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Computing / RĂ­omhaireacht, Higher Diploma

DT265A PT

Introduction

This programme is designed to provide an entry path for Bachelors Honours graduates in other numerate disciplines into graduate entry level careers in computing. The philosophy behind the programme is that graduates from other disciplines will have developed significant transferable skills in analysis, communications and independent learning and so will be in a position to learn quickly a focused subset of computing knowledge to level 8. Learners on the programme will acquire core knowledge of computing concepts in the first part of the programme, They will then progress to a deeper knowledge in their chosen specialisation.

Specialisations available include the following:

  • Software Development
  • Data Analytics

Note that not all specialisms may run each year.

Entry Requirements:

The minimum admission requirement is an Honours Bachelors degree (level 8) in a non computer science discipline. Applicants with other qualifications and relevant experience may also be considered for entry as exceptional cases.

Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes, satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on academic grades and any work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview.

Career Opportunities

This course will provide a deep understanding of the fundamentals of the discipline of computing. It will equip the successful graduate for a career in the computing industry, with a specific focus on either software development or data analytics. 

An individual project, to be completed in year 2, further strengthens the graduate's portfolio. Additionally, students on this programme may participate in an optional 6-month full-time work placement, which often leads to full-time employment. 

As students on this programme will have a primary degree, a Higher Diploma (Level 8 Conversion) and relevant experience, they will, on successful completion of the programme, be eligible for entry into specialist computing MSc programmes which are available through both full and part-time modes of delivery. The advantage of this approach is that it will ensure that the graduates of the higher diploma will be demonstrably of an appropriate level 8 standard.

Course Content

Core Modules

Object-Oriented Software Development 1

Information Systems

Web and User Interface Design

 

Software Development Specialisation Modules

Architecture, Operating Systems and Networks 

Systems Analysis and Testing

Object-Oriented Software Development 2

Enterprise Application Development

Programming for Mobile and Smart Devices

Individual Project

Group Project or Work Placement

 

Data Analytics Specialisation Modules

Data Wrangling

Data Analytics

Advanced Databases

Probability Models and Statistical Inference

Data Visualisation

Individual Project

Group Project or Work Placement

For Further Information

School of Computing
College of Sciences and Health
DIT Kevin Street, Dublin 8

Contact: Dr Bianca Schoen-Phelan
T: 01 402 4767
E: cspg@dit.ie 

Progression

Students of the software development stream can choose to exit with a CPD Certificate in Fundamentals of Computing (30ECTS) on completion of the following 5 subjects:

Object-Oriented Software Development 1

Information Systems

Web and User Interface Design

Architecture, Operating Systems and Networks 

Systems Analysis and Testing

 

Students of the data analytics stream can choose to exit with a CPD Certificate in Fundamentals of Data Analysis (30ECTS) on completion of the following 5 subjects:

Object-Oriented Software Development 1

Information Systems

Web and User Interface Design

Data Wrangling

Probability Models and Statistical Inference

 

All students can choose to exit with a CPD in Computing (60ECTS) on completion of all taught modules, excluding Group Project/Work Placement.

These certificates are considered by DIT as Masters Qualifiers for the MSc in Computing Programmes offered in the DIT School of Computing. Students who achieve a particular threshold grade in these certificates will be eligible for entry into these MSc in Computing programmes.

Students will be eligible to achieve the Higher Diploma award on successful completion of all core and specialism modules, which includes the individual project as well as group project or work placement. HDip graduates will be eligible for entry into specialist computing MSc programmes.

Who Should Apply?

Graduates with Honours Bachelors degrees in other numerate disciplines who wish to extend their skills into graduate entry level careers in computing.

Timetable / Hours

Teaching hours will take place on three evenings from Monday to Friday. Classes typically start at 18:00 or 18:30 respectively. Attendance on Saturdays is not required. The recommended pathway is to complete the Higher Diploma in 2 years.

Fees

This programme is currently funded under the HEA ICT Skills Initiative (Graduate Conversion programme) and is offered on level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications. Eligibility information is available here. To apply for funding, applications must be made via the Springboard website.

Confirmation of continued funding support for the programme will be available in May.

The programme is also available to fee paying applicants.

EU Fees

*The fees outlined for each course are provisional and are subject to change

For information on funding please see the following link: Fees and Funding

Applications for funded places should be made through the HEA Springboard website: http://springboardcourses.ie/