Higher Diploma in Science in Computing – Part Time (TU Dublin Tallaght Campus) (Higher Diploma in Science)

TU Dublin (TA_KCOMP_HD)
Key Programme Details
Award

Higher Diploma in Science in Computing

NFQ Level

8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Mixed, Classroom - Evening

Mode

Part Time

Available

Part Time

ECTS Credits

90

Department

Computing

General Information
Contact

Lifelong Learning

Email

springboardcourses@it-tallaght.ie

Phone

01-4042531

Address

Department of Lifelong Learning,
TU Dublin Tallaght,
Tallaght
D24 FKT9

Role

Course Administrator.

Important Dates
Application Deadline

13/09/2019

Start Date

16/09/2019

End Date

30/06/2021

About this Course

The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing is an Honours Degree level graduate conversion programme which gives graduates from non-computing backgrounds the skills and knowledge to start a career in the IT industry. It is now available as a two year part-time programme for those in work wishing to commence a career in the ICT sector.

With vital current skills in Software Development, Database, ICT infrastructure, Systems Analysis, Testing and User Experience allied to hands on use of Web, Mobile and Cloud frameworks this programme will give you real ICT knowledge and skills to add to your existing graduate qualification. Your previous experience and knowledge allied to current ICT knowledge provides a very attractive offering for potential employers.

The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing carries a unique level of industry support from some of the leading software and IT companies in the world - Microsoft, IBM, SAP, Telecity, Ergo, Sage, Version1 and many more. The programme consists of two semesters of intensive computing education allied to a six months internship in an IT company. (Those already in employment can complete the taught component only (60 credits) with no requirement for an internship. Successful completion of these credits leads to a HIGHER DIPLOMA IN SCIENCE in IT (EXIT AWARD).Graduate employment from the programme has been very strong with the vast majority of successful graduates obtaining graduate entry positions in the ICT sector. Graduates from the programme will be eligible for progression to an MSc programme in Computing in TU Dublin Tallaght

Objectives

This programme is designed to provide an entry path for Level 8 graduates in other numerate disciplines into graduate entry level careers in computing. It includes a placement in target industry. The philosophy behind the programme is that Level 8 graduates from other disciplines will have developed significant transferable skills in analysis, communications and independent learning as so will be in a position to learn quickly a focused subset of computing knowledge to level 8. The programme features semester 2 specialisation in software development, infrastructure, data analytics, or a computer science teachers stream. Module include:-

Semester 1
Information Systems
Object-Oriented Software Development 1
Web and UI Design
Architecture, Operating Systems and Networks
Systems Analysis and Testing

Semester 2
Object-Oriented Software Development 2
Enterprise Applications Development
Project - Network Infrastructure Specialisation
Secure Network Design and Implementation
Virtualisation Infrastructure Management
Project - Data Analytics Specialisation
Social Media Analysis and Information Integration
Data Analysis and Visualisation
Big Data Technologies

Semester 3
Work Placement/ Internship or Exit Award.

Entry Requirements

Level 8 Honours Degree with a significant numerate element. RPL processes may be used to allow access for candidates who have a Level 8 qualification and may wish to use Institute prior learning processes to demonstrate numeracy/ problem solving experience. Suitability of individual applicants usually supported by interview and aptitude testing.
The following are eligible to apply for courses in 2018/19 academic year (subject to the applicant meeting all requirements, e.g. academic requirements):
• Returners (Formerly known as Homemakers) May apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria.
• People in employment May apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria.
• Please note that a 10% course fee contribution for Level 7, 8, and 9 courses is applicable for employed participants. This is payable directly to the provider.
• The unemployed or formerly self-employed all courses are open to these category of applicants, with the exception of the two year part-time ICT conversion courses which are not open to those in receipt of a Jobseekers-related payment

Long Description

The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing is an Honours Degree level graduate conversion programme which gives graduates from non-computing backgrounds the skills and knowledge to start a career in the IT industry. It is now available as a two year part-time programme for those in work wishing to commence a career in the ICT sector.

