Information Design & Development - Cork

Increasingly, information developers need to understand communication and technology in addition to their specialised fields. Information development roles include but are not limited to: Technical Communicators, Technical Editors, Information Architects, Content Strategists, Instructional Designers, Technical Illustrators, Localisation Specialists, Usability and Human Factors Professionals, Visual Designers, Web Designers and Developers, Trainers and E-Learning Developers, and Information Project Managers.

Information developer activities range from documenting standard operating procedures (SOPs) to designing information for artificial intelligence (AI) technology. Information developers bridge the gap between industry and the end user. Coupling technical communication with cutting-edge technology skills gives prospective students the knowledge and ability to analyse, create, and manage information for today's users. Information developers should understand concepts of programming, AI, machine learning, natural language processing (NLP), application programming interfaces (APIs), cyber security, and localization engines. Information development ensures that designs, products, systems, and methodologies are documented and conveyed to their target audiences to maximise the business value to the organisation.

Course Delivery
24 months (4 semesters) is the minimum duration.

The MSc in Information Design and Development is delivered and accessed fully online using state of the art Cloud based technologies. Lectures are delivered online by night and streamed live over the Internet and recorded to facilitate easy playback to students. The programme offers great flexibility to students as they can access their lectures and labs anytime, anywhere on any device that has a Web browser.

The MSc in Technical Communication is a 90 credit programme, consisting of 60 credits worth of taught modules and a 30-credit project.

Master of Science in Information Design & Development (Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications). (Single module certification is possible)

Subjects taught

All modules are worth 5 credits (ECTS) unless otherwise noted.

Intro to Information Design
Information Experience Design
Information Project Management
Research Practice & Ethics
Advanced Info Design & Develop
XML in Technical Communication
Writing for Industry
Comp Research Project Implementation

Cloud Infrastructure
Security Contingency Planning
Scientific Programming for Biologists
Processing & Visualisation
Communications & Cybersecurity

What is a Module?
A module is a standalone unit of learning and assessment and is completed within one semester. A full-time student will normally study six modules in each semester; part-time and ACCS (Accumulation of Credits and Certification of Subjects) students will have flexibility as to the number of modules taken.

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Entry requirements

Applicants who hold a Level 8 degree in any discipline are eligible to apply. Applicants who do not hold a Level 8 degree but have significant industrial experience will be considered on a case by case basis.


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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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