Certificate in Information Design and Development

Cork Institute of Technology (CR_KINDE_9)
Key Programme Details
Award

Minor

NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

30

Department

Computer Science

General Information
Contact

Eoin O'Regan

Email

eoin.oregan@cit.ie

Phone

(021) 4335525

Address

Department of Computer Science
Cork Institute of Technology
Bishopstown | Cork | T12 P928 | Ireland

Role

Programme Coordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

10/08/2020

Start Date

21/09/2020

End Date

28/05/2021

About this Course

ALL APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO UPLOAD THE FOLLOWING:
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1. CURRENT CV
2. SCAN/PHOTO OF DEGREE PARCHMENT (AND TRANSCRIPTS IF AVAILABLE - Note 1)
3. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE - MINIMUM 400 WORDS

Note 1: Full degree transcripts will have to be provided before a final offer is made. Transcripts can be uploaded along with the other required documents during the application process or sent as soon as possible after making an application. Applications received without the documents listed above will be rejected.
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PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED UNLESS ACCOMPANIED BY THE ABOVE DOCUMENTS.
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MORE INFORMATION ON THE PROGRAMME
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More information on this programme is available - http://cs.cit.ie/cert-idd.
As this programme is part of an embedded award for a MSc in Information Design & Development please note that timetable information for semester 1 & 2 is available on the programme information page for the MSc on - http://cs.cit.ie/idd.
Please view the information on these pages before emailing the programme co-ordinator for more information.
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PROGRAMME OVERVIEW
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Information developers make information more useable and accessible. Job opportunities include: Technical Writers & Editors, Information Architects, Instructional Designers, Localisation Specialists, Visual Designers, Web Designers, Trainers and E-Learning Developers.

The value that information developers deliver is twofold; they make information more usable and accessible to those who need that information, and in doing so, they advance the goals of the companies or organisations that employ them. The following is a partial list of the different jobs within information development: Technical Writers & Editors, Information Architects, Instructional Designers, Technical Illustrators, Localisation Specialists, Usability & Human Factors Professionals, Visual Designers, Web Designers & Developers, Trainers and E-Learning Developers.

If it is not worth documenting, it is not worth anything. Information Developers are individuals who bridge the gap between subject matter experts and that of the end user. The role of information developers is becoming increasingly important given that society is being driven by technology and information developers provide the voice in communicating how issues incorporating technology are framed and developed. The Society of Technical Communication (STC) define information developers or technical communicators as individuals that communicate using an instruction based focus on technical or specialised topics using technology. In essence, information development and technical communications ensures that designs, products, systems and methodologies are documented and conveyed to their target audience to maximise its business value to the organisation.

Objectives

A professional master’s degree programme in information design and development will provide students the opportunity for in-depth study of the advanced rhetorical, compositional theories, project management and technical skills necessary for them to be leaders in designing, composing, managing and editing content using a standardised methodological approach. The programme reflects the fact that information developers require skills within a nexus of competing discourse communities (such as science, business and humanities).

Who should apply?
Do you come from a humanities background and want to move into the field of technical communications?
Are you a working as an engineer or developer and want to move into the field of technical communications?
Are you working as an information developer and want to advance your career with a professional certificate in the area?
Apply now if you can answer yes to any of the questions above.

Entry Requirements

Applicants who hold a Level 8 award from any discipline are eligible to apply for the Certificate in Information Design & Development programme. Applicants who do not hold a Level 8 award but have significant industrial experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
Applicants will also be considered through CIT's well established RPL process.

Long Description

Programme Description
Information Developers are individuals who bridge the gap between subject matter experts and the end user. Under the banner of information development, the role may also be referred to as; Technical Communicators, Documentation Specialist, Information Architects, editor, or go by another name. Regardless of the name, Information Developers perform a broad range of functions across diverse industries.

The Society of Technical Communication (STC), define Information Developers as individuals that communicate using an instruction based focus on technical or specialized topics using technology. Their primary role is to communicate information to users of products or services in a clear concise manner for diverse audiences and stakeholder groups. In essence, information development and technical communications ensures that designs, products, systems and methodologies are documented and conveyed to their target audience to maximise business value to the organisation.

The manner by which Information Developers perform their role has been impacted by technological advancements in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Modern day practitioners need skills from not just Humanities, but also Computing and Business domains. As a result of this requirement, the programme is developed to provide students with the skills necessary for them to be leaders in designing, composing, managing and editing content using a standardised methodological approach.

Mode of Delivery
This programme offering is a direct response to articulated industry needs and its mode of intended delivery of part-time online access will not only increase participation in the programme but will also provide “second chance” and CPD education to adults who due to work or family commitments cannot attend full time education on campus. To ensure that the programme offered is of the highest academic standard, it has been designed and developed in line with best practice with due diligence to CITs academic quality procedures. By delivering the programme online, the programme will reduce the transaction costs associated with attending college. Travel distance from a HE no longer is a factor in determining participation. This is important in ensuring that the mission and role of CIT is advanced.

The programme is designed to run over two semesters (1 year duration) and the following provides an outline of the timetable over these semesters:

Semester 1
1. XML in Technical Communications - 3hr lecture per week .
2. Information Design & Development - 2hr lecture per week.

Semester 2
1. Information Strategy- 2hr lecture per week.
2. Multimedia Production - 2hr lecture per week .

Full information on semester 1 and semester 2 timetable is available via - http://cs.cit.ie/idd.

The programme is intended to be delivered online, where the range of interactivity is more discursive and non-didactic in nature, especially when compared to distance learning.

Why Choose This Course

See this promotional video for more information
https://youtu.be/R-MZYeAhmYE

Career Opportunities

The following is a partial list of the different jobs within information development: Technical Writers & Editors, Information Architects, Instructional Designers, Technical Illustrators, Localisation Specialists, Usability & Human Factors Professionals, Visual Designers, Web Designers & Developers, Trainers and E-Learning Developers.

Timetable Info

See this link for more information on the timetable.
http://cs.cit.ie/idd

Delivery Notes

Online

Admissions Contact Details
Phone

0214335040

Email

Admissions@cit.ie

RPL Information

https://www.cit.ie/rpl

Application Procedures

Apply online through www.springboardcourses.ie

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