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H
igher education and training

to
address ICT skills gaps


November

2011



‘ICT Skills
Programme

Call for P
roposals

/ Terms & Conditions








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ICT Skills Conversion Programme 2011

-

Important Notice


1.

The Higher Edu
cation Authority (HEA) is m
aking this

do
cument

available to providers
submitting a proposal for higher educatio
n and training courses under this

‘ICT
Skills
Programme

. The document

must not be used for any other purpose.

2.

The
Higher Education Authority

has taken all reasonable care
to ensure that the
material set out in this Call for Proposals is true and accurate in all material respects as
at the time of publication. However, no warranty or representation is given as to the
accuracy or completeness of this material. The Higher Educ
ation Authority does not
accept any liability or responsibility for the accuracy, adequacy or completeness of the
information set out herein.

3.

The Higher Education Authority will not be liable or responsible for any opinion,
statement, or conclusion contain
ed in, or any omission from this document or for any
other written or oral communication made available during the course of the Call
process. No representation or warranty is made in respect of such statements, opinions
or conclusions.

4.

The Higher Educatio
n Authority reserves the right to amend these documents and any
information contained herein at any time by notice in writing to the candidates.

5.

None of the information set out herein will constitute a contract, or part of a contract,
or an offer to enter
into a contract, between the Higher Education Authority and any
provider. Nothing in these documents is, nor shall be relied upon as, a promise or
representation as to the Higher Education Authority’s ultimate decision in relation to
the award of the contr
act for the services.

6.

However, the Higher Education Authority reserves the right to take such steps as it
considers appropriate, including but not limited to: changing the basis of, or the
procedures (including the timetable) relating to, the Call process;

rejecting any, or all, of
the proposals; abandoning the competition (or any part of it) at any time prior to a
formal written contract being executed by and on behalf of the Higher Education
Authority; procuring the services by alternative means if it app
ears that the services can
be more advantageously procured.

7.

No legal relationship or other obligation s
hall arise between any applicant

and the
Higher Education Authority unless and until a contract has been entered into.

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8.

Each applicant
’s acceptance of del
ivery of the Call for Proposals constitutes its
agreement to, and acceptance of, its terms.

9.

Under no circumstances will the Higher Education Authority be liable for any costs,
charges or expenses incurred by candidates as a result of participating in this
Call
process, however caused. Any costs associated with the submission of a proposal are
the sole responsibility of the candidate and will not be reimbursed.


ICT Skills Conversion Programme 2011

-

Statutory requirements


10.

All providers making a proposal(s)

for programmes to be supported through
this
initiative

must confirm compliance with statutory requirements regarding their financial
and

legal status

and be prepared to furnish any additional supporting documents as
requested by the
Higher Education Autho
rity
.


ICT Skills Conversion

Programme
2011

-

Introduction


11.

The number and range of opportunities for skilled graduates which exist in the
Computing/IT sector in Ireland has been well documented. While there is an increasing
supply of computing gra
duates c
oming through the third
-
level system in Ireland
opportunities are growing faster than supply. Between the scale of the IT sector in
Ireland and the current expansion of roles associated with the IT sector it is expected
that there will be healthy demand fo
r talented Computing/ IT graduates over the next
number of years. There is a major challenge to try to increase the supply of skilled
graduates to meet the clearly articulated needs of industry in the short term.

12.

At the same time a supply of talented gradu
ates from non
-
computing/IT disciplines is
available because of the severe economic shock which has affected significant elements
of the Irish economy. There is a compelling case to be made for supporting graduate
conversion courses which would allow non
-
co
mputing/IT graduates re
-
equip themselves
to the new opportunities which exist and the new careers which are likely to persist in
the local economy.

13.

Such a proposal has to be of high quality, offer graduates a realistic prospect of a
graduate level entry in
to the ICT sector

and produce graduates which genuine
ly

satisfy
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the needs of industry. This is a major challenge which can be met, but only if the
following assumptions hold true:



Participants on the programme are highly motivated, capable of independent
l
earning and have level 8 skills knowledge a
nd attributes already developed;



Industry engagement provides successful graduates with a realistic prospect of
an internship or placement leading to a longer term position
;



The quality of programme delivered allo
ws the graduates to develop to their full
potential in the time allowed.

14.

The
Higher Education Authority

is now
requesting proposals

from higher education
providers
for
specialist
programmes

aimed at addressing identified ICT skills gaps
.

15.

In making an appli
cation under this scheme
higher education providers
must clearly
demonstrate a collaborative partnership with a relevant
ICT ind
ustry partner(s) for the
design,
implementation
and operation
of a targeted
level 8 skills

conversion
programme.

16.

Providers submi
tting a proposal must use the Call for Proposals template
included with

this document
. All proposals must be submitted as set out in the
section below

entitled
‘Submission of Proposals
’. The deadline for submission of proposals is
5pm

on
Thursday
22
nd

Dece
mber

2011
.

The
Higher Education Authority

will not consider proposals
received after this time
.


ICT Skills Conversion Programme

-

Information to assist providers
in
making p
roposals


17.

