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NEW Courses at IT Sligo for September 2019

Posted on August 14, 2019

BSc (Hons) in Construction Project Management and Applied Technology

Why Construction Project Management and Applied Technology:

A Level 8 BSc (Hons) in Construction Project Management and Applied Technology will equip graduates with the skills needed to effectively manage project cost, scope and timelines for an ever-changing national and international construction industry. This programme will blend traditional practical skills including carpentry and joinery, with modern construction approaches, such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Lean Construction. Graduates will develop an appreciation for design/planning on small scale workshop projects right up to Virtual Modelled buildings where collaboration is essential through digital technologies.

Exit award: The course also has a Level 6 exit award after two years titled Higher Certificate in Applied Construction TechnologyThis award is designed to give students a greater understanding of domestic building elements and construction methods including, Practical Building Construction, Passive and NZEB construction, Building Services, Health and Safety, Measurement and Management and Building Information Modelling.

Award (Level):  8

CAO Code:  SG346

CAO Points: Published in August 2019

Programme webpage: www.itsligo.ie/SG346 

Duration: 4 Years Class size:  32Programme Title: B.Sc. (Hons) in Construction Project Management and Applied Technology

Programme Description:

An understanding of technical sustainable approaches to building is essential in today's construction sector, there is an increasing demand for graduates who have hands-on experience. Many employers consider hands-on experience very complimentary to academic qualifications. This programme integrates the applied technology with the use of a state of the art workshop. This will be integrated with lectures where the learner will develop economic, legal, technical, managerial knowledge and skills. Students will also have the opportunity to take part in project-orientated group work where real-life problems will be tackled. They will learn how to plan, organise and control construction operations and will gain knowledge in all stages of the process – from initial feasibility studies through to design, construction, maintenance, refurbishment and demolition.

Example of Modules:

Modules include Applied Practical Technology, Sustainable Construction Technology, Graphical Communication and Design, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Measurement and Costing, Health and Safety for the Built Environment, Computer Applications, Site Surveying and Building Information Modelling (BIM). Throughout the programme, real life practical projects are used to reinforce the theory, culminating in third year with a major practical project combining all course modules.

Project Management skills are developed in year four with modules such as Financial Management, Contracts and Dispute Resolution, Development Appraisal and Economics, Planning and Programming, Corporate Management and Construction Law Liabilities and Obligations. A dissertation in the area of Construction Project Management will also be undertaken.

Graduate Destinations:

Construction Project Management is a professional field that focuses on each part of the construction process of any built environment. The course at IT Sligo equips graduates with skills and knowledge in project management as well as an understanding of the business process and environment. Armed with such expertise, graduates will be prepared for decision making and undertaking executive responsibilities within a number of industries, such as; construction, energy, utilities, telecommunications, architecture, production, design and service industries.

Construction project managers are in considerable demand in the built environment. Therefore, graduates from this course are much sought after by employer organisations and opportunities are excellent. Graduates work with consultants, building contractors, architects, quantity surveyors and local authorities, as carpenters, site managers, project managers and architectural technicians. They work in areas including the design and construction management of commercial/industrial and residential buildings as well as retrofitting of existing building stock.

Key Skills:

  • Ability to manage the construction process and to meet the needs of clients within legal, financial and environmental constraints.
  • Obtain a capacity for leadership in managing the building process.
  • Management skills to plan, organise and control construction projects.
  • Ability to contribute to the construction process in a manner that sustains and enhances the natural and built environments.
  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of the business process and the necessary theoretical knowledge to match solutions to business problems.

Professional Accreditation:

The course is seeking accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), which will enable graduates to become Chartered Project Managers and manage projects in line with the industry best practices.

Work Placement: yes

Higher Certificate Health and Exercise Science


Award: Higher Certificate (Level 6) CAO Code:  SG406 CAO Points: New Duration: 2 years Work Placement: Yes www.itsligo.ie/SG406

What is Health and Exercise Science? It refers tothe study of human movement and nutrition.

Programme Description: This programme aims to provide graduates with an excellent foundation for many careers in the physical activity and health sector. Students will acquire a unique blend of practical skills and knowledge in a broad range of health-related fields which will enable them to make informed decisions about specialist areas for further study.

Programme Overview:

YEAR ONE: Students acquire practical skills in core subjects, including Biology, Chemistry, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Mathematics, Health and Fitness, Health Communications, Facilitation & Group work Skills, Health promotion, Information Technology, Kinesiology and Exercise Instruction.

YEAR TWO: Core subjects in year one are further developed with more emphasis on laboratory and practical elements related to physical activity and exercise. Key modules include Exercise Physiology, Health Psychology, Health Biochemistry, Health Microbiology, Research Methods, Biomechanics of Human Movement and Promoting Healthy Behaviours.

Graduate Destinations: This programme provides graduates with a pathway to progress to degree level courses in allied health professions such as; physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, sports science, sports rehabilitation, diagnostic radiography, clinical measurement and other health-related disciplines. Graduates may be employed in the health and exercise industry.

Graduates can gain direct entry onto the Bachelor of Science (Level 7) Health Science and Physiology or Bachelor of Science (Level 8) in Health Science and Physical Activity.

Level 7 graduates can decide to complete their studies in the Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Health Promotion (Level 8, one-year add-on).


Higher Certificate of Science Sustainable Food Production


Award: Higher Certificate (level 6) CAO Code: SG405 CAO Points: Published in Aug 2019 Duration: 2 years Number of places: 20 www.itsligo.ie/SG4045

What is Sustainable Food Production?

Sustainable food production is a method of production using processes and systems that are non-polluting, conserve non-renewable energy and natural resources, are economically efficient, are safe for workers, communities and consumers, and do not compromise the needs of future generations.

