BSc (Hons) in Software Development and Computer Networking, Level 8
Cork Institute of Technology – CR 116
4 year full-time course
The course is specialised and targeted toward a particular job market. If you feel that you would be interested in planning and designing the computer networks used to allow computers communicate all over the world then apply for this course. This course has been designed such that its first year modules are common with other Level 8 computing courses at CIT. Therefore, having successfully completed Year 1, a student may be eligible to transfer to another Level 8 CIT computing course. This flexibility allows a student to make a more informed decision one year into their studies.
Programming and Software Engineering are a crucial part of the course, accounting for roughly a quarter of the mandatory modules. The programming skills you will learn can be applied to web development, and the Web Development Fundamentals and Web Publishing modules in first year can be built on through choosing elective modules in Web Development in later years.
Students are in industry for five months during the third year of the course. The placement runs from April to August inclusive. Placements for students are organised on a country-wide basis with a particular focus on Cork and Dublin. Students have been placed in France, Germany, Sweden and the USA.
Career prospects; Further studies
Graduates of the course have found careers in a range of industries – such as networking, telecoms, data storage and finance – as Software Developers, Quality Assurance Engineers, Technical Trainers, and Support Engineers. Some have progressed into Project and People Management roles. Graduates have commented that the dual nature of the course and the variety between the modules, opened more doors to employment than a single-focused course could have.
Possible Areas of Employment
- Software Development
- Network Engineering
- Software Testing
- IT Support
The games industry requires interdisciplinary teams when developing new products. A graduate with good software development skills and in particular, programming skills would be a major asset to such a team.
Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for postgraduate research degrees at Master’s (MSc) or Doctoral (PhD) level where further specialisation in your preferred area of computing is possible. Suitably qualified graduates may also apply to:
- MSc in Software Development
- MSc in Networking and Security (Taught)
- MSc in Cloud Computing
A minimum of Leaving Certificate Grade C3 in two Higher level subjects together with a Grade D3 in four other subjects at Ordinary or Higher level (one of which must be Irish or English). Applicants must have obtained a grade D3 or better in Higher level Mathematics or a Grade B3 or better in Ordinary level Mathematics. Helpful subjects with ‘problem solving skills’ or that require analytical thought, e.g. Mathematics, Science, Engineering, and Business.
Mr Jonathon Sherwin