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Automation Engineering involves the design, development and implementation of sensor and robotic systems for applications across a wide range of technological sectors. Modern engineering systems employ a broad spectrum of technologies, which when integrated provide for improved efficiency, quality and reliability. The combination of Mechanical, Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Computer Technology, namely, Mechatronics, is core to this endeavour. This integrated approach is becoming increasingly important in modern technological environments. This programme is delivered from a multi-disiplinary perspective, thus equipping graduates for a diverse range of modern technological roles.

Students will develop a range of skills in the design and implementation of automation solutions; from 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD, Solid-Modelling), sensor and instrumentation selection, programming of robotics to the management of the resulting systems. The study programme is designed to provide the student with the skills necessary to perform as a technologist in a range of industries.

 

This programme presents applicants with an opportunity to develop their mathematical and analytical skills to solve many of the problems encountered in the broader civil engineering industry.

Civil Engineering is an ideal choice for aspiring graduates looking for a high-tech career that offers opportunities to work both indoors and outdoors. This programme equips graduates with the necessary skills to work as civil engineering technologists, carrying out much of the detailed analytical and design specifications on a building project. An interest in problem solving, computation and mathematics is important. Each year of the programme is delivered over two semesters with examinations at the end of each semester.

At the end of Year 2 students are offered a choice of entering options in Civil/Environmental or Structural Engineering in Year 3.

 

The course content includes environmental control and communication, power distribution, standby generation, lighting, emergency services (lighting and fire), access control, data services, automation, building management systems and many more. As well as expertise in these areas, graduates from this programme will have expertise in the application of low carbon technologies including green generation technologies.

This course will suit students who have a keen interest in how things work and in problem solving. There is plenty of scope for exercising innovation, creativity and flair when using new technologies to solve everyday problems.

Green building technology, efficient use of energy and sustainability are all areas that are addressed. The programme also includes modules covering project management, refrigeration, heating, ventilation & air-conditioning as well as renewable plant technologies.

 

Mechanical engineering education and training involves learning how to creatively apply a strong scientific, mathematical and practical basis to the design of safe, reliable, environmentally sound and cost effective systems and equipment.

Students are exposed to a wide range of laboratory and practical mechanical engineering tasks that complement the theoretical modules.

During Year 1 of the programme, students undertake a wide range of practical skills including welding, metal fabrication, machining, technical drawing, computing and experimental work. These practical lifelong learning skills are developed further in year 3 of the programme when students undertake an individual project, combining research, design, mechanical development, testing, analysis, presentation and report writing skills.

The Mechanical Engineering Department places great emphasis on independent learning and learners develop their skills in this area through project work, independent assignments and team work activities. Students are encouraged to visit Industries as part of their studies and report on their findings to their peers and lecturers.

This three-year full-time programme prepares learners for the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Mechanical Engineering) degree award. At the start of the third year, learners are offered a choice; Process Plant Technology or Manufacturing Technology.

Those who have successfully completed the programme satisfy the academic requirements for Associate Membership grade of Engineers Ireland.

 

The programme prepares students for challenging careers in Electronic and Communications Engineering in areas such as design support, development and production. The programme has a particular focus on Communications Engineering, particularly in the latter years.

Graduates of the programme who achieve a high average mark in the final examinations are eligible for transfer into the honours degree four year programmes in Computer & Communications Engineering (DT081) and Electrical/Electronic Engineering (DT021).

Students who successfully complete year two of this programme and who do not wish to progress to the third year will be eligible for a Higher Certificate award.

 

Electrical and Control Engineering involves analysing complex electrical and electronic circuits and power systems. In addition, computing skills, ranging from ECDL to advanced level programming in control and automation systems are required in order for students to enter careers in the many areas of electrical power, automation, robotics, pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries.

In the first year the student is introduced to a broad range of foundation courses that underpin modern Electrical Engineering.

In second year the student chooses either Control and Automation Systems or Electrical Energy Systems.

Optional courses are also available to allow the student broaden his/her knowledge base.

Electrical Energy Systems: techniques used and the equipment required for the efficient generation, transmission and use of electricity.

Control and Automation Systems: design and programme robotic production lines and other automated systems.

In the final year all students complete their studies by engaging in a substantial engineering project in their chosen specialist field.

 

This 1-year programme provides a general access route to engineering programmes for those who have not decided which engineering discipline they would like to study. On successful completion of the programme, students will have the mathematical and scientific basis to successfully enter the second year of seven different Level 7 discipline-specific programmes. In addition, in a limited number of cases, some students with proven ability may be permitted to progress to the first year of the Level 8 Engineering (General Entry) programme DT066. This course will suit students who have an interest in technology and in solving problems in the engineering world. You will study a combination of maths, science, engineering design, drawing and you will also be given a general introduction to the engineering profession. There is a strong emphasis on group projects within the programme. Students are assessed by a combination of examinations at the end of each semester and continuous assessment projects.

