Certificate in Secure IT and Deep/Machine Learning

This Level 8 Certificate in "Secure IT Engineering & Deep Machine Learning" has been developed with the intent of up-skilling engineers/computer scientists with a body of knowledge in the critical areas of security, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Thought of particular relevance to the autonomous vehicle industry both regionally and internationally, the content is inherently of importance across the software field.

The course is multidisciplinary in nature - it builds on existing software skills to identify and address key security issues. Software security is an ongoing process involving people and practices, and ensures application confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Secure software is the result of security aware software development processes where security is built in and thus software is developed with security in mind.

Building on advances in artificial intelligence, machine learning automates analytical model building. The programme employs neural networks, statistics, operations research and physics to find hidden insights in data without being explicitly programmed where to look or what to conclude. Deep learning content will leverage neural networks with many layers of processing units, taking advantage of advances in computing power and improved training techniques to learn complex patterns in large amounts of data. Common applications will include image and speech recognition.
The Level 8 Certificate in Secure IT Engineering & Deep Machine Learning is offered in an online manner, utilising IT Sligo’s online delivery techniques. Lectures will run between 6pm and 9pm to facilitate the target market of those in industry hoping to up-skill. The students will be required to attend practical/hands-on sessions once per semester.

Learn more about computing in general at IT Sligo.

For all IT Sligo Springboard programmes, the participants will be enrolled on a mandatory and accredited ‘Personal Effectiveness and Employability’ programme and also a structured job readiness programme called ‘Get Working’ that will be delivered by distance learning using an enquiry based and interactive learning approach. These programmes are designed to improve the employability skills of the students with particular emphasis on CV and Interview preparation and on the job transferable skills to become an effective team member. These modules will also outline the skills needed for effective engagement in the workplace.

The course entitled “Get Working” is developed and hosted by HR specialists. During this programme the students will gain the technical skills and knowledge for work in the Biopharma and Med Tech manufacturing sectors, this job readiness programme will compliment that learning by enhancing the student’s employability. This programme consists of topics including, ‘Strategies for job readiness’, ‘What I have to offer’, ‘Identifying the right role & target employers’ as well as ‘Preparing for interviews’.

The ‘Personal Effectiveness and Employability’ programme has been assigned 10 credits and will be delivered in semester two following the ‘Get Working’ programme and on completion of this module the learner will be able to develop an independent, self-managed, reflective approach to study and work. They will become familiar with workplace cultures and collaborate effectively in groups, teams and meetings.

This programme is funded under the Springboard initiative. If you are unemployed, you may be entitled to free fees for this programme under this initiative. If this programme is funded you will find it and be able to submit an application on the Springboard site at www.springboardcourses.ie

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The programme intake can come from computer science personnel and other related technical disciplines - the course aims to produce graduates with the multidisciplinary skills required to design and build next generation software, of particular relevance to the connected and autonomous vehicles sector but with widespread application also.
In particular, it is hoped that this course will lend itself to the growth of this market along the Atlantic Economic Corridor. The arrival of Jaguar Landrover (JLR) to Shannon, along with General Motors in Limerick and Valeo in Tuam are some of the Industrial pillars already in place on this corridor. IT Sligo is ideally placed to deliver a course that aligns with their needs.

Application Closing Date : 16th September 2018

DepartmentCodeAward
Computing & Electronic Eng NA Certificate
CREDITS
30*
NFQ LEVEL
8
DURATION (YRS)
1

*New Common Points Scale

The new Leaving Certificate Common Points Scale from 2017 is not directly comparable with the scale that was in existence from 1992 to 2016.

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Applicants should list their CAO course choices in genuine order of preference and they will be offered the course highest up on their list that they are deemed eligible for, if any.

Entry Requirements

Graduates with a Level 7 Ordinary Degree 2:1 or above in Computer Science or a related technical discipline are eligible to apply for this programme. Object-oriented programming knowledge at Level 7 would be expected.

Applicants who do not meet these criteria, but have the willingness to address them will be considered. Candidate interviews and entrance exams will be used to assess suitability for the programme.

In addition, international students, whose first language is not English, will be required to prove their English competency through previous examination results, recognized English language tests such as IELTS (6.5 or equivalent required) and through oral communication skills at interview.

Career Opportunities

The software industry is exceptionally strong in Ireland, providing a significant number of employment opportunities in a wide variety of organisation. The opportunities are with both indigenous Irish companies and large multinational organisations and not only in what you would call “tech” companies such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook. All sectors require software professionals and there are many opportunities in traditional sectors such as finance, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, health and service industries.

The outlook is positive. Morgan McKinley report demand for software developers shows “no sign of slowing down”. It continues: “Over the past 12 months salaries have increased across the majority of areas particularly in the development space.”

Entry-Level roles that graduates may fill in the I.T. Security sector include the following:

  • Software/Network Vulnerability Analyst.
  • Threat Auditor.
  • Cybersecurity Analyst.
  • Cybersecurity Engineer.
  • Software Security Engineer.
  • Quality Assurance Engineer/Software Tester.

Roles that graduates may fulfill in the AI Engineering sector include the following:

  • AI/ML Engineer.
  • AI/ML Programmer
  • Software Developer.
     

What are my further study opportunities?

Students are well positioned to progress to a Level 8 Honours degree and then to Master's study. An online BSc (Hons) Software Development programme is available at IT Sligo for which this Certificate would offer exemptions.

What subjects will I study?

Testamonials

Joe Dunleavy: I am from Sligo and studied computer science in IT Sligo successfully qualifying with a Bsc. in Computing in 2002. I started my career in Microsoft in Dublin before spending some time in a tech start up at Sligo IT. After that I moved to Letterkenny where I currently head up our disruptive technology innovation office in Pramerica. I have been with Pramerica now for 13 years and in that time I had an international rotation for 3 years with my family to the US with our parent company Prudential in 2012.
Sligo IT was a great place to study. I made great friends there, learned critical skills to help me to have a rewarding career in technology and I had many great nights out and laughs along the way in my time there.

Alumni

Clive Foley, CTO and co-founder of Plynk.io - a money messaging app - presides over the largest private equity investment in an indigenous Irish company and his company's pending roll-out throughout Europe. Clive studied Software at IT Sligo and teaches/guest lectures occasionally.

Programme Fees

Springboard Fees

Fee €3,500

FREE for those classified as unemployed.

Fee for employed participants €350 (10% of fees)

Who do I contact?

Admissions Office
T: 353 (0) 71 931 8510

E: admissions@itsligo.ie
W: www.itsligo.ie/cee