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Software Development - Higher Diploma

Course Details

Available: Full- Time

Duration: 1 Year

Award: Higher Diploma

Qualification: NFQ Level 8

Faculty: Science and Engineering

Course Type: Taught Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Contact(s):

Name:
Springboard
Email:
springboard@ul.ie
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Brief Description

The Higher Diploma in Software Development is a fulltime conversion programme for non-ICT graduates wishing to enter the IT sector. The course will provide participants with fundamental theoretical and practical skills, abilities and knowledge to gain a comprehensive intermediate understanding of software development. Programme delivery is Monday-Friday, similar to any fulltime on-campus UL programme. 

The Higher Diploma in Software Development is a fulltime conversion programme for non-ICT graduates wishing to enter the IT sector. The course will provide participants with fundamental theoretical and practical skills, abilities and knowledge to gain a comprehensive intermediate understanding of software development. Programme delivery is Monday-Friday, similar to any fulltime on-campus UL programme. The programme has been designed in consultation with a number of national and international IT businesses and enterprises that are based in Ireland to ensure that it meets the skills needs of industry. The course content will address the skills shortages for ICT by developing learners’ knowledge and skills, in programming, web-based application, databases and software quality and software test as well as giving students a work placement. Please note we will need to correspond with you by email throughout the application process. For this reason, we ask that you regularly check your email and spam folders. Objectives On successful completion of this programme, graduates will have the skills, knowledge and abilities to : - develop stand-alone applications (primarily in Java), - develop web-based application (primarily using HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, AJAX, ASP.NET, C# and MS-SQL Server), - develop mobile applications (primarily using Android Studio) to the level one would expect after a programme of this duration. - apply traditional and object-oriented systems analysis and design techniques - design databases, use SQL to query tables and write stored procedures - create/design and execute test cases

Course Content

This programme is heavily influenced by the requirement of the ICT sector in the region and has received the support of a large number of employers. 

Job readiness and support into employment will be provided through a series of workshops and seminars and an active engagement with motivated students to place them in a company for an industry learning experience. To date 60% of graduates have gained employment within 6 months.

Unemployed/Returners are expected to actively look for a company in which to complete their project, however, assistance in finding a company will be provided where necessary. Employed or Self-Employed applicants should clarify if their company can facilitate a project being carried out on their business.

An industry learning experience (work placement) will form a key element of the programme, ensuring the integration of the various programme concepts and skills and their application to practical software development issues.
 

Semester One (Autumn) Semester Two (Spring)
ET4011 Fundamentals of Computer Organisation CS4056 Mobile Application Design
CS5051 Programming A CS5052 Programming B
CS4101 Introduction to Model Driven Development CS4416 Database Systems
CS5061 ICT Employability Skills Workshop CS4065 Web Infrastructure
CS5121 Development of Information Systems 1 CS4004 Software Testing and Inspection

A level 8 qualification in a non-computing discipline is the key requirement. 

Preference will be given to candidates with a second-class honours degree or higher. Applicants may be required to undertake an interview and satisfy the course admission team that they have the ability to complete and benefit from this course. Shortlisting of applicants may take place.

The recognition of prior learning and prior experiential learning as per university policy will be applied to this course.

Applicants are required to meet the University of Limerick English Language requirements

To be eligible for Springboard+ funding applicants must be resident in the state.

Please note you may be required to verify your Nationality and Residency status.

For Returners and Employed/Self-Employed applicants, the following rules apply :
- must be ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.
** Note: The period of residency for holders of Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM is calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4. 
Any period of residency in the state before this date will not be taken into consideration ( ie you must hold Stamp 4 for three of the five years preceding)

The programme is fully funded for jobseekers and returners. 90% funding is available to full time workers under the Springboard+ 2019 criteria. See springboardcourses.ie website for eligibility details.