Monday, 17 December 2018

Free SAS software to students for learning purposes

SAS offers free software to students for learning purposes. There are a number of options for students to access SAS software depending on their requirements.

SAS University Edition can be downloaded and installed locally on a Virtual Machine. This is the latest version of SAS 9.4.

SAS On-demand for Academics is a cloud application, all students need to do is to sign-up and they will have access to a SAS Studio Environment that can be accessed remotely from any browser.

SAS Viya is a newly developed cloud technology and supports many of their latest applications, such as; SAS Visual Analytics, SAS Visual Statistics and SAS Data Mining and Machine Learning, etc. There is a trial available from the SAS website where students can access these applications. In the near future these applications may also be added to the SAS University (Education Analytical Suite) Licences that they offer.

SAS also have a new one month trial available called SAS Analytics Cloud that includes a SAS 9.4 environment and a JupyterLab open-source programming environment. This supports multiple users (Up to 5 persons).

In terms of education purposes SAS have have SAS Programming 1 and SAS Statistics 1 available to students wishing to learn and improve their SAS coding skills. Students that are interested in furthering their qualifications may also be interested in the SAS Academy for Data Science, there is a seven day trial for this and they also offer a 50 percent discount for students wishing to enrol on the course.

Also,  is a another great resource for student support materials.

Monday, 10 December 2018

Reminder DT265 Social Night tonight

Dear DT265 students

this is a reminder that we run the DT265 social night tonight at 6pm. It's an excellent opportunity to mingle with current 265 students of all years and streams, as well as alumni students. Please make sure you attend this event tonight.

We are in the Kevin Street Annex building's canteen on the ground floor. There is a sectioned off private area at the back of this canteen for us.
Finger food refreshments will be provided.


Monday, 3 December 2018

Group Project Class Resumes THIS Week

Dear DT265A-year 2 students,

the group project class resumes this week. Your new lecturer John Pugh is looking forward to meeting you all.


Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Stream Choice Selection Form

Dear DT265A-year 1 students,
please choose your stream in the following link:
Stream Choice Selection Form.

The deadline for stream selection is 12.12.2018.


Year 1: Stream Choice Talk tonight at start of OOSD

Dear HDip year 1 students

you will have to make a choice soon if you want to continue with either the software development stream or the data analytics stream in semester 2. Tonight, I am going to give an overview of your choices at the beginning of your OOSD class.

Kind regards

Group Project class

Dear year 2 HDip students

there will be no further Group Project class this semester. Classes will resume next semester with a new lecturer.

Kind regards

Friday, 2 November 2018

DT265 Social Night moved to 10 Dec

Dear Higher Diploma students

the annual DT265 social night had to be moved from the 16th of November to Monday, 10th of December at 6pm. The social night is an opportunity for current DT265 students of all stages and DT265 alumni to mingle and exchange experiences on the programme and network. Refreshments and some finger food will be provided.
The social night will take place in the reserved section of the DIT Canteen, Kevin Street Annex ground floor.
I hope to see you all there!

Kind regards

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

AIB Hackathon - Nov 10th

Two separate programming competitions on the same day in the same place - a Datathon and a Hackathon. 

Last year's event saw over 200 students from many different Universities / Institutes of Technology attend. This year for the first time, AIB will be holding the event in their brand new Technology Centre of Excellence in Central Park, Leopardstown, Dublin 18. Entrants are invited from Irish 3rd Level colleges to enter and attend the DataHack 10th November 2018 for a fun 12-hour event (8am - 8pm) where they will compete for great prizes.
 More info and register at

Monday, 22 October 2018

Advanced DB Class 22.October

Dear all

the advanced DB class on 22.October will be provided via video lectures in a blended learning model. There won't be a 1:1 class session on Monday, 22.October, instead all material will be provided via video lectures on webcourses.


Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Class Cancelled:: Enterprise Application Development (EAD) << 9th Oct 2018 >>

Hi Everybody,
the Enterprise Application Development (EAD) class for Tuesday 9th October (6-10pm) has been cancelled.

Kind regards,

Monday, 8 October 2018

DT265A-year 2 Work placement event on 17 Oct

Dear DT265A year 2 students,

there is a work placement info session scheduled for 17 October 2018@ 6pm in KA-3-023. The session is expected to last 30min to 1hr, depending on how many questions there are.

