Information Technology COURSES

Certificate in Database Development & Cloud Technologies


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Awarding Body:
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) - formerly Higher Education & Training Awards Council (HETAC)
1 Academic Year (March-September),  2 evenings per week
Course commencing:
March 2014
Award Level:
Level 8 Minor Award
ECTS Credits:


Dublin Business School (DBS) together with Microsoft Ireland have developed a Level 8 Minor Award for a Certificate in Database Development and Cloud Technologies. Microsoft is one of the leading software companies in the world and is one of the companies taking the lead in the cloud computing arena, by moving organisations from their existing operations and services to the cloud. This programme not only focuses on the skills required in database development but each module has been specifically chosen to develop the skills necessary to support new cloud technologies. By partnering with Microsoft Ireland, DBS can provide a unique proposition for participants on the Springboard programme. Participants will not only earn a Level 8 Minor Award but they will also become a Microsoft Technology Associate.

Programme Aims and Objectives

According to the Global Knowledge TechRepublic 2010 Salary survey, one of the top 10 technical skills in demand in 2010 was Database Management. 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).

The Certificate in Database Development and Cloud Technologies will provide participants with the skills need 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. 

Programme Content

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  • Database & Web Application Development
  • Information Management
  • Business Information Systems
  • 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 in order to provide learners to demonstrate the opportunity to apply transferrable skills relevant to the workplace. These include working as part of a team, report writing, presentation skills etc.  These assessment methods will include:
  • Problem solving exercises 
  • Practical projects incorporating a variety of competencies and skills
  • Case studies
  • Research based projects
  • Individual assignments 
  • Management reports (e.g. Finance, Strategy)
  • 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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The course duration is one Academic Year (March-September). Typically students will attend classes on two evenings per week from 6pm. Course timetables will be available in due course.


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To be eligible for a place on a Springboard 2014 programme a person must be: 

  • Unemployed with a previous history of employment AND satisfy one of the following three criteria: 

1. Be in receipt of one of the following payments from the Department of Social Protection: 
  • Jobseeker’s Benefit
  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • Back to Work Enterprise Allowance
  • One Parent Family
  • Disability Allowance
  • Qualified Adults of Working Age
  • Carers Allowance
  • Farm Assist/Fish Assist
  • Widow(er)s Contributory or Non-contributory Pension
  • Blind Pension
  • Deserted Wives Allowance
There is no requirement to be in receipt of a payment for a particular period of time prior to the commencement of the programme. Participants in receipt of an eligible payment at the time the Springboard course commences are eligible to apply for a place on that course. However, providers will be required to give priority to applications from people who are long term unemployed. 


2. Be signing for social insurance contribution credits 


3. Be previously self-employed AND be actively seeking employment 

Entry Requirements

  • Holders of a Level 8 NFQ award or equivalent, OR

  • Applications without the above will also be considered on the basis of previous experience and learning (APEL).

  • 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

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Apply online via the Springboard portal on

Career Opportunities

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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 and Job searching tools,
- One-to-One sessions,
- Individual coaching & feedback, Review of experience & progress and 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 coach/mentor to support the candidate/placement matching and placement process with potential employers.

Industry specific guest speakers from the Digital Hub in Dublin, Microsoft and other companies have been secured to deliver in-class seminars to students’ on this course which will present an opportunity for students to network with industry professionals. 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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Dublin Business School
13/14 Aungier Street
Dublin 2, Ireland
T: + 353 (0) 1 4177500
F: + 353 (0) 1 4177543

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