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

University of Limerick (17HDMIINPT)
Key Programme Details
Award

Major

NFQ Level

8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Mixed, Distance, 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

Reiner Dojen

Email

Reiner.Dojen@ul.ie

Phone

061 213442

Address

Please contact the Course Director Reiner.Dojen@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

23/08/2017

About this Course

The Higher Diploma in Middleware Integration and Software Development course is a two-year part-time programme, targeted at those with existing software technical skills that need to be updated and enhanced, and will provide learners with fundamental theoretical and practical skills, abilities and knowledge to gain a comprehensive understanding of software development closely aligned to current employer needs in the area of middleware integration.

Programme Highlights:
• 2 year in-depth software development and middleware integration upskilling programme – developed and delivered in partnership with General Motors (GM) Limerick;
• Core skills/knowledge taught: Operating systems, object-oriented software development, Middleware Data Integration Development tools (using IBM DataStage and other industry tools), Lean Management Tools and Techniques;
• Target Students: technical professionals who wish to upskill and develop their career in the sector via a University-accredited Level 8 award; technical professionals currently “Homemakers” who wish to re-enter the workforce;
• Delivery: part-time via blended-learning, on-campus for a limited number of Wednesday evenings and Saturdays this coming semester, delivered part-time on-site in GM in following semesters, schedule will vary per semester;
• Modules delivered on-campus by UL academics and on-site in General Motors (GM) by GM experts;
• Industry placement component in GM for those students not working fulltime;

The programme was designed in partnership with General Motors (GM) Ireland, who will deliver a number of the modules on-site in Limerick and who will offer participants (who are currently not in fulltime technology sector employment) a 4-week placement at their Middleware Integration Lab in Limerick as part of this programme

This programme is suitable for those in employment who wish to upgrade their software development skills with an emphasis on middleware Data integration techniques, or for those who wish to re-enter employment in the technology sector. The programme will be attractive for those with relevant skills and experience who wish to upgrade their formal qualifications to level 8.

The programme comprises 8 taught modules (see structure below) and 2 Industry Learning Projects to be implemented in the student’s own organisation or in GM (for students not in fulltime technology sector employment).

Modules:

Year 1 Autumn
CE4701 COMPUTER SOFTWARE 1
ET4725 OPERATING SYSTEMS 1

Year 1 Spring
CE4702 COMPUTER SOFTWARE 2
IE2011 INDUSTRY LEARNING PROJECT
ED5051 MIDDLEWARE INTEGRATION SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT 1

Year 2 Autumn
ET4437 DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING AND JAVA
ED5061 MIDDLEWARE INTEGRATION SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT 2
AU5041 LEAN THINKING / LEAN TOOLS 1

Year 2 Spring
ED5062 INDUSTRY LEARNING PROJECT 2
ET4427 DATA MINING AND KNOWLEDGE RECOVERY

Objectives

On successful completion of this programme, graduates will have the knowledge and abilities to:
1. Develop, configure and validate software that enables communication and management of data in distributed
applications.
2. Describe the development of enterprise applications using a set of middleware services and components.
3. Evaluate the suitability of different middleware frameworks for a given enterprise context.
4. Integrate multiple large-scale enterprise applications using middleware frameworks.
5. Build systems that are distributed across a local and wide-area networks.
6. Devise notations, techniques, methods and tools for distributed system construction that systematically build and exploit the capabilities that middleware can deliver.

Entry Requirements

The principal entry requirement for the course is a Level 8 honours primary degree, at minimum second class honours (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent), in a relevant engineering, computing, mathematics, science or technology discipline.

Applicants from other disciplines who have a significant mathematics or computing element in their primary degree will also be considered. Applicants who possess an honours undergraduate degree, at minimum second class honours, or equivalent in a non-numerate discipline and have a minimum of three years experiential learning in an appropriate computing discipline may also apply, their admission to the program will be determined by the Course Director.

Applicants who do not meet the requirements above may be considered under the University of Limerick policy that allows for the recognition of Prior Learning, both formal and informal/experiential learning; non-accredited personal and professional education; work based training.

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

Applicants maybe short listed for interview as part of the application process.

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

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

Long Description

The Higher Diploma in Middleware Integration and Software Development course is a two-year part-time programme, targeted at those with existing software technical skills that need to be updated and enhanced, and will provide learners with fundamental theoretical and practical skills, abilities and knowledge to gain a comprehensive understanding of software development closely aligned to current employer needs in the area of middleware integration.

This programme is suitable for those in employment who wish to move into more senior roles within an organisation, or for those who wish to re-enter employment in the technology sector. The programme will be attractive for those with relevant skills and experience who wish to upgrade their formal qualifications to level 8.

Middleware is a software layer that stands between the networked operating system and the application and provides reusable solutions to frequently encountered problems like heterogeneity, interoperability, security, dependability. Further, with networks becoming increasingly pervasive, middleware is a major building block for the development of future software systems.

On successful completion of this programme, graduates will have the knowledge and abilities to:
1. Develop, configure and validate software that enables communication and management of data in distributed
applications.
2. Describe the development of enterprise applications using a set of middleware services and components.
3. Evaluate the suitability of different middleware frameworks for a given enterprise context.
4. Integrate multiple large-scale enterprise applications using middleware frameworks.
5. Build systems that are distributed across a local and wide-area networks.
6. Devise notations, techniques, methods and tools for distributed system construction that systematically build and exploit the capabilities that middleware can deliver.

Timetable Info

Semester 1 begins on Wednesday evening of August 23rd 2017.

Module 1 will comprise of 2 x Wednesdays(evenings) and 4 x Saturdays (full days)

Module 2 will comprise of 8 x Wednesdays(evenings)

Subsequent semesters will be similar and may include occasional weekdays in future semesters

Note: Some modules will be delivered part-time on-site in GM in following semesters, schedule will vary per semester.

Delivery Location

Campus/Classroom

Delivery Notes

Campus/Classroom

Part-time, limited number of evenings and Saturdays in the first semester, may include occasional weekdays in future semesters

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.