B.Sc. (Hons) in Computer Applications, Level 8
Dublin City University – DC121

4 year full-time course

Course Overview

Computing technology is all around us in our everyday lives, from the mobile phone that wakes us in the morning to the GPS system in the car to the networking website we post photos on. It is in use in everything from booking concert tickets to securing your college place. As intelligent, innovative and forward-thinking people continue to develop technology, it can help us to solve problems in a great range of applications (e.g. traffic circulation, climate modeling, the study of diseases, systems engineering, business modeling and ecology). As well as learning how computers work, you will get an understanding of the technology behind computer games, mobile phones, the internet and many other computing-based products.

This degree prepares you for a professional career in computing and information technology. It gives you an in-depth knowledge of software engineering and the practical skills to apply this knowledge to develop tomorrow’s software. Such knowledge is highly sought after by employers.

Course content

The first year is devoted to gaining a strong competence in computer programming and to acquiring essential mathematical skills.

In subsequent years, specialisms in software engineering will equip you with the necessary skills to create software and to invent new ways of using it. Examples include web applications, computer games, mobile applications and the software that is contained in the devices we use on a daily basis (e.g. mobile phones, entertainment systems and cars). There is a strong emphasis on practical work and working as part of a team.

You will complete major projects in Years Three and Four. These projects provide an opportunity for you to put into practice the software development techniques studied in class.

Year 1: Core Introductory Hardware and Software Modules, Including Networks, Web Design and Programming

Year 2: Information Systems or Software Engineering Specialisations

Year 3: Intermediate Specialist Topics, 3rd Year Project, INTRA Work Placement Programme

Year 4: Advanced Specialist Topics, 4th Year Project

Work placement/Internship

In Year Three you will have the opportunity to spend six months on paid work placement. The INTRA programme integrates academic study with closely related jobs. It will give you an understanding of the professional and practical business world and will help you to stand out in the graduate employment market.

Career prospects; Further studies

Software engineers typically find work in computing and electronics companies such as Microsoft, Intel, IBM, Iona, and many specialised software companies. Some graduates choose to start their own businesses. Potential employers include AIB, Accenture, BEA Systems, Compaq, Enterprise Ireland, IBM, Intel, Irish Life, Microsoft, O2, RTÉ, Sun Microsystems and Xilinx, to name but a few. You can also pursue further studies in areas such as e-commerce, bioinformatics, security and forensic computing, cloud computing or software engineering, all of which lead to successful careers in research.

This course is also suitable for those who wish to pursue a career in teaching computer studies, as it is recognised by the Teaching Council (see www.teachingcouncil.ie for further details).

Entry requirements

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply: C3 in Ordinary Level or D3 in Higher Level Mathematics. Students are also expected to attain a minimum points score of 300/GCE A-Level D or GCE AS-Level C or GCSE C in Mathematics. Students are also expected to attain a minimum points score of 300. No FETAC level 5 paths. Transfer applicants and international students welcome.

Contact details

School Secretary
School of Computing
Tel: +353 (0) 1 700 8980