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BSc in Management of Information Technology and Information Systems / Diploma in IT/IS (PAC Code: 344)

 

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Type of degree: Part-time/Modular
Contact: Oscail Office

Understanding the Course:

The primary aim of this programme is to equip students with Diploma/Degree level competencies in the Management of the IT/IS functions within organisations. It also aims to equip students with a critical appreciation of the potential application of IT/IS to the processes of administration, management and innovation within a range of businesses and other organisations. Graduates of the programme will emerge with a unique mix of skills in IT and business.

About You:

The programme should be of particular relevance to those working or aspiring to work in the IT/IS industry, especially those with no third-level IT/IS qualification or with a sub-degree IT/IS qualification. The programme is particularly designed for those aspiring to the management of the IT function; those interested in using IT to promote enterprise or institutional development and renewal and those interested in industrial training and teaching positions in IT.

How the course is delivered:

For each module you study, you are given access to a specially written module text. On some modules you will also study from selected textbook(s). You also get access to the vast range of online academic journals and other resources provided by the DCU Library. In addition, you will be given access to video lectures on selected topics.

Tutorial support on this programme comes in three forms: (1) Face-to-face tutorials are provided in DCU - nearly always on Saturdays; (2) Online tutorial support through the use of discussion forums in a virtual learning environment called Moodle where you can interact with your fellow students and tutors; (3) Live virtual classroom tutorials using a web-conferrencing system. Students can partake in these virtual classroom tutorials at home, work or anywhere with a broadband internet connection. All that is required is a computer with a webcam and headset. These tutorials are recorded so they can be viewed again later and usually take place on weekday evenings.

How the course is assessed:

Most modules are assessed via continuous assessment and an end-of-year examination. The continuous assessment normally takes the form of three assignments which are submitted at pre-defined dates during the academic year. Three modules (HS2, HSA, and MS00B) are currently assessed by continuous assessment only. Students can take their end-of-year examinations in DCU, UCC and NUIG.

IT Equipment and Skills required:

You should have regular access to a computer (with Microsoft Office), a broadband Internet connection, a printer and a basic headset and (optionally) a webcam. Specifically, you will need access to Microsoft Word, Excel and Access.

You should also be familiar with using email, browsing the Web, and using word processing packages.

You can find detailed information on the IT skills and equipment required for this programme under the section 'Technology Requirements'.

Mathematics - Recommendation:

Certain modules (specifically the Management Science 1 and Communications Technology 1 modules) require a competence in mathematics roughly equivalent to pass Leaving Certificate level. While a Leaving Certificate mathematics qualification is not mandatory, students without recent exposure to mathematics should consider updating their skills by enrolling in a Leaving Certificate mathematics course or by studying Leaving Certificate mathematics textbooks. After you have applied, you are given online access to a Preparatory Mathematics textbook specially written for Oscail students.

Because of the way the programme is structured, you do not have to defer commencement of the programme while you develop your competence in mathematics. You could still take a preparatory mathematics course in parallel with other modules not requiring competence in this area specifically the Human Sciences 1 and Computing 1 modules. Also, it is not recommended to take the Communications Technology 1 module before completing the Management Science 1 module (unless you have a strong background in mathematics and/or physics/electronics).

Course Structure:

Students register for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in the Management of IT/IS awarded by Dublin City University. To gain this degree, students must successfully complete fourteen modules. However, students may exit the programme with a Diploma in the Management of IT/IS, also awarded by Dublin City University, on completion of the eight modules at Levels 1 and 2.

An outline of the academic structure of the programme is given in Figure 1.

IT/IS Module Structure

Figure 1: Academic Structure of Diploma/BSc in Management of IT/IS programme

The programme consists of an integrated series of modular courses covering five main areas of study. They are:

  • Computing (C)
  • Human Sciences (HS)
  • Management Science (MS)
  • Management (MN)
  • Communications Technology (CT)

Diploma Level
The Diploma is divided into two levels with modules in Computing, Human Sciences and Management Science presented at both Level 1 and Level 2. In addition, a module in Communications Technology is presented at Level 1 and Management module is presented at Level 2. (Please note that the combination of the four modules at each level correspond to approximately one year of full-time study on a conventional honours degree programme.)

