Bachelor of Science (Honours) Network Management and Cloud Infrastructure

Course Overview

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    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

There is significant demand for graduates with the appropriate skills in the design, deployment and management of network and cloud infrastructure.

This four-year honours degree programme will, in the first two years, provide the learner with the fundamentals of computer and network engineering, including skills in the configuration and fault-finding of medium scale networks and connected devices. You will understand the nature of security threats and about systems to protect a network. In the final two years, you will be introduced to the legal issues associated with data integrity on computer systems. You will gain skills in the design and testing of scripting applications for management of a network and cover data modelling and database design including the handling of large data sets. The learner will also cover network management techniques and topics such as software defined networking. The emergence of interactive networks across a number of domains is also examined.

A strong project theme runs across the four years of the programme which culminates with the learner researching, implementing, documenting and presenting a significant final year cap-stone project. There is also the opportunity to take a number of Industry accredited modules in the network area such as Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching, CCNA Security, CCNP Switch and VMWare VSphere certifications.

What will I experience?

AIT is a leader in computer and network engineering education. The institute has extensive connections with industry, furthermore the Software Research Institute (SRI) located on campus, is a nationally recognised centre. Student tutors and mentors are on hand to provide extra support. Programmes are delivered in the state-of-the-art Engineering & Informatics building. You will get a lot of hands on physical equipment time as-well as using simulators and remotely accessed labs. This will give you an excellent view of the possibilities that can be delivered by networked systems.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Network management is a rapidly-evolving specialism combining an in-depth understanding of design, configuration and security for on premises infrastructure with the elasticity, adaptability and utility of the cloud. Graduates who can design, manage and build cutting edge infrastructure are highly sought after.

Assessment Information

A range of assessments are used on this programme, a high proportion of the programme is assessed using continuous assessment and project work.

Course Details

Course Duration:
4 Years
CAO Course Code:
Course Award:
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Course NFQ Level:
Level 8
Dept of Electronics & Informatics
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Grade H5 at higher level in two subjects, plus Grade O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate. Two of these subjects must be mathematics and a language (English or Irish).

QQI: QQI applicants to this programme must hold the following award: Information Technology (CITXX). They are also required to have Software Development (5M0529) and the module mathematics (5N1833) or Maths for IT (5N18396) or Maths for STEM (5N0556) included in their award or alternatively have Leaving Certificate mathematics. They must also possess distinctions in three modules.

Course Structure

Year 1

Computer Systems, Networks, Interface Electronics, Software, Electronic Project, Communications, Mathematics and Computer Applications.

Year 2

Computer System Administration, Wireless LANs, Enterprise WLANs, Network Operating Systems,Network & IT Infrastructure, Mathematics, Engineering Economics, Connected Devices and Project.

Year 3

Mobile Networks, Scripting, Networks Security, Network Management, Switched Networks, Mathematics, Quality & Project Management and Project.

Year 4

Enhanced Networks, Network Management, Cloud Infrastructure, Database Design and Administration, Scripting, Augmented User Interaction, the Engineer in Society, and the final year cap-stone Project.

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

As a graduate of this course, you can expect to find employment as a network designer, network system administrator, software roles, technical sales in a range of industries. Potential employers include: Ericsson, Valeo, Cisco, Avaya, SAP, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, intel, VMWare and a range of enterprises from small start-ups to areas such smart manufacturing, transport, healthcare and finance where networks have become key to their operation.

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.

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