 

Human Resource management is about helping an organization to meet their goals, by attracting and maintaining employees, and managing them effectively.

You will be provided with the wide-ranging knowledge and skills necessary to function as an effective Human Resource Management professional, in a national and international context.


 

This programme is where Geography meets mathematics and science! another name for Geographic Science is Geomatics. Learn how to produce maps and measure all sorts of objects and features on the land.

Geographic Science involves three fields of activity - Spatial Data Provision – measuring the land, Spatial Information Management and Land Management.

Spatial Data Provision involves the collection of data relating to the Earth (spatial data). Instruments such as GPS receivers, terrestrial airborne and spaceborne cameras and scanners, electronic distance and angle measuring instruments (total stations) and much more, are used to collect precise data which is then processed to create digital maps and 3D models of our landscape for development, monitoring and planning. We collect and apply these data on construction sites, on the land, offshore and underground to meet the needs of a range of users.

Spatial Information Management takes the collected data and generates optimised geographical information for a wide range of applications. This involves 3D modelling, computer visualisation, analysis in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and delivery of the results and products to the client.

The third activity of Geographic Science is Land Management. This deals with the four main national Land Administration systems - Land Value for Taxation, Land Tenure for Ownership of Property, Land Use for Planning, and Land Development for Construction and Conservation.


 

This programme is where Geography meets mathematics and science! another name for Geographic Science is Geomatics. Learn how to produce maps and measure all sorts of objects and features on the land.

Geographic Science involves three fields of activity - Spatial Data Provision – measuring the land, Spatial Information Management and Land Management.

Spatial Data Provision involves the collection of data relating to the Earth (spatial data). Instruments such as GPS receivers, terrestrial airborne and spaceborne cameras and scanners, electronic distance and angle measuring instruments (total stations) and much more, are used to collect precise data which is then processed to create digital maps and 3D models of our landscape for development, monitoring and planning. We collect and apply these data on construction sites, on the land, offshore and underground to meet the needs of a range of users.

Spatial Information Management takes the collected data and generates optimised geographical information for a wide range of applications. This involves 3D modelling, computer visualisation, analysis in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and delivery of the results and products to the client.

The third activity of Geographic Science is Land Management. This deals with the four main national Land Administration systems - Land Value for Taxation, Land Tenure for Ownership of Property, Land Use for Planning, and Land Development for Construction and Conservation.


 

When you’ve completed the course you will have a detailed knowledge of the design of energy efficient engineering systems in modern buildings.

In the first year you’ll complete a “design, make and test” project. An example of this could be to design, make and test a solar collector. You will learn about how energy is used in buildings, how to design heating and ventilation systems and undertake mini project work. You will also study physics and maths.

In the second year you’ll learn more about the design of mechanical and electrical engineering systems and buildings using computer aided design. You will learn about assessing the energy performance and energy rating of buildings. Projects are an important part of the second year allowing you to apply what you have learnt during the lectures to an actual building. You will complete two design projects in the second year working in a group with other students.

The third year of the course includes the major design project and dissertation. The main design project builds on the project in the second year. You will design all the engineering systems for a large commercial building including design drawings and calculations. The dissertation is a detailed study into one area of your project that you find interesting. This might be about solar energy or a new method of air conditioning.


 

Engineering Systems Maintenance is an engineering activity which allows graduates to work in a mechanical /manufacturing/electrical engineering maintenance environment in high-tech multi-national companies as well as traditional indigenous industries and public utilities. These activities are a key component of an industry’s competitiveness as well as ensuring efficiency, safety and reliability of production and service delivery of utilities. Graduates of the course will have acquired the requisite knowledge and skills to operate effectively in an environment where diagnostic and applied engineering skills will be valued and rewarded.

The Engineering System Maintenance programme was specifically designed to meet the increasing demands on maintenance technologists. The function of maintenance engineering personnel has changed in the past two decades This has lead to a demand in modern industry for an integrated multi-skilled, flexible maintenance technologist, with expertise in the complementary disciplines of electrical, mechanical , fluid power and computer applications.

 

The programme combines computer studies, particularly software development with business subjects. The computing part of the programme comprises 70% of the content and is studied from a business perspective rather than a purely technical perspective. The objective is to develop a skilled IT professional with strong software and related skills and a good knowledge of how businesses function.

Graduates of this programme will have a combination of technical, business and interpersonal skills that are generally understood as being important to industry, and are in constant demand by employers. The technical skills include a high level of proficiency in Object-Oriented Software Development through Java and Ruby. Interpersonal Skills, Communication Skills, Project Management and Work Placement all develop the individual’s personal effectiveness in the workplace while Business and Information Systems topics provide a framework for workplace effectiveness.

Students can avail of a 6 month placement in the 3rd year of the course. The student will have an opportunity to acquire relevant, real world experience in a business setting. Placement partners include leading companies in all the key business sectors. This placement is usually paid.


