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Software Development (BSc Honours) (Level 8)

  • Course Code

    CR 106

  • Field of Study

    Software Development

  • Type of Course:

    Honours Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BSc (Honours)

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Full-time course duration:

4 Years (8 Semesters)

Admission Requirements:

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements

Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include Mathematics*, and either English or Irish. *Mathematics must be at least Grade O3/H7.

Info re CIT Mathematics Exam only:
Some students who apply to CIT courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, CIT offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a CIT Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the CIT Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard.

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Work Placement

There is a mandatory work placement of 5 months in Year 3.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subjects with ‘problem solving skills’, or that require analytical thought e.g. Mathematics, Science, Engineering.

Course summary

One of the benefits of this degree is that it has a broad range of modules. The main focus of the degree is programming, so you will learn languages such as Python, Java, C, JavaScript and PHP. You will also learn about databases (where and how data is stored), operating systems, object-oriented programming, application development, software testing and many more topics.This programme has been designed so that the first year curriculum is common for all degrees in the Department of Computer Science. This means that students can transfer to another programme in the Department in year two if they meet the CAO entry requirements for that programme when they enter CIT. This offers great flexibility for qualifying students who may wish to change programmes after year one. This flexibility allows a student to make a more informed decision one year into his/her studies.

Department(s)

Computer Science

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY - OPEN DAYS 2017

26th October 
National Maritime College of Ireland, Ringaskiddy County Cork

17th November 
CIT Bishopstown Campus, Bishopstown, Cork
CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork
 
18th November
CIT Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork
CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork

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Programme overview

CR106 Course Location: CIT Bishopstown Campus

The BSc (Hons) in Software Development is a four-year Level 8 degree programme that provides students with the theoretical knowledge and practical competencies necessary to support a career in the software development industry.

More specifically, the programme provides students with an in-depth knowledge of modern software development languages, techniques, tools, methodologies and their application to real-world problems. Students will become proficient in the application of state-of-theart technologies in areas such as cloud computing, big data and data analytics. Students will also be equipped with research skills that will enable to them to become independent self-learners.

Computer Science Choices

The first year curriculum is common for all degrees in the Department of Computer Science. All first year students study the same modules and this means that students can transfer to another programme in the Department in year two if they meet the CAO entry requirements for that programme when they enter CIT. This offers great flexibility for qualifying students who may wish to change programmes after year one. This flexibility allows a student to make a more informed decision one year into his/her studies.

PROGRAMME DETAILS

Software Development is a Level 8 programme that will give you the skills and knowledge you need to design and build applications that people use every day, for the desktop computer, for the web and for mobile devices (such as smart phones and tablets). As a Software Developer, you will be involved in all stages of the application from start to finish. You will be taught how to take a concept/idea from a description and develop it to make a fully working application. You will develop problem solving and programming skills to solve simple (and eventually complex) real-world problems using computers.

One of the benefits of this Honours Degree is that it has a broad range of modules. The main focus of the degree is programming, so you will learn languages such as Python, Java, C, JavaScript and PHP. You will also learn about databases (where and how data is stored), operating systems, object-oriented programming, application development, software testing, data analytics and many more topics. You can also take elective modules in a selection of areas. You will complete projects on your own and in groups throughout the degree, which will prepare you for working in industry.

Work Placement

In Year 3, students go on work placement from January. Placements for students are organised on a country-wide basis with a particular focus on Cork and Dublin. Students have also obtained placement in other countries such as France, Germany, Sweden and the USA.

Further Studies

For details, please visit http://cs.cit.ie

Suitably qualified graduates may also apply for postgraduate research degrees at Masters (MSc) or Doctoral (PhD) level where further specialisation in your preferred area of Computer Science is possible. Suitably qualified graduates may also apply for these taught programmes:

Question Time

What makes CR 106 different from the other Computing Honours Degrees at CIT?
The focus is on acquiring the skills and knowledge required to become a software developer.

Is there a scholarship available for the programme?
Yes, registered students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme may apply for the Alejandro de la Flor Memorial Scholarship which is funded by McAfee. McAfee delivers proactive and proven security solutions and services for systems, networks, and mobile devices around the world.

What level of Programming is contained in the programme?
Programming modules are core in all semesters of the Degree. The students develop applications using a range of languages such as Java, C, PHP, and Python. They develop applications for the desktop, the web and for mobile devices. A key goal is to bring the students to a level where they are familiar with the tools and work practices used within the software industry today.

Can I design and develop websites from this programme?
Several modules are included which focus specifically on building websites. Other specialised modules are available as electives.

Will I be designing Apps?
Yes, the Programming Mobile Devices module is a mandatory module in Year 3. Also, Android mobile app development frequently features in the third year group project module.

Can I go on to specialise in Cloud Computing?
Yes, having graduated with a BSc (Honours) in Software Development, it is possible to apply for entry to the taught Master of Science in Cloud Computing

Can I work in the Games Development Industry with this programme?
Yes, the games industry requires interdisciplinary teams when developing new products. A graduate with good software development skills and in particular, programming skills would be a major asset to such a team.

We also offer a Games Development elective module.

 

Graduate Profile

Garry Bennett
Senior Project Manager

“My first employment was with Yahoo! as a Junior Developer and within one year, I was promoted to Senior Developer. Another year on, I was promoted to Engineering Manager for the Travel and Autos categories. After four years with Yahoo!, I moved to Sydney and worked as a Project Manager with a leading web development company – SydneyWeb. Due to my experience, I was entrusted with some of its largest and more complex projects which I found very rewarding. I returned to Ireland in December 2007 and launched www.mytown.ie Both my degree and practical experience aided the development and the launch of the website. Several years later, I currently manage all aspects of many complex and diverse software projects at Murrion Software.”

At the 12th Annual Genesis Enterprise Course (GEP) Awards & Showcase, Garry won the Business Development Achievement Award.

CIT has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.

Full details of the modules Software Development (Honours) CR106


You will have career opportunities in Cork, Ireland and abroad, with large multinationals (such as IBM, EMC, McAfee, Johnson Controls), and also with smaller Irish companies. Graduates have also found employment within large IT departments in companies within the Chemical, Pharmaceutical or Food Industry. Graduates have also moved into roles in System Administration and Software Testing.

A percentage of graduates from the programme chose to take up jobs in the Software Industry abroad. Software Development graduates work in a diverse range of roles.

Potential Areas of Employment

  • Application Developer

  • Applications Engineer

  • Software Engineer

  • Software Developer

  • Java Developer

  • Mobile App Developer

  • Full-Stack Developer

  • Software Project Manager

Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)

 

 

EU Applicants must apply via the CAO - please click on the link above.

Non-EU Applicants - please click here for how to apply.
 

CAO 1st Round:

357

CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

Ms Helen Fagan
helen.fagan@cit.ie
021 4335119


computing@cit.ie