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 WIT 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.
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.
Ms. Joan Mangan
Programme and Placement Coordinator
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Database Design and Implementation (Mandatory) 5 credits||Data Analytics (Mandatory) 5 credits|
|HCI & Web Design (Mandatory) 5 credits||Enterprise Applications (5 credits)|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Enterprise Data Exchange and XML (Mandatory) 5 credits||Project & Change Management (Mandatory) 5 credits|
|Career Development Skills (Mandatory) 5 credits||Software Validation & Evaluation (Mandatory) 5 credits|
|Software Engineering (Mandatory) 5 credits|
|Year 2 *choose one|
|Work Placement - Elective* 15 credits|
|Industry-led Project - Elective* 15 credits|
|This practical, skills-orientated course is implemented through step-by-step online labs/classes, pre-recorded sessions and Q&A sessions via Zoom and Slack. We work to build a sense of community online with ongoing communication and support facilitated through Slack and Zoom.|
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 WIT Springboard RPL Form here https://www.wit.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 WIT’s English
Language Requirements for details http://www.wit.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
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.
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 (A03)
School of Education & Lifelong Learning
Waterford Institute of Technology
Cork Road, Waterford.