Higher Diploma in Business Systems Analysis (2-Year Evening)

Higher Diploma in ScienceBusiness Systems Analysis [2-Year Evening]

Cork Road
2 yrs
30 Sep 20

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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 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 Software Engineering; HCI and Web Design; Database Design and Implementation; Enterprise Applications; Web Development; Data Analytics; Software Validation and Evolution; Project and Change Management.

Employed people will pay a fee of €550 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.


Contact Information:

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



In order to facilitate the delivery of programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic, module outline and order may change slightly for the academic year 2020/2021.

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Indicative Schedule

Part-time (Evening)

Year 1 Semester 1

Mon 6.30-10.00pm & Wednesday 6.30-10.00pm

Database Modelling (Mandatory) 5 credits
HCI & Web Design (Mandatory) 5 credits

Year 1 Semester 2

Monday 6.30-10.00pm, Wednesday 6.30-10.00pm

Data Analytics (Mandatory) 5 credits
Web Development (Mandatory) 5 credits 

Year 2 Semester 1

Tuesday 6.30-10.00 pm & Thursday 6.30-10.00pm and alternate Saturdays 10.00am-1.00pm

Enterprise Software Skills (Mandatory) 5 credits 
Career Development Skills (Mandatory) 5 credits 
Systems Analysis & Design (Mandatory) 5 credits  

Year 2 Semester 2

Tuesday 6.30-10.00pm & Thursday 6.30-10.00pm

Project & Change Mgmt. (Mandatory) 5 credits
Software Validation & Evaluation (Mandatory) 5 credits
Year 2 Summer (June to end of August) *choose one
Work Placement - Elective* 15 credits
Industry-led Project - Elective* 15 credits

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To be eligible for an ICT skills conversion course a person must meet the residency and nationality criteria, be suitably qualified and hold a Level 8 Degree in a cognate discipline.

Where candidates do not currrently meet the formal academic entry requirements they may be able to advance their application using the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) mechanism. RPL allows candidates to make a case that they do meet entry requirements through a combination of formal certified learning and learning through (work) experience. RPL applications must be made by filling out (please type) the Springboard RPL form and submitting it along with supporting documents such as academic certificates and transcripts etc. Download the WIT Springboard RPL Form here https://www.wit.ie/images/uploads/Education_School_PDF/WIT_RP6_Springboard_RPL_Form.docx

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details. http://www.wit.ie/about_wit/documents_and_policies/english_language_requirements

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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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joan mangan

The Programme and Placement Coordinator, Martina Mullally, 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. 

Please see more information on ICTSkills Work Placement here.

Programme and Placement Coordinator: Martina Mullally
Tel:   +353 51 302 849
Email: [email protected]

Postal Address:

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

Course Leader

  • - Deirdre O'Halloran

    PGD - Lecturer in Computing

    Tel: 51302686 Email: [email protected]

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