The material in this document outlines an approach designed to address t
he
requirement for
ICT
conversion courses. The proposal has been influenced by feedback
from industry in respect of the graduate skillset requirements as well as experience of
delivery of other conversion programmes. Key features of the approach are:




Soli
d foundation in key computing knowledge at the level expected by industry
;



Choice of specialisation allowing participants to focus on areas of strength and
interest
;



Model for industry involvement allowing industry to influence development and
training of
participants
;

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Significant placement/internship allowing participants to gain relevant
experience and giving industry an opportunity to field test potential recruits.


18.

Thus this model aims to address the real retention and success issues which can arise in

conversion courses by allowing a certain element of choice and specialisation in
delivery. Also it creates an opportunity for industry engagement by including an
element of placement and potential recognition for industry training. It is designed to
allow

real collaboration in a way which allows industry to influence the development of
graduates and assess the suitability of graduates for particular roles while not becoming
an excessive drag on industry resources. Further it is recognised and allowed for i
n the
model design that there exists a requirement for computing graduates in both large
multinationals and SMEs.


ICT Skills Conversion Programme 2011

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Specialisation


19.

The element of specialisation choice is critical to the success of the programme. It w
ill
allow the students to focus on their strong points. Thus one could see that
specialisations in areas such as IT infrastructure, business analytics, web development,
as well as the classic software developer/engineer could be available for the second
se
mester. The examples given are just a selection and would in practice be influenced
by the interests of placement partners/ employers.

20.

Clearly there are resource implications inherent in a programme which offers more than
one specialisation to students on
a programme. It is not expected that providers would
provide all specialisations on one site. However it is expected, that providers should
present solutions which encourage the efficient use of resources through co
-
operation
in provision. Where possible,
from a particular candidate’s perspective it should be
possible for a candidate to access the specialisation for which they are best suited even
though this may not be available at their initial provider.






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ICT Skills Conversion Programme 2011

-

Key Adv
antages


21.

This proposal is designed to be attractive to the potential participants as it offers them a
fast track to a qualification with real skills and knowledge as well as an opportunity to
obtain work experience in their chosen area of specialisation.

22.

A
n examination of the two sample streams proposed
(see appendi
ces

1

4
)
show how
the

programme moves quickly from providing a grounding in core computing to giving a
deep specialisation in a particular domain. The two sample areas are IT infrastructure
and S
oftware Development however it is a reasonably straightforward matter to add
other specialisations by changing the second semester academic material and providing
a project with a different focus.

23.

It is expected that the students would be able to enter and

complete MSc programmes
in a related computing specialisation to the specialisation undertaken in the higher
diploma. This would allow these students to quickly access a postgraduate qualification
of high value and broaden their knowledge of computing.

24.

Gr
aduates of these programmes will not have the full breadth of knowledge of
computing graduates who have undertaken a four year programme but in their area of
specialisation they will have an excellent platform of knowledge skills and attributes
from which
to begin a career in the ICT sector.

25.

The proposal is attractive to employers as it offers them an opportunity to engage with
the development of the potential graduates and allows them to have a tailored element
of formation included in the overall programm
e. It also allows employers to see
potential employees in action before making a long term commitment.

26.

The structure of the programme is also designed to allow both large scale companies
and smaller scale companies engage with it. It is important to rememb
er that as well as
large scale multinationals who need graduates that there is a significant cohort of small
and medium enterprises who have significant requirements for Computing/IT
graduates.

27.

The design of the programme allows for flexibility from
provid
er perspective. The model
is flexible


there is no reason why they could not be an intake in January
/February

and
September of each year as long as the programme is needed.



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ICT Skills Conversion Programme 2011

-

Outline of Programme Proposal


28.

The overal
l aim is to provide graduates with a Higher Diploma in Science in Computing
where they will be able to ally the transferable skills (independent learning, critical
analysis, communications and so forth) that they have obtained as part of their original
deg
ree to specific Computing/ IT skills in their chosen area of specialisation. Successful
graduates are expected to spend one year obtaining an award which wi
ll contain the
following stages:


a.

Immersion in Computing Knowledge

In semester 1 participants will
follow a broad immersive set of modules in the
fundamentals of computing covering Software Development, Systems Analysis &
Testing, Databases, Architecture, OS & Networking, Web Design/ User experience.
These modules will have to be separately taught to t
he general provision for
computing students for two key reasons
:



The participants will be graduates who have already obtained significant
transferable skills in comparison to other undergraduate students
,



The pace of delivery will have to be significantly
higher than for normal
undergraduate programmes to bring participants to an appropriate level in the
timescale available.


b.

Deepening and specialisation

In semester 2 students are expected to take a specialisation which reflects their own
strengths as demon
strated on the programme to date. This element is a focused set
of

modules and project work

designed to bring candidates quickly to
the

industry
entry standard for graduates in the chosen field of specialisation.

As mentioned earlier, with appropriate reso
urce sharing this element of the
programme can allow different specialisations to be delivered in different
Institutions and locations. Participants will be expected to select their specialisation
based on their achievement in semester 1 and their own ambi
tions and so should be
in a position to progress quickly in their specialisation of choice.



