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Computer Systems & Networks

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Mallow College of Further Education

Mallow College of Further Education
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Course overview

Course Code 5M0536
QQI Award Code 5M0536 Computer Systems and Networks
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This full-time day course gives the learner a firm foundation in computer science. It covers computer hardware, operating systems, programming, database and networks; as well as maths for computing and the trending virtualisation technology. It prepares the learner for progression to level 6 Software Development or Computer Systems and Networks as well progression routes to CIT, UCC, and other third level colleges. Learners will be competent with building, repairing, maintaining and supporting computer systems and networks with a solid foundation in computer programming.

What will you Study?

Computer Systems Hardware 5N0548
Networking Essentials 5N2929
Operating Systems 5N2928
Maths for Information Technology 5N18396
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Programming and Design Principles 5N2927
Virtualisation Support 5N2434
Database Methods 5N0783
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Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

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5M0536

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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  
Business Systems Service Technician   ICT Staff - EU  
Network Administrator   Software Production Co-ordinator  
Web Designer / Developer   Network Engineer  
Web Editor   Information Architect - IT  
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Multimedia Technical Manager   Multimedia Designer  
App Developer - Android /iOS   Computer Systems Sales Manager  
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Big Data Specialist   Games Programmer  
IT Security Specialist   Test Lead - Software  
Software Developer / Architect   Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist  
Data Analyst   Technical Architect - Data  
IT Project Manager   Computer Systems Analyst  
IT Manager   Forensic Computer Analyst  
Computer Hardware Engineer   Computer System Administrator  
Computer Systems Technician   Games Tester  
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Technician   Computer Programmer  
Computer Scientist   Software Engineer  
Software Localisation Engineer / Tester   Data Change Agent  
Computer / IT Support Specialist   Computer Assembly Technician  
Data Virtualisation / Cloud 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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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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