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Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.
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DC121
Computer Applications

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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This course will appeal to those who are inquisitive and see the potential of commuters in society, whether interested in computer games,  robotics , mobile phones or E commerce.

This degree prepares you for a professional career in computing and information technology. It gives you an in-depth knowledge of software engineering and the practical skills to apply this knowledge to develop tomorrow’s software.

Project work in final year allows students to showcase their talents to the industrial and business communities.


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The first year is devoted to gaining a strong competence in computer programming and to acquiring essential mathematical skills.

In subsequent years, specialisms in software engineering will equip you with the necessary skills to create software and to invent new ways of using it. Examples include web applications, computer games, mobile applications and the software that is contained in the devices we use on a daily basis (e.g. mobile phones, entertainment systems and cars). There is a strong emphasis on practical work and working as part of a team.

In Year Three you will have the opportunity to spend six months on paid work placement. The INTRA programme integrates academic study with closely related jobs. It will give you an understanding of the professional and practical business world and will help you to stand out in the graduate employment market.

You will complete major projects in Years Three and Four. These projects provide an opportunity for you to put into practice the software development techniques studied in class. An annual display of the final-year students' work will allow you to showcase your talents to the industrial and business communities. It also allows potential employers to experience the high standard and broad range of the development work carried out by you on the course. This is very popular with industry and draws many prospective employers keen to hire DCU graduates - see our webpage for more information www.computing.dcu.ie/fyp


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This course does not appear to accept applicants with Further Education and Training (FET) awards. Please check with the college directly - sometimes this data is not published openly, or special arrangements may be available.

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An opportunity in year three (INTRA) to spend six months in a paid placement which integrates academic study with closely related jobs.

Graduates find employment as Software Engineers, Programmers, Web Developers, and work in the areas of Cloud Computing, App development and Research.



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