Benefiting from over 30 years’ practical skills training experience, Fitzwilliam Institute’s Online Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science and Project Management course features:
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;
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;
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; Synchronization; 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; Analyzing Algorithms; Algorithms with Simple Variables; Composite Variables; Algorithm Discovery; Iterative Structures Recursive Structures; Efficiency and Correctness;
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;
Introduction to Computers and the Internet
Web Browser Basics: Google Chrome
Introduction to the Google Chrome Web Browser; Connecting to the Internet; Features; Customizing Browser Settings; Searching the Internet; Keeping Track of Your Favorite Sites; File Transfer Protocol (FTP); Online Help; Other Web Browsers;
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;
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;
Algorithms; Pseudocode; Control Structures; if 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; break and continue Statements; Labeled break and continue Statements; Logical Operators; Summary of Structured Programming;
Human Computer Interaction
Modularity; Tools of the Trade; Quality assurance; Documentation; The Human- Machine Interface; Neural Networks – Biological/Artificial Neural Networks; Natural Language Processing; Voice Synthesis; Voice Recognition; Natural Language Comprehension; Robotics; The Sense-Plan-Act Paradigm; Physical Components;
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;
Declaring and Creating Arrays; Examples Using Arrays; Enhanced for Statement; Passing Arrays to Methods; Multidimensional Arrays;
Classes and Objects and Inheritance
Classes and Objects; Inheritance: Constructors and Subclasses;
Polymorphism and Exception Handling
Polymorphism Overview; Creating Interfaces and Drawing with Polymorphism; Exception Handling;
Database and JDBC
Databases: SQL, MySQL, JDBC and Java DB;
Computer Graphics and Modelling; Computer Rendering and Animation;
The Software Lifecycle; Methodologies, Ownership and Liability; Reading a Software License; Software Disasters;
Computer Threats; Preventing Computer Threats;
Introduction to Cloud Computing
Defining a Cloud; History of Cloud Computing; The Value of Cloud Computing; Cloud Glossary of Terms; The Value of Cloud Computing;
Cloud Computing Architecture
Architectural Layers; Design Patterns;
Introduction to Virtualisation; Virtualisation Uses; Cloud Computing and Virtualisation;
Best Practices and Standards
Practices and Standards; Cloud Checklist; Cloud Contracts; Data Processing and Storage; Example Contract Clauses; Vendor Relationships; Standards Groups; The Distributed Management Task Force;
Cloud Computing Life Cycle
Computer Life Cycles; Cloud Life Cycle differences; Implementing a Cloud Computing Life Cycle; Life Cycle Issues; Lifecycles and Security; Cloud Service Lifecycle; Cloud Lifecycle Management; Adoption Lifecycle; Data Security Lifecycle; Systems Development Lifecycle; Virtualization Lifecycle; Application Lifecycle;
Developing a Cloud Strategy
Strategic Analysis; Questioning Your Strategy; Maturity Models; Cloud Maturity Model; 6 Levels of Maturity; External Analysis; PEST; Porter's Five Forces; Porter's Diamond; Internal Analysis; Growth Share Matrix; Strategic Re-Alignment; SWOT Analysis;
Ethics Theories; Intellectual Property; Privacy; Encryption; Viruses; Worms and Trojan Horses; Hackers; Can Computers kill?; Information Security; Preventing unauthorized Access; Malicious Code; Antivirus Software; Security attacks; Passwords; CAPTCHA; Fingerprint Analysis; Cryptography; Security and Portable Devices; WikiLeaks;
Introduction to Project Management
Definitions from industry-led professionals; Characteristics defining a project; Comparing projects to processes; Introducing global standards in project management; Summary of major associations representing the profession of project management - International Organization of Standardization (ISO), the Association for Project Management (APM), International Project Management Association (IPMA) Project Management Institute (PMI); Examples of widely used methodologies and guides in project management (e.g. PRINCE2, the Critical Chain Method (CCPM), PMBOK guide by the PMI);
The Project Management Team
Detailed analysis of key players involved in a project life cycle and their integration (Project sponsor, seniority, project manager, project engineer, seller/supplier, project team members, programme board, project management office, stakeholders, customer);
