Certificate in Software Systems and New Venture Creation (25)

Dublin City University (CSNV)
Key Programme Details
Award

Certificate in New Venture Creation

NFQ Level

8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Distance

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

48

Department

Open Education

General Information
Contact

Richard Bolger

Email

ict.openeducation@dcu.ie

Phone

01-7005649

Address

Bea Orpen Building
Dublin City University
Glasnevin
Dublin 9

Role

Lecturer

Important Dates
Application Deadline

16/09/2019

Start Date

23/09/2019

End Date

08/09/2020

About this Course

DCU's level 8 Certificate in Software Systems and Entrepreneurship develops knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to entrepreneurship and systems analysis. On completion of this programme students will have much sought after expertise in software systems together with honed creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial skills.

The Certificate in Software Systems and New Venture creation consists of two integrated, 20 credit, subject specific modules together with a 7.5 credit Career Transitions and Success module. Sample module specifications are as follows:

Software Engineering Methodologies (CB): 20 credits
Software Development Lifecycle: Models
Software Development Lifecycle: Phases
Managing projects with PRINCE2
Feasibility Studies
Software Estimation
Systems Analysis: Use Cases
Systems Analysis: Process Modelling
Testing the Developed System
DevOps
Agile
Extreme Programming
Scrum
Introduction to Lean
Kanban
Why Software Projects Fail
Software Quality

Entrepreneurship and Emerging Technologies (MS00B): 20 credits
Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Invention
Identifying a Business Idea
Emerging ICT / IS Technologies and Applications
Evolution of ICT Technologies, Applications, Products and Services
Evaluation of Emerging Technologies
Marketing
Business Operations and Planning
Funding Opportunities and Sources
Accounting Essentials for Business Planning
Administrative Essentials for Business Planning
Corporate & Company Structures
Taxation Considerations
Intellectual Property Rights
Preparing the Formal Business Plan

Career Transitions and Success (OI501) 7.5 credits
Goal setting, action planning,
Developing a professional profile
Employability awareness
Navigating the labour market
Interview/presentation skills
Transitioning to an ICT career

Transversal skills such as creativity, design, innovation, critical thinking, communication and team working are developed in all modules. These skills are identified as cross enterprise skills as, together with specific IT skills, they provide a skill set required across many sectors.

The course 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 systems development.

The course is delivered through distance education. This means the course is highly flexible, with minimal compulsory attendance requirements.

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

On completion students receive a DCU level 8 Certificate in Software Systems and New Venture Creation.





Objectives

This one year, university based level 8 certificate enables students to enhance their skill set by specialising in specific
areas, i.e. software systems, entrepreneurship, information and communication technology, which have been identified in
high-level government and industry reports as having significant skill requirements in the coming years (National Skills
Bulletin 2017; National Policy Statement on Entrepreneurship In Ireland, 2014).
Among those interested in the programme are those who run their own business and would like to study entrepreneurship
without committing to full time study. The European Commission (2014 p.11) assert that ‘flexibility is essential for
non-traditional learners’ thereby recognizing the enormous potential of distance education to widen access to higher
education and support lifelong learning and continuing professional development. The number of enquires that DCU
receives throughout the year along with feedback from previous graduates is further evidence of the strong demand for a
flexibly delivered, university-based certificate in this area.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will be required to meet HEA requirements for those applying for Springboard+ courses. In general applicants will already hold a National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) award at Level 5 or 6 or equivalent.

DCU operates under a number of Admission Principles (see: https://www.dcu.ie/registry/admissionsprinciples.shtml). A key admission principle is that DCU only admits students to academic programmes with which it believes they can successfully engage.

In general, applications to funded programmes, such as Springboard, are over-subscribed and selection criteria must be applied over and above the minimum entry criteria. Such criteria include those we have found predictive of success in the past, for example:
- Prior, successfully completed, post-compulsory education at level 7
- Work experience relevant to the field of study

Applicants will be required to submit evidence of prior study together with a personal statement and may be invited to complete some preparatory coursework in order to determine their suitability for this course.

Those under 23 years of age must 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.

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

DCU's level 8 Certificate in Software Systems and Entrepreneurship develops knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to entrepreneurship and systems analysis. On completion of this programme students will have much sought after expertise in software systems together with honed creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial skills.

The Certificate in Software Systems and New Venture creation consists of two integrated, 20 credit, subject specific modules together with a 7.5 credit Career Transitions and Success module. Sample module specifications are as follows:

Software Engineering Methodologies (CB): 20 credits
Software Development Lifecycle: Models
Software Development Lifecycle: Phases
Managing projects with PRINCE2
Feasibility Studies
Software Estimation
Systems Analysis: Use Cases
Systems Analysis: Process Modelling
Testing the Developed System
DevOps
Agile
Extreme Programming
Scrum
Introduction to Lean
Kanban
Why Software Projects Fail
Software Quality

Entrepreneurship and Emerging Technologies (MS00B): 20 credits
Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Invention
Identifying a Business Idea
Emerging ICT / IS Technologies and Applications
Evolution of ICT Technologies, Applications, Products and Services
Evaluation of Emerging Technologies
Marketing
Business Operations and Planning
Funding Opportunities and Sources
Accounting Essentials for Business Planning
Administrative Essentials for Business Planning
Corporate & Company Structures
Taxation Considerations
Intellectual Property Rights
Preparing the Formal Business Plan

Career Transitions and Success (OI501) 7.5 credits
Goal setting, action planning,
Developing a professional profile
Employability awareness
Navigating the labour market
Interview/presentation skills
Transitioning to an ICT career

Transversal skills such as creativity, design, innovation, critical thinking, communication and team working are developed in all modules. These skills are identified as cross enterprise skills as, together with specific IT skills, they provide a skill set required across many sectors.

The course 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 systems development.

The course is delivered through distance education. This means the course is highly flexible, with minimal compulsory attendance requirements.

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

On completion students receive a DCU level 8 Certificate in Software Systems and New Venture Creation.





Timetable Info

Online tutorials are held on weekday evenings or Saturdays and are normally of 1.5 hours duration.
Face to face tutorials are normally held on Saturdays in DCU and are usually of 2-3 hours duration.

Delivery Location

Online/DCU campus

Delivery Notes

Online/face to face

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Valerie Farmer/Edel Hester

Address

Bea Orpen Building
Dublin City University
Glasnevin
Dublin 9

Phone

01-7005649

Email

ict.openeducation@dcu.ie

Application Procedures

This course is free for the unemployed.
For employed applicants the fee is €380.00

Applicants apply through the Springboard Application System.

Former/existing DCU students are required to supply their student ID number in their application.

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