Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Web & Cloud Technologies)

Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Web & Cloud Technologies) - Part-time

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Eligibility
  • Next Steps
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Overview

Dublin Business School, in conjunction with Springboard+, have developed a part-time Level 8 Special Purpose Award programme leading to a Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Web & Cloud Technologies).  This programme has been identified as providing specialised ICT training that will offer graduates a realistic prospect of a graduate level entry into the ICT sector and produce graduates that genuinely satisfy the needs of industry.


Programme Aims and Objectives

The primary objective of the Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Web & Cloud Technologies) 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.

As part of the objectives of the ICT Action Plan 2014-2018, National Skills Strategy 2025 and Action Plan for Education 2016-2019, the aim is to increase the domestic supply of ICT graduates to meet demand from 57% to 74% by 2018.  This programme has been running since 2012 and aims to meet that objective in providing skilled graduates in the relevant ICT area.  In Ireland in general, software developers are among the most in-demand roles in the tech sector.

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.

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.  A feature of the part-time programme is the opportunity for the learner to engage in an industry related project.  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.

 

Specific skills that the proposed specialist stream is preparing participants for:

  • Proficiency in current database and web application development languages and frameworks

  • In-depth knowledge of fundamentals of Object-oriented programming using C#.NET

  • Competency in document mark-up languages particularly HTML5, XHTML and XML

  • Proficiency in using advanced Web development tools and techniques such as DHTML and AJAX

  • Competency to create, design and develop a server side web application with database integration

  • Ability to design and develop relational and XML database models and implement them

  • Expertise to develop native and Hybrid XML databases

  • Access a database from a web application using ADO.NET

  • Integrate social media features using APIs

  • In-depth understanding of Web services standards

  • Apply current & emerging technologies to enhance the functionality of web application components

  • Competent understanding of cloud computing, deployment & delivery models and cloud infrastructure skills

  • High level of knowledge of the underlying enablers of cloud computing, namely virtualization, implementation mediums and storage frameworks

  • Design, configure & manage a switched network. Implement a hierarchical structure, loop avoidance, switch convergence & VLANS

  • Design and 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

  • Developing content on cloud such as using Content Management Systems such as Joomla, etc. on Windows Azure platform.

Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission to this programme, applicants must hold a Primary Honours Degree (Level 8), with a minimum of a pass classification, in any discipline from a recognised third level institution or equivalent qualification. Candidates will ideally be able to demonstrate technical or mathematical problem solving skills as part of 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 the programme.

 

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.

 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Learners may also access this course on the basis of recognition of prior learning or by assessment of prior experiential learning/informal learning. For this particular programme applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis based upon their educational record, work experience, their ability to demonstrate technical or mathematical problem solving skills and a capacity to successfully participate in the programme.

Timetable

View the provisional timetable here.

 



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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

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For further information please visit: ESF Information and Communication guidelines. 

 *Eligibility and entry requirements apply.

Course Content

 

The programme focuses on practical skills in core modules such as:

  • Information Systems Development & Management

  • Database Design & Development

  • Principles of Programming

  • Operating Systems & Networks

  • Web Design & Development

  • Object-Oriented Programming

  • Web & Cloud Application Development

  • Cloud Infrastructure & Virtualisation

  • Advanced Web Technologies 

Upon successful completion of the taught element of the course, students will engage in a credit bearing industry 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 focus of the programme is on the application of learning to the real-life environment and therefore a significant proportion of this programme is computer based. Learners will be required to practice taught skills and elements of the course via self-directed learning.

Intellectual skills are developed through project work, tutorial work and coursework assignments. In addition to the accredited modules learners will be timetabled to participate in personal development activities. Learners will therefore gain the necessary additional applied skills in order to expedite their integration into the workplace.







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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

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For further information please visit: ESF Information and Communication guidelines.


Structure

The programme delivery is part-time and will run over 2 academic years, 2 evenings per week from 6:15pm to 9:30pm and some weekends.  Calendars for this programme will be available in due course.

Timetable

View the provisional timetable here.







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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

SB Partner Band

For further information please visit: ESF Information and Communication guidelines.


Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the programme, graduates would typically take up roles as:

• Cloud Administrators

• Cloud Computing Specialists

• Windows Administrator

• Web Developers/Analyst

• Network Engineer

• IT Support

• Network Project Manager

• Data Operations Engineer

• Database designer and developer

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







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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

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For further information please visit: ESF Information and Communication guidelines.




Eligibility 

 

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


Returners (Formerly referred to as Homemakers)

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.

 

People in Employment/Self-Employment

Please note that under the Springboard+ 2020/2021 initiative, 90% of the fees are covered 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 the 10% fee for this programme.  Should your employer be paying your fees, please contact us and we can forward you a copy of our company sponsorship form in order for us to invoice your employer.

The fee for the Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Web & Cloud Technologies) is €7,250 of which you pay 10% = €725

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


People signing for contribution credits

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.

Please note these two-year part-time ICT conversion courses are not open to those in receipt of Jobseekers-related payments. 

Please visit the Springboard+ website for further information on participant eligibility and funding eligibility requirements.

All applications must be submitted online via the Springboard+ website. Please note that documentation supporting the applicants status will be required as part of the application process.

 

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

 

For applicants who are signing for contribution credits, we require the following documentation;

A letter from DSP confirming your social protection status (signing for credits)

 

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

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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

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For further information please visit: ESF Information and Communication guidelines.

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

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Course overview

COURSE OVERVIEW 2020


Awarding Body:

Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)


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Duration: 2 Academic Years 
Study Mode: 
Part-time / 2 evenings per week
Course Commencement Date:
September 2020
Award Level:
Level 8 NFQ
ECTS Credits:
60
10% Contribution (if applicable):
€725

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