DevOps and Data Analytics (Higher Diploma) (September 2020)

University of Limerick (21TBC)
Key Programme Details


NFQ Level

Level 8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Blended


Full Time

ECTS Credits



Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS)

General Information

Ask to speak to a Springboard+ coordinator



061 202605 or 061 234379


Graduate & Professional Studies
Enterprise Research Centre
University of Limerick
V94 T9PX


Springboard+ Coordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date


About this Course

The closing date for applications has been extended until 9th August 2020. All applications received before this date will be contacted with a link to apply to UL as soon as it is available.

This Higher Diploma in DevOps and Data Analytics at University of Limerick allows participants to develop graduate-level knowledge and skills in this growth area. They will highly benefit from a programme that is distinctive in its relevance to industry and business. They will be provided with an opportunity to gain up-to-date knowledge and skills in DevOps and Data Analytics with input from industry, both in terms of content and opportunity to apply learning in real-life contexts.

By introducing this new course offering, HDip in DevOps and Data Analytics, UL will increase the provision of high-level
ICT skills, by providing new pathways to skills development that involves in-work training as well as innovative models of
learning. This programme will allow participants with basic IT skills and programming to become upskilled as a DevOps

Please note we will need to correspond with you by email throughout the application process. For this reason, we ask that you regularly check your email and spam folders.


Students will highly benefit from a programme that is distinctive in its relevance to industry and business. They will be provided with an opportunity to gain up-to-date knowledge and skills in DevOps and Data Analytics with input from industry, both in terms of content and opportunity to apply learning in real-life contexts

Entry Requirements

Level 8 honours primary degree, at minimum second class honours, in a relevant engineering/computing/mathematics or technology discipline.

Applicants who do not meet the academic entry requirements but who have significant relevant experience in the technology sector (minimum 5 years) and are encouraged to apply under the University Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy.

Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University.

Long Description

The main areas of study are focused on modern approaches for highly productive software development and operations, in realistic project scenarios, in an industrial context, and at-scale. This includes for instance:

- Translating business/user objectives into system requirements and models, dealing with constant change in those
- Modern approaches for testing and quality assurance, test-driven development
- Ensuring non-functional requirements (e.g., performance, availability, reliability, security, privacy)
- Software development paradigms and practices, Agile approaches
- Software development at-scale, with high-frequency updates
- CI/CD, Pipelines, Strategies
- Containerisation
- Infrastructures and platforms for large-scale software systems
- Integration of software development with infrastructure and operations, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE).

This is complemented with areas of study towards data-driven applications that are highly sought after in application domains for such software systems and a data-driven economy in general:
- Data Analytics, Data Mining
- Big Data, Data Management and Security

CS4178: Software Requirements and Modelling: Introduction to requirements and modelling phases of development cycles
CS4004: Software Testing and Inspection: Introduce students to software testing and inspection
CS4337: Big Data Management and Security: Introduction to Challenges and Practice in big data management and governance
CS4416: Database Systems: Introduction and application of databases as foundation of database management systems (DBMSs)
CS4116: Software Development Project: Semester long software development project, as part of team, developing problem-solving skills
CS4457: Project Management and Practice: Examines the processes by which computer-based information systems are managed and needs integrated
CS5061: ICT Employability Skills Workshop: Workshops focussing on the personal and professional skills essential for success in ICT employment (this module is subject to change)
CS6402: Intermediate Programming: Explores classical algorithms, data structures,and other advanced programming constructs
CS4168: Data Mining: Data mining processes, inc data preparation, feature extraction & selection, machine learning
IE2011: Industry Learning Project: Opportunity to apply learned course material to carry out real-life industry projects (this module is subject to change)
NEW MODULE: Agile Software Development: Agile Software Development and related Software Development Paradigms
NEW MODULES: Continuous Software Engineering: Continuous Software Engineering, Continuous Integration and Deployment

Timetable Info

This is traditionally a Full Time course which is taught on campus. Given the current environment this course is planned to be delivered in line with the Universities strategy on dealing with the ever evolving COVID19 situation. Therefore this course will now be delivered in a Full Time blended format for semester 1 at least.

