Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Full-Time)

Course Points
60
Course Duration
1 Year
Course Level
Level 8
Course Places
20 Places
Course Start Date
Monday 24th January 2022

Six great reasons to consider this course

  • If you are a non-Computing graduate looking to make a change in your career-path, this full-time conversion programme will allow you build the skills necessary to enter the ICT sector.
  • It provides a general foundation in Software Development with an emphasis on Web development, User Experience (UX) and Software Testing.
  • It provides participants with up-to-date knowledge of the core elements of computing. Participants will be prepared for a career in computing - with a focus on quality assurance or software project management.
  • It produces graduates with much sought after skills in software testing, including test design techniques, test management, test tool evaluation and static analysis skills.
  • It aims to support graduates to pursue Foundation certification awarded by the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB). To facilitate this, the syllabus of the Software Testing module is consistent with the Foundation syllabus of the ISTQB.
  • It is also aimed at post-primary teachers who require the relevant Computer Science skills to teach the Leaving Certificate Computer Science curriculum, competently and confidently.

Course Summary

The pervasive and transforming nature of technology in modern society and the relentless demand for ICT talent capable of adapting to, and driving technological advances is widely recognised. The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing is a one-year full-time level 8 ICT conversion programme developed in response to such demand, for suitably skilled graduates. It is primarily aimed at level 8 graduates from non-Computing disciplines who wish to re-train so that they may gain employment within the software industry, and be in a position to compete against other level 8 computing graduates, for the broad range of computing opportunities available.

Important notice about this course

NOW ENROLLING FOR JANUARY 2022

This course is supported by Springboard+. You can find more information on Springboard by clicking here.

The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing is offered in full-time mode as a one-year conversion option for graduates from a non-computing background. The programme takes an integrative approach, focusing on the synthesis of knowledge and practice from the business-related areas of the computing domain. It aims to provide participants with up-to-date knowledge of core elements of computing, preparing them for a career in business computing with a focus on quality assurance or software project management. Participants will gain a general foundation in Software Development, with a particular emphasis on Web development, User Experience (UX) and Software Testing.

Upon completion of this programme, graduates will possess much sought-after skills in software testing, including test design techniques, test management, test tool evaluation and static analysis skills. The course covers both manual and automated testing and will prepare graduates to work as testers and QA specialists in any IT domain. 

Participants will also gain valuable skills in Web development and database design and implementation, positioning graduates to obtain employment in a web application development environment. Additionally, skills developed in database design are fundamental skills utilised in the wider IT development environment.

Please note: This programme is funded for eligible applicants via Springboard+.

Modules include:

SEMESTER 1:

  • Introduction to Computing: Students completing this module will understand the core principles of computer systems including number systems, operating systems and basic networking. They will also be introduced to the fundamental structures of high-level programming. Read more 
  • Web Development: Students completing this module will be capable of designing and developing a professional looking dynamic cloud-based application. Read more 
  • Introduction to Software Engineering: Students completing this module will be capable of applying principles of software engineering when developing software. Read more 

SEMESTER 2:

  • User Experience (UX): Students completing this module will gain both theoretical understanding and practical application of user experience (UX) and user-centred design techniques, in the evaluation and enhancement of a variety of interactive applications, apps, digital products and services. By considering a wide range of users and needs the module will ingrain an emphasis on more universally accessible interactive technologies. Read more
  • Programming 1: Students completing this module will understand the core principles of computer systems and the fundamental structures of high-level programming including an introduction to classes and objects. Read more 
  • Database and Web Integration: The aim of this module is to give students an insight into developing data driven websites. Read more

SEMESTER 3:

  • Programming 2: This module aims to expand students' understanding of basic OO programming techniques and provide them with a conceptual knowledge of the principles and techniques for software design. Read more
  • Software Testing: Students completing this module will be able to apply and critically evaluate best-practice software testing and associated measurement techniques in the context of both document-driven and agile development processes. Read more 

SEMESTER 4:

  • Software Project Management: This module examines the various approaches to software project management. The role of people in software production is examined and techniques for estimating and measurement are also appraised. In addition, a number of pitfalls, common to early software development activities, are highlighted and ways to avoid them are addressed. Read more 
  • Work Portfolio: Learners demonstrate their work experience through a portfolio or by completing an industry relevant project. The work experience will be gathered through employment, work placement, consultancy work or self employment with an industry relevant project. The portfolio itself should be useful for later applications. The work experience or project will be 6 weeks full-time. This module is evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis. Read more

Classes will be concentrated over three-day, typically Monday to Wednesday , and may involve some evening delivery.  The approach to delivery will be "blended", with a mix of both face-2-face and online, practical and lecture sessions. Please note that these arrangements may be subject to changes due to the Covid-19 situation.

Equipment Requirements: 

Participants should have access to their own computer and Internet (A PC with 8GB RAM, 100GB hard disk, 14" screen (for laptop) will suffice).

 

Please note that these arrangements may be subject to changes due to the Covid-19 situation. 

There are many employment and educational prospects for graduates from the Higher Diploma in Science in Computing. Graduates will have gained knowledge and developed skills and competencies necessary to pursue, and sustain, a career within the ICT sector. The programme was designed in partnership with industry and for industry needs.

The course will produce graduates with much sought-after skills in software testing, including test design techniques, test management, test tool evaluation and static analysis skills. The course aims to prepare graduates to work as testers and QA specialists in any IT domain. Graduate roles may include 'software tester', 'QA consultant', 'agile tester', 'functional software tester'.

Skills gained in Software development, Web development and integration, database design and implementation, will position graduates with the required knowledge to obtain employment in a web application development environment or in the wider IT sector.

On the successful completion of this Higher Diploma, students who obtain Second Class Honours or higher, will be eligible to be considered for entry to an MSc in Computing programme (taught or research).

FREE to those in receipt of an eligible DSP/Springboard payment. For more see: HEA - Springboard+ (springboardcourses.ie)

A FEE OF €495 APPLIES TO EMPLOYED / SELF-EMPLOYED APPLICANTS

Applicants MUST already hold a level 8 qualification (honours degree or equivalent as determined under any Academic Council approved Recognition of Prior Learning policy) in a discipline in which Computing/Information Technology does NOT form a substantial part.

No prior programming exposure is required.

This course will be of interest to non-Computing graduates hoping to pursue a career in the IT sector. It is a conversion programme building requisite skills, particularly in the fields of software development, web development and Software Testing.

It may also be of interest to current teachers interested in upskilling for teaching the Leaving Certificate Computer Science course. Teaching Council accreditation will need to be obtained separately on an individual basis.

Dr. Fiona Lawless (Head of Department of Computing Science & Mathematics, DkIT)
Phone: +353 42 9370283
Email: fiona.lawless@dkit.ie

Dr Philip McGuinness (Department of Computing Science & Mathematics (Programme Director))
Email: philip.mcguinness@dkit.ie

Course ID DK_ICCOS_8
Course Type Postgraduate, Springboard
Study Mode Full-Time
Level 8
Duration 1 Year
Fees FREE to those in receipt of an eligible DSP/Springboard payment | A FEE OF €495 APPLIES TO EMPLOYED / SELF-EMPLOYED APPLICANTS
Starting Date Monday 24th January 2022
School School of Informatics & Creative Arts
Department Computing Science and Mathematics
Credits 60
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
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