CITs Higher Diploma in Science in Data Science & Analytics (NFQ Level 8) has been designed to address the skills shortage in Data Science and Analytics, by equipping graduates with the scientific, technological, business and interpersonal skills necessary to operate professionally in this rapidly evolving interdisciplinary field.
The graduate of this programme will be of high academic and practical standards, in order to match the needs of the Irish and international IT industry, especially in the Big Data space. He/ she will be able to ally the transferable skills obtained in his/ her Level 8 degree to newly acquired knowledge, skills and competences in Statistics & Mathematics, Computer Science and Data Science, and their application to solving real-life problems. Potential job opportunities not only include that of data scientist/analyst, but also skilled staff who will be required to extract actionable insight from large amounts of raw data in order to enable better decision making within an organisation.
This is a 60 credit programme, in which three core strands: Statistics & Mathematics, Computer Science, and Data Science, are developed over two semesters, with an increasing specialisation to the big data context. There will be significant opportunity throughout to apply theoretical knowledge and develop problem solving skills through practical and laboratory sessions. The learner will also undertake a capstone project, which will be a key opportunity to demonstrate the ability to synthesise the learning acquired in the programme, and to apply it to the solution of an authentic problem in Data Science & Analytics.
The graduate will gain significant practical experience, in software packages such as R, Excel, VBA, SAS, SPSS, RapidMiner, Tableau, Hadoop and Qlikview, and in the programming languages Python, SQL and NoSQL.