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  • Course Structure
  • Entry Requirements
  • Career Prospects

LM121 - Computing Technologies Common Entry

Course Details

Course Code: LM121

Level: NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree
Length: 4 Years
CAO Minimum Points Entry 2017: 344
Course Leader: J.J. Collins
Phone: 00 353 61 202409

Tel: 00 353 61 202015

About You

Are you the kind of person who:

  • Likes problem solving, even if it takes time?
  • Appreciates creativity, and gets a buzz from making “things”?
  • Enjoys using the computer, but you’re curious about how it works?
  • Would like to enrol in a degree program that leads to a wide variety of career paths and opportunities?

Why study Computing Technologies at UL?

The Faculty of Science and Engineering currently offers a number of degree programmes oriented around computing technologies. This programme allows you to take a variety of subjects centred on Computing Technologies before deciding to choose a specific programme.

On entry into the Computing Technologies programme, three different B.Sc. programmes will be open to you as follows:

B.Sc. Computer Systems

B.Sc. Mobile Communications and Security

B.Sc. Computer Games Development

The Computer Systems degree is a typical computer science degree. Mobile Communications and Security focuses on the construction of safe and secure networks and systems. Computer Games Development concentrates on approaches and technologies for the design and implementation of games. In all of the programmes you will learn to develop mobile applications and web/ cloud systems applicable to a broad set of areas such as health, entertainment, energy, communication and automation. These three programmes require three years of study in addition to the one year for LM121.

Why you will study

Computer Technologies offers exposure to a variety of subjects relating to different areas of computing such as general programming, knowledge of computer architecture, games modelling, and an understanding of the mathematical basis that underpins computing. Our well-equipped and modern laboratories will enable you to acquire practical experience and skills with confidence. You will follow a common first year programme of study and then select one of the above three programmes during the second semester. During the first year you will become well-versed in a range of computing subjects, and therefore, can make better choices that suit your particular needs and interests.

Course Structure

Year 1:

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

In addition, applicants must hold a minimum grade O2/H6 in Mathematics.

A Special Mathematics Examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement.

We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

Career Prospects

The career opportunities will depend primarily on the BSc programme chosen by you. One specific career path open to a graduate from all three programmes is that of Software Developer / Software Engineer. There are attractive follow on postgraduate options, both nationally and internationally, leading to Masters and PhD awards.

Computer Systems
IT Consultant, Web Developer, Data Analyst, Software Project Manager, Application Specialist, Business Analyst, Technical Sales Consultant.

B.Sc. Mobile Communications and Security
IT/Networking Project Manager, Network Designer/Administrator, IT Administrator/Manager, Network Security Analyst/Consultant, Computer Crime Consultant.

B.Sc. Computer Games Development
Games Programmer, Graphics Programming, High Performance Computing.

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