Certificate in Computer Hardware

Course Points
30
Course Duration
1 Year
Course Level
Level 7
Course Start Date
Autumn 2018

Course Summary

This 1-year part-time course provides key foundational knowledge in the areas of digital systems, computer architecture and network. By understanding the concepts and theories underlying modern computer hardware, students will be able to operate and configure computer equipment, make informed equipment choices and use troubleshooting techniques and strategies to identify typical hardware and configuration problems.

Important notice about this course

OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS FROM THE END OF MAY

This course provides key foundational knowledge in the areas of digital systems, computer architecture and network. From understanding the concepts and theories underlying modern computer hardware, students will be able to operate and configure computer equipment, make informed equipment choices and use troubleshooting techniques and strategies to identify typical hardware and configuration problems.

In the study of computer hardware, students will additionally experience the closely associated areas of networking and system administration. Learners will be exposed to a variety of computer hardware and operating systems in a modern third-level teaching environment, and will also gain basic skills in the areas of digital electronics and physical layer infrastructure. In particular, platforms such as the Raspberry Pi will demonstrate the links between computer hardware and its controlling software.

This course may therefore be of particular interest to those wishing to pursue hobbyist or formal interests in emerging Internet of Things devices, which combine a unique blend of simple electronics and controlling software. Graduates will emerge with sound theoretical knowledge and practical skills, and most importantly, the capacity to continue self-directed learning in the field.

Modules taught include:

  • Digital Systems - find out more about this module here.
  • Systems & Networking - find out more about this module here.
  • Computer Architecture - find out more about this module here.
  • Computer Hardware - find out more about this module here.
  • Technical Problem Solving - find out more about this module here.
  • Classes run on Monday and Wednesday evenings 6.00pm to 9.00pm for two semesters.
  • This course is delivered using a blended learning approach with a series of interactive and hands-on in-class sessions in addition to intensive online learning.
  • Reports show that there is serious and increasing shortage of Networking personnel in all developed countries, including Ireland.
  • This ensures excellent job opportunities in the ICT (Information & Communications Technology) industry for successful gradates of this course.

Students can continue their studies here at DkIT, either by:

  • Taking another part-time Certificate (Computer Networking, System Administration or Computer Service Management)
  • Or by upgrading to a full-time degree level course at DkIT.

Standard Level 7 Entry Requirements:

  • Six passes in the Leaving Certificate (including Mathematics and either English or Irish) and either one Grade C3 in a Higher Level Paper or an overall points total of 200.
  • Mature students are not required to have the minimum Leaving Certificate required, but should provide any relevant additional information in support of their application. Mature students may be interviewed.

This course would be of interest to those who will to pursue a career in or with computing, in particular in the fields of hardware, networking or systems administration.

The Certificate in Computer Hardware is a key enabling qualification for both employment and further study, in addition to providing an integrated self-contained skill set. It provides a qualification recognised within both local and national enterprises.

Dr. Fiona Lawless (Head of Department of Computing Science & Mathematics, DkIT)
Phone: +353 42 9370200
Email: fiona.lawless@dkit.ie

Course ID DK_KCEWD_7
Level 7
Duration 1 Year
Credits 30
School School of Informatics & Creative Arts
Department Computing Science and Mathematics
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Fees €2,200
Starting Date Autumn 2018
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