Business Computing

Course code 71155

This online course is for people requiring an understanding of business applications and information systems, and an overview of their contribution to businesses and other organisations.

The course will enable you to use current information technologies effectively in simple structured situations. The course assumes confident use of MS Word, MS Excel and MS Access.
It will also enable you to understand the ways in which information is used within organisations and the technologies and systems that support these uses.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 5  
    Credits 20 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.1667  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 enrol by 12 Feb 2019 to start 25 Feb 2019
    Trimester 2 enrol by 23 Jun 2019 to start 1 Jul 2019
    Trimester 3 enrol by 20 Oct 2019 to start 28 Oct 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1, 2 & 3 2019 Online only
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $730 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students $2,254 + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

On successful completion of this course you will be able to

  • Explain and evaluate parts of an information system to meet business requirements
  • Discuss and evaluate communication technologies to meet business requirements.
  • Discuss issues associated with computer use and recommend actions to minimise their impact.
  • Apply software functions to produce information for business purposes.

Other requirements

Intermediate to Advanced level skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and Access plus Windows File Management are essential for this course. You will need access to Microsoft Office, including Microsoft Access.

Your course is delivered 100% online. To complete  this course you will need access to a computer or device, broadband internet and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer/device or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol. 

Set texts

There is no textbook to purchase for this course, however e-books from the Library are used for the practical elements.


This course is internally assessed with no examinations. There are two practical and two theory assessments.

Lecturer / Tutor