Computer Systems and Networks
Advances in computers and network technology continue to provide job opportunities for IT technicians skilled in the installation, repair and maintenance of computer systems. Individuals who can provide an efficient level of IT support to end users, while demonstrating an ability to counter the threat of viruses, malware and phishing attacks remain in very high demand.
The course is designed to provide the learner with a solid foundation in the fundamentals of computer systems, hardware and software maintenance, networking, virtualisation and mobile technologies. The learner will acquire the skills to design, deploy and secure client/server computer networks based on wired and wireless technologies. A key feature of this course is the use of diagnostics, simulation and forensics in developing the learner's problem-solving and troubleshooting skills.
QQI Level 5
Certificate in 'Computer Systems and Networks'
This is a full-time one year course.
Candidates seeking entry to this programme would ideally have a minimum of a pass in Mathematics at Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate. Some experience with computers and operating systems is desirable but NOT a requirement. All prospective students MUST demonstrate an active interest in working with computer technologies.
A number of subject areas will be covered, including some or all of the following topics:
- Computer Systems Hardware
Designed to provide the learner with the physical skills and knowledge to build and maintain modern computer systems. Special emphasis is placed on developing the learner's troubleshooting skills in effecting hardware diagnostics and repairs.
- Network Essentials
Provides the learner with a solid foundation in computer networks. Special emphasis is placed on core network principles for both peer and server/client networks. Learners can expect to develop skills in building, securing and deploying various network systems using a variety of hardware, peripherals and software initiated solutions.
- Operating Systems
Covers the fundamental concepts of operating systems, software installation and system upgrades. Learners will acquire skills in installing, securing and maintaining a variety of popular operating systems. Also includes a primer in first-line preventative maintenance and software forensics.
- Programming and Design Principles
Provides the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence needed to design, code and test structured computer programs using an Integrated Development Environment (IDE).
- Maths for Information Technology
The purpose of this award is to certify relevant knowledge, skill and competence to apply a broad range of mathematical skills and tools to a wide variety of contexts especially in software development and/or working with computer systems and networks.
- Mobile Technologies
Provides the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to configure, utilise and maintain mobile technologies and associated devices. Includes app development for mainstream platforms.
- Virtualisation Support
Introduction to virtualisation, hypervisors, host/guest systems and simulated networks. The component is designed to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence to participate in the implementation and maintenance of a virtualised network infrastructure.
The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to work as an effective member of a team, operating independently while under general direction and within a range of diverse, team-oriented environments.
- Work Experience
All students are expected to participate in mandatory work placement in a relevant industrial or commercial environment.
There are a variety of possible job opportunities for successful students. Key areas of employment include IT Technical Support, Network Design & Installation and Consultancy.
390 CAO points can be earned by students on successful completion of this course.
For full details on progression opportunities see these links:
The course has a direct link with UCC to the following course:
Under the CCPS scheme, this course has a direct link to the following courses at CIT:
- IT Technology Support (CR888)
- IT Management (CR310)
- Software Development and Computer Networking [BSc Hons] (CR116)
- Computing (CR016)]
Access to UK Universities is possible (subject to matriculation)