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Certificate in Coding & Computational Thinking

Status: Open


Level

09

Duration

1 Semester

Department

Information Technology


Start Date

18/01/2021

Course Type

Flexible & Professional

Location

Thurles

The aim of this programme is to develop the knowledge, skill sets and competencies of participants who do not have a formal background in Computer Science to be able to deliver computing programmes in schools and computer clubs in an educational, fun and engaging way.

This course provides participants with the skills to teach coding and computational thinking using project based learning. More specifically, participants will be able to formulate computational problems logically, and to bring ideas through to successful completion by design and development of coding projects.

It provides exposure to a wide range of innovative open source technologies and resource packs; thus providing a cost effective and accessible deployment model for your school or club.

This core strands of this programme will include Web based games and applications, Mobile Design and Development concepts and an introduction to Electronic components.

This course addresses the learning outcomes of the new Junior Certificate Short Course in Computing as introduced by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). It enables teachers to deliver that programme within their schools, or to implement code clubs.

What are the entry requirements?

ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: This programme is primarily aimed at teachers and those running computer clubs for children and teenagers. Candidates should hold an honours degree in a non-cognate discipline or approved equivalent qualification. Prospective participants who do not meet the entry requirements for the programme detailed above, but who may qualify for admission by meeting certain other equivalent criteria, should apply to the Flexible Learning Office for consideration.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Applicants who do not have English as their first language must ensure they satisfy English Language requirements. For entry to undergraduate courses, a minimum score of 5.5 in an IELTS exam is required. For postgraduate courses, a minimum of 6.0 is required. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their English proficiency meets these requirements.

JULY STIMULUS FUNDING ELIGIBILITY: Funding for this programme has been approved by the HEA for eligible applicants under the July Stimulus Provision.

Eligible participants are listed below:

  • Unemployed

Those in receipt of PUP or a jobseekers payment can participate on approved July Stimulus part time postgraduate courses.  Participants falling under this catergory will be 100% funded.  Applicants must provide proof of payment.

  • Returners

Returners are those who are not in receipt of a payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection but who have been out of the work environment for a number of years due to childcare or other caring obligations. They have a previous history of employment but may require upskilling, reskilling or cross-skilling to transition back to the workforce.

To be eligible the applicant must have been:

  • A Homemaker or on other caring duties for a minimum period of 9 of the previous 12 months prior to their application
  • Ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme
  • In addition, the applicant will need to provide supporting documentation to confirm their status as a Homemaker.
  • Applicants must swear a declaration before a Commissioner for attesting to their status.

Participants falling under this catergory will be 100% funded. It should be noted that acceptance on to a postgraduate course does not confer any entitlement to DEASP payments or childcare supports.  

 

  • The Employed

Applicants who are employed will need to meet the residency requirements, i.e. that the applicant has been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.

This category of applicant will also be required to provide a copy of their most recent ‘Employment Detail Summary’ or other relevant revenue documentation.  Applicants will be required to pay 10% of the course fee.

 

  • Formerly Self-employed

To be eligible those who are formerly self-employed must provide a letter/statement from Revenue confirming that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant should be sufficient.

Alternatively, a participant can swear a declaration stating that they are no longer self-employed.  Applicants will be required to pay 10% of the course fee.

 

  • Recent graduates 

This programme is open to recent graduates. However, to participate in these courses, 2020 graduates will be required to pay 10% of the course fee.

Applicants who are normally resident in Ireland should also meet the nationality and EU residency rules. They are:

Nationality

  • Applications for admission to July Stimulus courses should be accepted from suitably qualified applicants who hold EU/EEA/UK/Swiss nationality in their own right or who are:
  • Persons who have official refugee status in this State. Time spent from date of official lodgement of application papers for refugee status will be included for the purpose of meeting the three-year residency requirement; or
  • Family members of a refugee who are granted permission by the Minister for Justice and Law Reform to enter and reside in the State under Section 18 of the Refugee Act 1996; or
  • Persons who have permission to remain in the State as a family member of a Union citizen under the provisions of the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2006 and 2008 and Directive 2004/38/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council; or
  • Persons who have been granted Humanitarian Leave to Remain in the State (prior to the Immigration Act 1999); or
  • Be a person in respect of whom the Minister for Justice and Law Reform has granted permission to remain following a determination not to make a deportation order under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 or;
  • Be a non-EU/non-EEA/non-UK/non-Swiss citizen legally entitled to work full time in Ireland without having to seek an employment permit. These residents may be here as the spouse/civil partner or family member of an Irish or EU citizen and will have Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM on their residence cards from Garda National Immigration Bureau.

