UCC Postgraduate courses

Computer Science - Applied Computing Technology

About This Course

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Course Outline

The Higher Diploma in Applied Computing Technology is a CONVERSION COURSE open to graduates from non-computing disciplines. The course provides you with an understanding of the principles of internet-based computer systems and will equip you with a range of core IT skills, including web design, web server configuration, managing and manipulating multimedia content, interfacing with databases and working with common office software.

The Higher Diploma is offered as a one year full-time course or a two year part-time course.

Full time option: Students take a total of 60 credits: 30 credits in teaching Period 1 and 30 credits in Period 2.

Full-Time
CS1117Introduction to Programming (10 credits) - Dr David Stynes, Semesters 1 and 2
CS5002
Web Development 1 (5 credits) - Dr Derek Bridge, Semester 1
CS5007
Computer Applications with Visual Basic (5 credits) - Dr James Doherty, Semester 2
CS5008 Internet Computing (5 credits) - Mr Adrian O'Riordan, Semester 1
CS5009 Multimedia (5 credits) - Professor James Bowen,  Semester 1
CS5018 Web Development 2 (5 credits) - Dr Derek Bridge, Semester 2
CS5019 Systems Organization I (5 credits) - Professor John Morrison, Semester 1
CS5020 Systems Organization II (5 credits) - Professor John Morrison, Semester 2
CS5021 Introduction to Relational Databases (5 credits) - Dr Kieran Herley, Semester 1
CS5022 Database Design and Administration (5 credits) - Mr Humphrey Sorensen, Semester 2

Part-Time
Part-time students take 30 credits in each of the two academic years as follows:

Part-Time, Year 1
CS1117 Introduction to Programming (10 credits) - Dr David Stynes, Semesters 1 and 2
CS5002 Web Development 1 (5 credits) - Dr Derek Bridge, Semester 1
CS5018 Web Development 2 (5 credits) - Dr Derek Bridge, Semester 2
CS5021 Introduction to Relational Databases (5 credits)- Dr Kieran Herley, Semester 1

Part-Time, Year 2
CS5007 Computer Application with Visual Basic (5 credits) - Dr James Doherty, Semester 2
CS5008 Internet Computing (5 credits) - Mr Adrian O'Riordan, Semester 1
CS5009 Multimedia (5 credits) - Professor James Bowen, Semester 1
CS5019
Systems Organization I (5 credits) - Professor John Morrison, Semester 1
CS5020 Systems Organization II (5 credits) - Professor John Morrison, Semester 2
CS5022 Database Design and Administration (5 credits) - Mr Humphrey Sorensen, Semester 2

Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar 

Additional Teaching Mode Information

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students.

 

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

Course Practicalities

A typical five credit module includes:

  • two lecture hours
  • one to two hours of practicals per week
  • outside these regular hours, you are required to study independentl

Assessment

The Higher Diploma in Applied Computing Technology will be examined through a combination of end-of-year exams and module assignments.

Who teaches this course

CS1117  Dr David Stynes Semesters 1 & 2
CS5002 Dr Derek Bridge Semester 1
CS5007 Dr James Doherty Semester 2
CS5008 Mr Adrian O’Riordan Semester 1
CS5009  Professor James Bowen Semester 1
CS5018 Dr Derek Bridge Semester 2
CS5019 Professor John Morrison Semester 1
CS5020 Professor John Morrison Semester 2
CS5021 Dr Kieran Herley Semester 1
CS5022 Mr Humphrey Sorensen Semester 2

Why Choose This Course

BLOG

Check out our blog to find out what our graduates have to say about the course at: http://csblog.ucc.ie

CONVERSION COURSE

This is a CONVERSION COURSE and is intended for graduates who do not have Computer Science Degree and would like to attain skills in demand by the IT sector. 

Click on one of the videos below to hear what our graduates have to say: 

John - Higher Diploma (2012), MSc Computing Science (2013)

David - Higher Diploma (2012), MSc Computing Science (2013)

Companies activley recruiting Computer Science graduates in 2014-15 include: 

Accenture, Aer Lingus, Amazon, Apple, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bank of Ireland, BT, Cisco, CiTi-Technology, Cloudreach, Dell, Digital Turbine Asia Pacific, EMC, Enterprise Ireland, Ericsson, First Derivatives, Guidewire, IBM, Intel, Open Text, Paddy Power, Pilz, PWC, SAP Galway Transverse Technologies, Trend Micro, Uniwink, Version 1 (Software).

Placement or Study Abroad Information

This is a short intensive course which does not contain a placement option.

Skills and Careers Information

Graduates of the Higher Diploma in Applied Computing Technology can:

    1. Continue to the MSc Computing Science having achieved a 1H diploma or
    2. Exit and take up employment as in areas such as:
  • Development
    • with experience leading to Senior Developer, Designer, Architect, Management
  • Test / QA
    • with experience leading to Test Automation, Business / Systems Analysis, Management
  • Desktop / Helpdesk Support
    • with experience leading to Network / Systems Admin, Cloud / Virtualization Engineer

The IT sector is booming and the demand for graduates outstrips demand.  The ICT Skill Action Plan 2014 outlines the current status of the ICT sector in Ireland and the growing demand for skilled IT graduates. 

Companies actively recruiting Computer Science graduates in 2014-15 include: 

Accenture, Aer Lingus, Amazon, Apple, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bank of Ireland, BT, Cisco, CiTi-Technology, Cloudreach, Dell, Digital Turbine Asia Pacific, EMC, Enterprise Ireland, Ericsson, First Derivatives, Guidewire, IBM, Intel, Open Text, Paddy Power, Pilz, PWC, SAP Galway Transverse Technologies, Trend Micro, Uniwink, Version 1 (Software).

Requirements

This CONVERSION COURSE is open to graduates of any discipline other than Computer Science or a similiar discipline. 

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

View the grades comparison table

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is €6,000.

Part-time students:

If your course is offered full time and part time, the fee for part time courses is half the full time fee.

Deposits:

If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.

Questions?

If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

Non-EU Fees

The 2017/2018 Postgraduate Fees Schedule is available here

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications in early November of each year.

Questions on how to apply?

EU students contact graduatestudies@ucc.ie

International students contact internationaloffice@ucc.ie

Irish/EU Closing Date Rounds

Irish/EU places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here

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