Higher Diploma in Science in Software Development [2 Years Part Time]

Dublin City University (HDSD)
Key Programme Details
Award

Higher Diploma in Science

NFQ Level

8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Mixed, Distance

Mode

2 Years Part Time

Available

ECTS Credits

75

General Information
Contact

Richard Bolger

Email

bsc.openeducation@dcu.ie

Phone

+353 1 700 8331

Address

Open Education Unit
Bea Orpen Building
Glasnevin Campus
Dublin City University
Glasnevin
Dublin 9
Ireland

Important Dates
Application Deadline

01/08/2017

Start Date

18/09/2017

About this Course

This two year part-time intensive course has been designed to augment the skills of non-computing graduates through learning key modern software development techniques and skills. This course is suitable for those who believe they have a passion to build software that solves problems by using logic and creativity in team environments. You will learn fundamental transferable skills through the use of contemporary languages, tool-chains and methodologies that can be directly applied in industry.

Please note that although there is an application deadline, applications are reviewed as they are received and places are offered on an ongoing basis. As there are a limited number of places on this course you are strongly encouraged not to wait until the deadline to apply. This will increase your chance of a place offer.

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to hold a primary degree. Preference will be given to candidates whose prior study included mathematics and logical thinking or who can otherwise evidence an aptitude for these and/or some experience in computer programming.

Applicants will also be required to submit an application letter and may be requested to attend an interview and/or be invited to complete some preparatory coursework in order to determine their suitability for this intensive course.

A key learning outcomes of this course is that students will demonstrate their ability to apply their skills and knowledge in Industry and to be aware of the impact of software development in a real-world context. Hence preference will be given to those applicants who are working in an ICT role or are otherwise in a position to undertake an ICT-related project either in their place of employment or with another employer (in the latter case only with the agreement of both the other employer and the University). Alternatively students may work with charitable or not-for-profit organizations for example on open source projects. Applicants will be asked to demonstrate their suitability for such work prior to entry to the programme if they wish to apply on this basis.

Long Description

This two year part-time intensive course has been designed to augment the skills of non-computing graduates through learning key modern software development techniques and skills. This course is suitable for those who believe they have a passion to build software that solves problems by using logic and creativity in team environments. You will learn fundamental transferable skills through the use of contemporary languages, tool-chains and methodologies that can be directly applied in industry.

Areas of study include:

* Web technologies from client to server and with respect to toolsets, languages and user experience.
* Programming with Java including object orientated techniques, algorithms, test-driven development and working in an Agile way.
* Database Design including fundamentals of SQL and data modelling; use of MySQL, database management, and Big Data and NoSQL.
* Mobile application development using source control/versioning, optimization, web APIs and developing and presenting a work-based project.

The course will be delivered through engaging teaching and learning methods with a mix of both leading academics and active industry practitioners. Face to face workshops will take place in Dublin City University on Saturdays and tutorials will be held on weekday evenings through live online virtual classrooms. In addition students will attend meet-ups, barcamps and other selected events of the Irish ICT community.

Applicants would ideally be working in ICT or an ICT-related role to undertake a work-based project. Candidates not currently working in ICT will work on open source, charity and not for profit projects.

Examinations are held in the summer for the C1, C2 and CA modules in Dublin, Cork and Galway to facilitate geographically dispersed students.

Delivery Location

Blended

Delivery Notes

Blended

Admissions Contact Details
Instructor

Open Education Advisor

Address

Open Education Unit,
The National Institute for Digital Learning,
Glasnevin,
Dublin City University,
Dublin 9.

Phone

7005481

Email

bsc.openeducation@dcu.ie