Higher Diploma in Computer Science [2 Yr Online] [January 2021] (Higher Diploma in Computer Science [2 Yr Online] [January 2021])

Waterford Institute of Technology (KCOSC)
Key Programme Details
Award

Level 8

NFQ Level

Level 8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

90

General Information
Contact

Joan Mangan/Eamonn DeLeastar

Email

jmangan@wit.ie

Phone

051302849

Address

Joan Mangan
ICT Skills Programme & Placement Coordinator
School of Education and Lifelong Learning
Waterford Institute of Technology
Cork Road
Waterford

Role

Programme & Placement Coordinator/Course Leader

Important Dates
Application Deadline

01/01/2021

Start Date

04/01/2021

End Date

22/12/2022

About this Course

Education Awards Winner 2020 for Best Use of Educational Technology / ICT Initiative of the Year.

This Higher Diploma in Computer Science is a 24-month 90 credit ICT conversion course designed to allow honours graduates from non-computing disciplines acquire industry-relevant ICT and software development skills. The programme eight cohort commenced this year - the third time delivered completely online. Demand rose again with 58 students recruited by interview in 2019 from 180 applications.

The online delivery maximises flexible provision for the learner with three types of active online learning: (1) comprehensive rich media instructional content, (2) interactive synchronous video, (3) asynchronous interactive video playback (on-demand). This is enhanced by (a) an award winning state-of-the-art educational technology (multi-channel chat, discussion, quizzes, screen sharing support, and whiteboarding) and (b) scheduled on-site days for community building & interaction with industry partners to increase interaction, engagement, retention and the student experience. The course is showcased here: https://wit-hdip-comp-sci.github.io/ and was nominated for Best Use of Educational Technology / ICT Initiative of the Year, and Best Online Student Experience winning the former at the Education Awards 2020 (https://www.educationawards.ie/shortlist).

The programme calendar is flexible, student-centred and optimised to accommodate full-time employment. It features a maximum of 15 credits delivery at any given time by spanning the delivery over the full 2 years including the summer periods. The first year includes broad immersive coverage of the fundamentals of computing and the second year deepens this knowledge. (Modules listed below). Students are offered the opportunity of a six-month work placement. For students already working within an ICT context, this could be an opportunity to take on new responsibilities under joint supervision by appropriate mentors. For those switching careers, the programme team will work to secure a placement with a suitable employer. The placement includes a substantial project.

Entry Requirements

Successful applicants for this course will be existing honours graduates (level 8) with the capacity and aptitude (for example numeracy skills) to complete an intensive Computer Science programme and work placement. Typical disciplines which would fall into this category would be Engineering; Architecture; Mathematics, Physics and Financial Services. These students are generally strongly suited to the programme.

We have also successfully graduated students with a good general analytic aptitude, with an academic background in Management Information Systems, Economics; Accounting; Business and the Arts. For these students, we request that they sample a taster of the programme consisting of the first 4 weeks of the semester 1 content to ascertain their level of interest and disposition towards the discipline (available here: https://wit-hdip-comp-sci.github.io/). This has provided a more comprehensive screening method, with students self-selecting into the programme if they are comfortable with this experience. Level 7 ICT graduates have routinely used RPL process to enter the course and thereby upskill to Level 8 for entry into the programme.

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WITs English Language Requirements for details. http://www.wit.ie/about_wit/documents_and_policies/english_language_requirements

Long Description

Education Awards Winner 2020 for Best Use of Educational Technology / ICT Initiative of the Year

This Higher Diploma in Computer Science is a 24-month 90 credit ICT conversion course designed to allow honours graduates from non-computing disciplines acquire industry-relevant ICT and software development skills. The programme eight cohort commenced this year - the third time delivered completely online. Demand rose again with 58 students recruited by interview in 2019 from 180 applications.

The online delivery maximises flexible provision for the learner with three types of active online learning: (1) comprehensive rich media instructional content, (2) interactive synchronous video, (3) asynchronous interactive video playback (on-demand). This is enhanced by (a) an award winning state-of-the-art educational technology (multi-channel chat, discussion, quizzes, screen sharing support, and whiteboarding) and (b) scheduled on-site days for community building & interaction with industry partners to increase interaction, engagement, retention and the student experience. The course is showcased here: https://wit-hdip-comp-sci.github.io/ and was nominated for Best Use of Educational Technology / ICT Initiative of the Year, and Best Online Student Experience winning the former at the Education Awards 2020 (https://www.educationawards.ie/shortlist).

The programme calendar is flexible, student-centred and optimised to accommodate full-time employment. It features a maximum of 15 credits delivery at any given time by spanning the delivery over the full 2 years including the summer periods. The first year includes broad immersive coverage of the fundamentals of computing and the second year deepens this knowledge. (Modules listed below). Students are offered the opportunity of a six-month work placement. For students already working within an ICT context, this could be an opportunity to take on new responsibilities under joint supervision by appropriate mentors. For those switching careers, the programme team will work to secure a placement with a suitable employer. The placement includes a substantial project.

Career Opportunities

Software Developer, Mobile App Developer, Database Administrator,

Timetable Info

Online

Delivery Notes

Online

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Joan Mangan

Address

Joan Mangan
ICT Skills Programme & Placement Coordinator
School of Education and Lifelong Learning
Waterford Institute of Technology
Cork Road
Waterford

Phone

051-302849

Email

jmangan@wit.ie

RPL Information

To apply using RPL electroncially complete the RPL form available at https://www.wit.ie/images/uploads/Education_School_PDF/WIT_RP6_Springboard_RPL_Form.docx and email it to mmmullally@wit.ie