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Software Development

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Software Development

Course Code: CI061SD
Course Level: 5
Award Title: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Software Development
QQI Code: 5M0529
Duration: 1 Year
Software Development
Software Development

Entry Requirements
Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or QQI Level 4 Award. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements.
This course may also be of interest to graduates with qualifications in non-computer disciplines who wish to pursue training in the area of software development.

Course Description
This course is designed to give the student a firm foundation in the skills required to develop software. 

Software development involves writing and testing computer programs to meet a customer’s needs. Students are introduced to the basics of programming using the Python programming language. Once the basic principles of programming are understood students move on to more advanced concepts using the popular Java programming language. 

Throughout the course there is a focus on the development of ‘soft skills’ such as problem solving, communications and team working. Students learn how to identify and document customer requirements. Programming is taught in a fun and interactive way.

Course Content

  • Programming and Design Principles
  • Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming
  • Software Architecture
  • Computer Systems Hardware
  • Operating Systems
  • Database Methods
  • Maths for Information Technology
  • Work Experience
  • Communications

Students will also be given the opportunity to prepare for and achieve certification in the much sought after Oracle Java Foundations Certified Junior Associate (novice-level certification) - at no additional cost.

If two people with roughly the same background and experience are vying for the same job, the certified person will usually win out. Certification gives an employee the edge.

Career Opportunities
Over the past decade there has been a sharp increase in the demand for software developers in Ireland and abroad. Examples of opportunities that exist are: computer programming, system analysis and design, software testing, technical writer, database administrator, technical support as well as website design and development. With some experience careers also exist in the areas of system architecture, project management, marketing, sales, and the very lucrative software consultancy business. The Software Development courses at Cavan Institute put you on this career path.

Progression Opportunities
At Cavan Institute: Students who successfully complete this course meet the entry requirements for a range of level 6 courses offered at Cavan Institute, including Software Development (Year 2), Computer Games Development and Computer and Network Technician (Year 2).

Graduates of this course are eligible to apply directly to Cavan Institute to enter Year 1 of the B.Sc. (Level 7 degree) in Computing run in conjunction with Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

Elsewhere: Graduates are also eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements).

For more information email or phone (049) 4332633.