Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Level 7)

Civil strand with specialisations in Structural and Water and Water Waste

Programme highlights

Want to learn specialist skills in the field of your choice?

This qualification is for engineering graduates and engineers with industry experience who want to specialise in:

  • Structural  
  • Water and water waste.

You'll learn the skills to work on high-level design, specification and project management in your chosen field.

You'll graduate at the same level as degree students.

See Programme Structure for course information.

Key facts

Start Month(s) February, July
Study Location(s) MIT Otara
(MIT TechPark from mid-2020)
Level 7
Domestic fees $6,800 (approx.)
Youth Guarantee Not Available
Programme Code MN4559
Duration

One year (full-time) or up to four years (part-time)

Study Method Full-time, Part-time
Credits 120
International Fees NZD$23,700 (approx.)
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship Not Available
Qualification MIT Graduate Diploma

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Entry requirements

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

Academic

A 3 year bachelor's degree in an civil/electrical/mechanical engineering discipline (excluding a Mechatronics specialisation);

Or

Equivalent practical, professional or educational experience of an appropriate kind;

Or

Special entry may be granted by the Head of School responsible for the programme to an applicant who does not meet all entry criteria, where the Head of School is satisfied the applicant is capable of undertaking the programme of study.

English Language Entry Requirements

Applicants must have sufficient competence in the English language to undertake this programme, which is taught and assessed in English.

Any applicant whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of their English language competency. 

International students: English Language Entry Requirements

For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules

https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/

Other Entry Requirements

Applicants must be physically capable of completing the practical aspects of the programme, by being able to work effectively, efficiently and safely.

Provisional Entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Director/Head of School.

International students

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Career opportunities

Graduates of this qualification will be qualified Technology Engineers and will be able to gain employment in the field of their chosen specialisation of Civil Engineering.

Programme structure

You will  need to complete the below courses from your chosen specialisation (120 credits):

Structural

Compulsory courses:

115.719 Engineering Development Project (30 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG7101
*This is a year-long course

The aim is to enable students to investigate an engineering problem; to propose, specify, design and develop a solution and where feasible, to construct and test a prototype.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Synthesise a solution for an engineering problem.
  • Complete a project to a specified standard.
  • Design, project manage and evaluate a concept/model/product.
  • Use software application packages as an engineering tool, if required.
  • Communicate effectively with customers, peers, technicians and engineers.

115.720 Professional Engineering Practice (15 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG7121
The aim is to enable students to critically apply knowledge and understanding of professional practice for engineers, professional engineering roles and activities and their interactions with society and the environment.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Appraise the professional role of engineers in society and industry.
  • Evaluate and apply laws within the engineering practice area.
  • Critique moral and ethical issues related to the environment in an engineering context.
  • Critically explore issues relating to behavioural management in the practice of engineering.
  • Critically apply knowledge of Māori cultural concepts and perspectives to those of the Crown and project management development.

242.611 Structural Steel and Timber (15 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG6007
The aim is to enable students to develop the principles and practice of structural design for steel and timber structures.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Apply design methods for accommodating wind action on structures to practical situations.
  • Appraise the properties and behaviour of structural steel and structural timber,
  • Apply design data to the practical design of structural steelwork and steelwork connections.
  • Apply design data to the practical design of structural timber.

242.612 Structural Concrete (15 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG6008
The aim is to enable students to develop the principles and practice of structural design for reinforced and prestressed concrete structures.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Apply design methods for accommodating earthquake action on structures to practical situations.
  • Appraise the properties and behaviour of concrete in structures.
  • Apply design data to the practical design of reinforced concrete elements.
  • Apply design data to the practical design of pre-stressed concrete beams.
  • Appraise structural design aspects of concrete masonry in simple structures.

242.700 Design of Structures (15 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG7004
The aim is to enable students to use projects and case studies for the application of structural principles and design to broadly defined structural engineering problems.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Appraise and apply the use of computer programs within the context of structural projects.
  • Synthesise design solutions for structural elements and structures.
  • Present and validate the efficacy of design solutions.
Elective courses:

You will need to complete two elective course from the below.

