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International Foundation Diploma in Information Technology

About the Course
Course Curriculum
International Application
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Programme Aims & Objectives

This programme will equip students with fundamental knowledge and professional skills in information technology to prepare them for work and further studies in several areas of interest related to IT.

Students will learn about software programming, computing and information systems, database structures and technologies for web and computer networks.

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Methods of Assessment

Each module will be assessed through a combination of class presentations, discussions, assignments, project work and/or written examinations.

Award

Candidates who successfully complete all course work and pass the examinations will be awarded with the International Foundation Diploma in Information Technology from MDIS.

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Infocomm Products Industry Background

Infocomm products are pervasive in our daily lives and are an integral part of how we communicate in this modern world.  From our personal communication devices such as mobile phones, laptops and PCs, to computer hardware, enterprise components and systems that form the fabric of networks, servers and storage to channel and process the massive flows of data throughout the world.  This complex infrastructure of infocomm products and the infocomm services that run on these infocomm products are ubiquitous in our personal and business activities. Correspondingly, there is a wide spectrum of infocomm product companies that have established themselves in Singapore to serve the global markets.

Establishing Headquarters In Singapore

Singapore is an attractive location for infocomm product companies to orchestrate their global operations, and also develop and commercialise new infocomm products. Leading infocomm product companies, such as Dell, HP and IBM and network equipment providers, like Alcatel, Cisco and Lucent, have established regional and global headquarters with the full value chain of activities in Singapore: from R&D and supply chain management to manufacturing, logistics and shared services. The establishment of headquarters in Singapore generates numerous direct jobs in the different specialisations.

Source: www.edb.gov.sg

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Infocomm Technology

The Infocomm Technology (ICT) industry is reshaping the economy, empowering every sector and contributing to Singapore’s economic and social growth.

Singapore is poised to be an information and technology hub which continues to attract multinational infocomm giants like Microsoft, Oracle, Amazon Web Services, Google, IBM, in addition to international start-ups and exciting user organisations.

Source:www.wda.gov.sg

Growing Demand For ICT Professionals

The number of employed infocomm manpower grew by 15.1% to reach 172,800 in 2015.

Together with 20,100 infocomm job vacancies, total demand of infocomm manpower increased by 17.1% to reach 192,900 in 2015.

Infocomm professionals are expected to grow by about 53,200 from 2016 to 2018. Technical IT specialists accounted for more than 7 in 10 jobs in 2015 IT Development roles accounted for 48% of the total demand for infocomm professionals, with software development job roles being the most in demand.

The next most demanded group of professionals were those working in Network & Systems related job roles. They accounted for 16% of the total demand for infocomm professionals.

Other tech specialists such as IT Security Specialists, Data Scientists and Infocomm R&D accounted for 6% (9,300) for infocomm professionals.

Source: imda.gov.sg

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Career Opportunities

Singapore has been consistently ranked among the top in the world to harness infocomm technologies to add value to the economy and society. Career opportunities in other countries are equally strong as ICT is necessary to help drive the business and economy.

There will be job opportunities in a wide range of IT jobs such as

  • Systems Administrator
  • Database Administrator
  • Software Support Officer
  • IT Project Coordinator
  • Network, Servers & Computer Systems Administrator
  • Web Application Developer
 
 
 

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Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS)

The Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS), founded in 1956, is Singapore's oldest not-for-profit professional institute for lifelong learning. MDIS has two subsidiaries: Management Development Institute of Singapore Pte Ltd (MDIS Pte Ltd) to oversee its Singapore academic operations, and MDIS International Pte Ltd to further its globalisation strategy.

 

Module Descriptions

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage (only for Full-time Students)

Overview

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage features intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere®, which includes VMware ESXi™ and VMware vCenter Server™.
This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organisation of any size and forms the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data centre.