For 2018-19 the IoT consortium proposal add updated specialisations and more flexible learning options with an increased proportion of online delivery in the various locations for the programme. Lecturing is still generally synchronous with both online and in class lectures and workshops deployed. This allows students and employers in more locations to engage with the programmes. Complex laboratories and tutorials are generally in person with specific catch-up and support tutorial opportunities on Saturdays also available.

The full time Higher Diploma in Science in Computing in TU Dublin Tallaght has over 90% conversion rate from completing the programme into full time employment in the ICT Sector. SAP, Version 1 and Ergo are the leading employers of graduates from this programme. It carries a unique level of industry support from some of the leading software and IT companies in the world - Microsoft, IBM, SAP, Telecity, Ergo, Sage, Version1(up to 30 more). The programme consists of two semesters of intensive computing education allied to a six months internship in an IT company. Graduate employment from the programme has been very strong with the vast majority of successful graduates obtaining graduate entry positions in the ICT sector.Graduates from the programme will be eligible for progression to an MSc programme in Computing in TU Dublin Tallaght.

The opportunity: To get a place on a programme which will give you that vital start in experience as well as knowledge. With vital current skills in Software Development, Database, ICT infrastructure, Systems Analysis, Testing and User Experience allied to hands on use of Web, Mobile and Cloud frameworks this programme will give you real ICT knowledge and skills to add to your existing graduate qualification. Your previous experience and knowledge allied to current ICT knowledge provides a very attractive offering for potential employers. Note this is an intensive programme requiring dedication and commitment to obtain maximum benefit.

What type of Graduates previously took this course:
Civil engineers, Architects, Sales Managers, Production Managers, Electronic Engineers, Marketing & Language Graduates, Graphic Designers, Architectural Technicians, Accountants, Consultant Engineer, Site Engineer, Surveyor, Test Engineer, Product Engineer, Primary Teacher, Mechanical Engineer.Graduates from every third level university and Institute in Ireland as well as many from abroad.

Career Opportunities

On successful completion of the programme graduates can pursue a career in anyone of a number of areas in the IT and ICT industry sector such as Software Development, Database, ICT infrastructure, Systems Analysis, Testing and User Experience and the areas Web, Mobile and Cloud development. Graduates from the programme will be eligible for progression to an MSc programme in Computing in TU Dublin.

Timetable Info

Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays (6-10pm) Subject to change.

Delivery Location

Campus/Classroom

Delivery Notes

Blended

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Lifelong Learning

Address

Department of Lifelong Learning,
TU Dublin Tallaght,
Tallaght
D24 FKT9

Phone

01-4042531

Email

springboardcourses@it-tallaght.ie

RPL Information

Recognition of Prior Learning at TU Dublin. The RPL process will enable Springboard participants to build on their existing skills and competence. The University is aware that many Springboard applicants will have a range of knowledge skills and competence that they have developed through their life and work experience and that are not necessarily accredited. TU Dublin has an RPL process in place that recognizes both the accredited and experiential learning of an individual. TU Dublin will work with Springboard participants to identify their existing skills and competence and to award them credit for their learning however it has been acquired. This will ensure that Springboard participants will have the opportunity to gain credit for both their accredited ad experiential learning and can tailor their programme to complement existing skills and knowledge and to develop new skills to support future years.

Application Procedures

In order to process your application we require copies of the following: Identification (Passport/Driving Licence) All Transcripts/Awards, Curriculum Vitae, Proof of employment/Social Welfare benefit/Returner/Self-Employed and any documentation that you may consider relevant in supporting your application. Proof of competency in English, if you have completed a course in English this will be sufficient, please see attached link https://www.it-tallaght.ie/contentFiles/Documents/life_long_learning/Competence_in_English_List_New_12.pdf Transcripts/Awards (If your qualification is from a country other than Ireland: please click the attached link and request a letter of recognition from the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQA) and return to me with a copy of your original transcript https://www.qqi.ie/Articles/Pages/Qualifications-Recognition.aspx