The agri-food sector in Ireland is worth over €13.9 billion, it makes up nearly 10% of Ireland's exports and provides 8.5% of the national employment.  It is vital for the economy and the increasing global population that this sector is sustained and grows.

Programme Description

This programme has been developed to meet the demand for graduates with integrated skills in the agri-food sector. It is science based and covers food production; food processing technologies and sustainable food production across the food chain (farm-to-fork).

Sustainable food production systems include all processes and infrastructure involved in feeding a population: from growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing, consumption, and disposal of food and food-related items.

Graduates are given the necessary skill set for basic employment in the food industry and/or the government agencies who are working to meet the growing demand for quality Irish food.

Programme Overview:

Year One: Focuses on giving students a general education in foundation science subjects. Modules include an introduction to agri-food systems, information technology and communications.

Year Two:  Studies focus on plant and animal sciences in the context of livestock management and crop production.

Graduate Destinations:

Graduates work in the food industries (e.g. dairy, meat, seafood, beverage etc.) in roles relating to processing, food analysis/quality and safety, production management, environmental health and safety.

Further Study Opportunities:

Graduates may progress to the one-year add-on BSc in Agri-Food Science at IT Sligo or to the one year add on BSc Environmental Science with Ecology Programme

Graduate Story:

"The best thing about studying at IT Sligo is getting both the practical and theory with every lecture. I have many friends studied environmental science in larger universities and they received little to no practical experience throughout the duration of their studies. The course really prepares you for the real world. I use all the skills learned at IT Sligo every day. A typical day for me includes consulting and liaising with ABP Food Group sites, the Environmental Protection Agency, Inland Fisheries, Local Authorities, Consultants and other companies.”

Fergal Maguire

Group Environmental Licencing Manager

ABP Food Group, Tipperary


BSc (Honours) Environmental Science with Ecology

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Bachelor of Science Higher Certificate of Science

Award: Honours Degree (level 8) Ordinary Degree (level 7) Higher Certificate (level 6)

CAO Code: Level 8: SG450 Level 7: SG439 Level 6: SG404

CAO Points: Published in August 2019

Duration: 4/3/2 years Number of places: 32

Work Placement: yes

Erasmus + : yes

Professional Accreditation: Yes

L8: www.itsligo.ie/SG450 L7: www.itsligo.ie/SG439 L6: www.itsligo.ie/SG404

What is Environmental Science with Ecology? Learn about the environment and the natural world around us in an applied way and make a difference to the future of the plant.  Environmental Science with Ecology equips students with the learning to manage our manmade and natural resources. With a mix of outdoor field work, high tech laboratory experiments, computer mapping, site visits and classroom activities, students gain a range of skills to become Environmental Scientists, Ecologist, and Environmental Protection Officers.  There are options to travel abroad, work placement, and specialize your own research project in final year.

Programme Description:

From Year 1, students will be engaged in enquiry based learning (EBL) in addition to more traditional methods of lectures, laboratory practical’s and fieldwork.

Year One: Students immediately spend three days on field trips to explore the natural environment, and to build friendships in the class. Students develop core competencies in Maths, Biology, Chemistry, IT and communications. They begin the process of enquiry based learning and they have a broad introduction to environmental science.

Year Two: Techniques in Ecology and Environmental Science; Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality- Source to Tap; Climate Science and Environmental Regulation; Terrestrial Ecology; GIS; Soils; Environmental Microbiological monitoring; Wastewater Enquiry Based Learning

Year Three: Data Management; Occupational Safety and Health (essential for work-placement the following semester); Ecological monitoring; Environmental Toxicity; Water and Wastewater Treatment Theory; Work placement and a chance to study online modules  from Waste Management, Environmental Impact Assessment and Planning to Energy and Sustainability.

Year Four (Level 8): A mix of compulsory and elective modules from Advanced GIS, Environmental Legislation and Policy, Environmental systems and Auditing, and Bimolecular Technologies; Natural Resource Management; Cleaner Production; Conservation Issues; The final year project is an independent piece of work with ecological, analytical or other environmental themes. Projects may be practical or desktop research and a final document will be produced and communicated (poster and oral presentation) in the last Semester.

Special Features:

This is a hands-on programme, students get to do perform practical work in the field and in the lab. We use ‘state-of the art equipment,’ e.g drones, computer apps and bimolecular tools during the four years. Students learn a wide range of environmental and ecological skills. 

Further Study Opportunities

Graduates of the Level 6 can progress to the Level 7 in Environmental Science with Ecology or transfer to a similar Level 7 Programme in IT Sligo or elsewhere. Graduates of the Level 7 can progress to the Level 8 in Environmental Science with Ecology or transfer to a similar Level 8 Programme in IT Sligo or elsewhere.

Graduates of the Level 8 in Ecology and Environmental Science can progress to a range of Level 9 Postgraduate diplomas and/ or taught Masters in the Department of Environmental Science, IT Sligo including the MSc in Environmental Health and Safety and the MSc in Water Services Management or an applied Research masters or PhD in the Centre for Environmental Research Innovation and Sustainability (CERIS) in the Science Faculty.

Graduate Destinations:

Students find careers with environmental and ecological consultancies, Local Authorities, state agencies e.g EPA Inland Fisheries Ireland and Irish Water. Graduates can apply for established graduate programmes with employer or pursue a range of careers. From field based, lab based, and office based roles.

Professional Accreditation:

Students are eligible to become student members of Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM). All Environmental undergraduate students can join the Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019
IT Sligo Careers Fair 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Open Day - Discover Your Options 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Discover Your Options - Open Day 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Sunday, November 10, 2019
Science Festival 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Open Day - Make Your Choice 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Engineers Week 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Sunday, March 01, 2020
Engineering Fair 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Saturday, April 04, 2020
Open Day - Be a Student for a Day 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
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