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Graduate Diploma in Agri-Analytics

Course Points
60
Course Duration
1 Year (Full-Time)
Course Level
Level 9
Course Start Date
September 2021

Course Summary

The Springboard HCI funded Graduate Diploma in Agri-Analytics is a a cross-disciplinary programme developed collaboratively by three academic departments in DkIT. It will cover advanced skills in database management, data collection and analysis in addition to an in-depth analysis of the application of information technologies in Agriculture.

Important notice about this course

COURSE AVAILABLE IN SEPTEMBER 2021

  • This course is supported by Springboard Human Capital Initiative (HCI). You can find more information on Springboard HCI by clicking here.
  • This programme is subject to final validation.

According to the Teagasc Education Vision study (2018), investment in new and existing technologies will play a decisive role in enabling the Agriculture sector to sustainably intensify production and to grow output, exports and jobs, while respecting the environment.

‘Harnessing this transformation will not only enable ambitious increases in the export of world-class agricultural produce, but will also drive the completion of a dynamic circular bioeconomy, creating new jobs and new opportunities. It will help to increase profitability throughout agri-food value chains. It will drive exports of smart knowledge-based data-driven services, developed by Irish service providers, to markets in Europe, and across the globe’.

There is a general consensus (see below) that modern agriculture will require farmers to develop more advanced skills sets to enable them to meet the fundamental changes occurring at all levels. One of the identified skills sets is digital technology. The enhancement of skills required for ‘Precision Agriculture’ will be needed at all levels, on the farm, in the Agri-Food sector, in advisory services and in the growing 'agri-tech' sector.

This programme has been developed in response to this identified skills gap. It is a cross-disciplinary programme developed collaboratively by three academic departments in DkIT. It will cover advanced skills in database management, data collection and analysis in addition to an in-depth analysis of the application of information technologies in Agriculture. It will be delivered on a full time basis over the course of one academic year.

There will be 12 hours of face to face contact per week and these will be scheduled over two working days to facilitate learners already working in the sector or farming on part-time basis. Learners will participate in a research project in collaboration with Industry.

Please note: This programme is funded for eligible applicants via Springboard+ 2020 (as part of the Human Capital Initiative (Pillar 1).

Students on the course will study the below modules:

  • Research Project: Research design, ethical and regulatory frameworks, IP, Collaborative industry Project.
  • Database Management: Data sources/prep/conditioning, data integration, SQL server functions, Cloud databases
  • Data Analytics: Statistical methods, data integrity/validation, computational methods (R), intro to machine learning Bioinformatics in Agriculture (Elective): Applications in agricuture, workstations and tools, rata data analytics, high-throughput sequencing
  • Communications and Location Technologies: GPS, GIS, other geographical data, satellite imagery, modelling
  • Applied Technologies in Agriculture: ICT in crop and livestock management, precision animal management, wearable technologies
  • Embedded Systems and Sensors: Sensors (environmental, motion), yield monitoring, data logging, remote sensing
  • Automated Systems in Agri-Food (Elective): Robotics in waste management, agri-food production and intensive farm practices
  • Data Communications and Protocols: Data capture and processing, standards for technological communications, system power sources

The modules on the programme are highly applied and focus on the student on identifying and maximising transferable and industry specific skills by linking their learning to workplace practices and activities.

More specifically the students will carry out a research project in collaboration with the Agri-Tech Industry or an external agency managing agriculture data such as Teagasc.

The project will be allocated 20 ECTS credits (one third of the total credits for the programme) and will facilitate the application of learning from other modules on the programme as well as providing an opportunity for learners to develop a range of transversal skills. The project will comprise an advanced analytical technique (e.g. Monte Carlo Modelling, Bayesian Inference, Machine learning) or a working robotics prototype.

This programme is funded via the Springboard+ Initiative.

Please contact Dr Tim McCormac for more information about Fees for this programme:

DkIT Graduate Office
Unit 13, Regional Development Centre

E. graduatestudies@dkit.ie

T. +353 (0)429370458

Applicants must have an honours degree in Agriculture or a related area with an award grade of 2.2. or higher. Honours degree graduates from Engineering, Science and Computing disciplines will be considered where the applicant has an agricultural background and/or knowledge. Such candidates may be selected by interview.

In such cases, the DkIT Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy process will be applied. DkIT recognizes that knowledge, skills and competencies can be acquired from a range of learning experiences, including formal and informal. Through its RPL policy, the Institute commits to giving appropriate recognition to all relevant learning, irrespective of mode or place of learning.The focus of the RPL process is on the outcomes rather than the process of learning. RPL candidates will need to demonstrate the appropriate academic level of their learning and, where relevant, produce evidence of practical skills.

Dr Breda Brennan (Head of Department of Agriculture, Food and Animal Health)
Phone: +353 (0)429370206
Email: breda.brennan@dkit.ie

Dr Tim McCormac (Head of Research & Graduate Studies)
Phone: +353 (0)429370458
Email: graduatestudies@dkit.ie

Course ID N/A
Level 9
Duration 1 Year (Full-Time)
Credits 60
School School of Health & Science
Department Agriculture, Food and Animal Health
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Starting Date September 2021
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How to Apply

To apply for this programme, students must apply via the Springboard+ Courses website. The application process will open shortly.

In the interim period, you may register your interest in this programme by clicking below and completing the form. A member of our team will contact you shortly with details for applying.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

For further information, please contact graduatestudies@dkit.ie