Software Development Part-time [2 Years Part Time] [September 2017]

University of Limerick (17HDSSDPT)
Key Programme Details
Award

Major

NFQ Level

8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Daytime, Mixed, Classroom - Evening

Mode

2 Years Part Time

ECTS Credits

60

Department

0613 Software and applications development and analysis

Skills Area

Information/Communications Technology

General Information
Contact

Nikola Nikolov

Email

Nikola.Nikolov@ul.ie

Phone

061 223 284

Address

Please contact the Course Director Nikola.Nikolov@ul.ie regarding any queries on course content.

CPE will assist with entry, administrative and admissions queries on cpe@ul.ie

Role

Course Director

Important Dates
Application Deadline

22/08/2017

Start Date

04/09/2017

About this Course

The part-time Higher Diploma in Software Development is a conversion programme for non-ICT graduates wishing to enter the sector or for those with a level 7 ICT qualification seeking to upskill in the discipline.

The course will provide participants with fundamental theoretical and practical skills, abilities and knowledge to gain a comprehensive intermediate-level understanding of software development.

The two-year part-time programme structure will facilitate those already in employment or those who are currently "Homemakers" and wish to return to work in the Technology sector.

Job readiness and support into employment will be provided through a series of workshops and seminars and an active engagement with motivated students to place them in a company for an industry learning experience. To date 60% of graduates have gained employment within 6 months.

On successful completion of this programme, graduates will have the skills, knowledge and abilities to :
- develop stand-alone applications (primarily in Java),
- develop web-based application (primarily using HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, AJAX, ASP.NET, C# and MS-SQL Server), and
- develop mobile applications (primarily using Android Studio)to the level one would expect after a programme of this
duration.
- apply traditional and object-oriented systems analysis and design techniques
- design databases, use SQL to query tables and write stored procedures
- create/design and execute test cases

The programme has been designed in consultation with a number of national and international IT businesses and enterprises that are based in Ireland to ensure that it meets the skills needs of industry.

The industrial partners will support the programme via:
- Facilitating work placement of graduates (Industry Learning Experience)
- Providing overview of career and employment opportunities at start of programme, as well as employability workshops
during the course of study. (Job Readiness Programme)
- Recommending industry-oriented projects and guest seminars.

An industry learning experience (work placement) will form a key element of the programme, ensuring the integration of the various concepts in the portfolio of the participant.

Modules:
Year 1 Autumn Semester
CS4181 Fundamentals of Computer Organisation
CS5051 Programming A

Year 1 Spring Semester
CS4065 Web Infrastructure
CS5052 Programming B
CS4416 Database Systems

Year 2 Autumn Semester
CS4171 Introduction to Model Driven Development
CS5061 ICT Employability Skills Workshop
CS5121 Development of Information Systems 1

Year 2 Spring Semester
CS4056 Mobile Application Design
CS4004 Software Testing and Inspection

Year 2 Summer Semester
IE2011 INDUSTRY LEARNING PROJECT


Entry Requirements

Level 8 qualification in any discipline other than computing is the key requirement. Preference will be given to candidates with a second-class honours degree or higher.

Education qualifications, work experience, motivation and overall potential to be successful on the programme are considered in evaluating an application.

Applicants may be required to undertake an interview and satisfy the course admission team that they have the ability to complete and benefit from this course.

Applicants are required to meet the University of Limerick English Language requirements.

The University of Limerick policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning will apply to applications for this programme.

To be eligible for Springboard+ funding applicants must be resident in the state.

Long Description

The part-time Higher Diploma in Software Development is a conversion programme for non-ICT graduates wishing to enter the sector or for those with a level 7 ICT qualification seeking to upskill in the discipline.

The course will provide participants with fundamental theoretical and practical skills, abilities and knowledge to gain a comprehensive intermediate-level understanding of software development.

The two-year part-time programme structure will facilitate those already in employment or those who are currently "Homemakers" and wish to return to work in the Technology sector.

Job readiness and support into employment will be provided through a series of workshops and seminars and an active engagement with motivated students to place them in a company for an industry learning experience. To date 60% of graduates have gained employment within 6 months.

On successful completion of this programme, graduates will have the skills, knowledge and abilities to :
- develop stand-alone applications (primarily in Java),
- develop web-based application (primarily using HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, AJAX, ASP.NET, C# and MS-SQL Server), and
- develop mobile applications (primarily using Android Studio)to the level one would expect after a programme of this
duration.
- apply traditional and object-oriented systems analysis and design techniques
- design databases, use SQL to query tables and write stored procedures
- create/design and execute test cases

The programme has been designed in consultation with a number of national and international IT businesses and enterprises that are based in Ireland to ensure that it meets the skills needs of industry.

The industrial partners will support the programme via:
- Facilitating work placement of graduates (Industry Learning Experience)
- Providing overview of career and employment opportunities at start of programme, as well as employability workshops
during the course of study. (Job Readiness Programme)
- Recommending industry-oriented projects and guest seminars.

An industry learning experience (work placement) will form a key element of the programme, ensuring the integration of the various concepts in the participant’s portfolio.

Timetable Info

8 hours per week - afternoon time

Timetable details to be confirmed

Delivery Location

Campus/Classroom

Delivery Notes

Campus/Classroom

Admissions Contact Details
Instructor

Carmel O'Dwyer

Address

Continuing & Professional Education,
University of Limerick,
Limerick, Ireland

Phone

061-202605

Email

cpe@ul.ie

Application Procedures

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Stage 01: Apply on Springboard Courses to register your interest in taking this course at the University of Limerick (UL).

Stage 02: Start the University of Limerick on-line application process and save it until you have all documentation ready.

UL Online Application System for Higher Diploma - Software Development

(If you are prompted on the UL online application form to pay an application fee of €25, please select the “Pay by Cheque” option to waive this fee. Springboard applicants are exempt from fees.)

Stage 03: Gather the required documentation to support your application as detailed below. These are compulsory and are required for enrolment at the University. Support Documents required:
1. A detailed CV out lining your education, employment and professional qualifications and experience in line with the entry requirements for the course as listed on the Springboard+ site.
2. Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts/college results. Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number. We can access their student transcripts using this number.
3. If applicable - Certified English translation of your award/transcripts
4. Scanned copy of birth certificate or passport to verify ID and full legal name.
5. Digital quality head and shoulders photograph to passport standards for your ID card.
6. Documentation to support your application, such as a detailed CV or professional certificates.
7. Applicants who do not have English as their first language must include the following additional documents with their application form:
•English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
•English language competency certificate
Applicants from non-English speaking countries are required to have a high level of competence in English
An application will not be deemed to be complete unless it includes the documentation listed above.

Stage 04: Once the form is completed and all documents ready, email your Application and documents to the University of Limerick to cpe@ul.ie stating which course you have applied for.
Please note, your application will not be processed until all documentation is received

Stage 05: The University of Limerick will make you an offer if you are successful.

Stage 06: Accept the University of Limerick Offer by the due date indicated in the offer email.

Stage 07: The Springboard Application System will offer you a place which you should accept to avail of free fees. You will be liable for fees of €7,000 unless you accept the Springboard Application System Offer.

In order to avail of free fees you must provide written confirmation from your local Department of Social Welfare (DSP) office that you were in receipt of a Social Welfare payment at the time of application for this course.
*If you are not in receipt of a Social Welfare payment and you are in employment, you do not need to provide this letter.