The Higher Diploma in Science in Applied Computing aims to provide a career route into the IT sector for graduates whose primary degree is in a discipline other than computing. The Institute of Technology Tralee recognises the need to provide continuing professional development opportunities for graduates in the region. A skills gap in the knowledge economy has been identified and this programme represents an instantaneous response to market conditions for graduates at this time. The programme has been devised to meet the current needs of the ICT sector for graduates of cognate disciplines that require a conversion programme to allow them graduate entry level to the ICT sector. This course will provide the non-IT graduate with core skills in the area of software development, networks, web design and databases.
HOW IS THE PROGRAMME DELIVERED?
This course may be delivered on a full-time basis and consists of a combination of lectures, practicals, tutorials, projects, presentations and speakers from industry. Students have access to state-of-the-art computer laboratories including specialist labs for multimedia, network administration, computer architecture and software development. The Institute has a purpose built digital editing suite which allows students to edit video and sound files they have created in their project work. All computing students have access to e-learning systems (Blackboard). The computing department at the Institute is amongst the leaders in the higher education sector in Ireland in the use of e-learning in its courses. The programme is comprised of two taught semesters followed by one semester in industry placement with a technology enterprise.