• » Post-graduate Diploma and Master of Science in Computing in Enterprise Applications Development

    Programme Title  Post-graduate Diploma in Computing in Enterprise Applications Development And
    Master of Science in Computing in Enterprise Applications Development
    CAO Code  
    LYIT internal code  LY_KEADE_M
    Duration  12 months for the PGDip and 3 months for the MSc
    Standard Code Places:  12 (We are now taking applications for the 2014 intake. Please note this course is funded under Springboard for 2014.)
    National Framework Level  9
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC

    All students are required to undertake industrial placement (or as an alternative carry out a project as directed by the Academic Supervisor) as part of the course.  Letterkenny Institute of Technology will endeavour to obtain interviews for industrial placement positions for each student.  Students should be aware that industrial placements may or may not be paid.

    Is this Programme for Me?
    The Post-graduate Diploma is a two semester taught programme in computing which focuses on topics applicable to Enterprise Applications Development (also known as Cloud Computing). These are followed by a placement module in which students will gain practical experience working in a company engaged in enterprise applications development. Its aim is to take a graduate in a computing or computing related field and augment his/her skills and knowledge in readiness to begin a career in enterprise applications development. It is designed to ensure that graduates are given both a base for beginning to work immediately in the industry/field and also for continuing self-development. These skill sets are reinforced with a strong emphasis on teamwork and project work.
    The additional dissertation component for the Masters will offer the student the opportunity to apply a range of topics covered in the post-graduate diploma to demonstrate an extended knowledge and ability in that area. The dissertation will normally be completed over one to two additional semester’s depending on whether its done on a part-time or full-time basis.
    From an industry point of view, this programme was developed in partnership with the IT industry in the north-west and with SITA (Specialists in air transportation communications and IT solutions) in particular. The objective of developing the course and of providing a placement is to ensure a supply of highly-skilled and experienced graduates for key employers locally and throughout Ireland. The existence of the course and the placement reflects the commitment of employers to this field of expertise. Graduates from this course can expect to find attractive employment opportunities locally and nationally. For example SITA are in the process of tripling their work force over the next two years. The national projections for jobs growth in Enterprise Applications Development (Cloud Computing) are enormous: Cloud computing is the way forward, says report. For Futher information follow this link.
    For testimonials from some current and former students of the course follow this link. For SITA and IDA Ireland’s perspective on the course follow this link.
    What is Enterprise Applications Development?
    Note: Students may chose to leave the course after the first 60 credits (taught modules plus the placement) and will obtain a Post-graduate Diploma in Computing in Enterprise Applications Development. Alternatively students may continue on to complete the dissertation (full-time or part-time) and will obtain an MSc in Computing in Enterprise Applications Development.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    The course will be available to applicants who meet the following criteria: An Honours Degree in Computing with first or second-class honours or an equivalent qualification.
    Consideration will also be given to non-computing graduates with first or second-class honours who have completed a significant element of computing as part of their studies, including strong software development skills.
    Admission to this course will be by standard LYIT application procedure for a level 9 course.
    Apply: Postgraduate Programmes Application Form.
    An initial class size of 12 students is anticipated.
    Note: For suitably qualified applicants who are currently in employment in the field of Enterprise Application Development there will also be a limited number of places available for part-time study with an option to seek an exemption on the placement requirement dependent on the suitability of the applicants existing work experience.
    What will I have to study?
    Year/SemesterModulesMandatory/
    Elective
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     1/1  Enterprise Service Architecture Mandatory  15  5
     Cryptography and System Security Mandatory  10  5
     1/2  Enterprise Performance Management Mandatory  15  5
     Client Centric Development Mandatory  10  5
     1/3  Placement Mandatory  10  
     2/4  Dissertation Mandatory  30  
    Note: A one week intensive preparatory course in Java programming will be available in early September to all applicants who feel they would benefit from a refresher course in Java or who have experience in programming but may not have programmed in Java previously.
    Learning Outcomes – Postgraduate Diploma
    A learner who successfully completes this course will:
    • Be able to perform independent information acquisition and synthesis.
    • Be able to develop and formalise original ideas using a range of tools.
    • Be able to analyse and evaluate information and based on that information be able to formulate and appraise solutions.
    • Have explored the varied development environments in which enterprise systems are designed, realised and deployed.
    • Have experience of applying problem solving, design and research skills in order to develop successful scalable, efficient and secure Web 2.x and enterprise software applications
    • Have demonstrated a range of skills required to work as part of a team and to interface with team-members in all aspects and at all levels of a project.
    • Have experience in the coordination the interaction of team members across a range of IT disciplines.
    • Be able to demonstrate a range of skills which are transferable to the wider computing industry.
    • Be able to take responsibility for acquiring new knowledge and direct the acquisition of this knowledge towards a longer-term professional goal.
    Learning Outcomes – Master of Science
    In addition to achieving the learning outcomes from the taught element the graduate, through the dissertation component, graduates will be able:
    • To research, document and present ideas and completed work in a professional manner.
    • To manage self-directed acquisition and synthesis of new knowledge.
    • To demonstrate significant abstract and applied skills in response to complex and/or ill defined problems.
    • To select, plan, organise and manage projects with a high degree of autonomy.
    • To relate and reconcile abstract requirements to the development of concrete solutions.
    • To analyse and diagnose problems and choose and justify solutions.
    • To make judgements and decisions in response to a range of constraints and requirements.
    • To choose, explain and justify a solution in a variety of real-world contexts.
    • To take personal responsibility for their own actions and take autonomous initiatives in response to complex situations and problems.
    • To communicate research findings and engage in critical dialogue about such findings.
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Progression to programmes leading to a Doctoral Degree (by research), are 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 programmes.
    Cost
    The Programme commences in September each year and the fee for the Master of Science in Computing in Enterprise Applications Development is currently €5,000. The fee for Non-Eu students is €9,000.
    Financial Support for Students Applying for this Course.
    This course is funded by Springboard.  To qualify for Springboard funding you must be unemployed with a previous history of employment AND satisfy one of the following three criteria
    1. be in receipt of eligible social welfare entitlements (see Springboard web site).
    2. be signing for social insurance contribution credits
    3. be previously self-employed AND be actively seeking employment
    Note: Because this is a level 9 program a period of at least one year must have elapsed since completing a full time undergraduate degree programme leading to a major award at level 8 on the NFQ.
    For applicants who meet these criteria Springboard will pay their tuition fees and they will be able to retain eligible social welfare entitlements throughout their course.
    For applicants who do not qualify for Springboard there is no universal system of State-funded tuition fees for postgraduate courses in Ireland however you may also find the 9-step guide on studentfinance.ie useful. Click on the “maintenance grants” link to find the 9 step guide which will help you work out whether you may be eligible for financial support. Some graduates may also be eligible to get a grant to cover their fees.
    If you are still unsure if you qualify for financial support feel free to contact LYIT for further information.
    Career Opportunities
    This course was developed in partnership with the IT industry in the north-west and with SITA (Specialists in air transportation communications and IT solutions) in particular. The objective of developing the course and of providing a placement is to ensure a supply of highly-skilled and experienced graduates for key employers locally and throughout Ireland. The existence of the course and the placement reflects the commitment of employers to this field of expertise. Graduates from this course can expect to find attractive employment opportunities locally and nationally. For example SITA are in the process of tripling their work force over the next two years.
    For independent information on employment and salaries in the IT industry see the following report which covers 2010-2011: Jobs and Salaries in IT.
    To see what’s going on in the Department of Computing check out our Facebook Page
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
    • 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.