BSc (Hons) in Computer Networks and Cloud Infrastructure

  • NFQ Level 8
  • Points Required 324*
  • Course Code SG253
  • Award Honours Degree Abinitio
  • Duration 4

Course Summary


The BSc in Computer Networks and Cloud Infrastructure focuses on the infrastructure that powers the movement of data about the internet. Almost every business relies on its Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) network. Ireland hosts much of the world-leading network, telecoms, cloud and data centre companies as well as the emerging Internet of Things space - these together represent the backbone infrastructure upon which networking services are deployed and maintained.

MORE THAN A DEGREE

This course gives students an in-depth understanding of computer network design, implementation and optimisation. Students study a suite of modules that focus on cutting-edge, emerging technologies.This includes Software Defined Networks, Public, Private and Hybrid  Cloud Technologies and Ethical Hacking.

As well as in-depth knowledge and practical experience of computer communications and networking, our course will provide you with many transferable skills including problem-solving, research and presentation skills. This programme is mapped onto professional industry qualifications, including CISCO CCNA, AWS Cloud Architecting and Microsoft Server certifications. This ensures students are industry ready and in high demand.

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.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

The programme covers skills in the design, configuration and deployment of networking infrastructures. As well as skills in software configuration of networking devices and deploying such devices to the cloud.

This is an extremely hands on degree with lots of time spent in computer labs.The aim is to teach students how to use industry standard tools and techniques and then explain the concepts behind them. Creativity, problem solving, persistence and critical thinking are key skills which are developed during the course.

Our team of lecturers have students as their number one priority. Small class sizes and a hands-on approach means that help and guidance is available when needed.

YEAR ONE

Students study a common first year across all computing courses, allowing them to establish where their strengths lie. 

YEAR TWO

Students are introduced to Networks and Database Technology and Management. Modules include Linux, Signals and Systems and Cloud Computing.

YEAR THREE

Students complete a minimum 12-week work placement in an IT industry. This placement, coupled with a full year group project gives the students valuable practical experience. In the project the students work in teams to build a real-world IT infrastructure consisting of existing and emerging technologies.

YEAR FOUR

Modules in year four include Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence as well as advanced networking and cloud computing. Students undertake an individual project which requires them to work with state-of-the-art technology.

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 - Substantial projects enable you to really grapple with a problem and create a killer solution. In year three 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.

IRELAND AND ICT

Ireland’s success story in the ICT sector is impressive. Ireland hosts much of the world-leading network, telecoms, cloud and data centre companies as well as the emerging Internet of Things space - these together represent the backbone infrastructure upon which networking services are deployed and maintained.

The growth in the network infrastructure is symbiotic with developments in virtualisation and cloud computing. This supports those companies who base their services upon this infrastructure.

  • 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.

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, Network and Cyber Security Specialist, Wireless and Voice Specialist, Systems Design 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

Graduates can progress onto a range of Level 9 and Level 10 postgraduate studies such as the MSc in Computing (Data Science) here at IT Sligo.

MSc in Computing (Data Science)

Testimonials

“I enjoy the practical element of the course most of all, as it gives you an opportunity to get some hands on experience with real-life equipment.You learn so much interesting and relevant knowledge every day." 

Orla Devaney, BSc (Hons) in Computer Networks and Cloud Infrastructure

"IT Sligo offers degrees that provided the widest range of modules to learn from. I enjoy the projects which offer a lot of freedom to showcase the skills I have gained."

Cathal Mc Bride, BSc (Hons) in Computer Networks and Cloud Infrastructure

 

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. This provides an introduction to the workplace and students then return to fourth year where they consolidate their newly developed skills. In fact, over 70% of our students gain employment directly from their work placement!

Access to real-world equipment is a must to ensure you have the skills employers want. We have two dedicated labs with networking equipment to let you build a model infrastructure solution to support high-speed communication.

Substantial projects enable you to really grapple with a problem and create a killer solution. In year three you’ll have the space and support to work in a team towards a solution that will wow employers.

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.

Alumni

"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."

Matthew Mc Meekin, BSc (Hons) in Computer Networks and Cloud Infrastructure graduate and Amazon Cloud Support Associate.

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