This is one of the few degree courses internationally that combines Psychology and Computer Science to advance understanding of people’s experience with technology. As a student of this degree you will:
develop an understanding of digitally-mediated lived experiences
gain practical skills that will enhance your employability in the IT sector, especially in areas that are in great demand such as human-computer interaction, user-experience design, usability evaluation, game design and social media, and in research aimed at developing the next generation of systems and services
explore the intersection between computing and psychology and apply this knowledge to improving lives socially, culturally and economically
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
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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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|Note: Information for 2019 Entry|
|Old Code||New Code||Award Title|
|5M0536||Computer Systems and Networks|
|EASSX||5M2181||Applied Social Studies|
|DCHSX||5M4468||Community Health Services|
|6M0695||Computer Systems and Networks|
|6M2263||Inclusive Education and Training|
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
Graduates will be well trained for careers in the following areas:
User Experience (UX) Design, User Interface Design, Interaction Design, Usability
These are roles in which you will you will creatively apply the most engaging user interface design ideas and work practices with multi-disciplinary teams to design and develop products and services. Your primary role will be to focus on all aspects of user experience.
User Research, Service Design, Accessibility Design
In these roles you will develop an understanding of the requirements for technology, improve the design of technology, or evaluate the effectiveness of technology. These roles involve direct contact and collaboration with the end users of software and services, and are advertised by both hardware and software companies, as well as in the public services.