Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Software Development) - ICT SKILLS/SPRINGBOARD+
Discipline: Computer Science and Applied Physics
NFQ Level: 8
Programme Duration: Two years
Mode of Study: Online delivery
Application Route: Apply through www.springboardcourses.ie
- If you come from a non-computing background and wish to convert to a Software Programmer role.
- You 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 three months of the course ending.
NOTE: This course is now closed for applications.
If approved under Springboard+, it will open for applications on www.springboardcourses.ie in May/ June 2021.
The start date if approved would be January 2022.
Eligibility criteria for Springboard courses can be viewed here (PDF)
This course provides you, as a Level 8 graduate, with an entry path 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 you with this focused subset of knowledge and the requisite skills to apply it in a work environment.
The modules on the course are:
- Object-Oriented Software Development - module details can be downloaded here (PDF)
- Computer Architecture and Technology Convergence - module details can be downloaded here (PDF)
- Network Technologies - module details can be downloaded here (PDF)
- Database Design and Development - module details can be downloaded here (PDF)
- Web Applications Development - module details can be downloaded here (PDF)
- Agile Software Development - module details can be downloaded here (PDF)
- Mobile Applications Development - module details can be downloaded here (PDF)
- Operating Systems and Cloud Computing - module details can be downloaded here (PDF)
- Advanced Object-Oriented Software Development / Project - module details can be downloaded here (PDF)
- Computational Thinking with Algorithms - module details can be downloaded here (PDF)
- Work placement/ internship - module details can be downloaded here (PDF)
On successful completion, 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.
Full programme documentation can be downloaded here (PDF)
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.
Course Start Date:
January 2022 if approved under Springboard+2021- check www.springboardcourses.ie for actual start date
Fully online with recorded lectures, followed by online discussion groups with the lecturers
Applications must be made through http://www.springboardcourses.ie
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 European Structural and Investment Funds Programme 2021-2027.
School: School of Science
Department: Department of Computing & Applied Physics
Head of Department: Dr Sean Duignan
Contact person for the course
Graduate Studies & Professional Development
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
085 805 3691 from 09:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday
Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2021-2027