• » 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?
    No of credits
     4/7  Advanced Algorithms and Data Structures Elective  5
     DevOps Elective  5
     Software Engineering Mandatory  5
     Research in Computing with Emerging Technologies Mandatory  10
     Secure Infrastructure Mandatory  5
     Website Development Mandatory  5
     4/8  UX Design Mandatory  5
     Legal, Ethical & Social Issues in Computing  Mandatory  5
     Development Project Mandatory  10
     Data Storage Mandatory  5
     Server Side Application Development Mandatory  5
    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.
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    • Contact Thomas Dowling, Head of Department of Computing, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: thomas.dowling@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 918 6304‌