Software Design (Common Entry to Game Development and Cloud Computing)

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Software Design (Common Entry to Game Development and Cloud Computing)

Course Overview

  • 4

    Year

  • 8

    Level

  • 300

    Points

  • AL801

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

Software design is one of the enormous growth areas in ICT engineering. The common entry first year has been developed to give you sufficient time and experience to come to an informed choice as to which degree option you wish to pursue.

This programme has a common first year on the following Level 8 qualifications:

  • BSc (Hons) in Software Design (Game Development)
  • BSc (Hons) in Software Design (Cloud Computing)

The benefit of undertaking the common entry programme is that it allows you the time to identify where your strengths and interests lie.

What will I experience?

AIT’s Faculty of Engineering and Informatics is housed in one of the most modern and well-equipped facilities of its kind in the country. The common entry structure of this programme allows you to study a general introduction to the area, before choosing your specialisation in second year. Lecturers have extensive industry experience which enriches their teaching skills and competencies.

Additional Information

(Game Development stream)

Access to this degree is through AL801 – Software Design (Common Entry) This honours degree (Level 8) is designed to provide the education and training required to prepare you for a career in software design. This course specifically includes a specialisation in game development, which continues to be one of the fastest growth sectors in the IT industry. This career could be as a member of a software development department within an organisation or as a designer developing games, etc. Students undertake a six-month industrial placement in the third year of the degree.

Game development is one of the fastest growing industries in the entertainment industry. Annual video games sales are approx. €30 billion and are expected to rise to €40 billion in the next four years.

Globally, the computer games industry is an area with enormous potential for development. The value of the computer games industry worldwide is in excess of €85 billion. Despite the fact that the games industry in Ireland is in an embryonic stage, it has the potential to grow significantly over the next five to 10 years.

(Cloud Computing stream)

Access to this degree is through AL801 – Software Design (Common Entry). Cloud computing can be defined as the unification of devices, operating systems, data and storage into a single system.

This honours degree (Level 8) is designed to provide the education and training required to prepare you for a career in software design, focusing specifically on cloud computing. Students undertake a six-month industrial placement in the third year of the degree.

Cloud computing has been referred to as “climate change for IT” with a significant growth in vacancies available in this area. The course introduces the student to various concepts of software design in the common first year. This is expanded further in year 2 and semester 1 of year 3 with a greater specialisation in the implementation and testing of web and cloud-based software solutions using Java and .NET. The students undertake an industrial placement in the second semester of year 3. In the final year of the programme the student undertakes further specialised modules in cloud computing and completes a major project.

Course Details

Course Duration:
4 Year
CAO Course Code:
AL801
Cut Off CAO Points:
300
Course Award:
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Course NFQ Level:
Level 8
Department:
Dept of Electronics & Informatics
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Grade H5 at higher level in two subjects, plus Grade 06 at ordinary level in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate. Two of these subjects must be Mathematics and a language (English or Irish)

QQI (FETAC):

QQI applicants to this programme must hold the following award: Information Technology (CITXX). They are also required to have the module Mathematics (5N1833) included in their award or alternatively have Leaving Certificate Mathematics. They must also possess distinctions in three modules.

Course Structure

Year 1

Digital Media, Mathematics for Software Design, Software Development, Web Development, Game Development, Agile Methodologies, Communication Computer Applications.

Year 2

(Game Development stream)

​Mathematics for Software Design, Software Development, Agile Methodologies, Software Development for Gaming, Databases, Game Development, Networks, Group Project

Or

(Cloud Computing stream)

Mathematics for Software Design, Software Development, Agile Methodologies, Software Development for Cloud, Databases, Web Development, Networks, Group Project, Mobile Application Development

Year 3

(Game Development stream)

Operating Systems and Concurrency, Software Development, Software Engineering, Software Development for Gaming, Game Theory and Multicore, Programming, Game Development, Placement.

Or

(Cloud Computing stream)

Operating Systems and Concurrency, Software Development, Software Engineering, Software Development for Cloud, Server-side Web Development, Web Development, Placement.

Year 4

(Game Development stream)

Project, Computer Graphics, Networks, Management and Organisational Behaviour, Game Technology, Databases, The Engineer in Society, Security, Distributed Systems.

Or

(Cloud Computing stream)

Project, Computer Graphics, Networks, Management and Organisational Behaviour, Databases, Data Mining and Machine Learning, The Engineer in Society, Security, Distributed Systems, Service Oriented Architecture.

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

Students graduating from this course will be in a position to take up careers as game developers, software designers, database programmers and administrators, and technical salespersons. Possible employers include: Ericsson, Valeo, Cisco, Avaya (Nortel), SAP, Hewlett-Packard, Google, Microsoft, IBM, Riverdeep, as well as financial institutions and SMEs.

Further Study

Graduates with Honours are eligible to apply to join the Master of Science in Software Engineering (Level 9) at AIT or appropriate postgraduate programmes at other third-level institutions.

Master of Science in Software Engineering

Masters of Science

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