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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.

    In response to this growth area Letterkenny Institute of Technology has developed a B.Sc. in Computing in Computer Games Development.

    For a description of a day in the life of a Computer Games Designer see the following YouTube video: Computer game designer. The following article which you may also find interesting appeared in the Irish Times on 4/5/11 Donegal Leaving Cert.

    For a testimonial from a graduate of the course follow this link.

    If you are interested in studying computer games development and you would like to find out more about it you might find the information in the following document useful to help you start: Click: Beginning game 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 are able to do a one-year add-on level-8 Honours BSc in Computer Games Development.
    For some general information about why you might consider a career in computing: Careers Evenings and Computers
    If you would like more information about computer programming (OO Programming) click on What is Computer Programming?
    Q. Do I need to know anything about computers before starting this course?
    A. No. We recognise that different students are entering third level education with very different levels of familiarity with computing. Thus, in first year, we will introduce you to all the basics of using computer and we will assume minimal prior knowledge.
    Q. What happens if I pick the wrong computing course?
    A. First year on all of the computing degree courses is very similar so at the end of first year you have the option of changing into second year of a different computing degree if you feel you have made the wrong course choice (subject to certain conditions) so the only real question you have to ask is whether you want to do computing, don’t worry too much about picking the wrong course.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    • Leaving Cert Entry Requirements
      • 5 subjects at O6/H7 grades
      • ENG/IRS at O6/H7
      • Math at F2/O6/H7
    • FETAC applicants click FETAC
    • Northern Ireland/UK Applicants click NI/UK
    • Applicants presenting other national exams as a basis for entry, please email the Head of Department Thomas Dowling (thomas.dowling@lyit.ie).
    • 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/SemesterModulesMandatory/
    Elective
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     1/1  Introduction to OO Programming I Mandatory  10  8
     Personal and Professional Development Mandatory  5  4
     Mathematics for Computing Mandatory  5  4
     Student Development Mandatory  5  4
     Operating Systems I Mandatory  5  4
     1/2  Introduction to OO Programming II Mandatory  10  8
     Problem Solving with Robots Mandatory  5  4
     Computer Architecture Mandatory  5  4
     Introduction to Computer Games Mandatory  10  8
     2/3  Mathematics for Computer Graphics Mandatory  5  4
     Operating Systems II Mandatory  5  4
     Object Oriented Programming Mandatory  10  7
     Game Programming Mandatory  10  7
     2/4  OO GUI Programming Mandatory  5  4
     Network Technologies Mandatory  5  4
     Database Technology Mandatory  10  7
     Graphics Programming Mandatory  10  7
     3/5  Software Implementation Mandatory  5  4
     Object Oriented Analysis & Design Mandatory  10  6
     Technical Writing Mandatory  5  4
     Advanced Game Design & 3D Modelling I Mandatory  10  6
     3/6  Algorithms & Data Structures for Games Programming Mandatory  5  4
     Mobile Games Mandatory  5  4
     Team Project Mandatory  10  6
     Advanced Game Design & 3D Modelling II Mandatory  10  6
     3/7  Certificate in Industry Studies Elective  15  Summer Period
    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: course details page.
    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
    The computer game industry is seriously big business these days. The business has now overtaken the DVD industry, and is worth around $65bn (€48bn). It is expected to pass $73bn within the next two years. Some 6.5 million copies of 'Modern Warfare 3' were sold on the first day of sale in the UK and United States. The games sector in Ireland is here in force. ActivisionBlizzard, which created the Modern Warfare series, employs some 600 people in Cork. A division of EA Games, which runs such blue chip franchises as 'FIFA Football' and the 'Medal of Honor' series, has 200 staff in Galway. That is on top of a legion of smaller firms which are involved in the industry as well. Employment in the games sector has increased more than five-fold since 2004, to the point that close to 2,000 people now work in the sector, and that excludes support services such as animation and e-learning. The IDA expects the industry here to add 50pc over the next two years. A report by government think tank Forfas last month said the growth in gaming produced numerous opportunities for growth in Ireland, especially given changes in the sector overall. The main opportunity areas for the development and growth of the games sector in Ireland, says Forfas, are creative game development and servicing, as well as what it calls software solutions and online publishing. Creating the game -- coming up with the idea in the first place and making it a reality that is user friendly and challenging -- is the challenge for all game developers. Just like the wider technology sector, Ireland has been successful by creating a hub of excellence by attracting the likes of Google in 2003 and then other firms like Facebook and LinkedIn followed once they saw there was a supply of suitable employees available locally.