Objectives

  • Describe the software-defined data centre
  • Deploy an ESXi host and create virtual machines
  • Describe vCenter Server architecture
  • Deploy a vCenter Server instance or VMware vCenter Server™ Appliance™
  • Use vCenter Server to manage an ESXi host
  • Configure and manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere® Client™ and VMware vSphere® Web Client
  • Configure virtual networks with vSphere standard switches
  • Use vCenter Server to manage various types of host storage: VMware vSphere® VMFS, NFS, virtual SAN, and Virtual Volumes
  • Manage virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
  • Create a vApp
  • Describe and use the content library
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion®
  • Use VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® to migrate virtual machine storage
  • Monitor resource usage and manage resource pools
  • Use VMware vRealize™ Operations Manager™ to identify and solve issues through analytics and alerts
  • Manage VMware vSphere® High Availability and VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance
  • Use VMware vSphere® Replication™ and VMware vSphere® Data Protection™ to replicate virtual machines and perform data recovery
  • Use VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ clusters to improve host scalability
  • Use vSphere distributed switches to improve network scalability
  • Use VMware vSphere® Update Manager™ to apply patches and perform basic troubleshooting of ESXi hosts, virtual machines, and vCenter Server operations

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Human Computer Interaction (only applicable for part-time programme)

Objectives 

Students should be able:

  • To identify the fundamental aspects of interaction and common interaction styles. A variety of analysis and design methods are introduced (e.g. GOMS, heuristic evaluation, user-centred and contextual design techniques).
  • To acquire practical skills to design a user-centred interface. The development of rapid and low-fidelity prototyping will make up a key aspect of this module.

Academic Content Aims

This module aims to provide an introduction to human-computer interaction. Students will analyse how the application of human-computer interaction principles improves the effectiveness of computing applications.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Use HCI methods and techniques to indentify issues of communication between computers and people
  • Apply appropriate HCI theories and practices to the design, implementation and evaluation of interfaces
  • Identify and analyse interaction strengths and weakness design (or re-design), test and evaluate an interface

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Computing Systems

Objectives

This module provides the students with the necessary software and hardware skills that are required for them to flourish in their working environment. Students participate in many lab activities where they are exposed to interactive application software. Thus, they are able to achieve the adequate amount of soft skills.

Academic Content Aims

This module aims to provide the students with the knowledge of computer hardware and software. It also gives hands-on laboratory experience to help the students explore the hardware components and some useful application software. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Diagnose and explore how exactly a computer works
  • Identify the types and uses of application software
  • Manage files and know the importance of backing-up files
  • Identify the functions of a processor, parts of a system unit and motherboard
  • Explain the purpose of an operating system and other system software
  • Understand how multimedia tools work
  • Browse through the various features of Internet
  • Recognise cybercrime and learn how to secure a computer

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Data Communications and Networks

Objectives

The students should be able to:

  • Understand different network technologies
  • Explain the concepts of data and signals
  • Understand the most current trends in data communications and networks such as wireless technologies, industry convergence, compression techniques
  • Be familiar with the different network models include Local Area Networks (LANs), Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs) and Wide Area Networks (WANs)
  • Be familiar with various hardware and software that can help protect the network security such as using the network simulation tool

Academic Content Aims

This module aims to

  • Provide an in-depth understanding of the often complex topic of data communications and computer networks
  • Introduce concepts of balancing the more technical aspects and the everyday practical aspects of data communications and networks
  • Provide a good understanding of the most current trends in data communications and networks such as wireless technologies, industry convergence, compression techniques
  • Provide knowledge in network security, LAN, MAN and WAN technologies
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Understand the concepts used in the subject area
  • Acquire skills required to plan and design the data communications and networks for any organisation
  • Apply the knowledge learnt and familiar with various hardware and software that can help protect the network security

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Database and Information Management

Objectives

The students should be able to:

  • Understand overview of data and information processing and management
  • Know the theoretical and practical programming underpinnings of the manipulation of information and the analysis of data
  • Understand the concepts involved in creating and maintaining a database and be able to use Microsoft Access in the work environment

Academic Content Aims

This module aims to develop an understanding of database design and implementation. Students will learn the basic database concepts and the relational database design process. Students will also learn to translate their design into a working model or prototype using MS Access.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Understand overview of data and information processing and management
  • Know the theoretical and practical programming underpinnings of the manipulation of information and the analysis of data
  • Understand the concepts involved in creating and maintaining a database and be able to use Microsoft Access in the work environment
     

Ethical Studies in ICT

Objectives

The student will be able to:

  • Explain the benefits and risks of digital collaborations and their rights and responsibilities, as well as critique on the ethical implications of their actions
  • Operate in groups for in-class presentations to practice strategies for collaborative work

