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    Programme Title  Postgraduate Diploma in Computing in Big Data Analytics
    CAO Code  
    LYIT internal code  LY_KDATA_M
    Duration  9 - 12 months for the Postgraduate Diploma with the option to do a Dissertation for the award of an MSc after PGDip (Separate from Springboard)
    Standard Code Places:  20
    National Framework Level  Postgraduate Diploma in Big Data Analytics level-9
    Award Type  Postgraduate Diploma in Big Data Analytics level-9 - Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    What is Big Data Analytics?
    Big Data Analytics is the process of examining large amounts of data of a variety of types (big data) to uncover hidden patterns, unknown correlations and other useful information. Such information can provide competitive advantages over rival organizations and result in business benefits, such as more effective marketing and increased revenue.
    Since 2012 more and more companies have moved into this field to exploit the huge volumes of data being captured by their IT systems.  From banking and financial services to retail and health care and life sciences, the opportunities in big data analytics are expanding dramatically.
    Course Structure
    The Postgraduate Diploma is a taught program which focuses on topics applicable to Big Data Analytics. The course will be delivered by distance education in blended learning mode.  It includes an elective and separate dissertation component which will offer the student the opportunity to apply a range of topics covered in the course to demonstrate an extended knowledge of and ability to work in the area of Big Data Analytics.  Students who do not take the dissertation will graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Big Data Analytics. Students who take the Placement will be awarded a Certificate in Industry Studies.
    Minimum Entry Requirements
    • Applicants will have an honours degree in computing or an honours degree with at least 30/40 credits in computing or who have computing experience along with their honours degree will be considered for  entry to the course.
    • Admission to this course will be by Sringboard.
    What will I study?(See Schedule)
    Bridging Course
     Database Management Elective
     Programming Concepts and Design Elective
     Mathematics Elective
     Computer Systems Elective
    Table of Modules (Postgraduate Diploma in Big Data Analytics).
    No of credits
     Big Data Architecture Mandatory  10
     Mathematics for Analytics Mandatory  10
     Business Intelligence Mandatory  10
     Performance Engineering Mandatory  5
     Secure Information Systems Mandatory  10
     Big Data Analytics Mandatory  15
     Placement Elective  10
     Dissertation Elective for the award of an MSc (not included in Springboard)  30
    Required attendance
    Normally students will be expected to attend a block for each module at the beginning and in the middle of each semester (See Schedule). 
    Career Opportunities
    Spending on Big Data technologies and Analytics is growing at 30 per cent per annum as demand for data analytics skills continues to outstrip supply. In a 2013 survey carried out by SAP, three-quarters of firms report a lack of staff or graduates with data science skills. The finding from the survey of 300 businesses found that six out of ten companies last year had problems hiring personnel they needed for data analytics. Additionally, 84% of companies would like specific training to integrate analytics into their day-to-day work, as most businesses (92%) said that they had seen the amount of data grow in their organisations over the last 12 months. According to Richard Bruton, TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation “Big data is a sector which offers great potential for Ireland, and which we have targeted as part of our Action Plan for Jobs. In recent years, we have seen some major announcements in this sector.”
    For articles which you might find helpful see:
    Top Tech Jobs 2015 - Big Data and Analytics
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    • Contact Thomas Dowling, Head of Department of Computing, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: thomas.dowling@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 918 6304

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