Course Title: Master of Science in Applied IT 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 course 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 course to give current and potential Software Architects the skills, theory and recognition they need to develop in their role. Candidates can gain a full Master of Science degree in this specialist area through a mixed learning process with an emphasis on practical application in the workplace.
The Master of Science in Applied IT Architecture has a specialist focus on Software and Solutions Architecture. The course offers a route to professional accreditation with IASA (International Association of Software Architects) and aligns most closely is the Software and Solutions specialisation. Architecture has become ever more important in the complex world of Software and Solutions Architecture and is an essential element of providing scalable, secure and cost-effective ICT capabilities for organisations.
Graduates of the course 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 course 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
- Research Project
The course 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 the end 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 course 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.