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CR 590

Key Info

  • Course CodeCR 590
  • Field of StudyElectronic Engineering
  • Type of CourseHonours Degree
  • Type of QualificationBachelor of Engineering (Honours)
  • Type of Study Full time
  • Application Closing Date
  • Duration4 Year (8 Semesters)
  • Level8
  • LocationCIT Bishopstown Campus
  • CAO 1st RoundEntry 2019: 342

Small, lightweight, portable devices like Smartphones and tablets combine wireless technology with processing power to provide internet, communications and leisure functionality while on the move. They are now driving how we live, work and play. Combining low power consumption with microchip design, telecommunication and control circuitry (hardware) and the operating system software, they are the ultimate electronic system. CIT’s CR 590 programme is designed to equip engineers to work at this level.

 

about the course

Electronic engineering is used for the collection, processing and transmission of information. From the most sophisticated machines in industry, to cars, to household appliances and to personal items, all have the same thing in common: they are “intelligent”. On a printed circuit board (PCB), surrounded by analogue and digital circuitry, there is a microprocessor, or maybe several, which has a clock (heartbeat). On every cycle the microprocessor executes an instruction from whatever programming it is running (software) – this ability is what makes the system intelligent. Intelligence, control and communications, theory and practice, form the core material of this course.

 

This Level 8 programme starts with the basics of electronics, i.e. analogue and digital circuits and computer programming and progresses upwards to modern electronic systems which can be found in computers, mobile phones, medical devices, cars, etc. Course work involves theory, practice, and project work.

 

All academic years consist of 2 semesters with 6 modules in each semester. Modules can have a continuous assessment element to them and also a final exam. The course involves theory, practice, and project work. The technical subjects are supported by a range of professional development modules which work on the individual’s ability to communicate, work in teams and understand business concepts. The programme is supported by well equipped laboratories and workshops and department staff are drawn from a wide range of electronic engineering technologies.

 

Further Studies

Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for a postgraduate degree at CIT:

 

Question Time

What level of Mathematics is required?
Grade O6/H7 in the Leaving Certificate examination is the minimum requirement, however, a higher grade is recommended.

 

Can you give me examples of the type of work I will be able to do?
Test, develop, design electronic circuits or microchips (hardware), write programmes (software) for products, computer packages, games, mobile phone networks, provide technical support for products.

 

Will I be working in a factory?
The majority of electronic engineers work in nice offices! A huge amount of work is actually done on computers. But if it’s hardware then it will need building and testing in a lab. Mostly, the product will then be outsourced to cheaper parts of the world for manufacture.

 

graduate profile

Valerie Moloney
Postgrad Researcher

“I completed my BEng (Honours) in Electronic Engineering in 2018, and went directly into a postgraduate research position between CIT and Teagasc. My research involves looking at how automation influences milking efficiency on Irish dairy farms.

 

I chose CIT because I wanted a more hands-on learning experience, providing a great foundation for industry with a good blend of hardware, software and firmware. Due to its size, CIT also allows for better student/staff interaction, making lecturers more approachable when asking for help.

 

As someone who always enjoy maths and was looking for a real world application of it, engineering suited me down to the ground.”

 

 

Ciara Murphy
Transmission Engineer


“After graduation, I worked with Surecom Network Solutions in Dublin. My projects include planning radio links in the UK and planning sites in Australia to support their telecoms network. The work involves equipment specification, installation and operation. On other projects, I have worked in conjunction with O2 and Vodafone.

 

It is very interesting and I have already gained so much experience. My Degree was a great foundation in many ways.”


For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements


Leaving Certificate examination in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.

 

Info re CIT Mathematics Exam only: Some students who apply to CIT courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, CIT offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a CIT Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the CIT Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard. Please click here for more information.

 

For information of Fees/Student Grants/Scholarships and Financial Assistance, please click here

 

An expert report on education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in Irish schools was released in November 2016. Its aim is to make Ireland a world-leader in STEM education at both 2nd and 3rd level. Ireland's economy depends ever more on producing high quality STEM graduates. The report encourages education providers like CIT to better market its STEM programmes and to highlight career possibilities as there is a gap in awareness out there. Providers are also asked to encourage and to improve gender balances particularly in engineering – CIT’s Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering fully supports this.

 

For a snapshot of ICT in the greater Cork area, visit www.ceia.ie.

 

The CR 590 graduate is well trained in logic, problem solving, teamwork and self motivated learning. There is no limit or boundary on the sort of job a person with this skillset could take on. Within the field of engineering, they will be equipped with knowledge and application experience to walk into any industry and be in familiar surroundings. The Department has always and continues to have a significant interaction with industry. This occurs through programme validation, external examiners, and collaborations in applications for research funding.

 

Potential Areas of Employment

  • Test/Development/Design in Electronic Systems
  • Telecomms Network Software/Hardware Design/Support

  • IT Software Development
  • R & D in Product Development

CIT has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.

Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link:

BEng (Honours) in Electronic Engineering


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