Diploma in Computer Programming (Introduction to Programming)

Learn to code with practical tutorials in Java, OOP coding, and software development

11 Weeks part-time, 6.30 - 9.30 pm
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Back on-campus Feb 22
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Why Computer Programming

Ireland has gained increasing recognition as Europe’s premier location for software development. There are now almost 730 indigenous software companies, employing over 10,000 people, and continuing to grow. Ireland has now overtaken the USA as the biggest exporter of software in the world; 60% of all software sold in Europe originates in Ireland. Nine of the world's top 10 software companies have today established a significant presence in Ireland.

Traditional players with long-established operations – such as Intel, HP, IBM, Microsoft and Apple – have now been joined by newer firms at the forefront of the internet and social media revolution, including: Google; Facebook; LinkedIn; Amazon; PayPal; EBay, and most recently Twitter, firmly positioning Ireland as the internet capital of Europe. But many have been forced to look outside the country for employees with the right skills.

  • The number of job openings for high-level ICT professionals is set to reach 18,000 a year by 2022.
  • In 2019, according to a new white paper – ‘The Digital Skills Crisis – Time to Act’ – published by Code Institute, there are 12,000 ICT jobs that haven’t been filled yet because the skills aren’t there, and these roles may go unfilled for the next two years.
  • A recent study from BusinessFibre.co.uk has named Ireland the second-best country for coders and programmers to find a job

This course is designed for

Anyone you looking for a new and challenging career in the area of computer programming.

  • Anyone looking to take that first step into a full-time role in software development.
  • Anyone looking to unlock your creative and problem solving potential.
  • Anyone looking to take advantage of Ireland's new knowledge economy.
  • Anyone ready to take that first step towards obtaining a Java Professional Certification.

Course requirements

Please note that prospective students are recommended to be able to do the following with windows in order to be successful on this diploma programme.

Can use Windows to do the following:
  • Type and Edit files
  • Understand the Keyboard (backspace v del, tab key)
  • Have very basic typing skills - Be able to type with some proficiency- not pecking with 2 fingers
  • Use the file system - copy and paste files, Delete and Move files
  • Create Folders/Navigate around folders.
  • Rename files and folders
  • Understand the difference between files and folders
  • Copy and Paste text within files
  • Use zip files
Technology-related roles account for half of the most in-demand jobs in Ireland, according to jobs site Indeed. com.

Course Overview

Trained computer programmers are ideally placed to take advantage of such skills shortages. Programmers are essential for websites, databases, web applications and games, it looks highly likely that programming graduates at all levels will be in strong demand well into the foreseeable future. Computer programming involves creating a sequence of instructions (code) in order to get a computer to perform certain tasks. There are many different kinds of programming languages, but just as learning one foreign language can help you learn others, becoming familiar with one programming language will allow you to develop a reading knowledge of others and pick them up more easily. Java is one of the more popular programming languages, it is an object oriented, cross platform programming language which is widely used in industry for internet based website and applications. More than 800,000 Java programmers are using their knowledge, skills and recognition learned through varies courses to improve their job prospects, earn more money and become more valuable employees. There are over 3 billion devices running Java worldwide, the world’s top companies rely on Java Programmers to build and maintain these critical applications, as such companies across all sectors have shown an increased demand for ICT Professionals that are skilled in Java Programming.

What you will Learn

If this all sounds like double Dutch, don’t worry, this introductory-level computer programming course is specifically designed for those with little or no previous experience in the area. It provides learners, regardless of their background, to feel justifiably confident in their ability to write code and is ideal for any learner with an interest and motivation to embark in a career in software development.

This course is aimed at learners with little or no prior programming experience, but a desire to understand computational approaches to problem solving. Learners will learn the fundamental concepts and terminology of software development and develop skills in designing and writing computer programs. The course assumes no programming background and provides an overview of the software development process in addition to introducing important programming constructs and methodologies. This course provides a comprehensive and easy to follow lesson plan and tutition in one of the most popular, versatile and widely used programming languages in common use today, all taught in modern specialist computing labs.

If you want to learn computer programming but don't have any prior experience, you'll enjoy this programming course in Java, one of the most widely used computer languages in the world. It's a breeze to learn in a friendly and supportive environment. Start with the basics of programming and go on to write your own programs and integrate input and output, calculations, decision making, and loops. Build your knowledge and confidence with easy-to-understand examples and plenty of skill-building exercises. The course will also serve learners as a pathway to preparing for the Java SE Foundations exam by Oracle.

What is a Professional Diploma?

An IBAT Professional Diploma is a focused, short duration practical course that consolidates, upskills and/or reskills learners in a professional area. They are stand-alone qualifications  that do not lead to an award on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Course Content

Week 1:
You will be introduced to computer programming in general and to Java in particular. You will get to set up your computer with the downloads and installations you'll need for the rest of this course. You will be walked through the process of editing, compiling, and running other computer programs written in Java.

Week 2:
You will learn about primitive data types;the building blocks you need to use before you can build more complex types. You will be shown how to use them in some simple programs, and look at how they relate to each other.

Week 4:
You will be introduced to classes and objects. We'll revisit the HelloWorld application and rewrite it in Java's OOP (object-oriented programming) structure. This will include how to declare classes, objects, attributes, and methods to Java.

Week 5:
You will be shown how to declare data variables to Java and how to use variables in arithmetic expressions to calculate new results. Also included will be an introduction to data input, getting information into our programs from an outside source. Then write a program that incorporates all these features.

Week 6:
Making decisions is one of the most important and powerful things a computer language can do. We're going to look at the decision-making process in detail and see how Java does it. When you're done with this lesson, you'll know how to write Java programs that make decisions based on the principles of computer logic.

