HDSD Higher Diploma in Software Development [2 Years Part-time]

Dublin City University (HDSD)
Key Programme Details
Award

Higher Diploma Software Development

NFQ Level

8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Mixed, Distance

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

78

Department

Open Education Unit

Skills Area

Information and communication (including ICT)

General Information
Contact

Eamon Costello

Email

ict.openeducation@dcu.ie

Phone

01-7005649

Address

Open Education Unit
National Institute for Digital Learning
Bea Orpen Building
Dublin City University
Glasnevin
Dublin 9

Important Dates
Application Deadline

11/09/2018

Start Date

24/09/2018

End Date

31/08/2020

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.

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,

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 Univers

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,

Timetable Info

Face to face tuition will normally take place on Saturdays in Dublin City University Glasnevin Campus.

Online tuition will normally take place on weekday evenings (Mon-Thur)

Examinations will take place in Dublin City University between 2nd - 8th May 2019

Students will be provided with a comprehensive timetable at the start of the academic year

Delivery Notes

Blended

Admissions Contact Details
Instructor

Richard Bolger

Address

Open Education Unit
National Institute for Digital Learning
Bea Orpen Building
Dublin City University
Glasnevin
Dublin 9

Phone

01-7005649

Email

ict.openeducation@dcu.ie

Application Procedures

Applications are submitted through the Springboard Application website: www.springboardcourses.ie
Applicants require the following documents
1) A scanned copy of all relevant academic transcripts
2) A current C.V.
3) Telephone contact details for two referees
4) Personal Statement(max 500 words ) detailing your reasons for applying for the programme.
5) A current telephone contact number
6) Applicants full current address details

Decisions of the applications committee are final.
As places are limited, applicants are encouraged to have the above supporting documents ready in advance so that they can be submitted in a timely manner if requested.
Please note places may be filled in advance of the application deadline as applications are evaluated and places offering as they are received.