Bachelor of Science Network Management

Bachelor of Science in Network Management

Course Overview

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Why take this course?

​Networked devices are all around us, from the traditional wired LAN, to wireless, to fibre, to cloud computing and the Internet of Things. All these devices require secure and reliable networks in order to function. The management of Networks is a core function of many organisations.

The student will acquire skills in the configuration and fault finding of network devices including servers, switches, routers and wireless access points and controllers. You will understand the nature of security threats and appropriate protection systems. You will also be introduced to the legal issues associated with data integrity on computer systems and the design and testing of engineering support systems. Project skills will be developed through projects completed in years 2 and 3.

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. Lecturers have extensive industry experience which enriches their teaching skills and competencies.

What do I do in the first year?

  • Building and testing electronic circuits based on the Arduino microcontroller
  • Configuring small networks based on Cisco CCENT
  • How a computer works inside the box, based on CompTIA A+
  • Introduction to Java programming
  • Complete an electronic project
  • Computer Applications (Microsoft Office User System)
  • Mathematics

Year 2 and 3 extend your knowledge and application of network engineering, you will complete a predefined project in year 2 and have the opportunity to develop your understanding in a particular area of interest in Year 3 with your own project. The project could be in an area such as network management, network security or an Internet of Things application.

Additional Information


Graduates of this programme are deemed to have reached the educational standard of Associate Engineer by Engineers Ireland. This qualification is recognised under the Sydney Accord, by more than 40 countries world-wide, including the EU, the US, Australia and Canada.

Assessment Information

A range of assessment methods are used on this programme. A high percentage of the overall programme assessment is by way of continuous assessment and project work undertaken by the students, this more closely mimics the work environment. The type of continuous assessment used will vary by module, it can comprise lab reports, skills exams, multiple choice exams, coding design, business plan or project progress reports, project thesis, presentations.

Final exams which place at the end of the semester. Further details will be included in the course manual students receive at the start of the year.

Course Details

Course Duration:
1 Year
Course Award:
Bachelor of Science
Course NFQ Level:
Level 7
Dept of Computer and Software Engineering
Minimum Entry Requirements:

CAO Applicants please ​refer to AL 701 ICT Engineering. This is the common entry route to this programme.

Applicants who have completed one or two years of a similar course or have experience in computing or networking may apply for advanced entry to year 2 or year 3 as appropriate. Contact the AIT Admissions office.


Engineers Ireland, AEng MIEI


Lecturer Testimonial

Anthony Commins, Lecturer, Athlone IT Profile Image

Anthony Commins, Lecturer, Athlone IT

The Network Management degree incorporates a number of industry certifications including CCNA, CCNA Security and CCNP Switch.

Course Structure

Year 1

ICT Engineering (Common Year 1)

Computer Systems, Interface Electronics, Networks, Software Development, Mathematics, Electronics Workshop, Communications, Computer Applications

Year 2

​Computer Systems Administration, Engineering Economics, Mathematics, Wireless LAN’s, Enterprise WLAN’s, Project, Network Operating Systems, Networks and IT Infrastructure, Connected Devices.

Year 3

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

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

As a graduate of this course you can expect to find employment in a network support role in a range of industries.

Graduates may gain employment in Amazon, Ericsson, Intel, VMware and various SME’s

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