Certificate in Science in Computing & Multimedia Level 6

Computing & Multimedia

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The Certificate in Science in Computing & Multimedia Level 6 programme provides a broad range of modules designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of graduates and also provide them with increased employment prospects in a wide range of areas.  It also provides the opportunity to progress to the Higher Certificate or BSc Degree programmes in this field.

Programme Certificate in Science in Computing & Multimedia Level 6
Awarded by QQI - Quality & Qualifications Ireland  
Start Dates From: 19/09/2016 To: 17/05/2017     1 Year
Days & Time Schedule available early September (3 days per week)  
Cost E.U:  €4,000.00  /  NON E.U.: €8,000.00 (Applications through the international admissions office only) dci@dorset-college.ie     Inclusive
How To Apply To arrange an Interview with the Programme Leader, please contact:
Maggie Keane at 01) 8309677 or E-Mail: maggie.keane@dorset-college.ie

The Certificate in Science in Computing & Multimedia is on the CAO System for September 2016. CAO Code: DS 603 (See page 38 of the CAO  Handbook).   The Application Forms and the CAO Handbook 2016 are both available from the Central Applications Office (CAO), Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway www.cao.ie.

Graduates will have the required skills and knowledge to work effectively within an organisation at entry level, to work as part of a team supporting software development projects, to produce multimedia content (such as graphics and audio), configure networks & systems and to configure & maintain hardware. This course introduces students to general multimedia systems; it shows them how to produce audio, video and 2-D animation content and how to publish that content to the web.  The progression route include the Higher Certificate in Science in Computing & Multimedia Level 6 and BSc in Computing & Multimedia Level 7. 

Dorset College welcomes applications from Leaving Certificate, A Level, Mature and students who hold QQI Level 5 Awards.  QQI holders may be eligible for entry onto specific related programmes at Dorset College. 

The Certificate in Science in Computing & Multimedia is on the CAO System for September 2016.  CAO Code: DS 603 (See page 38 of the CAO  Handbook).   The Application Forms and the CAO Handbook 2016 are both available from the Central Applications Office (CAO), Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway www.cao.ie.  The closing date for applications through the Central Applications Office (CAO www.cao.ie.) is 1st February 2016 although CAO will accept late applications up to the 1st May 2016.   For further details contact Admissions: 01) 8309677 or email: info@dorset-college.ie.  Full list of Dorset College courses on CAO.

In order to successfully enter this programme, learners should have at least one of the following:

Applicants must obtain a minimum of Grade D3 in five ordinary level subjects in the Leaving Certificate, including a language and a minimum of grade D3 in ordinary level mathematics.  OR
Applicants must hold a QQI level 5 Major Award in Information Technology     OR
Applicants who are second language speakers of English must achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent and hold the International Equivalent to Leaving Certificate. 
For mature learners (i.e. age 23 and older), applications will be individually assessed in order to determine suitability through Dorset College’s ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ policy.

 Protection of Enrolled  Learners
Dorset College has arrangements in place to ensure the Protection of Enrolled Learners (PEL) in the event of a cessation of programmes by the college.   These arrangements will ensure a smooth continuance of programmes for the learner.  The arrangements will comply with Section 65(4)(a) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 in respect of learners on a programme  leading to a QQI Award.  

The Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training)  Act 2012 Part 6  requires requires that all programmes of 3 months or more duration have in place arrangements for the Protection of Enrolled Learners to ensure learners have the opportunity to complete their programme of study. We confirm that PEL arrangements are in place between this organisation and the named Colleges outlined: 

For further details of requirements see http://www.qqi.ie/Pages/Protection-for-Enrolled-Learners-(PEL)-.aspx

The Certificate in Science in Computing & Multimedia Level 6 programme provides a broad range of modules as outlined below. These are designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of graduates and also provide them with excellent employment prospects in a wide range of areas and academic progression to the higher certificate or degree level programmes in this field.

Module Units

Computer Architecture & Systems

This module teaches the fundamentals of computer architecture and systems in a modern PC. Students will also acquire the knowledge and skills required to upgrade maintain and install system components.

  • Computer Systems
  • Computer Components
  • Memory
  • Peripherals
  • Introduction to Assembly Language

Mathematics for Computing

This module introduces basic mathematical concepts necessary for developing algorithms and producing computer graphics.

  • Functions
  • 2-D Geometry and transformations.
  • Numeral systems and Boolean Algebra.
  • Binary mathematics

Computer Programming  Fundamentals

This module introduces computer programming and develops fundamental skills such as editing, compiling and executing computer programs and constructing algorithms to solve problems.

