Diploma in Applied Software Development (September 2022)

CCT College Dublin (CCT_0922_DASD)
Key Programme Details
Award

Diploma in Applied Software Development

NFQ Level

Level 7 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Classroom, Blended

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

60

Department

ICT Faculty

General Information
Contact

Admissions Office

Email

info@cct.ie

Phone

01 6333444

Address

CCT College Dublin
30-34 Westmoreland Street
Dublin 2

Role

Admissions

Important Dates
Application Deadline

31/08/2022

Start Date

19/09/2022

End Date

31/08/2023

About this Course

The Diploma in Applied Software Development enables participants to develop knowledge, skills and competence in software development for the ICT sector or within the wider Business sector and related areas where Java programming and software development skills are in demand. The programme allows learners to apply their knowledge and skills acquired in an industry focused learning environment.

The design and development of the programme has been informed by consultation with members of the CCT College Dublin Industry Engagement Forum who have endorsed the programme content as fulfilling enterprise demand for the programme. The National Skills Strategy 2025 indicates key skills that are required to be developed if Ireland is to meet the goals and objectives as set out in the plan. In the technology area it highlights a requirement for significant growth in core technology skills including software development. This programme provides an applied and practical foundation in software development which allows learners to commence their career journey in software development and/or progress to further study.

The following modules covered on the course: Digital Transversal Skills, Problem Solving and Mathematics for IT, Software Development Processes, Databases, Advanced Requirements Gathering, Mobile Development, Java Programming - Object Oriented Approach, Web Development. In addition to this transversal skills are also integrated throughout. Participants on this part-time programme will comprise those already working in IT or other sectors and also those learners who require upskilling due to the accelerated pace of economic digital transformation as well as those who are unemployed and Returners.

The Diploma in Applied Software Development is flexible in delivery with an innovative and integrated assessment. It is a one year, part time, Diploma programme and will be delivered on an evening/weekend/blended basis.

Objectives

The programme is aimed at individuals seeking employment within the IT field and those already employed in a related industry. The programme will both enhance the employability of graduates and equip them for further study. The programme will also suit learners who have already attained a Level 7 NFQ award in a related discipline and are seeking to extend their knowledge, specialising in software development.

The overall objectives of the programme are:

- To provide graduates with the ability to advance their IT career by attaining a qualification which enables them to secure industry entry level positions, or further advancement within their current sphere.
- To provide the IT sector with graduates who possess the requisite attributes to make a positive contribution to the IT industry.
- To provide learners with an NFQ level 7 Special Purpose award that will provide them with the knowledge, skill and competence to set them on a progression pathway to further their education in the area of Applied Software Development.
- To provide graduates with the foundation upon which they can further their studies at NFQ Level 7, or progress to NFQ Level 8 in Computing or one of many Computing-related disciplines (in Ireland or abroad) such as Computer Science, Computational Science, Information Systems, IT Management, Technology and Innovation Management, Information Security & Digital Forensics, Information Systems Processes, and others.
- To provide graduates with an environment conducive to personal development established through the use of peer learning, mentoring and formative feedback, thus allowing them to acquire new knowledge and the ability to identify their further learning needs and continuing professional development

On successful completion of the programme, graduates will be equipped to apply for further study in the IT discipline at level 7 and level 8 on the NFQ. They will also possess the knowledge and skills required for entry level positions as software developers.

Entry Requirements

Entry can be sought through one of the following routes:

a. Evidence of prior learning, including experiential learning,

or

b. possession of a minimum NFQ level 5 award, including leaving certificate, FET award, or equivalent.

In addition, all applicants must evidence competence in mathematics equivalent to O6 in the Leaving Certificate, and competence in the use of IT. Basic computer literacy is not sufficient for this programme.

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate a minimum competency in the English Language of CEFR
B2+.

Applications are welcome from individuals who do not meet the standard entry requirements but wish to apply for entry based on prior learning (RPL) or prior experiential learning (RPEL). The College will thoroughly assess applications received through RPL and RPEL to ensure that candidates are able to evidence academic learning and professional experience to an appropriate standard, normally the framework level equivalent to the direct entry qualifications requirement and demonstrate potential to succeed and benefit from the programme. Applications submitted on this basis will be assessed in line with the policies and procedures set out in the College's RPEL policy published on the College website.

