Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology Project Management via Online Distance Learning

Enrolment date: 30 June 2017

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

  • Comprehensive modules covering all aspects of both Computer Science and IT Project Management: 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, Project Initiation and the Planning Process, Budgeting and Estimating Costs, Time Management, Risk Management, Project Closure, 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 our course experts are top industry professionals with many years of successful experience. Our Diploma in Computer Science and IT Project Management contains the core and vital industry key skillset and, on completion, all of our students are industry-ready.
  • Real life Computer Science and IT Project Management briefs. Fitzwilliam Institute’s Diploma in Computer Science and IT Project Management offers practical and specific skills that can be applied in real world situations. You will gain exposure to invaluable toolkits and resources and prepare real life Computer Science and IT Project Management briefs, which will enable you to improve your work portfolio.
  • Flexible online learning. Fitzwilliam Institute’s Diploma in Computer Science and IT Project Management 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.
  • 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.

Introduction to Computers and the Internet

Organization, Machine Languages, Assembly Languages and High-Level Languages, History of the Internet and World Wide Web, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Web, Personal, Distributed and Client/Server Computing, Hardware Trends, Object Technology, JavaScript: Object-Based Scripting for the Web, Browser Portability, C, C++ and Java, BASIC, Visual Basic, Visual C++, C# and .NET, Software Technologies.

Web Browser Basics: Internet Explorer and Firefox

Introduction to the Internet Explorer and Firefox Web Browsers, Connecting to the Internet, Internet Explorer and Firefox 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.

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.

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.

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.

Introduction to Project Management

Defining and summarising the key elements involved in project management by outlining the nine knowledge areas observed by the PMI PMBOK guide (Project Integration, Project Scope Management, Project Time Management, Project Cost Management, Project Quality Management, Project Human Resource Management, Project Communication Management, Project Risk Management and Project Procurement Management)What makes a project a successful one, the triangle of objectives, the implications of project failure (shortcomings in initial project plan, flaws in costing, time and quality management, inadequate communication across stakeholders, consequences related to delegation and leadership shortfalls, unrealistic aims, lack of prioritization, lack of knowledge in stakeholder interests and concerns, poorly defined expectations), why project success does not always equal success as a Project Manager.

Project Initiation

Examples of project life cycle stages (e.g. project definition agreed and signed, project planning, making detailed designs, purchasing resources, starting up the project, test, commission and project handover), the difference between a project phase and a project lifecycle, project process groups versus project lifecycle, the different lifecycle models (simple, complex, phase development, prototyping). 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).

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.

The Planning Process

Examples of project life cycle stages (e.g. project definition agreed and signed, project planning, making detailed designs, purchasing resources, starting up the project, test, commission and project handover), the difference between a project phase and a project lifecycle, project process groups versus project lifecycle, the different lifecycle models (simple, complex, phase development, prototyping).

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). 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.

Budgeting and Time Management

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.

The key principles in managing cash flow, financing costs and its effect on cash flow, payback methods, net present value (NPR) methods, the internal rate of return (IRR) method, discounted cash flow, cash flow statements, computer software programmes to schedule cash inflow and outflow. Essentials in cost control and reporting, accuracy of estimates and confidence in data, variable and fixed costs control, holistic approach to cost control, introduction to milestone methods, cost reporting and earned value analysis, example checklists for controlling costs.

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.

Time milestones, critical path networks continues, precedence notation, basics behind time limiting and resource limiting scheduling, basics in serial scheduling and parallel scheduling, the fundamental principles in scheduling people, materials and cash, meetings in time management.

Time limiting and resource limiting scheduling continues, serial scheduling and parallel scheduling continued, reducing time to market, schedule compression, trading time, fast tracking and crashing. Team selection, managing the project team, the skills matrix, personal work styles, boundaries of responsibility, types of project teams and their associated strengths and weaknesses

Risk Management

Defining risk management, categories of risk (internal and external risks), identifying the project 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.

Communication Skills

Why communication is important, the communication framework, how to gather information, how much stakeholders need to know, choosing the right approach, planning ahead, accepting feedback, monitoring and adapting communication, group and individual communication, cost efficient communication, getting the right information to the right people at the right time. The key elements in communicating with the project team, communication networks for distributing information, communicating project performance, communication reporting structures, the six sources of tension in communication

Communicating up the hierarchy ladder, communication and attitude, effective communication with the client, effective communication with senior management, optimization of performance reporting, communicating with external stakeholders, conformity and union in decisions and contracts, avoiding misinterpretations, communicating updates in project developments, ensuring two-way communication/

Negotiation Skills

Negotiation skills overview, pre-negotiation skills, information and leverage evaluation, types of negotiation, negotiation analysis, negotiation process: opening stance, tactics, concessions, resolutions, negotiation closure, documentation and follow through.

Project Closure

Formal project closure procedures, managing files and archives, finalising records and reports, disposing of surplus materials, completing final project definition.

ProjectLibre Open Source Project Management Software

ProjectLibre is a free open source project management software application. It is designed to manage small to medium sized projects and contains all the tools necessary to manage various types of projects including extensive reporting facilities. ProjectLibre is also compatible with Microsoft Project making transfer of projects easy and straightforward.

Overview of the ProjectLibre Environment

Introduction to ProjectLibre; 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.

Quality Control

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.

Managing Change

Origin of change (internal or external), impact of project changes on life cycle, advantages and disadvantages, classifying change, funded and unfunded changes, documentation and authorization, administrative work and committee meetings.

Configuration management and control, dealing with requests, permanent and temporary change, estimating the cost of change, managing internal and external changes, forms and procedures and emergency changes.

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 and Project Management Skills.

On successful completion of this course you will receive a Diploma level 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 throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Asia in a total of 140 countries, by leading industries, bodies and professions.

next start date: 30th June 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: 795.00 GPB

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.

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