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    MSc in Software Solutions Architecture application closing date

    Primarily online/TU Dublin (Tallaght campus)

    Winner of best professional development award in the 2018 Tech Excellence Awards, this 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.

    Technology Ireland ICT 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), Technological University Dublin (Tallaght Campus) and the International Association of Software Architects (IASA) was appointed to deliver the new MSc in Applied IT Architecture.

    Programme Aims
    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

    Programme Outline
    The programme will have seven modules including 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 lectures one night per week. Every 3-4 weeks it will be necessary to hold lectures twice in that week.

    The programme will start with a three-day workshop which will involve all participants being physically present. This is seen as important to facilitate networking, experience sharing and group learning.

    There is a strong awareness of the constraints on architects’ time, particularly time spent off-site. It is expected that lectures will be delivered one evening per week in term time and every 3-4 weeks there may be a requirement to hold lectures twice in that week. There will also be a requirement to attend one on-campus day at the end of each semester.

    Lectures will be streamed live from TU Dublin (Tallaght Campus) and will be available for download and offline viewing. The award structure will place greater emphasis on continuous assessment, practical and project work rather than on formal examinations. In fact there are only 2 modules that carry an actual exam.

    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.

    Participants will become registered students of TU Dublin (Tallaght Campus) and be awarded free membership of IASA.

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