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1 Jobs Professional Development variety Construction Mechatronics Thinking night life Taighde Oiliúint Quality Management Computing Learning Saol Spórt Accounting Arts Smart Economy Industrial Pharmaceutical Science Marketing Self Improvement Community Focused Staff Improvement 2014 Cloud WB Yeats ccounting Electronic Engineering Professional Development ent chnology nagement stance arning Cloud Business Living Nuálaíocht teagasc agus foghlaim career Yeats Country Gnóthas mart Economy óireacht íocht Construction Mechatronics the union FINE ART choice PROSPECTUS 2014 AND Accounting 2015 Inbhuanaitheacht Retention eolaíocht Líonrú Dearadh Humanities Jobs Quality Management Social Studies like it CPD love it 2014

2 Reasons to Choose IT Sligo Why IT Sligo is the right choice for you: Our wide variety of internationally-recognised degree and postgraduate courses Erasmus exchange opportunities with 60+ European University partners Courses specifically designed to meet the skills required by employers, including work placements, internships and engagement with industry 4 Professional accreditation for certain awards 5 Over 50 undergraduate and postgraduate courses with progression up to Level 10 (PhD) 6 IT Sligo is the national leader in Online Learning 7 Excellent Student Support Services on campus 8 Affordable high-quality accommodation within a five minute walk from the campus 9 Friendly staff providing a supportive learning environment Top class sports and recreational facilities including a fully equipped gym, multi-purpose sports hall and an internationalstandard athletic track. Outdoors we offer football clubs, watersports and mountaineering. Sports scholarships are available Lively social scene including nightclubs, performing arts and traditional music 12 Spectacular location in the west of Ireland. IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

3 Our Door is Open If you re looking for the unexpected, check out IT Sligo. We know you ll like what you find. We offer an open learning space. Open to new ideas and talents, new experiences and ways of doing things. A launch pad for careers and achievements that will carry you through life, for friendships and laughs you ll never forget. We have programmes to suit everyone. Some will be exactly what you re looking for. Others, you mightn t even have heard of but could open up a future that is out there just waiting for you. They are all in this Prospectus. All the more reason, then, to delve into these pages. Surprise yourself and find the unexpected. Read up on Sligo, too. It s a warm home to newcomers. A vibrant area where you ll never feel like a stranger. Small enough to get around easily but big enough to keep you more than entertained. The nightlife is buzzing and the craic is great. On campus or off campus, student life is Well, it is what you make it: cool; frenetic; studious or sporty. You can have it all here. With lecturers who care and facilities to bring out the best in you, we ll help you strike the balance that ll help you to succeed. IT Sligo is an open door to students from many nations and you ll hear many foreign accents. An eclectic mix to open your mind as you develop as a person and as a student. We are one of Ireland s leading degree-awarding institutions and we value our record in providing our students with practical, hands-on programmes with real-life work placements. THE IT SLIGO EXPERIENCE We boast close links with employers and frame our programmes in close liaison with them to ensure our graduates are equipped to meet the needs of the modern workplace. Come on in. The door is open. IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

4 Table of Contents The IT Sligo Experience TABLE OF CONTENTS Welcome from the President 8 Sligo 9 International Opportunities 10 Sports Facilities & Sports Scholarships 11 Clubs and Societies 12 Our Alumni Association 13 The Student Mentoring Programme 14 Research Options 15 Entrepreneurship Scholarships 16 School of Business and Social Sciences Department of Business Accounting: Higher Certificate in Business in Accounting SG Bachelor of Business in Accounting (add-on) 22 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Accounting SG Business: Higher Certificate in Business SG Bachelor of Business SG Bachelor of Business (add-on) 30 Bachelor of Business (Honours) SG Bachelor of Business (Honours) (add-on) 33 Office and Business Administration: Higher Certificate in Business in Office Administration SG Bachelor of Business in Business Administration (add-on) 36 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business Administration (add-on) 38 Department of Marketing, Tourism and Sport Marketing: Bachelor of Business in Marketing with PR and Event Management SG Bachelor of Business in Marketing with Languages SG Bachelor of Business in Marketing SG Bachelor of Business in Marketing (add-on) 44 Bachelor of Business in International Marketing (add-on) 45 Master of Science in Marketing 47 Sport: Bachelor of Business in Recreation and Leisure SG Tourism: Bachelor of Business in Tourism with Event Management SG IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