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c.

Industry Experience and Professional Development

It is expected that students
will
,
at a minimum
,

obtain a work placement
or
internship with the associated indust
rial partners
for a
three to
six month period
following completion of the taught material. Internships or work placements are
seen as crucial to providing graduates with the context and confidence in their new
knowledge. Graduates successfully completing t
he programme to a reasonable
standard will have an opportunity to a work placement/ internship with the industry
partners.

Ideally
any

placement should have a
n industry provided

training allowance
associated with it such that participants on the programme
receive some
remuneration in respect of their placement.


ICT Skills Conversion Programme 2011

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Outline of Programme Proposal




Figure 1:
Outline structure for Higher Diploma in Science in Computing


ICT Skills Conversion Programme 2011

-

Resourc
es


29.

While the expertise and experience required to deliver this programme resides in the
appropriate providers who can demonstrate a record of successfully developing
graduates for the sector over the years
,

it is accepted
that additional resources will be

required to deliver the programme. The semester 1 material
will

need to be delivered
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separately to other undergraduate delivery. The semester 2 specialised modules need
to be delivered by expert lecturers in the chosen fields. Furthermore the placement
ac
tivity and the project activity will need management and supervision resources.


ICT Skills Conversion Programme 2011

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Progression


30.

As

these candidates will have a primary

degree,
a Higher Dip
loma (Level 8 Conversion)

and relevant experience they will
, on

successful completion of the programme,

be
eligible for entry into specialist computing MSc programmes which ar
e available
through
both
full and part
-
time

modes of delivery
.

31.

The advantage of this approach is that it will ensure that the graduates of the h
igher
diploma will be demonstrably of an appropriate level 8 standard.

32.

Industry partners
who engage with this programme will
also
have an opportunity to put
forward
an

in house training programme for recognition
. Large scale employers could
propose
in hous
e training

or professional certification preparation as

a

5 credit
‘professional development’ element
attached to

the work placement. Small and
medium enterprises
in particular
may wish to lever off existing professional
accreditations. In t
his case it is
expected that

enterprise

would support the
participants
on the programme towards

obtaining the professional certification.


ICT Skills Conversion Programme 2011



Objective and Target Cohort


33.

The primary objective of
the
‘ICT Skills

Programme


is to addres
s ICT Skills Gaps through
the successful conversion
of talented graduates from non
-
computing/IT disciplines

to
meet identified
ICT skills needs (see appendix 5
).
The
Programme

also aims to identify
and address skills gaps through clear

collaboration and en
gagement between the
enterprise sector and higher education providers in the design and delivery of higher
education programmes, thereby meeting the ongoing and future

demand for qualified
employees.

34.

The
priority groups identified for

re
-
skilling
throug
h
t
he
‘ICT

Skills

Programme


include
jobseekers with a background in cognate disciplines who would benefit from an
opportunity
to rapidly and successfully convert their current qualifications to industry
relevant ICT skills.

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35.

Arrangements in respect of p
otenti
al participants on programmes who are in receipt of
a Department of Social Protection income support payment
will be clarified in
advance

of programme start
.

36.

Other applicants, for a place

on a programme supported under this scheme,
may also be
eligible
for

consideration

provided that they meet the other selection criteria for
participation. Further information on participant eligibility will be published
when
approved programmes are announced.


ICT Skills Conversion Programme 2011



Eligible NFQ award types
, levels, credits and design


37.

The
initiative
will support
specialist
programmes

provided by public, private and not
-
for
profit higher education providers

which l
ead to a high
er education and training award
included in the National Framework of Qualificatio
ns
(NFQ) at Level

8
, made by one of
the following Irish awarding bodies:

a.

Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)
;

b.

Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC),

including approved
combinations of modules from HETAC validated major awards
;

c.

Institutes o
f Technology with delegated authority to make awards
;

d.

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
; or

e.

Universities
.

38.

Specialist
programmes which will lead to a higher education and training award that is
aligned with the Irish National Framewor
k of Qualifications
at Levels 8 may also be
considered.

These awards must be al
igned with the Irish NFQ as at
29
th

Febru
a
ry 2012
.

39.

Collaborative proposals from a group of providers will be
especially welcome
, however a
lead provider must be clearly identified as part of the pr
oposal and the proposal must
adhere to all requirements regarding quality assurance and the making of awards.

40.

Proposals should be for f
ull
-
time programmes of study which provide 60 European
Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits or equivalent per annum.

Pro
posals which

lead to
an award of less than 6
0 ECTS credits or equivalent per annum will not be eligible for
consideration
.

Proposals for programmes involving intensive attendance over a short
er

duration may also be considered, for example 10
-
20 contact hou
rs per week for a
specified number of weeks.

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41.

Proposals should outline the teaching, learning and assessment methodologies that will
be used to meet learner needs, for example flexible approaches

and

study skills/return
to learning components. Available aca
demic and pastoral supports should be
referenced, including for example careers advisory services or work placement supports.
Information will also be required on progression opportunities that are available for
participants on completion of a programme.

