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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?

What is Computer Networks and Systems?

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.

Students 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.

The aim is to give the students proficiency in a number of computer based skills which would be of value particularly in a business environment or other growing IT industries. During the course students may opt to seek work experience with organisations using multimedia and computers in everything from web application to games development.

Career Opportunities:

There is a wide range of opportunities in the IT sector including:  Technical Support, Web/Internet Support Computer Operations, Administration and so on. Students obtaining certification in this course may progress to selected courses in third level colleges under the Higher Education Links Scheme including course links to DIT, IT Blanchardstown, IT Tallaght.

There are now a large amount of places in computer courses in universities and in many local colleges. There are many opportunities for employment in areas like web design, computer game production, advertising and so on. There are also many further study opportunities in QQI level 6 courses and in programmes that lead to advanced entry to English universities.

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
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

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
BBSXX 5M2102

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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   App Developer - Android /iOS  
Multimedia Technical Manager   IT Consultant  
Computer Systems Sales Manager   Big Data Specialist  
Games Programmer   Software Developer / Architect  
Test Lead - Software   Software Engineer  
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist   IT Security Specialist  
Data Analyst   Technical Architect - Data  
Computer Systems Technician   Computer System Administrator  
Computer Hardware Engineer   IT Manager  
IT Project Manager   Computer Systems Analyst  
Forensic Computer Analyst   Computer Programmer  
Computer Scientist   Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Technician  
Games Tester   Software Localisation Engineer / Tester  
Computer Assembly Technician   Data Virtualisation / Cloud Specialist  
Computer / IT Support Specialist   Data Change Agent  
Computer Trainer / Instructor   IT Trainer  
Electronic Engineer   Telecommunications Engineer  

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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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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