Higher Diploma in Computer Science (HDIP Computer Science)

South East Technological University (WD_KCOSC_G)
Key Programme Details
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Higher Diploma in Computer Science

NFQ Level

Level 8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

90

Department

Department of Computing and Mathematics

General Information
Contact

Joan Mangan

Email

joan.mangan@setu.ie

Phone

00353 51 302849

Address

Department of Lifelong Learning, School of Education and Lifelong Learning,
SETU Waterford, Cork Road, Waterford City,
Co. Waterford, Ireland
Eircode: X91 K0EK

Role

Programme and Placement Co-ordinator ICT Conversion Programmes

Important Dates
Application Deadline

30/09/2022

Start Date

16/01/2023

End Date

31/12/2024

About this Course

The ONLINE Higher Diploma in Science in Computer Science is a 24-month ICT Conversion Course designed to allow honours graduates from non-computing disciplines to acquire the industry-relevant ICT and software development skills, expertise and practical experience required to become suitable candidates for employment in the ICT domain in general and in software development in particular.

For full programme details please copy/paste the following link to your browser: https://wit-hdip-comp-sci.github.io/

The programme has been shortlisted for Best Online Student Experience & Best Use of Educational Technology / ICT Initiative of the Year, at the Education Awards winning gold in 2020 and bronze in 2021 https://www.educationawards.ie/2020-winners.

Objectives

The central focus of the programme is modern full stack software application development. Programme modules incrementally assemble a skillset across a comprehensive spectrum of industry relevant domain knowledge. Core to this is the development of practical skills, underpinned by computer science fundamentals, grounded in the programme team’s mature understanding of the role of the modern full stack-oriented software developer. Students are offered the opportunity of a six-month work placement. For students already working within an ICT context, this could be an opportunity to take on new responsibilities under joint supervision by appropriate mentors.

For those switching careers, the programme team will work to secure a placement with a suitable employer.

Entry Requirements

Successful applicants for this course will be existing honours graduates (level 8) with the capacity and aptitude (for example numeracy skills) to complete an intensive Computer Science programme and work placement. Typical
disciplines in this category would be Engineering; Architecture; Mathematics, Physics and Financial Services. These students are generally strongly suited to the programme. We have also successfully graduated students with a good general analytic aptitude, with an academic background in Management Information Systems, Economics, Accounting, Business, and the Arts. For these students, we request that they sample a ‘taster’ of the programme consisting of the first 4 weeks of the semester 1 content to ascertain their level of interest and disposition towards the discipline (available here: https://wit-hdip-comp-sci.github.io/).

This has provided a more comprehensive screening method, with students self-selecting into the programme if they are comfortable with this experience. Level 7 ICT graduates have routinely used RPL process to enter the course and thereby upskill to Level 8 for entry into the programme. https://www.wit.ie/schools/education/springboard_ictskills/#third


Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details. https://www.setu.ie/englishrequirementswaterford

Long Description

This Higher Diploma in Computer Science is a 24-month 90 credit ICT conversion course designed to allow honours graduates from non-computing disciplines acquire industry-relevant ICT and software development skills.

The central focus of the programme is modern full stack software application development. Programme modules incrementally assemble a skillset across a comprehensive spectrum of industry relevant domain knowledge. Core to this is the development of practical skills, underpinned by computer science fundamentals, grounded in the programme team’s mature understanding of the role of the modern full stack-oriented software developer. Students are offered the opportunity of a six-month work placement. For students already working within an ICT context, this could be an opportunity to take on new responsibilities under joint supervision by appropriate mentors.

For those switching careers, the programme team will work to secure a placement with a suitable employer. The Programme has placed in excess of 200 students across 60+ enterprises since its inception. The programme team have developed a strong relationship with its industrial partners over this period, with many of the companies recruiting regularly from the programme. This relationship ensures the curriculum is finely tuned to industry trends.
The online delivery maximises flexible provision for the learner utilising breakthrough active online learning strategies. These include comprehensive rich media instructional content, interactive synchronous video, and asynchronous interactive video playback (on-demand). This is enhanced by an award winning, state-of-the-art educational platform (multi-channel chat, discussion, quizzes, screen sharing support, and whiteboarding). Scheduled on-site/hybrid workshops for community building & interaction with industry partners increase interaction, engagement, retention and the student experience.

The course is showcased here: https://wit-hdip-comp-sci.github.io/ . The programme has been shortlisted for Best Online Student Experience & Best Use of Educational Technology / ICT Initiative of the Year, at the Education Awards winning gold in 2020 and bronze in 2021 https://www.educationawards.ie/2020-winners.