42.

P
roviders should ensure
that where a
participant re
-
enters

employment before
completion of a programme
they should

be facilitated to gain the programme award

on
a flexible, part
-
time basis.


ICT Skills Conversion Programme 2011



Costs and fees


43.

Programme p
articipants

who are job seekers
will not be required to pay fees.


44.

Providers are
requested to submit details of all costs associated with the delivery of
proposals in the format outlined in part
A
3 of the Call for Proposals. Funding to
successful providers

will be on an agreed basis subsequent to consideration of the
estimated cost per student by the
Higher Education Authority
. Funding will be released
in a number of tranches depending on the programme duration. It is intended that the
first tranche of fund
ing
(an initial 5%)
will be released on the basis of student
acceptances to a programme.

Further payments
(
in

in the region of

45%, 40%
and a final
balance payment of
1
0%
)
will be made
at stages
over the course of the programme

delivery
.

45.

Programme provider
s will be required to return data to the
Higher Edu
cation Authority
on programme activity and outcomes, and co
-
operate with an ongoing monitoring and
evaluation mechanism which will be determined by the
Higher Education Authority

in
consultation with the D
epartment of Education and Skills. Requirements will include
maintaining a student record for each
programme
participant, linking input data (eg.
education, employment history) with outcomes data (eg. completion, award,
employment by sector). Further detai
ls will be supplied as part of contract terms.
Ongoing funding of programmes will be conditional on co
-
operation with the evaluation
process and timely return of data.

46.

Subject to demand and take
-
up of individual programme places, the
Higher Education
Autho
rity

may agree to re
-
allocate unfilled places to other programmes.

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ICT Skills Conversion Programme 2011



Application and
Assessment process


47.

Applicants are required to complete a copy of the application form provided below
(pg.
26
-
31)
and return it along
with a copy of the skills conversion programme

proposed

for
support under this programme.

48.

Programme proposals will be assessed in accordance with the
following
criteria
and
associated
marking scheme
:

Criteria

Description

Scoring

Programme links with
emplo
yer/industry
n
eed
s

and
labour
market o
pportunities







Description of programme and quality of the proposal.


Relevance of proposed programme to addressing gaps in
ICT skills
areas (see appendix 5
).


Quality, level and nature of collaboration between the

programme
provider and employer/industry skills

needs including the
extent of
the input of employers into the programme content and design as
well as the extent of commitments from employers to provide
(for
example)
work placement
s

for programme participa
nts.

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10








5
0/100


30

Programme Approach
and Progression
Opportunities

Understanding and analysis of the learner cohort to be recruited
(age group, level and type of qualifications typically attained,
career or work experience to
-
da
te, from what sectors).

T
he
t
eaching, learning and assessment methodologies that will be used
in the programme and how these will meet learner needs, (e.g.
flexible approaches, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)).


Measures to be used to monitor and suppo
rt student participation
and completion (e.g. academic and pastoral supports, career
advisory service) and the benefits and opportunities for
participants on successful completion of the programme, in terms
of personal benefit, and progression opportunitie
s to the labour
market as well as to further study and/or professional
qualifications.



1
5





30/100



15



Cost and Value for
Money

Total c
ost of delivering programme

Enrolment target for programme

Cost per student



20


20/100


49.

Programmes that fail to score a minimum of 50% of the marks available for each section
will not be considered for approval. The final decision on programmes approved
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through the
Programme

will also take into consideration the overall mix of prog
rammes

with reference to skills gaps

as well as geographical spread.

50.

Decisions on proposals
to be

fund
ed

will be made by an
expert
industry and academic
panel
convened

by the
Higher Education Authority
.
The membership of this panel will
be published on the

Higher Education Authority

webs
ite
(
www.hea.ie
)
on completion of
the assessment process.

51.

It is planned that notification of approved programmes will be sent t
o providers during
the week of
6
th

January

201
2
.
Contracts will

be agreed between providers and the
Higher Education Authority

and
marketing
of
programmes

can

begin
.


Submission of
Proposals

Th
is

Call for Prop
osals
issu
ed

on
1
6
th

November 2011
. Support documents
include
this Call for
Proposals / Terms & Conditions

an
d Application Form. A

summary of Frequently Asked
Questions (FAQs) for providers

along with an electronic copy of this

Call
is
available on the
Higher Education Authority

website
(
www.hea.ie
)
.

Only correctly submitted and

complete
applications can be considered for support under this Call. In submit
ting an application please
pay careful attention to

the following instructions:



(i
)

One electronic copy

of the documents (
a
completed application form along with a copy
of th
e skills conversion progra
mme proposed for support

(in word or .pdf format)
) must

be emailed to
ictskills@hea.ie
.

The closing date for receipt of
a

completed
electronic
application
(a
copy of a
completed application
form along with a copy of the skills
conversion progra
mme proposed for support)
is
5.00pm
(GMT)
on
Thursday 22
nd

December

2011
. Proposals that are received after this time will not be considered.
Faxed applications will not be accepted.

