Smart Energy Systems - BSc (Honours) in Computing(Level 8)
This programme prepares students for a career in the energy technology sector. It will provide students with the skills to design computing and hardware solutions for energy systems. These skills are in high demand and there are also options for further study. Students will learn how to design and build desktop and mobile apps to manage energy systems, construct hardware systems to gather energy usage information, use computers to work with and manage energy data and connect smart energy technologies to building and make them work together. Energy technology applications and systems are used in all aspects of managing energy production and usage. Examples include smart meters, household energy systems, electric car charging stations, building control systems, solar panel arrays and wind turbines. Graduates with a knowledge of computing and energy systems are much sought after.
Aims and Objectives
- If you enjoy building things, solving problems, learning how systems work and how you can improve them, then this programme is for you.
- You will undertake work placement and engage in energy technology projects inspired by real challenges faced by companies.
- Our Thurles campus uses innovative energy technologies to heat and manage the building. You will have the opportunity to work with these systems and develop applications to interact with them.
- Your classroom will be led by industry-experienced, highly skilled lecturers who use a hands-on approach in a supportive friendly environment.
Leaving Certificate: A minimum of 2 Honours and 4 Passes in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English/Irish.
FETAC Applicants and Mature Applicants: Refer to section ‘Entry Requirements’ for further information.
Note: Applicants must have passed a Mathematics module in their FETAC award or have passed Mathematics at Leaving Certificate level to qualify for entry to this programme.
Introduction to Programming, Web Development Fundamentals, Computer System Concepts, Mathematics for Computing, Operating System Fundamentals, Organisations and Business Processes, Introduction to Computer Networks, Introductions 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.
Class Contact Hours:
Year 1: 24 hours per week
Year 2: 24 hours per week
Year 3: 18 hours per week
Year 4: 16 hours per week
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.
Graduates will be qualified to focus on the design and implementation of new innovative systems which integrate technology with energy systems. These will include energy management systems, interactive controls and mobile communication solutions for energy systems.
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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