 

Film & Broadcasting is about telling stories - whether fiction or factual. It combines high standards of training in production skills to make programmes - dramas and documentaries for radio, television and cinema, with a solid academic education in media theory and contextual studies. While the core focus is on ‘traditional’ media, students in this programme will also study ‘new’ media forms, which still require all of the ‘traditional’ skillsets and are really about delivering stories in different formats or supporting ‘traditional’ story telling (e.g. a TV programme) in different ways.

Our students develop original content in drama and documentary, working across diverse media formats such as photography, video, radio, television, and digital media. Using high quality facilities, students develop professional production skills that are transferrable across increasingly convergent media environments.

Modules in production are underpinned by theoretical study in the relevant fields of documentary, narrative film and broadcast forms, as well as a study of the cultural and sociological context in which the media operates.

F&B requires both passion and discipline. The best films, documentaries, and radio features, come from students who are interested in the wider world, who have an awareness of current affairs and how socio-political forces shape and respond to society, who have curiosity and openness - an eagerness to learn and to understand people, systems (of all kinds), or history. Students in this stream will widen their production skills to develop competencies in converged media production. They will also take complementary theoretical studies with a specific focus on society in the digital age.

Journalism - DT582
 

Journalism is the practice of investigating, summarising, and broadcasting an event to the public.

This is a programme in professional journalism which includes the study of Irish or French. It prepares students to work as journalists, with the additional benefits provided by the study of the second language.


Photography - DT559
 

The arrival of affordable digital cameras has stimulated widespread general interest in photography, presenting the professional photographer with both new opportunities and challenges. This professional expertise is highly valued and the BA Photography prepares students for careers in professional photographic media practice, as well as the broader visual arts sector.

BA Photography fully integrates theory and practice throughout each year. Adopting a hands-on approach, the programme equips students with key skills, while encouraging students to reflect on their actions and practices. The theoretical (Critical Studies) side of the programme provides students with a critical understanding of the context of media and visual arts production, while fostering intellectual enquiry into the nature of society and culture.

Photography practice modules are underpinned by theoretical study of photographic technologies and images in the social and institutional context in which the photographer operates. In thinking about their own work and how they produce it, students articulate a critical response to the images they create.

 

When you’ve completed the course you will have a detailed knowledge of the design of energy efficient engineering systems in modern buildings.

In the first year you’ll complete a “design, make and test” project. An example of this could be to design, make and test a solar collector. You will learn about how energy is used in buildings, how to design heating and ventilation systems and undertake mini project work. You will also study physics and maths.

In the second year you’ll learn more about the design of mechanical and electrical engineering systems and buildings using computer aided design. You will learn about assessing the energy performance and energy rating of buildings. Projects are an important part of the second year allowing you to apply what you have learnt during the lectures to an actual building. You will complete two design projects in the second year working in a group with other students.

The third year of the course includes the major design project and dissertation. The main design project builds on the project in the second year. You will design all the engineering systems for a large commercial building including design drawings and calculations. The dissertation is a detailed study into one area of your project that you find interesting. This might be about solar energy or a new method of air conditioning.


 

Automation Engineering involves the design, development and implementation of sensor and robotic systems for applications across a wide range of technological sectors. Modern engineering systems employ a broad spectrum of technologies, which when integrated provide for improved efficiency, quality and reliability. The combination of Mechanical, Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Computer Technology, namely, Mechatronics, is core to this endeavour. This integrated approach is becoming increasingly important in modern technological environments. This programme is delivered from a multi-disiplinary perspective, thus equipping graduates for a diverse range of modern technological roles.

Students will develop a range of skills in the design and implementation of automation solutions; from 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD, Solid-Modelling), sensor and instrumentation selection, programming of robotics to the management of the resulting systems. The study programme is designed to provide the student with the skills necessary to perform as a technologist in a range of industries.

 

Electrical and Control Engineering involves analysing complex electrical and electronic circuits and power systems. In addition, computing skills, ranging from ECDL to advanced level programming in control and automation systems are required in order for students to enter careers in the many areas of electrical power, automation, robotics, pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries.

In the first year the student is introduced to a broad range of foundation courses that underpin modern Electrical Engineering.

In second year the student chooses either Control and Automation Systems or Electrical Energy Systems.

Optional courses are also available to allow the student broaden his/her knowledge base.

Electrical Energy Systems: techniques used and the equipment required for the efficient generation, transmission and use of electricity.

Control and Automation Systems: design and programme robotic production lines and other automated systems.

In the final year all students complete their studies by engaging in a substantial engineering project in their chosen specialist field.

 

The programme prepares students for challenging careers in Electronic and Communications Engineering in areas such as design support, development and production. The programme has a particular focus on Communications Engineering, particularly in the latter years.

Graduates of the programme who achieve a high average mark in the final examinations are eligible for transfer into the honours degree four year programmes in Computer & Communications Engineering (DT081) and Electrical/Electronic Engineering (DT021).

Students who successfully complete year two of this programme and who do not wish to progress to the third year will be eligible for a Higher Certificate award.

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