Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Artificial Intelligence (September 2022)

National College of Ireland (PGDAI_SEP)
Key Programme Details
Award

Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Artificial Intelligence

NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Blended

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

60

Department

School of Computing

General Information
Contact

The Springboard Team

Email

springboard@ncirl.ie

Phone

1850 221 721 (Option 4)

Address

Springboard Office,
National College of Ireland,
Mayor Street,
Dublin 1

Role

Springboard Co-ordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

26/08/2022

Start Date

26/09/2022

End Date

31/08/2023

About this Course

Blended/Online Delivery. This is an online/blended learning course. The majority of the programme will be delivered online. More information below under 'Delivery Notes'

Overview of Eligibility:
Even though this course is open to applicants irrespective of their employment status the HEA requests that we must prioritise those in receipt of a social protection payment and those classified as ‘returners’ to upskill or reskill and re-enter the workforce by providing places free of charge. As places on Springboard+ courses are limited, the unemployed will always take priority over others. Please note that to participate in a NFQ Level 9 (Postgraduate) course, a period of at least one year must have elapsed since completing a full-time undergraduate degree course leading to a major award at level 8 on the NFQ.

Fees:
A student contribution fee of €650 is applicable if you are in employment. No fees are applicable if you are unemployed and in receipt of an eligible DEASP payment (this includes those in receipt of Working Family Payment). This amount must be paid in full no later than Friday 18th November 2022. If a student withdraws before the commencement of the course the full amount that they have paid is refundable. No refund will be processed once the student commences the course the week beginning 19th September 2022. Please see https://www.ncirl.ie/NewStudents for more details. Please note that this scheme does not cover any allowance for books and materials

Course Overview:
This course aims to produce high-quality, technically competent, innovative graduates that will become leading practitioners in the field of artificial intelligence. This course contains modules covering fundamental and specialised AI topics as well as topics related to operationalisation and application of AI to solve realworld problems. All students will gain a deeper understanding of the complete development lifecycle of AI software applications from requirements elicitation and analysis, implementation, decision making, evaluation, and documentation. The course will be delivered using academic research, industry defined practical problems, and case studies. This approach will naturally provide a deeper knowledge of AI and create skills required in industry such as critical thinking, problem-solving, creative thinking, communication, teamwork, and research skills.

The learners will consolidate the acquired knowledge and skills by carrying out a 3-month work-placement. The Career Bridge module will help the students to enhance their employability skills and improve their overall career prospects.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, graduates will be able to:
• Demonstrate expert knowledge of Engineering Artificial Intelligence systems, Machine Learning, Optimisation Techniques, and the tools, techniques and technologies of Artificial Intelligence utilised in real world contexts.
• Formulate, design, implement, and evaluate novel real-world solutions at the forefront of Artificial Intelligence using the latest industry practices and
standards

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to hold A minimum of a level 8 primary degree in Computing or a cognate area with a 2.2 award or higher or equivalent on
the National Qualifications Framework in Computing or a Cognate area. Cognate area means a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) degree that also taught programming/ application development related modules.

Given the target technical market for graduates of this programme, applicants will be required to demonstrate technical and mathematical problem-solving skills as part of previous programme learning. All applicants for the programme must provide evidence that they have prior programming knowledge and skills in at least one high-level programming language, such as, Java, C/C++, Python, via academic transcripts or recognised certifications.

Non- English-speaking applicants must demonstrate fluency in the English language as demonstrated by IELTS academic score of at least 6.0 or equivalent. Please note that prior programming experience is a requirement.

Laptop Requirements
Specifically, students are expected to successfully participate in lectures, laboratories and projects using a portable computer (laptop/notebook) with a substantial hardware configuration. Its minimal suitable configuration is 8GB of RAM (16GB are recommended); a modern 64-bit x86 multi-core processor (Intel i5 or superior); 250+ GB of available space in hard disk; WiFi card; and a recent version of Ubuntu, macOS, or Windows.

Technical Requirements:
Besides having a very strong WIFI connection, students of online courses at the National College of Ireland are required to have the following equipment in order to effectively participate in an online classroom:

• Laptop/Desktop
Specifically, students are expected to successfully participate in lectures, laboratories and projects using a portable computer (laptop/notebook) with a substantial hardware configuration. Its minimal suitable configuration is 8GB of RAM (16GB are recommended); a modern 64-bit x86 multi-core processor (Intel i5 or superior); 250+ GB of available space in hard disk; WiFi card; and a recent version of Ubuntu, macOS, or Windows.

• Microphone
Any microphone is acceptable, provided the audio is clear. Most laptops have an inbuilt microphone which is perfectly acceptable, however occasionally an external mic is necessary.
You may test your microphone’s compatibility with your browser here: https://www.onlinemictest.com/

• Headphones
Headphones are strongly recommended to avoid echo while using the microphone.

• External Webcam
External Webcams (USB cable) are required in order to authenticate yourself for examination purposes. Onboard webcams, i.e. webcams built into the laptop are not appropriate for examination authentication. Webcams are not required for day to day classes.

*Free Laptop loan for eligible students on this course: Students who are eligible for 100% HEA may also be eligible for a free laptop provided on a loan basis for the duration of the programme - subject to maximum numbers. Check https://www.ncirl.ie/Students/ Student-Services/Support-Services/ Student-Laptop-Fund for updates on the next opening date for applications*


Long Description

Semester 1:
• Data Governance and Ethics
• Foundations of Artificial Intelligence
• Programming for Artificial Intelligence

Semester 2:
• Engineering and Evaluating Artificial Intelligence Systems
• Intelligent Agents and Process Automation
• Data Analytics for Artificial Intelligence
• Career Bridge

Semester 3:
• Emergent Artificial Intelligence Technologies and Sustainability
• Machine Learning
• Artificial Intelligence Driven Decision Making

Springboard Careers Advisors will proactively support you to find relevant employment during the course or following completion of the course.

