The BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing (Games Development) is a full-time, four year, honours degree course of study that can be chosen within the BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing Common Entry Route.
Students take part in a (paid) work placement in semester 6. This placement takes place in a software house or the IT department of a large company or industry. Companies such as IBM and Microsoft have a long association with the placement of our students. Students have found this an invaluable experience.
There have been huge developments in the ways in which we use technology in 2013, compared with 2003 and many of them are up for discussion in this episode of Reboots & Remixes. Smartphones, tablets, social media, YouTube, Skype, gaming - and we're only scratching the surface.
This episode was written, edited and produced by Sean Bray and Rob O'Connor.
Features contributions from Eamonn de Leastar (TSSG), Danny O'Dwyer (Gamespot), Dr. Niamh Murphy (SETU Waterford) and Stuart Clarke (Hotpress).
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Programming Fundamentals 1||Programming Fundamentals 2|
|The Computer Industry||Web App Development|
|Discrete Mathematics||Computer Systems 2|
|Computer Systems 1||Applied Calculus|
|Physics 1||Physics 2|
|Website Development||2D Game Development|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Data Structures and Algorithms||Database Structures and Algorithms 2|
|Relational Databases||Statistics and Probability|
|Computer Networks||Applied Cryptography|
|Mathematical Methods||Software Eng. Practice|
|Introduction to Game Design||Introduction to Game Development|
|Professional Communications||3D Game Assets|
|Semester 5||Semester 6|
|Games Development Practicum||Choose one of the following electives:|
|Web App Development 2||*Study Abroad|
|NoSQL Databases||*Industrial Placement|
|Developer Operations||*Voluntary Organisation Project|
|Professional Practice||*Professional Certification|
|Introduction to C++ for Games||* = Elective|
|Semester 7||Semester 8|
|Data Mining 1||Functional Programming|
|Mobile App Development 2||Project 2|
|Distributed Systems||Data Mining 2|
|Project 1||Advanced 3D Game Development|
|Game Development in C++||Free Elective|
|Mobile Game Development|
Detailed information on all modules is available in the course handbook:
2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
The entry route for this programme is from WD001 BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing (Common Entry). Applicants who select degree option WD001 GAD (Games Development) are guaranteed a place in that programme, subject to meeting the entry requirements and points. Applicants who are undecided about their degree option should choose WD001 GEN.
At the end of year 1, students must confirm their degree option and may change their selection up to that date.
Employment prospects in computing are extremely healthy at the moment, with demand for skilled graduates exceeding supply. Graduates of this course will have the skills necessary to follow opportunities that present themselves in this growing industry as well as having the freedom to choose their own career path.