What is... Networking Technologies?
Networking Technology is about designing and building computer networks. It involves the physical installation and commissioning of networks and connection to the Internet. Networking Technologists are able to maintain networks, including redesigning and upgrading them. This particular programme incorporates modules on CISCO network systems. CISCO is the leading networking company and you will have the opportunity to acquire the valuable industry standard qualification, ‘CISCO Certified Network Administrator’, CCNA, during your course of studies.
What are my... Career Opportunities?
Computer networks are everywhere. As a student you will acquire the technical skills and knowledge necessary for a career in IT and computer networking. These skills cover the design, planning, installation, configuration, administration, maintenance and management of local and Internet connected networks. Virtually every organisation in every area of work (such as commercial, industrial, service, educational, everywhere!) has computer networks and needs the services of network technicians and engineers.
The industry recognised CCNA qualification ensures a high demand for graduates of this programme and they will be key players in communication network management teams in all industrial, commercial and service organisations.
What other options do I have after completion?
Graduates will be equipped to progress through the DIT ladder system to the Honours Degree programmes within the Institute or elsewhere in Higher Education
Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?
You will be provided with a grounding in computer networking technologies, electronics and communications and web development, together with a knowledge of business operations, management and finance. Expertise and practical experience is gained to enable you to diagnose, repair and maintain computer and network hardware and system software. For example, you will be able to evaluate and upgrade computer systems. You will also be able to support all peripheral equipment which connects to computer networks, so that you will be able to support the services that this equipment provides to users. You will also gain experience in controlling external devices using computers, e.g. surveillance systems, robots, industrial automation systems, etc.
Software is also an integral part of all networks so you will be able to install and maintain a wide range of network and system software, including operating systems, such as Windows, UNIX and Linux. You gain valuable skills in network security, web design and web services.
An industry standard education coupled with four to seven month work/business placement will complement your academic learning and ensure that on graduation you can immediately apply your skills.
This programme has an emphasis on continuous assessment. A great deal of your time will be spent working on assignments and projects. You will learn by doing and working on hands-on applications rather than from theory. You acquire the skills needed in these areas by using them in real life situations as part of your assignments and projects. Some modules still retain an end of semester exam.
The programme is structured to permit exit after successful completion of Year 2 with a Higher Certificate.
- Applied Data Networking
- Computer Hardware & Security
- Digital Age Technology
- Information Literacy Project
- Network Fundamentals (CCNA-1)
- Physical Computing
- Routing & Switching Essentials (CCNA-2)
- Web Development
- Business Management
- Fund. Wireless Tech. (CCNA-W)
- Scaling Networks (CCNA-3)
- Microcontrollers & Electronics
- Operating Systems
- Problem Solving with C
- Server-side Web Development
- Connecting Networks (CCNA-4)
- Financial Management
- Fund. of Network Security (CCNA-S)
- Network Management
- Networked Embedded Systems
- Programming for Networked Systems
- Team Assignment Project
- Project Management
- Work Placement
Are there study abroad options?
The work placement is an integral part of the programme, in which you will learn to apply within the workplace the knowledge and skills already gained in the programme. Your work placement period could be undertaken abroad, or you could participate in the Erasmus Programme.
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What our Students say!
3rd year Student : I am currently studying my final year in DT080 - BTech in Networking Technologies. After three years, I feel I am now equipped with valuable skills which I have learned in my labs and lectures and through my project work. The CISCO qualification is an additional industry recognised qualification with this programme and as this sector is thriving at the moment, I look forward to starting my future career in this area.