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Computer & Network - Technician

Course Code(s):  5M0536 CI061CK
QQI Award Code:  5M0536 Computer Systems and Networks
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M0536 CI061CK
QQI Award Code 5M0536 Computer Systems and Networks
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course has been developed in response to popular demand from locally based organisations that require technical computing support. The course is designed to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and hands-on experience required to take up work as Computer and Network Maintenance personnel and/or to allow for progression to an undergraduate degree in Network Management.

What will you Study?

This course is designed to give each student a firm foundations in the skills required to work as a computer and network technician. Technology is part of how we work now and in the future. Jobs for degree graduates in the IT sector are virtually guaranteed.

Students are given the opportunity to identify the components of a computer and learn how they work. As part of this course students will be required to assemble and disassemble a personal computer (PC), troubleshoot PC hardware and software problems, and build and maintain a peer-to-peer local area network.

Throughout the course there is a focus on the development of 'soft skills' such as problem solving, communications and team working.

Networking Essentials 5N2929
Programming and Design Principals 5N2927
Computer Systems Hardware 5M0536
Virtualisation Support 5M0536
Maths For Information Technology 5M0529
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Web Authoring 5N1910
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.

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