The work placement is just an option for DT265A. If you are not interested in going out on a full-time, 6 month work placement, please keep attending the group project module, which is the default choice for the part-time course.

Kind regards

Friday, 5 October 2018

Reminder: no OOSD lecture on Tue, 9th Oct

Dear OOSD students,

just a reminder that there will be no  OOSD lecture on Tuesday, 9th Oct.

I will upload a lab sheet with exercises on webcourses. You can complete those in the lab - Hithesan will be in A116 from 6:30pm, or you can work on them at home if you prefer.

Kind regards

DT265A Year 2 Individual Project Class Week 4 (Wednesday 10th October from 6pm-7pm)

Hi Everybody,
we will be holding our individual project class on Wednesday 10th October from 6pm-7pm in room KA3-023.

The session will focus on academic writing, references and citation.
I will give a quick demonstration on how to use the Zotero reference management software.

Kind regards,

Thursday, 4 October 2018

DT265 Annual Social Evening 16th of November

Dear DT265 students

as part of the Higher Diploma experience we host a DT265 social evening once a year where students present and past can mingle and exchange experiences in relation to the programme.
This year we hold the DT265 social night on the 16th of November at 6pm in the DIT Kevin Street annex canteen. There will be a section reserved for the event. I hope to see many of you there for it. It's a great opportunity to discuss your experiences and also get to talk to some of the graduated DT265ers who are coming in especially.

Kind regards

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Web & User Interface Notes

A reminder for those who only started this week, the notes are available here


Wednesday, 26 September 2018

DT265A Year 2 Individual Project Class (Wednesday 26th Sept 6pm-7pm)

Dear DT265A year 2 SD and DA students,

there won't be a project class this evening from 6pm to 7pm (Wednesday 26th September).

The next project class will be held on Wednesday 10th October and will present information on academic writing, referencing and citation.

I will send a reminder email closer to the date for the next project class.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Kind regards,

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

OOSD class - tonight in Lab A116

Dear OOSD students,

please note that the class tonight will be in A116 computer lab (same lab as last week)for the whole duration of the class 6:30-9:30pm.

I will update this post later with a link to the notes.
Edited: link to notes for tonight

Lab work:


Monday, 24 September 2018

No Advanced DB tonight

Dear DT265A-DA students

there will be no Advanced Databases class tonight. The class will be rescheduled.
This also affects the lab submission, which will be moved to next week. Materials will be online though regardless.


Thursday, 20 September 2018

DT265A-year 2 Work Placement Info Session

Dear all

we are going to hold a work placement information session for you in teaching week 5, on the timetabled slot for the project seminar.
The work placement is an option. If you are not interested in work placement, you do not need to attend. 
The info session is scheduled for Wednesday, 17 October 2018 @6pm in room KA-3-023.

Kind regards

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Fidelity Investments Talk on Thursday

Fidelity Investments are coming into DIT to speak about intern and graduate opportunities on Thursday (tomorrow) from 1-2pm and plans to address 3rd , 4th year and postgraduate students about opportunities within the company. The talk will take place in KEG007.

Web & User Interface Notes

The notes for tonight's lecture and lab are available at

Timetable updates DT265A

Dear all

timetable updates have been posted on the left panel of this blog for DT265A-year 1 and year 2.

Kind regards

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

OOSD notes (18th September)

Dear OOSD students,

here are the notes from tonight:


Advanced Databases webcourses module online

This is for the DT265A-DA stream students. The Advanced Databases webcourses module is now available for enrolling.
Search for DT265A Advanced Databases, or use the course code CMPU4079.

Monday, 10 September 2018


Dear students

some of you have contacted me in relation to your access to timetables. I have published the latest version on the left side panel of the blog for DT265A year 1 and year 2.
Classes start next week, as per DIT academic calendar.

Kind regards

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Very Important -- Springboard - Re-Registration Process for 1st Year DT265A Students

This email is for Higher Diploma students who started in September 2017.

The HEA have now reopened the springboard courses website for you to confirm your re-registration for the programme. You need to confirm this re-registration so that the HEA will pay your fees again for this semester. Confirming this registration is a condition of the programme; and failure to do so will leave you liable for your own fees.

