Information Technology COURSES

Certificate in Database Development & Cloud Technologies

Overview

 

Awarding Body:
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) - formerly Higher Education & Training Awards Council (HETAC)
Duration:
1 Academic Year (September - May),  2 evenings per week
Study Mode: Part-Time
Course commencing:
September 2014
Award Level:
Level 8 Special Purpose Award
ECTS Credits:
30

Introduction

Dublin Business School (DBS) together with Microsoft Ireland have developed a Level 8 Special Purpose Award for a Certificate in Database Development and Cloud Technologies. This Certificate in Database Development is designed for participants on the Springboard programme to take their first steps towards a career as an IT professional in Database Administration, Database Development or Business Intelligence Development. The Microsoft Technology Associate certification will also provide participants with an entry-level certification, specifically developed by Microsoft to provide the cloud computing skills targeting Platform as a Service (PaaS).

Programme Aims and Objectives

According to the Computersworld 2013 forecast survey, one of the top 10 technical skills in demand in 2010 was Application Development. The Certificate in Database Development and Cloud Technologies will provide participants with the skills needed to understand database technology and how that interacts with cloud technologies. Furthermore, students will gain an understanding of cloud computing fundamentals and applications, including the risk, challenges and benefits of moving to the cloud. The cloud computing market will be worth €207bn worldwide by 2016, according to Gartner. IDC estimates that spending on public and private IT cloud services will generate nearly 14m jobs worldwide by 2015. More than half of these will be in small and medium-sized firms. 

The programme understands that all IT roles will require cloud skills in the future. This Certificate will provide participants with the skills needed to understand database technology and how that interacts with cloud technologies. They will also develop an understanding of the nature, scope and boundaries of data models and database management and applications. Furthermore they will gain practical experience and competence in designing and building robust databases using current database technologies. In addition, participants will gain a fundamental understanding of cloud computing technologies and applications, including the risk, challenges and benefits of moving to the cloud.  Participants will also explore and evaluate the role of cloud resources in increasing competitive advantage. These skills will be critical to assist business in identifying opportunities for business change and to help implement that change.   

Programme Content

 

  • Web Application Development
  • Information Systems & Databases
  • Application of Cloud Technologies
  • MTA Database Administration Fundamentals

Teaching & Assessment

The proposed teaching, learning and assessment methodologies are intended to facilitate springboard participants to take ownership of, and responsibility for, their own learning in partnership with the academic faculty. 

Specific methods adopted will include:
  • Conventional lectures
  • Lab practical sessions
  • E-Learning
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials 
  • Projects
  • Seminars
  • Assignments
  • Analysis of case studies
  • Group research and project work
  • Guest lectures
Students will be actively encouraged and assisted to manage their own studies outside of lectures. This is facilitated by the teaching styles and methods adopted and by placing greater emphasis on practically focused assessment. A particular focus of this programme will be for students to work in collaborative teams with their tutors on a variety of projects. Through this process they will learn key life skills of good teamwork towards achieving a common goal. In addition, the E-learning platform, Moodle, will also provide lecturers and students with a virtual learning environment to complement and enrich the more traditional learning environment. 

Assessment Methods

The programme assessment strategies have been developed to help learners acquire the transferable skills relevant to the workplace. These include working as part of a team, report writing, presentation skills etc. Methods will include:
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  • Problem solving exercises 
  • Practical projects incorporating a variety of competencies and skills
  • Case studies
  • Research-based projects
  • Individual assignments 
  • Management reports
  • Group projects
  • Group and individual presentations
  • Exams and other time constrained assessments (open and closed book)

Dedicated Programme Leader 

From the outset, students will be provided with an array of academic and IT supports to ensure that the varied academic and learning needs of participants are being attended to. All students will be informed of the support mechanisms available throughout their induction and will be provided with the relevant contact details of their dedicated programme leader and level manager.
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Structure

 

The course duration is one Academic Year (September – May). Typically students will attend classes on two evenings per week from 6pm. Course timetables will be available in due course.

Eligibility

 

To check if you are eligible to apply for a Springboard course click here
 

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply for a place on this programme, applicants must:

  • Hold a minimum Level 8 NFQ award or equivalent OR
  • Applications without the above will also be considered on the basis of previous experience and learning (APEL).
In addition, an IELTS score of a minimum 6.0 or equivalent is required, where full-time study has been conducted in a language other than English or for applicants whose first language is not English.

 

 

Next Steps

 

Apply online via the Springboard portal here 

Career Opportunities

 

This Certificate in Database Development is designed for participants on the Springboard programme to take their first step towards a career as an IT professional in Database Administration, Database Development or Business Intelligence Development. The Microsoft Technology Associate Certification will also provide participants with an entry-level certification, specifically developed by Microsoft to provide the cloud computing skills targeting Platform as a Service (PaaS).

DBS fully recognises the importance of job readiness to the Springboard participant and has put in place an integrated and comprehensive Personal and Professional Development Service for Springboard participants entitled 'Jump Start Your Career'. This intensive programme covers every aspect of the job hunting process and has greatly assisted Springboard participants with their job search activities and preparation for employment. 

A suite of careers motivation, self-confidence and job ready workshops will be delivered and timetabled for programme participants.  Additional sessions will be scheduled to include:

- CV preparation, interview skills & techniques & job searching tools
- One-to-One sessions
- Individual coaching & feedback, review of experience and progress & candidate/employment matching process

Out of hours one-to-one consultations with evening appointments will also be offered to programme participants who are unable to attend during the day. Furthermore, DBS will offer strong assessment processes and feedback tools to assist in one-to-one training sessions on behavioural competencies style and to career match aptitudes that will significantly enhance the career guidance, personal development, employer engagement and interview skills of the participant. Significant emphasis will be placed on building communication and interpersonal confidence and skills to demonstrate one’s own value to an employer. Each participant will have access to a careers mentor to support the candidate/placement matching and placement process with potential employers.

DBS also has extensive engagement with industry and in addition to companies who have pledged interest of placements, it has over 1,100 employers on its database and active engagement with 1,500 DBS Alumni, all of whom are being contacted to offer work experience opportunities to Springboard students.  In addition, DBS have met with IBEC, Dublin Chamber of Commerce, Dublin City Enterprise Board, Small Firms Association and ISME who have also expressed interest in working with DBS in providing internships to our Springboard participants.

 

 

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The Admissions Office
Dublin Business School
13/14 Aungier Street
Dublin 2, Ireland
T: + 353 (0) 1 4177500
F: + 353 (0) 1 4177543
E: admissions@dbs.ie 

Meet Our Students

“The Springboard programme provides a unique opportunity for individuals to either upgrade their existing skills or learn a new skill. DBS provide that special learning environment that is tailored to individual needs. DBS understand the diverse learning needs of the Springboard students and the courses are practical based and systematically delivered to carry everybody along; with extra classes organised for students who are struggling.

I would not hesitate to recommend DBS to any aspiring Springboard candidate.”

Musiliyu Abdullahi, Certificate in Database Development & Cloud Technologies