CIT launches graduate conversion programmes

2 Feb 2012

Unemployed NQF level 8 graduates from non-computing disciplines who are interesting in making a switch to cloud computing can now gain an academic qualification for free in the subject, thanks to the launch of two new graduate conversion programmes by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT).

The Department of Education and Skills and the Higher Education Authority (HEA) are supporting both the Higher Diploma in Science in Cloud Computing and the Higher Diploma in Science in Cloud and Mobile Software Development, and successful applicants who receive either the Jobseeker’s Allowance or Jobseeker’s Benefit will continue to receive them during the course of their studies, wrote Tim Horgan, CIT’s head of the Cloud Computing Centre of Excellence, on CIT’s Cloud Blog.

The Higher Diploma in Science in Cloud Computing and the Higher Diploma in Science in Cloud and Mobile Software Development will provide conversion pathways for graduates from non-computing disciplines to match the needs of the IT industry, wrote Horgan.

Both diplomas have been designed and developed in consultation with a range of employers. The first semester of both programmes builds a framework and grounding in the building blocks of IT knowledge skills and competence.

"In the second semester of the Higher Diploma in Science in Cloud Computing, an emphasis is placed on cloud computing and this focus is supported by the addition of modules in cloud computing architectures, cloud computing with Python, cloud computing infrastructures and electives such as Knowledge Discovery & Data Mining and an industry-focused project," Horgan wrote.

"This combination of modules along with practical and laboratory workshops provides graduates with an ideal education that will enable them to seek entry to a wide variety of roles and levels of responsibility within the workforce.

"In the second semester of the Higher Diploma in Science in Cloud and Mobile Software Development, an emphasis is placed on application development and this is supported by the addition of modules in object-oriented programming, mobile applications development, enterprise and web application development and electives such as Knowledge Discovery & Data Mining and an application software development project," Horgan wrote.

Partners of the diploma programmes may provide internships for all successful graduates.

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