    And for an idea of what computing might look like in the future see the following video by Microsoft on YouTube: Microsoft Future of Computing or see Microsoft's Future Vision 2019 You can be part of it.
    For a report on employment and salaries in the IT industry in 2010-2011: Jobs and Salaries in IT
    For some videos you might find interesting see Ireland is becoming the Internet Capital of Europe and Gaming in Ireland.
    For the latest update on employment in the IT Sector see 2,500 Unfilled Jobs in Irish Tech Sector.
    For information on the projected growth of the Irish Games sector see: The Games Sector in Ireland: An Action Plan for Growth.
    Finally, for a recent article which appeared in the Irish Independent see: Game: college courses that virtually guarantee you will get a job.
    For articles which you might find helpful see:
    Almost half employment permits issued to IT sector
    Computer scientists snapped up for jobs while arts graduates struggle
    Demand for IT staff up almost a third as Irish employers look beyond EU to fill roles
    CAO countdown: Tech graduates in demand amid skills shortage
    Donegal Leaving Cert students should consider computer science courses, says HEA
    Leap in numbers of graduates getting work straight out of college
    This course begins in September each year. How to Apply
    If you would like to learn more about computing attend our Summer Computing Camp
    To see what’s going on in the Department of Computing check out our Facebook Page and our Twitter Feed @LYITComputing
    Some of the things Games Development students are involved in at LYIT
    World leaders in Computer Gaming work with LYIT with assistance from Fulbright
    World famous computer games gurus, Brenda and John Romero were at Letterkenny IT for three days in September 2014, on a visit funded by a Fulbright award. Brenda Romero is considered to be one of the most influential women in the computer games industry, having entered it in 1981, at the age of 15.  She is an award-winning game designer, artist, writer who has worked with a variety of digital game companies as a game designer or creative director, including Atari, Sir-tech Software, Electronic Arts, as well as numerous companies in the social and mobile space. She is also the "Game Designer in Residence" at the University of California, Santa Cruz. John is the founder of id software and is the designer of Wolfenstein 3D, Dangerous Dave, Doom and Quake. John is credited with the creation of the first-person shooter games genre. His game designs and development tools, along with new programming techniques led to a mass popularization of the first person shooter, or FPS. ly707_img1 ‌
    LYIT Students going to Game Developers Conference in California March 2nd to 6th 2015
    Following on from our participation in the Fulbright program the Department of Computing and the Development Office in LYIT are pleased to be able to offer two outstanding students from 1st to 4th year of the Games Development Degree’s the opportunity to attend the Games Developers Conference (GDC) in California in 2015.  The GDC attracts over 23,000 attendees, and is the primary forum where programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers and others involved in the development of interactive games gather to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry. http://www.gdconf.com/ ly707_img2
    LYIT Students participating in Mass Digi May 20 to August 8 2015
    LYIT are delighted to be invited to send a team of students from the Games Development Degree’s to participate in the world famous 2015 Mass Digi games competition in Becker College outside Boston.  The MassDiGI Summer Innovation Program (SIP) is an eleven-week internship program that includes the mentoring, guidance, housing, stipends and game development tools to help student teams finalize an original video game and prepare it for launch. This is not just another internship but a chance to hold the fate of a game in your hands.  There are mentors and faculty to help you – but in the end it is up to your team to build a successful game. http://www.massdigi.org/programs-services/summer-innovation-program/
    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

