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This page provides information for students currently registered on the programme.



Registration Process

The DIT Registration Office process applications in blocks from the middle of August until the end of September. If you have already returned your module selection form, but have not yet heard from the Registration Office, please be patient. They will contact you eventually regarding completing registration and fee payment. This can be after the start of October in some cases.

You will of course be able to attend class even if the registration process has not yet been completed.


Supplemental Examinations

For DT249 modules, students must pass both the written exam component of any module and pass the module itself overall, i.e., at least 40% is required in both the written component and the module overall.

If you fail to meet either of these criteria then you will be required to take the next available sitting of the module. If you have to repeat the examinations, you can take the supplemental examinations in August of each year. The August supplementals apply to both Semester 1 and Semester 2 modules.

If you need to repeat the continuous assessment component of the module, then you may be allowed to submit additional continuous assessment material to the lecturer before the supplemental examinations, but this is at the discretion of the lecturer and is strictly cannot be assumed. You should contact the School of Computing office to find out if supplemental assignments have been made available for your module. If no supplemental continuous assessment material is available, you may either attempt to raise your overall module score by taking the supplemental examination, or retake the module in the following calendar year.

If you are either sitting Supplemental Examinations or submitting supplemental Continuous Assessment material, you are required to register for the supplemental examinations with the Examinations Office in Kevin Street. A small fee applies for supplemental registration. The Examinations Office usually include all details on the registration process with or shortly following the release of exam results. In any case please contact the exams office for details of the registration process.


Repeating Modules

If you do not pass a module through either the first exam sitting or the supplemental examinations in August, then you will typically need to register for that module in the following academic year - this is in practice 'repeating internally'. You should select the module to be repeated on your module selection form and take the module as normal.

DIT does allow students to repeat externally - i.e., to repeat the examination only but not attend classes. This is a cheaper form of repeat. However if you choose to repeat a module externally, you will not be allowed to take any new modules. Typically this external repeat option is only a good idea in very rare circumstances.

Please not that not all students are eligible to repeat externally. If you would like to repeat externally you should contact the DT249 team to verify that this is possible for you.

Due to the flexible nature of DT249, we do not have the normal idea of carrying failed subjects. For us carrying is always possible as you are free to mix modules from multiple stages so long as timetables and pre-requisits allow for it. Therefore if you need to repeat a module in Stage 1, you can both repeat that module and progress with modules from the next stage.

We do not however encourage students to take more than 60 credits of modules in a single year. Therefore if you have to repeat modules from one stage, then you normally would not take all the modules from the next stage in the same year. For example, if you have 2 modules to repeat from Stage 1, then normally you might take 3 or 4 Stage 2 modules in the same calendar year.

Please note that you can only select more than 60 credits worth of material IF you have one module to repeat from previous years, you have passed one component on that module, and that module is selected to be retaken. In this case you can take 70 credits.

So for example, you can take 70 credits if you have an RE on 1 Stage 1 module and you wish to take that module again along with all other Stage 2 modules - and there are no Stage 2 modules which require the Stage 1 module to have been passed. This is the *only* condition under which more than 60 credits may be taken.

In selecting modules across multiple stages you should also make sure that you have no timetable clashes or violations of pre-requisite modules. Please see the 'Content' page for details on timetables and pre-requisites.

Students can under no circumstances complete a module before the pre-requisites for that module have been passed.


Remote Access

DIT provides Remote access to virtual desktops for students to work on lab software from home. Instructions on using the remote access software can be found here:

DIT Remote Access

If you experience any issues using this please service contact support@dit.ie


Wireless Internet Access

DIT provides wireless internet access on all campus for DIT students and Staff. There are two wireless networks which can be selected i.e. DIT Wifi and Eduroam. Students are encouraged to join the eduroam network. Instructions on how to join eduraom can be found here:

Accessing DIT WiFi

If you experience any issues using this please service contact support@dit.ie


Academic Calendar

The DIT academic year is divided into two semesters. A semester consists of 15 weeks - 12 teaching weeks, 1 review week and 2 examination weeks. The structure of the academic year is laid out in more detail at DIT Academic calendar.


Class Timetable

For convenience you can find timetables for Semester 1 and 2 below for all stages. These are correct as of the 26th of June 2017. Please note that both Semester 1 and Semester 2 classes are listed in this printout.


Registrations

The Registrations Office handles all matters relating to registrations, fees, visas etc. Your lecturers have no jurisdiction or influence over this process.


Examinations

The Examinations Office at DIT Kevin Street handle all matters relating to exam scheduling, exam registration and communication of results. As with the registration process and finance your lecturers have no jurisdiction or influence over this either.

Exam timetables for the Semester 1 exams are typically available in Mid-October. Information on Examination dates will not be available before then. Setting of the Exam Timetables is the responsibility of the DIT Examinations Office and all queries on the exam timetable are best handled by the Exams Office directly.


Technical Support

When you register you are automatically issued with a DIT e-mail account. This is the medium by which most personal communication between you and your lecturers will take place.

Some lecturers use the WebCourses virtual learning environment to manage their courses and distribute material.

Technical support issues are handled by the DIT IT Service Desk (please note that School of Computing staff cannot provide any support). Please note that many common tasks such as changing a forgotten password can be done online.

You can find contact details for the IT Service Desk here: here/ and an overview of IT support topics for students here.


