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

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Applications for this programme are now closed. 


Dublin Business School in conjunction with Springboard+, 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 award. As part of the programme, participants will have the opportunity to specialise in the streams of Software Development, Web & Cloud Technologies or IT Infrastructure and Networking. 

The primary objective of the 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. According to Richard Bruton, TD, Minister for ​Education and Skills, and as outlined in the recently published Action Plan for Jobs 2014 report, the ICT sector is of strategic importance to Ireland, both in terms of the numbers of high skilled professionals employed and its significant contribution to Irelands export performance, accounting for 70 billion in exports per annum. In 2012, it was estimated that there were 68,280 ICT professionals working both within the ICT sector and across other sectors of the economy. As outlined in the Forfas/EGFSN (2013) report Addressing Future Demand for High-Level ICT Skills, results from this study indicate that 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.

Aims & Objectives

Recent work carried out by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs and as outlined in the National Skills Bulletin (July 2011) has identified ICT skills demand for Computer Software Engineers with specialist knowledge in Cloud Computing & Web Development.  According to the National Skills Bulleting (2013) the demand for IT skills in Cloud Computing is forecasted to be strong as organisations introduce new or migrate existing systems to increasingly sophisticated online and/or cloud platforms. Strong demand is also confirmed in recent job announcements over the last year, particularly in the areas of cloud computing (e.g. Feed Henry, Zendesk), industry specific software applications development (e.g. food manufacturing (Opensky) and IT security (e.g. FireEye, Zurich IT & Security Services).

This programme has been designed to address the significant gaps as identified by Microsoft Ireland, their Partner Network and other industry and enterprise partners. The intensive nature of the first semester will also develop the organisational skills of the learner and their time management and administrative skills. The second semester continues with the intensive development of the learner and provides an opportunity for the learner to specialise in the Web and Cloud Technology field.

Following completion of the Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Web & Cloud Technologies), participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how underlying virtualization technologies function

  • Critically evaluate multi-tenancy and deployment models

  • Evaluate data storage models & have up-to-date knowledge on established and emerging cloud technologies

  • Evaluate platforms in order to create, design and develop a server side web application with database integration

  • Demonstrate proficiency in document mark-up languages particularly XML

  • Develop Web-based applications using .NET framework and specifically ASP.NET

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

  • Design & Implement an IP addressing scheme for a network.

  • Understand and describe the operations & functions of a router & its critical role within networking.

  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of WAN technologies, from Frame Relays to MPLS to Metro Ethernet

Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission to this programme, applicants must hold a Primary Honours Degree (Level 8) in a cognate discipline from a recognised third level institution or equivalent qualification. 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. Applications without this will be considered on the basis of approved prior experience and learning (RPL).

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.

Typical disciplines which would fall into this category would be:

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Mathematics

  • Physics

Some candidates will also have gained a Level 8 qualification in a programme with a significant IT component and/or significant numerate element. Such programmes vary greatly in mathematical and information technology content and assessment would be by detailed examination of subject content, assessments and syllabi.

Typical programmes which would fall into this category could include:

  • Management Information Systems

  • Accounting

  • Business

  • Management

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​Course Content

In Semester 1 students will be provided with a significant grounding in core computing modules.

Core modules for semester 1 are:  

  • Principles of Programming

  • Database Design & Development

  • Information Systems Development & Management

  • Object-Oriented Programming

  • Web Design & Development

  • Operating Systems and Networks

In Semester 2 students will pursue a specialisation stream in Web & Cloud Technologies. This element is a focused set of modules designed to bring candidates quickly to the industry entry standard for graduates in their chosen field of specialisation.

Core modules for semester 2 are:

• Cloud Infrastructure and Virtualisation

• Web and Cloud Application Development

• Advanced Web Technologies

In Semester 3 students will engage in a minimum 3 month work placement.

Upon successful completion of the taught element of the course, participants will enter the work placement element of the conversion programme. This element will enable students to gain relevant experience and furthermore will allow employers to field test potential recruits.

Personal Development Programme

To complement the academic programme, learners will follow a skills based Personal Development Programme (PDP). The programme has been designed in collaboration with industry to ensure that graduates are able to demonstrate the personal skills and aptitudes employers have highlighted as requirements and to assist graduates of the programme to integrate effectively into the work place. The PDP will be delivered across all four semesters.

Teaching & Assessment

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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The programme is intentionally intensive in nature, with teaching and laboratory activities timetabled between 9.00am and 5.30pm five days per week to reflect the working week. Daytime attendance is required and there is also a three month credit bearing work placement as part of the programme.


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Career Opportunities/Progression to Further Study

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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For the one-year full-time ICT Conversion courses you may be eligible irrespective of your employment status (i.e. whether you are employed or unemployed) and regardless of whether you are in receipt of income support from the Department of Social Protection. 

For the two year part-time ICT Conversion courses you may be eligible if you are employed. If you are unemployed and in receipt of a jobseekers payment (including Farm Assist and Qualified Adults of Working Age) you are not eligible for the two year ICT Conversion courses. However, if you are in receipt of other social protection payments, e.g. One Parent Family or Disability Allowance, you may be eligible for the two year part-time Conversion programmes.

Please also note the following new eligibility requirements for all Springboard+ 2017 courses:

Those who have completed a Springboard+ course within the past two years (i.e. graduated from a 2015 or 2016 Springboard+ call course ) are not eligible to apply in 2017 (unless the participant is seeking to progress their qualification level in the same discipline, e.g. Level 7 to Level 8). 
Participants who enrolled in more than one Springboard+ course since the inception of Springboard+ in 2011, and did not complete any course, are not eligible to apply in 2017. 
Participants who enrolled in just one course, since the inception of Springboard+ in 2011, but did not complete, are eligible to apply in 2017, but will be required to meet all eligibility criteria as outlined below.

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. The process is implemented within the relevant school, by the relevant Head of School/Department or nominee, and is overseen by The Registrar. 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.

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Next Steps

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Course overview


Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
1​0 months incorporating ​3 month placement
Study Mode: 
Course Commenc​ement Date: 
​​Spring 2018
Award Level: 
Level 8 NFQ
Award Type: Major
ECTS Credits: 

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