to
Moving up in the world….
postgraduatE programmEs Special requirements: the dissertation (also 2. The Postgraduate Diploma of Tourism
Your BCom could open up a whole new called ‘diss’ or 480) This is a piece of work (PGDipTour) is for people with relevant
world of study at the School of Business. You – approximately 15,000 words – completed experience as well as graduates – and you
can take honours, diplomas for graduates, in your fourth year of honours. It must be don’t necessarily have to be in Dunedin.
postgraduate diplomas, master’s, and submitted by 30 October, in your fourth year. Many postgraduate papers are taught at a
doctorates. Here’s what they mean. distance.
You need to have an undergraduate major in
honours There are two master’s programmes –
the area you want to do your Postgraduate
Strictly speaking, this is an undergraduate Diploma in Commerce (PGDipCom). You Master of Business (MBus) and Master of
course – a four-year bachelor’s degree with also need to meet certain entrance criteria Commerce (MCom). In simple terms, the
extra emphasis on research and analysis. including a B or B+ average in your 300- MBus tends towards practical applications
You can apply to enter honours after your level papers (this varies from department to of applied research skills and the MCom
first year of study (second year Hons) or at department). is more academically research focused.
the end of your second year (into third year Applied research skills are becoming essential
The PGDipCom can be completed full-time
Hons). Some departments may also consider attributes for employees, so if you’re wanting
over one year or part-time over a maximum
an application at the end of your third year to to impress prospective employers, the MBus
of three years. It is similar to honours but
enter 4th year honours – but you will need to is a good choice.
doesn’t require a dissertation.
ensure you don’t graduate with your BCom. The research requirements of the MBus
It may be awarded with distinction (80–
Each year of honours needs to be completed vary from department to department, but
100%) or credit (70–79%).
in the academic year as stated in the University will normally consist of a research project
Calendar and The Guide to Enrolment. Here are two other examples of postgraduate designed with a specific organisation’s needs
In certain circumstances, such as those faced diplomas: in mind.
by students working on double degrees, you 1. The Postgraduate Diploma in Health The MCom leads naturally to PhD study so
can split your second or third year over two Informatics (PGDipHealInf) is intended if you thrive on research — perhaps YOU
years if your head of department agrees. for health care professionals who may could become a lecturer or professor — this
Note that the only major(s) that can appear want to focus on clinical care delivery, is for you.
on your degree/academic record is the management, education, quality assurance,
It usually involves a thesis only. This
one(s) in which you are doing your honours. information systems, or research.
can be completed full-time or part-time
You can’t have any minors in an honours (minimum one year of enrolment but must
be completed within four years of admission DIPLOmA fOR gRADUATEs OTHER INfORmATION
to the programme). It can also be done by Neither undergraduate nor postgraduate – Check with the postgraduate coordinator in
papers and thesis, although if you require this is a graduate level course. It can be used your department for details if the following
papers, it is recommended that you take the to obtain a second major or as a bridging points apply to you.
PGDipCom first. course to get into postgraduate courses.
Some departments may have specific paper
If tourism is your forte, there is also Master You may have done your undergraduate
requirements that need to be completed
of Tourism (MTour) available. Experience degree in perhaps a science area, but want
prior to postgraduate study.
the highs and the headaches of holidays, to change focus and do some studies in the
business area to improve your marketability. Most subject areas require 400-level papers
researching tourism from social, commercial,
The DipGrad might give you all you require to be done at Otago (or on an international
environmental, and scientific points of view.
or it might just be a stepping-stone to get student exchange if that is an option),
Your thesis should take one year (full-time)
into the PGDipCom. although your research may be able to be
or up to four years part-time.
It can be done full-time over one year or
DOCTOR Of PHILOsOPHY It may be possible to upgrade between
part-time over several years. The minimum
Have you always wanted to be called Dr? requirements are 120 points of which 72 qualifications (e.g. MBus to MCom or
Do you love getting your teeth into a big points must be at 300-level. MCom to PhD).
research project? Are you considering an
academic career? Do you want to climb to ENDORsEmENTs
the top of the business world? The Diploma may be endorsed in any
A PhD is a piece of significant independent of the subjects available as majors in the
research, which is more rigorous and BCom. You are required to take at least 54
demanding than the MCom. It can be points from the 300 level major subject
completed full-time over three or four years, requirements (which would include
or part-time over no more than six years. those listed as compulsory for the major).
E.g. Marketing: Mart 301, Mart 307 plus one
other 300-level Marketing paper.
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MOVING UP IN THE WORLD
The school of Business offers a wide range of advanced qualifications for people who may already be
working and want to increase their professional knowledge – and their career prospects.
Programmes range from three to five-day postgraduatE cErtIfIcatE In ExEcutIvE managEmEnt (PgCERTEm)
intensive courses to full-time on-campus
This part-time executive education programme suits middle and senior managers who have
study. Whether you’re a graduate or have
specific skills but would like to broaden their knowledge and advance up the ladder. Otago
considerable work experience, you can
offers a suite of courses – you must complete four, each one run as part of a week-long
choose a qualification that suits your
postgraduatE dIploma In ExEcutIvE managEmEnt (PgDIPEm)
This builds on the PGCertEM and allows you to select the areas you want to develop.
