» 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
2017 Matriculation Requirements Pre-2017 Leaving Cert Grades Required 2 H5 and 4 O6/H7 grades 2 HD1 and 4 OD3/HE grades 6 O6/H7 grades 5 OD3/HE grades
- What will I have to study?
Year/Semester Modules Mandatory/
No of credits Class 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:
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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
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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: email@example.com
- Telephone: (074) 918 6304
- Non-European Applicants
- Applications from non-EU applicants are very welcome. Please contact Jill Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org for details about application forms, fees, visas etc.