Skip to main content

BSc (Hons) in Computer Networks & Systems Management

Course Code: LC239


Level

08

Duration

4 years

Department

Information Technology


CAO Points

335

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Limerick

  • Become an expert in securing a network to prevent hackers from gaining access to vital information such as: personal information, emails, bank records and sensitive documents.

  • Ensure network applications in the Cloud run smoothly on wireless and wired networks. Everyday examples include: Netflix, Gmail and Facebook.

  • Work with network equipment, routers and switches to ensure information (e.g. emails, photos, documents, banking information) can be transferred from one computer to another securely.

  • Learn how to build, maintain and secure enterprise networks and Cloud datacentres (e.g. Windows server, Linux, virtual machines, Cisco, VMware and Amazon AWS)

  • Build networks using technology and equipment such as: switches, routers, servers, firewalls, protocols, fibre optic cables, copper wire etc.

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English or Irish.

Contact: Admissions@LIT.ie

Mature Applicants

Mature student (i.e. 23 years of age on 1st January for admission in September) applicants must apply through the CAO on or before 1st February.

Contact: Admissions@LIT.ie

International Applicants

Non-EU applicants should apply directly to the International Office at LIT allowing plenty of time for completing the visa process. Applications for September start should be made by July 1st at the latest.

Contact: International@LIT.ie   

Who can I contact?

What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: ICT & Applications

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    On succesful completion the learner will demonstrate an introductory knowledge of ICT and associated industry standard office application tools.


    Title: Computer Mathematics

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    This module is designed to provide the student with the fundamental mathematical concepts encountered in the study of a computing discipline.


    Title: Introduction to Programming

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    This module provides an introduction to the discipline, methodologies and techniques of computer programming using a modern programming language


    Title: Data Essentials

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data. In fact it is estimated that 90% of the world's data has been created in the last two years alone. This data comes from everywhere: sensors used in intelligent devices, posts to social media sites, digital pictures, audio and videos, commercial systems, and games to name a few. 95% of all IT systems will capture some form of data, and use a database to store, modify, extract and search it. This module aims to provide the learner with a solid foundation for those who work with these data and databases. A fundamental understanding of basic concepts, design, and terminology will be gained.


    Title: Introduction to Computer Networks

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    This module will give the learner an introduction to computer networking: building small networks and examining its principle technologies and standards.


    Title: Communications and Applications

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    The learner will be able to communicate proficiently in a professional context, using the main authoring tools/office software in a business environment.


    Title: Mathematical Methods

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    This module is designed to provide the student with a foundation in several mathematical methodologies encountered in the study of a computing discipline.


    Title: Structured Programming

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    This module provides an in-depth analysis and implementation of Structured Programming concepts


    Title: Understanding Local Area Networks

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    This module will introduce the learner to switching and routing technologies used in local area networks.


    Title: Operating Systems Fundamentals

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    This moduile provides learners with an overview of the purpose, functions and structures of modern computer operating systems.


    Title: Digital Systems Concepts

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    This module provides students with an introduction to the structure and function of a modern computer. The building blocks of a computer will be considered: Processor, Memory and Storage. Topics will include Number Systems, Data Representation and Codes, Boolean Algebra, Sequential and Combinational Logic Circuits, Adders, Registers and Counters, and Simple Computer Organisation. Programming digital hardware systems at Assembly language and machine code levels is also examined.


    Title: Digital Systems Design

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    This module deals with the design and implementation of digital systems, from specification to implementation as an integrated circuit (IC). A typical starting point would be a statement of requirements or a specification, in English and goes on to develop and refine more advanced circuits as the module progresses.


  • Year 2

    Title: Statistical Data Analysis

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    This module aims to further develop students mathematical ability and to provide the student with the basic statistical and probability concepts required for information technology


    Title: Web Development Fundamentals

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    This module will introduce the learner to the fundamentals involved in the development of web pages.


    Title: Growing the local area network

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    This modules examines networking technologies and principles used to help the local area network grow, remain stable and efficient.


    Title: Operating Systems Structures

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    The aim of this module is to extend the concepts from Operating Systems Fundamentals to multi-user and network based operating systems.


    Title: Data Formats and Storage

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    This module will introduce learners to data storage systems and to the various formats used to store data in a reliable and efficient way.


    Title: Client-Server Technologies

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    This module introduces students to the client-server paradigm, including the technologies and methods used to implement client-server systems.


    Title: Structured Query Language Essentials

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    The aim of this module is to advance the students’ knowledge of SQL (pronounced "ess-que-el") standing for Structured Query Language. SQL is used to communicate with a database. According to ANSI (American National Standards Institute), it is the standard language for relational database management systems. The student will be able to provide solutions to complex problems and have significant knowledge of features of the SQL language.

     


    Title: IT Customer Experience

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    This module informs the learner on the structure and role of an IT technical support service. The successful learner will be competent in the tasks and activities commonly completed by technicians in ensuring an efficient IT Service.


    Title: Connecting the Internet

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    This modules gives the learner a survey of the principal network technologies that are used to interconnect the networks that make up the Internet.


    Title: Internet Protocol (IP) Systems

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    This module introduces the learner to the diverse range of systems that are commonly connected to corporate IP networks but do not form part of the core IT system.


    Title: Operating Systems Scripting

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    This module introduces students to scripting for the purposes of operating systems administration.


