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 2020/21 brochure is available here for download.

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.

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 March 2021 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

 

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. 


Timetable

View the March 2021 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.


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

 








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.

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).

Note: For Stamp 4 holders or Stamp 4 EU FAM, residency will be 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 the Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (DevOps), 2 year part-time programme, the following categories are eligible to apply:

People in Employment

Please note that those in employment, 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. The applicant must also meet the nationality / visa requirements and residency criteria i.e. they must be able to demonstrate that they have been ordinarily resident  in an EU / EEA / UK / Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme. Either the applicant of their employer can pay these fees. Should your employer be paying your fees, please contact us and we can forward you a company sponsorship form in order to invoice your employer.


PROOF OF EMPLOYMENT DOCUMENTATION
:

  • A copy of most recent payslip

Fees: The fee for the Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (DevOps) is €7,250 of which you pay 10% = €725

Returners

Returners are those who are not in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection, have previous history of employment but may require upskilling or reskilling to transition back to the workforce. Applicants must have been a homemaker or on other caring duties or economically dependent on a partner or spouse for a minimum period of 9 of the previous 12 months.

 

PROOF OF RETURNER DOCUMENTATION:

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

     

Fees: The fees for this programme are 100% fully funded under this category.

 

Self-Employed

Self employed applicants are eligible to apply:

PROOF OF SELF-EMPLOYED DOCUMENTATION:

  • A letter from their accountant or relevant documentation from Revenue showing that they are self-employed in Ireland would suffice.

     

Fees: The fee for the Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (DevOps) is €7,250 of which you pay 10% = €725

 

People signing for Contribution Credits:

Applicants in this category are eligible to apply for this course, provided that they meet the nationality / visa requirement, the residency criteria and the course specific criteria as set out previously.

 

PROOF OF SIGNING FOR CONTRIBUTION CREDITS:

  • A letter from DSP (the Department of Social Protection) confirming your social protection status (signing for credits).

     

Fees: The fees for this programme are 100% fully funded under this category.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

These two-year part-time conversion courses are NOT open to those in receipt of Jobseekers-related payments or Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP).

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

 

Application Procedures

 

All applications must be submitted online via the Springboard+ website. Please note that the 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.


The following documents are required by DBS as part of the application process. When you apply through the Springboard+ website, a member of the DBS Admissions Team will be in touch in relation to requesting the following documents:


  • Academic Transcripts of results (this is a breakdown of each year, all the modules studied and all results achieved). If these transcripts are in a language other than English, we will require the originals together with official translated copies.

  • Proof of ID - Driver's Licence of Passport.

  • Proof of residency for all applicants for three of the last five years. This can be revenue documents, letter from DEASP office or letter from previous or current employer.

  • 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 three of the last five years.

  • For applicants who do not hold the required qualification and are applying through APEL (Approved Prior Experiential Learning), a recently updated and detailed CV is required with education and work experience to date. In addition, a personal statement is required outlining your reasons for applying for the course and why you would be a suitable candidate. This should be in the format of a word document and have between 500 and 700 words.

  • 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, PTE, Duolingo, or DBS English Placement Test. Test certificates must be dated within the last two years.

     

     

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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.


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/ 2021

 

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:
March 2021
Award Level:
Level 8 NFQ
ECTS Credits:
60
10% Contribution (if applicable):
€725

 


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