Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science and Project Management via Online Distance Learning

Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science and Project Management via Online Distance Learning

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.


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.

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.

JavaScript: Introduction to Scripting

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.

JavaScript: Control Statements I

Algorithms, Pseudocode, Control Structures, if Selection Statement, ifÖelse 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.

JavaScript: Control Statements II

Essentials of Counter-Controlled Repetition, for Repetition Statement, Examples Using the for Statement switch Multiple-Selection Statement, doÖwhile Repetition 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, Subsumption Architecture, 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

Class Case Study, Controlling Access to Members, Referring to the Current Object's Members with the this Reference, Overloaded Constructors, Default and No-Argument Constructors, Composition, Enumerations, Garbage Collection and Method finalize, static Class Members, static Import, final Instance Variables, Creating Packages. Creating an Inheritance Hierarchy, Using protected Instance Variables, Using private Instance Variables, Constructors in Subclasses, Software Engineering with Inheritance.

Polymorphism and Exception Handling

Polymorphism Examples, Demonstrating Polymorphic Behavior, Abstract Classes and Methods, Polymorphic Processing, Operator instanceof and Downcasting, Allowed Assignments Between Superclass and Subclass Variables, final Methods and Classes, Creating and Using Interfaces, Declaring Constants with Interfaces, Common Interfaces of the Java API. Exception-Handling Overview, Handling ArithmeticExceptions and InputMismatchExceptions, When to Use Exception Handling, Java Exception Hierarchy, finally Block, Stack Unwinding, printStackTrace , getStackTrace and getMessage, Chained Exceptions, Declaring New Exception Types, Assertions

Database and JDBC

Structured Query Language (SQL), Basic SELECT Query, WHERE Clause, ORDER BY Clause, Merging Data from Multiple Tables: Joining, INSERT INTO Statement, UPDATE Statement, DELETE FROM Statement, Creating Database books in Cloudscape, Manipulating Databases with JDBC, Connecting to and Querying a JDBC Data Source, PreparedStatements, Updatable ResultSets, JDBC, DataSource, Connection Pooling, RowSets.

GUI Programming

The Scope of Computer Graphics, Overview of 3D Graphics modelling, Rendering, Dealing with Global Lighting, Animations.

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.


Project Management

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 and 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

Gaining and maintaining authority, supporting the project team, key people in the organization (e.g. general management, director of projects, project services manager, chief mechanical engineer, chief controls engineer, drawing office manager, the project support office (PSO), influencing and delegating, the project manager's sources of power (legitimate, reward, expert, referent, coercive), Selecting, allocating, managing, supervising and supporting volunteers.

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.

Project Closure

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

Project Management Software

OpenProj, ProjectLibre

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.

Setting Up and Marketing your own Consultancy

Business Plan, Legalities, Setting Up , Marketing Strategy, Promotional Tools


Online Lecture Modules, Subject Expert Feedback Sessions after each Module, Practical Case Studies, End of Module Practical Activities etc.


Full support is available from our Subject Experts by email at the end of each module and an ongoing basis during the course.


Anyone working in the general Computer Science sector in a senior or support role which is likely to require Computing Skills and Project Management.

Times / Duration

Students have up to 2 years to complete this course.

Certification is awarded by the Institute of Commercial Management (ICM).

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 Group, have developed and provided Practical Skills Training Courses in liaison with the Institute of Commercial Management Qualifications and Certifications framework for over 25 years.

Institute of Commercial Management certifications are recognised throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, South Africa and Asia in a total of 140 countries, by leading industries, bodies and professions.

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Start Date: 27 January 2017

USD 1995.00

All course material is included in the fee. Fees are payable by credit card, debit card, bank draft/transfer, cheque or PayPal. All fees must be paid before the course starts

The Fitzwilliam Institute Group closes on Bank Holidays and for a number of days at Christmas and New Year. The Fitzwilliam Institute Group 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 the Fitzwilliam Institute Group. Distance Learning courses are provided by the Fitzwilliam Institute Ltd.

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next enrolment date:27 January 2017

This distance learning Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science and Project Management will provide comprehensive grounding in Computer system disciplines and Project Mangement Skills.

This Postgraduate Diploma gives students an extensive and comprehensive insight into topics related to Computer Science, including Computer Systems, Mathematical Computing, Java Programming, Software Engineering, Project Management.

By the time you have completed this course you will have a broad base of practical skills that will enable you to understand both Computer Science and Project Management.

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