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.
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 academic journals and other resources provided by the DCU Library. In addition, on some modules you will be given access to study videos and podcast content.
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 - this is currently the main form of tutorial support and (3) Increasing use is being made of 'live' online tutorials using a web-conferencing tutorial system called Wimba. Students can partake in Wimba-based tutorials at home, work or anywhere with a broadband internet connection.
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 have to be submitted at pre-defined points during the academic year. Two modules (HSA and MS00B) are currently assessed by continuous assessment only. Students can take their end-of-year examinations in DCU, UCC or 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).
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.
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:
- Human Sciences
- Management Science
- Communications Technology
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.)
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)
- Emerging Technologies and Enterprise (MS00B)
MODULE SYLLABI - Subject Outlines
The module details given below refer to those delivered in the 2012/2013 academic year. As this programme is being constantly updated, module specifications may change for the 2013/2014 academic year (and subsequent years). To obtain more detailed information on each module, click on the module title below.
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 1: Introduction to IT, Programming and the Internet (C1) This course provides you with an overview of Information Systems. It also introduces web development and programming.
Computing 2: Programming with C++/Java (C2) This course equips you with a foundation in the theory and practice of computer programming with C++/Java. It also introduces concepts from software engineering such as UML and Agile methodologies.
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 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.
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 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.
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. (To be presented for the first time in 2013/2014.)
Management Science B: Emerging Technologies and Enterprise (MS00B) This course 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 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.
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 2013/2014.)
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.
The overall aim of the programme is to equip students with degree level competence in Information Technology/Information Systems with a critical appreciation of its potential application to the processes of innovation, management and administration. The programme will be of particular relevance to those working in management, administration, enterprise or institutional development, and industrial training and teaching, and to those aspiring to positions in these areas.
In 2008 the Irish ICT cluster had over €75 billion in aggregate sales, with over €38 billion from manufacturing activities and over €37 billion in software and services. It accounted for nearly 9% of value added in the Irish economy. In 2009, some 72,500 people, nearly 4% of the total Irish labour force, worked in the sector. At the core of this cluster are world leading multinationals such as Intel (with its largest fabs outside the US), IBM, Erikson and a long list of companies with their European headquarters here such as Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Facebook, Zynga, 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. According to the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, employment in IT professional occupations grew by a net 11,200 new jobs between 2004 and 2009 - 4,000 of these jobs were added since the start of the recession.
There is currently a huge demand for skilled IT graduates. For example, Forfás has predicted that in 2013 the Irish economy will have 2,400 to 4,500 job vacancies for graduates with an Honours Bachelor Degree or Masters in computing. 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 IT skills, for example, the software skills required for financial modelling. Students from this programme will graduate 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.
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: email@example.com 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.
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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