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Just recently a new Chief Financial Officer was appointed to Irish Distillers who was formerly the Pernod Ricard Group tax director! Also do your research about the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification – from my own experience, the course is very practical and relevant to my day to day job. It provides a structured framework for achieving the knowledge of tax law and skills required to be an AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA).
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Information Technology

Course Code(s):  5M0529
QQI Award Code:  5M0529 Software Development
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Galway Technical Institute


 
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Course overview

Course Code 5M0529
QQI Award Code 5M0529 Software Development
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The purpose of this award is to enable the learner to design, develop and test software components and systems in a workplace environment, working as a team member under supervision, while contributing to the work flow for the finished product and leading to employment in a range of sectors. It also facilitates progression in education including to further and higher education or training.

This course is designed to give the student a firm foundation in the skills and knowledge required in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. Students study a range of subjects, which reflects the versatility that IT has in society today. The course is oriented towards the development of technical skills such as software development and problem solving. This course may also be of interest to graduates with qualifications in non-computer disciplines who wish to pursue training in this area.

What will you Study?

Programming and Design Principles 5N2927
Fundamentals of OOP 5N0541
Software Architecture 5N2772
Maths for Information Technology 5N18396
Teamworking 5N1367
Database Methods 5N0783
Software Testing 5N2769
Work Experience 5N1356
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