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Part-time course
Diploma in Artificial Intelligence and Working into the Future

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Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

Diploma in Artificial Intelligence and Working into the Future Course Overview

The Diploma in Artificial Intelligence and Working into the Future is designed for learners seeking to develop their knowledge, skills and competence in the area of AI and is available via Springboard+ 2020/2021.  This Special Purpose Diploma in AI aims to produce graduates with a clear understanding of AI and its underlying concepts and components, which are required by companies operating in this field today, and the ability to continue to develop knowledge, skill and competence to remain competitive and employable in an ever-advancing sector. Learners will engage with the opportunity to assimilate knowledge within an industry focused learning environment. Graduates of this programme will be qualified to fill professional roles at entry or junior level positions in IT and Artificial Intelligence development related industries, and to progress beyond these roles by developing the knowledge, skills and competencies skills learned in the programme curriculum. The graduate will also be prepared to pursue further academic studies at NFQ level 7 or above.

The programme utilises a carefully designed programme schedule with modules focused on Artificial Intelligence topics and their future direction. The design and development of modules within this programme were informed by significant industry consultation, particularly from Microsoft and its partner network. Industry-initiated real-world problems will be provided by our industry contacts and used as the context for planning and designing assessment solutions, as well as being an aid for problem-solving sessions.

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The programme aims to provide learners with a progression pathway to professional roles at entry or junior level in the general area of Artificial Intelligence as well as the option to further their education in the area. In addition to the mathematical and associated technical skills, which will be fostered during the participants studies, transferable skills that will be developed throughout the programme via the varied teaching and assessment methods include: critical analysis, advanced evaluation, self-analysis and personal reflection, problem solving, communication skills, team management and group-work and professionalism.

This is a one year, part time, Diploma in Artificial Intelligence and Working into the Future programme, with contact hours delivered over evening and weekend schedule slots (to afford any enrolled student not currently in employment the opportunity to accept a daytime job offer and continue to completion of the course as well as allow those in employment to balance course work with other full-time commitments).

Read more about the Diploma in Artificial Intelligence and Working into the Future below:

  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
  • Programming – Object Oriented Approach
  • Knowledge Representation
  • Machine Learning for Artificial Intelligence
  • Meta-heuristic Optimisation
  • Data Visualisation and Communication
  • Analytical methods for Big Data:
  • Gaming A.I. – programming the imperfect
  • Strategic Business IT

Admission to this the Diploma in Artificial Intelligence and Working into the Future is through one of the following:

Evidence of prior learning, including experiential learning,

or

Possession of an NFQ level 5 award, including leaving certificate, FET award, or equivalent.

In addition, all applicants must evidence competence in mathematics equivalent to H5 standard in leaving certificate and competence in the use of IT. Basic computer literacy is not sufficient for this programme.

International applicants whose first language isn’t English must demonstrate a minimum competency in the English
Language of CEFR B2+.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for entry based on prior learning (RPL) or prior experiential learning (RPEL) in line with the College policy. The College will thoroughly assess applications received through RPL and RPEL to ensure that candidates are able to evidence learning to an appropriate standard – normally the framework level equivalent to the direct entry qualification requirement and demonstrate potential to succeed and benefit from the programme.

Those who are in employment/working : 

For eligible applicants who are currently in employment/working 90% of the tuition fees will be covered by the HEA through Springboard+ and the remaining 10% is payable by the student or their employer.

The full fee for this course is €4,975 so for successful applicants who are in employment €497.50 will be payable once you have been offered a place and before you enrol on your Springboard+ course.

Those who are unemployed, formerly self-employed or ‘Returners’: 

This course is free for eligible applicants who are unemployed, formerly self-employed or who are classified by Springboard+ as ‘Returners’ or ‘Homemakers’.

Application for this Diploma in Artificial Intelligence and Working into the Future course should be made here via the Springboard+ website.

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

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