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Computer Networks and Systems

Course Code(s):  5M2067 5M2102 5M0828
QQI Award Code:  5M2102 Business Studies
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Dunboyne College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 5M2067 5M2102 5M0828
QQI Award Code 5M2102 Business Studies
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This one year course will aim to offer participants an introduction to the world of computers which is one of the fastest growing industries and has been a growth area in Ireland for quite some time. This course will provide a sound foundation in the practical use of a wide variety of computer application packages.

Student will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to cope with advancements in computer technology. This course may be of particular interest to those wishing to improve their confidence in using computers and a broad range of computer applications. It will be of benefit to anyone interested in a career in a business or commercial computer environment.

What will you Study?

Information and Communication Systems 5N1952
Database Methods 5N0783
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
Marketing Practice 5N1400
Word Processing 5N1358
The Internet 5N1611
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Business Administration Skills 5N1610
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Progression to CAO Courses

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Digital Media Content Manager   Animator  
Digital Media Designer   CAD Technician  
Data Steward / Data Manager   Data Scientist  
ICT Staff - EU   Web Designer / Developer  
Software Production Co-ordinator   Web Editor  
Network Administrator   Database Administrator  
Network Engineer   Information Architect - IT  
Multimedia Designer   Android /iOS App Developer  
Multimedia Technical Manager   IT Consultant  
Computer Systems Sales Manager   Big Data Specialist  
Games Programmer   Software Developer / Architect  
Test Lead - Software   Engineer - Software  
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist   IT Security Specialist  
Data Analyst   Technical Architect - Data  
Computer Systems Technician   Computer System Administrator  
Engineer - Computer Hardware   IT Manager  
IT Project Manager   Computer Systems Analyst  
Forensic Computer Analyst   Computer Programmer  
Computer Scientist   Geographical Information Systems Technicians  
Games Tester   Software Localisation  
Computer Assembly Technician   Data Virtualisation / Cloud Specialist  
Computer / IT Support Specialist   Data Change Agent  
Computer Trainer/Instructor   IT Trainer  
Engineer - Electronic   Engineer - Telecommunications  

Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Computers & ICT
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