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Data Science & Analytics

Aim
CIT's 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.

Structure
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.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Applicants will already hold a Level 8 degree, and must be highly motivated and capable of independent learning. Preference will be given to applicants with a background in cognate and analytical disciplines, who would benefit from an opportunity to rapidly and successfully convert their qualifications to industry relevant ICT skills. All candidates with a Level 8 qualification or equivalent will be considered. Candidates with a Level 7 qualification and significant relevant experiential learning may be eligible through our recognition of prior learning processes. Please see www.cit.ie/rpl for further details.

Duration

2 Years Part-time.

January/February 2018 – depending on the start date of Semester 2 (subject to demand).

Number of credits

60

Further enquiries

Frances McAuliffe
T: 0214326187
E: mathematics@cit.ie

Subjects taught

Mandatory
DATA8001 Data Science and Analytics
MATH8009 Mathematical Methods and Modelling
STAT8006 Applied Statistics and Probability
DATA8002 Data Management Systems
DATA8003 Unstructured Data & Visualisation
COMP8042 Analytical and Scientific Programming
STAT8007 Statistical Methods for Big Data
DATA8004 Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
DATA8005 Distributed Data Management
DATA8006 Data Analytics Project

Electives
STAT8008 Time Series & Multivariate Analysis
COMP8043 Machine Learning

Comment

Award
Higher Diploma in Science in Data Science & Analytics (Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications).

Application date

EU Applicant: Closing date: June 30th 2018.
International Applicant: May 31st 2018.

Course fee

Total: €4,200. €350 per 5 credit module, and €700 for the 10 credit project module (inc exam fees).

Students should note that the Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2018-2019 only and are subject to change on an annual basis.

Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. Registration fees for professional bodies etc. are payable separately to these institutions.

Full-time (On Campus) EU Postgraduate Students will also be liable for the €7 USI Levy.

For further information on the USI levy please go to: http://www.citsu.ie/_7-levy

Students will be notified of their fees by email to their CIT email account and in all cases, course fees must be paid before attending lectures.

Students can check their account balance and pay their fees online at www.cit.ie/pay

Failure to pay fees on time will result in a late payment fee of 10% being applied and students will no longer have access to IT Facilities.

• Where course fees are being funded by an employer, you are asked to seek payment or reimbursement from your employer. Where an employer requires an invoice in their Company name the employer must e-mail fees@cit.ie with the relevant details and the amount of Fees they will be funding.

• For Semesterised courses, students pay for the relevant modules at the beginning of each semester. Payment of fees by laser, debit or credit card can be made online at www.cit.ie/pay or by phoning +353 21 433 5440.

Students should familiarise themselves with the relevant section of the Student Regulations.

Please note that the Fees Office will use your CIT email account for important communications.

Withdrawing from a course
Students who wish to withdrawn from a course must notify the admissions office and complete a withdrawal form. Where Students fail to inform admissions of their withdrawal they will remain liable for any unpaid fees on their accounts. E-mail admissions@cit.ie

Refund Policy
All courses at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a course cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

• A full refund will be given to all applicants for courses which do not proceed.

• A full refund will be given to students who withdraw before 5th September.

• Where students pay the online application fee to accept an offer they have 14 days in which to withdraw and claim a full refund provided the course has not commenced.

• A full refund (less 15% administration fee) will be given to applicants for short courses, if requested up to one week after course commencement. No refunds will be given thereafter. A short Course is less than 12 weeks duration.

• A full refund (less 15% administration fee) will be given to applicants for semesterised and full year courses if requested up to one month after the commencement of Semester 1 and before the end of February for Semester 2. No refunds will be given thereafter.

• All applications for refunds must be made on the appropriate Refund Form which can be requested from the CIT Fees Office (email fees@cit.ie).

NB: Students are reminded to ensure that they have clearly understood all the terms of their enrolment with CIT, in particular clauses concerning refunds, deferments, waivers, course transfers, and visa applications (when applicable).

Enrolment and start dates

Application
EU Applicants: Apply online at http://www.cit.ie/course/CRBMRKP9

International Student
To apply, please email the following documents to international@cit.ie:

Completed application form available from: http://international.cit.ie/how-to-apply

Plus:
1. Birth Certificate OR Photo Page of Passport – Photocopy of either document

2. School Leaving Examination Certificate OR High School Transcript. Include forecast results if final results are not available. (Bachelor Degree Applicants only)

3. Third Level Academic Transcript and Proof of Final Degree (required for transfer and postgraduate applicants)

4. 2 Academic Reference Letters

5. English Language Proficiency score for applicants whose first language is not English. i.e. IELTS Certificate, Minimum accepted score = 6.0 or equivalent (Note: Some courses may require a higher minimum IELTS score.)

6. 1 Passport Sized Photograph

7. Official Translation to English of all documentation which is not in English.

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