5 Department of Social Sciences Childhood Education: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Care and Education SG Social Care: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care Practice SG School of Engineering and Design Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Civil Engineering: Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering SG Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering SG Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering SG Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering (add-on) 64 Construction: Bachelor of Science in Advanced Wood and Sustainable Building Technology SG Bachelor of Science in Construction Cost Management SG Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying SG Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying (add-on) 71 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Construction Project Management (add-on) 73 Interior Architecture and Design: Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design SG Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture RIBA Part 1 SG Master of Arts in Interior Architecture 80 TABLE OF CONTENTS Department of Computing and Creative Practices Computing: Bachelor of Science in Computing in Games Development SG Bachelor of Science in Computing in Software Development SG Bachelor of Science in Computing in Systems and Networking SG Bachelor of Science in Computing in Web Development and Creative Media SG Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing in Software Development (add-on) 88 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing in Systems and Networking (add-on) 89 Creative Design: Bachelor of Arts in Creative Design SG Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Design SG Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Design (add-on) 94 Fine Art: Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art SG Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Art (add-on) 98 Performing Arts: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts SG IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

6 Table of Contents (continued) School of Engineering and Design TABLE OF CONTENTS Department of Mechanical and Electronic Engineering Electronic Engineering: Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering SG Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electronic Engineering (add-on) 105 Mechanical Engineering: Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering SG Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering (add-on) 108 Mechatronics: Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics SG Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronics (add-on) 112 School of Science Department of Environmental Science Applied Archaeology: Higher Certificate in Applied Archaeology SG Bachelor of Science in Applied Archaeology SG Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology SG Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology (add-on) 121 Environmental: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Protection SG Bachelor of Science in Environmental Protection (add-on) 124 Bachelor of Science in Energy, Sustainability and the Environment SG Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science SG Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science (add-on) 127 Master of Science in Environmental, Health and Safety Management 128 Science (General): Higher Certificate in Science (General) SG Occupational Safety and Health: Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health SG Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health (add-on) 132 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Occupational Safety and Health SG Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Occupational Safety and Health (add-on) IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

7 Department of Life Sciences Biomedical Science and Medical Biotechnology: Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science SG Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Medical Biotechnology SG Forensic Science: Bachelor of Science in Forensic Investigation and Analysis SG Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Forensic Investigation and Analysis SG Health Science and Physiology: Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Physiology SG Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Public Health and Health Promotion (add-on) 146 Human Nutrition and Health: Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Health SG Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Human Nutrition and Health SG Pharmaceutical Science with Drug Development: Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science with Drug Development SG Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Pharmaceutical Science with Drug Development SG TABLE OF CONTENTS How to Apply How to Apply 158 Progression at IT Sligo 159 Entry Requirements 160 Fees and Grants 162 FETAC Applicants 163 Mature Applicants 164 NI and Great Britain Applicants 165 Garda Vetting Policy, Physical Testing and Vaccination 166 Student Services Student Support Services 167 Access Office Supports 168 Breaking the Mould Access Programme 168 Yeats Library 170 Accommodation 171 Getting Here 172 Prospective Students 173 Campus Map 174 Quick Course Finder 176 Contacts 180 Important Dates for Applicants 181 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

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10 Welcome from the President If you re considering going to college, this is an exciting and important time in your life congratulations! What to do next is your decision. THE IT SLIGO EXPERIENCE Your Future s Calling At IT Sligo, we offer a full package to our students so you can think, learn and live during your time with us. Quality courses, experienced lecturers, a modern campus and vibrant social and sporting scenes are the hallmarks of the student experience here. We have a wide range of entry and exit stages from Higher Certificate right up to PhD so whatever your experience at second level, we are ready to help you make a successful transition to third level. A Wide Degree of Choice We offer a wide range of courses in the areas of Science, Engineering, Business and Social Sciences, and we are continually enhancing our courses to ensure that they equip out students for the challenges and opportunities of the modern workplace. Modern Campus The Institute is located on a 72-acre campus in Sligo and we re currently expanding to cater for growing numbers. We re in the final stages of a 35 million capital development plan that has included a new Student Services Building, the new three-floor Yeats Library, a new Technology Building as well as enhanced facilities at the Knocknarea Arena, our sports centre will also see the completion of a new Science Building and a 600-seat restaurant. Visit Us This Prospectus will give you information about our campus and our courses, but to get a real feel for life at IT Sligo you should visit our campus. Our Open Days give you an opportunity to speak with lecturers and students and to get a taste for life at the Institute. You won t be disappointed! If you have any questions about our courses or how they can help you realise your ambitions, please don t hesitate to contact us. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. I wish you every success with your choice and your future career. Professor Terri Scott President 8 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