To confirm re-registration, you simply need to log in to the springboard courses website and click the re-registration /second registration button.

Closing date for this will be 31st September, but please do it now. It only takes a minute or two and will save you an awful lot of grief should you forget. Many students did this when asked during the Spring but a number of you did not. The HEA have been very accommodating in re-opening this process for you -- otherwise you would be liable for the remainder of your fees. 

Class reps or anyone feeling useful, as this information is important, I would appreciate it if you also posted this on any Facebook or WhatsApp groups etc.

Thanks for your time. 


Thursday, 14 June 2018

Eligible for Work Placement need to Register

Dear all

if you are eligible for work placement and want to participate in workplacement rather than group project, you need to register on this form.
If you don't know if you are eligible yet for work placement, please feel free to contact me about this.

Kind regards

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Reminder Stream Choice selection DT265A closes tomorrow

Dear all

this is a reminder that the DT265 stream choice selection closes tomorrow. If you haven't done so yet, please choose your stream here.

Kind regards

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Email shut down email

Dear DT265/8265/265A students

can those of you who have been contacted by DIT that their accounts are about to be discontinued please contact me asap. This will be relevant only to those students out on work placement.

Kind regards

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Stream Choice for DT265A - current y1

Dear all

after tonight's stream choice talk you should select your stream choice, either data analytics or software development.
The deadline for submission is Friday, June 1, click this form.

It is very important that you use the time between now and the 1st of June to get informed about what each choice means:
  • talk to lecturers
  • talk to mentors: Bianca Schoen-Phelan for Data Analytics (, Jonathan McCarthy for Software Development (
  • talk to chair (Bianca) or head of 265 (Robert Ross <>)
  • check out final reports for the individual project in 265 on the DIT library, or use the Quicklink to 265 dissertations.
Please don't hesitate to contact me in case you have questions in relation to this.
Kind regards

Thursday, 19 April 2018

MSc Qualifier Talk

A reminder that this talk is on today in Room KA 3-011 @ 6pm.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

DT265A - Year 1

Dear DT265A-Year 1 students

for your second year in DT265A you will have to choose between a software development specialisation and a data analytics specialisation. In order for you to make an informed decision we hold an information event next Wednesday, April 25 @5.30pm in room KA-G-027.
Please make sure you can attend this event.

Kind regards

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Blockchain event

A public conference that might be of interest

‘Blockchain – a new frontier for freedom, tech and investment’

Fiona Delaney, creator of Origin Chain, a blockchain project recently shortlisted for French Tech Ireland award and an MSc graduate who graduated last year, is a speaker at this event.  


Monday, 9 April 2018

Opportunity to attend Dublin Tech Summit at Student Rate

Dublin Tech Summit [DTS] will take place in the heart of Dublin city at Dublin's Convention Centre on the 18th & 19th April. 

To make DTS more accessible to students they are offering all students the opportunity to attend DTS18 for just €49*.

For more information on Dublin Tech Summit and Dublin Tech Week please see

For more information on DTS18 speakers please see  

To learn more visit and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

*Students must be able to provide some form of student ID at the registration desk of DTS. DTS18 student tickets are full attendee passes with access to both days of the conference and opportunities to attend other DTS & DTW events. 

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Register for Work Placement Specs Emails

If you are planning on doing a work placement as part of the higher diploma, and you are in your year 2 of part-time study, please register at this link in order to receive the specs for vacancies that come in to the School of Computing.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Become a Member of the Irish Computing Society

The Irish Computing Society is offering free membership to students now!

The Irish Computer Society is the membership body for the IT sector in Ireland, with over 10,000 members. We act as a representative voice for those members, furthering the development of IT knowledge across the country. For more information on our student membership have a look at their website.

Students can take advantage of all their member benefits:
  • Networking opportunities with those already working in the sector
  • Talks by inspiring leaders in the industry
  • Free member events to help your students unsure of which direction they'd like to take their career, or even how they can apply the skills they have learnt to the 'real world'
  • Free resources to allow your students to prepare themselves for the world of work
  • Free membership for your students for the duration of their course and for a year following that to help students take their first step into the workplace

    Joining ICS is easy too, it’s just a case of online form, which takes less than five minutes.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Bank of Ireland HACKATHON

Hi everyone,
Bank of Ireland are holding a hackathon 6th-8th April.   
The prize fund for each section is €2,500 so definitely worth a look :)

Details and application are at the link below:


Kerry Graduate Development Programme

The ICT Graduate Development Programme 2018 with Kerry is currently open for applications.

