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  • » Bachelor of Science in Computing With Computer Games Development

    Programme Title  Bachelor of Science in Computing With Computer Games Development
    CAO Code  LY707
    LYIT internal code   LY_KGAME_D
    Duration  3 Years ab initio with the option to do a 1 year add-on honours degree
    Standard Code Places:  48
    National Framework Level  7
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Programme for Me?
    Do you play computer games? Ever thought about creating your own? This course has been developed with the help of computer game companies. It covers key skills, methods and techniques used in the development of computer games. Our aim is to provide tomorrows game developers for this growing sector of the Irish economy.
    The global computer games industry is an area with enormous potential for development. Worldwide, the value of the computer games industry is in excess of €85 billion. Although the Computer Games industry in Ireland is still quite young it is growing fast and the Irish Government has targeted this area for particular growth in the future. In response to this growth area Letterkenny Institute of Technology has developed a B.Sc. in Computing in Computer Games Development.
    Course Structure
    The B.Sc. is a three year taught programme in computing, which focuses on core computing skills plus topics applicable to the computer games programming/development industry. Its aim is to provide students who participate in it with the range of both theoretical and practical skills required for them to participate fully in a strong and vibrant computing industry with a particular emphasis on computer games development. In designing this course we have ensured that there is also a strong emphasis on game design, media content and teamwork. In addition graduates from this course will be able to do a planned one-year add-on Honours BSc in Computer Games Development.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Grade D3 or higher in at least five ordinary level subjects at Leaving Certificate, including Mathematics and either Irish or English, or an equivalent qualification.
    • FEATC applicants click
    • Applicants presenting non-Irish exams as a basis for entry, please check the IOTCEF listing to search for the entry relevant to your country
    • Applicants who are interested in taking selected modules only from this programme and/or those interested in studying this programme in a part-time mode, click
    What will I have to study?
    Year/Semester Proposed Modules,
    subject to approval
    Mandatory/
    Elective
    No of credits Class hours per week
     1/1  Introduction to OO Programming I Mandatory  5  5
     Communications Mandatory  5  4
     Discrete Mathematics Mandatory  5  4
     Student Development Mandatory  5  4
     General Computing Mandatory  5  4
     Computer Applications Mandatory  5  4
     1/2  Introduction to OO Programming II Mandatory  5  5
     Problem Solving Mandatory  5  3
     Mathematics for Computer Graphics Mandatory  5  4
     Computer Architecture Mandatory  5  4
     Introduction to Computer Games Mandatory  5  4
     Games Programming I Mandatory  5  4
     2/3  Object Oriented Programming Mandatory  5  5
     Requirements Elicitation & Specification Mandatory  5  4
     Database Technology Mandatory  5  4
     Operating Systems Mandatory  5  4
     Graphics & Audio Production for Games Mandatory  5  4
     C++ for Java Programmers Mandatory  5  4
     2/4  OO GUI Programming Mandatory  5  4
     Structured Query Language (SQL) Mandatory  5  4
     Sets, Relations & Functions Mandatory  5  4
     Data Communications Mandatory  5  4
     Game Authoring & Animation Mandatory  5  4
     Graphics Programming for Games I Mandatory  5  4
     3/5  Software Implementation Mandatory  5  4
     Object Oriented Analysis & Design Mandatory  5  4
     Maths & Physics for Games Mandatory  5  4
     Research Methods Mandatory  5  4
     Advanced Game Design Mandatory  5  4
     Graphics Programming for Games II Mandatory  5  4
     3/6  Algorithms & Data Structures for Games Programming Mandatory  5  4
     Project Management Mandatory  5  4
     Client/Server Database Architecture Mandatory  5  4
     Team Project Mandatory  5  4
     3D Modelling for Games Mandatory  5  4
     Games Programming with DirectX Mandatory  5  4
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Progression is available to a one year Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree in Computer Games Development internally at LYIT. See: .
    On completion of this programme graduates may go on to study for their Honours Degree at other ITs and Universities in Ireland and abroad. Progression internationally to second cycle (i.e. ‘Bologna Masters’) degree programmes.
    For an independent view on employment in the IT industry see follow this link to an article which appeared on RTE in April 2009. The link is hosted on YouTube: IT Industry
    This course begins in September each year.
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
    • Contact Thomas Dowling, Head of Department of Computing, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: thomas.dowling@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 918 6304

  • » Bachelor of Science In Computing with Business Applications

    Programme Title  Bachelor of Science in Computing with Business Applications
    CAO Code  LY717
    LYIT internal code  LY_KBUAP_D
    Duration  3 Years ab initio
    Standard Code Places:  24
    National Framework Level  7
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Programme for Me?
    Ireland is the worlds' largest exporter of Computer Software. This means that there are excellent opportunities for finding well-paid employment when you graduate. Additionally, because computers are used in almost every area of modern life, the range of opportunities and types of jobs which are open to computing graduates means that the chances of having a career you enjoy are excellent.
    This programme will provide students with the range of both theoretical and practical skills required for them to participate fully in the rapidly growing computing industry. The broad ethos of the course is to provide a strong core set of competencies in general computing with a set of specialist skills in Business Applications. The specialism in the course is directed at enterprises whose primary function may not be solely within the IT domain. These enterprises require personnel to support at a technical level their hardware and software infrastructure. The students will need business application knowledge not from the perspective of being users of those applications but to be able to train users and configure those business applications for business users needs.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Grade D3 or higher in at least five ordinary level subjects at Leaving Certificate, including Mathematics and either Irish or English, or an equivalent qualification.
    • FETAC applicants click
    • Applicants presenting non-Irish exams as a basis for entry, please check the IOTCEF listing to search for the entry relevant to your country
    • Applicants who are interested in taking selected modules only from this programme and/or those interested in studying this programme in a part-time mode, click
    What will I have to study?
    Year/Semester Proposed Modules,
    subject to approval
    Mandatory/
    Elective
    No of credits Class hours per week
     1/1  Introduction to OO Programming I Mandatory  5  5
     Communications Mandatory  5  4
     Discrete Mathematics Mandatory  5  4
     Student Development Mandatory  5  4
     General Computing Mandatory  5  4
     Computer Applications Mandatory  5  4
     1/2  Introduction to OO Programming II Mandatory  5  5
     Problem Solving with Robotics Mandatory  5  3
     Mathematics for Computer Graphics Mandatory  5  4
     Computer Architecture Mandatory  5  4
     Business Studies Mandatory  5  4
     User Training & Support Mandatory  5  4
     2/3  Object Oriented Programming Mandatory  5  5
     Requirements Elicitation & Specification Mandatory  5  4
     Database Technology Mandatory  5  4
     Operating Systems Mandatory  5  4
     Internet Applications Support for Business Mandatory  5  4
     Accounting Mandatory  5  4
     2/4  Structured Query Language (SQL) Mandatory  5  4
     Sets, Relations & Functions Mandatory  5  4
     Data Communications Mandatory  5  4
     Advanced Spreadsheet Modelling Mandatory  5  4
     Software Accounting Mandatory  5  4
     OO GUI Programming Elective  5  5
     Technical Support for Business I Elective  5  4
     3/5  Object Oriented Analysis & Design Mandatory  5  4
     Advanced Document Production Mandatory  5  4
     Research Methods Mandatory  5  4
     E-Business Planning & Design Mandatory  5  4
     Groupware Application Development Mandatory  5  4
     Software Implementation Elective  5  4
     Technical Support for Business II Elective  5  4
     3/6  Project Management Mandatory  5  4
     Client/Server Database Architecture Mandatory  5  4
     Team Project Mandatory  5  4
     E-Business Development Mandatory  5  4
     Advanced Database Query Languages Mandatory  5  4
     Algorithms & Data Structures Elective  5  4
     MIS Support Elective  5  4
     Geographical Information Systems Elective  5  4
    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of the course the graduate will be able to:
    • Examine the business requirements of a company and develop an appropriate computer system to support that company.
    • Work as part of a team with all of the skills required to design and develop computer systems to support businesses.
    • Work as a computer systems administrator running computer systems for all types of businesses.
    • Work in Networking & Security, connecting the elements of computer systems and providing a secure commercial environment.
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Progression to a planned programme leading to a Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree in Computing with Business Applications will be available internally at LYIT.
    On completion of this programme graduates may go on to study for their Honours Degree at other ITs and Universities in Ireland and abroad. Progression internationally to second cycle (i.e. 'Bologna Masters') degree programmes.
    Career Opportunities
    Current forecasts about the future of the computing industry in Ireland are excellent. It is projected that students who enter third level colleges this year are likely to find there are more professional computing jobs available when they graduate than there are computing graduates to fill them.
    In addition to the national demand for computing graduates there are several large computing companies in the Northwest such as Pramerica which is based in Letterkenny, Northbrook which has operations in Derry and Strabane and SITA which is owned by the air transport industry and has recently announced a major jobs expansion.
    So what kind of job would you like to do? Design and develop web sites, work in multimedia, be a network engineer, be a software programmer, design business systems for companies. All of these careers are open to our computing graduates; it's your choice.
    For an independent view on employment in the IT industry see follow this link to an article which appeared on RTE in April 2009. The link is hosted on YouTube: IT Industry
    This course begins in September each year.
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
    • Contact Thomas Dowling, Head of Department of Computing, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: thomas.dowling@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 918 6304

  • » Bachelor of Science in Computing with Computer Security and Digital Forensics

    Programme Title  Bachelor of Science in Computing with Computer Security and Digital Forensics
    CAO Code  LY737
    LYIT internal code  LY_KCSDF_D
    Duration  3 Years ab initio
    Standard Code Places:  36
    National Framework Level  7
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Programme for Me?
    Did you know that if your PC has a broadband connection it is being probed by unauthorised users many times a day? Did you that your computer is quite possibly a "zombie" machine awaiting activation for some nefarious purpose? Or that deleting files and history logs on your machine is a very poor way to hide your tracks, and that a trained forensics professional can easily recover this data? Or that identity theft is no longer just in the realms of science fiction?
    Computer Security is about securing computer systems against all types of unauthorised access. However, no matter how secure a computer systems is it will still have vulnerabilities. Digital Forensics is about detecting intruders, analysing what they have done to your computer system, tracking and identifying the intruder and creating a portfolio of evidence about the intruders activities to assist with a successful prosecution. This course teaches student the skills, methods and techniques used in Computer Security and Digital Forensics. Our aim is to provide the Irish computer industry with high quality experts in this rapidly growing field of computing.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Grade D3 or higher in at least five ordinary level subjects at Leaving Certificate, including Mathematics and either.
    • FETAC applicants click
    • Applicants presenting non-Irish exams as a basis for entry, please check the IOTCEF listing to search for the entry relevant to your country
    • Applicants who are interested in taking selected modules only from this programme and/or those interested in studying this programme in a part-time mode, click
    Course Structure
    The B.Sc. is a three year taught programme in computing, which focuses on core computing skills plus topics applicable to the computer security and digital forensics. Its aim is to provide students who participate in it with the range of both theoretical and practical skills required for them to participate fully in a strong and vibrant computing industry with a particular emphasis on computer security and digital forensics. In addition graduates from this course will be able to do a planned one-year add-on Honours BSc in Computer Security and Digital Forensics.
    What will I have to study?
    Year/Semester Proposed Modules,
    subject to approval
    Mandatory/
    Elective
    No of credits Class hours per week
     1/1  Introduction to OO Programming I Mandatory  5  5
     Communications Mandatory  5  4
     Discrete Mathematics Mandatory  5  4
     Student Development Mandatory  5  4
     General Computing Mandatory  5  4
     Computer Applications Mandatory  5  4
     1/2  Introduction to OO Programming II Mandatory  5  5
     Problem Solving with Robotics Mandatory  5  3
     Mathematics for Cryptography Mandatory  5  4
     Computer Architecture Mandatory  5  4
     Packet Networks 1 Mandatory  5  4
     Computer Crime Mandatory  5  4
     2/3  Object Oriented Programming Mandatory  5  5
     Requirements Elicitation & Specification Mandatory  5  4
     Database Technology Mandatory  5  4
     Operating Systems Mandatory  5  4
     Packet Networks 2 Mandatory  5  4
     Network Security and Cryptography Mandatory  5  4
     2/4  OO GUI Programming Mandatory  5  4
     Structured Query Language (SQL) Mandatory  5  4
     Network Programming 1 Mandatory  5  4
     Server Systems Administration Mandatory  5  4
     Security Standards and Policies Mandatory  5  4
     Digital Forensics 1 Mandatory  5  4
     3/5  Software Implementation Mandatory  5  4
     Object Oriented Analysis & Design Mandatory  5  4
     Research Methods Mandatory  5  4
     Securing Servers and Databases Mandatory  5  4
     Digital Forensics 2 Mandatory  5  4
     Security Threats and Countermeasures Mandatory  5  4
     3/6  Algorithms & Data Structures Mandatory  5  4
     Project Management Mandatory  5  4
     Team Project Mandatory  5  4
     Cryptography and Cryptographic Protocols Mandatory  5  4
     The Law of Evidence Mandatory  5  4
     Applied Security and Digital Forensics Mandatory  5  4
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Progression to a planned one-year programme (which is currently being developed) leading to a Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree in Computer Security and Digital Forensics will be available internally at LYIT.
    On completion of this programme graduates may go on to study for their Honours Degree at other ITs and Universities in Ireland and abroad. Progression internationally to second cycle (i.e. 'Bologna Masters') degree programmes.
    Progression internationally to some second cycle (e.g. 'Bologna Masters') degree programmes is possible.
    Career Opportunities
    Worldwide there are about 1.5 million people working as computer security professionals and employment in this area is growing at approximately 9% per year and industry projections are that this rate of growth will continue or improve in the future.
    Typical employers in the computer security field include:
    • Companies running enterprise computer networks;
    • The payment card industry;
    • Companies involved in e-commerce;
    • Financial services companies;
    • Academic institutions;
    • Government departments;
    • Internet service providers.
    Each of these service providers have distinct security needs which require different solutions to meet their needs.
    Thus graduates in this field require not only a technical background in general computing but also specialist knowledge of the differing security needs of different types of businesses, the primary technical solutions available to meet these needs, the primary methods of attack on computer systems, how to plan for such attacks both in terms of defense and damage control, how to detect intruders and how to gather evidence to identify the intruders, track their actions and present evidence detailing their activities.
    For an independent view on employment in the IT Security Industry see the latest Global Information Security Workforce Study on the following link: workforcestudy. If you review a number of the studies available on this site you will see the trend towards continuing and significant worldwide expansion in this area of activity indicating the availability of interesting, attractive and well-paid employment opportunities into the future.
    For an independent view on employment in the IT industry see follow this link to an article which appeared on RTE in April 2009. The link is hosted on YouTube: IT Industry
    This course begins in September each year.
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
    • Contact Thomas Dowling, Head of Department of Computing, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: thomas.dowling@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 918 6304

  • » Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Computing

    Programme Title  Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Computing
    CAO Code  LY708
    LYIT internal code  LY_KCOMP_B
    Duration  4 Years ab initio
    Standard Code Places:  48
    National Framework Level  8
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    "From the high standard of computing graduates employed from LYIT since 2004 we have been able to successfully grow our development team and increase our capabilities into the future. We see our links with LYIT, playing a major part in our success in the years to come." Eamon Foy, SITA, Letterkenny.
    SITA have recently announced plans to significantly expand their current operations in Letterkenny.
    Is this Programme for Me?
    This level 8 programme is designed to give the graduate experience with a wide range of fundamental computing skills from computer programming where you will learn to give the computer instructions to tell it what you want it to do to computer architecture where you will learn how to install and maintain computers. In addition it will develop the students knowledge in later years to give them a strong set of management skills required to work in and manage modern I.T. organisations. All students will complete a major project which may be industry related.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Applicants must pass 6 subjects in the Leaving Cert, achieving at least 2 honours i.e. Grade C3 in two Higher-Level papers. The six subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish. Alternative mathematics is not acceptable as a basis for entry. It is anticipated that 48 places will be available on this programme.
    • FEATC applicants click
    • Applicants presenting non-Irish exams as a basis for entry, please check the IOTCEF listing to search for the entry relevant to your country
    • Applicants who are interested in taking selected modules only from this programme and/or those interested in studying this programme in a part-time mode, click
    What will I have to study?
    Year/Semester Proposed Modules,
    subject to approval
    Mandatory/
    Elective
    No of credits Class hours per week
     1/1  Introduction to OO Programming I Mandatory  5  5
     Communications Mandatory  5  4
     Discrete Mathematics Mandatory  5  4
     Student Development Mandatory  5  4
     General Computing Mandatory  5  4
     Computer Applications Mandatory  5  4
     1/2  Introduction to OO Programming II Mandatory  5  5
     Problem Solving with Robotics Mandatory  5  3
     Mathematics for Computer Graphics Mandatory  5  4
     Computer Architecture Mandatory  5  4
     Multimedia & the Web Mandatory  5  4
     Information Systems Mandatory  5  4
     2/3  Object Oriented Programming Mandatory  5  5
     Requirements Elicitation & Specification Mandatory  5  4
     Database Technology Mandatory  5  4
     Operating Systems Mandatory  5  4
     Graphics & Interactive Design for WWW Mandatory  5  4
     Visual Programming Mandatory  5  4
     2/4  OO GUI Programming Mandatory  5  4
     Structured Query Language (SQL) Mandatory  5  4
     Sets, Relations & Functions Mandatory  5  4
     Data Communications Mandatory  5  4
     Web Authoring Mandatory  5  4
     Enhanced Visual Programming Mandatory  5  4
     3/5  Software Implementation Mandatory  5  4
     Object Oriented Analysis & Design Mandatory  5  4
     Unix Mandatory  5  4
     Research Methods Mandatory  5  4
     Dynamic Web Design & Development Elective  5  4
     Data Communications II Elective  5  4
     Graphics Programming I Elective  5  4
     Smart Device Applications Elective  5  4
     3/6  Algorithms & Data Structures Mandatory  5  4
     Project Management Mandatory  5  4
     Client/Server Database Architecture Mandatory  5  4
     Team Project Mandatory  5  4
     Interactive Application Design & Development Elective  5  4
     Data Communications III Elective  5  4
     Graphics Programming II Elective  5  4
     Mobile Applications Development Elective  5  4
     4/7  Comparative Programming Paradigms Mandatory  5  4
     Software Engineering Mandatory  5  4
     Legal, Ethical & Social Issues in Computing Mandatory  5  4
     Project Preparation Mandatory  5  4
     Human Computer Interaction Elective  5  4
     Open Source Development Elective  5  4
     Computer & Network Security Elective  5  4
     Thin Client Web Applications Elective  5  4
     Geographical Information Systems Elective  5  4
     Introduction to Robotics Elective  5  4
     4/8  Graphs & Algorithms Mandatory  5  4
     Database Models Mandatory  5  4
     Development Project Mandatory  10  4
     Image Processing Elective  5  4
     Artificial Intelligence Elective  5  4
     Quality Assurance & Testing Elective  5  4
     Business & Entrepreneurship Elective  5  4
     Robotics II: Intelligent Agents Elective  5  4
    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of the course the graduate will be able to:
    • Analyse and evaluate information and, based on that analysis, formulate and appraise solutions.
    • Choose, plan and supervise projects with a high degree of autonomy.
    • Co-ordinate the interaction of team members across a range of computing disciplines.
    • Relate and reconcile abstract and ill-defined requirements leading to the development of concrete solutions.
    • Analyse and diagnose problems and choose and justify solutions.
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Progression to programmes leading to Masters Degree (by research) or a Doctoral Degree (by research), are available internally at LYIT or through a range of other Institutes of Technology and Universities in Ireland and abroad. There are also a wide range of opportunities to progress to a taught masters programme in areas s uch as Computer Games Development for example.
    Progression internationally to some second cycle (e.g. 'Bologna Masters') degree programmes is possible.
    Career Opportunities
    Current forecasts about the future of the computing industry in Ireland are excellent. It is projected that students who enter third level colleges this year are likely to find there are more professional computing jobs available when they graduate than there are computing graduates to fill them.
    In addition to the national demand for computing graduates there are several large computing companies in the Northwest such as Pramerica which is based in Letterkenny, Northbrook which has operations in Derry and Strabane and SITA which is owned by the air transport industry and has recently announced a major jobs expansion.
    So what kind of job would you like to do? Manage large computer systems, manage computer security to stop computer hackers and viruses, be a software engineer, be a project manager, develop internet applications. All of these careers are open to our computing graduates; it's your choice.
    For an independent view on employment in the IT industry see follow this link to an article which appeared on RTE in April 2009. The link is hosted on YouTube: IT Industry
    This course begins in September each year.
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
    • Contact Thomas Dowling, Head of Department of Computing, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: thomas.dowling@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 918 6304

  • » Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing with Computer Games Development

    Programme Title  Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing with Computer Games Development
    CAO Code  Add-on programme, not available via CAO
    LYIT internal code  LY_KGAME_B
    Duration  1 year post level 7 Bachelor degree
    Standard Code Places:  24
    National Framework Level  8
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Programme for Me?
    Ireland is the worlds' largest exporter of Computer Software. This means that there are excellent opportunities for finding well-paid employment when you graduate. Additionally, because computers are used in almost every area of modern life, the range of opportunities and types of jobs which are open to computing graduates means that the chances of having a career you enjoy are excellent.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Successful completion of the level 7 Bachelor of Science in Computing with Computer Games Development or an equivalent level 7 qualification with 180 ECTS credits and appropriate learning outcomes. If there are more applicants than there are places available, applicants will be selected on merit.
    The emphasis in this degree programme will be on individual independent learning. Students will require a high level of motivation and maturity and should be capable of working in a team and of completing large assignments and research projects
    What will I have to study?
    Year/Semester Proposed Modules,
    subject to approval
    Mandatory/
    Elective
    No of credits Class hours per week
     4/7  Legal, Ethical & Social Issues in Computing Mandatory  5  4
     Software Engineering Mandatory  5  4
     Project Preparation Mandatory  5  4
     Game Development for Mobile Devices 1 Mandatory  5  4
     Game Programming with Direct X Mandatory  5  4
     Animation and 3D Modelling for Middleware Applications Elective  5  4
     Games Physics and Modelling Elective  5  4
     4/8  Graphs & Algorithms Mandatory  5  4
     Development Project Mandatory  10  4
     Game Development for Mobile Devices 2 Mandatory  5  4
     Business and Computer Games Mandatory  5  4
     Middleware and Game Engine Architecture Elective  5  4
     XNA Game Programming Elective  5  4
    Learning Outcomes
    This level 8 programme is designed to build on the knowledge gained on the level 7 BSc in Computing with Computer Games Development. It will broaden the scope and depth of this knowledge and give the graduate the skills required to carry out a range of both technical and managerial roles within organisations.
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Progression to programmes leading to Masters Degree (by research), or a Doctoral Degree (by research), are available internally at LYIT or through a range of other Institutes of Technology and Universities in Ireland and abroad.
    Progression internationally to some second cycle (e.g. 'Bologna Masters') degree programmes.
    Career Opportunities
    Current forecasts about the future of the computing industry in Ireland are excellent. It is projected that students who enter third level colleges this year are likely to find there are more professional computing jobs available when they graduate than there are computing graduates to fill them.
    The global computer games industry is an area with enormous potential for development. Worldwide, the value of the computer games industry is in excess of €85 billion. Although the Computer Games industry in Ireland is still quite young it is growing fast and the Irish Government has targeted this area for particular growth in the future.
    Advances in technology will be at the centre of this anticipated growth. These include: advances in console and mobile technology for games; periodic cycles of innovation in technology for CGA and SFX; the development of new mobile phone technology, portable digital music devices etc; and the increased rollout of broadband technology, which is facilitating the emergence of interactive/on-demand entertainment services.
    For an independent view on employment in the IT industry see follow this link to an article which appeared on RTE in April 2009. The link is hosted on YouTube: IT Industry
    This course begins in September each year.
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
    • Contact Thomas Dowling, Head of Department of Computing, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: thomas.dowling@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 918 6304

  • » Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing

     Programme Title  Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing
     CAO Code  Add-on programme, not available via CAO
     LYIT internal code  LY_KCMPU_B
     Duration  1 year post level 7 Bachelor degree
     Standard Code Places:  24
     National Framework Level  8
     Award Type  Major
     Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Programme for Me?
    Ireland is the worlds' largest exporter of Computer Software. This means that there are excellent opportunities for finding well-paid employment when you graduate. Additionally, because computers are used in almost every area of modern life, the range of opportunities and types of jobs which are open to computing graduates means that the chances of having a career you enjoy are excellent.
    This programme will provide students with the range of both theoretical and practical skills required for them to participate fully in the rapidly growing computing industry. The ethos of the course is to provide a strong core set of competencies in general computing. These skills are typically required across all companies working in IT.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Successful completion of the level 7 Bachelor of Science in Computing with Computer or an equivalent level 7 qualification with 180 ECTS credits and appropriate learning outcomes. If there are more applicants than there are places available, applicants will be selected on merit.
    The emphasis in this degree programme will be on individual independent learning. Students will require a high level of motivation and maturity and should be capable of working in a team and of completing large assignments and research projects
    What will I have to study?
    Year/SemesterModulesMandatory/
    Elective
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     4/7  Performance Based Programming Mandatory  5  3
     Software Engineering Mandatory  10  6
     Project Preparation Mandatory  5  3
     Business Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence Mandatory  10  6
     4/8  Legal, Ethical & Social Issues in Computing Mandatory  5  3
     Software Testing and QA Mandatory  5  3
     Development Project Mandatory  10  6
     Cloud/Enterprise Applications Mandatory  10  6
    Learning Outcomes
    This level 8 programme is designed to build on the knowledge gained on the level 7 BSc in Computing. It will broaden the scope and depth of this knowledge and give the graduate the skills required to carry out a range of both technical and managerial roles within organisations. 
    On completion of this programme the graduate will have:
    • The ability to demonstrate specialist skills required for working in the computer industry.
    • The ability to apply and integrate conceptual and theoretical information relating to the skills above;
    • An understanding of emerging technologies and the factors driving these developments;
    • The ability to review available technologies, implement system modelling techniques, design and implement computer systems applying critical decision making skills in the selection of appropriate solutions with an emphasis on high-quality solutions and their limitations;
    • The ability to design and development of computer systems applying critical selection and decision making skills to arrive at appropriate solutions under a variety of circumstances;
    • The ability to plan and organise work and interact effectively as part of a team;
    • The ability to manage small but potentially diverse teams in a constructive leadership role;
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Progression to programmes leading to Masters Degree (by research), or a Doctoral Degree (by research), are available internally at LYIT or through a range of other Institutes of Technology and Universities in Ireland and abroad.
    Progression internationally to some second cycle (e.g. 'Bologna Masters') degree programmes.
    Career Opportunities
    Current forecasts about the future of the computing industry in Ireland are excellent. At any given time there are about 90,000 people working in ICT in Ireland in approximately 600 companies and there are at least 4,500 unfilled ICT posts.  There are also approximately 750,000 unfilled ICT posts across the EU and this is projected to increase to 950,000 this decade. A 2013 report by Forfas (Addressing Future Demand for High-Level ICT skills) predicts that there will be new 44,500 openings in the ICT sector up to 2018.
    During the past decade, Ireland has gained increasing recognition as Europe’s premier location for software development. Since the 1980s, most leading US software vendors, including Microsoft, Oracle, Google, Facebook and Symantec, have based their European operations centres in Ireland. The country has also become the number one site for software development in Europe. All the big players such as Microsoft, Google, EBay, Symantec and Amazon are now based in Ireland.
    Alongside the big international players Ireland also has a thriving software development industry that has been created in Ireland by Irish computer graduates. It comprises of over 600 companies, about 250 of which have significant levels of overseas sales. Ireland has now overtaken the USA as the biggest exporter of software in the world. 60% of all software sold in Europe originates in Ireland.
    In addition to the national demand for computing graduates there are several large computing companies in the Northwest such as SITA which is owned by the air transport industry and Pramerica in Letterkenny and Northbrook and Fujitsu in Derry all of which have recently announced expansion plans.
    To see what’s going on in the Department of Computing check out our Facebook Page and our Twitter Feed @LYITComputing
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
    • Contact Thomas Dowling, Head of Department of Computing, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: thomas.dowling@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 918 6304‌

  • » Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing with Network and Mobile Communications

    Programme Title  Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing with Network and Mobile Communications
    CAO Code  Add-on programme, not available via CAO
    LYIT internal code  LY_KSATS_B
    Duration  1 year post level 7 Bachelor degree
    Standard Code Places:  24
    National Framework Level  8
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Programme for Me?
    Ireland is the worlds' largest exporter of Computer Software. This means that there are excellent opportunities for finding well-paid employment when you graduate. Additionally, because computers are used in almost every area of modern life, the range of opportunities and types of jobs which are open to computing graduates means that the chances of having a career you enjoy are excellent.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Successful completion of the level 7 Bachelor of Science in Computing with Network and Mobile Communications or an equivalent level 7 qualification with 180 ECTS credits and appropriate learning outcomes. If there are more applicants than there are places available, applicants will be selected on merit.
    The emphasis in this degree programme will be on individual independent learning. Students will require a high level of motivation and maturity and should be capable of working in a team and of completing large assignments and research projects
    What will I have to study?
    Year/Semester Proposed Modules,
    subject to approval
    Mandatory/
    Elective
    No of credits Class hours per week
     4/7  Comparative Programming Paradigms Mandatory  5  4
     Software Engineering Mandatory  5  4
     Legal, Ethical & Social Issues in Computing Mandatory  5  4
     Project Preparation Mandatory  5  4
     High Speed & Multimedia Networks Elective  5  4
     Network Applications Elective  5  4
     Network Algorithms Elective  5  4
     4/8  Graphs & Algorithms Mandatory  5  4
     Database Models Mandatory  5  4
     Development Project Mandatory  10  4
     Mobile Games Development Elective  5  4
     Network Management Elective  5  4
     Traffic Analysis & Modelling Elective  5  4
     Business & Entrepreneurship Elective  5  4
    Learning Outcomes
    This level 8 programme is designed to build on the knowledge gained on the level 7 BSc in Computing with Network and Mobile Communications. It will broaden the scope and depth of this knowledge and give the graduate the skills required to carry out a range of both technical and Managerial roles within organisations.
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Progression to programmes leading to Masters Degree (by research), or a Doctoral Degree (by research), are available internally at LYIT or through a range of other Institutes of Technology and Universities in Ireland and abroad.
    Progression internationally to some second cycle (e.g. 'Bologna Masters') degree programmes.
    Career Opportunities
    Current forecasts about the future of the computing industry in Ireland are excellent. It is projected that students who enter third level colleges this year are likely to find there are more professional computing jobs available when they graduate than there are computing graduates to fill them.
    In addition to the national demand for computing graduates there are several large computing companies in the Northwest such as Pramerica which is based in Letterkenny, Northbrook which has operations in Derry and Strabane and SITA which is owned by the air transport industry and has recently announced a major jobs expansion.
    So what kind of job would you like to do? Manage large computer systems, manage computer security to stop computer hackers and viruses, be a network engineer, be a software programmer, develop mobile phone networks. All of these careers are open to our computing graduates; it's your choice.
    For an independent view on employment in the IT industry see follow this link to an article which appeared on RTE in April 2009. The link is hosted on YouTube: IT Industry
    This course begins in September each year.
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
    • Contact Thomas Dowling, Head of Department of Computing, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: thomas.dowling@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 918 6304

  • » Higher Certificate in Computing in Information Technology Support

    Programme Title  Higher Certificate in Computing in Information Technology Support
    CAO Code  ATP Programme, not available via CAO
    LYIT internal code  LY_KITSW_C (January Intake)
     LY_KITSS_C (June Intake)
    Duration  18 months
    Standard Code Places:  24
    National Framework Level  6
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Programme for Me?
    Ireland is the worlds' largest exporter of Computer Software. This means that there are excellent opportunities for finding well-paid employment when you graduate. Additionally, because computers are used in almost every area of modern life, the range of opportunities and types of jobs which are open to computing graduates means that the chances of having a career you enjoy are excellent.
    This programme is an ATP (Accelerated Technician Programme), in which students can gain a Higher Certificate in 18 months. Students spend 6 months in college, followed by 6 months on work placement, followed by another 6 months months in college. lt will suit people returning to the work force and those seeking a change of career. There are normally two intakes per year, one in January (LYITSW_C) and one in June (LYITSS_C). The programme is designed to provide the graduate with the skills required to operate as a first line Information Technology Support person in a wide range of industry and business environments. The tasks would include knowledge of MS Office and being capable of designing/commissioning computer systems and networks.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Most applicants will be mature students (over 23 in January of the year you are applying for the course. Mature applicants do not need a leaving certificate.

    Alternative

    If you are not a mature applicant the basic entry requirement for this programme is five passes in the Leaving Certificate, including Mathematics and English or Irish, or an equivalent qualification.
    All applicants are interviewed in order to assess suitability for the course. This course is particularly targeted at mature students who may not require a Leaving Certificate qualification.
    What will I have to study?
    Year/Semester Proposed Modules,
    subject to approval
    Mandatory/
    Elective
    No of credits Class hours per week
     1/1  Computer Applications Mandatory  5  5
     Computer Systems Mandatory  5  5
     Operating Systems 1 Mandatory  5  5
     Software Development 1 Mandatory  5  5
     Interpersonal Communications Mandatory  5  5
     Computer Networks 1 Mandatory  5  5
     1/2 Industrial Placement 6 months Mandatory  60  
     2/3  Computer Networks 2 Mandatory  5  5
     Operating Systems 2 Mandatory  5  5
     Training & Support Mandatory  5  5
     Mathematics Mandatory  5  5
     Software Development 2 Mandatory  5  5
     Multimedia Elective  5  5
     Database Technology Elective  5  5
    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this programme, the graduate will be capable of:
    • Installing and trouble shooting local area networks.
    • Installing software packages and setting the system parameters for same.
    • Managing user accounts on server systems.
    • Providing user support, including help-desk operation.
    • Providing hardware support, PC’s and peripherals.
    • Providing support to the software development environment.
    • Providing user training.
    • Monitoring system and network performance.
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Progression to a programme leading to a level 7 Bachelor Degree in Computing and then to a level 8 Honours Degree are available internally at LYIT.
    On completion of this programme graduates may also progress to further postgraduate studies at other ITs and Universities in Ireland and abroad.
    Career Opportunities
    Current forecasts about the future of the computing industry in Ireland are excellent. It is projected that students who enter third level colleges this year are likely to find there are more professional computing jobs available when they graduate than there are computing graduates to fill them.
    In addition to the national demand for computing graduates there are several large computing companies in the Northwest such as Pramerica which is based in Letterkenny, Northbrook which has operations in Derry and Strabane and SITA which is owned by the air transport industry and has recently announced a major jobs expansion. Also, there are also numerous small and medium sized computer companies such as Torc Interactive which develops tools to write computer games.
    So what kind of job would you like to do? Install and manage computer systems, manage the security of computer networks, work in internet service providers, work as software developers, develop and manage web sites. All of these careers are open to our computing graduates; it's your choice.
    For an independent view on employment in the IT industry see follow this link to an article which appeared on RTE in April 2009. The link is hosted on YouTube: IT Industry
    This course begins in January and June each year. If you are interested in applying for this course please contact the Admissions Office or the Head of Department of Computing Mr Thomas Dowling. Recruitment for the January intake normally begins in November and recruitment of the June intake normally begins in April.
    IT Support Application Form (PDF)
    IT Support Application Form (Irish) (PDF)
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
    • Contact Thomas Dowling, Head of Department of Computing, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: thomas.dowling@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 918 6304

  • » Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Services Management

    Programme Title  Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Services Management
    CAO Code  Add-on programme, not available via CAO
    LYIT internal code  LY_KITSP_B
    Duration  1 year, post level 7 Degree
    Standard Code Places:  24
    National Framework Level  8
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Programme for Me?
    This level 8 programme is designed to build on knowledge gained on the level 7 B.Sc. in Computing in Information Technology Support. It will broaden the scope and depth of this knowledge and give the graduate the skills required to carry out a range of both technical and management roles within an organisation.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Successful completion of the level 7 B.Sc. in Computing in Information Technology Support or another level 7 programme in I.T., with 180 ECTS credits and appropriate learning outcomes.
    What will I have to study?
    Year/Semester Proposed Modules,
    subject to approval
    Mandatory/
    Elective
    No of credits Class hours per week
     4/7  IT Service Support Planning and Management Mandatory  5  4
     Software Design Mandatory  5  4
     Network Application Development Mandatory  5  4
     Legal, Ethical and Social Issues in Computing Mandatory  5  4
     Project Preparation Mandatory  5  4
     Thin Client Web Applications Elective  5  4
     Groupware Applications Development Elective  5  4
     4/8  IT Service Delivery Mandatory  5  4
     Governance for IT Enhancement Mandatory  5  4
     Multimedia & Wireless Communications Mandatory  5  4
     Project Development Mandatory  5  4
     Database Models Elective  5  4
     Image Processing Elective  5  4
     Artificial Intelligence Elective  5  4
    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of the course the graduate will be able to:
    • Synthesise a broad range of both structured and unstructured information to develop business-driven IT plans and strategies
    • Analyse the dynamics of the rapidly changing IT environment and identify key trends for a broad range of business sectors
    • Differentiate between a variety of computer service management strategies for a diversity of business structures and sizes
    • Discuss the key managerial and organisational characteristics, which apply in a range of modern-day IT service management settings.
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Progression to programmes leading to Masters Degree (by research) or a Doctoral Degree (by research), are available internally at LYIT or through a range of other Institutes of Technology and Universities in Ireland and abroad.
    Progression is also possible internationally to some second cycle (e.g. 'Bologna Masters') degree programmes.
    Career Opportunities
    Graduates of this programme will be prepared to manage the provision of a computer service in a wide variety of organisations, develop and implement policies and strategies to align investment in IT with the attainment of the business goals and objectives, critically analyse the organisations data communication requirements and the technologies on offer to support same, plan and manage significant IT projects and demonstrate specialist knowledge in chosen areas of study. All of these careers are open to our computing graduates; it's your choice.
    For an independent view on employment in the IT industry see follow this link to an article which appeared on RTE in April 2009. The link is hosted on YouTube: IT Industry
    This course begins in September each year.
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
    • Contact Thomas Dowling, Head of Department of Computing, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: thomas.dowling@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 918 6304

  • » Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Conversion course into Computing)

    Programme Title  Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Conversion course into Computing)
    CAO Code  
    LYIT internal code  LY_KCOMP_G
    Duration  9 months
    Standard Code Places:  20
    National Framework Level  8
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC

    This is a level 8 honours-degree-equivalent conversion-style Higher Diploma in Computing designed to take graduates in non-computing fields and cross-skill them to allow them to begin a career in the computing industry.