    Title: Introduction to Object Oriented Programming

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    This module introduces the learner to the principles of object-oriented programming. The creation and manipulation of classes and objects using an object oriented programming language.

     

     


  • Year 3

    Title: Group Project

    Credits: 10 Credits

    read more »

    This project provides learners with experience of working on a substantial computing project for a theoretical company, in a group. This will require the members of the group to analyse, design, build, implement and test a system collectively.

    The project will familiarise the learner with a range of problems associated with project work, such as problem definition, team and time management, milestone delivery and quality control.


    Title: Work Placement

    Credits: 10 Credits

    read more »

    This placement module will provide students with an opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge gained on their programme while working in a professional IT environment. It will also afford them the opportunity to gain valuable career experience and developed their understanding of working in such an environment.


    Title: Databases Administration

    Credits: 10 Credits

    read more »

    On completion of this module the learner will have the knowledge to implement plans for installing, configuring, and tuning a DBMS and implementing security, back-up and recovery measures.

     


    Title: Information Technology Project Management

    Credits: 10 Credits

    read more »

    The learner will learn the processes, tools, techniques and areas of knowledge needed to successfully manage Information technology Projects


    Title: Server Administration

    Credits: 10 Credits

    read more »

    This module enables the learner to manage servers by building, installing, configuring and maintaining physical and virtual servers.


    Title: Server storage and virtualisation

    Credits: 10 Credits

    read more »

    This module will allow the learner to examine the principles and technologies that allow SME's and Enterprise business to deploy and manage virtual servers and storage devices in datacentres.


  • Year 4

    Title: Secure Cloud Services Deployment

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    This module builds on the student's knowledge of general computing to briefly introduce the concepts underpinning Cloud Computing and thereafter to quickly immerse students in examination, analysis, research and learning of cloud architectures, service provisioning on cloud platforms, the automation of the operation of cloud technologies and finally the security issues, and mitigations, that have appeared since the technology launched.


    Title: IT Governance and Management

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    An introduction to IT Services Management and IT Governance. Examines IT organisational design, IT governance models, ISO standards, and best practice frameworks for governance and management. The aims of this module are to give the learner an appreciation of the role of IT Governance in the function of modern business and operational life, and to engage the learner with quality processes, standards and frameworks used in the IT sector.


    Title: Data Communications

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    This module is designed to broaden the learner's theoretical knowledge of the transmission/reception of data between nodes on a network. After completing this module the learner will appreciate the fundamental capabilities of a diverse range of technologies and will be able to select and compare a range of heterogeneous network components, systems and technologies.

     


    Title: Cryptographic Techniques

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    This module is designed to provide a detailed analysis of cryptographic principles and techniques


    Title: Digital Forensics

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    The aim of this module is to introduce learners to the principles and practice of digital forensics.


    Title: Digital Multimedia - Design

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    This module examines the study of communication by interactive digital multimedia systems, this is achieved through an examination of design principles and development of projects.

     


    Title: Entrepreneurship

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    This module will analyse the fundamental concepts of entrepreneurship


    Title: Data Centre Design

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    The module has a comprehensive agenda that explores and addresses the key elements associated with designing, building and maintaining a Data Centre. It teaches industry best practice principles for the design, construction and operation of computer rooms and Data Centre facilities. The module also breaks down and addresses the requirements of a successful design to meet the business needs incorporating the key infrastructure elements of the physical infrastructure, electrical distribution systems, air-conditioning, data cabling and building support systems.


    Title: IT Service Management

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    This module aims to build an awareness of the key issues involved in providing an excellent level of computer service delivery and the construction of service level agreements. The succeeessful learner will develop an understanding of the organisational aspects in providing an expected level of customer service and IT service, and will develop competencies in the use of tools and techniques to support the delivery and management of IT services in organisations.


    Title: Wide Area Network Technologies

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    This module expands the learners knowledge of key enabling technologies for Wide Area Networks by examining how modern carriers transport IP traffic over long distances.

     


    Title: Security & Cryptography

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    This module is designed to provide a detailed analysis of the principles and practical methods of providing privacy, security and protection.


    Title: Software defined networks

    Credits: 05 Credits

    read more »

    This module aims to introduce learners to the developing concept of software defined networks, examine how to implement and predict its likely future.


    Title: Project

    Credits: 15 Credits

    read more »

    The project gives the learners an opportunity to apply good practices to the design, implementation and test of an IT system, and introduces them to the research process.


Are there opportunities for further study?

Graduates of this programme can progress to a Higher Diploma, Masters or Ph.D.

What are the career prospects?

Graduates of this programme have worked in positions such as:

• Network Administrator/Technician
• IT Customer Support
• IT Technical Support (level 1 to 3)
• Systems Administrator
• Computer Network Engineer
• Network Programmer/Analyst
• Information Systems/Network Manager

More Information

Who is this programme suited to? 
  • Suited to people who are creative, analytical and logical and who are interested in computers and like solving real life problems.

  • Creative and innovative minded people will be challenged in this programme to express their ideas and develop ground-breaking new technologies.

 

 
Top 3 reasons to study this course 
  1. Opportunity to gain professional computing certifications (e.g. Cisco CCNA, Microsoft MTA & MCSA, VMware VCP and Amazon AWS etc.) as part of your studies.

  2. Complete industry projects as part of your studies.

  3. Undertake six months industry work placement in year 3 as part of your studies.