Computer Systems & Networks

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Computer Systems & Networks – 5M0536.

Boot-up your life in computer systems and networks support and administration with arguably the most complete QQI level 5 IT course on offer.

Explore and develop your interests in building, repairing, maintaining and supporting computer systems and networks. Ensure your progression opportunities with QQI Maths for IT – the latest alternative to leaving certificate maths.

Specialise in industry standard and trending technologies in a holistic approach approach across the course – with sought after employment skills in Linux server operating systems, SQL database, and virtualisation with VMware and Oracle.

Practice and develop your skills in a dedicated computer science laboratory – using a range of technologies from wired to wifi and PC to Android. Actively train as Linux system and network administrators in the only fully immersive QQI courses in Linux and opensource programming – giving our learners a unique edge in industry and in progression success.

Unique to Mallow College, enhance your hardware portfolio with optional electives in modern Python object-oriented programming and software development techniques.

Progress to CIT or UCC and beyond with a solid year one foundation in computer science and programming.


Applications are now open, and free. To apply online now for September 2017/18 you will just need to provide two essential pieces of information: your email address and your PPS number. Look for this course under Information Technology.


Contact us at computing@mallowcollege.ie for help and more information.

Career Prospects

  • Corporate technical support sector. +
  • Database/programming intern. +
  • IT operations technicians. +
  • IT user support technicians. +

Course Contents

  • Computer Systems Hardware (5N0548) Level 5 QQI.
    • Learn the specifications and functions of the essential building blocks of a modern PC: processor (CPU), memory (RAM), storage disks, input and output devices. Learn to source and price, build and maintain custom specification machines.
  • Database Methods (5N0783) Level 5 QQI.
    • Study the principles of database design and data management with LibreOffice Base and SQL.
  • Maths for Information Technology (5N18396) Level 5 QQI.
    • Get to grips with essential maths, binary, and logic for programming, networking, and computer hardware.
  • Networking Essentials (5N0541) Level 5 QQI.
    • Understand the OSI model of computer networking: learn how to setup, test, troubleshoot and manage a complete computer network: Linux and Windows, Windows Server 2016, wired, WiFi, switches, routers, TCP/IP, MAC addresses, IP addresses, Internet.
  • Operating Systems (5N2928) Level 5 QQI.
    • Develop the skills of a Linux systems administrator with Ubuntu Desktop 17.10 and Server 17.10 editions: manage users, hardware, files, software, and security. Install, configure and test dual-boot systems for Windows 10 and Linux Ubuntu. Practice using Oracle VirtualBox virtualisation.
  • Programming and Design Principles (Java) (5N2927) Level 5 QQI.
    • Learn to code and develop your own computer programs and commands in the Java programming language for Linux and Windows – using CodeBlocks IDE. Explore command-line and graphical-user-interface techniques. Practice coding as part of a team.
  • Virtualisation Support (5N2434) Level 5 QQI.
    • Develop the essential skills of the modern system administrator in virtualisation (running complete machines simultaneously within the same hardware) alongside your studies in operating systems and hardware. Explore Vmware and Oracle VirtualBox machine virtualisation techniques for desktops and servers.
  • Teamworking (5N1367) Level 5 QQI.
    • IT students and professionals work closely as part of a team. Explore essential teamworking skills and techniques for collaborative projects.
  • Work Experience (5N1356) Level 5 QQI.
    • Prepare yourself for industry, prepare your CV and LinkedIn profile, practice interview skills, and gain invaluable experience on your own work placement.
  • Optional: Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming (Python) (5N0541) Level 5 QQI.
    • As well as learning Java programming principles, delve into the exciting world of modern object-oriented programming with the latest Python programming language – using the PyCharm IDE. Develop real-world prototype programs using effective software development techniques – command-line and graphical-user-interface.
  • Optional: Software Architecture (5N2772) Level 5 QQI.
    • Understand and practice the role of the modern Agile software development manifesto; and techniques such as UML for design modelling, Scrum and Sprint for effective teamwork, and Kanban for project management and development. Practice and develop your skills in your Python object-oriented projects.
  • Optional: VMware Cloud Fundamentals (Cloud) VMware.
    • The VMware Cloud Fundamentals course will provide you with a fundamental understanding of VMware’s Cloud products, including the business challenges those products are intended to solve.

Courses are continually developed – content and specific award components are subject to change. See disclaimer.

Calendar

One year. Full-time.

Entry Requirements

  • No CAO points required.
  • All applicants will be required to attend an interview. An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the minimum entry requirements set out here, and satisfactory presentation at interview.
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent. For mature applicants appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.

Certification

Work Experience

Work experience is an integral part of this course. The dates and duration will be specified by the College.

Progressions

Advanced to QQI level 6 at Mallow College. Use your full QQI award to progress to degrees in Computer Science, Computer Networking, IT Management, and Games Development. For more links and detailed information on how to use your Mallow College qualification go to mallowcollege.ie/progressions.

Costs

€50 deposit + €200 Government PLC Contribution + €50 QQI Fees + €200 Registration = €500.

Contact Us

Email us at computing@mallowcollege.ie. Talk to us on Facebook Messenger or Skype Call / Chat.