Bachelor of Science (Honours) Software Development CW238
- NFQ Level 8
- 4 Years
- Further Studies
- Career Prospects
- Entry Requirements
What is the Course about?
Software development is the creation and maintenance of software products. These products range from mobile phone apps to highly complex software control systems such as those found in self driving cars. In the broad sense, it includes everything from initial concept identification and design through to the final production of software. It can include identification of required software, analysis of software requirements, system design, programming, testing and maintenance.
This course equips students with the range of skills required to become competent software developers. Students follow our new ‘learning-by-doing’ model in first year with continuous assessment replacing final exams. Modules for the first three years include a broad range of subjects and an industry work placement. Year 4 concentrates on state-of-the-art, high-level software development topics such as: secure app development, data science, distributed systems and an extensive project.
Is this course for you?
Always on the cutting edge and working with the new ideas and technology, software developers enjoy working in diverse teams and solving novel problems with practical solutions. If you have an open, logical and inquiring mind then software development may be the profession for you.
- Dedicated software development laboratory for 3rd and 4th year students sponsored by UNUM.
- Active participation by students in national and international competitions. Institute of Technology Carlow Software Development students were recently awarded 2nd place in FIWARE ‘Smart Society’ competition in Seville, winning €40,000 in prize money for their ‘My people Care’ project.
- Institute of Technology Carlow maintains widespread collaborations with international third-level institution computing departments and has active research links with the Netherlands, France, China, Norway, Hungary and the UK.
- Collaboration with industry leader Intel has resulted in its sponsorship of the Galileo development board and Quark chip at the Institute and this leading edge technology is now central to several undergraduate and graduate research projects at Institute of Technology Carlow.
- Exit Awards: Higher Certificate in Computing (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2 and a Bachelor of Science in Software Development (NFQ Level 7) after Year 3.
What follow-on study opportunities are available?
Graduates have the option to progress to postgraduate studies at either masters or doctoral level within the gameCORE Research Centre at Institute of Technology Carlow or elsewhere. Graduates are also eligible to undertake the MSc in Data Science or the MSc in IT Management at Institute of Technology Carlow.
What exemptions will I receive?-
What will I be able to do when I finish the course?
Ireland is a large global player in the software development and software engineering industry with significant employment opportunities for graduates at home and abroad. Graduates of this course are working with companies such as UNUM, IBM, Microsoft, HP, AOL, DoneDeal, Symantec and Intel.
What are the minimum entry requirements?
- 2H5 & 4O6/H7
- English or Irish O6/H7
- Mathematics O6/H7
Applications & Interpersonal Communications
Web Programming and Databases
Discrete Structures and Algorithms I
Object Oriented Software Development
Systems Analysis, Design & Testing
Project (Software Development)
Software Engineering for Web, Cloud and Mobile Apps
Discrete Structures and Algorithms II
Web and Cloud Development
Group Elective 1
Secure Application Development
Distributed and Concurrent Device Development
Project (Software Development)
For Further Information ContactProgramme Director
Dr Joseph Kehoe
BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD