This course provides the student with core skills required in computer science for both industry and higher education.  The student will learn how to upgrade hardware, and how to troubleshoot and resolve technical issues. The student will also examine the back-end of an Operating System, including configuration and fault management. Students participate in site visits. This course prepares the student for a career demanding specialist knowledge of programming and networking and serves well for a career in the computer science industry and is equally successful as a pre university course as many of our students progress.

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  • Operating Systems 5N2928 Install and configure a desktop Operating System, and use system utilities to manage faults, system components, and directories. Configure disk partitions, set a multi-boot and learn how to eliminate possible threats to your system.
  • Networking Essentials 5N2929 Connect digital devices using private, non-routable IPv4 addressing, and test connectivity using diagnostic tools. Build and deploy a LAN, and implement and manage network resources.
  • Computer Systems Hardware 5N0548 Examine the different types of computers currently available. Explore the inside of a computer, and learn about CPUs, storage, memory and more, and how all these interact. Learn how to troubleshoot, and to improve a computer’s performance.
  • Virtualisation Support 5N2434 Construct and configure virtual components and networks, including client and server virtualisation.
  • Programming and Design Principles 5N2927 Learn the fundamentals of programming including conditional statements, iterations and methods, using Java (IDE: Eclipse), and the importance of programs being to industry standard at the front end and the back end. Use TestNG to test applications.
  • Maths for Information Technology 5N18396 Acquire mathematical skill in problem solving and mathematical investigations in the following areas: basic arithmetic and algebra, set theory and Boolean logic, functions and calculus , geometry and trigonometry, probability and statistics, and algorithms and computations.
  • Communications 5N0690 Acquire the writing skills needed for the workplace, learn to speak fluently and coherently in a professional setting, develop interpersonal skills and have an understanding of the impact of ICT on society.
  • Work Experience 5N1356 Planning, preparation and reflection on work placement. Job finding strategies, CV and personal statement preparation, interview skills. Practice employability skills with a view to future planning. Students will go on a 2-week work placement.
  • Students will be given the opportunity to sit the VMware Certified Associate – Digital Business Transformation (VCA-DBT) exam (optional).

Additional Training/Workshops

  • Data Analytics: This workshop gives learners an overview of data analytics and actionable recommendations, including planning for a bigger focus on Data Analysis as they continue their studies. The workshop examines the essential techniques and methodologies used to gather and assess data and help learners to identify future career paths in Data Analytics. By the end of the workshop each learner will know what Big Data is and identify examples of Big Data in IT.  They will understand the essential techniques and methodologies used to gather and assess data.
  • Data Protection (online): This Data Protection gives learners an overview of GDPR. The workshop examines what GDPR stands for and gives an understanding of the current data protection rules and obligations.  The learners also receive information on the types of data, the terminology associated with GDPR, the penalties with breaches, storage of data and general do’s and don’ts regarding data. A record of achievement from Morrison’s Island Campus is issued on successful completion.
  • STEM Aspire Mentorship Programme (for female students), run by Dell EMC and VMware: DELL EMC and VMware invite our female students to participate in workshops that will help them progress along their chosen IT path. Each participant is assigned a mentor who provides continued support, engagement and encouragement to facilitate a student in achieving their IT career goal.

Leaving Certificate with at least a pass grade in mathematics or relevant computer experience. CERFL proficiency at B2 for access to Level 5 courses for those whose first language is not English. Mature students are exempt from Leaving Cert requirement.  All applicants will undergo a processing stage during which further information will be gathered in relation to their application.  An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the entry requirements set out here and satisfactory completion of the processing stage.

We have excellent progressions in education including:

  • Morrison’s Island Campus: QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Software Development (Software Development)
  • MTU Cork: IT Management (MT805)
  • MTU Cork: Software Development (MT700 and MT800)
  • Inholland (Haarlem, The Netherlands): Entry to year 2 of B. Sc. Mathematical Engineering.
  • UCC: BIS (CK203)
  • UCC: Computer Science (CK401)
  • UCC: Psychology and Computing (CK121)

Excellent progression opportunities to other Higher Education colleges. Special arrangements in place with MTU Cork (CCPS), MTU Kerry and SETU (Waterford & Carlow) for preferential entry for students of Morrisons Island locations. See Progressions for details.

On successful completion of a full award, the student can apply for an entry level position as a programmer, a computer technician or provide virtual support for cloud computing. The student is also very employable as an IT support operator, especially in the area of troubleshooting general software, hardware and networking problems.

  • Duration: September to May
  • Fees: €350 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €50). See Payment for details.
  • Certification: QQI Certificate in Computer Systems and Networks (5M0536)
  • Work Experience: Students will undertake a block work placement of 2 weeks in the IT area

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    Being seriously dyslexic and also having been out of education for years, the idea of going back into education was scary. I did not believe that I had the skills and knowledge requirements to cope with this course. Once I started college, I surprised myself with the abilities I did not realise I had. The course had a fantastic structure and I was able to keep up with the college assignments. I felt confident handing my work up. This was down to the teachers always willing to go the extra mile for their students.

    I graduated this course with all distinctions and I am now attending Limerick University doing a level 8 course. The College of Commerce helped me achieve this goal, and it was truly worth it, as I thought this would have never been possible. I truly believe I will have a promising future in a career which would not been possible without the level 5 Computer Science course.

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    The breadth of topics covered in the ICT courses provide a solid grounding in IT and allow for students to be knowledgeable in the fundamentals of development, networking, systems admin and web design. The breadth of the courses certainly help clarify career paths. We continue to accept students from Cork College of Commerce and find them very well prepared for the expectations of employers in today’s market.

    Anthony O'Callaghan, Flex Ltd.

    I enrolled in College of Commerce in September 2011 doing a Computer Science Level 5 FETAC course and then the following year, I completed the Level 6 Computer Science course. The lecturers and staff members passion and devotion towards their students and their willingness to devote extra time to explain fundamentals in detail were an essential  to my success at the college. I am now fully graduated from CIT with a 1st Class Honours degree in Computing.

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    The Computer Science course in the College of Commerce appealed to me because the modules looked interesting and I would get a qualification after one year and could then seek employment or progress to further studies. Applying for the course was the best decision I made. The teachers on the course are great, they made classes interesting and cared about each student. I would thoroughly recommend the Computer Science to anyone interested in ultimately working in IT.

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