Academic Content Aims

This module aims to cover a range of topics in digital citizenship and professional ethics to help students learn how to participate in the digital marketplace as a smart and effective digital media practitioner. That means helping them understand their rights and responsibilities to recognise the benefits and risks, and realise the personal and ethical implications of their actions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Acquire communication skills for digital collaborations
  • Show appreciation for what constitutes digital citizenship, smart and effective participation in the digital world
  • Understand digital safety and security, protect your digital reputation and make smart choices in digital transaction
  • Understand their rights as content creators and how to respect the work of others
  • Critically evaluate online media and their consumption habits

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Maths for Computing

Objectives

This module provides the students with the basic knowledge of mathematical concepts involved in computing and technology. Students will be able to develop problem solving capabilities in the areas of logic, sets, functions, relations, matrices, sequences, induction, and graphs. The Boolean Algebra topic equips them with the ability to design circuits and minimise them to reduce the number of logical gates.

Academic Content Aims

This module aims to present and demonstrate the students with the concepts and techniques of discrete mathematics. Also it gives the students an understanding of mathematical concepts together with a sense of why these concepts are important for applications.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Identify the computer representation of numbers and computer arithmetic
  • Identify the rules of logic, prepositional equivalence, and logical equivalence
  • Identify the proving of mathematical arguments using mathematical induction
  • Describe the basis of counting and advanced counting techniques
  • Identify the logic gates and their corresponding Boolean functions
  • Simplify Boolean functions using Karnaugh maps and laws of identities
  • Count or enumerate objects using the basic techniques on counting
  • Work with discrete structures like sets, relations, and graphs


Programming Principles and Development

Objectives

The students should be able to:

  • Analyse problems by developing algorithms and implementing them in an object oriented programming language
  • Equip with the skills to implement syntactic structure and semantics of C++ constructs through hands-on lab exercises
  • Grasp the techniques useful in resolving typical software development problems with the help of standard C++ language libraries

Academic Content Aims

This module aims to cover both the theoretical and practical aspects of conducting problem analysis and software design using object-orientation. Students will learn the benefits and techniques of object-oriented programming using C++.  Software development robustness and correctness, and good programming practices will be emphasised.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Outline the key steps in analysing a problem
  • Explain the basic logic structure in designing a solution
  • List and apply the various types of diagrams used in program logic and algorithms
  • Develop the system flowchart correctly
  • Apply the various types of logic structures to solve programming problems
  • Explain the programming development approaches and techniques in program design and program solving
  • Describe the algorithm and steps involved in structured programming
  • Explain the fundamental concepts in C++ programming
  • Develop a software package using C ++

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Web Development Technology

Objectives

The students should be able to understand the concepts and implementation of dynamic web-based applications, they will learn Internet scripting language and rich media technologies for the creation of interactive web applications. They will be exposed to web development tools, techniques and analysis.

Academic Content Aims

This module aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to develop Web applications. Students will acquire the technical skills of client and server side programming to create appealing visual Web-based contents and data access elements.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Build better web pages
  • Add lines and background colours
  • Place hyperlinks inside your document
  • Create hypertext links to the web
  • Insert media contents in web pages
  • Create table and modify properties
  • Insert form and controls
  • Control presentation using cascading style sheet
  • Code JavaScript for various purposes
  • Use VB.Net to display data contents

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Programme Duration

Full-time Programme - 7 months

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Fees

Application Fee       S$    321
Tuition Fees             S$7,490

Note:

  • All fees quoted are inclusive of GST.
  • Non-tuition fees are not included.
  • Non-tuition fees for full-time diploma programmes include MDIS membership entrance fees, annual membership fees, MDIS experience seminars, City of Glasgow College (CGC) Workshop, medical insurance, condition tutorial fee (if applicable) and Fees Protection Scheme (FPS) Insurance Premium.

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must be of age 16 and above, and possess one of the following admission requirements:

  • Obtained at least a Grade 'C6' at GCE 'O' Levels in any 2 subjects OR
  • IT-related NITEC or Higher NITEC qualifications OR
  • International applicants must have completed 10 years of formal education

Additional Requirements

English Language Entry Requirement

The applicant is required to achieve one of the following:

  • At least a C6 pass for English (EL1) at GCE ‘O’ level or equivalent OR
  • Achieve a minimum band of 5.5 in IELTS or equivalent OR
  • Pass the English Entrance Test conducted by MDIS OR
  • MDIS Professional Certificate in English

If an applicant fails the MDIS English Entrance Test, he or she is required to study, complete and pass the Online English Preparation Course. The applicant will then proceed to take the MDIS English Entrance Test the 2nd time.