*Note that all modules count towards the final award classification.

Career Opportunities

This course was designed to meet the needs of the IT sector and secure future employment for graduates.

The Career Bridge module is worked into each of the programme schedules. Assisting students develop and achieve their career goals is a core mission within NCI. The Careers & Employability team, won the National AHECS Gold Award for Excellence in Employability in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018, came highly commended in 2020 and won the Education Award for Career Impact Strategy in 2019 and 2021. These were awarded for the work undertaken with students completing skills conversion programmes. The Career Bridge module involves producing a career action plan and develops in students the ability to self-manage their careers, identify and apply for career opportunities, develop an online brand, network effectively and promote themselves at interview.

Timetable Info

Start Date: The course is expected to start in the week commencing 26th September 2022

Indicative Schedule: Monday and Wednesday 18.00 - 22.00 and a number of Thursdays 18.00 - 22.00. Career Bridge classes will be delivered one day per week in Semester 2 from 17.00 to 18.00. Day to be confirmed.

Duration: Sept to Dec 2022, Jan to May 2023 & May to Aug 2023.

While every effort is made to schedule exams for part-time students in the evenings or Saturdays this is not always possible and all students, Part-time and Full-time, are expected to sit end of semester examinations during the day and evening Monday to Saturday.

*All start dates and schedules are indicative and can be subject to change unless otherwise stated*

Delivery Location

Blended; Online/Campus

Campus:
National College of Ireland
Mayor Street
IFSC
Dublin 1

Delivery Notes

This is an online/blended learning course. The majority of the programme will be delivered online. At certain limited and pre-scheduled times there will be opportunities for on-campus sessions. These on-campus sessions will also be dual delivered so students who do not wish to attend campus for these sessions will have the option of attending them online. Online classes will belive online. Theory-based content will be covered outside of class time with self-paced tutorials/videos on the College’s e-learning system, and practical content being covered in live, interactive online classes with support from lecturers and lab assistants.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

The Springboard Team

Address

Springboard Office,
National College of Ireland,
Mayor Street,
IFSC,
Dublin 1

Phone

1800 221 721 (option 4)

Email

springboard@ncirl.ie

RPL Information

For candidates who do not have a level 8 qualification, the college operates a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) scheme - meaning applicants who do not meet the normal academic entry requirements, may be considered based on relevant work or other experience. The Springboard Team will provide this form to you if you are required to fill it out

Application Procedures

ACTION ITEM: Throughout the application process please continue to check your Spam and Junk folders in your email account as emails from springboard@ncirl.ie can at times default to these folders instead. In addition, please ensure that you have only one email address registered with Springboard. The email address that you login to your Springboard account with must match the email address on your Springboard application form. If the email address on the application form is different, you will need to update it. Failure to do so will only cause confusion and as a result you may end up missing vital emails from the Springboard team in regards to your application. We also ask you to review the postal address that you have included on your application form and ensure that is up to date.

NEXT STEPS:
This supporting documentation must be uploaded to www.springboardcourses.ie along with your application or within a few days of having submitted your application to ensure that your application can be assessed for a September start.

1. Your current curriculum vitae:
Please provide an up to date CV. The Employer Name and Location needs be outlined for every job. If you were unemployed or travelling for a period of time this too needs to be included on your CV including the dates and location(s) of where you resided during that time. Any unexplained gaps will result in a delay in the processing of your Springboard+ application

2. Career Statement:
Please include a 300-word career statement detailing what has motivated you to undertake the programme and how the programme fits in with your career objectives. This statement is compulsory and must be course specific. It should clearly demonstrate that you have researched the course and have a broad understanding of the course you are applying for. Unless it refers explicitly to the course you are applying for it will not be accepted. Please also ensure that you have included your full name and the exact course title on the career statement.

3. Educational Transcripts for any relevant qualifications listed in your application form and the final certificates for any qualifications listed in your application form. Alternatively, a Diploma Supplement will suffice if it contains a breakdown of all subjects taken for the duration of the course.

4. Candidates whose qualifications are in foreign languages - please ensure all documentation is provided in its original language. You must also have these documents officially translated into English by a professional, registered translation company. Translations done by you, the applicant, are not acceptable. There are a number of such companies here in Dublin 1 who will do this for you.

Further Documentation/Interview Requirements
Depending on your background you may be required to submit additional documentation and/or participate in an interview or logic test. The Course Director may also request to meet you in person/over the phone for an informal interview to assess your suitability for the course. We will advise you in due course if any of the above applies to you.

English Language Requirements
Candidates whose first language is not English may also be required to sit the free NCI Academic Competency Test. Regardless of how long you have lived or worked in Ireland if you have not already successfully completed an academic course through English lasting at least one year and if you cannot provide a suitable IELTS or TOEFL test result you may need to do the NCI Academic Competency Test. We will advise you if this applies to you.

As per the self declaration form that you were requested to complete at the time of applying, we will require supporting documentation at a later date. This request will come from a member of the Springboard team directly. Do not provide any other documentation throughout the application process aside from what has been requested.

**Please note that once courses are at capacity they may close without warning**

Media
Open Evenings

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