• » Higher Diploma in Science in Computing in Business Systems Analysis and Design

    Programme Title  Higher Diploma in Science in Computing in Business Systems Analysis and Design
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    Duration  9 months
    Standard Code Places:  17 (We are now taking applications for the 2017 intake.
    National Framework Level  8
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from QQI
    Is this Programme for Me?
    Letterkenny Institute of Technology is running a level 8 honours-degree-equivalent Higher Diploma in Computing in Business Systems Analysis and Design. The objective of the course is to take level 8 graduates in any discipline (no work experience required) who have significant knowledge of Computing or level 7 graduates in any discipline who have at least 3 years work-experience and significant knowledge of Computing and augment their skills and knowledge in readiness to begin a career in Business Systems Analysis and Design. It is designed to ensure that graduates are given both a base for continuing self-development and a set of skills which are transferable to the broader computing industry. These skill sets are reinforced with a strong emphasis on teamwork. The main aim of the course is to produce graduates with the required theoretical and hands-on skills to allow them to work and participate effectively in a commercial IT environment in a Business Systems Analysis and Design role.
    Is there work in this field?
    Since the 1980s, most leading US software vendors, including Microsoft, Oracle, Google, Facebook and Symantec, have based their European operations centres in Ireland. The country has also become the number one site for software development in Europe. 
    Alongside the big international players Ireland also has a thriving IT industry that has been created in Ireland by Irish computer graduates. It comprises of over 600 companies, about 250 of which have significant levels of overseas sales. Ireland has now overtaken the USA as the biggest exporter of software in the world and 60% of all software sold in Europe originates in Ireland. The computing industry in Ireland employs over 91,000 people. At any one time there are between 4,000 and 5,500 unfilled ICT posts in Ireland, 75 of ICT employers have vacancies, 50% have at least 20 vacancies.  ICT employment is increasing by at least 6% each year. So, yes there are excellent employment opportunities.  
    In addition to the national demand for computing graduates there are several large computing companies in the Northwest such as Pramerica which is based in Letterkenny, Allstate which has operations in Derry and Strabane and SITA which is owned by the air transport industry and has announced a major jobs expansion.
    All of these companies have an ongoing requirement to hire qualified Business Systems Analysts and Designers and one of the largest IT companies in the North-west has partnered with LYIT in the development of this Higher Diploma course to assist it in finding suitable Business Systems Analysis and Design graduates.
    Is there an opportunity to get work experience?
    All of the students on the course are required to do an industry placement and students will not be accepted onto the course unless the course board is satisfied that a suitable placement is available for the student. All suitably qualified applicants will be interviewed by LYIT and Pramerica to ensure they have a placement before being offered a place on the course.
    Financial Support for Students Taking This Course.
    Fees for the course are €3,000.  Applicants may be eligible for the Back to Education Allowance, subject to the usual conditions and you may apply to SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) for a grant to pay your fees also subject to the usual conditions. You may find the information on studentfinance.ie useful in helping you work out whether you are eligible for financial support under the Back to Education Allowance scheme.
    If you are still unsure if you qualify for financial support feel free to contact Admissions in LYIT for further information.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    All applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements of:
    • a level 8 honors degree in any discipline with some significant knowledge of Computing or 
    • a level 7 ordinary degree in any discipline with at least 3 years post-graduate experience which is relevant to their degree and some significant knowledge of Computing are eligible to apply.
    Admission to this course will be by standard LYIT Direct entry application procedure.  
    Apply: Postgraduate Programmes Application Form.
    What will I have to study?
    No of creditsHours/week
     1/1  Business Analysis Mandatory  10  4
     Business Systems Analysis and Design Mandatory  10  4
     1/2  UX and Web Based Applications Mandatory  10  4
     Software Engineering Mandatory  10  4
     1/3  Project Mandatory  10  4
     Placement Mandatory  10  35HPW for 8 to 12 weeks
    • Contact Thomas Dowling, Head of Department of Computing, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: thomas.dowling@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 918 6304