Technology is all around us. We want to CLICK on everything. We like to find everything on a website. Information Technology is about managing information in our modern digital age. We use the ATM machine, top-up our phone, download music or send photos to friends - these activities are part of our normal day. Information Technology helps us to understand what is happening behind the scenes when modern technology is used.
Information Technology plays a crucial role in all aspects of life. Currently, there is a shortage of people who have the skills to understand, design, develop, test and integrate technologies to develop solutions for problems that exist across all sectors of society, such as businesses, banking and healthcare.
This three year programme will provide you with the skills to work in the computer industry or in the computing department in a wide variety of industries. You will develop your knowledge about the role of technology in society, become proficient in analysing, designing, developing and testing computer systems and you will acquire the skills that will allow you to integrate various technologies together to form solutions for businesses across a wide range of industries.
This course consists of six 12 week semesters, with six modules in each semester (except semester 5).
In first year there is a strong focus on understanding technology and the critical role it plays in modern life. You will be introduced to concepts such as security, databases, computer networks and programming. In the subsequent years you will study specialist modules that will build on the knowledge gained in first year and equip you with the skills to become a specialist in technology integration, allowing you to gain employment in different industries depending on where you see your core strengths and future.
This course is built on two core computing areas, both of which have a high demand for graduates:
Databases and information systems
Computer networks and cloud computing
You will acquire skills in these areas and their integration to develop technical solutions that will enable you to gain employment in an array of businesses. At the beginning of year 3 you have the option to complete work placement or study abroad, which has become very popular with recent students.
Semester 5 is a flexible semester. This semester provides an opportunity for you to engage in work placement, exchange courses abroad or professional development courses in IT related areas.
The course has a high practical content allowing you to get plenty of hands-on experience. Most modules use computers for practical work and there is a blended learning approach where part of the learning is done online, supported by a Virtual Learning Environment. As you progress through the years you will learn about how companies use IT for their day-to-day business. A choice of different streams from second year on, will allow you to build variety into your selection of IT modules.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Communication Skills||Business Information Systems and Processes|
|Computer Systems 1||Computer Systems 2|
|Mathematics Fundamentals||Introduction to Cloud Computing|
|Programming Concepts||Programming Fundamentals 1|
|Systems Analysis, Design and Testing||Statistical Analysis|
|Website Development 1||Web Design and Development|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Computer Networks||Database Systems|
|Database Fundamentals||Mobile App Development 1|
|Enterprise Applications||Introduction to Computer Security|
|Creative Problem Solving||Networks Infrastructure|
|Network Theory Fundamentals||Professional Practice|
|Programming Fundamentals 2||Web App Development 1|
|Semester 5||Semester 6|
|Learning Portfolio-Flexible Semester||Application Security|
|Choose one of the following electives:||Automated Cloud Services|
|*Industrial Placement||Digital Transformation of Information Systems|
|*Professional Certification||Enterprise Data Exchange and XML|
|*Study Abroad||Further Statistics|
|*Voluntary Organisation Project||NoSQL Databases|
|* = Elective|
5 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
The jobs for which you might find yourself applying include the following:
Data Centre Technician
Information Technology Consultant
On successful completion of this Level 8 course, you are eligible to avail of a range of taught and research postgraduate programmes.