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DSBM - Diploma in Small Business & Project Management

Programme Name: Diploma in Small Business & Project Management (DSBM)

Programme Overview

The Diploma in Small Business and Project Management (DSBM) is a practical Level 5 small business and project management programme. A key feature of this programme is that it involves carrying out three business development projects in a business owned or managed by the tauira. This is supported by one-on-one mentoring.

This programme is primarily for people who are already in business. However, it is also suitable for people who are in the process of establishing a business, provided that they already have a business plan. It may also be suitable for people who are not business owners, provided that they are involved in the management of an existing small business for which they have authorisation to initiate and implement projects in the business. It is not suitable for those people who are not yet in business and do not have a business idea and plan.

 

DSBM Content and Key Facts

The DSBM consists of the following five Kōnae Ako (modules):

Kōnae Ako (Modules)

Length

Number of Assessments

Overview

Kōnae Ako 1

He Tōmiro Whakatūpato

(Business Risk Analysis

9 weeks

3

This Kōnae Ako requires tauira to analyse the current situation of their business and the environment in which it operates. This information is used to identify a suitable strategy forward for their business.

Tauira then formulate two business development projects (in the areas of sales/marketing and operations) that they can implement to help progress this strategy. Project briefs and plans are developed for these projects. These plans will then be implemented in the next two Kōnae Ako.

Tauira will also apply the core business knowledge developed through this Kōnae Ako to analysing a case study of a Māori business.

Kōnae Ako 2

Te Hokohoko me te Whakatairanga

(The Sales and Marketing Project)

16 weeks

(concurrent with Kōnae Ako 3 and 5)

3

This Kōnae Ako is delivered concurrently with Kōnae Ako 3. The focus is the implementation of the sales and marketing project for which tauira developed a project brief and project plan in Kōnae Ako 1. However, tauira will also analyse a case study business in regards to sales and marketing issues and opportunities.

On completion of the project, tauira are to submit a project report and evaluate the effects of the project.

While implementing their project, tauira will be supported with practical content relating to sales and marketing principles and practices.

Kōnae Ako 3

He Paemahi Whakahaere Pakihi

(The Operations Project)

16 weeks

(concurrent with Kōnae Ako 2 and 5)

3

This Kōnae Ako is delivered concurrently with Kōnae Ako 2. The focus of this Kōnae Ako is the implementation of the operations project planned in Kōnae Ako 1. Tauira will also analyse a case study business in regards to operational considerations.

As per the requirements of Kōnae Ako 2, tauira will be required to submit a project report on completion of the project.

While implementing their project, tauira will be supported with practical content relating to a variety of operations topics.

Kōnae Ako 4

He Paemahi Kōwhiringa

 (The Elective Project)

11 weeks

(concurrent with Kōnae Ako 5)

3

In this Kōnae Ako tauira carry out a business development project of their choice. They may, for example, choose to complete a project relating to human resource management and development, or one relating to improvement of accounting systems and financial monitoring. They may even choose to complete a second operations or marketing/sales project.

While implementing their project, tauira will be supported with practical content relating to a variety of business topics.

Kōnae Ako 5

Ngā Tutukitanga o te Pakihi

(Presenting Success)

27 weeks

(concurrent with Kōnae Ako 2, 3, and 4)

2

In this Kōnae Ako, tauira present two of the three projects developed and implemented during the programme. The first presentation occurs in Week 24 or 25 of the programme, and the second presentation occurs in the final two weeks of the programme.

 

Entry Criteria

  • Tauira must be at least 16 years of age (unless an exemption from attending school has been granted) at the commencement of the programme. An exemption from attending school may be granted by a person designated under sections 21 or 26 of the Education Act 1989, by a school principal from a school in which the prospective tauira is registered, or by the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Education.
  • Tauira must be New Zealand citizens (or citizens of Australia, Tokelau, Niue or the Cook Islands) or permanent residents.
  • Tauira must not exceed Study Load requirements. Specifically, tauira can only enrol in one full time programme at a time. They can be enrolled in an additional part-time programme if the academic workload has been considered achievable and the StudyLink EFTS limit is not exceeded.
  • Tauira may only enrol in more than one programme concurrently if the dual programme options are approved by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

 

Tauira must also meet the following programme-specific requirements:

  • Must either be a graduate of a Level 4 business qualification (or higher) or demonstrate competence in numeracy and literacy exercises that reflect the comprehension, writing and numerical abilities for the programme.
  • Meet one of the following requirements:
    • Be an existing business owner;
    • Be in the process of establishing a business for which they already have a business plan; or
    • Be involved in the management of an existing small business, for which they are authorised to initiate and implement projects in the areas of operations, sales and marketing.
  • Attend an Information Session and an enrolment interview (these may be combined into one session).

 

Tuition and Resource Costs

There are NO tuition fees for the DSBM. Participants will receive their own comprehensive set of DSBM resources including detailed lesson plans and activity workbooks, and Kōnae Ako magazines. This programme is available at no cost to participants. 

 

DSBM Delivery

Length:            36 weeks

Format:           Classroom-based. Each Kōnae Ako will be delivered by a kaiako (tutor); one class per week (3 hours) for Weeks 1 to 23 and Weeks 26 to 34, plus 6 hours of workshop time in Weeks 24, 25, 35, and 36. Tauira also receive 18 hours of one-on-one mentoring.

Location:         Nationwide

Start dates:      Semester A: Weeks beginning 25 February and 11 March 2019

                        Semester B: Weeks beginning 1 July and 15 July 2019


Intakes are subject to sufficient class numbers and are not always offered in all areas.

 

Qualification

At the completion of the DSBM programme tauira will graduate with the following qualification(s):

  • New Zealand Diploma in Business (Strand in Project Management) (Level 5)
  • Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Diploma in Small Business and Project Management

 

Potential Careers and Pathways

The main pathway for this qualification is self-employment. However, the skills and knowledge may also be applied to a range of employment pathways, particularly in the fields of business management, operations and sales and marketing. The project management skills are of particular benefit to management positions in a variety of business entities, as well as to community group and volunteer project roles.

Graduates of this qualification may progress to:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Business (with strands in Accounting, Administration and Technology, Leadership and Management, and Māori Business and Management) (Level 6);
  • Business qualifications at degree level;
  • Relevant industry or professional qualifications at Level 6 or above; or
  • Project Management Institute and other professional credentials in Project Management.
Delivery:

 

 

Where can I do the DSBM course?

To be advised
 

What further study opportunities are there?

From the DBSM you could progress through to the Certificate in Money Management.
 
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