Week 7:
You'll learn how to repeat actions using a control structure called a loop. Loops in Java involve decisions, just as branches do. But in a loop structure, if the condition is met, the branch is backward instead of forward, allowing us to repeat actions. You'll learn about Enumeration which lets you set up new data types with built-in limits on their values Finally, Java's switch structure which lets you replace a series of nested if statements with a single value-based structure.

Week 8:
Discuss how Java generates exceptions and how we can prevent them from crashing our programs. You'll learn about class methods and how to call them without creating any objects. Last, you'll find out about a debugger, which lets us look at what's going on inside our program as it runs.

Week 9:
So far in this course, everything has been text-based. This week you'll be introduced to the world of Java windows, and we'll begin to look at GUI (graphical user interface) programming in Java. You will look at the basic components of a Java window and then add some simple graphics to it.

Week 10:
In the final week of the course you will obtain the basics on OOPS concepts Inheritance, Overriding, Polymorphism. This will also be an opportunity to review any queries on the course so far. The lecturer will then give the class an overview about Java SE certification should you wish to progress to this qualification.


  • Participants will be required to successfully to complete a web project worth (100%).

Why IBAT College?

Career Potential
Maximise your career potential as you remain working while obtaining a professionally relevant, career enhancing, qualification at the same time.

Excellent Lecturing Staff
Learn from friendly and highly qualified academic staff, with industry experience, in small class-sizes, and guest lecturers who are experts in their fields.

Student Experience
Being part of a culturally diverse student nationality mix at IBAT College Dublin, with learners from over 30 different countries, gives you the opportunity to learn culturally different working methods first-hand, and the fundamentals to succeed in a globally connected network once you graduate.

City Centre Location
With our campus located in Dublin city centre, in Temple Bar, you are close to all major transport hubs making it easy to attend classes in between work and home.

Programme Material
Printed course notes are supplied for the first lecture. All subsequent notes are then available to download/view/print through the student virtual learning (Moodle) platform.

Career Opportunities

Current forecasts about the future of the computing industry in Ireland are excellent. During the past decade, Ireland has gained increasing recognition as Europe’s premier location for software development. Since the 1980s, most leading US software vendors, including Microsoft, Oracle, Google, Facebook and Symantec, have based their European operations centres in Ireland. The country has also become the number one site for software development in Europe. All the big players such as Microsoft, Google, EBay, Symantec and Amazon are now based in Ireland.

This course will serve as an excellent and comprehensive introductory foundation in programming and will help to secure entry-level positions across the ICT sector for roles including but not limited to software testing and junior developer.

This course will also prepare students for the Java SE 7 Fundamentals Certification exam by Oracle, which is the required first step towards Java Professional Certification.

Computer Programming is often the first port of call for anyone looking to move into a full-time role in software development. An understanding of a computer language will also offer many opportunities for promotion as it provides insight and knowledge on how systems are actually built and implemented within organisations.

Academic Progression Opportunities

Students who complete the Diploma in Computer Programming  and are interested in furthering their study in the area of programming are eligible to progress onto the more Advanced Diploma in Computer Programming (Advanced Java).

Lecturer Profile

Brian Rodgers
Brian Rodgers/ Lecturer Diploma in Computer Programming /
Brian is a software Developer and software development trainer with over 20 years experience with extensive knowledge over a large portfolio of software develop platforms and tools including: Java Developer / Trainer .Net Developer (C# and VB.Net) / Trainer C / C++ Developer / Trainer SQL Developer / Trainer SQL Developer / Trainer Oracle Developer / Trainer MySQL Developer / Trainer Python Developer / Trainer R Trainer Developer / Trainer Web Development HTML/CSS/JavaScript Developer/Trainer PHP Developer / Trainer Ruby Developer / Trainer MS Access Database Developer /Trainer VBA in Access/Excel or any other MS Office Product. Software Architect and Designer

Entry Requirements

This course is aimed at learners with little or no prior programming experience, but a desire to understand computational approaches to problem solving.  

Students are required to be fluent in basic digital literacy on Windows as follows - ability to: 

  • Type and edit files
  • Understand the keyboard (backspace v del, tab key)
  • Have very basic typing skills, ability to type with some proficiency i.e. not pecking with 2 fingers
  • Use the file system - copy and paste files, delete and move files
  • Create folders / navigate around folders
  • Rename files and folders
  • Understand the difference between files and folders
  • Copy and Paste text within files
  • Use zip files

How to Apply

Don’t miss out because you’re unsure.

You can contact or apply to us directly using the the "Contact Us" or "Apply Online" options below, this will reserve your place and also give us the key details to start your application, a member of our admissions team will then contact you with further details, or alternatively you can simply "Ask us a Question" using the form below.

You can also "Book a One-to-One" with one of our course specialists who will provide you with additional guidance on your application, you can set up a meeting by:

  • Calling us at:  +353 1 8075 055 
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We also have flexible payment plans, please contact us to discuss your options or visit the college anytime and our course specialists will be more than willing to discuss any queries you may have.

We look forward to meeting you.


This course gave me brand new skills in Java, in a relatively short space of time. It also opened up new doors to learning other programming languages and website development.
Zhivko Stankov Diploma in Computer Programming Graduate
This course was a great introduction to the IT industry and the practical was well incorporated into the theory. As a beginner I was able to see the huge potential in this field of work.
Jean Silva Diploma in Computer Programming Graduate

Programming is what I want to do in the future and I feel this helped me greatly.  The small size group in the class makes it easy to get help from the Lecturer if needed.

James Rooney Diploma in Introduction to Computer Programming Graduate

A very enjoyable part time course and delighted to be awarded a Distinction in my Project - IBAT College Dublin

Hazel Glynne DOCOsoft

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