11 Sligo Steeped in history but with eyes set firmly on the future, Sligo is a creative centre with an international reputation in technology and the arts. Blend vibrancy, novelty and old-world charm and you get character. That s Sligo: town and county. Whether it s the lively close-knit streets with great shopping, the mountainous breakers at Strandhill or hilly walks in the shadow of mighty Benbulben, the atmosphere can be at the same time lively and tranquil. It s up to you. There s a lot to enjoy and do. Sligo simply doesn t do all work, no play. With theatres, cinemas, live music and sports pitches galore, it s the perfect backdrop to the serious study that you ll need to do at IT Sligo. The county is famous worldwide for its connections with the poet W.B. Yeats. This year, some of our students are heading a drive to put the spotlight on another literary son of the region Dracula author, Bram Stoker, whose mother was born in Sligo. So, keep Halloween weekend free and join IT Sligo students in attempting a world record for the biggest gathering of Draculas, all 2013 of them! No matter what part of Ireland you are from, you will never be far from home in Sligo. It s a place that is easy to get around and you ll never get lost. Even if you do, just follow the music and you re bound to meet up with a bunch of IT Sligo students. Maybe they are studying Civil Engineering, PR and Events Management, Applied Archaeology or Interior Architecture, one thing is sure, they ll have one thing in common. To them Sligo is home from home. THE IT SLIGO EXPERIENCE IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

12 International Opportunities At IT Sligo we hold the Erasmus Charter and welcome international students from Europe and around the world. Students come here to continue their undergraduate and/or postgraduate studies and regularly tell us how happy they are with IT Sligo and the friendliness of the traditional Irish welcome. THE IT SLIGO EXPERIENCE The exchange of culture and the unique opportunity for you to study and socialise with Irish and other international students is just one of the many beneficial aspects of student life at IT Sligo. Our International Office co-ordinates admissions and support for visiting students. We strive to facilitate an international experience for Irish students while ensuring a quality Irish educational experience for our visiting students. Sounds good so far, doesn t it? The International Office is your first point of contact, Why Choose IT Sligo? Diverse and vibrant international student mix Strong academic reputation Flexible, supportive and friendly learning environment Excellent student supports Courses offered range from Higher Certificate, Bachelor Degree, Masters to Doctorate level (NFQ Levels 6 to 10) Single campus location in a safe and friendly location One of the best surfing locations in Europe Nestled in The Land of Hearts Desire as written about by W.B. Yeats World class teaching standards! The warmest of welcomes! It s not all lectures, assignments, coursework and exams. Yes, that s important but there s so much more to life at IT Sligo. We have one of the most compact and friendly campuses of any Institute in Ireland which means that within a short while you ll have met many new people and made friends for life. Everything is located on one site, all within easy walking distance. You can go to class, visit the library, get your lunch and go to the gym without having to leave the campus! Got the travel bug and want to study abroad? If you want to study and live in another country, travel and improve your language skills, why not consider a study period abroad or a work placement as part of your degree? Choose Ireland, choose IT Sligo! At IT Sligo we encourage our students to consider taking all or part of their third year in one of our partner institutes across Europe or worldwide. The International Office is always available to discuss this opportunity with you. Patrick Lynch International Office Manager T: +353 (0) F: +353 (0) E: Eileen Gillen International Officer T: +353 (0) F: +353 (0) E: 10 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

