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A broad science background is very important. An ability to recognise small inconsistencies is equally important. For example do you recognise small discrepancies between different camera shots of the same scene in films and TV series?

An ability to question everything and think laterally is important. Also the ability to say 'no' (not everyone is comfortable doing this). Working in quality is not about being popular and definitely not about being a tyrant but one needs to be approachable, consistent and have good interpersonal skills.

Not all of your decisions are going to be popular but they need to be based on a sound rationale and you need to be able to support them. One also needs to be acutely aware of the fact that your opinion won't always be right.

One must always be open to being convinced of an alternative argument.
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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Pre-University Architecture

Course Code(s):  5M1940
QQI Award Code:  5M1940 Computer Aided Design
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Colaiste Ide College of Further Education

Colaiste Ide College of Further Education


 
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Course overview

Course Code 5M1940
QQI Award Code 5M1940 Computer Aided Design
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

Learners will gain an understanding of the design process in the building environment. They will gain the knowledge, skills and competence in the use of CAD and be familiar with the latest computer hardware and software within the industry.

What will you Study?

Design Skills
Computer Aided Design 5N1604
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Architecture Drawing
Building Construction 5N1570
Mathematics
Photography
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

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ACADX 5M1940

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