QQI Level 8 Higher Diploma in Science in Computing
Classroom - Evening
Information and communication (including ICT)
Springboard+ Admissions DepartmentEmail Phone
Dublin Business School, 13 Aungier St.
Dublin Business School in conjunction with Microsoft Ireland, their Partner Network and other relevant industry partners have developed an intensive Part Time Level 8 Graduate Conversion programme leading to a Higher Diploma in Science in Computing award. As part of the programme, participants will have the opportunity to specialise in the streams of Software Development or Web & Cloud Technologies.
This programme is commencing in March 2019 and will run 2 evenings per week and some Saturdays. Full schedule details will be confirmed closer to the start date.
The primary objective of the programme is to address ICT Skills gaps through the successful conversion of talented learners from non-computing/IT disciplines to meet identified skills needs in the economy. According to Mary Mitchell O'Connor, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and as outlined in the recently published ‘Action Plan for Jobs’ 2017 report, the ICT sector is of strategic importance to Ireland, both in terms of the numbers of high skilled professionals employed and its significant contribution to Ireland’s export performance, accounting for €70 billion in exports per annum. As outlined in the Forfas/EGFSN (2013) report ‘Addressing Future Demand for High-Level ICT Skills’, results from this study indicate that Ireland is likely to face an average increase in demand for high-level ICT skills of around 5% a year out to 2018 with the employment of ICT professionals anticipated to rise to just over 91,000.Employment growth is strong for programmes and software developers and in strong demand across all economic sectors as also referenced in the National Skills Bulletin 2017.
The overall aim of the programme is to provide graduates with the underpinning academic knowledge to enhance their educational and employment opportunities and to achieve the award of a Higher Diploma in Science in Computing.
A feature of the part-time programme is the opportunity for the learner to engage in an industry related project.
In addition to acquiring new skills, learners will apply and reinforce the knowledge and practical skills they have acquired during the taught element of the programme.
Key skills common to all streams of the programme and acquired throughout semester one of the taught programme will include the ability to demonstrate an understanding of the core IT skills of software development, database design & development, web application, networking and operating systems. Design, develop, test and document software.
Specific Skills that the proposed specialist software development stream is preparing participants for:
- Competent knowledge with Object-Oriented Programming concepts & ability to implement these concepts to produce well designed Object-Oriented programs.
- Ability to design, implement, test and document Advanced Object-Oriented Programs
- In-depth knowledge of unit testing and system testing
- Competency to build and design mobile applications using Google’s Android open-source platform and windows mobile
- Ability to construct event-driven Graphical User Interfaces
- Proficiency in programming languages such as C#.NET and Java
- Competency to create & maintain a Database using SQL
- Expertise to develop relational and XML databases including native and Hybrid XML databases
- Proficiency in current database & web application development languages and frameworks
- Competency in document mark-up languages particularly HTML5, XHTML and XML
- Ability to develop Web-based applications using .Net framework & specifically ASP.NET
- Expertise to manipulate a database from a web application using ADO.NET
- Proficiency in using advanced Web development tools and techniques such as DHTML and AJAX.
- Designing and Developing a server side web application with database integration
- Integrate social media features using API’s
- Application of current & emerging technologies to enhance the functionality of web application components
Typically students will attend two evenings per week with some weekends per semester. This is a 2 year part time programme.
People in the following categories are eligible to apply for courses in the 2018/19 academic year (subject to the applicant meeting all residency and nationality/visa requirements and any academic requirements):
Returners (Formerly referred to as Homemakers)
Courses are fully funded for these applicants. They may apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria. Course specific criteria may also apply.
People in employment
Please note that under the Springboard+ 2018 initiative, 90% of the fees are covered by HEA and 10% of the fees are payable to the college for this category of applicants. They may apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria. These fees can be paid by either the applicant or their employer, should the employer sponsor the applicant. Should you require a company sponsorship form for invoicing please let us know.
Therefore the below fees will be applied to your application(s), should your application be successful, for the following course:
Higher Diploma in Science in Computing - Course fee is €7,250, of which you pay 10% = €725
NOTE: These fees must be paid prior to enrolling on your Springboard+ programme.
The unemployed or formerly self-employed
These two-year part-time ICT conversion courses are not open to those in receipt of Jobseekers-related payments
To be considered for admission to this programme, applicants must hold a Primary Honours Degree (level 8) in a cognate discipline from a recognised third level institution or equivalent qualification. In addition, an IELTS score of a minimum 6.0 or equivalent is required, where full-time study has been conducted in a language other than English or for applicants whose first language is not English.
Candidates will ideally be able to demonstrate technical or mathematical problem solving skills as part of previous programme learning. Typically holders of more technical, numerate degrees are likely to gain a higher ranking in any order of merit in selection for the programme.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Learners may also access this course on the basis of recognition of prior learning or by assessment of prior experiential learning/informal learning. The process is implemented within the relevant school, by the relevant Head of School/Department or nominee and is overseen by the Registrar. For this particular programme applicants will be considered on a case by case basis based on their educational record, work experience, their ability to demonstrate technical or mathematical problem solving skills and a capacity to successfully participate in the programme.
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