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
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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 (DevOps).

Dublin Business School’s Higher Diploma in Science in Computing in Development Operations (DevOps) programme, 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 that are now required for modern enterprises to remain competitive.  This industry led and innovative programme will provide graduates with the theoretical and practical skills required to meet the demands of industry.

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 creationn 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. 

 

Programme Aims

  • 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 DevOps.

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

 

Programme Objectives

  • 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.

 

On completion of this course, the graduate will be able to: 
  • Apply analytical thinking to the problem-solving process, reflect on and analyse 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


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.

 

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.

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

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

 


Course Content

 

Modules within this programme include:

  • Principles of programming

  • Database Design and Development

  • Information Systems Development & Management

  • DevOps Project Management

  • Operating Systems & Networks

  • Web Design & Development

  • Object Oriented Programming

  • DevOps Practices & Principles

  • Tools & Technologies for DevOps

 

Upon successful completion of the taught element of the course, students will engage in a credit bearing industry project.

 

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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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.


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.







Springboard Logo

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 Services Engineers

  • DevOps Support Engineers

  • Senior Software Engineers in DevOps

 








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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.

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 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 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 (DevOps) is €7,250 of which you pay 10% = €725

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


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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

SB Partner Band

 

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

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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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