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Software Development and Computer Networking

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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Computer Systems is the combination of hardware, software, computational processes and networks to create a system. If you successfully complete this programme, you will become a software developer who has the programming, analysis and design skills combined with the hardware knowledge to create network/Internet/cloudbased applications. You will understand how computing devices (such as smart devices, desktop computers and tablets) communicate with each other and the world around them. You will be able to plan and design the infrastructure and systems that will allow this to happen.

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CR116 - Software Development and Computer Networking

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CR116 - Software Development and Computer Networking
Cork Institute of Technology

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CR116 - Software Development and Computer Networking
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Essential Module Requirements:
Distinctions in 3 modules and a Merit in one from the following: C20174 or C20175 or C20139 or 5N1833 or 5N2066 or 6N3395 or 5N0556 or 5N18396 or LC Maths (OB3/HD3 or better)

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You will have career opportunities in Cork, Ireland and abroad, with large multinationals (such as IBM, EMC, Intel, Tyco, Google, Cisco), and also with smaller Irish companies. You will be qualified to work in a wide variety of industries, such as networking, telecoms, data storage, and finance. Some graduates have progressed into Project and People Management roles. Graduates have commented that the dual nature of the course and the variety between the modules, opened more doors to employment than a single-focused course could have. Possible Areas of Employment:
Software Developer
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Specialist Internet of Things (IoT)
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