(i
i
)

One

hard copy

of
a completed

application form
(
bearing all
original signatures

as
required
)
along with a copy of the skills conversion programme proposed for support

should
also
be sent by
letter
post to
:

ICT Skills Programme 2011
,

Higher Education Authority
,

Brooklawn
House
,

Shelbourne Road
,

Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

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The words ‘
ICT Skill
Proposal’ and name and address of the applicant should be clearly
legible on the front of the envelope, which should be sealed.

This original paper copy of
the application should be submi
tted by letter post, postmarked no later than
Thursday
22
nd

December

2011

(p
ostal marks will be taken to constitute definitive evidence of the
date of postage)
.

P
aper copies of p
roposals that are received
postmarked

subsequent to
the stated deadline
will n
ot be considered and will be retu
rned unopened to the
applicant.

(iii)

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. The submission of either an
electronic or paper copy of an application subsequent to the stated respective deadline
will render a
n entire application ineligible for consideration under this Call.

(iv)

Any queries with regard to this document should be emailed
to
ictskills@hea.ie
.
Telephone

queries cannot be accommodated.

Relevant queries and t
he answers
provided will be published on the
Higher Education Authority

website as part of a
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.





Indicative timetable 2011
/12

Call for Proposals issues

1
6
th

November

2011

Deadline for submission of proposals

22
nd

December 2011

Providers notified of approved programmes

January 2012

Contracts agreed with
Higher Education
Authority
, planning and recruitment for
approved
programmes gets underway


January

2012

ICT Skills
programmes underway

February 2012







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Higher education and training to address ICT skills gaps


November 2011



Appendices

1


4


Sample Structure and Sample Material for ICT Level 8
Conversion Programme








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Appendix 1


Sample Structures


A
Higher Diploma
(level 8 conversion)
in Scien
ce in Software Development

might look as
follows:


Sample Structure
-

Higher Diploma in Science in Software Development

Semester 1

Core Computing

OO Software Development 1 (10)

Information Systems (5)

Architecture, Operating Systems and
Networks (5)

We
b & UI Design(5)

Systems Analysis & Test (5)

Semester 2


Software Development

OO Software Development 2

(15)

Project (10)

Company Specific Training/ Certification/
Additional Module (5)


A Higher Diploma (level 8 conversion) in Science in IT Infrastruc
ture might look as follows:


Sample Structure
-

Higher Diploma in Science in IT Infrastructure

Semester 1

Core Computing

OO Software Development 1 (10)

Information Systems (5)

Architecture, Operating Systems and
Networks (5)

Web Design & Development (5
)

Systems Analysis & Test (5)

Semester 2


IT Infrastructure

IT Infrastructure (15)

Project (10)

Company Specific Training/ Certification/
Additional Module (5)


The above are indicative and ot
her Higher Diploma (level 8 conversion)

programmes
which mig
ht help to address the skills needs as identifie
d in appendix
5

(pg. 23 below)
w
ould also be considered
.



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Appendix 2


Sample Material
-

Core Computing


Sample Material for ICT Level 8 Conversion Programme


Core Computing


OO Software Development 1 (10
credits)

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

1.

Design, develop, test and debug software applications using an object
-
oriented
programming language utilising core object
-
oriented programming concepts

2.

Implement basic algorithms

and data structures using an object
-
oriented
programming language

Content outline:

OO programming: types, variables and operators; control structures; objects and classes;
methods; inheritance and polymorphism; exception handing; code style and quality

D
ata Structures and Algorithms: implement basic data structures and algorithms in an OO
programming language e.g. stacks, queues, searching and sorting; analysis of algorithms


Information Systems (5 credits)

On successful completion of this module the lear
ner will be able to:

1.

Design and implement a relational database schema for a software application

2.

Query a relational database using SQL

3.

Evaluate and use non
-
relational data storage technologies

Content outline:

Relational Database design: ER diagrams and

mapping to a relational schema, data
normalisation, relational integrity, keys, indexes, database transactions

SQL: schema definition and data manipulation in SQL, SQL queries, an introduction to
stored procedures

Non
-
relational storage: schema
-
less sto
rage (no SQL); XML and XML Schema


Systems Analysis (5 credits)

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

1.

Complete an OO analysis and design using core UML features

2.

Describe testing approaches for software applications

3.

Apply proj
ect management principles to a software project

Content outline:

UML: user requirements capture; using core UML constructs to complete an OO analysis
and an OO design e.g. user cases, classes diagrams, sequence diagrams etc.

Software Testing and Project
Management



Web & UI Design (5 credits)

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

1.

Build an UI for a web application using appropriate UI design principles

2.

Describe the architecture of the web and web applications

3.

Introduction to

client
-
side web applications

Content outline:

UI Design: HCI, UI design principles for web applications

Web Architecture: HTTP and HTML, web servers and clients, security, web for mobile

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Client
-
side web application development: intro to client
-
side scr
ipting using Javascript, UI
design, CSS


Architecture, Operating Systems and Networks (5 credits)

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

1.

Understand the basic architecture and operation (processing, storage and
communication)of

a micro
-
processor based system

2.

