Higher Diploma in Computer Science (Higher Diploma in Computer Science)

Waterford Institute of Technology (WD_KCOSC)
Key Programme Details
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Higher Diploma in Computer Science

NFQ Level

Level 8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

90

Department

Department of Computing and Mathematics

General Information
Contact

Joan Mangan

Email

jmangan@wit.ie

Phone

00353 51302849

Address

School of Education and Lifelong Learning
Waterford Institute of Technology
Main Campus, Cork Road
Waterford
Ireland

Role

Programme and Placement co-ordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

31/10/2021

Start Date

20/01/2022

End Date

31/12/2023

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 online delivery mode maxirmises flexible provision with active online learning which is 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 (workshop) days for community building & interaction with industry partners to increase interaction, engagement, retention and the student experience.

The programme calendar is flexible, student-centered and optimized to accommodate full-time employment. Delivery runs over a full two year period. The first year includes broad immersive coverage of the fundamentals of computing and the second year deepens this knowledge. Students are offered the opportunity of a six-month work placement at the end of the class period. 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 in 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.

Recognition of Prior Learning:
Level 7 ICT graduates have routinely used RPL process to enter the course and thereby upskill to Level 8 for entry into the programme. Download the WIT Springboard RPL Form here - fill it out electronically and completely, then submit it back to jmangan@wit.ie along with all supporting certificates etc.
DOWNLOAD the RP6 form using the following link https://www.wit.ie/courses/hdipcomputerscience2yearparttime

English Language Requirements:
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’s ninth cohort commenced in January 2021.
The online delivery maxirmises 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 Online Student
Experience & won Best Use of Educational Technology / ICT Initiative of the Year, at the Education Awards 2020 (https://www.educationawards.ie/shortlist).

The programme calendar is flexible, student-centered and optimized to accommodate full-time employment. It features a maximum of 15 credits delivery each semester 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.

MODULES:
Semester 1
Workshop 1 (Induction)

Programming Fundamentals (10 credits)
Web Development (5 credits)

Semester 2
Workshop 2 (June)

ICT Skills studio 1
Computer Systems and Networks (10 credits)
Database Design and IM (5 credits)

Semester 3
Workshop 3 (January)

Enterprise Web Development (10 credits)
Developer Operations (5 credits)

Semester 4
Workshop 4 (June)

Mobile App Development (10 credits)
Work Placement and Project (30 credits)
ICT Skills studio (1&2 - 5 credits)




Timetable Info

The programme is designed to be delivered online, using our multi-award winning, state of the art, online delivery platform -TutorStack, in Agile Semesters typically consisting of 4, three-week sprints followed by 1-week breaks for retrospective, after each sprint.
The effort required for this programme is an average commitment of 16 hours per week during each semester.

http://www.colmdunphy.com/tutorstack/TutorStackLinks.pdf

Delivery Notes

Online

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Joan Mangan

Address

Joan Mangan
School of Education and Lifelong Learning
Waterford Institute of Technology
Cork Road
Waterford

Phone

0879983610

Email

jmangan@wit.ie

RPL Information

DOWNLOAD the RP6 form using the following link https://www.wit.ie/courses/hdipcomputerscience2yearparttime

Media
Higher Diploma in Computer Science programme detail

https://tutors-svelte.netlify.app/#/course/wit-hdip-comp-sci-showcase.netlify.app