Software Engineering (HDip)
College of Engineering & Informatics
This diploma provides a focused programme of study in the area of software design and development, providing an insight into technical skills and modern industry techniques. The computer languages Java and C are taught in the diploma, as well as Object Oriented Design and a number of important software engineering methodologies.
This is an ideal programme for students who wish to:
- Update their software development and ICT skills
- Study in a flexible, on-line environment
- Engage with an interesting and challenging curriculum
- Improve their employability opportunities by re-skilling in the area of software development
- Develop key professional skills of critical thinking, problem-solving and communications skills;
NUI Galway IT Online Programmes http://www.nuigalway.ie/itonline/
The Diploma programme is open to honours degree graduates (minimum 2nd class honours) in Science, Engineering or other relevant discipline, and to other degree graduates with three or more years of relevant experience, and to those otherwise satisfying the postgraduate entry standards (degree equivalent qualifications).
Applicants with an ordinary or pass degree or Level 7 diploma must have at least three years relevant experience to be considered for the programme.
1 year, Part time Online
Next start date: 25th August, 2014
ECTS weighting: 30
Awards: Postgraduate Diploma in Software Engineering, NUI Galway
Closing date: Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.
NFQ level: 8
Rather than being a general-purpose award on computing, the intention of this diploma programme is to provide a coherent and complimentary set of in-depth modules which bring the student up-to-speed on relevant software development tools and techniques.
The programme includes five core modules on:
- Fundamentals of Programming (CT609)
- Object Oriented Design (CT618)
- Object Oriented Programming (CT619)
- Distributed Systems (CT620)
- Software Engineering (CT610)
Students may also chose to take an elective module from either of the following areas by replacing one of the core modules listed with one of the following. Such an option will enable prospective students to choose modules in accordance with their professional development requirements.
- Artificial Intelligence (CT621)
- Real-Time Systems (CT622)
- Graphics Programming (CT623)
Applications and selections
Applications should be made online at www.pac.ie
A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment. Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following:
- Job Seekers Benefit
- Job Seekers Allowance
- One-Parent Family Allowance
- Disability Allowance
- Social Insurance Contribution Credits
- Community Employment Scheme
Requirements and assessment
The Diploma in Software Engineering is delivered entirely using online learning technology so students can study when and where they want according to a paced learning cycle. Course materials are easy to follow and are accompanied by continuous assessment exercises, research/review questions and recommended course textbooks. Modules are delivered one at a time, over an eight-week period via asynchronous online technologies using web-supported learning.
The programme coordinators provide a recommended outline of study for each of the eight-week
modules to ensure students keep their progress on track. Each module is individually assessed by online examinations and assignments. All assessments and examinations take place within the eight-week period.
The software industry includes businesses involved in the development, maintenance and publication of computer software, as well as software services such as training, documentation, and consulting. At the heart of this industry is the activity of actually architecting and producing computer software, which is the emphasis of this diploma. Opportunities for software developers are excellent within Ireland and internationally.
Fees for this course
EU (Total): €4,250 p.a. 2014/15 (inclusive of Levy)
- Student levy: €224 p.a. 2014/15
Non-EU (Total): €8,350 p.a. 2014/15 (inclusive of Levy)
A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment - see section titled "Applications and selections" below for further details.
Springboard-eligible applicants should apply via the Springboard courses website