    Programme Title  Bachelor of Science in Computing
    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 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.
    For Testimonials from a former students of the course follow this link.
    For some general information about why you might consider a career in computing: Careers Evenings and Computers.
    If you would like more information about computer programming (OO Programming) click on What is Computer Programming?
    Q. Do I need to know anything about computers before starting this course?
    A. No. We recognise that different students are entering third level education with very different levels of familiarity with computing. Thus, in first year, we will introduce you to all the basics of using computer and we will assume minimal prior knowledge.
    Q. What happens if I pick the wrong computing course?
    A. First year on all of the computing degree courses is very similar so at the end of first year you have the option of changing into second year of a different computing degree if you feel you have made the wrong course choice (subject to certain conditions) so the only real question you have to ask is whether you want to do computing, don’t worry too much about picking the wrong course.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    • Leaving Cert Entry Requirements
      • 5 subjects at O6/H7 grades
      • ENG/IRS at O6/H7
      • Math at F2/O6/H7
    • FETAC applicants click FETAC
    • Northern Ireland/UK Applicants click NI/UK
    • Applicants presenting other national exams as a basis for entry, please email the Head of Department Thomas Dowling (thomas.dowling@lyit.ie).
    • 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/SemesterModulesMandatory/
    Elective
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     1/1  Introduction to OO Programming I Mandatory  10  8
     Operating Systems I Mandatory  5  4
     Mathematics for Computing Mandatory  5  4
     Personal and Professional Development Mandatory  5  4
     Student Development Mandatory  5  4
     1/2  Introduction to OO Programming II Mandatory  10  8
     Problem Solving with Robotics Mandatory  5  4
     Computer Architecture Mandatory  5  4
     Web Development I Mandatory  5  4
     Management Information Systems Mandatory  5  4
     2/3  Object Oriented Programming Mandatory  10  7
     Web Development II Mandatory  10  7
     Operating Systems II Mandatory  5  4
     Mathematics for Computer Graphics Mandatory  5  4
     2/4  Database Technology Mandatory  10  7
     Social and Structured Learning Mandatory  10  7
     Network Technologies Mandatory  5  4
     Object Oriented GUI Programming Mandatory  5  4
     3/5  Object Oriented Analysis & Design Mandatory  10  6
     Integrated Web Development Mandatory  10  6
     Technical Writing Mandatory  5  4
     Software Implementation Mandatory  5  4
     3/6  Team Project Mandatory  10  6
     Infrastructure Mandatory  10  6
     Client-Server Database Architecture Mandatory  5  4
     Algorithms & Data Structures Mandatory  5  4
     3/7  Certificate in Industry Studies Elective  15  Summer Period
    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of the course the graduate will be able to:
    • Knowledge and understanding of a range of computer skills;
    • The ability to demonstrate specialist skills required for working in a range of key ICT sectors including software development, database development and infrastructure.
    • The ability to apply and integrate conceptual and theoretical information relating to the skills above;
    • The ability to review available technologies, implement system modelling techniques, design and implement computer systems;
    • The ability to analyse and evaluate information and based on that information be able to formulate and appraise well documented solutions;
    • The skills required to make decisions and justify those decisions in relation to the task;
    • The ability to design and develop computer systems in a structured manner following an appropriate decision making process;
    • The ability to recognise best-practice across a range of legal and ethical areas;
    • The ability to plan and organise work and interact effectively as part of a team;
    • The ability to develop and formalise original ideas using a range of tools;
    • The ability to demonstrate specialist skills required for working in the computing industry;
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Progression is available to a one year Level 8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing 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 in IT
    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.
    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 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.

    And for an idea of what computing might look like in the future see the following video by Microsoft on YouTube: Microsoft Future of Computing or see Microsoft's Future Vision 2019 You can be part of it.
    For independent information on employment and salaries in the IT industry see the following report which covers 2010-2011: Jobs and Salaries in IT. For the latest update on employment in the IT Sector see 2,500 Unfilled Jobs in Irish Tech Sector.
    For articles which you might find helpful see:
    Almost half employment permits issued to IT sector
    Computer scientists snapped up for jobs while arts graduates struggle
    Demand for IT staff up almost a third as Irish employers look beyond EU to fill roles
    CAO countdown: Tech graduates in demand amid skills shortage
    Donegal Leaving Cert students should consider computer science courses, says HEA
    Leap in numbers of graduates getting work straight out of college
    This course begins in September each year. How to Apply
    If you would like to learn more about computing attend our Summer Computing Camp .
    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
    Non-European Applicants
    Applications from non-EU applicants are very welcome.  Please contact Jill Murphy at jill.murphy@lyit.ie for details about application forms, fees, visas etc.

