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Computer Science for Teachers (Masters, L9, 90 ECTS)

Status: Open


Level

09

Duration

2 Years

Department

Information Technology


Start Date

24/09/2022

Course Type

Flexible & Professional

Location

Thurles

This programme will support teachers who wish to upskill in Computer Science providing them with the formal qualification to add to their existing recognised teaching subjects. The programme aims to develop and foster learners’ creativity and problem solving, along with their ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Learners will apply the fundamental practices and concepts of Computer Science and develop an appreciation of the diverse role of computing technology in society and the environment in which they live. This programme will nurture learners’ interests and passions and empower them to engage confidently and actively in the application of Computer Science and the education of others.

What are the entry requirements?

(a) A minimum 2.2 honours bachelor degree (Level 8) in a cognate discipline or

(b) A minimum 2.2 honours bachelor degree (Level 8) in a non-cognate discipline with considerable experience and/or ability, evidenced by an RPL portfolio of prior experience and learning

or

(c) Equivalent Qualifications. Applicants with equivalent qualifications on the European and International frameworks will also be considered. International students must evidence a proficiency in English language for example IELTS 6.0

Who can I contact?

What modules will I study?

Content:

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. 

Web Development

5 credits

The module will develop the knowledge, skills sets and competencies of learners in the area of Website Design and Development. 

Coding for Embedded Systems

10 credits

This module will provide learners with an opportunity to examine the design and development of applications for embedded systems. 

Computer Systems and Networking

5 credits

This module will explore key computer systems and networking concepts including computer architecture, storage, data communications and network models.

Programming, Design and Development

10 credits

This module aims to develop the design and programming knowledge of the learner, adopting a principled approach to writing code and managing the software development process, contextualized in the application of programming to interactive, creative and fun data-driven projects.

Computers and Society

5 credits

This module provides an exploration of the ethical, historical, environmental and technological aspects of Computer Science and how it impacts on the social and economic development of society.

Databases and Data Analytics

10 credits

This module will enable the learner to acquire the skills necessary to design and develop database systems, collect, interpret and visualise data rooted in best data analysis practice.

Embedded Systems Development

5 credits

This module provides the learner with the opportunity to further develop their skills in the area of embedded systems based applications by examining emerging technologies and developing applications for such technologies. 

Research Project

30 credits

This module provides the learner with the opportunity to undertake a research thesis to investigate a chosen aspect of Computer Science and how it relates in an educational context.

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 workshops supplemented by weekly online content and will run subject to a sufficient number of eligible applications received by the closing date. The dates for Semester 1 workshops are Saturday 24th September, Saturday 22nd October and Saturday 19th November 2022.  The September and November workshops will be in person workshops on the Thurles campus with the October workshop taking place online.  The dates for Semester 2 workshops are Saturday 28th January, Saturday 25th February and Saturday 25th March 2023.  The January and March workshops will be in person workshops on the Thurles campus with the February workshop taking place online. In addition, there will be weekly live online tutorials where students get an opportunity to have any queries etc. dealt with.

Closing date for Applications

Monday 5th September 2022

Assessment/Examinations

No examinations, all modules 100% Assessment

Qualification

Master of Science in Computing (Computer Science for Teachers) (Level 9, 90 Credits)

For queries relating to the course content

Contact: Pamela O'Brien

Email: Pamela.OBrien@lit.ie

Fees

The full fee for the 2 years as of the academic year 2022/2023 is €9,500 (€4,750 per annum). Fee will be collected on an annual basis.

Payment Plan

A structured payment plan option is available on programmes with a minimum duration of 9 months and where the programme fee exceeds €1,000. If your programme of study meets this criteria and you are interested in setting up a structured payment plan further information can be obtained by clicking on the drop down box Fees: Flexible Learning Programmes and scroll down to Structured Payment Plan Option via the below link Click here for all Flexible Learning Policies & Procedures