NEW!! Diploma in Computer Science via Online Distance Learning

Enrolment date: 22 September 2017

Benefiting from over 30 years’ experience, Fitzwilliam Institute’s Online Diploma in Computer Science course features:

  • Comprehensive modules covering all aspects of Computer Science: Computer Systems, Communication and Information, Microprocessor Systems, Operating Systems, Mathematics for Computing, Algorithms, Data Structure and Computability, Databases, CSS, Javascript, Java Applications, Using Classes and Objects, Control Statements and Methods, Arrays, GUI Programming, Cloud Computing, Computer Security, and many more.
  • Interactive course expert support, advice and guidance from leading industry professionals. Always ready to help or answer any questions you might have throughout the course, all of Fitzwilliam Institute’s course experts are top industry professionals with many years of successful experience. Our Diploma in Computer Science contains the core and vital industry key skillset and, on completion, all of our students are industry-ready.
  • Real life Computer Science briefs. Fitzwilliam Institute’s Diploma in Computer Science offers practical and specific skills that can be applied in real world situations. You will gain exposure to invaluable toolkits and resources and prepare a real life Computer Science project brief, which will enable you to improve your work portfolio.
  • Flexible online learning. Fitzwilliam Institute’s Diploma in Computer Science course can be completed in your own time, from the comfort of your own home, to suit your lifestyle. You will have full access to online resources and subject expert support for one calendar year. However, you can complete the course in as little as 4-6 months, by dedicating 6-8 hours of study per week.
  • Computer Science Jobs, Networking and Volunteer Opportunities. Benefiting from over 30 years of industry experience, we are extremely well placed within the industry. Employers are always looking for Fitzwilliam Institute’s students and alumni. Fitzwilliam Institute’s website features a comprehensive jobs and volunteer opportunities section.

Computer Systems

Computer Architecture, Machine Language, Program Execution, Arithmetic/Logic Instructions, Communicating with Other Devices, Other Architectures, Network Fundamentals, the Internet, the World Wide Web, Internet Protocols, Security, The History of a Computing Hardware, The History of a Computing Software.

Communication and Information

Managing Information, Thinking Machines, the Turing Test, Aspects of AI, Knowledge Representation, Semantic Networks, Search Trees, Expert Systems, Networking, Types of Networks, Internet Connections, Packet Switching, Open systems and protocols, TCP/IP, High- Level Protocols, MIME types, Firewalls, Information Retrieval, Organisation.

Microprocessor Systems

CPU Scheduling, Memory Process and CPU management, Batch Processing, Multiprocessor Operating Systems, Computers and Electricity, Gates 94, Gate 96, XOR gate 96, NAND and NOR gates 97, Transistors, Combinational Circuits, Adders, Multiplexers, Circuits as Memory, Integrated Circuits, CPU Chips, Individual Computer Components, Stored-program Concept, von Neumann Architecture, The Fetch-Execute Cycle, RAM and ROM, Secondary Storage Devices, Touch Screens, Embedded Systems, Parallel Computing, Parallel Hardware.

 Operating Systems

The History of Operating Systems, Operating System Architecture, Coordinating the Machine’s Activities, Handling Competition among Processes, Security Roles of an Operating system, Memory Management, Process Management, Capabilities of the Hardware, Single User OS – Network OS, Real-time Operating Systems, Embedded Systems, Management of Input and Output, Processes and Scheduling, Threads, Sychronisation, Semaphores, Monitors, Deadlock, Scheduling, Memory Management.

Mathematics for Computing

Numbers and Computing, Positional Notation, Binary, Octal, and Hexadecimal, Arithmetic in Other Bases, Power-of-2 Number Systems, Converting from Base 10 to other Bases. Binary Values and Computers.

Algorithms, Data Structures and Computability

The Definition of an Algorithm, The Role of Algorithms, The Science of Algorithms, The Concept of an Algorithm, Algorithm Representation, Unsolvable Problems, Analysing Algorithms, Algorithms with Simple Variables, Composite Variables, Algorithm Discovery, Iterative Structures Recursive Structures, Efficiency and Correctness.

