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I found having education in a number of different areas of engineering to be beneficial to the work I am doing.

There is a whole world of possibilities out there for engineers, and it is difficult to know what subjects are necessary for the industry you will end up in. I was always interested in robotics and environmental issues, but it was not until my Masters that I really knew what I wanted to do.

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An engineering qualification teaches you so much more than just the technical subjects, but a way of looking at the world and solving problems in a logical and systematic way.

Engineers are sought after for these skills as much as the technical ones, and it opens up incredible opportunities. Engineering is not an easy route through college, but it is incredibly rewarding.

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DT228
Computer Science

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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.

Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
4 Years
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You will spend the early years of the course gaining a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of computer science, you will spend the middle part of the programme developing highly relevant skills in software design and development, and in final year you will have the opportunity to specialise your knowledge and skills in a variety of areas, including

Enterprise Systems Development: Where you will learn how to create large, scalable, safe, secure and reliable software systems using the latest technologies.

Applied Intelligence: Where you will learn about advanced methods in computer science which can be applied in business (e.g. predicting trends) and elsewhere (e.g. robotics).

Digital Games Development & Simulation: Where you will learn how to design and implement computer games and simulated environments which model novel and complex worlds and characters.

The third year of the programme is focused on experiential learning. You will participate in a business and enterprise module, and may then opt to participate in our highly successful work placement programme. Our work placement programmes’s success is due to the close liaison we have developed and maintained with industry partners throughout the history of our school. Alternatively, you can work with community organisations on our innovative service-learning module, whereby you take responsibility for significant ICT projects in the community.

The school has institutional links with many industrial leaders such as Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, Datalex and Computer Associates through sponsorship, work placement and project co-operation.

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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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Old Code New Code Award Title
  5M0529  Software Development
  5M0536  Computer Systems and Networks
  5M17814  Computer Systems & Networks
  5M17817  Software Development
CITXX    Information Technology

Essential Module Requirements:
CITXX - INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

5 Distinctions which must include:


C20012 - Computer Architecture & Systems

C20013 - Computer Programming
5M0536 / 5M17814
5 Distinctions which must include:


5N0548 or 5N17783And one from:


5N0556 or 5S17694
5N0554 or 5N17782
5N18396
LCE Maths at OC3Plus at least three Distinctions from the following:


5N2929/5N17788
5N0544/5N17784
5N0583/5N17786
5N0580/5N17787
5N2927/5N17802
5N2434/5N17805
5N2928/5N177895M0529 / 5M17817
5 Distinctions which must include:


5N0541 or 5N17785And one from:


5N0556 or 5S17694
5N0554 or 5N17782
5N18396
LCE Maths at OC3Plus at least three Distinctions from the following:


5N0783 - Database Methods

5N1651 - Games Analysis Design

5N1910 - Web Authoring

5N0580/5N17787
5N2928/5N17789
5N2927/5N17802
5N2769/5N17804
5N2772/5N17803

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Graduates of this programme will be uniquely qualified in a wide range of computer development areas. These may be in the mainstream computer industry but will also occur in stimulating, leading application areas such as Internet Applications Development, Games Development, Enterprise Systems, E-Commerce, Music Technology, Systems Technology, Systems Security, Knowledge Management and Data Mining.

Graduates of this programme will also be well qualified to pursue postgraduate studies to MSc, MPhil and PhD levels.




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