Higher Diploma in Science in Computing in Mobile Applications | Full-Time

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Springboard+ | DBSH.Dip in Science in Computing in Mobile Applications

The HCI Pillar 1 2020/2021 brochure is available here for download.

Overview

  

Dublin Business School (DBS) in conjunction with Springboard+, and other relevant industry partners have developed an intensive one-year Full-Time Level 8 conversion award for a Higher Diploma in Science in Computing in Mobile Applications.

The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing in Mobile Applications is a conversion course for non-computing graduates who wish to acquire core ICT skills and computing expertise which will enable graduates play an active role in Mobile Applications Development.

The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing in Mobile Applications creates graduates capable of dealing with diverse intrinsic and extrinsic technological realities in a creative manner to ensure sustainability and career growth. In this way, this programme is aimed at those who wish to specialise in the field of ICT with a view to entering industry, progressing professionally or to undertake postgraduate studies in a related field. Upon successful completion of the Higher Diploma in Science in Computing in Mobile Applications programme, learners will be able to display appropriate personal and professional attitude and approach to independent learning required to fill knowledge gaps in the discipline of Mobile Applications. Learners will also be able to apply analytical thinking to the problem-solving process and reflect on and critique proposed mobile application solutions.

 

Programme Aims & Objectives


  • Provide a programme of study which allows learners to enhance their employment opportunities in the ICT sector.

  • Enable learners to progress from a fundamental understanding of core computing concepts to the demonstration of advanced skills in specific areas.

  • Develop abilities of an advanced nature in an array of computing disciplines such as Mobile Applications Development.

  • Contextualise newly gained practical skills in a real-world environment through placement and project work.

  • Enable the learner to successfully transfer existing skills and knowledge to an ICT context.

  • Provide the learner with communication, teamwork and presentation skills required of an ICT practitioner.

  • Develop a competence for analytical thinking, problem solving ability and enable independent learning.

  • Position learners to develop research skills and progress to further postgraduate study.

 

Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission to this programme, applicants must hold a full Level 8 Honour’s Bachelor Degree any discipline, with at least a pass classification, from a recognised third level institute or equivalent qualification.  Candidate will ideally be able to demonstrate technical or mathematical problem-solving skills as part of their previous programme learning.  Typically, holders of more technical numerate degrees are likely to gain a higher ranking in any order of merit in selection for this programme.

 

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applicants who do not have a Level 8 qualification at a pass award level and who have at least 3 years’ relevant work experience may also be considered through the College’s normal RPL procedures.  Relevant professional experience may be taken into account and individuals will be assessed on a case-by-case basis through DBS RPL procedures.

For applicants whose first language is not English and who have not previously undertaken a degree taught through English, evidence must be provided of proficiency in English language equivalent to B2+ or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). This must be evidenced through a recognised English Language test such as IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, PTE or DBS English Assessment. Test certificates should be dated within the last two years to be considered valid.

 




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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. Human Capital Initiative Pillar 1 is funded by the National Training Fund.

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 *Eligibility and entry requirements apply.
**This programme is subject to validation

 

 

 


Course Content

 

The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing in Mobile Applications programme has the following content:

  • Information Systems Development and Management

  • Database Design and Development

  • Principles of Programming

  • Operating systems and Networks

  • Web Design and Development

  • Object Orientated Programming

  • Advanced Programming

  • Mobile App Development

  • Project

 

Assessment Methods

DBS teaching and learning strategies are intended to facilitate students to take ownership of, and responsibility for, their own learning in partnership with the academic faculty.  A wide range of teaching and learning methods are used in the programme to ensure all learning styles are accommodated. Methods will include formal lectures, seminars, workshops, lab tutorials, on-line video demonstrations, and presentations that will emphasise student participation and application to case studies and relevant computing and business issues.

The programme is designed specifically to include all the necessary components required for a learner to work productively within an ICT environment; the learner will gain a lot of hands on experience for utilising computing tools to implement relevant artefacts. Modules have been carefully chosen to ensure the depth and breadth of module coverage required to meet the award.






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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. Human Capital Initiative Pillar 1 is funded by the National Training Fund.

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Structure

The programme is structured to deliver the taught component, contributing 60 credits over one year Full-Time.  Typically, students attend classes from Monday to Friday.  Calendars for this programme will be available in due course.

Six Key Components

  • Classroom lectures

  • Case Based learning

  • Practical Skills Sessions

  • Workshops

  • Tutorials

  • Individual and Group work

 




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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. Human Capital Initiative Pillar 1 is funded by the National Training Fund.

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Career Opportunities

This project-oriented programme develops an understanding of the underpinning theories, paradigms, algorithms and architectures for building mobile and social software applications. It helps learners to develop the required skills and knowledge in the technologies required to design and build mobile applications using current platforms, SDKs and IDEs, both open‐source and proprietary.







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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. Human Capital Initiative Pillar 1 is funded by the National Training Fund.

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Eligibility

People in the following categories are eligible to apply for courses on the HCI Pillar 1 2020/2021 academic year (subject to the applicant meeting all residency and nationality/visa requirements and any academic requirements):

Recent Graduates

(Level 8 qualification holders 2020 Graduates) Please note that under the HCI Pillar 1 2020/2021 Initiative, 90% of the fees are funded by HEA and 10% of the fees are payable to the college for this category of applicants.

The fees for the Full-time Higher Diploma in Science in Computing in Mobile Applications is €7,250, of which you pay 10% = €725

Note: These fees must be paid prior to enrolling on your HCI programme.

