BCS – Diploma Level.


Who is it for?

The Diploma in IT is for students who understand the fundamental principles in IT and are ready to start developing specialist skills.


What are the entry requirements?

You need to have passed, or been made exempt from, the BCS Certificate in IT.
You must be a BCS member to sit the exam.


What is the professional IT project?

If you’re not going on to study the Professional Graduate Diploma in IT, you’ll need to complete a 5000-word professional IT project as part of your Diploma in IT.


What will I learn?

A core module and three selected modules allowing you to tailor your learning.


  • Core Module
    • Professional Issues in IS Practice

  • Selected Module
    • Computer Networks
    • IT Project Management
    • Systems Analysis & Design
    • Principles of User Interface Design

Computer Networks

Virtually every computer is connected, or has the potential to be connected, to other computers. When connected locally, they provide vital services such as print servers, file servers, CPU servers and when connected externally, offer access to the Internet, world-wide-web and electronic mail.
Millions of people worldwide have been exposed to the World Wide Web of computers and the information they provide.
The explosion in the use of such technologies and the long-established use of local area networks has made the study of computer networks and the underlying communication technology as important as the more traditional foundations of computer science such as computer architecture, operating systems and programming.


Aims

  • To develop an understanding of the modern network technologies in common use today.

  • To appreciate how computer networks can format and transfer data at high speed and over both the local and wide area.

  • To identify potential and actual limitations with existing networks and identify advances in technology that may solve them.


IT Project Management

The project approach is more prevalent in industry today than ever before. It is therefore necessary for candidates to understand the methods and techniques used in project management early in their studies and careers.


Aims

  • To develop an awareness of the need for project planning and management.

  • To foster a professional attitude and the use of appropriate techniques and tools in the management of IT projects.


Systems Analysis & Design

Systems analysis is the process of turning a set of user requirements into a logical system specification.
Systems design takes the logical specification and converts it into a set of designs that can be implemented to create a working application. There is a range of activities that are carried out during these processes. Traditional approaches have attempted to create carefully defined procedures that if adhered to rigorously, should result in high quality applications. This approach is now challenged by more ‘agile’ approaches that stress the need to avoid overly bureaucratic, rigid, and costly development practices.
Candidates need to be more familiar with the principles and applicability of both approaches.


Aims

  • To provide an understanding of the role of systems analysis and design within various systems development lifecycles.

  • To develop an awareness of the different approaches that might be taken to systems analysis and design.

  • To understand the activities of the systems analyst and systems designer, and apply some current techniques.


Principles of User Interface Design

To the user, now more than ever, the interface is the machine. Whether to enable productive and enjoyable access to the riches of the world-wide web or to ensure reliable control of safety critical systems, the design of the interface is of utmost importance and should be regarded as a core development activity rather than as a bolt-on task. This module provides a multi-disciplinary overview of the principles and approaches to efficient and effective design of the boundaries where humans and machines meet.


Aims

  • To develop an awareness of various approaches to the design of contemporary user interfaces.

  • To identify key principles by which effective contemporary user interfaces are designed.

The examination is a two-hour closed book examination (no materials can be taken into the examination room) based on the syllabus in this document.
Examinations are held twice a year and are undertaken in normal examination conditions with one or more duly appointed invigilators.
The pass mark is 40%.

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