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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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Building Technology and Design

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

Sligo 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

This course is relevant to students wishing to pursue a career in Architectural Technology / Building Design/ Building Management. Preparation of students for suitability tests and the preparation of portfolios for Architecture Courses are strong features of the course.

This course is designed to develop the necessary skills and techniques of Computer Aided Draughting, Building Construction and Design.

What will you Study?

Computer Aided Design 5N1604
Design Skills 5N0784
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Architectural Drawing 5N1558
Building Construction 5N1570
Mathematics 5N1833
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Drawing 5N1862
Renewable Energy Systems 5N4975
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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