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Software Development

Course Code(s):  5M0529
QQI Award Code:  5M0529 Software Development
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Templemore College of Further Education

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Course overview

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

Course Description

This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in learning how to create and test computer programs, for personal computer and mobile devices.

This course introduces you to the software development industry in Ireland. You will learn how to develop apps for mobile devices, and learn how to install and use different operating systems (Windows, Linux, and MacOS). You will also study computer hardware installation, assembly, and maintenance. This course is for you if you wish to learn the fundamentals of computer programming, leading to employment as entry-level programmers or testers in a range of industry sectors.

What will you Study?

Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming 5N0541
Software Architecture 5N2772
Maths for Information Technology 5N18396
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Mobile Technologies 5N0580
Operating Systems 5N2928
Web Authoring 5N1910

Students on this course will also study the industry-recognized CompTIA A+ curriculum.
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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   Data Steward / Data Manager  
Data Scientist   ICT Staff - EU  
Information Architect - IT   Web Editor  
Project Manager - Software Design   Web Designer / Developer  
Network Administrator   Network Engineer  
Software Production Co-ordinator   Database Administrator  
App Developer - Android /iOS   Multimedia Technical Manager  
Multimedia Designer   Multimedia Project Manager  
Information Systems Manager   IT Consultant  
Software Developer / Architect   Test Lead - Software  
Data Analyst   Games Programmer  
Software Engineer   Computer System Administrator  
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist   IT Security Specialist  
Computer Systems Technician   Computer Programmer  
Forensic Computer Analyst   Big Data Specialist  
Computer Systems Analyst   IT Project Manager  
Games Tester   IT Manager  
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Technician   Computer Scientist  
Technical Architect - Data   Computer Hardware Engineer  
Software Localisation Engineer / Tester   Computer Assembly Technician  
Data Virtualisation / Cloud Specialist   Data Change Agent  
Computer / IT Support Specialist   Computer Trainer / Instructor  
IT Trainer   Telecommunications Engineer  
Electronic 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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