242.608 Civil Engineering Detailing and Modelling (15 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG6005
The aim is to enable students to further develop the principles and practice of civil engineering drawing, detailing and modelling.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Produce structural drawings in structural concrete, steel and timber, roading and drainage to nationally recognised drafting standards.
  • Use and evaluate computer-based information systems to analyse modelling and visualisation in the design and management of civil engineering projects.
  • Use a software package to explore aspects of a civil engineering project.

242.609 Civil Engineering Construction Practices (15 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG6106
The aim is to enable students to develop an understanding of the practical aspects of sound civil engineering practice.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Appraise the plant and methods used in the full range of civil engineering construction activities.
  • Develop and implement safety plans for the full range of civil engineering construction activities.
  • Develop and implement quality control plans for the full range of civil engineering construction activities.
  • Develop and implement environmental protection plans for the full range of civil engineering construction activities.

242.620 Engineering Geology (15 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG6013
The aim is to enable students to further develop an understanding of the principles and practice of geology in the context of civil engineering.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Classify and describe rocks for the purposes of engineering geology.
  • Produce a simple geological map using field observations.
  • Determine rock mass classification using field observations.
  • Apply appropriate geophysical and subsurface techniques in a site investigation.

341.755 Project Management (15 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG7025
The aim is to enable students to apply project management principles, concepts and techniques.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Initiate, plan, execute, monitor, control, and closeout an engineering project.

341.756 Risk Management (15 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG7026
The aim is to enable students to learn and apply the principles and processes of Risk Management in the context of engineering and business management.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Define objectives of risk management and determine criteria for measurement and analysis of problems.
  • Utilise analytical evaluation and decision making methodologies to determine project direction and choices.
  • Critically analyse risk management approaches and methodologies.

Water and Waste

Compulsory courses:

115.719 Engineering Development Project (30 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG7101
*This is a year-long course

The aim is to enable students to investigate an engineering problem; to propose, specify, design and develop a solution and where feasible, to construct and test a prototype.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Synthesise a solution for an engineering problem.
  • Complete a project to a specified standard.
  • Design, project manage and evaluate a concept/model/product.
  • Use software application packages as an engineering tool, if required.
  • Communicate effectively with customers, peers, technicians and engineers.

242.613 Water and Waste Engineering (15 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG6109
The aim is to enable students to develop an understanding and design expertise related to water, wastewater and stormwater reticulation systems.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Analyse water supply and demand requirements, and design a small water reticulation system.
  • Evaluate hydrological parameters and design an urban storm water management system.
  • Determine wastewater quantities and design a waste water reticulation system.
  • Appraise the requirements of water and wastewater pumping installations and optimise the design.
  • Apply integrated water management approaches.
  • Apply computer software in the design of water, wastewater and stormwater reticulation systems

242.614 Water and Waste Treatment (15 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG6110
The aim is to enable students to develop an understanding of drinking water and sewage quality control parameters of current and emerging methods of treatment and disposal of liquid and solid wastes.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Evaluate and apply drinking water standards and quality parameters.
  • Appraise the principles and practice of water treatment, including subsurface aquifer water supply systems.
  • Evaluate and apply wastewater quality parameters.
  • Apply knowledge of wastewater and solid waste treatment and disposal methods including pollution control.
  • Appraise alternative wastewater treatment systems commonly used in areas which are not reticulated.
  • . Critically evaluate environmental impact and Maori cultural values in relation to water supply and waste management.

242.701 Urban Drainage Systems (15 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG7005
The aim is to enable students to develop an understanding of urban wastewater and stormwater systems.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Evaluate the key aspects in planning and design of wastewater reticulation systems.
  • Appreciate the role of mathematical models and simulations of wastewater reticulation systems.
  • Evaluate the key aspects in planning and design of stormwater drainage systems.
Elective courses:

You will need to complete three elective course from the below

115.720 Professional Engineering Practice (15 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG7121
The aim is to enable students to critically apply knowledge and understanding of professional practice for engineers, professional engineering roles and activities and their interactions with society and the environment.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Appraise the professional role of engineers in society and industry.
  • Evaluate and apply laws within the engineering practice area.
  • Critique moral and ethical issues related to the environment in an engineering context.
  • Critically explore issues relating to behavioural management in the practice of engineering.
  • Critically apply knowledge of Māori cultural concepts and perspectives to those of the Crown and project management development.