  • » 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.
    Our aim is to provide the Irish computer industry with high quality experts in this rapidly growing field of computing.

    For a description of a degree in computer security and digital forensics see the following YouTube video: BSc Computer Forensics & Security - University of Derby This video describes a BSc course at the University of Derby but (except for the reference to the placement year) it gives a pretty good overview of our computer security and digital forensics BSc. Also see Scams, spam, spies and me for an insight into the job of a person working in the computer security industry.
    For Testimonials from a graduates of the course follow this link.
    For some general information about why you might consider a career in computing: Careers Evenings and Computers.
    If you would like more information about computer programming (OO Programming) click on What is Computer Programming?
    Q. Do I need to know anything about computers before starting this course?
    A. No. We recognise that different students are entering third level education with very different levels of familiarity with computing. Thus, in first year, we will introduce you to all the basics of using computer and we will assume minimal prior knowledge.
    Q. What happens if I pick the wrong computing course?
    A. First year on all of the computing degree courses is very similar so at the end of first year you have the option of changing into second year of a different computing degree if you feel you have made the wrong course choice (subject to certain conditions) so the only real question you have to ask is whether you want to do computing, don’t worry too much about picking the wrong course.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    • Leaving Cert Entry Requirements
      • 5 subjects at O6/H7 grades
      • ENG/IRS at O6/H7
      • Math at F2/O6/H7
    • FETAC applicants click FETAC
    • Northern Ireland/UK Applicants click NI/UK
    • Applicants presenting other national exams as a basis for entry, please email the Head of Department Thomas Dowling (thomas.dowling@lyit.ie).
    • 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
    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 are able to do a one-year add-on level-8 Honours BSc in Computer Security and Digital Forensics.
    What will I have to study?
    Year/SemesterModulesMandatory/
    Elective
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     1/1  Introduction to OO Programming I Mandatory  10  8
     Personal and Professional Development Mandatory  5  4
     Mathematics for Computing Mandatory  5  4
     Student Development Mandatory  5  4
     Operating Systems I Mandatory  5  4
     1/2  Introduction to OO Programming II Mandatory  10  8
     Problem Solving with Robotics Mandatory  5  4
     Mathematics for Cryptography Mandatory  5  4
     Computer Architecture Mandatory  5  4
     Computer Crime Mandatory  5  4
     2/3  Object Oriented Programming Mandatory  10  7
     Network Technologies Mandatory  10  7
     Law of Evidence Mandatory  5  4
     Operating Systems II Mandatory  5  4
     2/4  OO GUI Programming Mandatory  5  4
     Database Technology Mandatory  10  7
     Risk Assessment and Countermeasures Mandatory  10  7
     Digital Forensics 1 Mandatory  5  4
     3/5  Software Implementation Mandatory  5  4
     Object Oriented Analysis & Design Mandatory  10  6
     Technical Writing Mandatory  5  4
     Security Systems Administration Mandatory  10  6
     3/6  Secure Coding Techniques Mandatory  5  4
     Client-Server Database Architecture Mandatory  5  4
     Team Project Mandatory  10  6
     Digital Forensics II Mandatory  10  6
     3/7  Certificate in Industry Studies Elective  15  Summer Period
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Progression to a one-year programme leading to a Level 8 Honours BSc in Computer Security and Digital Forensics is available internally at LYIT.
    On completion of this programme graduates may go on to study for their MSc/PhD 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.
    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 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.
    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 idea of what computing might look like in the future see the following video by Microsoft on YouTube: Microsoft Future of Computing or see Microsoft's Future Vision 2019 You can be part of it.
    For the latest update on employment in the IT Sector see 2,500 Unfilled Jobs in Irish Tech Sector.
    Also see the following report on employment and salaries in the IT industry in 2010-2011: Jobs and Salaries in IT.
    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.
    This link is to an article from Silicon Republic about employment in the computer security industry: Skills deficit leaving IT security jobs unfilled.
    This link is to an October 2011 article which says that Information Security is the Key Skill of the Future
    For articles which you might find helpful see:
    Demand for Cyber Security Jobs Is Soaring
    Year of living dangerously – security breaches and scams of 2013
    93pc of firms worldwide plan to beef up IT security measures
    Top Tech Jobs 2015 – Cybersecurity
    Computer scientists snapped up for jobs while arts graduates struggle
    Demand for IT staff up almost a third as Irish employers look beyond EU to fill roles
    CAO countdown: Tech graduates in demand amid skills shortage
    Donegal Leaving Cert students should consider computer science courses, says HEA
    Leap in numbers of graduates getting work straight out of college
    Demand for cyber security experts exceeds supply
    This course begins in September each year. How to Apply
    If you would like to learn more about computing attend our Summer Computing Camp
    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
    Non-European Applicants
    Applications from non-EU applicants are very welcome.  Please contact Jill Murphy at jill.murphy@lyit.ie for details about application forms, fees, visas etc.

  • » BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONS) IN COMPUTING WITH DEGREE AWARD OPTIONS:

    APPLIED COMPUTING OR
    CLOUD AND GREEN IT

     Programme Title  Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing with Degree Award Options in Applied Computing or Cloud and Green IT
     CAO Code  LY708
     LYIT internal code  
     Duration  4 Years ab initio
     Standard Code Places:  24
     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. For Testimonials from a number of former students of the course follow this link.
    Note that this course is approved by the Teaching Council on its list of Degree/Teacher Education Programmes Recognised for Post-Primary Registration Purposes. Go to TC Publications and click on List of Recognized Qualifications (Post-Primary).
    For some general information about why you might consider a career in computing: Careers Evenings and Computers.
    If you would like more information about computer programming (OO Programming) click on What is Computer Programming?
    Q. Do I need to know anything about computers before starting this course?
    A. No. We recognise that different students are entering third level education with very different levels of familiarity with computing. Thus, in first year, we will introduce you to all the basics of using computer and we will assume minimal prior knowledge.
    Q. What happens if I pick the wrong computing course?
    A. First year on all of the computing degree courses is very similar so at the end of first year you have the option of changing into second year of a different computing degree if you feel you have made the wrong course choice (subject to certain conditions) so the only real question you have to ask is whether you want to do computing, don’t worry too much about picking the wrong course.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    • 2017 Matriculation Requirements
      • 2 H5 and 4 O6/H7 grades
      • 6 O6/H7 grades
    • Pre-2017 Leaving Cert Grades Required
      • 2 HD1 and 4 OD3/HE grades
      • 5 OD3/HE grades
    • FETAC applicants click FETAC
    • Northern Ireland/UK Applicants click NI/UK
    • Applicants presenting other national exams as a basis for entry, please email the Head of Department Thomas Dowling (thomas.dowling@lyit.ie).
    • 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
    For more detailed information on:
    Note a minimum number of students will be required before an elective can be run.
    This course begins in September each year. How to Apply
    If you would like to learn more about computing attend our Summer Computing Camp.
    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
    Non-European Applicants
    Applications from non-EU applicants are very welcome.  Please contact Jill Murphy at jill.murphy@lyit.ie for details about application forms, fees, visas etc...

