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    Programme Title  Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering
    CAO Code  LY627
    LYIT internal code  
    Duration  3 Years ab initio
    Standard Code Places:  20
    National Framework Level  7
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Programme for Me?
    Computer systems are at the heart of almost all modern processes and environments. This includes the workplace, home and leisure environments. The applications for computer systems increase daily: medical, car industry, navigation, telecommunications, financial services, the Internet, automation, avionics, etc. Computer Engineering technicians are involved in all aspects of computer systems (both software and hardware): design and prototyping, manufacture, commissioning and maintenance.
    The programme covers the broad spectrum of topics relating to Computer Engineering: computer architecture d esign principles, data communications, electronic manufacturing systems, computer hardware and software and DSP applications (such as image and sound processing etc.). Practical work includes the design and implementation of hardware, software and integrated systems, fault finding, and the use of software packages for design and analysis. The laboratories are well equipped with modern computer and wireless communications equipment, microcontroller development systems and appropriate digital design packages.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    The basic entry requirement for admission to all Level 7 engineering programmes (Semester 1) is a pass (OD3 or better) in five Leaving Certificate subjects, including passes in Mathematics and in either Irish or English (or an equivalent qualification). Foundation/Alternative Maths is not acceptable.
    • FETAC applicants click FETAC
    • 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 Part-time Study
    What will I have to study?
    Year/SemesterProposed Modules,
    subject to approval
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     1/1  Digital Circuit Design  Mandatory  5  4
     Programming 1 Mandatory  5  3
     Electronics Processes 1 Mandatory  5  3
     Mathematics 1 Mandatory  5  4
     Communications & IT 1 Mandatory  5  3
     Physics 1 Mandatory  5  4
     1/2  Analogue Electronics 1 Mandatory  5  4
     Programming 2 Mandatory  5  4
     Electro - Technology 1 Mandatory  5  4
     Mathematics 2 Mandatory  5  4
     Electronics Processes 2 Mandatory  5  3
     Physics 2 Mandatory  5  4
     2/3  Microcontrollers 1 Mandatory  5  4
     Analogue Electronics 2 Mandatory  5  4
     Project 1 Mandatory  5  5
     Mathematics 3 Mandatory  5  4
     Communications Fundamentals Mandatory  5  4
     Monitoring and Control Mandatory  5  4
     2/4  Advanced Programming Mandatory  5  4
     Computer Systems Mandatory  5  4
     Project 2 Mandatory  5  5
     Mathematics 4 Mandatory  5  4
     Communications Interfaces Mandatory  5  4
     Packet Networks 1  Mandatory  5  4
     3/5  Embedded Programming Mandatory  5  4
     Entrepreunership & Innovation Mandatory  5  4
     Computer Interfacing Mandatory  5  4
     Mathematics 5 Mandatory  5  4
     Packet Networks 2  Mandatory  5  4
     Design Project Mandatory  5  4
     3/6  Embedded Systems Mandatory  5  4
     Engineering Management 2 Mandatory  5  4
     Operating Systems Mandatory  5  4
     Mathematics 6 Mandatory  5  4
     Data Communications 2 Mandatory  5  4
     Project Digital Signal Processing Mandatory  5  4
    Learning Outcomes
    The graduate will be able to:
    • understand the key concepts of software engineering as applied to programme design
    • understand the key issues in network design and operation
    • understand the key concepts of digital signal processing
    • understand the process of testing and debugging
    • understand the major issues of management and quality
    • design and implement solutions in software
    • design and implement solutions to problems using digital devices
    • design and implement solutions to interfacing problems using software and hardware
    • assist in the development of hardware and software specifications and requirements
    • design and implement solutions using specifications and requirements
    • maintain document control systems, in particular software version control systems
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Graduates from this programme may progress to the B.Eng. (Honours) in Embedded Systems Design at LYIT and to Honours Degree and Masters level at other Universities in Ireland or abroad.
    Career Opportunities
    With the major expansion of the computer industry the need for computer engineering technicians has dramatically increased both at certificate and at diploma level. For example you may work as:
    • a design and test technician working on image or sound processing,
    • a field service technician installing computer systems or networking systems equipment in industry,
    • a sales technician negotiating with industrialclients for the purchase of computer systems,
    • a process technician responsible for quality control in the production of computer equipment such as disk drives or computer chips.
    A computer engineering technician can follow career paths in the world of hardware, software or in areas that straddle both disciplines. Some computer engineers are technical advisors for marketing departments of companies and some are in management positions.
    This course begins in September each year. How to Apply
    • Contact Dr Jim Morrison, Head of Department of Electronics & Mechanical Engineering, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: jim.morrison@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 9186401

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