BSc in Computer Networks and Cloud Infrastructure

  • NFQ Level 7
  • Points Required 324*
  • Course Code SG137
  • Award Ordinary Bachelor Degree Abinitio
  • Duration 3

Course Summary

 

The BSc in Computer Networks and Cloud Infrastructure will provide the learner with the skills, knowledge, and competencies required to begin a career in Information Technology/Computer Networking. The programme enables the learner to work with computer networks and cloud infrastructure in order to design, analyse, survey, configure, install, monitor, secure, evaluate, and troubleshoot network, server and telecommunications configurations. This programme is mapped onto professional industry qualifications, and helps to prepare candidates for immediate employment using skills gained in the required areas.

Ireland’s success story in the ICT sector generally is impressive:

  • Over 105,000 people are employed in the technology sector in Ireland, with approximately 70% of those employed by FDI companies.

  • ICT Exports are worth €72 billion per annum (40% of total national exports).

  • 4 of the top 5 exporters in Ireland are technology companies

  • Nine of the world’s top 10 ICT companies are located in Ireland and the IDA supports over 200 FDI firms in this sector.

Practically every business relies on its ICT network – maintaining systems and launching new ones are critical. This role is the responsibility of the network systems administrator. This could be the perfect course for you if you see yourself in a professional position that requires great attention to detail, a high level of technical capability and the capacity to solve problems and think on your feet.

As network systems administrator, your responsibilities include everything from activating accounts and security controls to installing and configuring routers, servers and switchers. You will also monitor network performance and troubleshoot problems. Our aim is to train systems and network experts who can work in virtually any industry that relies on these key business systems.

Based on our discussions with, and feedback from, the Information Technology industry we have embedded a series of key skills in this programme. These include the ability to test and evaluate hardware or software and solve problems with technology; design enterprise networks; secure computer resources; manage digital assets; systems and networking; programming; telecommunications; voice over IP; server management; database management and development; computer forensics; and innovation and teamwork.

This programme is fundamentally a computing programme but one with a clear focus on the infrastructure that powers the movement of data about the internet. There are a number of distinct features:

  • common first year - many are unsure of computing. While we have an array of programmes, we recognise that you may wish to ‘sample and see’ so we encourage students to look their choice afresh at end of Year 1.

  • equipment - access to real-world equipment is a must to ensure you have immediate traction when you start work. We have two dedicated labs with networking equipment to let you build a model infrastructure solution to support high-speed communication.

  • project - big substantial projects enable you to really grapple with a problem and create a killer solution. In Yr 3 you’ll have the space and support to work in a team year-long towards a solution that will wow employers.

  • work placement - IT Sligo have been doing placement longer than most and we’re good at it. Our network of employers welcome this programme and a successful work placement is often the door to a full-time job.

  • accreditation - This programme is mapped onto professional industry qualifications in the areas of CompTIA A+, CCNA, CCNA Security, CCNP Routing and Switching.  This helps to prepare graduates for immediate employment both locally, nationally and internationally using skills gained in the required areas.

So, choose this programme if:

  • you prefer working hands-on with the ‘plumbing’ of the internet - the equipment that powers data around the globe

  • you prefer the tangible connectivity challenges above the more abstract programming tasks

  • you want to work with the likes of Cisco, Dell EMC and Vodafone to build capacity in the global data networks.

If you care for more details about this programme and the modules studied, look here.

More information and news on this programme can be found at itsligo.ie/cee or contact the Programme Chair, Paul Flynn for a chat.

Entry Requirements

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Career Opportunities

The core skills in computer systems, networking, cloud and computer security allow students to take up the many available employment opportunities both locally, nationally and internationally. Students that graduate with a BSc in Computer Networks and Cloud Infrastructure will have the necessary skills to work as a Network Systems Administrator, Computer Network Defence Administrator, Wireless Network Engineer, Computer Systems Administrator, Cloud Solutions Architect, Cybersecurity Engineer and lots more.

Matthew McMeekin graduated from our BSc (Hons) in Computer Networks and Cloud Infrastructure programme in 2019. Matthew now works for Amazon. "I met with Amazon at the IT Sligo Careers Fair. Shortly after this, I completed my application and received a job offer as a Graduate Cloud Support Associate before I had finished my studies. My starting salary was €44,600."

Further Study

Students from our Level 7 BSc in Computer Networks and Cloud Infrastructure may progress to the final year of our BSc (Hons) in Computer Networks and Cloud Infrastructure.

BSc (Hons) in Computer Networks and Cloud Infrastructure

Following the Level 8 graduates can progress onto a range of Level 9 and Level 10 postgraduate studies such as the MSc in Computing here at IT Sligo.

MSc in Computing (Data Science)

Testimonials

Hear what some of our graduates have to say about Computing at IT Sligo.

Did you know?

This course is mapped onto professional industry qualifications in the areas of CompTia A+, Cisco CCNA, Microsoft Server and AWS certifications. 

Students will undertake a work placement in third year. In fact, over 70% of our students gain employment directly from their work placement!

All our Computing degrees have a common first year.

Students study a wide range of computing modules to give them an understanding of all aspects of computing and the flexibility to change direction in year two if desired. Students can choose from Computing, Networks and Cloud Infrastructure, Software Development, Games Development, Smart Technologies or App Design and User Experience.