  • » 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/SemesterModulesMandatory/
    Elective
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     4/7  Maths and Physics for Games Mandatory  5  3
     Software Engineering Mandatory  10  6
     Project Preparation Mandatory  5  3
     Advanced Game Programming I Mandatory  10  6
     4/8  Legal, Ethical & Social Issues in Computing Mandatory  5  3
     Development Project Mandatory  10  6
     Advanced Game Programming II Mandatory  10  6
     Business and Computer Games Mandatory  5  3
    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.
    On completion of this programme the graduate will have:
    • Specialist knowledge and understanding of skills relating to computer games development;
    • 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 work with audio and video production technologies and integrate them into the production of computer games;
    • The ability to analyse and evaluate information and based on that information be able to formulate and appraise solutions;
    • The skills required to carry out bounded research and make decisions and justify those decisions in relation to the task;
    • The ability to recognise and apply best-practice across a range of legal and ethical areas as part of their decision making process;
    • 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;
    • The ability to research, develop, formalise and critique original ideas using a range of tools;
    • The ability to demonstrate specialist skills required for Computer Games Development in novel and emerging areas such as 3D Technologies and Computer Games Design
    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 independent information on employment and salaries in the IT industry see the following report which covers 2010-2011: Jobs and Salaries in IT.
    This course begins in September each year. How to Apply
    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

     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 Computer Security and Digital Forensics

