Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (DevOps) Part-Time

Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (DevOps) Part-Time*

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



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The Springboard 2019/20 brochure is available here for download.

Overview

   

The Forecasting the Future Demand for High Level ICT Skills in Ireland, 2017-2022 (EGFSN, 2019) report highlights the increasing demand and undersupply of those with ICT skills in Ireland forecasts strong continued growth in this area. DevOps was highlighted as a job that was difficult to fill in the National Skills Bulletin 2018. 

Dublin Business School’s Higher Diploma in Science in Computing in Development Operations (DevOps) provides a strategic learning pathway for students to learn and implement modern software development and deployment practices that spans multiple departments, from development to test, to release management to operations with a focus on collaboration, quality and performance. These skills are essential to deliver applications at the volume, velocity, and quality levels now required for modern enterprises to remain competitive.

Programme Aims and Objectives 

The aims of the programme are to:
1. Provide a programme of study which allows learners to enhance their employment
opportunities in the ICT sector.
2. Enable learners to progress from a fundamental understanding of core computing
concepts to the demonstration of advanced skills in specific areas.
3. Develop abilities of an advanced nature in DevOps.
4. Contextualise newly gained practical skills in a real-world environment through placement and project work.

The objectives of the programme are to:
1. Enable the learner to successfully transfer existing skills and knowledge to an ICT context.
2. Provide the learner with communication, teamwork and presentation skills required of an ICT practitioner.
3. Develop a competence for analytical thinking, problem solving ability and enable
independent learning.
4. Position learners to develop research skills and progress to further postgraduate study.

On completion of this course, the graduate will be able to: 
- Apply analytical thinking to the problem-solving process and reflect on and critique proposed DevOps solutions.

- Display appropriate personal and professional attitude and approach to independent learning required to fill knowledge gaps in the discipline of DevOps.

- Demonstrate an understanding of core computing concepts and methods applied in programming, web development, information systems and database development, computer systems and administration, software and systems security and in software engineering or data storage and networking.

- Apply appropriate theories, processes, tools and techniques available to practitioners within the discipline of computing.

- Utilise specialised skills that are applicable in the context of established and emerging computing practices.

- Use appropriate skills to interpret technical requirements and use this to design, develop and deliver suitable computing artifacts.

- Establish competence required for professional, ethical and legal delivery of individual or group projects in a supervised work or industry environment

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Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission to this programme, applicants must hold a Level 8 degree in a cognate discipline OR a Level 8 degree in a non-cognate discipline with 1-2 years professional experience in a related industry. Due to the mathematical nature of the content candidates will be required to show sufficient competency in mathematics.

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).

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Course Content

Modules within this programme include: 

  • Principles of programming

  • Database Design and  Development

  • Information systems management & development

  • DevOps project management

  • Operating systems & networks

  • Web design & development  

  • Object oriented programming 

  • DevOps practices & principles 

  • Tools & technologies for DevOps

Assessment Methods

The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (DevOps) is an academic programme informed by the clinical and academic experience of the lecturers. Modules will be delivered through a mix of lectures, workshops and tutorials, and teaching will focus on the learner applying problem solving skills and undertaking critical reflection and critique of case studies. Assessment methods include in-class tests, presentations, analysis of case studies, assignments and project work. 

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Structure

The programme is structured to deliver the taught component, contributing 60 credits over 2 years part-time. Typically students attend classes on two evenings per week. 

Delivery of the programme is structured over four taught semesters. During each semester, students are typically required to attend lectures on two evenings per week and occasional weekend workshops.

The course has six key components:

1. Class room lectures

2. Case Based learning

3. Practical Skills Sessions

4. Workshops

5. Tutorials

6. Individual and Group work

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Career Opportunities

DevOps engineers are notoriously difficult to find as highlighted in the National Skills Bulletin 2018. Graduates of this course can expect to work in either development or operations areas in large enterprises.

Dublin Business School’s Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (DevOps) provides a strategic learning pathway for students to learn and implement modern software development and deployment practices that spans multiple departments, from development to test, to release management to operations with a focus on collaboration, quality and performance. These skills are essential to deliver applications at the volume, velocity, and quality levels now required for modern enterprises to remain competitive.

The Irish Government has set an ambitious plan for Ireland to become a leading country in Europe in ICT. It is envisaged that this will assist in the creation of additional employment in the economy. It is against this backdrop that Springboard+ provides for a 2 year part time NFQ Level 8 Higher Diploma course delivered by higher education providers in partnership with industry.   This proposed programme (and streams) will form part of a suite of ICT related programmes currently being delivered by DBS. This innovative Higher Diploma is informed by Irish government policy and industry requirements and reflects DBS’s commitment to dynamically respond to urgent requirements to ensure an adequate supply of ICT talent and skills for the domestic supply pool.


 

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Eligibility

People in the following categories are eligible to apply for courses in the 2019/20 academic year (subject to the applicant meeting all residency and nationality/visa requirements and any academic requirements):

  • People in employment

    Please note that under the Springboard+ 2019/20 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. These fees can be paid by either the applicant or their employer, should the employer sponsor the applicant. Should you require a company sponsorship form for invoicing please let us know.

    Therefore the below fees will be applied to your application, should your application be successful, for this course:

    Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (DevOps) Part-Time* - Course fee is €7,250, of which you pay 10% = €725

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

  • 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 and residency criteria. Course specific criteria may also apply.

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

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.

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

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.

Apply online via the Springboard portal.



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Next Steps

Apply online via the Springboard portal here.



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Course overview

COURSE OVERVIEW 2019

Awarding Body:
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
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Duration: 
2 Academic Years
Study Mode: 
Part-time
Course Commencement Date:
September 2019
Award Level:
Level 8 Higher Diploma
Award Type: Major
ECTS Credits:
60

 

 


 

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