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Computer Systems (BSc Honours)

  • Course Code

    CR 116

  • Field of Study

    Computing,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

In Year 3, students are in industry for five months. The placement runs from April to August inclusive. Placements for students are organised on a country-wide basis with a particular focus on Cork and Dublin. Students have been placed in France, Germany, Sweden and the USA.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

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

Course summary

It is specialised and targeted toward a particular job market. If you feel that you would be interested in planning and designing the computer networks used to allow computers communicate all over the world then apply for this course. This programme has been designed such that its first year modules are common with other Level 8 computing courses at CIT. Therefore, having successfully completed Year 1, a student may be eligible to transfer to another Level 8 CIT computing course. This flexibility allows a student to make a more informed decision one year into his/her studies.

Department(s)

Computer Science

What is Computer Systems?

Computer Systems is the combination of hardware, software, computational processes and networks to create a system. If you successfully complete this programme, you will become a software developer who has the programming, analysis and design skills combined with the hardware knowledge to create network/Internet/cloudbased applications. You will understand how computing devices (such as smart devices, desktop computers and tablets) communicate with each other and the world around them. You will be able to plan and design the infrastructure and systems that will allow this to happen.

This knowledge of both the hardware and software of a computing system will be highly sought after in the near future as the Internet of Things (IoT) vision becomes a reality. You will also learn general computing skills that will benefit you in many industries.

About the Course

If you feel that you would be interested in planning and designing the computer networks used to allow computers communicate all over the world then apply for this course. You will acquire excellent expertise in the design and development of computer software. One of the benefits of this programme is that the focus is split between software and hardware. You will learn several programming languages such as Python, Java and C Programming. You will also learn about areas of networking (connection to and communication across the Internet) such as how to scale networks, how to route and switch networks, how to keep networks secure, and how to design networks. You will be able to study elective modules in a variety of areas. You will complete projects on your own and in groups throughout the degree, which is similar to working in industry.

Further Studies

Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for postgraduate research degrees at Master’s (MSc) or Doctoral (PhD) level where further specialisation in your preferred area of computing is possible. Suitably qualified graduates may also apply to:

Question Time

What makes CR 116 different from the other Computing Honours Degrees at CIT?
It has a stronger hardware and telecommunications emphasis, and uses mathematical abilities more.

What level of Programming is contained in the course?
Programming and Software Engineering are a crucial part of the course, accounting for roughly a quarter of the mandatory modules.

Can I design and develop websites from this course?
Yes, although it is not a primary focus of the course. The programming skills you will learn can be applied to web development, and the Web Development Fundamentals and Web Publishing modules in first year can be built on through choosing elective modules in Web Development in later years.

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

Can I work in the Games Development Industry with this course?
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.


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 on this programme of study is available by clicking the following link:
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Systems CR116


You will have career opportunities in Cork, Ireland and abroad, with large multinationals (such as IBM, EMC, Intel, Tyco, Google, Cisco), and also with smaller Irish companies. You will be qualified to work in a wide variety of industries, such as networking, telecoms, data storage, and finance. Some graduates have progressed into Project and People Management roles. Graduates have commented that the dual nature of the course and the variety between the modules, opened more doors to employment than a single-focused course could have.

Possible Areas of Employment

  • Software Developer
  • Network Engineering
  • Network Specialist
  • Internet of Things (IoT) Specialist
  • Quality Assurance Engineert

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

CAO 1st Round:

330

CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

Mr Jonathon Sherwin
IT@cit.ie
021 4335121