In a nutshell

Networking is the infrastructure that powers the internet. Without careful tuning, the bits stop flowing and the buffering ensues. This programme teaches you what to do next.

To power the internet, we need to move bits through the information superhighway. Systems & Networking equips you with the skills and knowledge to ensure those bits keep moving - and fast. With Ireland as a global centre for data centers - Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google are all here - the demand for our graduates continues to grow. Next time you check your mail, it's highly likely it's coming from a server farm down the road.

Some of the world’s best known companies including Microsoft, Google, IBM, Amazon AWS and HP have chosen Ireland as the location for their European Datacentre footprint. Something to go in here about how this course sets you up for a career in data-centres might as well jump on this bandwagon! Modern life relies on computer infrastructure – our degree gives you the know-how and practical skills in the key areas required to become a creative and resourceful infrastructure professional. This includes networking and how it fits into the wider IT industry by working with servers, data centres, virtualisation and the cloud.

This programme takes the focus away from coding and concentrates on how the data we consume moves about the globe and the office. Like the physical universe, the digital universe is large – by 2020 containing nearly as many digital bits as there are stars in the universe. By then, it'll be your job to ensure those 44 trillion gigabytes can find their way to you.

What's involved?

A common Year 1

You'll study the same modules as all our first year computing. We have dedicated networking labs where you'll go hands on with actual racks and servers, tearing down and configuring to experiment with different approaches to routing and bridging data from A to B. You also work with the Internet of Things using tiny micro-controlers & sensors to interact with the physical world and the virtual cloud. You'll also study coding, design thinking, web design and design/build games to help you better understand how programmes work to achieve a goal.

Building out your skills base

Year 2 is where you really dig into the topics particular to your programme. You're aiming to become a network technician so you'll focus more on how computer hardware functions at the low level, how bits are pushed about the pipe and to build in resilience so that the data always makes it through. You'll learn how to install new hardware/software for organisations and troubleshoot problems.

Big Project work and Placement

This is the shortest academic year as you leave for placement at Easter. There's lots to do to get you ready. This year places you in a group of 4, working year-long to develop a large scale application. This is a great chance to build something substantial, something to get you noticed by employers and to work on those soft-skills of working and playing nice with others. You'll interview for jobs and begin focusing on the end-game - gaining employment!

Career Prospects

Graduates typically enter the network infrastructure industry ensuring continuity of service to their customers. Increased use of cloud computing drives demand for our graduates.

Further Study

Successful graduates can enter our Level 8 (Honours) add-on year to round out their networking know-how.

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