Higher Diploma in Science in Computing

Course Points
60
Course Duration
2 Years
Course Level
Level 8
Course Places
15 Places
Course Start Date
Week beginning 20th January 2020

Six great reasons to consider this course

  • If you are a non-Computing graduate looking to make a change in your career-path, this part-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 aim of the programme is to provide re-skilling opportunities for level 8 graduates from non-Computing disciplines. Participants will develop up-to-date knowledge of the core elements of computing, preparing them for a career in business computing with a focus on quality assurance or software project management.

Important notice about this course

The next intake for this course is January 2020.

This course is deliverved via Springboard+. you can find more information on Springboard by clicking here.

If you are unemployed and in receipt of a jobseekers payment (including Farm Assist and Qualified Adults of Working Age) you are NOT eligible for this two-year ICT Conversion courses.

The programme is primarily aimed at level 8 graduates (both recently graduated and those with industry experience) from other sectors that 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. 

 The programme takes an integrative approach, focusing on the synthesis of knowledge and practice from the business-related areas of the computing domain. The primary themes are to develop a thorough understanding of the foundational components of computing and then to obtain specialist knowledge in aspects of computing that will prepare participants for a career in software testing and quality assurance, user experience or project management. 

The course will produce graduates with much sought after skills in software testing - covering both manual and automated testing and will prepare graduates to work as testers and QA specialists in any IT domain. Graduates can expect to find work as a ’software tester', 'QA consultant', 'agile tester', 'functional software tester'. Participants will also build valuable Web development and database skills.  

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

This course runs two years part-time on Mondays 6.00pm - 9.00pm and Wednesdays 2.00pm - 9.00pm.

This course is delivered using a blended learning approach with weekly interactive and hands-on practical lab-based sessions supported by independent and online learning. 

As Computing is a very hands-on discipline, participants are required to attend classes as it is required for them to master the materials.

Participants should have access to their own computer and Internet.

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 will cover both manual and automated testing and will prepare graduates to work as testers and QA specialists in any IT domain. Graduates can expect to find work as 'a software tester', 'QA consultant', 'agile tester', 'functional software tester'.

Participants will in addition gain valuable skills in Web development and interaction with database design and implementation. This will position the graduate with the required skills to obtain employment in a web application development environment. Additionally, the skills developed in database design are fundamental skills utilised in the wider IT development environment.

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). Future progression options available within DkIT will include the MSc in Data Analytics.

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. Oapplicants must demonstrate an equivalent level of numeracy and capacity to succeed, based on experiential learning acquired through extensive industrial experience.   

No prior programming exposure is required.  

In the event of the number of applicants exceeding the number of places, eligible candidates will be ranked, based on an approved admissions scheme include interview with places being offered in rank order. 

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.

Tony McCarron (Programme Director)
Email: tony.mccarron@dkit.ie

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

Course ID DK_ICCOS_8
Level 8
Duration 2 Years
Credits 60
Places 15
School School of Informatics & Creative Arts
Department Computing Science and Mathematics
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Fees €570 (Springboard Supported)
Starting Date Week beginning 20th January 2020
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