Develop a conceptual understanding of the architecture of a typical operating
system

3.

Explain network models such as OSI and TCP/IP and the process of data
encapsulation

4.

Plan and test a network with the appropriate cables an
d device interconnections
and develop an addressing & testing scheme.


Content:

CPU Components. BIOS configuration. Assembling a computer; Logic Gate functions to
adders. Machine Code, 8086 instruction set, registers. Memory & forms of memory.

Discriminat
e and differentiate the processes by which operating system software
manages resources, processes, I/0 and storage, Utilise Unix scripting to implement simple
problem solving tasks

OSI and TCP/IP models. Network traffic analysis, real and simulated network
s, peer
-
to
-
peer networks. The process of data encapsulation.

HTTP, DNS, DHCP, SMTP/POP, Telnet and FTP. TCP and UDP. Network addressing and
routing, configuring hosts to access the local network and exploring routing tables. Host
configurations, ICMP (In
ternet Control Message Protocol)





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Appendix 3


Sample Material
-

Software Development Specialisation


Sample Material for ICT Level 8 Conversion Programme



Proposed Module Content for Software Development Specialisation


OO Software Development 2 (1
5 Credits)

Student electing to take this stream will be equipped with the skills to become software
developers/software engineers. In addition to the core material proposed below guest
lectures from industry/academia on current topics (
e.g.

scalability & l
oading, the parallel
paradigm, software process management, secure coding) will be encouraged.


On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

1.

Concurrency:

a.

Implement advanced OO features in software applications

b.

Implement concurrency

in software applications

2.

Algorithms & Data Structures:

a.

Implement algorithms and data structures using an OO programming
language

3.

Platforms:

a.

Implement software applications and services on web, PaaS cloud, and
mobile platforms

b.

Implement a Service
-
Oriented

Architecture using both SOAP based and
RESTful web services

4.

Code design:

a.

Apply well known style and design principles and patterns to a software
application developed using an OO programming language

b.

Analyse source code using industry accepted code metri
cs

c.

Develop software using a test
-
driven development approach


Content outline:

Concurrency:

Advanced OO programming e.g. inner classes, anonymous methods and
classes, interfaces, collections, attributes/annotations; threading and concurrency,
parallel ext
ensions and platforms

Data Structures and Algorithms
: Implement structures and algorithms in an OO
programming language e.g. queues, trees, heaps etc.

Platforms
: Web, Cloud, and Mobile: architecture of web, cloud (PaaS) and mobile
applications; development

of basic applications for such platforms; persistence
frameworks, project module to allow student to specialise in development for any of these
platforms

Service
-
Oriented Architectures
: SOAP, WSDL and the WS
-
* specifications; REST; web
services; SOA desig
n and implementation.

Code design:
Code metrics, design patterns, style; test
-
driven development lifecycle, unit
testing using a unit testing framework, code coverage, continuous integration, source
code control systems



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Software Development Project (10 c
redits)

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

1.

Undertake a significant software development project using a test
-
driven
development approach

2.

Conduct research as part of the project

3.

Complete an OO analysis and OO design as part

of the project

4.

Implement the project, test it, and demonstrate it to peers

5.

Use state of the art software technologies in a software application

Content outline:

Research, design and develop a significant software development project. Ideas will be
taken
from a list put together by and industry
-
academic steering committee.

The project must use state of the art technologies for leading enterprise platforms e.g.
web, cloud, or mobile. Students will develop specialist skills for specific software platforms
a
s part of this module.

Deliverables:

1.

research, analysis and design documentation

2.

software implementation


Sample Projects:

1.

Design and develop a novel web application using an industry standard web
application development framework, encompassing a data sou
rce using a
persistence engine, and an interactive web UI

2.

Design and develop a web application or web service for a PaaS cloud solution
exploiting the storage and scalability features of such a platform

3.

Design and develop a mobile app, test on a range of d
evices, release on an app
store

4.

Design and develop a computer game for a games console


Company Specific Training/ Certification/ Module (5)


This is intended to allow credit for specific company training and/or certification. Can be
associated with placem
ent. Should same not be available provision should be made for an
additional academic module.














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Appendix 4


Sample Material
-

IT Infrastructure Specialisation


Sample Material for ICT Level 8 Conversion Programme



Proposed Module Content for
IT Infrastructure Specialisation

Student electing to take this stream will be equipped with the skills to become a
Junior
Network Engineer, LAN and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) Support Technician,
Virtualisation Network Engineer, Junior Network Admin
istrator and Network Support
Analyst.

In addition to the core material proposed below guest lectures from
industry/academia on current topics (
e.g.

scalability & loading, the economics of
clouds,
computer

forensics,) will be encouraged.


Network and Virtu
alisation Infrastructure (15 Credits)

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:


Routing Configuration and Deployment:

1.

Explain the characteristics, operations and limitations of dynamic link state and
distance vector routing solu
tions.

2.

Describe and apply the benefits of VLSM along with CIDR.

3.

Configure Security Firewall partitions

Optimised Secure LAN Design:

4.

Design, build and troubleshoot a security switched VLAN network.

5.