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Mathematics Entry Requirement

The applicant is required to achieve one of the following:

  • At least a Grade 'C6' at GCE ‘O’ Levels in Mathematics OR
  • To pass the MDIS Mathematics Entrance Test

If an applicant fails the MDIS Mathematics Entrance Test, he or she is required to study, complete and pass the Online Mathematics Preparation Course. The applicant will then proceed to take the MDIS Mathematics Entrance Test the 2nd time.

International applicants who do not meet all the minimum entry requirements must study online to complete and pass the Online Mathematics / English Preparation Course and an online interview (e.g. Skype interview). When they arrive in Singapore (i.e. MDIS) within the first two weeks of intake commencement date, they are required to sit for MDIS Mathematics / English Entrance Test (Administered by the Central Registry).  Students are given three attempts for MDIS Mathematics / English Entrance Test and Online Mathematics / English Preparation Course.

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Programme Duration

Full-time Programme  - 7 months
Part-time Programme - 12 months

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Fees

Application Fee        S$21.40

Full-time Programme

Tuition Fees                S$ 6,634.00
Non-tuition Fees         S$    456.62
Total                          S$ 7,090.62

Part-time Programme

Tuition Fees                S$6,420.00
Non-tuition Fees            S$   195.49
Total                            S$6,615.49

Note:

  • All fees quoted are inclusive of GST.
  • Non-tuition fee for part-time programmes include MDIS membership entrance fees, annual membership subscription fees and Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) Insurance Premium.
  • Non-tuition fees for full-time diploma programmes include MDIS membership entrance fees, annual membership fees, MDIS experience seminars, City of Glasgow College (CGC) Workshop, medical insurance, condition tutorial fee (if applicable) and Fees Protection Scheme (FPS) Insurance Premium.
  • The above does not include Miscellaneous Fees, which refer to any non-compulsory and non-standard fees which the student will pay only when necessary or applicable. Such fees are normally collected on an ad-hoc basis by the PEI when the need arises.

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must be of age 16 and above, and possess one of the following admission requirements:

  • Obtained at least a Grade 'C6' at GCE 'O' Levels in any 2 subjects OR
  • IT-related NITEC or Higher NITEC qualifications OR
  • International applicants must have completed 10 years of formal Education

Additional Requirements

English Language Entry Requirement

The applicant is required to achieve one of the following:

  • At least a C6 pass for English (EL1) at GCE ‘O’ level or equivalent OR
  • Achieve a minimum band of 5.5 in IELTS or equivalent OR

  • Pass the English Entrance Test conducted by MDIS OR
  • MDIS Professional Certificate in English

If an applicant fails the MDIS English Entrance Test, he or she is required to study, complete and pass the Online English Preparation Course. The applicant will then proceed to take the MDIS English Entrance Test the 2nd time.

Mathematics Entry Requirements

The applicant is required to achieve one of the following:

  • At least a Grade 'C6' at GCE ‘O’ Levels in Mathematics OR
  • To pass the MDIS Mathematics Entrance Test

If an applicant fails the MDIS Mathematics Entrance Test, he or she is required to study, complete and pass the Online Mathematics Preparation Course. The applicant will then proceed to take the MDIS Mathematics Entrance Test the 2nd time.

Local applicants who do not meet all the minimum entry requirements will be classified as non-standard entry must study online to complete and pass the Online Mathematics / English Preparation Course, passed the MDIS Mathematics / English Entrance Test and an interview.

Note: Students are given three attempts for MDIS Mathematics / English Entrance Test and Online Mathematics / English Preparation Course.

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QUICK INFORMATION
Duration of Course | 7 - 12 months
Award | DIPLOMA

COMMENCEMENT DATE  

Class Intakes for 2017

Full-time Programme

19 Jun, 14 Aug, 16 Oct, 18 Dec

Part-time Programme                            

14 Aug, 13 Nov

CONTACT DETAILS  

Local students  :

+65 6247 9111 / 6372 1000

International students:

+65 6278 8000

 

 

Local Enquiries
etc@mdis.edu.sg
+65 6247 9111
ib@mdis.edu.sg
+65 6278 8000
International Enquiries