Computer systems are at the heart of almost all modern processes and environments. This includes the workplace, home and leisure environments. The applications for computer systems increase daily: medical, car industry, navigation, telecommunications, financial services, the Internet, automation, avionics, etc. Computer Engineering technicians are involved in all aspects of computer systems (both software and hardware): design and prototyping, manufacture, commissioning and maintenance.
    The programme covers the broad spectrum of topics relating to Computer Engineering: computer architecture design principles, data communications, electronic manufacturing systems, computer hardware and software and DSP applications (such as image and sound processing etc.). Practical work includes the design and implementation of hardware, software and integrated systems, fault finding, and the use of software packages for design and analysis. The laboratories are well equipped with modern computer and wireless communications equipment, microcontroller development systems and appropriate digital design packages.
    What will I have to study?
    Year/SemesterProposed Modules,
    subject to approval
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     2/3  Mathematics 3 Mandatory  5  4
     Server Side Scripting with PHP Mandatory  5  4
     Analogue Circuit Design 1 Mandatory  10  6
     Micro-controllers Mandatory  5  4
     Network Fundamentals Mandatory  5  4
     2/4  Mathematics 4 Mandatory  5  4
     Client Side Scripting with Java Script Mandatory  5  4
     Instrumentation Mandatory  5  4
     Network Services Mandatory  5  3
     Analogue Circuit Design 2 Mandatory  10  6
     3/5  Mathematics 5 Mandatory  5  4
     Engineering Management 1 Mandatory  5  4
     Design Project 1 Mandatory  5  3
     Embedded Systems 1 Mandatory  10  6
     Relational Databases Mandatory  5  4
     3/6  Mathematics 6 Mandatory  5  4
     Wireless Communications Mandatory  5  5
     Analogue Electronics 2 Mandatory  10  6
     Project 1 Mandatory  5  3
     Engineering Management 2 Mandatory  5  4
    Learning Outcomes
    The graduate will be able to:
    • understand the key concepts of software engineering as applied to programme design
    • understand the key issues in network design and operation
    • understand the key concepts of digital signal processing
    • understand the process of testing and debugging
    • understand the major issues of management and quality
    • design and implement solutions in software
    • design and implement solutions to problems using digital devices
    • design and implement solutions to interfacing problems using software and hardware
    • assist in the development of hardware and software specifications and requirements
    • design and implement solutions using specifications and requirements
    • maintain document control systems, in particular software version control systems 
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Graduates from this programme may progress to the B.Eng. (Honours) in Embedded Systems Design at LYIT and to Honours Degree and Masters level at other Universities in Ireland or abroad.
    Career Opportunities
    Because of the proliferation of electronics in all industries, electronic engineering technicians work at many different levels within many different companies. Students who successfully complete the B.Eng. in Electronics would expect to find initial employment as:
    • A test technician, troubleshooting electronic circuits or programming automatic test equipment;
    • A field service technician, installing and setting up electronic control equipment in industry;
    • As a sales technician, negotiating with industrial clients on the purchase of electronic systems;
    • A process technician, ensuring quality control in the production of electronic equipment.
    They will have a high level of technical knowledge in the subject areas studied. Suitable vacancies for holder of B.Eng. degrees arise in manufacturing industry, service and research establishments. Some electronic engineers are technical advisors for marketing departments of companies and some are in management positions.
    This course begins in September each year. How to Apply
    • Contact Dr Jim Morrison, Head of Department of Electronics & Mechanical Engineering, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: jim.morrison@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 9186401