  • Programming Theory Basics
  • Techniques for implementing programs in Java
  • Algorithms
  • Design Issues

Visual Communications

This module teaches students visual communication skills such as storyboarding and gives students an appreciation of the history of visual images

  • History of visual communications
  • Flow Charts Storyboarding
  • Basic Technical Drawing Concepts
  • 2-D & 3-D Drawing
  • Basic Drawing & Geometric Techniques
  • Design Analysis

Web & Multimedia Technologies

This module introduces students to general multimedia systems; it shows them how to produce audio, video and 2-D animation content and how to publish that content to the web.•Computer Hardware and Software Systems.

  • Multimedia production techniques
  • Web Page Authoring
  • Introduction to Macromedia Director
  • Health and safety /Ethics

Teamwork & Communications

This module will enable students to communicate effectively using a range of skills and tools both individually and in groups. It will also teach the students how to operate effectively within teams.

  • Communication and Organisations
  • Research and Writing Skills
  • Business Writing
  • Oral, Visual and Nonverbal Communication
  • Communication at Work

Information Systems

This module teaches students how about the management process and how to solve problems and manage information using a range of applications and tools.

  • The Management Process.
  • Management Information Systems
  • Enterprise Applications and Information Systems
  • Problem Solving

 

The assessment schedule is outlined on the links below for each module:

Awards
Certificate in Science in Computing and Multimedia Level 6
Awarded by: Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)            
                        

The Certificate in Science in Computing & Multimedia Level 6 programme provides a broad range of modules designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of graduates and also provide them with increased employment prospects in a wide range of areas.

Academic Progression
On successful completion of this level 6 certificate, graduates may progress to the Higher Certificate in Science in Computing & Multimedia Level 6  and thereafter to the final year of the  Bachelor of Science in Computing & Multimedia Level 7   (see the (NFQ) National Framework of Qualifications for more information on framework levels).

Peter Lynch has been working at a senior level in the computer games, mobile apps and digital content sectors over the last 20 years. He has worked in both dynamic start-ups and large multinational technology companies. He founded his first tech start-up Eirplay in 2002. With Eirplay, he won the following national technology awards:

Irish Digital Media Awards: Game Developer of the Year
Eircom Web Innovation Fund Winner

He has a successful track record in localising, marketing and publishing digital content for both local and international markets. Peter holds a Bachelor of Financial Services degree from UCD and a Diploma in New Technology Business Development from DIT. He is also a qualified PRINCE2 Practitioner.

Irene McGinn holds a BA in Communications and Creative Media (Dundalk Institute of Technology) and a MA in Film and Television Studies (Dublin City University).

She is currently involved in PhD research in the role that narrative plays in promoting action in online groups (University of West of England). Irene has experience in most areas of multimedia including writing, editing, design and programming. 

Her research interests include narrative in digital media, education and communications, audience theory and participatory culture, gender and technology, gaming culture, online communities, and media convergence and regulation.

Carmen Mihaela Maritan BSc. PhD
Carmen lectures in Business Statistics & Mathematics, General Mathematics and Physics at Dorset College. She has seven years lecturing and teaching experience at 6, 7 and 8 honours degree level.

Carmen has significant experience in “Water Resources Engineering “, carrying out research on Water resources and Water Management. She wrote published articles on Soil and Water Pollution.  Carmen studied for BSc in Civil Engineering Bucharest, for Masters and Doctoral degree in Water Resource Engineering at Faculty of Hydrotechnics Bucharest and “Pierre et Marie Curie” University Paris. She also studied for BSC in Education and Training DCU Dublin.

Stephen Kelly holds a BA (Hons) Animation Degree from the National Film School, IADT Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.   His professional training includes applications -  Maya and After Effects at Ballyfermot College of Further Education.    

Awards: Winner for "Best Animation for Apps and Gaming" in the Irish Animation Awards in 2015

Stephen has worked in the games and animation industry for over 8 years and is Co-Founder, Head of Games and Interactive at Studio POWWOW.   He has worked as an animator on numerous acclaimed TV shows, such as Cartoon Networks “The Amazing World of Gumball” and Disney's “Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja”.   In his role at POWWOW he has developed skills as a game designer, game animator and project lead, working on many award winning games and apps, the most notable being ShipAntics: The Legend of The Kiki Beast.

Ryan Conradie (M.B.A.) (Six Sigma Teacher)
Ryan holds a Masters of Business Administration: University of Wales 2012 (Project Management, Change, Operations, Finance). Six Sigma Black Belt: Aveta Business Solutions 2009. A Lean, Six Sigma Business manager with over 14 years experience in the services industry.

Specialised in the areas of Lean, Project and Change Management within Business Operations. 2013 Dorset College - Level 7 Lean Six Sigma.

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Certificate in Science in Computing & Multimedia Level 6 [Full-Time]

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