Databases

Spreadsheets, Spreadsheet Formulas, Circular References, Spreadsheets Analysis, Database Management Systems, the Relational Model, Relationships, Structured Query Language, Database Design, E-Commerce, The Ubiquitous Database, Database types, Advantages of Using a Database, Modelling the Data Domain, Building a relational Database from the Data Model, Normalisation, SQL, DDL, DML, Storied Procedures, Triggers, Data Integrity, Transaction Isolation Levels, Accessing the Database Programmatically.

Understanding Web 2.0

What Is Web?, Search, Content Networks, User-Generated Content, Blogging, Social Networking, Social Media, Tagging, Social Bookmarking, Software Development, Rich Internet Applications (RIAs), Web Services, Mashups, Widgets and Gadgets, Location-Based Services, XML, RSS, Atom, JSON and VoIP, Web Monetization Models, Web Business Models, Future of the Web, Where to Go for More Web, Information, Web Bibliography, Web Glossary.

Introduction to XHTML

Editing XHTML, First XHTML Example, W3C XHTML Validation Service, Headings, Linking, Images, Special Characters and Horizontal Rules, Lists, Tables, Forms, Internal Linking, meta Elements.

Cascading Style Sheets(CSS)

Inline Styles, Embedded Style Sheets, Conflicting Styles, Linking External Style Sheets, Positioning, Elements, Backgrounds, Element Dimensions, Box Model and Text Flow, Media Types, Building a CSS Drop-Down Menu,User Style Sheets, CSS 3.

JavaScript: Introduction to Scripting

Simple Program: Displaying a Line of Text in a Web Page, Modifying Our First Program, Obtaining User Input with prompt Dialogs, Dynamic Web Page, Adding Integers, Memory Concepts, Arithmetic, Decision Making: Equality and Relational Operators.

JavaScript: Control Statements 

Algorithms, Pseudocode, Control Structures, if Selection Statement, ifÖelse Selection Statement, while Repetition Statement, Formulating Algorithms: Counter-Controlled Repetition, Formulating Algorithms: Sentinel-Controlled Repetition, Formulating Algorithms: Nested Control Statements, Assignment Operators, Increment and Decrement Operators. Essentials of Counter-Controlled Repetition, for Repetition Statement, Examples Using the for Statement switch Multiple-Selection Statement, doÖwhile Repetition Statement, break and continue Statements, Labeled break and continue Statements, Logical Operators, Summary of Structured Programming.

Fundamentals of Programming and Program Design

Computer Operations, Machine Language, Assembly Language, Expressing Algorithms, Generations of Languages, Compilers and Interpreters, Virtual Machines, Procedural Programming, Object- Orientated Programming, Scripting Languages, Functional Languages, Language Design, Language Syntax and Semantics.

Creating Java Applications

Introduction to Java Applications, Using the javac command to compile Java applications, Using the java command to run Java applications, Displaying Text with printf, Variables and Introducing Arithmetic Operators, Equality and Relational Operators.

Using Classes and Objects

Classes, Objects, Methods and Instance Variables, Declaring Class and Methods, Instantiating an Object of a Class, Declaring a Method with a Parameter, Instance Variables, set Methods and get Methods, Primitive Types vs. Reference Types, Initializing Objects with Constructors, Floating-Point Numbers and Type double.

Control Statements and Methods

"if" Single-Selection Statement, "if" ... else Double-Selection Statement, while Repetition Statement, Counter-Controlled Repetition, Sentinel-Controlled Repetition, Nested Control Statements, Compound Assignment Operators, Increment and Decrement Operators, Primitive Types, Essentials of Counter-Controlled Repetition, break and continue Statements, Logical Operators. Static Methods, static Fields and Class Math, Notes on Declaring and Using Methods, Method-Call Stack and Activation Records.

Arrays

Declaring and Creating Arrays, Examples Using Arrays, Enhanced for Statement, Passing Arrays to Methods, Multidimensional Arrays. Class Case Study, Controlling Access to Members, Referring to the Current Object's Members with the this Reference, Overloaded Constructors, Default and No-Argument Constructors, Composition, Enumerations, Garbage Collection and Method finalize, static Class Members, static Import, final Instance Variables, Creating Packages. Creating an Inheritance Hierarchy, Using protected Instance Variables, Using private Instance Variables, Constructors in Subclasses, Software Engineering with Inheritance.

