Certificate in Software Systems and Entrepreneurship

Dublin City University (CSSE)
Key Programme Details
Award

Certificate in Software Systems and Entrepreneurship

NFQ Level

8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Mixed, Distance

Mode

Part-Time

ECTS Credits

65

Department

Open Education

Skills Area

Business and Entrepreneurship

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

12/09/2017

Start Date

18/09/2017

About this Course

This DCU level 8 certificate in Software Systems and Entrepreneurship develops knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to entrepreneurship, databases and systems analysis. On completion of this programme students will have much sought after expertise in the construction and use of databases together with honed creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial skills.

This one year programme is ideal for those who want to develop their career as an entrepreneur and/or who want to move towards gaining a level 8 honours degree from Dublin City University.

The Certificate in Software Systems and Entrepreneurship consists of three integrated, 20 credit, subject specific modules together with a 5 credit Job Readiness for Career Success module.

The Database Theory and Practice module (CA) gives students in depth knowledge of Database concepts and DBMS architecture using enterprise data base technology incorporating MongoDB, a popular NoSQL platform.

The Systems Development Life Cycle module (CB) focuses on Systems Planning and Project Management. It develops skills in the areas of systems development, systems planning, feasibility studies, systems analysis, data and process modeling with a strong focus on Agile methods.

The Entrepreneurship and Emerging Technologies module (MS00B) develops skills in entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship. As well as studying enterprise and emerging technologies, creativity and innovation skills are developed. Students identify, develop and cost a business venture, which may relate to a new business or an innovation within an existing organization. Students present their plan to a team of academics and industry representatives, ostensibly prospective investors. Several graduates have gone on to develop their own business, based on plans originating in this module.

The programme is the perfect launch pad for budding entrepreneurs, those who wish to develop an entrepreneurial approach which they can apply in existing organizations (intrapreneurship) and those who want to pursue or develop a career in ICT with a focus on databases and systems development.

This programme is delivered through DCU Connected drawing on the University’s long history and expertise in online/distance education. This means there are minimal compulsory
attendance requirements, other than a mandatory workshop in DCU on Saturday 23rd September
and terminal examinations for two modules, CA and CB, in May 2018. The third module,
MS00B, is continuously assessed, with no terminal examination.

Online tutorials take place on week-day evenings; face-to-face tutorials on Saturdays in DCU.
The flexible delivery means students have control over their time management and can
undertake this programme around family or other commitments and regardless of their location.

On completion students receive a DCU level 8 Certificate in Software Systems and Entrepreneurship. Those who entered with a level 7 qualification or equivalent, may complete a further three, 20 ECTS credit modules in order to be eligible for the award of BSc in Information Technology or BSc in the Management of Information Technology and Information Systems from DCU. (Please note the remaining 60 credits are not currently funded by Springboard.) Students may complete the remaining three modules, over a one, two, or three year period.

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.

Objectives

This course will develop your skills in relation to software systems and innovation; a skill set which is useful whether you intend to create your own business or seek employment.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the course is open to those who meet the minimum entry requirements of the university which are: Irish Leaving Certificate Grade C3 in two Higher Level Subjects and Grade D3 in four Ordinary or Higher Level subjects including Mathematics AND English or Irish, FETAC level 5 or other equivalent. For more detailed information see: http://www4.dcu.ie/registry/entry.shtml.

Springboard courses are now open to eligible home-makers.

This course is also suited to those who already hold a level 7 qualification or equivalent in a cognate area, for example computing or electronics and want to progress towards attaining a level 8 honours degree from DCU. Such students may go on to complete a further three, 20 ECTS credit modules in order to be eligible for the award of BSc in Information Technology or BSc in the Management of Information Technology and Information Systems from DCU. (Please note the remaining 60 credits are not currently funded by Springboard.) Students may, if they wish, complete the remaining three, 20 credit modules, over a one, two, or three year period.

As this is an online distance education programme, students are required to have on-going access to a computer, related software and a reasonably good internet connection. A free Head Start Online course designed to enhance readiness to study and student success is available to all DCU Connected students who are new to learning online.

Non-native speakers of English must meet the English language entry requirements of the University. See: http://www4.dcu.ie/registry/english.shtml


Long Description

This DCU level 8 certificate in Software Systems and Entrepreneurship develops knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to entrepreneurship, databases and systems analysis. On completion of this programme students will have much sought after expertise in the construction and use of databases together with honed creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial skills.

The Certificate in Software Systems and Entrepreneurship consists of three integrated, 20 credit, subject specific modules together with a 5 credit Job Readiness for Career Success module.

The Database Theory and Practice module (CA) gives students in depth knowledge of Database concepts and DBMS architecture using enterprise data base technology incorporating MongoDB, a popular NoSQL platform.

The Systems Development Life Cycle module (CB) focuses on Systems Planning and Project Management. It develops skills in the areas of systems development, systems planning, feasibility studies, systems analysis, data and process modeling with a strong focus on Agile methods.

The Entrepreneurship and Emerging Technologies module (MS00B) develops skills in entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship. As well as studying enterprise and emerging technologies, creativity and innovation skills are developed. Students identify, develop and cost a business venture, which may relate to a new business or an innovation within an existing organization. Students present their plan to a team of academics and industry representatives, ostensibly prospective investors. Several graduates have gone on to develop their own business, based on plans originating in this module.

The programme is the perfect launch pad for budding entrepreneurs, those who wish to develop an entrepreneurial approach which they can apply in existing organizations (intrapreneurship) and those who want to pursue or develop a career in ICT with a focus on databases and systems development.

This programme is delivered through DCU Connected drawing on the University’s long history and expertise in online/distance education. This means there are minimal compulsory
attendance requirements, other than a mandatory workshop in DCU on Saturday 23rd September
and terminal examinations for two modules, CA and CB, in May 2018. The third module,
MS00B, is continuously assessed, with no terminal examination.

Online tutorials take place on week-day evenings; face-to-face tutorials on Saturdays in DCU.
The flexible delivery means students have control over their time management and can
undertake this programme around family or other commitments and regardless of their location.

On completion students receive a DCU level 8 Certificate in Software Systems and Entrepreneurship. Those who entered with a level 7 qualification or equivalent, may complete a further three, 20 ECTS credit modules in order to be eligible for the award of BSc in Information Technology or BSc in the Management of Information Technology and Information Systems from DCU. (Please note the remaining 60 credits are not currently funded by Springboard.) Students may complete the remaining three modules, over a one, two, or three year period.

Delivery Location

Distance

Delivery Notes

Distance

Admissions Contact Details
Instructor

Richard Bolger

Address

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

Phone

+353 1 700 8331

Email

bsc.openeducation@dcu.ie