Springboard 2015+

Higher National Certificate/Diploma in Computing and Systems Development

The Higher National Diploma in Computing and Systems Development was developed to meet the growing demand from I.T. professionals and business people alike.
This course will provide participants with a range of skills in a technological and management context. 

The units in this international qualification will enable participant to:

  • provide learners with the opportunity to acquire employability skills required for effective employment and to manage their own personal and professional development. 
  • develop skills of independent enquiry by undertaking a sustained investigation of direct relevance to their academic and professional development. 
  • understanding the principles of object oriented and event driven programming using ruby, ruby on rails and Java - Language knowledge most sort for in the industry. 
  • learn the principle of software applications testing as an essential element in the development of commercial applications for delivery to customers.
    - learn virtual Cloud Infrastructure Solution


Semester 1

        1. Object Oriented Programming ( Ruby and Ruby on rails)
        2. IT Virtualisation
        3. Web Application Development( ASP.Net )  
        4. Employability and Professional Development
Semester 2
      1. Programming in JAVA
      2. Event Driven Programming Solutions-Mobile App Development
      3. Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
      4. Software Testing
      5. Work Experience

    Other compulsory Units for students without approval for recognition of prior learning

      1. Business skills for E-commerce
      2. Computer Systems

Programme information

      • Start Date: 14th September 2015
      • Duration: September to May
      • Delivery Method: Online Live training: 6pm to 8pm(Mondays to Thursdays)
      • Essential Requirement: Good INTERNET service and a fast Computer.
      • ECTS Credits: 60
      • Application Deadline: 31/08/2015

Entry Requirements

    To be eligible to apply for a place on this programme, applicants must:

      1. Hold a Level 6 HNC in Computing and system development or equivalent 
      2. Leaving cert / GCE A levels qualification
      3. Completion of a recognised Access Programme (or equivalent).
      4. Mature students, those at the age of 23 or higher on January 1st of the year of the course of entry
      5. Managers with considerable experience but no formal qualifications may be considered, subject to 
        interview and being able to demonstrate their ability to cope with the demands of the programme.
      6. Any of these category of candidate that do not possess an HNC in computing, will be admitted to the HNC programme (year 1)and must complete unit 1 and 2 (core units) and be exempted from any two units from the HND accept the the Employability and professional development unit.

Eligibility Requirement

To be eligible for a part-time Springboard course a person must be:

Unemployed* with a previous history of employment AND satisfy one of the following three criteria:

Career Opportunities

Academic Progression