Funded by the Government of Ireland as part of the July Stimulus Higher Education Provision
Diploma in Strategic Business IT Course Overview and Audience
The impact of emerging technologies on all sectors of the economy and the spread of digitalisation has driven a demand for employees who possess a knowledge of both business and technology. In addition, The Future Jobs Ireland report (2019) cites a strong demand for IT professionals who not only have the technical skills required but also who have a strong understanding of the impact IT systems and services have within modern business environments, and the important relationship between business and IT strategy development and alignment. Workers must also understand how technology plays a role in their business’ effectiveness and how it can impact their competitiveness as well as the speed of response to market change.
Participants on this course will obtain knowledge on emerging technologies and how business reacts in relation to future strategic planning, including how information technology can establish and maintain a competitive advantage. The module Strategic Business IT deals with the application of software (existing and new) in a business context. The Professional Practice in IT module ensures that participants obtain skills in the obstacles and issues that must be understood and navigated successfully within industry. Specifically, learners will gain knowledge and skill on ethics, privacy regulations, governance, consultancy practice and service level agreement structure and management; communication skills (both ICT to business and business to ICT).
This CCT College Dublin modular course consists of modules from CCT’s Level 8 Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (75 ECTS) awarded by QQI. The modular course certificate is awarded by CCT and is not an NFQ award but successful completion of the modules will entitle the learner to a transcript confirming the ECTS attained and the NFQ level of those ECTS. Upon successful completion of the programme learners will be entitled to exemptions from the specified modules on the Higher Diploma in Science in Computing at CCT College Dublin. Successful completion of the programme may also entitle a learner to exemptions from alternative programmes, including those offered by other Higher Education Institutions, subject to entry requirements.
- Strategic Business IT
This module provides the learner with knowledge of: The macro and micro business environment and the concepts, tools and techniques that facilitate its analysis; The relationship between business and information technology and how information technology can establish and maintain a competitive advantage; The differences between proprietary and open source software models and how they can support and affect IT business related solutions; Emerging technologies and how business reacts in relation to future strategic planning.
- Professional Practice in IT
This module provides the learner with knowledge and skills to be a professional and ethical member of the computing community. Today’s computing landscape is fraught with ethical, legal, and other obstacles and issues that must be understood and navigated successfully by the modern computing professional. Specifically, learners will gain knowledge and skill on: Ethical guidelines and professional expectations as an ICT practitioner; Privacy aspects and regulations of cyberspace content and hosted systems; IT Governance for strategic industry and IT alignment; Consultancy practice and service level agreement structure and management; Professional customer facing communication skills, ICT to business and business to ICT.
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 and the remaining 10% is payable by the student or their employer.
- The Course Tuition Fee is €900 so €90 euro is payable by the student or their employer
Those who are unemployed, formerly self-employed and ‘Returners’:
The course is free and 100% funded for eligible applicants who are unemployed, formerly self-employed or who are classified by the HEA as ‘Returners’ or ‘Homemakers’.
Admission to this modular programme is through one of the following:
Evidence of prior learning, including experiential learning,
Possession of an NFQ level 5 award, including leaving certificate, FET award, or equivalent.
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.
This course will be delivered online. Online activities can include live or pre-recorded lectures, independent learning and assessment activities such as research tasks, discussion forums, simulations, quizzes and e-portfolio work along with online group activities such as live classes, group project work, virtual labs and tutorials.