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Computer & Communications Engineering / Innealtóireacht Ríomhaireachta & Cumarsáide

DT081

 

What is... Computer & Communications Engineering?

The use of mobile telephony and the Internet continues to transform our social and business lives. Global data networks enable us to communicate via text messages, voice or video, to access and exchange information and to transact business securely. These networks provide the links between computer systems or specialised computing devices. In order to maximise the benefits of this blending of communications and computing technologies, organisations are increasingly reliant on access to a new range of engineering development skills. Given the level of demand, such skills are in short-supply and this programme addresses the need to provide appropriate, key, technical professionals and offers the prospect of valuable career opportunities.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

This programme provides graduates with a wide range of satisfying and well-paid professional career opportunities both in industry and in the wider economy. Initially, graduates may typically be expected to take up employment as communications, network, software or computer engineers.

What other options do I have after completion?

Students who reach an appropriate honours standard may progress to a range of Masters Degrees or Doctorate programmes in DIT or elsewhere in Higher Education. The School offers a Taught Masters programme in Electronic & Communications Engineering (DT086).

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

This programme prepares students for a rewarding professional career as a communications and IT engineering specialist in a very wide range of manufacturing, service and public sector organisations and is accredited by the national professional engineering organisation, Engineers Ireland.

The programme combines elements of electronic, software and communications engineering and associated hardware appropriate to the merging of technologies encountered in today’s ICT systems. Lecture and tutorial material is applied in practical project and laboratory work.

A strong emphasis is placed on the development of application-oriented design and development skills and in-depth knowledge relevant to the needs of both high-tech ICT producers, advanced system providers and operators.

For Ordinary Degree and Diploma holders (Level 7 or equivalent) the final two years of this programme may be undertaken on a part-time basis (see DT074). A full programme outline is available on our website: www.electronics.dit.ie

Module Listing

Year Two

  • Mathematics
  • Communications Networks
  • Engineering Mechanics & Materials
  • Regulatory Environment & Engineer in Society
  • Digital Electronic Design
  • Software Development
  • Computer Architecture
  • Digital Communications
  • Analogue Electronics
  • Signals & Systems

Year Three

  • Mathematics
  • Field Theory & Digital Signal Processing
  • Digital Communications
  • Data Communications
  • Software Engineering
  • Business & Management
  • Operating Systems
  • Project Management
  • Work Placement /Internship

Year Four

  • Mathematics
  • Real Time & Embedded Systems
  • Data Communications
  • Distributed Systems
  • Engineering Project
  • Computer Architecture
  • Wireless Communications, Management
  • Marketing & Law
  • Advanced Signal Processing
  • Option Module

The Engineering Project Module is a major engineering project, which runs throughout the second semester of the year.

Work Placement Options

Option 1: 6 months continuous placement in a company in Ireland or abroad*, in the second semester of the third year.

*One of our students undertook their placement in CISCO Systems, San Jóse, California.

Option 2: Our new internship programme involves two consecutive days per week placement within industry in the final two years of this programme. INTEL, ESB, AVAYA, VILICOM, HEAnet & Ericsson are all companies participating on the internship.

Further Information

School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

T: 01 402 4575/4650/4617 (School Administrator)

E: elec@dit.ie

W: www.dit.ie/electricalelectronicengineering/

What our Students say!

Third Year Student:

“My degree is a four-year programme designed to bridge the gap between software and hardware. It incorporates computer, electronic and communication engineering and there is a good selection of topics to choose from if I wish to pursue a Master’s Degree.”

Fourth Year Student:

“The big bonus with this programme is, you become a very valuable graduate through the work placement options. I chose to take the internship route and I am currently on my second year of internship with a large multinational company. I work two days a week and attend college three days a week. It is terrific, as what I am learning in college, I am putting into use at work. It all makes so much more sense when you put theory into practice. My internship company, have now offered me a full time employment contract when I complete my studies in May”