There are six papers - four PGCertEM courses plus two additional executive education
courses – and a business management project.
dIploma In busInEss admInIstratIon (DIPBUsADmIN – DBA)
This is a Dunedin-based part-time executive qualification for experienced managers,
professionals, and administrators, who want to extend their academic and professional
boundaries by combining full-time employment with tertiary education. There are eight
courses from the prestigious Otago MBA, and a practical consulting project. It’s possible to
upgrade dBA papers towards the full-time Otago MBA.
mastEr of busInEss admInIstratIon (mBA)
Otago’s 16-month full-time MBA is an internationally recognised executive qualification that
challenges students to push academic boundaries in pursuit of business excellence. Business
leaders and employers respect it as a leading management degree. It’s academically rigorous
with a strong focus on managerial relevance, practical application, and personal development.
mastEr of EntrEprEnEurshIp (mENTR)
This qualification is for budding entrepreneurs with ideas to develop. The 15-month
programme for recent graduates and professionals is taught in intensive three-day modules
every six weeks in Dunedin. Participants also complete a five-month practical project based
on their new ventures.
mAsTER Of TOURIsm
After finishing a Postgraduate Diploma in access to staff and considerable financial an episode of their reality show “Shock
Tourism Peter returned to Mongolia where resources and consequently interviewed over Treatment” in northern Mongolia.”
he was running a small tour company - Blue 4000 visitors to Mongolia.
Peter is also striving to continue his free-lance
Bandana Expeditions, outfitting active small
Peter was for tunate to be able to use this work in event organisation and in 2007 was
group travel into the Mongolian countryside.
data for his Otago Master of Tourism (MTour) the race director of Asia’s biggest multi-sport
“With Mongolia being the second socialist thesis. After completing his MTour Peter was race, the Wulong Mountain Quest.
countr y on ear th, r unning a ser vice contracted by Malaysian Tv to organise the
“The knowledge and experience I gained
orientated company is not always easy. logistics of a two week film shoot for a travel
during my two years at Otago has had
While the younger generations might be documentary shot in New Zealand.
a positive impact on our business. It has
able to adapt, many older people continue
“Since then Blue Bandana Expeditions has provided me with fundamental knowledge of
the tradition of Marx, Engels and Lenin with
expanded considerably. We have run more the foundations of tourism while my Masters
unreliability and bad service.”
trips ever y year and were contracted by provided me with the oppor tunity to
Luckily for Peter tourism has been booming large overseas suppliers to organise trips on research tourism in Mongolia in great detail.
in Mongolia for the last few years, based on their behalf.”
“The business plan for our retail divisions
travel to the endless steppes, mountains and
This success has resulted in his company was in fact an assignment for a paper at
desserts where the last true nomadic society
adding a retail division specialising in Otago. knowing the quality of Otago Tourism
on earth still live in traditional fashion.
distributing and selling quality outdoor graduates, we are always interested in offering
In the summer of 2005 Peter was contracted equipment. internships for suitable candidates.”
by USAid to conduct a large scale visitor
“In early 2007 Blue Bandana Expeditions for fur ther information on Blue Bandana
sur vey to benchmark where Mongolian
were contracted to organise all logistics for Expeditions visit www.activemongolia.com
tourism stood at the time. Peter was provided Touchdown Tv New Zealand who filmed
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ENTRANCE AND ENROLMENT
To enrol at a New Zealand university you must be at least 16 years old by 1 january of the year in
which you begin your study, and you must have qualified for entrance.
EntrancE through natIonal bursary subjects together with NCEA credits 3. Course approval
cErtIfIcatE In EducatIonal in subjects taken in 2004, 14 credits in each You must complete all three steps.
achIEvEmEnt subject are required. You need to apply to
Registration packs are usually available
the Learner Information Section of NZQA
NCEA is the most common way that school- from August for first year and transferring
for an Accumulated Statement of Entrance.
leavers will gain entrance to university. students. If you are at school the registration
See www.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea for literacy and pack and University of Otago Prospectus are
You must achieve:
numeracy requirements. available from your school’s careers adviser.
• 42 credits at Level 3 or higher, including If you have already left school the Prospectus
• 14 credits at Level 3 or higher in each of two spEcIal admIssIon is available from the University Information
subjects from the approved list Centre. Call 0800 80 80 98 (in New Zealand
If you are 20 by the first day of formal classes
• 14 credits at Level 3 or higher in no more only) or 64 3 479 7000.
in the teaching period for which you wish to
than two additional domains or approved
enrol, you may apply for Special Admission. There are four ways in which you may
There are no academic requirements. register.
As well as this you must meet the literacy Entrance and enrolment information for the 1. Telephone registration
and numeracy requirements: following categories can be found at www. Call 0800 80 80 98 (within New Zealand
• 14 credits in Mathematics or Pangaru at otago.ac.nz/study/entrance: only) or 64 3 479 7000.
