Certificate in Information Technology

Dublin City University (CIT)
Key Programme Details
Award

Certificate in Information Technology

NFQ Level

8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Distance

Mode

Part-Time

ECTS Credits

50

Skills Area

Information/Communications Technology

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

11/09/2017

Start Date

18/09/2017

About this Course

This DCU level 8 Certificate in Information Technology will develop essential knowledge and skills in relation to web design and development, telecommunications networks, digital communications, interaction design and programming. On completion of this programme graduates will have much sought after expertise in web technologies, communication technologies and usability and user experience (UX). This course provides a strong launch pad for those who wish to pursue a career in the rapidly growing information and communications technology (ICT) sector.

The Certificate in Information Technology consists of three subject specific, integrated, 15 credit modules and one, five credit, Job Readiness for Career Success module.

The Fundamentals of IT and Web Technology Fundamentals (C1) module introduces students to JavaScript and HTML and builds up to attaining skills in PHP web programming. These languages are identified in the EGFSN High Level ICT Current & Future Skills Needs (2016) as requirements for ICT, cloud computing and the financial and telecommunications industries.

The Principles of Communications, Devices & Networks (CT1) module gives students insight into the use of modern technology in various business domains. It introduces students to the enabling science of telecommunications and the functions and services of the evolving telecommunication systems including digital communications and wireless networks. This area has also been highlighted by EFSN (2016) as one with identifiable recruitment needs in ICT, network security, telecommunications and international financial services.

The EGFSN (2016) report identified the need for ICT skills which enhance end user experience and usability. These skills, which are becoming increasingly important as businesses migrate to online platforms, are developed in the Exploring Interaction Design (HS1) module.

Transversal skills such as creativity, design, innovation, critical thinking, oral and written communication skills and team working are developed in all modules, but are particularly integrated into the teaching of the HCI module. Such skills are identified as cross enterprise skills as, together with specific IT skills, they provide a skill set required across many sectors.

This programme is ideal for those who want to pursue a career in the ICT sector but are unable to, or unsure about, committing to a degree programme.

The programme is delivered through DCU Connected drawing on the University’s long history and expertise in online/distance education. This means students have considerable flexibility and there are minimal compulsory attendance requirements. That said, a welcome induction in DCU takes place on Saturday 23rd September, and staff are always available to meet in person with students. Terminal examinations for two modules, C1 and CT1, are scheduled in May 2018. The third module, HS1, 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 mode of delivery means students have control over their own time management and can undertake this course around family or other commitments and regardless of their location.

On completion of this university programme students receive a DCU level 8 Certificate in Information Technology.

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

Entry to this 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.

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 Information Technology will develop essential knowledge and skills in relation to web design and development, telecommunications networks, digital communications, interaction design and programming. On completion of this programme graduates will have much sought after expertise in web technologies, communication technologies and usability and user experience (UX). This course provides a strong launch pad for those who wish to pursue a career in the rapidly growing information and communications technology (ICT) sector.

The Certificate in Information Technology consists of three subject specific, integrated, 15 credit modules and one, five credit, Job Readiness for Career Success module.

The Fundamentals of IT and Web Technology Fundamentals (C1) module introduces students to JavaScript and HTML and builds up to attaining skills in PHP web programming. These languages are identified in the EGFSN’s HighLevel ICT Current & Future Skills Needs (2016) as requirements for ICT, cloud computing and the financial and telecommunications industries.

The Principles of Communications, Devices & Networks (CT1) module gives students insight into the use of modern technology in various business domains. It introduces students to the enabling science of telecommunications and the functions and services of the evolving telecommunication systems including digital communications and wireless networks. This area has also been highlighted by EFSN (2016) as one with identifiable recruitment needs in ICT, network security, telecommunications and international financial services.

The EGFSN (2016) report identified the need for ICT skills which enhance end user experience and usability. These skills, which are becoming increasingly important as businesses migrate to online platforms, are developed in the Exploring Interaction Design (HS1) module.

Transversal skills such as creativity, design, innovation, critical thinking, oral and written communication skills and team working are developed in all modules, but are particularly integrated into the teaching of the HCI module. Such skills are identified as cross enterprise skills as, together with specific IT skills, they provide a skill set required across many sectors.

This programme is ideal for those who want to pursue a career in the ICT sector but are unable to, or unsure about, committing to a degree programme.

The programme is delivered through DCU Connected drawing on the University's long history and expertise in online/distance education. This means students have considerable flexibility and there are minimal compulsory attendance requirements. That said, a welcome induction in DCU takes place on Saturday 23rd September, and staff are always available to meet in person with students. Terminal examinations for two modules, C1 and CT1, are scheduled in May 2018. The third module, HS1, 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 mode of delivery means students have control over their own time management and can undertake this course around family or other commitments and regardless of their location.

On completion of this university programme students receive a DCU level 8 Certificate in Information Technology.

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
Ireland

Phone

+353 1 700 8331

Email

bsc.openeducation@dcu.ie