The main factors involved in project initiation (definitions, business plans, project sponsor and other stakeholders); Planning at the initial stage for a successful project outcome; Understanding and defining the project scope; Recognising time, budget schedule restraints in the scope development;
The Planning Process
Where and how to start; Using detailed checklists and flowcharts as tools in creating and formulising project plans; The advantages of using work breakdown structures (WBS); Organizational breakdown structure (OBS); The use of logical coding systems as effective organization methods; Critical path networks; Gaining authorization; Making decisions; Initial project coordination;
Budget and Cost Estimation
The key concepts in project cost management; Cost estimating; Cost budgeting; Cost accounting; Tools and techniques in cost estimation (top-down, bottom-up costing, reserve, conference, vendor bid analysis); Cost estimations for materials; Labour costs and manufacturing;
Processes involved in project time management; Difference between time planning and time scheduling; Internal and external time influences; Bottom-up and top-down time planning; Parametric estimation and three point estimation; Checklists and diary planning; Developing a realistic schedule; Gantt charts and linked Gantt charts;
Defining quality; How quality fits into the project life cycle; Planning for quality; SMART planning; Inputs and outputs required for quality planning and quality assurance; Costs of quality; Prioritising quality; The value of quality management; Quality assurance; Testing for software quality (unit testing, integration testing, subsystem testing, system testing, regression testing, alpha testing, beta testing, acceptance testing); Validating and verifying quality; Benchmarking; Quality management practices; Quality testing and reviewing; Why quality isn't met;
Defining risk management; Categories of risk (internal and external risks); Identifying the projects’ risks; Risk analysis and assessment; Qualitative analysis (fishbone diagram, classification matrices); Quantitative analysis; Introduction to risk planning; The risk register - output to risk identification, avoiding risk, reducing risk (mitigate); Contingency plans; Risk acceptance; Risk monitoring; Insurance; Planning for a crisis;
Formal project closure procedures; Managing files and archives; Finalising records and reports; Disposing of surplus materials; Completing final project definition; Project review; Improving project performance; Learning before doing;
Project Management Software (ProjectLibre)
Introduction to ProjectLibre; Overview of the ProjectLibre Environment; Downloading & Installing the Application; The ProjectLibre screen environment: Gantt Charts; Using Network Diagrams; The Resources View; The Work Breakdown Structure Chart; The Resources Breakdown Structure Chart; The Reports Screen; The Task Usage Detail Screen; The Resource Usage Detail Screen; The Histogram Screen; Setting up a New Project; Creating Sub Tasks, Setting Task Durations, Setting Task Dependencies, Modifying a Task, Adding Notes to a Task, Adding Resources to your Project; Work and Material Resource Types; Assigning & Modifying a Resource; Assigning Costs to a Resource; Adding Notes to a Resource; Inserting Milestones in a Project; Tracking your Project using Baselines; Creating Project Reports; Common Project Management Terms; Resources and References.
Setting Up & Marketing Your Own Consultancy
The Business Plan; Legalities; Setting Up; The Marketing Strategy; Knowing Your Competitors; Promotional Tools;
Preparation and Research; Speech Content; Subject Matter and Objectives; Speech Delivery and Variety; Body Language; Eye Contact; Presentation Aids; Management of locations and audiences; Presentation structure;
Criteria for eligibility must be met in full prior to commencing the programme. For successful enrollment on the Postgraduate Diploma course, the minimum entry requirement is a prior Degree level qualification.
On successful completion of this course you will receive a Professional Postgraduate Diploma qualification that is certified and awarded by the ICM (Institute of Commercial Management).
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 have developed and provided practical skills training courses in liaison with the Institute of Commercial Management qualifications and certifications framework for over 25 years. The Institute of Commercial Management certifications and continual professional development training awards are recognised by leading industries, bodies and professions.
Duration: You will have full access to online resources and subject expert support for two calendar years. However, you can complete the course in as little as 1 year, by dedicating 6-8 hours of study per week.
Course Fees: 1995.00 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.
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