Networking & System Administration

Course Description
This programme is suitable for graduates with a software background who wish to gain knowledge on the Systems and Networking side for the design, deployment and support of on-premise and cloud solutions. It is also suitable for those already employed in the IT sector who increasing find they need to understand the systems and networks they are interacting with - whether on premise or in the cloud.

This programme aims to provide participants with acquired knowledge of network management, administration and design. Graduates will also have advanced knowledge of System Services and will be able to design, implement, manage and troubleshoot typical System Services in a heterogeneous environment.

At the end of the course the students will have an in-depth understanding of networking and systems protocols and the skills to configure, troubleshoot and maintain both. This course will also build on the students existing software skills and apply them to the networking and systems environment. Following from this the students will then be able to migrate these systems to the cloud if required.

Subjects taught

Course Content
Networking (5 credits)
Operating System Administration and Management (10 credits)
Network Protocols (5 credits
Programmable Networks (10 credits)
Management & Security (5 credits)
Virtualization (5 credits)
Infrastructure Services (5 credits)
Cloud Technologies (5 credits)
Routing and Switching (10 credits)
Work Portfolio (15 credits)

Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for admission to the Higher Diploma in Science in Networking and Systems are:

? a level 8 qualification in Computing (or cognisant areas)
? OR a level 8 STEM qualification with two or more year's experience in the IT sector

Applicants with a level 7 qualification and extensive experience in the IT sector will also be considered. Where appropriate applicants will be invited for an interview. Prior basic knowledge of Networking and Systems will be essential.

Applicants who do not meet the academic entry requirements but have significant relevant experience may apply to access this programme under the Institute's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy. This allows for the recognition of both formal and informal learning, non accredited personal, professional education and work-based learning.

Application dates

How to Apply
To apply for this programme, students must apply via the Springboard+ Courses website. The application process will open shortly.

In the interim period, you may register your interest in this programme by clicking below and completing the form. A member of our team will contact you shortly with details for applying.


1 year full-time

This course is delivered using a blended learning approach with weekly interactive and hands-on practical lab-based sessions supported by independent and online learning.

Please note that these arrangements may be subject to changes due to the Covid-19 situation.

Post Course Info

There are many employment and educational prospects for graduates from the Higher Diploma in Science in Computing. Graduates will have gained knowledge and developed skills and competencies necessary to pursue, and sustain, a career within the ICT sector. The programme was designed in partnership with industry and for industry needs.

The course will produce graduates with much sought-after skills in software testing, including test design techniques, test management, test tool evaluation and static analysis skills. The course will cover both manual and automated testing and will prepare graduates to work as testers and QA specialists in any IT domain. Graduates can expect to find work as 'a software tester', 'QA consultant', 'agile tester', 'functional software tester'.

Participants will in addition gain valuable skills in Web development and interaction with database design and implementation. This will position the graduate with the required skills to obtain employment in a web application development environment. Additionally, the skills developed in database design are fundamental skills utilised in the wider IT development environment.

On the successful completion of this Higher Diploma, students who obtain Second Class Honours, or higher, will be eligible to be considered for entry to an MSc in Computing programme (taught or research). Future progression options available within DkIT will include the MSc in Data Analytics.

More details
  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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