Evaluate link state concepts, operations, the Shortest Path

First (SPF) algorithm
and the operation of spanning tree protocols.

6.

Configure advanced features of network routers and switches using the Cisco IOS
command set.

Network Security:

7.

Design, Build and manage a campus network campus spread across many
locatio
ns.

8.

Effectively manage a network using diagnostic tools and SNMP protocols.

Infrastructure as a Service & Virtualisation:

9.

Describe the basic physical and virtual architecture of IaaS deployments and to
evaluate the security implications of using Cloud
-
base
d services

10.

Assess and implement the architectures, components, operation and tools of
cloud computing

Content

Routing Configuration and Deployment:

Classless Routing, VLSM, RIP v2, OSPF concepts and configuration. WAN Technologies PPP,
Frame Relay.

Optimis
ed Secure LAN Design:

LAN Switching/ Segmentation. LAN Design methodology, Switch Configuration, Spanning
-
Tree Protocol, Redundant Topologies. Virtual LANs. Virtual Trunking Protocol. Trunking,
VTP & Inter
-
VLAN Routing. Network Strategy: Planning and Desig
n
, Network

performance
& troubleshooting, SNMP

Network Security:

Enterprise security policies, VPN technologies, IPSec security protocols, Layer 3 Access
control lists, Device hardening, Securing routing protocols

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IP Addressing Services: Adv IP addressin
g, NAT, Port Address Translation, DHCP, IPv6
migration

Infrastructure as a Service & Virtualisation deployments:

Cloud benefits, deployment & data centre models, multi
-

tenancy security issues, cloud
services delivery & service types SANs (Storage Area Ne
tworks) & Redundancy. Virtual
Machines (VMs) and Hypervisors. Virtual Failover Clusters.


Network Infrastructure Project (10 credits)

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

1.

Undertake a state of the art network infrastructur
e design & implementation
project

2.

Conduct research as part of the project

3.

Implement the solution, assess it, and make recommendations to peers

4.

Deploy state of the art infrastructure technologies

Content outline:

Research, deploy and critically assess a s
tate
-
of
-
the art Network Infrastructure project.
Ideas will be taken from a list put together by and industry
-
academic steering committee.


The project must use current network technologies in current key areas e.g. SAN, green
energy savings, Virtualizat
ion overheads, Security assessments, Open source versus
proprietary Cloud deployments. Students will develop specialist skills in specific network
areas as part of this module.

Deliverables:

1.

Research, analysis and conclusions documentation

2.

Network test
-
be
d implementation


Sample Projects:

1.

Design and develop a virtualised failover
-
cluster infrastructure and test its
capabilities.

2.

QoS over LANs: investigate the QoS attributes of switches on real time voice, video
and data transmissions. Areas of QoS that sh
ould be considered: Scheduling,
Classification and Marking, Policing & Congestion Management .

3.

Investigate dynamic routing protocols across wireless mesh networks.

4.

Evaluate network management station applications that retrieve the hardware
details of a sel
ection of specifically configured network hardware via SNMP.


Company Specific Training/ Certification/ Module (5)

This is intended to allow credit for specific company training and/or certification. Can be
associated with placement. Should same not be ava
ilable provision should be made for an
additional academic module.





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Higher education and training to address ICT skills gaps


November 2011



Appendix
-

5


ICT skills demand for specific ICT skill sets










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ICT skills
demand

for
specific ICT

skill sets


Recent work carried out by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs has
identified

ICT
skills demand for specific ICT skill sets
. In making an application under this
Programme

applicants should make specific reference to these skills needs.


Co
mputer Software Engineers: for the design and develo
pment of applications &
systems
:
Specific skillsets required are
;



Programming languages
-

Java, JavaScript, C#, C++, C+++, Visual Basic; .Net; SQL data
base; Perl, Ruby, Python, Objective
-
C, Objective


Orientated Programming (OOP).



Knowledge of operating platforms


Windows, UNIX / Linux processing environment.



Web Development
-

understanding of Web 2.0 development technologies, XML,
Microsoft ASP.Net (web application framework
to build
sites
,
applica
tions

and
services
),

Persona
l

Homepage Tools (PHP), Microsoft Sharepoint family of software
products, HTML skills.



Cloud Computing

-

as a different commercial business model, project management,
network skills, data centre experience with operating systems

-

Microsoft Windows
Azure, CITRIX, IBM Tivoli. Skills in products such as VMware and hyper
-
V are in
demand.


ICT


Ne
twork specialists and engineers
:

(e.g. Server Message Block (SMB), wireless
sensor testing. Collaboration functions, process management, s
earch modules and
document management platform. Router configuration and management. Experience
with scripting language Java, C, C+

and network configurations.



ICT


security

experts
:

Internet security and network security models and solutions
-

certifi
ed IT systems, architecture, engineering and management (e.g. Cisco information
security systems), firewall configurations administration, authorisation mechanisms.



ICT Telecommunications:

Mobile software applications development and programming
(.Net a
nd Java have mobile modules as part of their certifications).


