What is... Networking Applications & Services?
This is a one-year, NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications) Level-8, honours degree programme leading to the award of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Networking Applications & Services of the Dublin Institute of Technology. Graduates of this programme will be key players in IT (information technology) and communications network management teams. The programme provides a solid grounding in the principles of network security and distributed systems, mobile applications, system administration, software development, and M2M (Machine-to-Machine) technology, together with knowledge of management, marketing and law. A significant technical project will complement students’ academic learning outcomes and ensure that on graduation they can immediately apply their skills.
What are my... Career Opportunities?
The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN)/Forfás report for 2013 has identified an increasing demand in the ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) sector for highly skilled professionals, particularly at NFQ Level-8. Every industry now requires professionals with IT skills, so whether you work in a dedicated ICT company (many of the world’s top ICT companies are already located here), or the IT department of a company in another industry, career opportunities are many and varied.
What other options do I have after completion?
As with any student holding a level-8 degree, opportunities exist nationally and internationally for progression to higher levels of study and post-graduate research.
Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?
The modules of the programme rely heavily on computer programming skills, with one module devoted entirely to developing skills in this area, including an examination of Object-Oriented (OO) programming and design techniques. Students will have the opportunity to build mobile applications for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry, and to learn how to deploy them in the market place. Students will learn to install and configure a range of internet server applications such as a Web server and a mail server. Students will study the principles of cryptography and network security, the architecture, algorithms and designs upon which modern distributed systems are based, and the interconnection of systems that employ microcontrollers. Students will learn of the lifecycle of production and delivery and the benefits of adhering to the 7 principles of Universal Design. Finally, a project will provide a challenging practical opportunity to demonstrate students’ assimilation and integration of technical knowledge, analytical competence, aptitude for problem-solving, design creativity, organizational ability, awareness of commercial factors, and interpersonal and communication skills.
The nine modules of the programme are:
- Software Development
- Mobile Applications
- Embedded Systems Connectivity
- Universal Design and Assistive ICT
- Management, Marketing and Law
- Open Source Software in the Enterprise
- Network & Wireless Security Principles
- Distributed Systems
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