Higher Diploma in Science in Software Development | Cloud Application Development (Springboard)

Higher Diploma in Science in Software Development | Cloud Application Development (Springboard)

Course Overview

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Why take this course?

This Level 8 Award is specifically designed to up-skill graduates with

1. the technical skills to build software applications that can be deployed to the cloud and accessed over the Internet.
2. knowledge of the tools and methodologies needed to develop and deploy software applications.
3. experience of working in teams to deliver a project and preparation for the workplace.

The programme consists of two Semesters of taught modules followed by Work Placement. Modules taken in Semester 1 are Object Oriented Programming 1, Agile Design & Testing 1, Network and Cloud Architecture, Database Systems and Team Project 1. In Semester 2, the modules are Object Oriented Programming 2, Agile Design and Testing 2, Web Technologies and Team Project 2. A predominant theme of the course is a focus on industry standard certifications and open source tools so that graduates are prepared for the workplace. The Object Oriented Programming modules cover the Oracle Java Certified Associate syllabus and some material from the Oracle Java Certified Professional syllabus. The Agile Design and Testing modules includes Scrum Master training material and ISTQB Foundation level material, as well as practical experience of test automation tools and version control systems. In the Team Project modules learners will work as part of a team in a “simulated industry environment” to develop a solution to an industry type problem.

The Team Projects are a fundamental element where the group work facilitates peer-supported learning. The Team Project modules provides extensive cross-module links and are a unique opportunity to use the combination of learnings from the other modules, to consolidate knowledge and to experience teamwork. A key philosophy is the use of open source industry methods and tools and alignment to industry certification standards. At the end of semester 2, the Placement provides students with a comprehensive experience of the work environment. Placement contains a “pre-placement” component delivered during Semester 2 to ensure that the learners are fully prepared for the workplace.

Assessment of the learners will be achieved by a combination of assessment methods and not just terminal written exams. Specifically, assessments, both summative and formative will include a mixture of laboratory exercises, time-boxed, open book practical assessments, project demos and presentations and written exams.
Graduates who achieve honors in this programme are eligible to apply for taught Master of Science in Software Engineering or Master of Science in Applied Software Engineering at AIT or other level 9 programmes at other third level colleges.

What will I experience?

Programme Content

· Object Oriented Programming 1

· Agile Design & Testing 1.

· Network and Cloud Architecture

· Database Systems and Team Project 1

· Object Oriented Programming 2,.

· Agile Design and Testing 2

· Web Technologies and Team Project 2

Additional Information


Two semesters



September 2019


Enda Fallon


Tel: 090 647 1877


Classroom Based

Course Details

Course Commencement Date:


September 2019

Course NFQ Level:
Level 8
Dept of Electronics & Informatics
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Level 7 qualification in ICT related discipline (engineering or software).

Level 8 qualification in a non-engineering/ICT discipline

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