Applied Computer Networks - Online

TUS - Technological University of the Shannon

Applied Computer Networks - Online

The materials covered in the modules have been benchmarked against industry standard professional certifications to ensure that graduates have in-demand IT industry skill sets. The delivery is a 30 ECTS block to enable the learner to select the most beneficial to them enabling continuous professional development (CPD) and award of a post graduate certificate (30 ECTS). The delivery of classes is on-line, and the timing is suitable to those in full-time employment.

The course modules cover the technical content of a variety of IT industry professional certifications. The certification exams and any membership fees are not included in this programme. Final certification examinations may be taken at a number of national external examination centres.

Subjects taught

What modules will I study?
Year 1
Title: Data Centre Design and Networking
Credits: 10
This module aims to provide learners with a comprehensive understanding of designing, building and operating Data Centres, including power, cooling, network infrastructure, and health and safety considerations. It also covers network architectures commonly found in Data Centres and provides an overview of equipment, including server and storage technologies.

Embedded industry certification: EPI CDCS
Title: Network Design
Credits: 10
This module will examine the essential aspects of designing and optimising modern computer networks according to industry best practices as appropriate for an IT professional or manager. This module will combine theory and active learning developing essential network professional management capacity.

Embedded industry certification: Cisco CCNA
Title: Private Cloud and Software Defined Networking
Credits: 10
This module will examine the essential aspects of designing and optimising private cloud implementations, as appropriate for an IT professional or manager. Additionally, emerging solutions to Software Defined Networking and Automation will be examined. This module will develop essential career skills like problem-solving and collaboration.

Embedded industry certification: VMware VCP

Entry requirements

A minimum Second-Class Level 8 Honours Degree (2.2) in an IT related discipline or non-IT discipline with considerable experience and/ or ability evidenced by a portfolio of prior experience and learning. Priority entry will be given to applicants with a higher classification of award.

Special Case Registrations
Prospective participants who do not meet the entry requirements for the programme detailed above but who may qualify for admission by meeting certain other equivalent criteria, should apply to the Admissions Office for consideration under the Institute’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

Application dates

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Assessment Info

Students will be assessed through a variety of methods throughout the course.

This includes; research projects, group work, one examination, presentations, reports and essays, seminar contribution and reflective self-assessment.


Full-time 1 semester, Part-time 1 year

Enrolment dates

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Post Course Info

What are the career prospects?
This programme is designed to enable learners to either progress and develop new skillsets in the their chosen IT career through CPD or start a new career in the IT industry altogether. Industry roles depending on experience could be related to networks, security and or IT management. For example: network engineer, technical support engineer (levels 1-3), Cybersecurity Security Operations Centre (SOC) analyst, IT services manager etc.

Are there opportunities for further study?
Post Graduate studies within the department include the taught Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Security, Masters in Applied Computer Networks and Security and research Masters and Doctorate studies.

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  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Afternoon,Daytime

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