     Programme Title  Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing with Computer Security and Digital Forensics
     CAO Code  Add-on programme, not available via CAO
     LYIT internal code  LY_KCSDF_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 Security and Digital Forensics 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  Image Processing for Digital Forensics Mandatory  5  3
     Software Engineering Mandatory  10  6
     Project Preparation Mandatory  5  3
     Secure Infrastructure Mandatory  10  6
     4/8  Legal, Ethical & Social Issues in Computing Mandatory  5  3
     Cryptography and Cryptographic Protocols Mandatory  5  3
     Development Project Mandatory  10  6
     Stenography and Biometric Security Mandatory  10  6
    Learning Outcomes
    This level 8 programme is designed to build on the knowledge gained on the level 7 BSc in Computing with Computer Security and Digital Forensics. 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 security and digital forensics 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;
    • Specialist knowledge and understanding of skills relating to computer security and digital forensics;
    • To analyse and evaluate information and based on that information be able to formulate and appraise solutions;
    • The skills required to carry out bounded research and make decisions and justify those decisions in relation to the task;
    • The ability to recognise and apply best-practice across a range of legal and ethical areas as part of their decision making process;
    • 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;
    • The ability to research, develop, formalise and critique original ideas using a range of tools;
    • The ability to design and implement secure computer systems;
    • The ability to assess risk and develop security strategies proportionate to assessed risk;
    • The ability to track security breaches and forensically trace, identify and document the activities of the intruder for use in damage analysis and legal proceedings;
    • The ability to work with and apply a range of advanced security topics including cryptographic methods, steganography, watermarking and biometric technologies.
    • The ability to plan and manage large-scale infrastructural security projects applying best practise as described above.
    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 strategic security planning and implementation, be a computer forensics specialist, develop secure internet applications, projecting digital copyright. All of these careers are open to our computing graduates; it's your choice.
    For independent information on employment and salaries in the IT industry see the following report which covers 2010-2011: Jobs and Salaries in IT.
    This course begins in September each year. How to Apply
    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
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  • » 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_KITSS_C (January 2018)
     Duration  18 months
     Standard Code Places:  24 (We are now taking applicants for the January 2018 intake.)
     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 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.
    Note that this course leads on to an ordinary degree and an honours degree in Computing Services Management which is approved by the Teaching Council on its list of Degree/Teacher Education Programmes Recognised for Post-Primary Registration Purposes. Go to TC Publications and click on List of Recognized Qualifications (Post-Primary).
    Testimonials ITsupport
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Most applicants will be mature students (over 23 on the 1st of January of the year you are entering the program). 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.
    Additional Information
    What will I have to study?
    Year/SemesterModulesMandatory/
    Elective
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     1/1  Computer Applications Mandatory  5  4
     Computer Systems Mandatory  5  5
     Operating Systems 1 Mandatory  5  5
     Software Development 1 Mandatory  5  5
     Study Skills & Interpersonal Communications Mandatory  5  4
     Computer Networks 1 Mandatory  5  5
     1/2 Industrial Placement 1 Mandatory  30  
     2/3 Industrial Placement 2 Mandatory  30  
     2/4  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
     Database Technology Mandatory  5  5
    Note: Normally students will take Industrial Placement 1 and 2 back to back but in certain cases students may take Industrial Placement 1 and 2 separately and may, if necessary, take Industrial Placement 2 after the completion of the taught part of the course.
    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this programme, the graduate will have:
    • Knowledge and understanding of a broad range of computer skills;
    • The ability to explain the concepts underpinning a range of key computing areas along with the IT practitioner’s role in those areas.
    • The ability to apply a range of computing skills effectively;
    • The ability to analyse IT requirements, design a solution, test the solution and assess the extent to which it satisfies the original requirements following best-practise;
    • The ability to extract, understand and apply required information in pursuit of the skills above;
    • The ability to work and interact effectively as part of a team displaying appropriate communications skills with IT practitioners and non-practitioners alike taking instruction as required;
    • The ability to recognise best-practice across a range of legal and ethical areas;
    • The ability to recognise and follow best-practise under a range of circumstances;
    • The ability to follow technological trends and stay up-to-date as part of their normal and ongoing professional development;
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Progression is available to a one year Level 7 Bachelor Degree in Computer in Information Technology Support internally at LYIT. See: course details page. After that students can progress to a one year level 8 Honours Degree in Computer Service Management internally at LYIT.
    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 articles which you might find helpful see:
    Irish IT industry could scale five times its current size
    New roles, opportunities and further business alignment for IT
    ICT skills gap key to EU employment strategy
    Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs aims to fill 900,000 predicted European ICT vacancies
    RE: Bruton: Ireland can put a further 11,000 people into IT sector
    Digital skills still in demand as Irish jobs market increases 9pc
    8 out of 10 companies on happiest young professionals list have Irish operations
    ICT Skills Audit pinpoints skills needed to fill more than 4,500 tech job
    The skills shortage threatening to derail Europe’s hopes of recovery
    44,500 new job openings for people with high-level ICT skills over the next six years
    Employment up 43pc in Irish-based multinationals – but 57pc warn of a skills shortage
    Computer scientists snapped up for jobs while arts graduates struggle
    Demand for IT staff up almost a third as Irish employers look beyond EU to fill roles
    Financial Support for Students Taking this Courses
    Applicants may be eligible for a SUSI maintenance grant or the Back to Education Allowance, subject to the usual conditions and you may apply to SUSI for a grant to pay your fees also subject to the usual conditions. You may find the 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 unsure if you qualify for financial support feel free to contact LYIT or SUSI for further information.
    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 (Irish)
    IT Support Application Form
    Guidelines on How to Apply and a Complete List of Direct Entry Courses
    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 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  2 year, post Higher Certificate
     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 6 Higher Certificate 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.
    Note that this course is approved by the Teaching Council on its list of Degree/Teacher Education Programmes Recognised for Post-Primary Registration Purposes. Go to TC Publications and click on List of Recognized Qualifications (Post-Primary).
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Successful completion of the level 6 Higher Certificate in Computing in Information Technology Support or another level 6 programme in I.T., with 120 ECTS credits and appropriate learning outcomes.
    Please note that students who do not wish to complete the full 2 years for the level-8 qualification may, after successful completion of one full academic year, take an exit award of a level-7 BSc in Information Technology Support.
    What will I have to study?
    Year/SemesterModulesMandatory/
    Elective
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     3/5  Software Design Mandatory  5  4
     Networks Mandatory  10  6
     Software Development Mandatory  5  4
     Structured Query Language (SQL) and Database Development Mandatory  10  6
     3/6  Dynamic Web Design & Development Mandatory  5  4
     Computer Systems Administration Mandatory  10  6
     Agile Testing & Quality Assurance Mandatory  10  6
     GUI Application Development Mandatory  5  4
     4/7  IT Service Management Mandatory  10  6
     Interaction Design Elective E1  5  3
     Trend Analysis Elective E1  5  3
     Web Application Development Elective E2  10  6
     Emerging Technologies Elective E2  10  6
     Project Preparation Mandatory  5  3
     4/8  Legal, Ethical & Social Issues in Computing Mandatory  5  3
     Project Implementation Mandatory  5  3
     Database Administration Mandatory  10  6
     IT Infrastructure Mandatory  10  6
    NOTE: Student must pick one elective from E1 and one elective from E2.
    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this programme the graduate will have:
    • The ability to demonstrate specialist skills required for working in in a range of key ICT sectors including software development, software testing, software engineering, IT service management, database administration and infrastructure.
    • 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 analyse and evaluate information and based on that information be able to formulate and appraise solutions;
    • The skills required to carry out bounded research and make decisions and justify those decisions in relation to the task;
    • The ability to recognise and apply best-practice across a range of legal and ethical areas as part of their decision making process;
    • 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;
    • The ability to research, develop, formalise and critique original ideas using a range of tools;
    • The ability to work in a team on the planning and management of large-scale infrastructural projects applying best practise as described above.
    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 independent information on employment and salaries in the IT industry see the following report which covers 2010-2011: Jobs and Salaries in IT.
    This course begins in September each year. How to Apply
    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

