Software Engineering (PDip)
College of Engineering & Informatics
This diploma provides a focused programme of study in the area of software design and development, providing an insight into technical skills and modern industry techniques. The computer languages Java and C are taught in the diploma, as well as Object Oriented Design and a number of important software engineering methodologies.
This is an ideal programme for students who wish to:
- Update their software development and ICT skills
- Study in a flexible, on-line environment
- Engage with an interesting and challenging curriculum
- Improve their employability opportunities by re-skilling in the area of software development
- Develop key professional skills of critical thinking, problem-solving and communications skills;
The Diploma programme is open to honours degree graduates (minimum 2nd class honours) in Science, Engineering or other relevant discipline, and to other degree graduates with three or more years of relevant experience, and to those otherwise satisfying the postgraduate entry standards (degree equivalent qualifications).
Applicants with an ordinary or pass degree or Level 7 diploma must have at least three years relevant experience to be considered for the programme.
1 year Part time
Next start date: 26th August 2013
ECTS weighting: 30
Awards: Postgraduate Diploma in Software Engineering, NUI Galway
Closing date: Offers are made on a rolling basis from mid March through to late July of each academic year.
NFQ level: 8
Rather than being a general-purpose award on computing, the intention of this diploma programme is to provide a coherent and complimentary set of in-depth modules which bring the student up-to-speed on relevant software development tools and techniques.
The programme includes five core modules on:
- Fundamentals of Programming (CT609)
- Object Oriented Design (CT618)
- Object Oriented Programming (CT619)
- Distributed Systems (CT620)
- Software Engineering (CT610)
Students may also chose to take an elective module from either of the following areas by replacing one of the core modules listed with one of the following. Such an option will enable prospective students to choose modules in accordance with their professional development requirements.
- Artificial Intelligence (CT621)
- Real-Time Systems (CT622)
- Graphics Programming (CT623)
Applications and selections
Applications should be made online at the following address; www.pac.ie
Springboard Funded 2013
This programme has been approved by the Springboard programme for entry in the 2013/14 academic year with the waiver of programme fees. This course is suitable for job-seekers who want to attain a qualification while actively seeking employment. Students may retain their social protection supports while participating on this programme.
For further information and application, check out www.springboardcourses.ie
Requirements and assessment
The Diploma in Software Engineering is delivered entirely using online learning technology so students can study when and where they want according to a paced learning cycle. Course materials are easy to follow and are accompanied by continuous assessment exercises, research/review questions and recommended course textbooks. Modules are delivered one at a time, over an eight-week period via asynchronous online technologies using web-supported learning.
The programme coordinators provide a recommended outline of study for each of the eight-week
modules to ensure students keep their progress on track. Each module is individually assessed by online examinations and assignments. All assessments and examinations take place within the eight-week period.
The software industry includes businesses involved in the development, maintenance and publication of computer software, as well as software services such as training, documentation, and consulting. At the heart of this industry is the activity of actually architecting and producing computer software, which is the emphasis of this diploma. Opportunities for software developers are excellent within Ireland and internationally.