Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Information Technology
Do you want to develop knowledge and skills in an exciting and fast-moving field? Do you want a degree from a top ranked Irish university? Then this BSc in Information Technology degree is for you.
This level 8 honours DCU degree is delivered through online learning and so is more flexible than a full-time, or part-time, campus based programme.
Depending on your existing level of education, you may complete this degree in a 2 – 4 year or 4 – 8 year time frame.
"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
About the course
The DCU Bachelor of Science in Information Technology is a Level 8 (on the National Framework of Qualifications), honours degree programme, which provides students with 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 industry.
This degree offers students great flexibility in that they can vary the number of modules they register for each year to match the other responsibilities in their life. Given that registering for a module means committing to the workload associated with that module this flexibility allows a student to only take on the work they can accommodate in a given year. When deciding how much work to take on students should consider the time needed to: study learning materials; actively participate in tutorials; interact with tutors and other students in the online discussion forums and complete assignments. Students on this programme also have a good degree of flexibility in terms of time, place and pace of studying as they do not have to attend campus-based classes on a regular basis.
BSc in Information Technology in 2–4 years
In order to complete this programme in a 2 – 4 year time frame, you should hold an academic qualification - a National Diploma/Ordinary Degree (NFQ Level 7) or equivalent (normally 120 ECTS credits) in a cognate area, for example in Computing or Electronics, normally with credit or distinction.
You must confirm your eligibility by applying for Direct Entry. Application forms are available upon request or you can download them from the Programme Forms section of our website (select the Open Education tab).
BSc in 4 – 8 years
On this course you will study fourteen (14) modules; four at level 1, four at level 2 and six at degree level. The modular courses cover six main areas of study. They are:
- Computer Programming
- Software Development
- User Experience (Ux)
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Most of these subject areas are presented as a suite of modules, which cover different aspects of that subject. Each module at level 1 and level 2 is awarded 15 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits. Each degree level module is awarded 20 ECTS credits. These credits accumulate towards your award of degree or diploma.
To complete the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Information Technology you need to successfully complete fourteen modules, equating to 240 ECTS credits. Students may elect to exit with a Diploma on successful completion of the eight modules at level 1 and 2, equating to 120 ECTS credits.
The programme team reviews and updates the course annually; there may be changes to the structure, content and presentation of the programme in future years.
BSc in 2–4 years
Students who have entered with a level 7 qualification or equivalent, and have been granted direct entry to degree level modules, must successfully complete the six degree level modules in order to be eligible for the award of BSc in Information Technology.
How long does it take to complete the course?
Students may register for a minimum of one, and a maximum of four level 1, four level 2 or three degree level modules in each academic year. The greater the number of modules successfully completed each year, the quicker you obtain your degree. The number of modules you undertake each year will depend on your individual circumstances. The minimum timeframe for completion is 2 years (as outlined above) and the maximum time frame is 8 years.
While this programme's modular structure provides you with the flexibility to choose how many modules you commit to studying in any one academic year, there are rules relating to module registration that you must familiarize yourself with in order for you can make a fully informed decision about which modules you wish to take. For example, some modules must be completed before others can be selected, and other modules cannot be taken in combination. Normally, level 1 modules are completed before level 2 modules and all level 1 and level 2 modules are completed before degree level modules.
This programme offers students great flexibility in that they can vary the number of modules they register for in a given year to match the other responsibilities in their life. Given that registering for a module means committing to the workload associated with that module this flexibility allows a student to only take on the work they can accommodate in a given year.
When deciding how much work to take on students should consider the time needed to: study learning materials; actively participate in tutorials; interact with tutors and other students in the online discussion forums and complete assignments. Students on this programme also have a good degree of flexibility in terms of time, place and pace of studying as they do not have to attend campus-based classes on a regular basis.
At the beginning of the academic year, students are provided with access to a suite of self-study learning materials and resources, along with reading lists for required textbooks.
To get an understanding of what it is like to be a student on this programme, view Michael Connolly’s story at: https://youtu.be/wocTI3MV888?t=12
Students are supported academically through a variety of means: a module tutor, the IT programme team and DCU student supports. Each module has a blend of face to face and online tutorials. Tutorials are activity-based, participatory sessions where tutors facilitate review and discussion of the material students have been studying. Face to face tutorials are held on DCU campus, usually on Saturdays, while online tutorials take place using 'live', online classroom technology. Students can partake in these online classroom tutorials at home or anywhere with a broadband internet connection. All that is required is a computer with a webcam and headset. Tutorials are recorded so they can be viewed again later, and usually take place on weekday evenings or on Saturdays. Attending the majority of tutorials/workshops is voluntary, with attendance at a small number of tutorials/workshops being mandatory. Students are also supported in DCU's online learning environment. Loop. This is the key medium through which students communicate with their tutor and fellow students and gain access to resources. Regular participation in the online forums is important. In addition, students have access to a number of support services that are used to find answers to questions and resolve any issues or problems they may be experiencing.
In each module students will be given several opportunities, throughout the academic year, to demonstrate their learning through assessment work. The form that these assessments take depends on the module, but may include essays, case studies, group work, contributions to online forums and discussions, multiple choice questionnaires, learning journals and/or end of year examinations. All continuous assessment work is submitted online.
There is currently a huge demand for skilled IT graduates. For example, it was estimated in 2016 that 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.
General Entry Requirements
Applicants aged over 23 years on January 1st in the year of entry are eligible for admission to the programme 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 available on the DCU website at: https://www4.dcu.ie/registry/entry.shtml. In addition, applicants who are non-native speakers of English must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.
IT Equipment and Skills required:
You should have regular access to a computer (with Microsoft Office), a broadband connection, a printer and a basic headset and a webcam. Specifically, you will need access to Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint. You should also be familiar with using email, browsing the Internet, and using word processing packages like Microsoft Word.
You can find detailed information on the IT skills and equipment required for this programme under the section 'Technology Requirements'.
Certain modules (specifically the Mathematical and Statistical Methods (MS001) and Principles of Communications, Devices & Networks (CT1) require a competence in mathematics roughly equivalent to pass Leaving Certificate level. While a Leaving Certificate mathematics qualification is not mandatory for those aged over 23, 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 Open Education students.
You do not have to defer commencement of the programme while you develop your competence in mathematics. You can take a preparatory mathematics course in parallel with other modules not requiring competence in this area specifically the Exploring Interaction Design (HS1) and IT and Web Technology Fundamentals (C1) modules. It is not recommended to take the CT1 module before completing the MS001 module (unless you have a strong background in mathematics and/or physics/electronics).
How to Apply and Closing Dates
Make an Application
You need to first register with PAC in order to make an application.
To apply please go to: www.pac.ie/ugrad and select the BSc in Information Technology (DC343).
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In Open Education, 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, under Open Education
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, under Open Education.
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: September to May
Closing Date for Applications: Applications normally close in mid September of each year.