Higher Diploma in Science in Computing
Level 8 About NFQ
Department of Computing Science and Mathematics
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Department of Computing and Mathematics
Dundalk Institute of Technology,
The pervasive and transforming nature of technology in modern society and the relentless demand for ICT talent capable of adapting to, and driving technological advances is widely recognised. The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing is a one-year full-time level 8 ICT conversion programme developed in response to such demand, for suitably skilled graduates.
It is primarily aimed at level 8 graduates from non-Computing disciplines who wish to re-train so that they may gain employment within the software industry, and be in a position to compete against other level 8 computing graduates, for the broad range of computing opportunities available.
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Candidates must hold a level 8 qualification (honours degree or equivalent, as determined under Academic Council approved Recognition of Prior Learning policy) in a discipline in which Computing/Information Technology does not form a substantial part.
No prior programming exposure is required.
The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing is offered in full-time mode as a one-year conversion option for graduates from a non-computing background. The programme takes an integrative approach, focusing on the synthesis of knowledge and practice from the business-related areas of the computing domain. It aims to provide participants with up-to-date knowledge of core elements of computing, preparing them for a career in business computing with a focus on quality assurance or software project management. Participants will gain a general foundation in Software Development, with a particular emphasis on Web development, User Experience (UX) and Software Testing.
Over two semester students will take modules in:
‣ Introduction to Computing
‣ Web Development
‣ Introduction to Software Engineering
‣ User Experience (UX)
‣ Programming 1
‣ Database and Web Integration
‣ Programming 2
‣ Software Testing
‣ Software Project Management
Completing the programme with an applied industry focussed project / portfolio/ placement:
‣ Work Portfolio
Upon completion of this programme, graduates will possess much sought after skills in software testing, including test design techniques, test management, test tool evaluation and static analysis skills. The course covers both manual and automated testing and will prepare graduates to work as testers and QA specialists in any IT domain.
Participants will also gain valuable skills in Web development and database design and implementation, positioning graduates to obtain employment in a web application development environment. Additionally, skills developed in database design are fundamental skills utilised in the wider IT development environment.
Reasons to consider this course:
- If you are a non-Computing graduate looking to make a change in your career-path, this full-time conversion programme will allow you build the skills necessary to enter the ICT sector.
- It provides a general foundation in Software Development with an emphasis on Web development, User Experience (UX) and Software Testing.
- It provides participants with up-to-date knowledge of the core elements of computing. Participants will be prepared for a career in computing - with a focus on quality assurance or software project management.
- It produces graduates with in-demand skills in software testing, including test design techniques, test management, test tool evaluation and static analysis skills.
- It aims to support graduates to pursue Foundation certification awarded by the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB). To facilitate this, the syllabus of the Software Testing module is consistent with the Foundation syllabus of the ISTQB.
There are many employment and educational prospects for graduates from the Higher Diploma in Science in Computing. Graduates will have gained knowledge and developed skills and competencies necessary to pursue, and sustain, a career within the ICT sector. The programme was designed in partnership with industry and for industry needs.
The course will produce graduates with much sought-after skills in software testing, including test design techniques, test management, test tool evaluation and static analysis skills. The course aims to prepare graduates to work as testers and QA specialists in any IT domain. Graduate roles may include 'software tester', 'QA consultant', 'agile tester', 'functional software tester'.
Skills gained in Software development, Web development and integration, database design and implementation, will position graduates with the required knowledge to obtain employment in a web application development environment or in the wider IT sector.
Classes will be concentrated over three-days, typically Monday to Wednesday , and may involve some evening delivery. The approach to delivery will be "blended", with a mix of both face-2-face and online, practicals, tutorials and lectures. Please note that arrangements may be subject to changes due to the Covid-19 situation.
Equipment Requirements: - Participants should have access to their own computer and Internet (A PC with 8GB RAM, 100GB hard disk, 14" screen (for laptop) will suffice).
Lifelong Learning Centre
Dundalk Institute of Technology
When applying please upload:
1. a copy of your CV
2. a copy of your highest level educational qualification.