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Computer Systems Technician

Course Code(s):  5M0536 6M0695
QQI Award Code:  5M0536 Computer Systems and Networks
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education

Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education


 
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Course overview

Course Code 5M0536 6M0695
QQI Award Code 5M0536 Computer Systems and Networks
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This two-year course is designed to build the students confidence and skills in Networking, Computer Maintenance, Web Authoring and Electronics. The course has a high practical content to maximise and develop new skills.

What will you Study?

Year 1:
Computer Systems Hardware 5N0548
Networking Essentials 5N2929
Operating Systems 5N2928
Maths for Computers
Customer Service 5N0972
Work Experience 5N1356
Virtualisation Support 5N2434
Programming and Design Principals
CISCO CCNA 1

Year 2:
Physical and Logical Networking
Systems Software
Information Technology Administration
Network Infrastructure
Customer Service 5N0972
Personal And Professional Development 6N1949
Network Security
Distributed Systems
CCNA 1 and 2
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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