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    The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector in Ireland continues to grow steadily as companies across the world take advantage of our competitive economic environment, excellent skill base and highly favourable business environment. With most of the world's top ICT companies having a major base in Ireland and with rapidly expanding ICT exports, particularly in the services sector, employment opportunities of all types in ICT continue to remain excellent. In fact one of the main reasons to pursue a career in ICT is the vast range of different types of career which means that, no matter where your interests lie, you are sure to find an enjoyable and rewarding career in ICT.
    This is a wide-ranging, flexible course that reveals what the diverse world of computing has to offer – from developing websites such as Amazon.com to writing applications for banking systems to developing mobile internet applications. If you are curious about how computers operate, how computer systems are designed and created, problem solving and how to manage company IT systems, then this broad degree will give you all the applied knowledge and skills you need. In particular the course gives you strong skills in software development which are in huge demand by employers.
    Malachi Eastwood, Managing Director, Gartan Technologies, pictured with the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD on a recent trade mission to Australia organised by Enterprise Ireland. The Donegal based company is expanding its operations to Australia and opened an office in Sydney on Monday, November 3rd 2014. Malachi is a graduate of the BSc Hons in Applied Computing
    What will I have to study?
    Year/SemesterModulesMandatory/
    Elective
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     1/1  Introduction to OO Programming I Mandatory  10  8
     Personal and Professional Development Mandatory  5  4
     Mathematics for Computing Mandatory  5  4
     Student Development Mandatory  5  4
     Operating Systems I Mandatory  5  4
     1/2  Introduction to OO Programming II Mandatory  10  8
     Problem Solving with Robots Mandatory  5  4
     Introduction to the Web Mandatory  10  8
     Computer Architecture Mandatory  5  4
     2/3  Maths for Computer Graphics Mandatory  5  4
     Visual Programming Mandatory  10  7
     Operating Systems II Mandatory  5  4
     Object Oriented Programming Mandatory  10  7
     2/4  OO GUI Programming Mandatory  5  4
     Network Technologies Mandatory  5  4
     Database Technology Mandatory  10  7
     Smart Devices Mandatory  10  7
     3/5  Software Implementation Mandatory  5  4
     Object Oriented Analysis & Design Mandatory  10  6
     Technical Writing Mandatory  5  4
     Server Administration Mandatory  10  6
     3/6  Algorithms & Data Structures Mandatory  5  4
     Client/Server Database Architecture Mandatory  5  4
     Team Project Mandatory  10  6
     Web Applications Programming Mandatory  10  6
     3/7(s)  Certificate in Industry Studies Elective  15  Summer Period
     4/7  Performance Based Programming Elective  5  3
     Interactive Design Elective  5  3
     Project Preparation Mandatory  5  3
     Software Engineering Mandatory  10  6
     Emerging Technologies Mandatory  10  6
     4/8  Legal, Ethical & Social Issues in Computing Mandatory  5  3
     Computer Science Mandatory  5  3
     Development Project Mandatory  10  6
     Thin Client Mandatory  10  6
    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of the course the graduate will be able to:
    • The ability to demonstrate specialist skills required for working in a range of key ICT sectors including software development, visual programming environments, software engineering, web application development, smart devices and emerging technologies;
    • 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 analyse and evaluate information and based on that information be able to formulate and appraise solutions;
    • The skills required to carry out bounded research and make decisions and justify those decisions in relation to the task;
    • The ability to recognise and apply best-practice across a range of legal and ethical areas as part of their decision making process;
    • The ability to design and 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;
    • The ability to research, develop, formalise and critique original ideas using a range of tools;
    • The ability to work in a team on the planning, management and implementation of all aspects of a diverse range of ICT systems.
    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. There are also a wide range of opportunities to progress to a taught masters programme in areas s uch as Computer Games Development for example.
    Progression internationally to some second cycle (e.g. 'Bologna Masters') degree programmes is possible.
    Career Opportunities
    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.
    So what kind of job would you like to do? Manage large computer systems, manage computer security to stop computer hackers and viruses, be a software engineer, be a project manager, develop internet applications. All of these careers are open to our computing graduates; it's your choice.

    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.
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