Higher Diploma in Science in Computing [ICT Skills Conversion] (January 2017)

Institute of Technology, Tralee (TL_KCOMP_G)
Key Programme Details

Higher Diploma In Applied Computing

NFQ Level

Level 8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Daytime


1 Year Full Time


ECTS Credits



Department of Computing

General Information

Mary Stritch




066 7191701


Lifelong Learning Department (Room R101),
Institute of Technology, Tralee, North Campus, Tralee, Co Kerry.


Adult Education Co-ordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


About this Course

The Higher Diploma in Science in Applied Computing aims to provide a career route into the IT sector for graduates whose primary degree is in a discipline other than computing. The Institute of Technology, Tralee recognises the need to provide continuing professional development opportunities for graduates in the region.

The programme has been revised to meet the current needs of the ICT sector for graduates of cognate disciplines that require a conversion programme to allow them graduate entry level to the ICT sector. In one academic calendar year, this course will provide the non-IT graduate with core skills in the areas of software development, networks, web design, databases and software testing.


Progression Opportunities
Graduates of the programme will be qualified to enter either of the department’s MSc programmes as follows:
• MSc in Computing;
• MSc in Instructional Design and Technology.

Entry Requirements

Applications will be considered from prospective students who have an honours degree (level 8). Applicants will be called for interview as part of the application process. The Institute’s policy in relation to non-standard applicants also applies.

Long Description

Students will study the following modules over 1 academic year commencing in January 2017:

Database Concepts
Architecture, Operating Systems and Networking
Accelerated Object Oriented Programming 1
Software Engineering
Web Design
Accelerated Object Oriented Programming 2
ICT Enterprise Project
Object Oriented Analysis and Design
Object Oriented Software Testing

Note: A six month internship with an IT company in the region

Why Choose This Course

At IT, Tralee we offer a range of courses across an array of subject areas at many different levels of academic study. The courses we provide offer you the opportunity to gain new qualifications to advance your career, or possibly to find a new interest and meet new people.
The Institute is committed to providing a high quality and relevant education service to all our students on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
The friendly and welcoming atmosphere on campus is created by our students and staff. Our Student Services team offer a wide range of services to make sure that the transition to third level is as smooth as possible. The Institute also has a team of students who act as mentors for all newcomers each year. The Students' Union also provides help and advice via the elected student executive.
There is a great diversity of backgrounds and cultures among our student population at the ITT with over forty nationalities represented on campus. The Institute offers a wide range of sports clubs which cater for both competitive and recreational sport welcoming both the beginner and the accomplished athlete. Societies are run by students for the benefit of students. Societies are essential in creating a balance between the academic and social aspect of college life. Students can choose from over 30 clubs to get involved with. Finally, as a student at the Institute you can expect high quality teaching and learning that ensures your study is relevant, up to the minute and challenging.

Career Opportunities

Each of the programme participants will have the opportunity to avail of the suite of services offered by the Institute in terms of preparing the graduate for employment.

Programme lecturing staff will use their face-to face contact with participants to impress on them how they will be able to use their skills in seeking employment and for further study pathways to employment.

Each student will be facilitated in terms of developing a personal job search plan. The skills which the participant will be equipped with as part of the programme responds directly to the needs identified by employers in the region and nationally where there are immediate employment opportunities for laboratory science skills.

In addition to the Springboard+ students getting the necessary technical skill for employment, their personal, communication, team-working and inter-personal skills will be developed ensuring work readiness.

Timetable Info

This course is delivered on a full-time basis and consists of a combination of lectures, practicals, tutorials, projects, presentations and speakers from industry. Students have access to state-of-the-art computer laboratories including specialist labs for multimedia, network administration, computer architecture, software development and software testing. All computing students have access to e-learning systems (Blackboard).

Delivery Location

Institute of Technology, Tralee - North Campus

Delivery Notes

The programme is comprised of two taught semesters followed by one semester in industry placement with a technology company.

Admissions Contact Details

Mary Stritch


Lifelong Learning Department (Room R101),
Institute of Technology, Tralee, North Campus, Tralee, Co Kerry.


(066) 7191701



RPL Information

The IT Tralee Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL Policy) has been uploaded as a PDF as requested as part of this application. The Institutes RPL policy is a process by which certified learning, learning gained at work or life experiences can be formally recognised, offering an alternative accreditation route to those with appropriate experience. The process of recognition compares learning directly with the learning outcomes of a module, stage or programme, and ensures each application is formally assessed by academic staff, against appropriate criteria. RPL applications to the Institute of Technology, Tralee are intended to be used to gain access to the Institute’s academic programmes and/or exemptions as appropriate. As part of the Springboard application process using the RPL policy, applicants will be invited to arrange to meet and discuss their case with either the Head of Department or the Course Co-ordinator initially, who will explain the RPL process. Relevant staff members at the Institute will be available throughout the Springboard application period to deal with all RPL queries and to process RPL applications in an efficient and timely process.

Application Procedures

Applicants are required to include a copy of their highest qualification(s) achieved to-date with their application.