The Department of Computing at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) are delighted to launch two new innovative computing programmes for CAO 2020.
- Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Computer Science LY748
- Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Data Science & Artificial Intelligence LY738
The Department of Computing at LYIT has approximately 800 students studying on a wide range of programmes from Level-7 Ordinary degrees to level-10 research PhD (doctoral) programmes. All of the programmes are designed in consultation with industry leaders and are updated regularly though a process of continuous engagement with industry.
This ensures that our graduates are job-ready on day one with cutting edge skills and a mature understanding of the workplace.
The Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Computer Science (LY748) is a three year Honours degree for students who have completed the Leaving Certificate Computer Science subject (with an O4 or H6) or a GCE in Computing (or equivalent e.g. BTech in Computing) in addition to the normal entry requirement for a level-8 course. Certain other equivalent qualifications such as a QQI FET Level 5 award in Computing will also be considered.
The opportunity to deliver the course in 3 years is based on the ability of students, who already have a background in computing, to “get up to speed” quickly on the core curriculum and rapidly progress to more advanced topics.
In addition to the opportunity to get an Honours degree in 3-years student may also choose to do a specialised MSc in the 3rd year of study.
The Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (LY738) is a four year Honours degree programme that encompasses a year-long placement in year 4.
Students will discover the world of Data Science, also known as Big Data Analytics. This is the process of examining large amounts of data of a variety of types (big data) to uncover hidden patterns, unknown correlations and other useful information. Such information can provide competitive advantages over rival organizations and result in business benefits, such as more effective marketing and increased revenue.
Data Science has in turn been the big enabler for the expansion of Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a truly mass-market technology. AI relies on the patterns found in data to make decisions. The bigger and better the quality of the data the better the decisions the AI makes.
Future graduates from these programmes will have excellent career prospects with the EGFSN forecast reporting that between 2018 and 2022 there will be 55,230 computing job openings in Ireland at level-8 and level-9. 35% of all “difficult to fill vacancies” Ireland are in ICT and there are approximately 5000 unfilled vacancies at any one time in ICT.
According to a report by the Code Institute “The worldwide shortage of ICT talent that is threatening employment growth across the globe is also a significant issue here in Ireland,” Code Institute CEO Jim Cassidy said.
“Over the next two years an expected 12,000 jobs are to go unfilled in the Irish ICT sector, which will have a direct knock-on impact on productivity and growth.” The report states that the UK is short 40,000 ICT graduates, Germany is short 43,000 ICT graduates, Sweden is short 63,000 ICT graduates and the US is short 750,000 ICT graduates.
For more information on these programmes visit www.lyit.ie
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