People in Employment

Please note that under the HCI Pillar 1 2020/2021 Initiative, 90% of the fees are funded by HEA and 10% of the fees are payable to the college for this category of applicants. They may apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria. Either the applicant or their employer can pay these fees. Should you require a company sponsorship form for invoicing, please let us know. The fees for the Full-time Higher Diploma in Science in Computing in Mobile Applications is €7,250, of which you pay 10% = €725 Note: These fees must be paid prior to enrolling on your HCI programme. This category of applicant will also be required to provide a copy of a relevant revenue documentation or a letter from their current employer to confirm employment or self-employment.


The Unemployed

To be eligible for a HCI Pillar 1 course, a person must be in receipt of an eligible DEASP payment or be signing for social insurance contribution credits, have a previous history of employment or self-employment and be actively seeking work.

Note: Applicants must be in receipt of any of the following social welfare payment for 9 of the previous 12 months and hold at least a Level 8 qualification.

  • Jobseekers Benefit 

  • Jobseekers Allowance 

  • One Parent Family 

  • Disability Allowance 

  • Qualified Adults of Working Age 

  • Carers Allowance 

  • Farm Assist/Fish Assist 

  • Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory or Non-contributory Pension 

  • Blind Pension  

  • Deserted Wives Allowance 

Courses are fully funded for these applicants. They may apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement, the residency criteria and the course specific criteria.

Previously Self-Employed

People with at least a level 7 qualification who may require new qualifications to return to self-employment or to enter employment. The course is fully funded by HEA for those in receipt of DEASP payment. For those who were previously self-employed and not in receipt of a DEASP payment 90% of the fees are funded by HEA and 10% of the fees are payable to the college.

Returners

Returners are those who are not in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection but who have been out of the work environment due to childcare or other caring obligations. Courses are fully funded for these applicants. They may apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria.

 

To be eligible the applicant must have been;

Ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme. In addition, the applicant will need to provide supporting documentation to confirm their status as a Homemaker.

Applications must swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths attesting to their status. A form to complete this process is available here.

Note: It should be noted that acceptance on to a Springboard+ course does not confer any entitlement to DEASP payments or childcare supports.

Returners, employed and new graduate participants will be required to meet the residency requirements for HCI Pillar 1; that they must have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to their course.

No participant on an HCI Pillar 1 course in 2020 will be eligible for support under the Department of Education and Skills Higher Education Grants Scheme.

Documents Required

All applicants are required to provide the following documentation;

  • Academic Transcripts (this is the yearly breakdown of the modules studied and results received) and we require the transcripts for each year of study completed from any previous studies/courses attended. If these transcripts are in a language other than English, than please be aware we require official translated copies as well as the originals.

  • Recently updated CV including your education and experience to date

  • If applying through APEL, we require a personal statement outlining your reasons for applying for the course and why would you be a suitable candidate. Please be aware that your personal statement should be sent as a word document and the average length should be between 500 - 700 words.

  • Copy of your passport or driver’s licence.

  • For applicants whose first language is not English and who have not previously undertaken a degree taught through English, evidence must be provided of proficiency in English language equivalent to B2+ or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). This must be evidenced through a recognised English Language test such as IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, PTE or DBS English Assessment. Test certificates should be dated within the last two years to be considered valid • For Non-EU applicants currently residing in Ireland - a Copy of your Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) Card or proof of residency is required, to demonstrate that you have been residing in the EU for 3 of the last 5 years.

 

Note: The period of residency for holders of Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM is calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4. Any period of residency in the state before this date will not be taken into consideration.



For applicants who are in employment (including Self-Employment), we require the following documentation;

Copy of their Tax Credit and Universal Social Charge Certificate 2020, or a letter from their current employer/accountant to confirm employment/self-employment.

Please note that under the Springboard+ HCI 2020/21 initiative, 90% of the fees are funded by HEA and 10% of the fees are payable to the college for this category of applicants. Either the applicant or their employer can pay these fees, should the employer sponsor the applicant. Should you require a company sponsorship form for invoicing please let us know.



For applicants who are unemployed and in receipt of Social Welfare payment, we require the following documentation;

A recent payment slip, a copy of an application for PTEO/BTEA or a letter from DSP confirming your social protection status (signing for credits, any other form of social welfare etc.) would be suitable.



For applicants who are homemakers, we require the following documentation; 

Letter/statement signed by a Commissioner for Oaths confirming their status. Please see Springboard+ form on the Springboard+ website

Please note that there are limited places available on all programmes. Those applicants who provide all the relevant supporting documents will be allocated places on their chosen programme on a first come-first served basis, subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria.

Should we not receive all of the above information, your application will not be progressed and you could potentially miss out an offer of a place.

In the meantime, should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the DBS Admissions Office on 01 4177500 or by email on Springboard@dbs.ie

Note: All applications must be submitted online via the Springboard+ website.
Please visit the Springboard+ website for further information on participant eligibility and funding eligibility requirements.

 

 

 


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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. Human Capital Initiative Pillar 1 is funded by the National Training Fund.

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Next Steps


Application Procedure

Please apply online via the Springboard portal HERE.



Corporate Services

Did you know?  DBS now can meet with you and your company to discuss the Springboard+ Government funded programmes, to see if it could work as a learning & development solution for your organisation.  This is ideal for any size organisation in any industry based in Dublin and the surrounding counties that may want to invest in employees' professional development.

For more information on this new service or to arrange a meeting, please contact our Corporate Services Team on admissions@dbs.ie or by telephone 01 417 7500.






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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. Human Capital Initiative Pillar 1 is funded by the National Training Fund.

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Course overview

COURSE OVERVIEW 2020

Awarding Body:
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
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Duration: 1 Academic Year
Study Mode: Full-Time
Course Commencement Date: September 2020
Award Level: Level 8
Award Title: Higher Diploma in Science in Computing in Mobile Applications
ECTS Credits: 60
10% Contribution Fee (if applicable): €725

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