DT786 CPD Diploma in Geographic Information Systems

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DIT Kevin Street, Dublin 8

Start date

5th September 2011


The aim of this programme is to familiarise students to the current state of the art in Geographic Information Systems which handle spatial and temporal knowledge. The programme will cover four broad areas of modern GIS, the principles, techniques, technology and analysis. On completion, the student will also be competent in the use of the market-leading commercial GIS software system. Furthermore, the programme will enable students to develop GIS applications in a variety of technologies including spatial databases, web mapping data mining applications. Emphasis is also placed on the analytical aspects of GIS with the inclusion of a comprehensive treatment of spatial analysis and spatial data mining & knowledge discovery.

The technical modules which students will complete on the programme are:

  • Introduction to Programming for Geographic Information Systems (5 ECTS)
  • Web Mapping (5 ECTS)
  • Geographic Information Systems (5 ECTS)
  • Spatial Databases (5 ECTS)
  • Spatial Statistics and Spatial Knowledge Discovery (5 ECTS)

In addition, learners will take the following mandatory modules:

  • Enterprise Project (10 ECTS): This is a module that can be completed in through work placement, project work (including interdisciplinary projects), industry sponsored projects, and service-learning. This module is designed specifically for this programme and other Springboard 2011 programmes, drawing on the strong background in industry liaison and service-learning/community based learning in the College of Sciences and Health, DIT.
  • Advanced Project Management (5 ECTS): This module prepares students to complete projects both in the academic environment and in the professional environment. As a key transferable skill, students are prepared through this module to appropriately plan, direct and take responsibility for their own work and the work of teams in the completion of projects.
  • Advanced Innovation and Career Development (5 ECTS): This module is designed specifically for the learning needs of Springboard 2011 participants. It will provide the learner with an opportunity to develop thinking and creativity skills, as well as learning how to adopt an innovative approach both as members of organisations and in their individual learning.

Course Duration

Classes will take place from September to May on one day per week. The Enterprise Project module will begin in February. Additionally, classes will take place in blocks for a small number of weeks in September and January.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this programme can:

  • Advance to further study in computing and information technology
  • Apply for certain web development positions in the Irish software industry
  • Apply for positions requiring knowledge of Geographic Information Systems
  • Use their critical thinking skills, their career development skills, and their independent learning skills to make the right career choices


Graduates of this programme may be eligible to apply for admission to major award programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, depending on other experience.

Entry requirements

This is a programme at Level 8 on the NFQ, and as such, applicants must have a qualification at level 7, or relevant experience. Applicants do not require a strong background in computing

Contact Details for Further Information:

Contact Iseult Kelly (sci-springboard@dit.ie)

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