242.608 Civil Engineering Construction Practices (15 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG6106
The aim is to enable students to develop an understanding of the practical aspects of sound civil engineering practice.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Appraise the plant and methods used in the full range of civil engineering construction activities.
  • Develop and implement safety plans for the full range of civil engineering construction activities.
  • Develop and implement quality control plans for the full range of civil engineering construction activities.
  • Develop and implement environmental protection plans for the full range of civil engineering construction activities.

242.609 Civil Engineering Construction Practices (15 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG6106
The aim is to enable students to develop an understanding of the practical aspects of sound civil engineering practice.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Appraise the plant and methods used in the full range of civil engineering construction activities.
  • Develop and implement safety plans for the full range of civil engineering construction activities.
  • Develop and implement quality control plans for the full range of civil engineering construction activities.
  • Develop and implement environmental protection plans for the full range of civil engineering construction activities.

242.615 Hydrology and Erosion Management (15 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG6011
The aim is to enable students to learn about catchment runoff, erosion, water balances and sustainable land use.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Appraise the factors and inter-relationships which affect catchment processes and sustainable management.
  • Appraise causes of stream erosion and the range of procedures available for flood routing and reduction of peak flows and velocities.
  • Appraise sustainable land use and appropriate remedial measures for both rural and town construction sites.
  • . Evaluate techniques for mitigating coastal erosion.

242.620 Engineering Geology (15 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG6013
The aim is to enable students to further develop an understanding of the principles and practice of geology in the context of civil engineering.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Classify and describe rocks for the purposes of engineering geology.
  • Produce a simple geological map using field observations.
  • Determine rock mass classification using field observations.
  • Apply appropriate geophysical and subsurface techniques in a site investigation.

341.755 Project Management (15 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG7025
The aim is to enable students to apply project management principles, concepts and techniques.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Initiate, plan, execute, monitor, control, and closeout an engineering project.

341.756 Risk Management (15 credits)

Metro Group course code: MG7026
The aim is to enable students to learn and apply the principles and processes of Risk Management in the context of engineering and business management.

The learning outcomes on successful completion of this course are the student should be able to:

  • Define objectives of risk management and determine criteria for measurement and analysis of problems.
  • Utilise analytical evaluation and decision making methodologies to determine project direction and choices.
  • Critically analyse risk management approaches and methodologies.

Key dates

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Key information for students

Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Level 7)

Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements [?] Any minimum or preferred criteria for entry to this qualification. General Special entry may be granted by the Head of School responsible for the programme to an applicant who does not meet all entry criteria, where the Head of School is satisfied the applicant is capable of undertaking the programme of study. Applicants will be required to provide evidence of previous study, i.e. transcripts, work evidence, and/or a portfolio to demonstrate they have the capability to achieve the programme. Academic GradDip Mechatronics, Electronics, Power strands: Applicants must meet the following criteria for admission into the programme: Either A 3 year bachelor's degree in an electrical or electronic engineering discipline; or Equivalent practical, professional or educational experience of an appropriate kind. GradDip Mechanical Strand: Applicants must meet the following criteria for admission into the programme: Either A 3 year bachelor's degree in a mechanical engineering discipline; or Equivalent practical, professional or educational experience of an appropriate kind. GradDip Civil Strand: Applicants must meet the following criteria for admission into the programme: Either A 3 year bachelor's degree in a civil engineering discipline; or Equivalent practical, professional or educational experience of an appropriate kind. Interviews An interview is not required. English Language entry requirements: Applicants must have sufficient competence in the English language to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English. This will be demonstrated by meeting the current NZQA requirements http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/pro gramme-approval-and-accreditation/app-2/the-table and http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/pro gramme-approval-and-accreditation/8/18
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$6,432 $6,432
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$17,886 $17,886
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Information is correct as at October 2019. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2020 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2020 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2020 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2020 are based on the 2019 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2020. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.