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Code
SE61Q
Delivery
Online
Campus
Cork Road
Duration
2 yrs
Credits
60 ECTS
Next Intake
September 2023
Application Status
Open
Applications Closing
25 Aug 23
Fees
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Data Analytics, Enterprise Software Systems and Systems Analysis are identified by the Irish Government's Expert Group on Future Skills Needs as areas where there is a skills shortage in Ireland and consequently a large number of current, live job opportunities for appropriately trained graduates.

The SETU Waterford Higher Diploma in Business Systems Analysis has been designed in conjunction with industrial partners most notably the information services division of Sun Life Financial services to produce graduates matched to these employment opportunities.  This graduate entry course is particularly suited to either business or computing graduates who wish to enhance existing knowledge and up-skill into roles in business systems and data analysis, systems design and administration.

The course content includes: Database Design and Implementation:   HCI & Web Design:   Data Analytics:   Enterprise Data Exchange and XML:   Enterprise Applications:   Career Development Skills:   Software Engineering:   Project and Change Management:   Software Validation and Evolution:  3-month Work Placement

Employed people will pay a fee of €600 for the course with the Government paying the remaining 90% of the course fee on your behalf. The fee will be payable only at the final stage of the application process when you have been offered a place.  

If you are unemployed and in receipt of a jobseekers payment (including Farm Assist and Qualified Adults of Working Age) you are not eligible for the two year ICT Conversion courses.However, if you are in receipt of other social protection payments, e.g. One Parent Family or Disability Allowance, you may be eligible for the two-year part-time Conversion programmes. Please consult with your DEASP Case Officer to establish this. For further queries on eligibility logon to http://springboardcourses.ie/eligibility.

Delivery

The  programme is delivered fully online via live classes which are scheduled from 12-2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Day classes are followed up by a 2 hour practical support class, currently scheduled from 6-8pm.
All classes are delivered live via Zoom but are also recorded for later access.  Live classes are supported by a dedicated Slack channel providing direct communication between the lecturer and students during class or later.

Contact Information:

Ms. Joan Mangan
Programme and Placement Coordinator
[email protected]

Database Design and Implementation
Introduces the student to the principles and practice of designing and implementing database systems. The student will gain competence in designing relational databases using Entity Relationship Modelling and implement relational databases using SQL.

HCI & Web Design
Introduces the student to the principles of good design for web interfaces. These principles are grounded in Cognitive Science and HCI theories. Web Design introduces the student to the basic principles and development of web based applications.

Data Analytics
Introduces the fundamental concepts of data analytics. These concepts include; data identification, cleaning, transforming and modelling data for the purpose of analysing and manipulating data to discover information to support decision making.

Enterprise Applications
Introduces different types of Enterprise Application systems and how they are used for interacting with multiple parts of an enterprise. Student will also learn how they are designed to solve the problems encountered by different size enterprises.

Enterprise Data Exchange and XML
Provides the student with an understanding of XML standard syntax and related standards and how these can be used to build enterprise applications. Machine-readable business information standards are also introduced.

Software Engineering
Provides an understanding of techniques and methods used to develop reliable quality software. Students will also research and experiment with various tools to gain an insight into how they can be utilised in the software engineering process.

Career Development Skills
Enables learners to evaluate their current career situation, and develop future plans and goals. Students will identify career-related strengths, skills and competencies, to critically reflect on preferred work environments and to identify needs.

Project and Change Management
Provides students with an understanding of project management and change management concepts, tools and techniques. It will develop student’s ability to identify the inherent risks with projects and to apply good project management skills.

Software Validation and Evolution
This module aims to provide students with the fundamental knowledge and skills related to software validation and verification. It includes validation planning, software testing techniques, software maintenance, re-use and version control.

3-month Work Placement
Requires students to apply the knowledge, skills and competencies gained in a relevant workplace environment. This will allow the students to consolidate, deepen and contextualise their learning and thereby enhance their employability.
 

Applicants should have a level 8 honours degree or equivalent qualification in a discipline such as Business, Engineering, Science, Maths, Physics, or Healthcare. Applications are welcome from all disciplines who can demonstrate an enthusiasm for the field. 

Applicants who do not currently meet the entry requirements may be able to support their application using the Institute’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.  Download the SETU Waterford Springboard RPL Form here https://www.setu.ie/schools/education/rpl-for-admissions-or-exemption 

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English language, please see SETU Waterford’s English Language Requirements.

Language Requirements for details http://www.setu.ie/about_wit/documents_and_policies/english_language_requirements

Systems and data analysis skills are now required across industry - not simply in the ICT/Software Development Sector. Industies which have employed our graduates in recent years include:
- Finance, Banking, Insurance
- Software Development
- Manufacturing Management and Administration
- Professional Services, Advertising , Sales and Marketing
- Health, Social Services, Public Administration Management and Administration

Specific skills areas:
- Systems & Data Analysis and Design
- Database Administration
- Systems Administration
- CRM Administration
- Applications Systems Administration
- Business Systems Administration
- Operations Systems Administration

Sample job title:
- Systems Analyst
- Data Analyst
- Database Administrator
- Systems Administrator
- CRM Administrator

 

Student Testimonial

Gemma Mackey

HDIP in Business Systems Analysis

When I applied for the HDIP in Business Systems Analysis, I had a Bachelor of Arts degree, and worked in childcare, but I could see how computer systems are changing all industries and I wanted to learn more and change my career focusing in that direction. I was initially apprehensive that my lack of a technical background would come against me, but the lecturers were really helpful, and we learned a lot through practical group work and from working on projects with other members of the class. Everyone came from different backgrounds, so had a variety of skillsets, and we all helped each other learn. I designed and built websites, databases and web applications, and learned about software engineering and software validation, as well as project management and data analytics. I completed an internship with a technological company in Waterford, and everything I had learned on the HDIP gave me the skills and confidence to help me transition into a technical workplace as a Business Systems Analyst.

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The Programme and Placement Coordinator, Joan Mangan, works with ICTSkills students and employers from the outset of the course in order to match all students with productive and fulfilling work placement experience. In the ICT industry work placements frequently lead to job offers and that has very much been our experience. 

More information will be available soon. 

Programme and Placement Coordinator: Joan Mangan
Tel:   +353 51 302 849
Email: Joan.M[email protected]

Postal Address:

Programme and Placement Coordinator (A03)
School of Education & Lifelong Learning
Waterford Institute of Technology
Cork Road, Waterford.

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BSc (Hons), MSc - Lecturer and Programme Leader
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