Degree Level
The Degree consists of a further six modues, each of which belonging to a subject area studied at diploma level. The modules are:

  • Databases (CA)
  • Systems Planning (CB)
  • Managing IT for Business Success (MNA)
  • Researching People's Interactions with Technology (HSA)
  • Management of eCommerce and Information Security (MSA)
  • Entrepreneurship, Enterprise and Emerging Technologies (MS00B)

MODULE SYLLABI - Subject Outlines

The module details given below refer to those delivered in the 2013/2014 academic year. As this programme is being constantly updated, module specifications may change for the 2014/2015 academic year (and subsequent years). To obtain more detailed information on each module, click on the module title below.

COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

Diploma Stage
Communications Technology 1: Telecommunications and the Development of Networks (CT1) This course aims to introduce you to the enabling science of telecommunications. It aims to give future managers of IT systems sufficient knowledge of the underlying telecommunication systems and networks to be in a position to manage the information systems.

COMPUTING

Diploma Stage
Computing 1: Introduction to IT, Programming and the Internet (C1) This module provides you with an introduction to software and hardware computing concepts. It also introduces web development and programming through HTML, Javascript and PHP.

Computing 2: Programming with Java (C2) This module equips you with a foundation in the theory and practice of computer programming with Java including object-oriented programming. It also introduces concepts from software engineering such as UML.

Degree Stage
Computing A: Databases (CA) This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the theory and practice of the construction and use of databases.

Computing B: Systems Planning (CB) This course provides you with an understanding of the theory and practice associated with the development of Information Technology-based applications and solutions.

HUMAN SCIENCES

Diploma Stage
Human Sciences 1: Human Computer Interaction (HS1) This course centres around Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and human-centred design of technology including: Human abilities and implications for HCI; Interaction Design; and evaluating software from a usabilty perspective.

Human Sciences 2: Information, Technology, and Organisation (HS2) This module examines the use of organisation theory to help IT designers and managers deal with the problems they encounter in their organisations and to exploit the opportunities that arise, many of which relate to how organisations function.

Degree Stage
Human Sciences A: Researching People's Interactions with Technology (HSA) This module enables students to develop a critical position on technology use, experience and adoption in social and cultural contexts, and allows students to carry out an empirical research project. As well as developing the relevant research skills, an examination is also made of the relevance of research in the business and everyday world of ICT, and shaping an attitude toward professional practice as reflective, evidence-based practice.

MANAGEMENT SCIENCE

Diploma Stage
Management Science 1: Mathematical and Statistical Methods (MS001) This course in mathematics and statistics equips you with the foundation in mathematical sciences required for the study of courses at subsequent levels.

Management Science 2: Management Science / Business Modelling (MS002) This course aims to introduce you to topics in Management Science and Business Modeling.

Degree Stage
Management Science A: Management of eCommerce and Information Security (MSA) This module consists of two blocks: (1) The Management of eCommerce which aims to enable participants to function at a management level in the sphere of eBusiness and eCommerce whether within supplier or customer dimensions. (2) The Management and Governance of Information Security which aims to enable participants to function at a management level to ensure that information held within their organisation is secure and meets the required governance standards.

Management Science B: Entrepreneurship, Enterprise and Emerging Technologies MS00B) This module aims to equip you with an understanding of emerging technologies and their impact on business. It explores the idea of innovation and enterprise with particular reference to the ICT sector and development of business plans.

MANAGEMENT

Diploma Stage
Management 2: Management of Business Information Systems (MN2) This module aims to give students a fundemaental understanding of issues in the strategic application of Information Systems in modern enterprises and of Management in the IT/IS sector.

Degree Stage
Management A: Managing IT for Business Success (MNA) This module will consist of three blocks: (1) Managing Benefits from IT (2) Managing and Using Data/Information in Business and (3) Information Systems and Business Strategy. (To be presented for the first time in 2014/2015.)

