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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 in Data Analytics award. 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 Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics will provide graduates with the theoretical and practical skills required to meet the demands of industry. The proposed programme will enable learners to apply those transferable skills developed as part of their original degree to specific IT and Data Analytics areas. The current and projected skills shortages are increasing the demand for graduates with a skillset that embeds new technologies with existing established core computing skills. Use and implementation of technologies are changing fast and therefore so are the demand for specific technology skills. A strong core technology education will form a good basis upon which skills in the current and future cutting edge technologies can be built.
This programme aims to provide graduates with the aforementioned skills, knowledge and competences in the area of data analytics. In semester 1, participants will undertake a broad immersive set of modules which includes databases and business applications, programming, statistics for data analytics, data warehousing and business intelligence, programming for big data and tools for data analytics. In semester 2,participants are equipped to take data visualization and communications, data and web mining, advanced data analytics and a project.
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 Data Analytics. 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 minimum period of three months. Students will be placed by DBS in a company for this time period. 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.
Daytime attendance is required and there is also a three month credit bearing work placement as part of the programme.
This programme aims to develop learners' knowledge of the theory and practice of Data Analytics necessary for them to secure employment and perform as graduate level ICT /Data Analytical practitioners in a broad range of commercial, industrial and public sector environments. Graduates will have a clear understanding of the practical and theoretical foundations of data analytics. The programme enables and supports learners in developing critical analytical skills and developing skills in applying theoretical concepts to the practice of data analytics.
Specific skills include the skills to develop,implement and maintain the hardware and software required to make use of data analytics including Big Data. THE EGFSN report, "Assessing the demand for Big Data and Analytics Skills, 2013-2020" forecasts a continuing strong demand for data analytics across the economy over the period 2015-2020 and estimates that Ireland has the potential to create between 12750 and 21000 job vacancies by 2020.
Specific skills that the proposed programme is preparing participants for include:
• Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of the methods and technologies for acquiring, interpreting and analysing big data
• Have knowledge of relevant statistical, mathematical and business tools employed to solve problems involving big data sets
• To be able to formulate and test hypotheses and experiments in the field of data analytics
• Critically interpret data analytical skills and technologies with a view to application in new circumstances
• Apply the scientific enquiry method to solve problems related to the data science field
• Act effectively both as an individual and a team member in a supervised work environment demonstrating technical and social proficiency in the manipulation of materials and the use of appropriate technologies
People with skills that marry business acumen, with the technical aspects of data analytics will be in high demand across industry sectors.The programme is designed to embed various transferable skills across all modules. Skills such as teamwork, troubleshooting, communication, problem solving, reflective thinking and analytical reasoning are embedded throughout the programme.
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.