Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Web & Cloud Technologies) [2 Years Part Time] [March 2018]

Dublin Business School (BHD08WCT_1P03)
Key Programme Details
Award

QQI Level 8 Higher Diploma in Science in Computing

NFQ Level

8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Evening

Mode

2 Years Part Time

ECTS Credits

60

Skills Area

Information/Communications Technology

General Information
Contact

Springboard+ Admissions Department

Email

springboard@dbs.ie

Phone

01 4177500

Address

Admissions Office,
Dublin Business School,
13/14 Aungier Street,
Dublin 2.

Important Dates
Application Deadline

06/04/2018

Start Date

26/03/2018

About this Course

Dublin Business School in conjunction with Microsoft Ireland, their Partner Network and other relevant industry partners have developed an intensive part-time Level 8 Graduate Conversion programme leading to a Higher Diploma in Science in Computing award. As part of the programme, participants will have the opportunity to specialise in the streams of Software Development, Web & Cloud Technologies or IT Infrastructure and Networking.

Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission to this programme, applicants must hold a Primary Honours Degree (level 8) in a cognate discipline from a recognised third level institution or equivalent qualification. In addition, an IELTS score of a minimum 6.0 or equivalent is required, where full-time study has been conducted in a language other than English or for applicants whose first language is not English.

Candidates will ideally be able to demonstrate technical or mathematical problem solving skills as part of previous programme learning. Typically holders of more technical, numerate degrees are likely to gain a higher ranking in any order of merit in selection for the programme.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Learners may also access this course on the basis of recognition of prior learning or by assessment of prior experiential learning/informal learning. The process is implemented within the relevant school, by the relevant Head of School/Department or nominee and is overseen by the Registrar. For this particular programme applicants will be considered on a case by case basis based on their educational record, work experience, their ability to demonstrate technical or mathematical problem solving skills and a capacity to successfully participate in the programme.

Long Description

The primary objective of the programme is to address ICT Skills gaps through the successful conversion of talented learners from non-computing/IT disciplines to meet identified skills needs in the economy. According to Richard Bruton, TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and as outlined in the recently published 'Action Plan for Jobs' 2014 report, the ICT sector is of strategic importance to Ireland, both in terms of the numbers of high skilled professionals employed and its significant contribution to Ireland's export performance, accounting for €70 billion in exports per annum. In 2012, it was estimated that there were 68,280 ICT professionals working both within the ICT sector and across other sectors of the economy. As outlined in the Forfas/EGFSN (2013) report 'Addressing Future Demand for High-Level ICT Skills', results from this study indicate that Ireland is likely to face an average increase in demand for high-level ICT skills of around 5% a year out to 2018 with the employment of ICT professionals anticipated to rise to just over 91,000.

The overall aim of the programme is to provide graduates with the underpinning academic knowledge to enhance their educational and employment opportunities and to achieve the award of a Higher Diploma in Science in Computing.
A feature of the part-time programme is the opportunity for the learner to engage in an industry related project.
In addition to acquiring new skills, learners will apply and reinforce the knowledge and practical skills they have acquired during the taught element of the programme.

Key skills common to all streams of the programme and acquired throughout semester one of the taught programme will include the ability to demonstrate an understanding of the core IT skills of software development, database design & development, web application, networking and operating systems. Design, develop, test and document software.


Specific Skills that the Web & Cloud Technology Stream is preparing participants for:
- Proficiency in current database and web application development languages and frameworks
- In-depth knowledge of fundamentals of Object-oriented programming using C#.NET
- Competency in document mark-up languages particularly HTML5, XHTML and XML
- Proficiency in using advanced Web development tools and techniques such as DHTML and AJAX.
- Competency to create, design and develop a server side web application with database integration
- Ability to design and develop relational and XML database models and implement them.
- Expertise to develop native and Hybrid XML databases.
- Access a database from a web application using ADO.NET
- Integrate social media features using API’s
- In-depth understanding of Web services standards
- Apply current & emerging technologies to enhance the functionality of web application components
- Competent understanding of cloud computing, deployment & delivery models and cloud infrastructure skills
- High level of knowledge of the underlying enablers of cloud computing, namely virtualization, implementation mediums and storage frameworks.
- Design, configure & manage a switched network. Implement a hierarchical structure, loop avoidance, switch convergence & VLANS
- Design & Implement a classless IP addressing scheme for a network
- In-depth understanding of WAN technologies, from Frame Relay to MPLS to MetroEthernet
- Build, configure, maintain & trouble shoot a network
- Developing content on cloud such as using Content Management Systems such as Joomla, etc. on Windows Azure platform.


Upon completion of the programme, graduates would typically take up roles as:
- Cloud Administrators
- Cloud Computing Specialists
- Windows Administrator
- Web Developers/Analyst
- Network Engineer
- IT Support
- Network Project Manager
- Data Operations Engineer
- Database designer and developer

Typically students will attend two evenings per week with some weekends per semester.This is a 2 year part-time programme.

Career Opportunities

DBS fully recognises the importance of job readiness to the ICT Skills programme participant and has put in place an integrated and comprehensive Personal and Professional Development Service for ICT participants entitled "Jump Start Your Career". This intensive programme covers every aspect of the job procurement process and has greatly assisted ICT skills programme participants with their job search activities and preparation for employment.

A suite of careers motivation, self-confidence and job ready workshops will be delivered and timetabled for programme participants. Additional sessions will be scheduled to include:
- CV Preparation, Interview Skills & Techniques & Job searching tools,
- One-to-One sessions,
- Individual coaching & feedback, review of experience and progress & candidate/employment matching process.

Out of hours one-to-one consultations, with evening appointments, will also be offered to programme participants who are unable to attend during the day.

DBS will offer strong assessment processes and feedback tools to assist in one-to-one sessions in training on behavioural competencies style, career match aptitudes that will enhance significantly the career guidance, personal development, employer engagement and interview skills in order to maximize the work placement and employment opportunities. Significant emphasis will be placed on building communication and interpersonal confidence and skills to demonstrate participants values to employers. Each participant will have access to a careers coach/mentor to support the candidate/placement matching and placement process with potential employers.

DBS also has extensive engagement with industry and in addition to companies who have pledged interests of placements; it has over 1,150 employers on its database and active engagement with 2,727 DBS Alumni all of whom have engaged in the creation for placement/employment opportunities for ICT Students.

Timetable Info

The programme is intentionally intensive in nature, with teaching and laboratory activities. It is run over 2 academic years, 2 evenings per week and over 4 semesters, with some weekends per semester.

Delivery Location

Dublin Business School,
13/14 Aungier Street,
Dublin 2

Delivery Notes

Campus/Classroom

Admissions Contact Details
Instructor

Admissions Office

Address

Admissions Office,
Dublin Business School,
13/14 Aungier Street,
Dublin 2.

Phone

01 4177500

Email

springboard@dbs.ie

RPL Information

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Learners may also access this course on the basis of recognition of prior learning or by assessment of prior experiential learning/informal learning. The process is implemented within the relevant school, by the relevant Head of School/Department or nominee and is overseen by the Registrar. For this particular programme applicants will be considered on a case by case basis based on their educational record, work experience, their ability to demonstrate technical or mathematical problem solving skills and a capacity to successfully participate in the programme.