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DT228
Computer Science

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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.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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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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4 Years
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You will spend the early years of the course gaining a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of computer science, you will spend the middle part of the programme developing highly relevant skills in software design and development, and in final year you will have the opportunity to specialise your knowledge and skills in a variety of areas, including

Enterprise Systems Development: Where you will learn how to create large, scalable, safe, secure and reliable software systems using the latest technologies.

Applied Intelligence: Where you will learn about advanced methods in computer science which can be applied in business (e.g. predicting trends) and elsewhere (e.g. robotics).

Digital Games Development & Simulation: Where you will learn how to design and implement computer games and simulated environments which model novel and complex worlds and characters.

The third year of the programme is focused on experiential learning. You will participate in a business and enterprise module, and may then opt to participate in our highly successful work placement programme. Our work placement programmes’s success is due to the close liaison we have developed and maintained with industry partners throughout the history of our school. Alternatively, you can work with community organisations on our innovative service-learning module, whereby you take responsibility for significant ICT projects in the community.

The school has institutional links with many industrial leaders such as Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, Datalex and Computer Associates through sponsorship, work placement and project co-operation.


 
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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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CITXX    Information Technology
  5M0536  Computer Systems and Networks
  5M0529  Software Development

Essential Module Requirements:
5 Distinctions which must include:

(C20012 and C20013)

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(5N0541 and 5N2772
Plus 5N0556 or 5N0554 or LCE Maths at OC3
Plus at least two Distinctions from the following: 5N0783
5N1651
5N1910
5N0580
5N2928
5N2927
5N2769)

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Graduates of this programme will be uniquely qualified in a wide range of computer development areas. These may be in the mainstream computer industry but will also occur in stimulating, leading application areas such as Internet Applications Development, Games Development, Enterprise Systems, E-Commerce, Music Technology, Systems Technology, Systems Security, Knowledge Management and Data Mining.

Graduates of this programme will also be well qualified to pursue postgraduate studies to MSc, MPhil and PhD levels.




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