Smart Energy Systems - BSc (Honours) in Computing
This programme is designed to produce graduates with an in depth knowledge of the integration of smart energy systems with software applications. These smart green systems will assist stakeholders in collecting, analysing and reporting of data from various producers and consumers of energy and develop solutions that utilises this information to control and reduce energy usage and carbon emissions.
This programme is designed to develop computing skills so that students can develop applications and design innovative computer systems which will be used for energy management or renewable energy projects. These applications and systems will manage energy systems including smart meters, household energy systems, electric car charging stations, building control systems, solar panel arrays and wind turbines.
A student specialising in the area of Smart Energy Systems will take additional course content including:
• Designing applications to assess energy efficiency of various renewable energy technologies
• Using computer systems to manage energy sources
• Work Placement with a company in the smart energy sector
• Building automated industrial systems
• Researching and designing wireless sensor networks for energy management
• Assessing how smart energy technologies are being used to design more efficient building and energy systems
Extra-curricular activities will form an important role in developing the appreciation and understanding of smart energy systems and their applications. Students are encouraged to join the dynamic Smart Green Society or become part of the Green Campus Committee. Students can also participate in field trips with the students from the BSc (Hons) in Environmental and Natural Resource Management offered at LIT Tipperary and participation in competitions such as the Imagine Cup. This exposure, especially in the first two years of the programme will serve to broaden students’ understanding and appreciation of the sustainable energy sector.
Leaving Certificate: A minimum of 2 honours and 4 passes in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English/Irish.
FETAC: full FETAC level 5 award, including a distinction grade in at least three modules or a FETAC level 6 award. Applicants must have passed a Mathematics module in their FETAC Award or passed Mathematics at Leaving Certificate to qualify for entry to this programme.
Mature: Refer to the admissions section.
Introduction to Programming, Web Development Fundamentals, Computer System Concepts, Mathematics for Computing, Operating System Fundamentals, Organisations and Business Processes, Introduction to Computer Networks, Introduction to OO Programming, Programme Design Concepts, Electronics for Computing, Mathematical Methods, Operating Systems Management, Interpersonal Development.
Structured Programming, Introduction to OO Design, Multimedia Technology, Database Planning and Design, Fundamentals of Sustainability, Human Computer Interface Design, Data Structures, Microprocessor Systems, Statistical Data Analysis, Internetworking, Database Systems Implementation, Enterprise Application Development.
Algorithms, Network Services and Applications, Project and Teamwork, Energy Principles, Computer Graphics, Professional Development, Entrepreneurship, Software Security and Testing, Embedded Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Project and Teamwork, Organisational Studies, Sustainable Energy Technology, Work Placement.
Advanced Embedded Systems, Wireless System Networks, Software Project Management, HVAC and Lighting, Industrial Automation, Project, Electronics for Embedded Systems, Simulation and Modelling, Smart Energy Systems, Computing and Modern Culture, Energy Management, Project.
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Top 3 Reasons to Choose:
1 The programme offers an opportunity to study a unique, multidisciplinary programme that meets today’s rapidly expanding need for a sustainable energy industry. LIT-Tipperary is the first Irish third level college to develop a multidisciplinary energy studies programme that combines computing and sustainable energy, this programme was developed in consultation with industry and government agencies.
2 Experience state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities that expose you to cutting-edge technology and be the first to experience new breakthroughs in research and development.
LIT- Tipperary has recently taken delivery of a number of new sustainable energy technologies so as to provide students with hands on practical experience in monitoring, assessment and design of new solutions to maximise energy efficiency. LIT-Tipperary is also a partner in monitoring energy performance generated by the monitoring systems installed in 100 houses as part of the EU SERVE Project, as well as data from Eco village in Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary which include Ireland’s largest Solar Array, District heating and passive standard buildings.
3 The Smart Sustainable Energy degree prepares students for this challenging and rapidly expanding field, covering the development and design of innovative sustainable energy computing solutions that are essential to support the development of Ireland’s smart green economy.
Students who successfully complete the BSc (Honours) in Computing (Smart Sustainable Energy) will be eligible for wide range of taught and research, Level 9, Masters programmes in Ireland and abroad.
Graduates of the Level 8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Computing (Smart Sustainable Energy) will possess attributes which will make them suitable for employment in a range of positions in the IT and sustainable energy sector. These graduates will focus on the design and implementation of new innovative systems which integrate technology with sustainable energy sources. Energy management systems, interactive controls and mobile communication solutions for energy systems are examples of the types of applications graduates will be working on.
Did You Know?
With the spiralling costs of fossil fuel based energy such as oil, the environmental technologies market is forecast to reach €2.3 trillion by 2020, while in the EU the sector employs 3.4 million people and turns over €227bn annually. The National Development Plan 2007–2013 and the current Programme for Government have each identified Ireland’s future energy needs as a national priority.
The emphasis on energy in the Government White Paper and National Development Plan indicates a long-term demand for expertise in technology that integrates with sustainable energy systems. This mirrors an increase in career opportunity globally, where a cumulative investment of $20 trillion is estimated by the International Energy Agency as being required in the period 2005 – 2030.
Why study Computing & Smart Sustainable Energy in LIT Tipperary?
The Technology and Media Science department in LIT Tipperary has a strong track record in delivering computing programmes and conducting research in the renewable energy sector. Our sustainable campus utilises biomass heating (wood chip) and smart energy controls. This means that you get to see and experience at first hand the latest innovations in energy systems. The work placement programme ensures that you will gain valuable experience in working in an organization and learn the necessary skills to become an effective team member.
The TMS dept involvement with projects such as the Cloughjordan Eco village and our partnership with the Tipperary Energy Agency means that you get to see and learn how communities, companies and industry sectors are using new solutions for the supply and management of energy.
The first year of the programme is common with the programmes in Software Development and Games Design and Development so that you can transfer to one of those areas
The Computing and Sustainable Energy sectors continue to display strong growth in Ireland and abroad. The planned roll out of smart electricity and gas meters and the introduction of electric cars means that companies are looking for graduates with a combination of computing and energy skills. Graduates can build successful careers in a wide range of areas including:
• Smart Energy Management
• Electric Vehicle Charging Systems
• Energy Control and Automation
• Energy Generation and Distribution Systems
• Software Engineering
• Mobile and Wireless Systems
• Telecommunication Systems
• Sensors and Sensor Networks
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