Level 1 or higher • Entrance from Cambridge International 2. Online registration
• 8 credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Examinations www.otago.ac.nz/OnlineReg
Reo Mäori, with at least 4 credits in Reading • Entrance from International Baccalaureate 3. Registration by post
and 4 credits in Writing. (IB) PO Box 56, Dunedin
• Discretionary entrance 4. Registration in person
See http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea for
• Provisional entrance
approved domains and subjects.
• Admission Ad Eundem Statum (‘with Visit the University Information Centre in
equivalent status’) the Information Services Building (Central
EntrancE through thE bursarIEs
• New Zealanders who have completed their Library) for personal assistance on how to
Year 13 of secondary school overseas complete your form.
Students who sat the New Zealand Bursaries
• Admission with credit For more information please visit:
Examination before 2004 can use this
• English language requirements www.otago.ac.nz/study/enrolling
to gain entrance. You must have passed
at least three bursary subjects, and have • Students whose first language is not English
Higher School Certificate, or have gained
either an A or B bursary. For the purpose
of university entrance 13 credits (in an Enrolment at Otago is a three-step process
approved subject) at Level 3 or above on the for most students:
National Qualifications Framework earned 1. Registration
before 2004 are equivalent to a pass in a
2. Payment of fees (or arranging to have your
bursary subject and can be combined with
fees paid directly from a Government student
passes in bursary subjects to gain entrance.
For students seeking entrance from passes in
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT STUDYING
AT THE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
who can takE a school of can I transfEr from anothEr
busInEss dEgrEE? tErtIary InstItutIon?
Anyone with university entrance can start Papers successfully completed at another
a School of Business degree. Even without university may be credited to your degree
university entrance you may be able to take a programme at Otago if appropriate.
degree by first completing a Foundation Year You’d have to supply an officially certified
- see www.otago.ac.nz/foundationstudies transcript from the other university – we
can’t do that for you. It may also be possible
For information on entrance and enrolment
to transfer credit from a polytechnic or other
see Entrance and enrolment, page 34 or visit
tertiary institution. See http://www.otago.
what school subjEcts mIght hElp?
There are no subjects you have to have
to begin a Bachelor of Commerce but we
strongly recommend you study English and
Maths (e.g. Statistics) to Year 13 (Level 3
NCEA). And as the business world is global
it might be handy to learn another language
- although you can always pick one up as an
elective paper at Otago.
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USEFUL TERMS EXPLAINED
DOUBLE DEgREE mINOR sEmEsTER
A programme of study leading towards A selection of papers in a particular subject The term of study. The academic year is
two degrees, e.g. a BA and BCom. By cross- area (normally involving approved papers divided into two teaching periods called the
crediting points from one degree to the other, studied at 200- and 300-level), which can be first and second semesters. Semester One
you can reduce the time you would otherwise acknowledged on your academic record in runs from February to June. Semester Two
have to spend to get two degrees. Two full- addition to a major subject. runs from July to November.
time three-year degrees would normally take
a total of six years but you can cross-credit PAPERs sUmmER sCHOOL
points and complete both of them in four The building blocks of your degree. A paper A programme run by the University of Otago
and a half or five years (full-time). is a fixed course of work in certain aspects between January and February. Students can
of a subject at a particular level. The first take papers to make up for things they’ve
DOUBLE mAjOR courses you take are called 100-level papers, missed, or to reduce the time it takes to
Two subjects chosen as main areas of study in for example, BSNS 107 – Understanding complete their degrees. Each 18-point paper
the same degree. Choosing two specialty areas Accounting. You then move on to 200-level is condensed into a six-week programme.
instead of one does not increase the amount and 300-level papers. You will generally
of time it will take to complete the degree. study seven papers a year (three to four UNDERgRADUATE DEgREE
E.g. BCom in Finance and Accounting papers a semester). Your first degree. It usually involves a
minimum of three years’ full-time study
HONOURs POINTs (360 points from 100-, 200- and 300-level
Honours programmes are for students who Each paper is worth a number of points, and papers).
excel in their first and second years of a these contribute to the total required for a
Bachelor of Commerce. The BCom(Hons) qualification. Most papers are usually worth
is a more specialised degree than the 18 points. You need a total of 360 points to
BCom, usually involving more papers in complete a BCom. As an approximate guide,
the major subject and a research report or you can expect to spend about 12 hours a
dissertation (completed at 400-level – an week for each 18-point single semester paper
extra year of study). or six hours a week working for each 18-point
full year paper. These hours are made up of a
mAjOR combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratories,
A subject chosen as the main area of study for assignments, and reading.
a bachelor’s degree (i.e. your chosen area of
specialty). A major is studied up to 300-level. POsTgRADUATE DEgREE
A course undertaken by a student who has
already completed a bachelor’s degree. It
normally comprises papers or other work at
400-level or above.
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