Bachelor of Science (Honours) Network Management and Cloud Infrastructure

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Network Management and Cloud Infrastructure

Course Overview

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Why take this course?

A comprehensive understanding of the deployment and management of network and cloud infrastructure is a key requirement for many organisations. There is significant growth in demand for graduates with the appropriate skills in these areas with recent reports referring to the shift to Cloud as “Climate Change” for IT. In addition, various industry reports identify a shortage of network professionals with relevant Network, Cloud and Software skills.

This honours degree includes modules which will assist students in taking additional assessments to gain VMware vSphere qualifications.

This programme will provide the student with skills in the design and test of medium-sized Scripting applications. The programme will also cover data modelling and database design; students will also assess data storage and retrieval for large data sets required for Big Data. The student will also cover network management and enhanced network topics such as SDN.

Augmented User Interaction, or AR, looks at the emergence of interactive networks across a number of domains through completing a project. Students will also research, implement, document and present a final year project in a related area.

What will I experience?

AIT is a leader in software engineering education. The Institute has extensive connections with industry, established over many years. Furthermore, the Software Research Institute, located on campus, is a national recognised centre. Student tutors and mentors are on hand to provide extra support outside the lecture theatre. Programmes are delivered in the state-of-the-art Engineering and Informatics Building.

Additional Information


Graduates of this programme are deemed eligible by the Teaching Council to apply for a Postgraduate Diploma in Education programme at Irish universities, recognised to teach the subject Computer Studies.

Assessment Information

A range of assessment methods are used on this programme. The majority (75%) of the overall programme assessment is by way of continuous assessment and project work. This more closely mimics the work environment. The type of continuous assessment used will vary by module, it can comprise lab reports, coding design, business plan or project progress reports, project thesis and presentations.

Course Details

Course Duration:
1 Year
Course Award:
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Course NFQ Level:
Level 8
Dept of Computer and Software Engineering
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Applicants should hold a Level 7 degree in Networking or a cognate area (Computing, Electronics, Telecommunications)

Lecturer Testimonial

Tom Bennett, Lecturer Athlone IT Profile Image

Tom Bennett, Lecturer Athlone IT

This course seeks to reflect the rapidly-evolving practice in the domain of network management and cloud computing planning and management. Experts who fulfil this role are highly coveted

Student Testimonial

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Paul M. Heaney, VMware, Cork EMEA team

Solving networking challenges, configuring cloud deployments to resolving client-facing trouble-shooting. I feel my AIT degree gives me these skills.

Course Structure

Year 4

Database Design and Administration, The Engineer in Society, Enhanced Networks, Network Management, Cloud Infrastructure, Scripting, Augmented User Interaction, Project

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

As a graduate of this course you can expect to find employment as a network designer or system administrator in a range of industries.

Graduates have gained employment in Amazon, Ericsson, Intel, CipherTechs, VMware, Athlone IT, Zurich Insurance and DPD Ireland.

A number of graduate have gone on to taught and research Masters in cognate areas.

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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