Module Selection:

Before planning your pathway through the programme you should view the Guide to Module Selection of the BSc. in Management of Information Technology and Information Systems.

View the subjects currently taught on this course (2013 - 2014)

Oscail - DCU Online Education provides students with:

  • Open and flexible access to higher education to a wide community of adult students;
  • Opportunities for individuals to enhance their career prospects in the IT industry;
  • Access to the knowledge and skills required to promote participation in a wide number of IT/IS positions;
  • Enable individuals to proceed to further studies in their chosen area.

As this programme is delivered through online distance eduation, studying with Oscail - DCU Online Education is suitable for people living in any part of Ireland and, increasingly, anyone living abroad.

Career Prospects:

In 2012, there were an estimated 68,280 ICT professionals working in the Irish ICT cluster of companies e.g. ICT, Financial Services, Business Services, and Manufacturing. This comprised nearly 4% of the total Irish labour force. At the core of this cluster are world leading multinationals such as Intel, IBM, Erikson and a long list of companies with their European headquarters here such as Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Facebook, Workday etc. In addition to these flag-carriers are hundreds of smaller multinational and Irish companies that employ people in a very wide range of ICT capacities.

There is currently a huge demand for skilled IT graduates. For example, it was estimated that in 2013 the Irish economy had between 2,400 to 4,500 job vacancies for graduates with an Honours Bachelor Degree or Masters in computing (Source: Forfás). This relates to jobs in the ICT sector alone, and does not count additional demand for IT graduates from other sectors of the economy. Indeed, sectors outside of traditional ICT industry are showing strong increased demand for graduates with IT skills such as, for example, the software skills required for financial modelling or database management. You will graduate this programme with a unique mix of skills in computing and business.

In addition to traditional ICT career paths, graduates of this programme will have the skills to peruse innovation and entrepreneurship by starting their own ICT-enabled business.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants aged over 23 years on January 1st in the year of entry are eligible for admission to the programme and are automatically granted a place subject to submission of an application form and payment of a deposit.

Applicants under 23 years on January 1st in the year of entry must satisfy the normal minimum degree entry requirements of Dublin City University which are:

Irish Leaving Certificate: Grade C3 in two Higher Level Subjects and Grade D3 in four Ordinary or Higher Level subjects including Mathematics AND English or Irish.

In addition, applicants who are non-native speakers of the English language must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

How to Apply:

Applications are currently closed but will open in late Spring 2014 for the 2014-2015 academic year intake.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Please see the list of Frequently Asked Questions we have prepared for all applicants.

You can also email us with any questions to: oscail@dcu.ie or telephone us directly on 01 700 5481 for further assistance.

Recognition of Prior Learning:

In Oscail, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) takes the form of exemptions from specific modules of the programme.

If you have a Diploma, Certificate or Ordinary Degree Level 6 or 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications (www.nfq.ie) in an area related to the course or equivalent, it may be possible for you to receive an exemption from studying some Level 1 and Level 2 modules of the course. Alternatively, if you have studied towards a qualification and completed modules but never actually qualified you may also be eligible.

If you get exemptions you still need to pass at least three Level 2 modules to qualify for a Diploma. Please note that, (1) you will not obtain exemptions on the basis of work experience alone, (2) you cannot get exemptions from degree level modules and (3) you cannot use an honours degree (NFQ Level 8) or higher to gain an exemption (only qualifications lower than honours degree level apply).

Diploma/B.Sc. in Management of IT/IS Exemption Application forms are available to all applicants upon request or you can download them from the Programme Forms section of our website.

Applicants should note that each request for Exemption will be considered on its own merits by the Exemption Board. The granting of an exemption/direct admission will depend on the exact nature and content of any previous award, the date obtained and, in certain circumstances, post-qualification work experience. The date of the previous award is particularly important. Given how quickly knowledge is evolving in the IT area, the Exemption Board will pay particular attention to the content studied in dated awards as they may give rise to questions regarding the currency of the applicant's knowledge.

Important Dates:

Study Period: Commences the last Monday in September to early May each year.

Closing Date for Applications: Applications normally close in late September of each year.


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