Information Design & Development

The Society of Technical Communication (STC) define information developers, technical writers and technical communicators as individuals who communicate using an instruction based focus on technical and specialised topics using technology.

Their primary role is to communicate information to users of products or services in a clear concise manner for diverse audiences and stakeholder groups.

This programme will equip graduates with the knowledge, skills and competencies to design and developed technical documents using a structured methodological approach.

The programme was developed with key industry stakeholders; Johnson Controls, EMC, VCE, IBM and TWi to address the skills shortage in this area. Graduates of this level 9 Certificate programme may progress to the Postgraduate Diploma and the Master's stages.

This Certificate in Information Design & Development has a strong applied emphasis which is supported by in-depth theoretical knowledge. The programme was developed with significant input from industry's leading Information Design and Development experts. Designed to address the widening practical and theoretical skills shortage in Information Design and Development, the programme delivers content that follows best practice in industry.

The programme places significant emphasis on student learning by doing. It adopts a practical, hands-on, approach to learning, where all modules are fully assessed using continuous assessment methods. There are no formal end of semester written examinations and this ensures that you will learn by doing from the first module to the last.

All modules are mandatory, Module descriptors can be viewed using the links above or at Recognition of Prior Learning information is available at www.cit. ie/rpl.

This Springboard+ funded programme is open to all level 8 degree graduates irrespective of their employment status. For employed participants, the Higher Education Authority (HEA) will fund 90% of the course fee with CIT collecting the remaining 10% from participants at registration. All other participants will be funded 100% by the HEA.

The following Level 8 degree holders can apply:
• Those in receipt of an eligible payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection and the formerly self-employed.

• People not in receipt of a payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection that have been out of the work environment for a number of years due to childcare or other caring obligations and have a previous history of employment but may require upskilling or reskilling to transition back to the workforce ("Returners").

• People in employment who wish to upskill or reskill to meet a specific emerging skills gap. Returners and employed participants will be required to meet the residency requirements for Springboard+; that they must have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to their programme.

Certificate in Information Design & Development (30 ECTS, Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications).

Entry requirements

Who Should Apply?
Are you interested in a career as an information developer, technical communicators or technical writer? Maybe you are interested in changing your career path or would like to take this excellent online course to enhance your curriculum vitae? Graduates of this Level 9 Certificate programme may progress to the Postgraduate Diploma and the MSc in Information Design & Development stages.

Subjects taught

Semester 1 (Autumn)
XML in Technical Communications 10 credits
Information Design & Development 10 credits

Semester 2 (Spring)
Multimedia Production 10 credits
Information Strategy 10 credits




Duration & Online Delivery
Two semesters in one academic year, delivered exclusively online.

Enrolment dates

Information Evening
Institute staff will be in attendance during each session to offer career guidance and assistance.

All part-time programmes at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

The Information Evening for the academic year beginning September 2019 will take place from 5.30pm to 7.00pm on the following dates:

Tuesday 3rd September 2019
CIT Bishopstown Campus

Business: Business Studies, Accounting, Management, Designing Innovative Services, Marketing, Human Resource Management, International Business with Aviation Studies, and Sales Strategy.

Humanities: Cookery, Hospitality Management, Bar Operations, Counselling & Psychotherapy, and Play Therapy.

Media: TV Production, PR with New Media, E-learning Design and Development, and Digital Media Design and Development.

Wednesday 4th September 2019
CIT Bishopstown Campus

Engineering: Biopharmaceutical, Civil, Structural & Environmental, Good Manufacturing Practice, Construction, Mechanical, Biomedical, Advanced Manufacturing & Manufacturing Systems, Supply Chain & Transport Management, Transport & Automobile, Brewing & Distilling, Lean Six Sigma, Project Management, and Automation & Control Systems.

Science & Informatics: Applied Physics & Instrumentation, Quality Assurance/Management, Computing, and Mathematics.

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