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MSc in DevOps (ONLINE)

Duration: 2 years part time
Grant Aided Cost: Email
Location: Course is delivered online*
Course Code: 501
Note: *Participants must attend a 2 day workshop in ITT each semester

With most technology organisations moving their delivery platforms to a DevOps approach the shortage of people with cross sectional skills in DevOps is now acute. Developed by industry as a direct response to this need this first-ever Master’s degree in DevOps aims to fill these important talent gaps and give credit, recognition and credibility to technologists working in this field.

The advantages of Development Teams and Operations Teams collaborating to improve the delivery of technology solutions has meant a rapid adoption of DevOps approaches to the Software Development Lifecycle. Closely associated with Lean and Agile concepts in enhancing the delivery of technology solutions, the DevOps approach has impacted very rapidly on the Technology industry.

Most existing DevOps ‘specialists’ grow or develop into their role with no formal standards or certification, and a modicum of training in the actual practice of cross functional DevOps practices. They may already be experienced, highly skilled, competent and high performers in their own field of Software Development, Computing, IT Management, or Quality Assurance but they can lack the knowledge and understanding of the other cross functional disciplines they now find themselves working with daily. Understanding not only the technical, but also the business and human factors at play during the high pressure demands of modern software delivery processes, is essential in the modern discipline of DevOps

There are two phases to the award – which may be taken separately or combined. Completion of the three semesters leads to the award of a Level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in DevOps (60 credits). Participants may go on to complete the fourth semester (a research project) which leads to the further award of a Masters of Science in DevOps Level 9 degree (extra 30 credits).

The award structure will place greater emphasis on continuous assessment, practical and project work rather than on formal examinations. The aim is that participants will gain a deep understanding of the topics and content covered, and be able to demonstrate this acquired knowledge as proven competence in tests and exercises drawn from practical “real life” DevOps scenarios.

The programme is delivered entirely online complemented with a two days per semester onsite workshop at IT Tallaght. The workshops will focus on practical areas such as presentations, leadership and other human skills.

Typically two taught modules will be delivered per semester on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6.30pm to 9.30pm. These will be streamed live from ITT and will be available for download and offline viewing.

Semester 1: Business, Technology, Strategy, IT Infrastructure & Automation

Semester 2: Continuous Software Delivery, Human & Organisational Issues

Semester 3: Enterprise Architecture Design, Enterprise Architecture Deployment

Semester 4: Research Methods, Research Project

The minimum entry requirement for standard entrants to the course is a 2:2 (GPA 2.5 or equivalent), in a Bachelor of Science in Computing (Level 8) or a cognate discipline or equivalent. Candidates not attaining this standard level must achieve an acceptable standard for progression by other means approved by QQI.




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