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Dublin Business School in conjunction with Microsoft Ireland, their Partner Network and other relevant industry partners have developed an intensive Full Time Level 8 Graduate Conversion programme leading to a Higher Diploma in Science in Computing award. As part of the programme, participants will have the opportunity to specialise in the streams of Software Development, Web & Cloud Technologies or IT Infrastructure and Networking.
The primary objective of the programme is to address ICT Skills gaps through the successful conversion of talented learners from non-computing/IT disciplines to meet identified skills needs in the economy. According to Richard Bruton, TD, Minister for Education and Skills, and as outlined in the recently published Action Plan for Jobs 2014 report, the ICT sector is of strategic importance to Ireland, both in terms of the numbers of high skilled professionals employed and its significant contribution to Irelands export performance, accounting for 70 billion in exports per annum. In 2012, it was estimated that there were 68,280 ICT professionals working both within the ICT sector and across other sectors of the economy. As outlined in the Forfas/EGFSN (2013) report Addressing Future Demand for High-Level ICT Skills, results from this study indicate that Ireland is likely to face an average increase in demand for high-level ICT skills of around 5% a year out to 2018 with the employment of ICT professionals anticipated to rise to just over 91,000.
The overall aim of the programme is to provide graduates with the underpinning academic knowledge to enhance their educational and employment opportunities and to achieve the award of a Higher Diploma in Science in Computing. In addition, a feature of the programme is the opportunity for the learner to engage in a work placement. This element provides learners with relevant work experience with an industry partner for a period of three months. In addition to acquiring new skills, learners will apply and reinforce the knowledge and practical skills they have acquired during the taught element of the programme.
Programme Aims & Objectives
Key skills common to all streams of the programme and acquired throughout semester one of the taught programme will include the ability to demonstrate an understanding of the core IT skills of software development, database design & development, web application, networking and operating systems. Design, develop, test and document software.
IT Infrastructure & Networking Stream
Specific Skills that the proposed specialist stream is preparing participants for:
• IT Project Management tools & techniques
• Server side architecture & administration
• Demonstrate administration tasks such as user management & modifying file permission rights
• High level competence in UNIX and Linux shell programming
• Competent understanding of DNS, NIS+ and LDAP
• Design, configure & manage a switched network. Implement a hierarchical structure, loop avoidance, switch convergence & VLANS
• Design & Implement a classless IP addressing scheme for a network
• In-depth understanding of WAN technologies, from Frame Relay to MPLS to MetroEthernet
• Build, configure, maintain & trouble shoot a network
• Identify & analyse security threats to given computer applications
• Understand & apply security requirements to counter security problems for applications
• Identify security tools & techniques to develop appropriate security mechanisms for the protection of computer systems.
• In-depth understanding of cyber security trends in cloud environment
• Knowledge of Open Stack cloud computing platform and associated tools
All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration offered by Dublin Business School (DBS) are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) (b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby in the event that DBS ceases to provide the programme, for any reason, after learners have started on that programme, Kaplan Inc., as guarantor, will refund the moneys most recently paid by or for the learner. More details are included in the terms and conditions of learner admission to DBS (http://www.dbs.ie/terms-and-conditions) and on programme handbooks provided at induction.