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Do your homework, ask about it - there is lots of infomation out there.  You need to be person centred, social, not afraid to mix and to have an understanding of disability or at least be prepared to learn about it. 

People with an Intellectual Disability  ARE NOT SICK , but they can get sick like everyone else and sometimes I feel people outside don't fully understand this. They don't just need Gods help. They need the help of qualified people that want to understand them so that their needs are met and they have chance to enjoy their life as much as is possible.

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Killester College of Further Education

Killester College of Further Education


 

Computer Systems and Networks


Course Code:  5M0536 6M0695
Award Code(s):  5M17814
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This course is suitable for students with a familiarity in the use of software applications and an interest in the more technical aspects of IT i.e. networking.

A level of Mathematics which equates to Leaving Certificate Ordinary level is also required. As this course has weekly online exams of a technical nature, a willingness to work hard and the ability to invest the time required, outside the classroom, to ensure success. You will be responsible for securing an appropriate off site work placement before the beginning of the course.

 

What you will Study...
These are the main subject modules available in this course. Note: Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands.

Year 1:
Networking Essentials
Computer Systems Hardware
Operating Systems
Programming and Design Principles
Maths for IT
Virtualisation Support
Work Experience
Communications

Year 2:
Physical and Logical Networking
Systems Software
Information Technology Administration
Network Infrastructure
Team Leadership
Work Experience
Network Security
Virtualisation Support

 

Important: 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.

 

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