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Computing with Data Analytics

This programme is aimed at students who wish to diversify into a career in data analytics and related disciplines. You will be introduced to, and develop skills in, the theories and technologies that are fuelling the data-driven approach to business. The programme enables students to solve practical real world business orientated data problems, using a variety of analytical methods and software tools. Students are encouraged to develop skills for analysing data sets and to be autonomous learners who have a creative and critical approach to data analytics.

This online conversion course is for graduates of level 8 programmes in disciplines other than computing. On-line learning is a key feature of the programme, and we provide online videos and discussion boards, augmented by individual feedback from lecturers. Modules are assessed using a variety of tools including online assessment and project work to examine data analytics skills.

The programme is delivered through blended learning and can be taken from anywhere in the country. A number of optional on campus workshops will take place each term where students will receive lectures from experienced lecturers and data analysts and participate in specially-designed workshops.

Entry requirements

Applications will be considered from prospective students who have an honours degree (NFQ level 8) with a significant numerate element. Applicants will be called for interview/aptitude testing as part of the application process. The Institute's policy in relation to non-standard applicants also applies (see page 42).


2 years part-time from September 2018 to May 2020.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Progression Opportunities
Master of Science in Computing by Research.

Further enquiries

Lifelong Learning Department
18 T: 353 (0)66 7191701

Subjects taught

Programming for Data Analytics
Data Analytics & Statistics
Database Concepts
Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
Cloud Analytics and Visualisation
Programming for Data Analytics
Advanced Databases
Case Studies in Data Analytics
Software Engineering
Work Placement/Project


Springboard+ 2018
In order to participate on a Springboard+ course, Employed/Returner applicants must meet the eligibility requirements that they are normally resident in the state, are EU/EEA/ Swiss nationals and have resided in the EU/ EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme. Unemployed applicants must be Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) customers and in receipt of an eligible DEASP payment.

The Unemployed
Be in receipt of one of the following payments from the Department of Social Protection:
• Jobseekers Benefit
• Jobseekers Allowance
• One Parent Family
• Disability Allowance
• Qualified Adults of Working Age
• Carers Allowance
• Farm Assist/Fish Assist
• Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil
Partner's Contributory or Non-contributory Pension
• Blind Pension
• Deserted Wives Allowance

There is no requirement to be in receipt of a payment for a particular period of time prior to the commencement of the programme. Participants in receipt of an eligible payment at the time the Springboard+ course commences are eligible to apply for a place on that course. However, providers will be required to give priority to applications from people who are long term unemployed.

Be signing for social insurance contribution
Be previously self-employed
Be actively seeking employment

People participating in the Community Employment Scheme; the Rural Social Scheme; Tús or in receipt of the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance or the Short Term Enterprise Allowance may apply for Springboard+ and, with the approval of a Department of Social Protection Case Officer, take up a Springboard+ course.

It should be noted that acceptance onto a Springboard+ course does not confer any entitlement to DEASP payments or childcare supports.

For the purposes of determining eligibility for Springboard+ the term unemployed also includes people who are on short term working and in receipt of a Jobseekers payment from the Department of Social Protection.

Returners (formerly Homemakers)
Homemakers are those who are not in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection or may be economically dependent on a partner or spouse but 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, reskilling or cross-skilling to transition back to the workforce.

To be eligible the applicant must have been:
• Returner for a minimum period of 12 months prior to their application and;
• Meet the residency and nationality/visa requirement;
• In addition the applicant will need to provide supporting documentation to support their status as a Returner;
• The applicant must swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths attesting to their status. This form can be downloaded at

It should be noted that acceptance onto a Springboard+ course does not confer any entitlement to DEASP payments or childcare supports.

Formerly Self-employed
To be eligible those who are formerly selfemployed must provide a letter/statement from Revenue stating that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant should be sufficient. Alternatively, you can swear a declaration stating that you are no longer self-employed.

The Employed
Applicants who are employed will need to meet the residency and nationality/visa requirement.

This category of applicant will also be required to provide a copy of their most recent P60 or other relevant revenue documentation or a letter from their current employer to confirm employment or self-employment.

Recent Graduates
One-year full-time and two-year part-time ICT Skills Conversion courses are open to recent graduates. However, to participate on a NFQ Level 9 (Post Graduate) course, a period of at least one year must have elapsed since completing a full-time undergraduate degree course leading to a major award at level 8 on the NFQ.

Further information on Springboard+ parttime courses and Department of Social Protection income support.

Participation on a Springboard+ course will not confer any entitlement to receive an income support payment from the Department of Social Protection. Participants who are in receipt of a Department of Social Protection income support payment may be able to retain such payments.

Through the Part-time Education Option (PTEO), jobseekers in receipt of Jobseekers Benefit or Jobseekers Allowance who wish to pursue a part-time day or evening course of education may retain their payment subject to continuing to meet the eligibility conditions, including being available for and genuinely seeking work. If a payment is due to cease prior to the end of a course, payment cannot be extended past the due cessation date.

The PTEO will continue to apply when a participant is undertaking a work placement of less than 6 months duration that is a specific component of a Springboard+ course.

Prior to commencing a Springboard+ course participants in receipt of Jobseekers Benefit or Jobseekers Allowance should contact their local social welfare office to make an application to retain their payment under the PTEO. The relevant Springboard+ PTEO 2018 form can be downloaded. At www.springboardcourses. ie. The PTEO scheme does not involve any special payment. Signing-on arrangements continue to apply for PTEO claimants. Attendance on part-time courses is allowed on the clear understanding that availability for and genuinely seeking work opportunities must take precedence over course attendance, including attendance at any work placement component of a course, should a conflict arise.

Participants in receipt of other forms of income support payment from the Department of Social Protection must contact the appropriate scheme area in that Department to confirm if they may retain such payments while on the course. See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section on for more information.

Application date

Applicants Closing Date: 31st August 2018

Apply online
(Priority will be given to early applicants)

Course fee

For employed applicants, the HEA will pay 90% of the programme fee, the remaining 10% will be collected before registration. Fee paying applicants €7,500.

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