Kerry are looking for smart, innovative and collaborative Graduates to work across business analyst, technical delivery and development, and infrastructure roles. Candidates will be matched to roles that best suit their abilities. However, Kerrywork with graduates to help them develop a full set of skills to become leaders within ICT and Kerry during their careers.

You can apply through

Monday, 5 March 2018

Graduate Programme, Start Jan 2019, interviews in March 2018!

This is for students interested in a graduate programme commencing in January 2019. The interviews are actually held this month!
Fidelity Graduate Programme (click)

Springboard - Re-Registration Process for 1st Year DT265A Students

This email is for Higher Diploma students who started in September 2017.

The HEA have now opened the springboard courses website for you to confirm your re-registration for the programme. You need to confirm this re-registration so that the HEA will pay your fees again for this semester. Confirming this registration is a condition of the programme; and failure to do so will leave you liable for your own fees.

To confirm re-registration, you simply need to log in to the springboard courses website and click the re-registration /second registration button.

Closing date for this will be this week, but please do it now. It only takes a minute or two and will save you an awful lot of grief should you forget.

Class reps or anyone feeling useful, as this information is important, I would appreciate it if you also posted this on any Facebook or WhatsApp groups etc.

Thanks for your time. 


Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Systems Analysis and Testing Tonight

The DIT will be closing at mid-day today so there will be no class this evening. We had scheduled next week as dedicated to CA Phase I, so we will switch the order and allocate this week to CA work.
I’ll be available online to help this evening (as long as the broadband keeps working). Check the webcourses module later for details of how to get in touch.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

New Industry Placement Process and Handbook

The industry placement process has changed for everyone in the School of Computing who will go through placement as part of their programme. This does not affect students currently on placement. If you are not yet placed, then it affects you. The new industrial placement handbook has been linked on this blog, on the left panel.
Please let me know if you have any questions in relation to this.


Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Systems Analysis and Testing Lecture Wednesday February 7th

I will be a little delayed tomorrow so the lecture will start at 18.20 in KE-4-008



Thursday, 1 February 2018

MSc Qualifier - Assessment Schedule

The MSc Qualifier(DT8266/DT265C/DT8900-CF) Assessment Schedule is now available on the left of the blog.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Systems Analysis and Testing Class Times

To clarify the class times for this module are:

Wednesday 18.00 to 20.00 Lecture (all students)

You need to attend one lab class session of 2 hours per week.

You have been given the timeslot on your timetable either:
Wednesday 20.00 to 22.00  (AU-1-005, AU-1-006) or
Friday 14.00 to 16.00 (KA-1-016)

There will be no lab class this week Friday January 26th. You will not miss any content if you are scheduled in this lab class timeslot. Formal lab work will start next week.

I'll see you all in the lecture on Wednesday.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Hi All,

I'm having some difficulties creating a Webcourses module for COMPU 4062  - Architecture, Op. Sys. & Networking.  When I have it up and running I'll post a blog here to let you all know and Ill give you all a password via email.  

In the meantime I'll share a Dropbox link with Mondays lecture notes, so expect an email either today, or tomorrow with that share link.

Pat Tobin...

Monday, 22 January 2018

DT265A Year 2 venue update

Hi folks, 
Please note that the DT265a Stage 2 timetable has been updated and that modules for Data Analytics and Programming for Mobile and Smart Devices will now be delivered in a Bolton Street location. 

Please see the updated version of the timetable attached to this email .

Please also note that as with previous years, the Data Analytics module is delivered intensively over 8-9 weeks with 6 hours per week. However since this is the first year that the content is being delivered to part-time students, the delivery will be split between a standard 3 hours of lectures and 3 hours of blended learning delivery. This should allow students to focus on content and also avail of online support from the teaching staff for the module. More detail on this will be presented at the first DA lecture which will take place on Wednesday evening in room 392 in Bolton Street. 

Small adjustments to the timetable may yet come through. Please keep an eye on your email and the DT265 blog for details.