Understanding the Course:
This programme aims to equip you with Diploma/Degree level skills in Information Technology. Upon its completion you will also be equipped with a critical insight into the application of Information Technology to the processes of administration, management and innovation within a range of businesses and other organisations.
The programme should be of particular relevance if you are working or aspiring to work in the IT/IS industry, especially if you have no third-level IT qualification or with IT qualification lower than an honours degree. The programme is particularly suited to you if you interested in using IT to promote enterprise or institutional development or wish to pursue 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. Four modules (HS2, HSA, MS00B and SDA) 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).
Students register for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Information Technology 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 Information Technology, also awarded by Dublin City University, on completion of the eight modules at Levels 1 and 2.
The programme consists of an integrated series of modular courses covering four main areas of study. They are:
- Communications Technology (CT)
- Computing (C) / Software Development (SD)
- Human Sciences (HS)
- Management Science (MS)
The Diploma is divided into two levels with each subject area presented at both Level 1 and Level 2 - 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 seven modues:
- Databases (CA)
- Systems Planning (CB)
- Modern Data Communications Networks (CTA)
- Researching People's Interactions with Technology (HSA)
- Management of eCommerce and Information Security (MSA)
- Entrepreneurship, Enterprise and Emerging Technologies (MS00B)
- Mobile Applications Development (SDA)
MODULE SYLLABI - Subject Outlines
Most of 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 1: Telecommunications and the Development of Networks (CT1) This module aims to introduce you to the enabling science of telecommunications and the functions and services of the evolving telecommunication systems.
Communications Technology 2: The Principles of Telecommunications Systems (CT2) This module introduces concepts in the operational principles of modern communication systems and networks. Further topics in the science of electronics are also presented.
Communications Technology A: Modern Data Communication Networks (CTA) This module aims to describe key mechanisms for maintaining network integrity, to demonstrate contemporary network transmission methods and routing protocols and to raise awareness of management methods.
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.
Computing A: Databases (CA) This module 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 module provides you with an understanding of the theory and practice associated with the development of Information Technology-based applications and solutions.
Software Devlopment A: Mobile Application Development (SDA) This module covers a variety of key topics in software development including, XML, testing, documentation, version control, server and network communication, User Interface and User Experience design, developing using APIs and SDKS, developing for platforms with constrained resources, using input from sensors, and presentation of developed work to others in written and oral modes. Students will learn fundamental principles, methodologies and design patterns and apply them using Java and the Android mobile application development platform. (This module will be presented for the first time in 2014/2015.)
Human Sciences 1: Human Computer Interaction (HS1) This module centres around Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and human-centred design of technology including: Human abilities and implications for HCI; Interaction Design; and Evaluating HCI.
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 module in mathematics and statistics equips you with the foundation in mathematical sciences required for the study of modules at subsequent levels.
Management Science 2: Management Science / Business Modelling (MS002) This module 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.
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.
Before planning your pathway through the programme you should view the Guide to Module Selection of the BSc. in Information Technology.
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 education, studying with Oscail - DCU Online Education is suitable for people living in any part of Ireland and increasingly, anyone living abroad.
"This has been an amazing course and although I groaned a lot at the volume of work I had to undertake, I am delighted that I persevered. This was my final year but I think I am going to really miss not logging on every evening. To those who have completed their studies, see you at the graduation. To the rest of you I wish you every success in your studies. Keep at it and don't give up. It really is worth it." - IT student Gerry Bartley
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.
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.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In Oscail, Recognition of Prior Learning takes two forms:
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, it may be possible for you to receive an exemption from studying some Level 1 and Level 2 modules of the course. Or 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) to gain an exemption (only qualifications lower than honours degree level apply).
Exemption Application forms are available to all applicants upon request or you can download them from the Programme Forms section of our website.
2. Direct Entry
Candidates for direct entry to the degree level modules must have an academic qualification in a cognate area - a National Diploma/Ordinary Degree (NFQ Level 7) or equivalent in Computing or Electronics, normally with credit or distinction. Direct Entry is only granted where an award at the same level as the BSc in Information Technology (Level 8 on NFQ) has NOT been conferred on the applicant by another institution on foot of those credits.
Direct Entry Application forms are available to all applicants upon request or you can download them from the Programme Forms section of our website.
RPL applicants should note that each request for Exemption or Direct Entry 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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