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Bachelor of Science (Honours) BSc (Hons) in Software Design with Cloud Computing

Course Overview

  • 4

    Years

  • 8

    Level

  • AL802

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

Ireland’s reputation as a centre of software excellence is unrivaled in Europe. It is home to multinational and indigenous firms generating €16 billion of exports annually. The sectors wide-ranging activities include software development, R&D, business services and EMEA/International headquarters.

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. Cloud computing has been referred to as “climate change for IT” with a significant growth in employment opportunities in this area. The course introduces the student to various concepts of software design in the common first year. This is expanded further in second year and the first semester third year with a greater specialisation in the implementation and testing of Web and Cloud-based software solutions using the latest technologies. In the final year of the programme the student undertakes further specialised modules in Cloud Computing and completes a major project.

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 experience many core aspects of software development while allowing you to change your specialisation entering second year if you have the required CAO points. Lecturers have extensive industry experience which enriches their teaching skills and competencies. You will be part of an exciting software development environment, with advanced research and strong links to industry. You will enjoy a six-month work placement during your third year of the programme giving you real industrial experience while undertaking a challenging project.

Course Details

Course Duration:
4 Years
CAO Course Code:
AL802
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 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 the module mathematics (5N1833) included in their award or 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, Mobile Apps and Connected Devices, Agile Methodologies, Communications, Computer Applications.

Year 2

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

Year 3

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

Year 4

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. Employers include: Ericsson, Valeo, Cisco, Avaya (Nortel), SAP, Hewlett-Packard, Google, Microsoft, IBM, Riverdeep, as well as financial institutions and SMEs.

Work Placement

As part of your adventure in software design, you will have the opportunity to work in industry both locally and abroad on our work placement programme. This gives you relevant working experience and valuable contacts in the industry before you graduate.

If you decide to travel abroad on your placement our excellent International Office will set you up with one of our partner institutes across Europe and Asia. The world really is your oyster.

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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