  • » 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:  24 (We are now taking applicants for the 2017 intake.)
    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. For testimonials from former students of the course follow this link.
    For more information on converting to an IT career with an IT conversion course follow this link.
    For some general information about why you might consider a career in computing: Careers Evenings and Computers.
    If you would like more information about computer programming (OO Programming) click on What is Computer Programming?
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    All applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements of:
    • a level 8 honors degree or equivalent in a non-computing discipline or
    • a level 7 ordinary degree with at least 3 years post-graduate experience which is relevant to their degree and is in a non-computing discipline are eligible to apply by Direct Entry to Letterkenny Institute of Technology.
    Apply: Postgraduate Programmes Application Form.
    What will I have to study?
    Year/SemesterModulesMandatory/
    Elective
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     1/1  Software Design Mandatory  10  5
     Database Technology Mandatory  10  5
     Computer Systems Mandatory  10  5
     1/2  Software Development & Testing Mandatory  10  5
     Software Engineering & Quality Assurance Mandatory  10  5
     Internet Applications Development Elective 1  10  5
     Database Administration Elective 1  10  6
     1/3 Certificate in Industry Studies
    Elective  15  
    Note: Student must take one of the two options from “Elective 1”, either Internet Applications Development or Database Administration.
    Note: Certificate in Industry Studies is an elective additional placement module which students may take at the end of the taught part of the course for a minor-award of a “Certificate in Industry Studies”. LYIT may facilitate students in finding this placement but is not responsible for finding the placement. All placements must be approved by LYIT. Certain approved types of Civic Engagement activities may also be suitable for attaining this additional award.
    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.
    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.
    For independent information on employment and salaries in the IT industry see the following report which covers 2010-2011: Jobs and Salaries in IT. For the latest update on employment in the IT Sector see 2,500 Unfilled Jobs in Irish Tech Sector.
    For articles which you might find helpful see:
    Almost half employment permits issued to IT sector
    Computer scientists snapped up for jobs while arts graduates struggle
    Demand for IT staff up almost a third as Irish employers look beyond EU to fill roles
    CAO countdown: Tech graduates in demand amid skills shortage
    Donegal Leaving Cert students should consider computer science courses, says HEA
    Leap in numbers of graduates getting work straight out of college
    Financial Support for Students Taking This Course.
    Applicants may be eligible for a SUSI maintenance grant or the Back to Education Allowance, subject to the usual conditions and you may apply to SUSI for a grant to pay your fees also subject to the usual conditions. You may find the 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 unsure if you qualify for financial support feel free to contact LYIT or SUSI for further information.
     If you are applying through Springboard you will get the relevant Springboard financial information on: www.springboardcourses.ie
    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
    Non-European Applicants
    Applications from non-EU applicants are very welcome.  Please contact Jill Murphy at jill.murphy@lyit.ie for details about application forms, fees, visas etc.

  • » 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