13 Sports Facilities Much of the Institute s sporting activity happens around the Knocknarea Arena. It houses our gym and the main sports hall for basketball, five-a-side and other indoor court sports. It includes: 3G astro pitch used for soccer/gaa training, plus internal college tournaments and recreational sport Floodlit championship-standard playing pitches for Gaelic games, soccer and rugby An all-weather running track with facilities for track and field athletics Hi-spec training pitches Sports hall for indoor sports that is large enough to accommodate two full five-a-side pitches or two basketball courts. The indoor arena is used for concerts and other performances Fully-equipped fitness suite, including a full range of high-quality aerobic and resistance equipment including free weights Multi-purpose suite with a wooden floor and wall mirrors to facilitate fitness classes e.g. yoga, pilates, martial arts and dance classes Food and beverage canteen with a viewing balcony over the athletics arena and playing pitches THE IT SLIGO EXPERIENCE Sports Scholarships We offer a Sports Scholarship Scheme to help talented student athletes reach their potential. We can support you to become the best you can possibly be by enabling you to compete at the highest possible level. If this applies to you, we welcome your application to the scheme. We are proactive in encouraging a healthy and balanced lifestyle among students through involvement in sport. Students will be students, but with some sensible advice you can avoid some of the pitfalls of eating badly and refuelling. Every year we award scholarships and bursaries and for the 2014 academic year the highest possible level, our Gold Scholarship Award, is 1,750. The closing date for scholarship applications is the end of September each year. Contact itsligo.ie for further details, or log on to for an application form. Sports Development Officer Our Sports Development Officer promotes all sport throughout the Institute, from top level competitive sports through to fun activities. The aim is to increase participation in sport and physical activity among all students, including those less interested in competitive sport. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Ross Lappin Sports Development Officer T: +353 (0) E: W: IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

14 Clubs and Societies For many students, sport is one of the best reasons to go to College. One of our greatest memories was when the Gaelic team, back in the early 2000s made history by winning three Sigerson Cup titles. The Sigerson Cup is the All-Ireland Football championship for universities and colleges. We have also won three Division 1 titles and the FBD Home and Away League. THE IT SLIGO EXPERIENCE But it s not all about Gaelic Football; our men s soccer team won the Umbro Cup which we also hosted in In 2011 our surfing team won the Irish Surfing intervarsities and in 2012 we hosted the intervarsities in Sligo. The Swim Club won the Intervarsity Championships 2011 Swimming and Lifesaving (taking home seven gold, six silver and three bronze medals). The Boxing Club was successful in the Senior College Boxing Championship, with both men and women winning senior titles. IT Sligo has also won men and women s national boxing titles. And have we mentioned our Triathlon Club won two national titles? Playing sport or trying something new is an important part of college life. Here there are more than 60 active clubs and societies every year with new ones starting up all the time. Get involved, sign up, be a part of it. The most popular sports clubs, apart from Gaelic football, are ladies and men s soccer, ladies football, hurling, athletics, martial arts, surfing and rugby. We also have Brazilian jujitsu, badminton, horse-riding and sub aqua clubs. Not everyone is into sport so if it s not your biggest priority there are plenty of other societies to join, such as the Traditional Music Society, Juggling Society, the Environmental Society and the Engineering Society. Our clubs and societies organise the majority of college-based social nights over the entire year. One thing is for sure, they are always worth talking about the next day! The Dance Society won the society of the year at the 2013 Clubs and Societies awards ceremony. Our clubs and societies organise many events that contribute to a vibrant social scene throughout the year. So when you get here, join a club or society that interests you or try something new! 12 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

15 When You Graduate Our Alumni Association THE IT SLIGO EXPERIENCE The IT Sligo Alumni Association exists to forge a link between the college and our graduates, and also between alumni themselves. Membership is free and to join, simply complete the registration form online at or or from the Alumni Office. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION SEE: Join the LinkedIn Group at bit.ly/itsligoalumniassociation Patrick Lynch International Office Manager T: +353 (0) F: +353 (0) E: IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