    Is this Programme for Me?
    Letterkenny Institute of Technology has obtained approval to run a level 8 honours-degree-equivalent conversion-style Higher Diploma in Computing. The objective of the course is to take graduates in non-computing fields and augment their skills and knowledge in readiness to begin a career in the computing industry. It is designed to ensure that graduates are given both a base for continuing self-development and a set of skills which are transferable to the broader computing industry. These skill sets are reinforced with a strong emphasis on teamwork. The main aim of the course is to produce graduates with the required theoretical and hands-on skills to allow them to work and participate effectively in a commercial IT environment.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    All applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements of an honours degree or equivalent in a non-computing discipline are eligible to apply by Direct entry to Letterkenny Institute of Technology.
    Please find the Direct Entry application form on the following link
    What will I have to study?
    Year/Semester Proposed Modules,
    subject to approval
    Mandatory/
    Elective
    No of credits Class hours per week
     1/1  Software Design 1 Mandatory  10  5
     Database Technology Mandatory  10  5
     Computer Systems Mandatory  10  5
     1/2  Software Design 2 Mandatory  10  5
     Software Engineering Mandatory  10  5
     Internet Applications Development and Project Mandatory  10  5
    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this programme the graduate will be able to:
    • Analyse and evaluate information and based on that information be able to formulate and appraise solutions;
    • Make decisions and justify those decisions in relation to the task;
    • Draw on ‘best practice’ in their decision making process;
    • Design and development of computer systems;
    • Plan and organise work and interact effectively as part of a team;
    • Develop and formalise original ideas using a range of tools;
    • Demonstrate proficiency in a range of specialist computing skills required for working in a commercial computing environment.
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Progression to programs leading to Masters Degree (taught or by research) or a Doctoral Degree (by research), is available internally at LYIT or through a range of other institutes of technology and universities in Ireland and abroad. Progression internationally to some second cycle (e.g. ‘Bologna Masters’) degree programs is possible.
    Career Opportunities
    Currently employment prospects for computing graduates remains healthy. The most recent reports on employment in the Irish economy commissioned since the beginning of the current economic down-turn continue to point to the strength of the IT sector in Ireland and abroad and the positive opportunities for employment in the sector. IT Services continue to be one of the growth areas in the Irish economy with growth in IT Services exports continuing to grow throughout the past year.
    For an independent view on employment in the IT industry see follow this link to an article which appeared on RTE in April 2009. The link is hosted on YouTube: IT Industry
    Financial Support for Students Taking This Course.
    Applicants may be eligible for the Back to Education Allowance, subject to the usual conditions. You may find the 7-step guide on studentfinance.ie useful in helping you work out whether you are eligible for financial support under the Back to Education Allowance scheme.
     
    If you are still unsure if you qualify for financial support feel free to contact LYIT for further information.
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
    • Contact Thomas Dowling, Head of Department of Computing, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: thomas.dowling@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 918 6304

  • » Master of Science Computing in Private Cloud Technologies

    Programme Title  Master of Science Computing in Private Cloud Technologies
    CAO Code  
    LYIT internal code  LY_KCLGT_M
    Duration  1 year full-time or 2 to 3 years part-time
    Standard Code Places:  20
    National Framework Level  MSc in Computing in Big Private Cloud Technologies level-9
    Award Type   MSc in Computing in Private Cloud Technologies level-9 - Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    What is this course about?
    This course is a level 9 MSc in Computing in Private Cloud Technologies. The objective of the course is to take graduates who have an honours degree in Computing and/or an appropriate mix of academic qualifications and IT experience and augment their skills and knowledge in readiness to begin a career in Private Cloud Technologies. It is designed to ensure that graduates are given both a base for continuing self-development and a set of skills which are transferable to the broader computing industry. The main aim of the course is to produce graduates with the required theoretical and hands-on skills to allow them to work and participate effectively in a Private Cloud Technologies environment.
    Course Structure
    The MSc is a taught program which focuses on topics applicable to Private Cloud Technologies. The course is available in both full-time and part-time mode.  It includes a dissertation component which will offer the student the opportunity to apply a range of topics covered in the course to demonstrate an extended knowledge of and ability to work in the area of Private Cloud Technologies.  Students who do not take the dissertation may graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Computing in Private Cloud Technologies.
    Minimum Entry Requirements
    • Honours Degree in Computing or an Honours Degree any discipline plus 3 years’ appropriate industry experience in the IT industry. A combination of qualifications and relevant experience will also be considered.
    • Admission to this course will be by standard LYIT application procedure for a level 9 course
    • Apply: Postgraduate Programmes Application Form
    What will I study?
    ModulesMandatory/
    Elective
    No of credits
     Private Cloud Technologies Mandatory  10
     Enterprise & Data Centre Networking Mandatory  10
     Virtual Server Administration Elective  10
     Computer Systems Programming Elective  10
     Placement Mandatory  10
     Security & Legal Issues Elective  10
     Storage Technologies Elective  10
     Data Centre Industrial Automation Elective  10
     Advanced Database Development Elective  10
    Note: It is likely that not all elective modules will be offered in every iteration of the course. We envisage relatively small class groups to facilitate intensive laboratory work so it is likely that elective modules will run on the basis of “greatest-popularity”. Please contact Thomas Dowling for more information.
    Required attendance
    This course will be delivered by blended-learning.  This will typically include some attendance is on-campus and some distance-delivery. The on-campus section of the course may be a small number of intensive week-long blocks or may be a day and a half per week (possibly including Saturdays) depending on circumstances.  Please contact Thomas Dowling for more information. 
    Career Opportunities
      Successful graduates find themselves working in the following sectors:
    • Insurance Companies
    • All major IT Multinationals
    • All types of Companies using large Data Centre Based IT Systems
      Graduate careers typically include:
    • Cloud Architect/Engineer
    • Cloud Systems Administrator
    • Cloud Services Developer
    Non-EU/EEA Applicants
    The tuition and registration fees for this course are €9000, no additional scholarships are available.
    The start date is September of each year.
    English EILTS 5.5 is required
      Applicants require:
    • An undergraduate honours degree in computing or an equivalent qualification. 
    • OR
    • In certain circumstances an honours degree in a different discipline plus at least 5 years industry experience in computing may be considered on a case by case basis.  The quality of your computing experience will be a significant factor in determining your eligibility.
    Please note: “The Irish Government has agreed to extend the Third Level Graduate Scheme, for non-EU/EEA students at level 9 and above of the National Framework of Qualifications. The new permission will double the ‘stay back option’ for masters and PhD students from 12 months to 24 months. This will allow eligible graduates who have studied in Irish higher education institutions and whose award is granted by a recognised Irish awarding body at Masters or PhD level to remain in Ireland for two years to seek employment. http://www.educationinireland.com/en/News/Ireland-24-Month-Stay-Back-Option-.html
    For further information on the application process, visas etc. please contact Jill Murphy in the International Office (jill.murphy@lyit.ie)
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
    • Contact Thomas Dowling, Head of Department of Computing, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: thomas.dowling@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 918 6304