Polymorphism and Exception Handling

Polymorphism Examples, Demonstrating Polymorphic Behavior, Abstract Classes and Methods, Polymorphic Processing, Operator instanceof and Downcasting, Allowed Assignments Between Superclass and Subclass Variables, final Methods and Classes, Creating and Using Interfaces, Declaring Constants with Interfaces, Common Interfaces of the Java API. Exception-Handling Overview, Handling ArithmeticExceptions and InputMismatchExceptions, When to Use Exception Handling, Java Exception Hierarchy, finally Block, Stack Unwinding, printStackTrace , getStackTrace and getMessage, Chained Exceptions, Declaring New Exception Types, Assertions

Database and JDBC

Structured Query Language (SQL), Basic SELECT Query, WHERE Clause, ORDER BY Clause, Merging Data from Multiple Tables: Joining, INSERT INTO Statement, UPDATE Statement, DELETE FROM Statement, Creating Database books in Cloudscape, Manipulating Databases with JDBC, Connecting to and Querying a JDBC Data Source, PreparedStatements, Updatable ResultSets, JDBC, DataSource, Connection Pooling, RowSets.

GUI Programming

The Scope of Computer Graphics, Overview of 3D Graphics modelling, Rendering, Dealing with Global Lighting, Animations.

Software Engineering

The Software Engineering Discipline, The Software Life Cycle, Software Engineering Methodologies, Modularity, Tools of the Trade, Quality Assurance, Documentation, Software Ownership and Liability.

Introduction to Cloud Computing

History of Cloud Computing. How Cloud Computing started. The companies behind the creation of Cloud Computing. What is the cloud? Essential Characteristics of a Cloud. Cloud Service Models. Cloud Deployment Models. Community and Hybrid Clouds

Computer Security 

Ethics Theories, Intellectual Property, Privacy, Encryption, Viruses, Worms and Trojan Horses, Hackers, Can Computers kill?, Information Security, Preventing unauthorised Access, Malicious Code, Antivirus Software, Security attacks, Passwords, CAPTCHA, Fingerprint Analysis, Cryptography, Security and Portable Devices, Wikileaks.

 

METHODS OF TRAINING

Online Lecture Modules, Subject Expert Feedback Sessions after each Module, Practical Case Studies, End of Module Practical Activities etc.

SUBJECT EXPERTS

Full support is available from our Subject Experts by email at the end of each module and an ongoing basis during the course.

WHO SHOULD APPLY

Anyone working in the general Computer Science sector in a senior or support role which is likely to require computing Skills.

Certification is awarded by the Institute of Commercial Management (ICM).

The Institute of Commercial Management was founded in 1979 and is one of the leading Professional Examination and Certification Bodies in the world today.

Fitzwilliam Institute Group, have developed and provided Practical Skills Training Courses in liaison with the Institute of Commercial Management Qualifications and Certifications framework for over 25 years.

Institute of Commercial Management certifications are recognised throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, South Africa and Asia in a total of 140 countries, by leading industries, bodies and professions.

next start date: 22nd September 2017

Duration: You will have full access to online resources and subject expert support for one calendar year. However, you can complete the course in as little as 4 - 6 months, by dedicating 6-8 hours of study per week.

Course Fees: 995.00 EUR

To secure your place on the course the full fee is required. All fees must be paid in full before the course begins. Please note, the full course fees are inclusive of all course materials and certification costs.

Enrolment intake is strictly limited on this course. Early application is advised. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Fitzwilliam Institute closes on Bank Holidays and for a number of days at Christmas and New Year. Fitzwilliam Institute reserves the right to postpone, cancel or alter courses without notice or to change any of the details in this brochure. Fees are not refundable unless the course is cancelled by Fitzwilliam Institute. Distance Learning courses are provided by Fitzwilliam Institute BGLS Ltd.

Year on year, we have the pleasure of training students from top Ireland and international companies. See where our most recent students come from and find out what they have to say.