It is expected that anyone that wishes to participate in this course will be available to attend Full Time, on campus lecturers as soon as delivery can return to normal.

For updates on the impact of COVID19 on delivery please regularly consult this section of the University of Limerick website:

Delivery Notes


Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Ask to speak to a Springboard+ coordinator


Graduate & Professional Studies
Enterprise Research Centre
University of Limerick
V94 T9PX


061 202605 or 061 234379


RPL Information

The University of Limerick operates a policy for the Recognition of Prior Learning, both formal and informal/experiential learning. Informal and experiential learning includes non-accredited personal and professional education; work based training and relevant life/work experiences. This learning is assessed initially for entry on to particular courses of study but may additionally lead to academic credits and exemptions from subjects on the intended course of study. Applications for RPL are dealt with on an individual basis, facilitated by representatives from the relevant academic departments and Registrar's office at the University of Limerick. RPL for Springboard+ 2020 will be managed by Graduate and Professional Studies as part of the application process. Graduate & Professional Studies provides support and assistance to guide the learner through their RPL application and in compiling their portfolio. The process is student centric, with consideration made on a case-by-case basis, through submitted documentation and communication with the application team and course director. The operation of the RPL policy has been applied successfully to previous cohorts. Academic and professional qualifications, work and life experience are important considerations in assessment, but motivation and overall potential for the selected course has been a major factor in evaluating applicants.

Application Procedures


Step 1 is to submit your application on the Springboard+ website, you will then be sent a link via email to apply to the University of Limerick (UL) directly (this will be step 2). You must provide all documents requested on this email which must be uploaded with your application on the UL site. It is only when we receive ALL requested documents that your application is considered complete.

Note : It may take a few days after your application is updated to 'Pending' on the Springboard+ website for us to send you the link to apply to UL (step 2).

Please note we will need to correspond with you by email throughout the application process. For this reason, we ask that you regularly check your email and spam folders.

Required Documents for UL application:
Delays in receiving these documents will affect the progress of your application.
- Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts for all years of study. (Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number.)
- Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name.
- Digital quality head and shoulders photograph.
- A copy of your most recent CV, please note that by providing this document you are agreeing that we may send it to members of industry if you require assistance when searching for an Industry Learning Placement (ILE) or project work (applies to some courses only).
- Applicants who do not have English as their first language may satisfy English Language
• If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate

All employed participants must pay a contribution of the course cost directly to the provider for all level 7-9 courses. The onus is on the participant to arrange payment of this fee. The HEA will fund the remainder of the cost directly to the provider.

Employed participants will be required to make a 10% course contribution of €750 directly to the University of Limerick.

Springboard+ will pay all fees for unemployed and returner participants.

Course Acceptance
Should an offer be made, in order to accept a course offer employed participants must pay a non-refundable acceptance fee of €250 to the University of Limerick. This €250 will be deducted from the contribution of €750 outlined above. The full fees of €750 are due in per semester in two equal instalments of which is €375. Once the €250 acceptance has been paid then the remaining fee for semester 1 of €125 is due by 4th September 2020. The remaining €375 is due by 15th January 2021.

In order to avail of Springboard+ funding you must provide written proof as outlined below:
NOTE: If your employment status changes during the application process it is your responsibility to inform a Springboard+ coordinator at UL and to provide proof of new status.

Written proof from the Department of Employment and Social Protection (DEASP) that you are in receipt of an eligible payment (see Springboard+ site).

Swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths attesting to your status and provide written proof.

Employed/Self Employed
Provide a copy of most recent P60 or other relevant revenue documentation or a letter from their current employer to confirm employment or self-employment.

Formerly Self-Employed
Provide a letter/statement from Revenue stating that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant should be sufficient. Swear a declaration, witnessed by a Commissioner of Oaths, stating that the applicant is no longer self-employed.

To be eligible for Springboard+ funding applicants must be resident in the state.

Please note you may be required to verify your Nationality and Residency status.

For Returners and Employed/Self-Employed applicants, the following rules apply :
- must be ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.
** Note: The period of residency for holders of Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM is calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4.
Any period of residency in the state before this date will not be taken into consideration ( ie you must hold Stamp 4 for three of the five years preceding)