Programme Title: MSc in Software Solutions Architecture
Applicants should have a primary degree (Level 8) in Computer Science or a cognate/science discipline. 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 significant 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.
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 be resident in the Republic of Ireland and 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.
An 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.
Graduates of the programme develop knowledge, skills and attributes around human dynamics, business, technology and strategy, IT Architecture, IT Quality Attributes and Environments which will support them in roles as IT Architects. The programme also equips them to carry out applied research in topics at the cutting edge in this field
IT Architecture Design
Business Technology Strategy
Stage 1 / Semester 2
IT Architecture in Practice
IT Architecture Quality Attributes
Human and Organisational Issues
Stage 1 / Semester 3
Research Methods and Proposal Writing
The programme will start with a 3 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 offsite. 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 theend of each semester. Lectures will be streamed live from TU Dublin Tallaght 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. The programme uses role plays to illuminate architecture best practice by posing specific design problems derived from case studies and conducting group based workshops to address them. The examination of spectacular Architecture successes and failures and the sharing of experiences through presentation and case study by the participants themselves is very much part of the process. There will be an equal emphasis in assessment between achieving grades in continuous assessments/ assignments as well as in examinations.