Class Mentor

Each stage of the programme has a class mentor. You should get to know who your class mentor is (it will be one of your lecturers) and you can approach them with any issues you may have.

The mentor for Stage 1 is Art Sloan, Stage 2 Basel Magableh, Stage 3 Martin Mc Hugh and Stage 4 mentor is Sean O Leary.


Credits

Modules on the programme are assigned a number of ECTS credits. These credits reflect the workload of students taking the module. In order to complete a stage, a student must achieve 60 credits at that stage. The read more about the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), visit europa.eu.int.


Selecting Modules

You are requested to select the modules you intend to take by completing an online module selection form. The course chair sends out a link to that module selection form to all returning students in June. New students are automatically enrolled into all of the modules on the stage they are beginning. If you wish to be removed from ANY modules in this case, you must let your mentor know before October 31st If you have taken a year or more break from DT249 you should contact the course chair to initiate the module selection process.

Please note that you are required to select modules for the entire year, rather than just the coming semester. You will still be able to pay the fee in two instalments, in September and January. All registration will take place online. New students will receive information about this process in the post while returning students should check their DIT email accounts on a regular basis. Please note that students must have selected their modules prior to the start of the academic year, unless they are awaiting supplemental results. The absolute deadline for any changes in module selection is October 31st.

You must select modules such that you can accumulate at least 60 ECTS credits to complete a stage. Please note that you do not have to complete one stage in one academic year. Instead you may spread a Stage over two or more years, and you may take module from multiple stages within the same academic year. All module selections are subject to pre-requisites being met.

In the case of a partially completed stage, if you are unable to select a set of modules to bring you to 60 ECTS for a stage, please contact us immediately.

Please note that there are no longer any 15 or 5 credit modules at stages 1, 2 and 3. All modules at these stages are 10 ECTS credits.

In stage 4, the two core modules (each carrying 10 ECTS credits) are:

  • Information Systems Engineering (replacing Software Engineering 3)
  • Distributed Systems and Systems Integration (replacing both Distributed Systems, and Computing Infrastructures)

Module Assessment

A student has successfully completed (passed) a module when they have achieved a mark of 40% in the examination component for that module and a mark of 40% in the module as a whole with the continuous assessment and examination components weighted as per the module description.


Awards

The programme is divided into four stages.

Upon successful completion of stages 1 and 2 students can exit the programme and graduate with the award of Higher Certificate in Information Systems and Information Technology. If the student exits at this stage, and wishes to continue with the programme at a later stage, they must apply for advanced entry to the programme.

Upon successful completion of stages 1, 2 and 3 students can exit the programme and graduate with the award of BSc (Ordinary) in Information Systems and Information Technology. Students wishing to exit at this point must complete an Ordinary Degree project. The grade attached to the award will be calculated as the average of the student's marks in the stage 3 modules. If the student exits at this stage, and wishes to continue with the programme at a later stage, they must apply for advanced entry to the programme.

Upon successful completion of stages 1, 2, 3 and 4 students can exit the programme and graduate with the award of BSc (Honours) in Information Systems and Information Technology. The grade attached to the award will be calculated as the average of the student's marks in the stage 4 modules, with modules weighted by the number of ECTS credits awarded for their completion.

The final grade will be calculated according to a weighted average of the modules taken at the award stage (for BSc (Honours), this is stage 4, for BSc (Ordinary) this is stage 3, for Higher Certificate this is stage 2). Your grade will be one of the following:

  • Distinction (this is an average of 70% or more)
  • Merit Upper Division (this is an average of 60% or more, but less than 70%)
  • Merit Lower Division (this is an average of 50% or more, but less than 60%)
  • Pass (this is an average of 40% or more, but less than 50%)

For students graduating with a BSc (Honours), the grade names are different, as follows:

  • First Class Honours (this is an average of 70% or more)
  • Second Class Honours, Upper Division (this is an average of 60% or more, but less than 70%)
  • Second Class Honours, Lower Division (this is an average of 50% or more, but less than 60%)
  • Pass (this is an average of 40% or more, but less than 50%)

In any case where any component has to be repeated for any module, the mark used in calculation of your grade will be the pass mark - 40%. This applies where a student passes an examination at a second sitting (typically the supplemental sitting), meaning that even if they achieve a mark of 100% in the examination, their overall module mark, to be used in the calculation of their grade will be 40%.

In any case where a student requires more than two attempts at an examination, or more than two attempts at the Final Project, at an award stage, they are eligible only for a Pass grade in their overall award, regardless of the marks achieved.


Graduation

All graduates of the DT249 Programme (Higher Certificate, Ordinary Degree, or Honours Degree) are invited to a formal awards ceremony in St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin to receive their awards in front of their classmates, family, and other DIT graduates. This is a full formal graduation ceremony which takes place usually in the October or February after your final exams or project.

Graduates of the DT249P Programme on the other hand a separate awards ceremony, typically held on the same days as the DT249 graduation. You will be contacted directly via post regarding this ceremony.

The Graduation Ceremony is organized by the Examinations Office. The Examinations Office typically get in contact with graduating students one month before the graduation ceremony to confirm attendance. A fee does apply for the renting of the graduation gown, but DIT does try to keep this to a minimum. If you cannot attend the ceremony for any reason, you are graduated 'in absentia' and the parchment is then posted out to you.

As the graduation ceremony is organized by the Examinations Office, any questions on the process should be directed to exams. You can find their website here.