Why Choose This Course

Job readiness is an integral part of the programme, distributed across five strands:

Core Curriculum Delivery: Key industry practices including online communications (groupware communication & messaging), and agile techniques (project management) and source control (Github) are integrated into all modules.

Skills Portfolio: A key aspect of job readiness in ICT is the development of a comprehensive digital portfolio of essential skills and achievements. Each module of the programme will offer the student opportunities to create quality digital artifacts for this portfolio, composed of specific assignments/projects + documentation.

Workshops: The programme includes 4 multi-day onsite/hybrid workshops, where students proceed through a series of activities and presentations directly related to key work practices. These are typically jointly presented with our industry partners and represent important developmental opportunities for students.

Work Placement: Students are offered the opportunity of a six-month work placement. For students already working within an ICT context, this could be an opportunity to take on new responsibilities. For those switching
careers, the programme team will work to secure a placement with a suitable employer. The workshops outlined above ensure the students are adequately prepared. Once on placement, they will be allocated a workplace mentor by the industry partner. Students will maintain a learning log during their placement.

Final Capstone Project: Overlapping with the work placement opportunity, students will complete a substantial final project. This will serve as the culmination of their digital portfolio, providing an integrated demonstration of the skills
assimilated across the full programme curriculum. Students are encouraged to ground the project within their work placement, with suitable flexibility afforded to the project scope, duration and any special intellectual property wavers that may be appropriate. An academic supervisor is allocated to each project from the programme tuition team, supporting and advising the student as necessary. The academic supervision role compliments the workplace mentor, and both provide effective guidance as the student moves towards the final phases in the development of their professional competence on the programme.

Career Opportunities

Software Developer, Web Developer, DevOps Administrator, System Administrator, Support Engineer, Web Designer / Developer., Business Systems Analyst.

Timetable Info

The online delivery maximises flexible provision for the learner utilising breakthrough active online learning strategies. These include comprehensive rich media instructional content, interactive synchronous video, and asynchronous interactive video playback (on-demand). This is enhanced by an award winning, state-of-the-art educational platform
(multi-channel chat, discussion, quizzes, screen sharing support, and whiteboarding). Scheduled on-site workshops for community building & interaction with industry partners increase interaction, engagement, retention and the student experience.

For class schedules please reference our course video https://reader.tutors.dev/#/course/wit-hdip-comp-sci-showcase.netlify.app

Delivery Location

online

Delivery Notes

The course is delivered using our award-winning online delivery platform – TutorStack, in Agile Semesters typically consisting of 4, three week sprints followed by 1-week breaks for retrospective, after each sprint. Average time commitment is 16 hrs per week. Online delivery over the two years is supplemented by four onsite workshops to further enhance and deepen the learning experience.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Joan Mangan

Address

Joan Mangan
School of Education and Lifelong Learning

joan.mangan@setu.ie
springboard@setu.ie

Phone

+35351302849

Email

joan.mangan@setu.ie

RPL Information

https://www.wit.ie/images/uploads/Education_School_PDF/WIT_RP6_Springboard_RPL_Form.docx

Application Procedures

Applications to be made via the Springboard portal; www.springboardcourses.ie. It is important that you support your application with the following electronic/scanned copies of supporting documents :


1. Academic eligibility:

An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae.
Original educational qualification documents/certificates; parchments or an official transcript (grades listing) of academic results showing the level, and overall award.
Applicants are required to have a level 8 award (honours degree or higher diploma), However, those with a level 7 major award may also be eligible using the RPL mechanism. Please complete the RPL (recognition of prior learning form) and submit with your Level 7 cert(s)
English Language: applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see SETU English Language Requirements @ www.wit.ie/englishrequirements


2. Funding Eligibility:
Status: Employed /Returner/self Employed

•Employed applicants are required to provide proof or employment . This can include a recent copy of a pay slip, employer letter or statement from revenue demonstrating your current employment . For those holding a non-EU passport, a Stamp 4 visa will be required.

•Returners: will be required to provide a letter / statement signed by a Commissioner of Oaths confirming their status as a homemaker.

•Self - Employed : a recent letter from your solicitor or accountant confirming your self - employment status.

3. PPS Number: Public service card or Payslip

4. Nationality: copy passport

5. Residency: To qualify for funding applicants must prove residency in EU,EEA, UK or Switzerland for 3 of the last 5 years from 2018; Letter from employer, P60 certs; Utility Bills



Media
Higher Diploma in Computer Science video

Video and audiooOutline of the programme from the academic team.

https://www.wit.ie/courses/hdip-computer-science-parttime