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Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Software Development) - ICT SKILLS

OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS FOR JANUARY 2018 START. This online course provides an entry path for Level 8 graduates in other numerate disciplines to enter into careers in computing, and includes a valuable placement in the IT industry (if unemployed).

Discipline: Computing

Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: Two years

Mode of Study: Online delivery

Entry Requirements: Honours Degree (NFQ Level 8)

Places: 50

Fee: 

FREE to eligible students. For eligibility go to www.springboardcourses.ie

Why Study?

FREE 12 or 18 month conversion course

  • Ideal for anyone from a non-computing background who wishes to convert to a Software Programmer role.
  • Students can complete the course over 12 or 18 Months. 
  • The course is fully ONLINE, with optional programming workshops once per month on a Friday evening.
  • Includes a 3-6 month placement in an IT related role, or a placement equivalent.
  • Up to 80% of those who completed this course in previous years obtained paid employment within 3 months of the course ending.
  • Commences January 2018

For more details on this course and eligibility go to www.springboardcourses.ie or ring GMIT on +353 (0)91 742145

Programme Modules

This course provides an entry path for Level 8 graduates in other numerate disciplines to enter into careers in computing and it includes a placement in the IT industry.

There is the assumption behind the course that Level 8 graduates from other disciplines will already have developed significant transferable skills in analysis, communications and independent learning and that graduates are in a position to quickly learn a focused subset of computing knowledge at level 8.

The aim of this course is to provide this focused subset of knowledge and the requisite skills to apply it in a work environment.

The make up of this course is:

  • Object Oriented Software Development (10 credits)
  • Computer Architecture and Technology Convergence (5 credits)
  • Network Technologies (5 credits)
  • Database Design and Development (5 credits)
  • Web Applications Development (5 credits)
  • Agile Software Development (5 credits)
  • Mobile Applications Development (5 credits)
  • Operating Systems and Cloud Computing (5 credits)
  • Advanced Object Oriented Software Development / Project (10 credits)
  • Computational Thinking with Algorithms (5 credits)
  • Work placement/ internship (15 credits)

The learning outcomes for the course are that students will able to:

  • Design and develop software applications using an OO Language
  • Carry out OO analyses using UML
  • Design and implement relational schema and query such schema
  • Use appropriate data structures and algorithms
  • Contextualise information and computing systems knowledge in a work environment
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Computer Architecture
  • Explain the role and nature of Operating Systems
  • Apply good user interface design principles
  • Critically evaluate design and implementation issues in the specialised area.
  • Integrate advanced theoretical knowledge and solve complex problems in new, ill-defined or unfamiliar domains, and/or domains at the forefront of learning.

Learning Outcomes: 

Students will be able to:

  • Design and develop software applications using an OO Language
  • Carry out OO analyses using UML
  • Design and implement relational schema and query such schema
  • Use appropriate data structures and algorithms
  • Contextualise information and computing systems knowledge in a work environment
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Computer Architecture
  • Explain the role and nature of Operating Systems
  • Apply good user interface design principles
  • Critically evaluate design and implementation issues in the specialised area.
  • Integrate advanced theoretical knowledge and solve complex problems in new, ill-defined or unfamiliar domains, and/or domains at the forefront of learning.

Syllabus: 

Modules undertaken are:

  • Object Oriented Software Development (10 credits)
  • Computer Architecture and Technology Convergence (5 credits)
  • Network Technologies (5 credits)
  • Database Design and Development (5 credits)
  • Web Applications Development (5 credits)
  • Agile Software Development (5 credits)
  • Mobile Applications Development (5 credits
  • Operating Systems and Cloud Computing (5 credits)
  • Advanced Object Oriented Software Development/ Project (10 credits)
  • Computational Thinking with Algorithms (5 credits)
  • Work Project/ Work placement/ Internship (15 credits)

Career Opportunities

The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing is an Honours Degree level graduate conversion award which gives graduates from non-computing backgrounds the skills and knowledge to start a career in the IT industry. 

Essential Information: 

Students can complete the course over 12 or 18 Months.

The course is fully ONLINE, with optional programming workshops once per month on a Friday evening.

To apply go to www.springboardcourses.ie

There are two options (full-time and part-time) as follows:

Full-time Mode: (January – December 2018):
Semester 1: Modules: 1 – 5 [30 credits]
Semester 2: Modules: 6 – 10 [30 credits]

Part-time Mode: (January 2018 – May 2019):
Semester 1 (Jan - May 2018): Modules: 1, 2, and 3 [20 credits]
Semester 2 (Sep - Dec 2018): Modules: 4, 5 and 6 [20 credits]
Semester 3 (Jan - May 2019): Modules: 7, 8, 9 and 10 [20 credits]

 

Delivery Mode:

Fully Online. It is anticipated that a number of optional on campus workshops at GMIT, Galway will take place each term; approximately three per term on Friday afternoons.

 

Eligibility criteria: 

Department of Education & Skills:

  • You must have a full NFQ Level 8 Honours Degree (or equivalent if earned outside the EU, see www.qqq.ie).
  • RPL applications will be considered form those holding a Level 7 who have significant working experience which would match the learning outcomes of a Level 8.

Department of Social Protection:

  • If you are employed you can undertake either the 12 months or 18 month version of this course without paying any fees.
  • If you are unemployed and wish to undertake the 12 month version of the course, you must be in receipt of Back To Education Allowance.

To qualify for Back to Education Allowance you must be in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance/ Benefit for at least nine of the previous twelve months. Unemployed people in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance/ Benefit are NOT permitted to undertake the 18 month version of the course, but unemployed people in receipt of One Parent Family or Disability Allowance are permitted to undertake the 18 month version of the course. Applicants who are previously self-employed and/or signing for social welfare credits are eligible to apply but are not eligible for a payment under the BTEA scheme.  See https://springboardcourses.ie/eligibility

The Springboard+ Programme is operated by the Higher Education Authority on behalf of the Department of Education and SKills and is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union under the Euroepan Structural and Investment Funds Programme 2014-2020.

Contact Us

Contact: 

Mary Russell or Peter Butler

Lifelong Learning Centre

GMIT, Dublin Road Galway

Mary Russell  
Tel: +353 (0)91 742145
Email: mary.russell@gmit.ie

Peter Butler  
Tel: +353 (0)91 742328  
Email: peter.butler@gmit.ie