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MSc in Applied IT Architecture

Date: 22nd September 2017
Duration: 2 years part time
Grant Aided Cost: Email susan.kelly@ictirelandskillnet.org
Location: IT Tallaght
Course Code: ICT300
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Building the future….one byte at a time!!!   An exciting part-time programme to give current and potential Software Architects the skills, theory and recognition they need to develop in their role. For the first time candidates can gain a full Masters of Science degree in this specialist area through a mixed learning process with an emphasis on practical application in the workplace.

Most software architects grow or develop into their role with no formal standards, certification or training in the practice of software architecture. They are usually highly skilled, competent and high performers but many express a need for recognition of their role in the form of an accredited academic qualification with opportunities for developing and expanding their skill sets and creating the prospect for long-term progression along their career path. Equally companies are keen to retain these highly skilled employees and develop an Architecture capability pipeline as well as preparing new or prospective software engineers to be successful in an Architect’s role.

ICT Ireland Skillnet analysed these challenges and its Steering Group developed a programme concept based on the outputs of a workshop session in December 2015 with representatives from four member companies, Cisco, IBM, Ericsson and Fidelity. This led to a public tendering process out of which a consortium comprising the Irish Computer Society (ICS), Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT) and the International Association of Software
Architects (IASA) was appointed to deliver the new MSc in Applied IT Architecture.

The Programme aims to equip established and aspiring Architects with:

  • An informed, common, industry-aligned understanding of their role
  • A set of frameworks, approaches and tools for executing Architecture tasks
  • A knowledge base of current best Architectural practice and experience
  • Ability to Communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders
  • The capacity to understand technology initiatives from a broad Business Perspective
  • Be equipped to make strategic technical decisions
  • Obtain internationally certified and validated academic recognition

The programme will have seven modules with a major research project as follows:

Module 1 – IT Architecture Design
Module 2 – IT Environment
Module 3 – Business Technology Strategy
Module 4 – Human Skills for the IT Architect
Module 5 – IT Architecture Quality Attributes
Module 6 – IT Architecture in Practice
Module 7 – Research Methods
Research Project / Dissertation

The programme will be delivered part-time over two years with two Semesters covering 5 Modules in Year 1 and two Semesters covering 2 Modules and the Research Project in Year 2.

The course will start in September 2017 with a “first night” experience in IT Tallaght and a similar event will subsequently be held for each new Module. This will involve all participants being physically present which is seen as important to facilitate networking, experience sharing and group learning.

While the final schedule has not yet been agreed there is a strong awareness of the constraints on architects’ time, particularly time spent off-site. Subject to final review it is expected that the course will be delivered over one evening per week in term time devoted to lectures at ITT, plus two Saturdays per Semester, with the remaining student hours made up of remote delivery and self-study.

For remote delivery the idea of gathering in designated Hub sites, geographically dispersed, to minimise travel but still facilitate group learning and interaction needs to be explored. This will be highly dependent on the “home base” locations of the participants

Prospective participants must either (a) be serving in the role of software architect, or (b) be aspiring to move into such a role. All participants must have substantial experience of IT software and systems development and implementation in team and technical leading roles. They must also have current competence to interact with development teams at a deep technical (i.e. specification and coding) level.

Applicants should have a primary degree (Level 8) in Computer Science or a cognate/science discipline or a degree with a high level of mathematics. Those who do not meet this requirement will be considered on their merits if they can show a particular interest or aptitude for this area of work or if they have industry experience and training which shows evidence that their education and work experience is sufficient to meet the education needs of the programme and recruitment policies of the College.

Applications are now being accepted for a start in September 2017. Applicants should submit their CV directly to ICT Ireland Skillnet at susan.kelly@ictirelandskillnet.org

Participants will be required to complete registration details both for ICT Ireland Skillnet and for Institute of Technology Tallaght. Participants will become registered students of ITT and be awarded free membership of IASA.

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