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ICT


Project managers with technical background:
IT professionals with ability to define
objectives, control processes and manage people in a new regulatory environment.


Sales and Marketing p
ersonnel with IT Technical Background and relevant industry
knowledge:
To support business development. Oracle and SAP business applications and
services and other software solutions for specific business solutions.


Personnel with foreign languages skill
s and ICT technical background
: to fill positions in
IT technical support, accounting, marketing and business development. Requirement for
fluent oral and written French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Flemish, Swedish.
























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Higher ed
ucation and training to address ICT skills gaps


November 2011



‘ICT Skills
Programme

Application Form






A
copy of this application form must be submitted along with
a copy of the skills conversion
programme proposed

for support
.


On completion
this
form
should be submitted to HEA as set out in the

Call for Proposals / Terms & Conditions
.


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A
completed copy of this application form must be submitted along with
a copy of the proposed
skills conversion programme
.

One copy should be completed
for each p
rogramme proposed.


Part
A1

A
1

Applicant details

and short description

Name of provider:



Name of
industry/enterprise partner(s)
:




Title of programme:




Level and type of NFQ award the programme will lead to
:




Short description of prog
ramme:








Part
s

A

1
-

3

must be completed in full for each programme proposed.

Part B

need only be completed once.


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Part
A2

A
2

Programme details

1

Awarding Body:



2

Number of ECTS or equivalent credits attached to the award:


3

Entry requireme
nts (qualifications/relevant experience) for the programme:



4

Describe the structure and method(s) of delivery for

the proposed programme:


5

Contact hours

Duration of programme in weeks per annum:

Number of proposed contact (on campus) hours per week
:


Period(s) during which contact hours take place:


Daytime (9am
-
6pm)

Evening (6pm


10pm)

Weekends

6

Target enrolment numbers in 2012
:


7

Details of learner recruitment strategy:


8

Details of syst
em to be used by the provider to gather required information on learner
participation, completion, employment outcomes
, progression to further study:



9

If this programme is being currently being offered as part of general provision,

state the current
tu
ition fee:


Part
s

A

1
-

3

must be completed in full for each programme proposed.

Part B need only be completed once.

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Part
A
3

B3

Cost
s

a:

Total cost of
delivering programme (€):


b:

Enrolment target for programme:


c
:

Cost per student (€):

(Divide a / b)


Part
s

A

1
-

3

must be completed in full for each programme proposed.

Part B

need only be completed once.






































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Part
B

-

Provider Details and Declarations

B
1

Provider Details

Name of provider:

(This will be used for all documentation, tax clearance and invoice payments and must be the legal name of the provider)


Business Address:


Name of contact person
:



Conta
ct email:


Contact Telephone:


Part
B
-

Provider Details and Declarations

B
2

Declaration of Eligibility

&
Overall Declaration

The Higher Education Authority may exclude from participation any
provider
where that provider:

a.

is bankrupt or is being wou
nd up, where his affairs are being administered by the court, where
he has entered into an arrangement with creditors, where he has suspended business
activities or is in any analogous situation arising from a similar procedure under national laws
and regu
lations;

b.

is the subject of proceedings for a declaration of bankruptcy, for an order for compulsory
winding up or administration by the court or of an arrangement with creditors or of any other
similar proceedings under national laws and regulations;

c.

has b
een convicted by a judgment, which has the force of res judicata in accordance with the
legal provisions of the country of any offence concerning his professional conduct;

d.

has been guilty of grave professional misconduct proven by any means, which the cont
racting
authorities can demonstrate;

e.

has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions in
accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which he is established or with those of
the country of the contracting au
thority;

f.

has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of taxes in accordance with the legal
provisions of the country in which he is established or with those of the country of the
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contracting authority;

g.

is guilty of serious misrepresentation in s
upplying the information required under this section
or has not supplied such information.

Declaration of Eligibility

I hereby declare that none of the grounds for exclusion listed above applies to our organisation. I
declare that I have taken all reason
able measures to confirm that this information provided in this
Declaration is true and accurate as of this date.


Signed:

________________________

Date:

_____________________

(To be signed by Head of organisation)

Overall Declaration

I hereby declare
that none of the grounds for exclusion listed above applies to our organisation. I
declare that I have taken all reasonable measures to confirm that this information provided in this
Declaration is true and accurate as of this date.

We acknowledge that we
have read and accept the conditions set out in the Higher Education
Authority ICT
Skills
Programme

Call for Proposals.

We confirm that our Proposal(s) remain(s) valid for a period of six months from the Proposal return
date.

We confirm that the answers to
the questions above are true and accurate and valid as to their
contents. We understand that the provision of false or misleading information could result in our
exclusion from the procurement process or the rejection of our proposal(s).

We confirm that w
e are in possession of appropriate copyright/licences/permits for all computer
software or other applications required for the programme(s).

We confirm that we will adhere to all Higher Education Authority policies and procedures pertaining
to this Call fo
r Proposals.


Signed:

________________________

Date:

_____________________

(To be signed by Head of organisation)

Part
s

A

1
-

3

must be completed in full for each programme proposed.

Part B

need only be completed once.