The first year curriculum is common for all degrees in the Department of Computer Science. All first year students study the same modules and this means that students can transfer to another programme in the Department in year two if they meet the CAO entry requirements for that programme when they enter CIT. This offers great flexibility for qualifying students who may wish to change programmes after year one. This flexibility allows a student to make a more informed decision one year into his/her studies.
The BSc in Information Technology is a three-year level 7 degree programme designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and competencies in IT infrastructure, security, emerging technologies, systems management, database systems and IT applications. The programme is designed around five key strategic pillars; Networking, Security, Cloud Computing Technologies, Scripting and Database Systems. The students who enrol on this programme will study modules aligned to the above areas.
On successful completion of this degree programme there is a progression pathway available to enable students to enter the Level 8 BSc (Hons) in IT Management programme.
The aim of the BSc in Information Technology programme is to produce graduates who have strong Information Technology skills in areas such as IT infrastructure, operating systems, systems administration, cloud computing technologies and cyber security. Graduates will be able to deploy and administer virtualised environments, deploy and configure networks, and secure the IT infrastructure. Along with learning about IT systems, you will also learn about Information Security which is a rapidly expanding sector in the computer industry. As more technology goes online, you have to learn how private/ sensitive information may be at risk and the steps you can take to protect it.
The programme covers a wide range of modules which will be useful in any type of IT role such as networking, web services, databases, system administration, operating systems, computer security principles, project management and network security.
At a time of increasing reliance on IT services, the demand for graduates with the skills to implement and maintain IT infrastructure remains high. This programme is specifically designed to address this need. In Year 3, work placement runs from January. Placements for students are organised on a country-wide basis with a particular focus on Cork and Dublin. Students can also work abroad. The placement is supported by a member of academic staff in CIT together with a workplace mentor. The aim of the industrial placement is to introduce the learner to structured employment in a relevant work sector and to develop an understanding of the organisation, its culture, procedures and technologies.
CIT has a long and successful association with the Erasmus programme. Every year, students travel to study at CIT from across Europe and many CIT students travel to study beyond our shores. The Department of Computer Science has strong links with institutions in Germany, Sweden, France, and Finland.
Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for entry to Year 4 of Bachelor of Science (Honours) in IT Management (CR310).
On successful completion of the programme, am I qualified as an IT Technician?
Yes. You will learn hands-on the skills required to implement, maintain and secure computer networks, hardware, databases, web services and applications.
What can I work at after the 3 years study?
You can work in many IT roles e.g. IT Support Engineer, Network Administrator, System Administrator, Website Administrator, etc.
Is it possible to obtain a Higher Certificate award after two years?
Yes. Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and do not wish to progress to Year 3 will receive the Higher Certificate in Information Technology.
Can I work in the Games Development Industry with this programme?
This programme is not designed to equip its graduates with the skills needed in a developmental or programming role.
What level of Programming is contained in the programme?
Programming is not the primary focus of this programme. You will cover some basic programming modules in first year.
ICT Information Security Specialist
“I was unsure of what area of IT I wanted to study initially and this programme offered a wide range of modules which allowed me to learn about several areas. Shortly after I graduated, I began working for Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), Dublin. A few years later, I was promoted to Senior IT Risk & Compliance Specialist, where I performed security risk assessments, security audits and dealt with clients across many areas. I’m now working as an ICT Security Specialist in the Information Security Services Department for Lease Plan Information Services (LPIS).
I’d recommend this programme to anyone who is looking for a great basis in different aspects of IT from Web development, Linux to IT Security. When you find your particular interest, you can focus your Final Year project on where your skills lie best and it can guide you into any area of IT.”
Ann-Marie initially completed a BSc in IT and then progressed to an add-on year for a BSc (Hons) in Computer Services Management (retitled IT Management).