Course Overview Validation HETAC Framework Level Level 8 Higher Diploma Entry Requirements Pass Level 8 honours degree in any discipline or international equivalent and/or relevant work experience.
Griffith College welcome applicants who do not meet the requirements set out above but who have extensive industry experience. Contact the Admissions Office for more details.
Duration Full time 1 year, Part time 1.5 years (evening classes) Apply Directly at www.gcd.ie/apply
The primary reason why students choose this course is to change the focus of their careers. The widespread impact that Computing Science has on our daily lives cannot be underestimated; neither can the job prospects on completion of this course. This course is ideal for non-computing graduates who want to compete favourably against computing science graduates for the broad range of computing opportunities available.
The course is designed to meet the on-going industry demand for computer professionals. With three themes focusing on current and future growth areas in computing, this higher diploma programme bridges the gap between non-computing disciplines and computing science. Its specific aim is to provide rigorous and stimulating classes for students who wish to acquire theoretical and practical training in computing and, particularly, in software development.
The full time course is taken over two semesters as follows:
Semester I Semester II Computer Programming Programming and Data Structures Computer Architecture and Organisation Object Oriented Development Data Communications and Networks Operating System Design Discrete Mathematics HCI and GUI Programming Relational Databases Software Engineering for Web Applications
The part time course is taken over three semesters as follows:
Semester I Semester II Semester III Computer Programming Programming and Data Structures Object Oriented Development Computer Architecture & Organisation Relational Databases Operating System Design Discrete Mathematics Data Communications and Networks HCI & GUI Programming Software Engineering for Web Applications
On completion of the Level 8 Higher Diploma postgraduate qualification, students may progress onto a range of Level 9 programmes on the National Qualifications Framework.
Further study options at Griffith College include an MSc in Computing Science (HETAC) and an MSc in Applied Digital Media (HETAC).
Students will find opportunities as IT Managers, technical applications developers and consultants, systems analysts, database administrators, network managers and other leading computing science roles, in academia and also in industry research and development roles.
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