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Computer Systems and Networks

Course Code(s):  6M0695
QQI Award Code:  6M0695 Computer Systems and Networks
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Templemore College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 6M0695
QQI Award Code 6M0695 Computer Systems and Networks
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

On completing this course, you will be able to plan, design, install, configure and maintain computer systems and networks in a small to medium workplace environment.

You will also learn how to protect the integrity of a network, with an introduction to data protection, cyber security issues, and vulnerability counter-measures. This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in pursuing an exciting and lucrative career in networking.

What will you Study?

Network Infrastructure
Systems Software
Physical and Logical Networking
Information
Technology Administration
Leadership
Work Experience
Network Security
Digital Compliance
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)

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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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