Long Description

The Diploma in Applied Software Development enables participants to develop knowledge, skills and competence in software development for the ICT sector or within the wider Business sector and related areas where Java programming and software development skills are in demand. The programme allows learners to apply their knowledge and skills acquired in an industry focused learning environment.

The design and development of the programme has been informed by consultation with members of the CCT College Dublin Industry Engagement Forum who have endorsed the programme content as fulfilling enterprise demand for the programme. The National Skills Strategy 2025 indicates key skills that are required to be developed if Ireland is to meet the goals and objectives as set out in the plan. In the technology area it highlights a requirement for significant growth in core technology skills including software development. This programme provides an applied and practical foundation in software development which allows learners to commence their career journey in software development and/or progress to further study.

The following modules covered on the course: Digital Transversal Skills, Problem Solving and Mathematics for IT, Software Development Processes, Databases, Advanced Requirements Gathering, Mobile Development, Java Programming - Object Oriented Approach, Web Development. In addition to this transversal skills are also integrated throughout. Participants on this part-time programme will comprise those already working in IT or other sectors and also those learners who require upskilling due to the accelerated pace of economic digital transformation as well as those who are unemployed and Returners.

The Diploma in Applied Software Development is flexible in delivery with an innovative and integrated assessment. It is a one year, part time, Diploma programme and will be delivered on an evening/weekend/blended basis.

Why Choose This Course

The Diploma in Applied Software Development is designed for individuals looking to develop their knowledge and skills in the area of Java Programming and Software Development. It is intended to produce graduates with the attributes required of a Java Software Developer or Software Engineer today, and to equip them with the ability to continue to develop and remain competitive and employable in a rapidly changing and expanding sector of the economy.

The programme provides the opportunity to assimilate knowledge within an industry-focused learning environment. This focus is maintained through the use of practical sessions in labs and workshops. The programme modules focus on Software Development topics informed and aided by industry consultation. The learning environment will maximise use of classroom and laboratory learning as well as interactive workshops. Industry-relevant challenges will be issued to learners to provide an authentic learning and assessment experience. Graduates will be qualified to assume entry level industry roles and/or to further advance their education.

Career Opportunities

The programme is aimed at individuals seeking employment within the IT field and those already employed in a related industry. The programme will both enhance the employability of graduates and equip them for further study. The programme will also suit learners who have already attained a Level 7 NFQ award in a related discipline and are seeking to extend their knowledge, specialising in software development.

Timetable Info

This programme will commence September 2022. Schedule is typically two evenings per week 5.45-9.45pm + some Saturday classes. Timetable will be published in July/August.

Delivery Location

Students will be required to engage in a combination of online classes and on campus activities. All students will be introduced to the CCT online learning environment as part of the induction to the programme and will have access to further support as required.

On campus classes take place at CCT College Dublin.
CCT College Dublin
30-34 Westmoreland Street
Dublin 2

Delivery Notes

Blended

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Admissions Office

Address

Admissions Office
CCT College Dublin
30-34 Westmoreland Street
Dublin 2

Phone

01 6333444

Email

info@cct.ie

RPL Information

Applications are welcome from individuals who do not meet the standard entry requirements but wish to apply for entry based on prior learning (RPL) or prior experiential learning (RPEL). The College will thoroughly assess applications received through RPL and RPEL to ensure that candidates are able to evidence academic learning and professional experience to an appropriate standard, normally the framework level equivalent to the direct entry qualifications requirement and demonstrate potential to succeed and benefit from the programme. Applications submitted on this basis will be assessed in line with the policies and procedures set out in the College's RPEL policy published on the College website.

Application Procedures

On completion of the online application via springboardcourses.ie all applicants will receive an application acknowledgement directly from the College within 48 hours and will be asked to send by return email the following information, as applicable, to complete their application for the Diploma in Applied Software Development:

- Updated CV
- Attested original copies of qualification/prior learning to date
- RPEL documentation as required by CCT (if applicable, as outlined in entry requirements above)
- Evidence of English Language proficiency scores if the applicant’s first language is not English (IELTS, TOEFL etc.)

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Diploma in Applied Software Development

View this course on the CCT College Dublin website and get more information on college facilities and student supports.

https://www.cct.ie/course/software-development-diploma/