BSc in Information Technology

Bachelor of ScienceInformation Technology

Full Time
2019 CAO range:
        AQA - 625
Cork Road
3 years
180 ECTS

What is Information Technology?

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.

Why is Information Technology important?

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.

What is the BSc in Information Technology?

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.

What structure does the course have?

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.

Flexible Semester

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.

High Practical Content

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.

In order to facilitate the delivery of programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic, module outline and order may change slightly for the academic year 2020/2021.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Communication SkillsBusiness Information Systems and Processes
Computer Systems 1Computer Systems 2
Mathematics FundamentalsCreative Problem Solving
Programming ConceptsProgramming Fundamentals 1
Systems Analysis, Design and TestingStatistical Analysis
Website Development 1Web Design and Development
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Computer NetworksDatabase Fundamentals
Database FundamentalsFurther Statistics
Enterprise ApplicationsIntroduction to Computer Security
Introduction to Cloud ComputingNetworks Infrastructure
Network Theory FundamentalsProfessional Practice
Programming Fundamentals 2Web App Development 1
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Learning Portfolio-Flexible SemesterApplication 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 Mobile App Development 1
*Voluntary Organisation Project NoSQL Databases
* = Elective

Leaving Cert: Minimum entry requirements for BSc in Information Technology

5 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O5/H7

Advanced and Equivalent Entry for BSc in Information Technology:

What career opportunities will I have?

The jobs for which you might find yourself applying include the following:

  • Computer Technician 

  • Data Centre Technician 

  • Database Developer

  • Information Architect 

  • Information Technology Consultant

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