This course is being offered under the Springboard+ initiative for jobseekers.
This course aims to produce technically competent, innovative graduates that will become leading practitioners in the field of data analytics. Upon completion, graduates will be able to:
The course is designed to accommodate those whose specific interests in data analytics may be of a more technically or a more business focused nature. Students will gain exposure to product commercialisation issues associated with data analytics. The course is delivered by faculty and practitioners using academic research, industry-defined practical problems, and case studies.
Ireland could create 12,750 to 21,000 jobs in data analytics according to the Forfás and the Expert Group on Future Skills Report. This course is focused on providing graduates with the ability to work in the data analytics sector and take advantage of this demand. Graduates will be capable of creating specialist start-ups or fulfilling roles such as Data Scientist, Business Intelligence Analyst, Knowledge and Informatics Engineer, Data Analyst and Data Mining Engineer.
This course is for graduates who have substantial technical and mathematical skills. Graduates from non-STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) that have not developed these skills will need to be able to demonstrate an aptitude for technical and mathematical problem solving.
A Postgraduate Diploma in Data Analytics is awarded by QQI at level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications.
Students must complete one elective module per semester. Work Placement will occur either during term time or upon course completion.
For more information on the subjects taught on this course view the module descriptor.
All our programmes offered under Springboard include a Career Bridge module and a work placement. In the past, students have found these elements to be a vital and life changing part of their learning experience.
Assisting students develop and achieve their career goals is a core mission within the NCI Career Development & Employability Office (CDEO) who have won the AHECS “Excellence in Employability Award” for 2013 and 2014. These were awarded both years for the work undertaken with students completing skills conversion programmes.
The highly practical “Career Bridge” module is embedded into each of the programme schedules and is delivered across two semesters. The module develops in students the ability to self-manage their careers, identify and address competency gaps, identify and apply for career opportunities, develop an online brand, network effectively and promote themselves at interview.
Work placements are an ideal way to use your newly acquired skills to transition into your chosen career and are an integral part of many Springboard courses within NCI. Our Work Placement Team has a proven track record of working successfully with Springboard students in assisting them transition to employment and in the last 12 months the Career Development & Employability Office have secured quality placements or career opportunities for over 400 students.
Each work placement advisor works collaboratively with students and proactively with Industry to identify suitable work placement opportunities and will endeavour to secure a work placement for each eligible student.
A minimum of a level 8 (honours degree) qualification (2.2 or higher) or equivalent on the National Qualifications Framework. Applicants may be from a cognate/STEM or non-cognate background.
For candidates who do not have a level 8 qualification the college operates a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) scheme - meaning applicants who do not meet the normal academic entry requirements, may be considered based on relevant work or other experience. Non English speaking applicants must demonstrate fluency in the English language as demonstrated by IELTS academic score of at least 6.5 or equivalent.
This programme has a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy. Specifically, students are expected to successfully participate in lectures, laboratories and projects using a laptop computer with a substantial hardware configuration. A suitable configuration is 6GB of RAM (8GB or more are recommended); a 64-bit x86 processor (Intel i5 or superior); 100+ GB of hard disk; and a recent installed release of Linux, Mac OS or even Windows operating system.
The course will be assessed with a blend of project work and exams. This varies between modules but typically assessment is 50% continuous assessment and 50% exam. Please note that in some instances exams may take place in the daytime.
Tuesday, Thursday 18.00 – 22.00 and a number of Saturdays 09.00 – 16.00.
This course runs over 2 semesters from September to December 2015 and January to May 2016.
This course is free to eligible applicants. The scheme does not cover any allowance for books or materials.
To apply for this course, applicants should visit the Springboard+ website and complete the online application form there. If you don't qualify for Springboard+ please apply through the link on the top of this page.
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