BCS – Professional Graduate Diploma in IT


Who is it for?

The Professional Graduate Diploma in IT is for students who are dedicated to working in the IT industry and are looking to gain depth of knowledge and expertise.


What are the entry requirements?

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


What will I learn?

Four selected modules and a professional IT project


  • Selected modules

    • Management Information Systems
    • Computer Services Management
    • Realising the User Interface
    • System Design Methods
    • IT and the Environment

Management Information Systems

This module is designed for those candidates who are, or will be, in a position to make or influence decisions related to the selection, design and support of management information systems (MIS).


Aims

  • To understand MIS in both the wider managerial context and in the narrower confines of the selection, support, design and development of computer applications.

  • To focus on the concepts a manager needs to understand, in order to make effective use of, computerised information systems.


Prior Knowledge Expected

Candidates are expected to be familiar with the following material from the Diploma: the core module on Professional Issues in Information Systems Practice, the Systems Analysis and System Design modules, and the material on Management Information Systems included in the IT Service Management module.
Candidates are required to become a member of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT to sit and be awarded the qualifications. Candidates may apply for a four-year student membership that will support them throughout their studies.


Computer Services Management

Successful management of computer services requires a set of specific competencies in addition to a good general knowledge of Information Technology. These competencies include general service management competencies that may apply to many types of service provider and other competencies that are specific to IT services, including an awareness of developments in IT which impact on service management.


Aims

  • To use the knowledge that the candidate has demonstrated at Certificate level to explore in depth how these competencies can be used pro-actively to deliver excellent service to customers


Prior Knowledge Expected

The learner must have achieved the Diploma in IT or have an appropriate exemption to be entered for the Professional Graduate Diploma in IT.
Candidates are required to become a member of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT to sit and be awarded the qualifications. Candidates may apply for a four-year student membership that will support them throughout their studies.
In addition to a good general knowledge of IT, candidates will be expected to be familiar with the material covered in the Certificate syllabuses and the IT Service Management syllabus at Diploma level so that, at Professional Graduate Diploma level, they can demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to apply the principles to justify their answers in a business context.
Candidates will require exposure to the practical application of the syllabus.


Realising the User Interface

This module is a progression route from the Diploma Module Principles of User Interface Design.
There is a need for professionals who not only understand the requirements of effective user interface design, but are also able to produce such interfaces. Expanding and developing the material introduced earlier, this module focuses on the selection, use and evaluation of the methods and from mobile computing and web-browsing to safety critical and other interaction-intensive digital systems. The syllabus considers both the visual and the technical aspects of user interface design.


Aims

  • To provide in-depth understanding of the methods and techniques that can be utilized in them design, implementation and testing of user interfaces .

  • To develop critical capabilities that enable evaluation and selection of appropriate methods and techniques for interface design

  • To engender practical abilities in visual and technical aspects of the design process.


System Design Methods

All information systems engineers should be familiar with at least one system design method. This option is intended for the large numbers of candidates who need to go beyond a simple familiarity with the method used in their own organisation because they have to:

  • choose a method appropriate for a new class of application;

  • monitor the implementation of a new method;

  • create a method appropriate to a special set of circumstances.


Aims

  • To develop a wide understanding of system design methods, together with a critical practitioner’s knowledge of at least one such method and a general familiarity with several others, not restricted to a single application area.


System Design Methods

Environmental issues – climate change, pollution, the finite nature of many of the natural resources we are consuming – are now widely recognised as amongst the most important challenges facing the world. Information systems contribute significantly to these issues and information systems engineers need to be aware of the environmental effects of their systems and conscious of the way that their harmful effects can be alleviated. Information technology can also, however, help to reduce environmental damage caused by many human activities – teleconferencing, for example, can reduce the amount of business travel undertaken and office automation can reduce substantially the demand for paper, while digital control systems can reduce the carbon footprint of many industrial processes and remote sensing can make us rapidly aware of environmental changes.


Aims

  • Candidates who complete this module successfully will understand: their legal and professional obligations regarding the environment; how to incorporate environmental considerations into their own work; and how information technology can contribute to reducing the environmental damage arising from human activities.


Prior Knowledge Expected

Certificate in IT

Candidates are expected to be familiar with the material covered in the Certificate syllabuses.


Diploma in IT

Candidates are expected to be familiar with the material covered in the Diploma syllabus for Professional Issues in Information Systems Practice.


Professional Graduate Diploma in IT

The learner must have achieved the Diploma in IT or have an appropriate exemption to be entered for the Professional Graduate Diploma in IT.


Candidates are required to become a member of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT to sit and be awarded the qualifications. Candidates may apply for a four-year student membership that will support them throughout their studies.

Candidates should also be familiar with relevant basic concepts in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.


Format and Duration of the Examinations

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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