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Higher Diploma in Science in Applied Computing

NFQ Level:  8
Credits: 90
Award Type: Major Award
Application: Apply Now
Closing Date: Further updates for 2019/2020 to follow
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Course Description

The Higher Diploma in Science in Applied Computing aims to provide a career route into the IT sector for graduates whose primary degree is in a discipline other than computing.

The programme has been revised to meet the current needs of the ICT sector for graduates of cognate disciplines that require a conversion programme to allow them graduate entry level to the ICT sector. In one academic calendar year, this course will provide the non-IT graduate with core skills in the areas of software development, networks, web design, databases and software testing.

Delivery consists of a combination of lectures, practicals, tutorials, projects, presentations and speakers from industry. Students have access to state-of-the-art computer laboratories including specialist labs for multimedia, network administration, computer architecture, software development and software testing. All computing students have access to e-learning systems (Blackboard).

Entry Requirements

Applications will be considered from prospective students who have an honours degree (NFQ level 8) with a significant numerate element. Applicants will be called for interview as part of the application process. The Institute’s policy in relation to non-standard applicants also applies.

Duration

This course is delivered on a 1 year full-time basis and on a 2 year part-time basis. Delivery consists of a combination of lectures, practicals, tutorials, projects, presentations and speakers from industry. Students have access to state-of-the-art computer laboratories including specialist labs for multimedia, network administration, computer architecture, software development and software testing. All computing students have access to e-learning systems (Blackboard). The programme is comprised of two taught semesters followed by one semester in industry placement with a technology company.

Cost

For employed applicants, the HEA will pay 90% of the programme fee, the remaining 10% will be collected before registration. Fee paying applicants €7,500.

Progression Opportunities

Master of Science in Computing by Research.

  • Database Concepts
  • Architecture, Operating Systems and Networking
  • Accelerated Object Oriented Programming 1
  • Software Engineering
  • Web Design
  • Accelerated Object Oriented Programming 2
  • ICT Enterprise Project
  • Object Oriented Analysis and Design
  • Object Oriented Software Testing
  • Six Month Internship

Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

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