• » Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Conversion course into Computing)

    Programme Title  Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Conversion course into Computing)
    CAO Code  
    LYIT internal code  LY_KCOMP_G
    Duration  9 months
    Standard Code Places:  24 (We are now taking applicants for the 2017 intake.)
    National Framework Level  8
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    This is a level 8 honours-degree-equivalent conversion-style Higher Diploma in Computing designed to take graduates in non-computing fields and cross-skill them to allow them to begin a career in the computing industry.
    Is this Programme for Me?
    Letterkenny Institute of Technology has obtained approval to run a level 8 honours-degree-equivalent conversion-style Higher Diploma in Computing. The objective of the course is to take graduates in non-computing fields and augment their skills and knowledge in readiness to begin a career in the computing industry. It is designed to ensure that graduates are given both a base for continuing self-development and a set of skills which are transferable to the broader computing industry. These skill sets are reinforced with a strong emphasis on teamwork. The main aim of the course is to produce graduates with the required theoretical and hands-on skills to allow them to work and participate effectively in a commercial IT environment. For testimonials from former students of the course follow this link.
    For more information on converting to an IT career with an IT conversion course follow this link.
    For some general information about why you might consider a career in computing: Careers Evenings and Computers.
    If you would like more information about computer programming (OO Programming) click on What is Computer Programming?
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    All applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements of:
    • a level 8 honors degree or equivalent in a non-computing discipline or
    • a level 7 ordinary degree with at least 3 years post-graduate experience which is relevant to their degree and is in a non-computing discipline are eligible to apply by Direct Entry to Letterkenny Institute of Technology.
    Apply: Postgraduate Programmes Application Form.
    What will I have to study?
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     1/1  Software Design Mandatory  10  5
     Database Technology Mandatory  10  5
     Computer Systems Mandatory  10  5
     1/2  Software Development & Testing Mandatory  10  5
     Software Engineering & Quality Assurance Mandatory  10  5
     Internet Applications Development Elective 1  10  5
     Database Administration Elective 1  10  6
     1/3 Certificate in Industry Studies
    Elective  15  
    Note: Student must take one of the two options from “Elective 1”, either Internet Applications Development or Database Administration.
    Note: Certificate in Industry Studies is an elective additional placement module which students may take at the end of the taught part of the course for a minor-award of a “Certificate in Industry Studies”. LYIT may facilitate students in finding this placement but is not responsible for finding the placement. All placements must be approved by LYIT. Certain approved types of Civic Engagement activities may also be suitable for attaining this additional award.
    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this programme the graduate will be able to:
    • Analyse and evaluate information and based on that information be able to formulate and appraise solutions;
    • Make decisions and justify those decisions in relation to the task;
    • Draw on ‘best practice’ in their decision making process;
    • Design and development of computer systems;
    • Plan and organise work and interact effectively as part of a team;
    • Develop and formalise original ideas using a range of tools;
    • Demonstrate proficiency in a range of specialist computing skills required for working in a commercial computing environment.
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Progression to programs leading to Masters Degree (taught or by research) or a Doctoral Degree (by research), is available internally at LYIT or through a range of other institutes of technology and universities in Ireland and abroad. Progression internationally to some second cycle (e.g. ‘Bologna Masters’) degree programs is possible.
    Career Opportunities
    Currently employment prospects for computing graduates remains healthy. The most recent reports on employment in the Irish economy commissioned since the beginning of the current economic down-turn continue to point to the strength of the IT sector in Ireland and abroad and the positive opportunities for employment in the sector. IT Services continue to be one of the growth areas in the Irish economy with growth in IT Services exports continuing to grow throughout the past year.
    During the past decade, Ireland has gained increasing recognition as Europe’s premier location for software development. Since the 1980s, most leading US software vendors, including Microsoft, Oracle, Google, Facebook and Symantec, have based their European operations centres in Ireland. The country has also become the number one site for software development in Europe. All the big players such as Microsoft, Google, EBay, Symantec and Amazon are now based in Ireland.
    Alongside the big international players Ireland also has a thriving software development industry that has been created in Ireland by Irish computer graduates. It comprises of over 600 companies, about 250 of which have significant levels of overseas sales. Ireland has now overtaken the USA as the biggest exporter of software in the world. 60% of all software sold in Europe originates in Ireland.
    For independent information on employment and salaries in the IT industry see the following report which covers 2010-2011: Jobs and Salaries in IT. For the latest update on employment in the IT Sector see 2,500 Unfilled Jobs in Irish Tech Sector.
    For articles which you might find helpful see:
    Almost half employment permits issued to IT sector
    Computer scientists snapped up for jobs while arts graduates struggle
    Demand for IT staff up almost a third as Irish employers look beyond EU to fill roles
    CAO countdown: Tech graduates in demand amid skills shortage
    Donegal Leaving Cert students should consider computer science courses, says HEA
    Leap in numbers of graduates getting work straight out of college
    Financial Support for Students Taking This Course.
    Applicants may be eligible for a SUSI maintenance grant or the Back to Education Allowance, subject to the usual conditions and you may apply to SUSI for a grant to pay your fees also subject to the usual conditions. You may find the guide on studentfinance.ie useful in helping you work out whether you are eligible for financial support under the Back to Education Allowance scheme.
    If you are unsure if you qualify for financial support feel free to contact LYIT or SUSI for further information.
     If you are applying through Springboard you will get the relevant Springboard financial information on: www.springboardcourses.ie
    To see what’s going on in the Department of Computing check out our Facebook Page and our Twitter Feed @LYITComputing
    • Contact Thomas Dowling, Head of Department of Computing, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: thomas.dowling@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 918 6304
    Non-European Applicants
    Applications from non-EU applicants are very welcome.  Please contact Jill Murphy at jill.murphy@lyit.ie for details about application forms, fees, visas etc.