Residency

  • Applicants must have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.

Note: The period of residency for holders of Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM is calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4. Any period of residency in the state before this date will not be taken into consideration.

Who can I contact?

What modules will I study?

Coding and Computational Thinking     10 credits

This module will provide learners with the knowledge and skills to teach coding and computational thinking using project based learning techniques. The core strands of this module include problem solving, coding concepts and application development. 

An active approach to teaching and learning is employed.

On completion of this module, the participant will/should be able to

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theory, concepts and methods pertaining to design and development of interactive applications

  • Apply computational logic and design practices to construct a software project through visual and/or text programming tools for web and mobile application deployment

  • Program and troubleshoot wearable devices using electronic kits and coding

  • Analyse and appraise emerging technologies, and in particular the wealth of widely available resources that can be employed in the classroom from technological, accessibility and cost perspectives.

  • Evaluate and employ appropriate problem solving strategies and techniques.

Are there opportunities for further study?

Special Purpose Award ‐ Certificate in Coding for Embedded Systems (Level 9 – 10 credit)

Certificate of Science in Computing - (Computer Science for Teachers) (Level 9 – 30 credit)

Postgraduate Diploma of Science in Computing - (Computer Science for Teachers) (Level 9 – 60 credit)

Master of Science in Computing - (Computer Science for Teachers) (Level 9 – 90 credit)

What are the career prospects?

This programme has been designed to facilitate teachers to upskill in a new cognate area in parallel with their teaching workload. The individual modules have been designed specifically with the teacher and their students in mind to ensure that the content, learning outcomes and assessment are appropriate and relevant to the educational context. The concept of the teacher as a researcher underpins every aspect of the programme, as teachers will be required to engage with emerging trends and best practice, from a subject content perspective as well as the incorporation of that content in the classroom.

More Information

Delivery

Blended and online learning provides a flexible route of study for students, which enable various degrees of autonomy and self-regulation in the learning process. This programme will be delivered in a blended learning approach with a number of Saturday face to face workshops supplemented by weekly online content. The dates for workshops are to be confirmed. 

Assessment/Examinations

No examinations, all modules 100% Assessment

Qualification

Certificate in Coding & Computational Thinking (Special Purpose Award, Level 9, 10 Credits)

Application Deadline

Monday 30th November 2020

For queries relating to the course contact

Pamela O'Brien

+353 504 28261

Pamela.OBrien@lit.ie

Fees

The total fee for this programme is €1,000. Funding for this programme has been approved by the HEA for eligible applicants under the July Stimulus Provision. 

This programme is 90% funded for employed applicants and graduates and the subsidised fee to be paid is €100.

The programme is 100% funded for unemployed applicants on a qualifying payment and returners. 

Application Process

All applicants must complete the application form which can be dowloaded from this page. Completed application forms, along with supporting documentation as outlined below must be emailed to flexible@lit.ie

Incomplete application forms or applications with outstanding supporting documentation will not be considered. 

To complete your application process you must include the following with your application. 

1. Current CV
2. Proof of existing educational qualifications
3. Proof of nationality i.e. passport
4. Proof of employment status i.e. payslip/P60 (amounts can be redacted) / social welfare payment i.e. receipt/letter

Please note that places are LIMITED and only COMPLETE applications can be assessed. Any missing documents will lead to a delay in processing.

EMPLOYED APPLICANTS: ONE of the following: A recent payslip / most recent P60 / revenue documentation letter from employer confirming this (amounts may be redacted from financial documents) / letter/email from employer / proof from company website etc.

UNEMPLOYED APPLICANTS: Proof of social welfare: Written confirmation from the Department of Employment Social Protection (DEASP) that you are a Social Welfare recipient at the commencement of the course. Name of payment. Receipt from Post Office may suffice.

RETURNERS: If you are a returner who has been on home or other caring duties for 9 of the last 12 months OR you are economically dependent on a partner or spouse and have been unemployed for 9 of the last 12 months you must supply a notarized affidavit confirming this. Please email flexible@lit.ie to request this form.

FORMERLY SELF-EMPLOYED: Provide a letter/statement from Revenue stating that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant should be sufficient.