16 The Student Mentoring Programme At IT Sligo we wish to create a very welcoming and supportive environment for our new first years. To this end we have developed The Student Mentoring Programme which offers a great opportunity for students and staff to work together to support our incoming first years when they commence study with us in September. It will run on a pilot basis for a number of courses. THE IT SLIGO EXPERIENCE The Student Mentoring Programme offers new students the opportunity to create networks with each other and student mentors. These mentors help first years to access the key practical information they need to begin their studies with confidence. Students are placed into groups on the basis of their programme of study and assigned a mentor. The groups meet for lunch on assigned days for the first six weeks of semester one, giving participants the opportunity to chat with each other about their new experiences. Mentors give important information on the supports available to students and are able to answer practical questions about timetables, room locations and where to buy coffee! Each lunch also features drop-in visitors from academic and support staff. Our mentors are second and third year students who have been trained for their role. They are available to answer basic queries via , text message or phone call for the duration of the six week programme. They will direct first years to support services where necessary. IT Sligo student mentors were asked to give one piece of advice to new first years starting off in their course next year. Below are some of the responses: Take as many notes as you can because it s impossible to remember everything or sometimes understand everything without them Do not panic and think that IT Sligo or your chosen course is not for you Manage your time wisely and stay on top of the assignments: less stress and pressure. Doing a little everyday will enable you to stay on top of your work and balance your time wisely Be friendly and outgoing Enjoy every moment as it flies by and if you have problems with subjects go to the lecturers who can explain it better to you Hang in there, it gets easier Regularly attend classes, particularly practicals. Lecturers are very pleasant and accessible so no student should be fearful of approaching them if they have any concerns 14 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

17 Research Options A postgraduate research degree (Research Masters or PhD) is different to a taught course in a number of ways: The primary mode of learning is self-learning There is no formal course work The student is responsible for carrying out the required work to the appropriate standard within the appropriate timeframe A supervisor is appointed by the Institute to guide the student in developing and carrying out the project An added advantage of this learning mode, beyond achieving Level 9 or 10 knowledge and skills, is that the student develops and proves their ability to work alone or in groups, to take responsibility for leading and initiating work, and to self-evaluate and manage their own academic and professional development. These skills are valued highly in the workplace. THE IT SLIGO EXPERIENCE Another difference between taught and research degrees is that the student is involved in the design of their studies from the outset. Each research project is unique and involves a specific research question which the project is designed to answer in a structured way. The research question may come from a supervisor who has an existing research programme and team and is developing the area further, or it may come from a student who wants to research a particular topic. In either case, before applying to register, the student and supervisor work together to develop a project plan that is built around an appropriate question, has a fitting plan of work required to answer the question, and a suitable appropriate schedule within which to achieve the particular degree (a Masters is typically two years, a PhD is typically four years). Registration can be processed at any time of the year. Each applicant s learning background and current circumstances is unique and at all stages of the registration application process, the Research Office will assist the student and their supervisor on any queries they may have. The process is as follows: once the research question is decided upon and the project plan developed, registration is initiated by completing a standard form and submitting it to the Head of Research. The application is reviewed by an internal and external reviewer If required, additional question/project development may be undertaken Once this is done, a recommendation is made to the Institute s Research Committee Work can begin once the application is approved and fees are paid FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Dr John Bartlett Head of Research T: +353 (0) E: Mary McLoughlin Research Administrator T: +353 (0) E: IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

18 Entrepreneurship Scholarships Your idea, your future! You could have a million ideas, but they are all worthless if you don t get them done. THE IT SLIGO EXPERIENCE The IT Sligo/Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NTFE) Entrepreneurship Scholarship scheme aims to provide a pathway for potential student entrepreneurs to allow them bring their business idea onto the campus and transform it into reality. Each successful applicant can apply for any of the fulltime courses available at IT Sligo and will receive 1,500 per year for the duration of their course and a range of mentoring supports to develop their concept. What supports will the student entrepreneur get? Mentor (academic/business/community) Support from the Innovation Centre (access to hot desk space, networking opportunities, participation in Innovation and Enterprise events, workshops and seminars) Forbearance in relation to external activities (attending relevant international trade fairs, exhibitions) Membership of Student Enterprise Society Key contact person (personal tutor) Other possible support resources (travel budget, PR supports, links to Enterprise Ireland, etc.) Link to the Accelerating Campus Entrepreneurship project Through these entrepreneurship scholarships, we recognise and reward innovation and facilitate those who wish to develop their business/social entrepreneurship concept in a supported learning environment. Benefits to the student entrepreneur As an IT Sligo Entrepreneurship Scholar you will be required to represent IT Sligo at a range of entrepreneurship-related events and make a significant contribution to the promotion and development of entrepreneurial activity at the Institute. In return you will: Receive financial support to undertake a course of study at IT Sligo Have the opportunity to develop your business concept in a supported entrepreneur-ready learning environment Have access to a range of specialised academic, industry and community supports Participate in an excellent personal development opportunity to build the essential skills and qualities of effective communication, problem-solving, team skills and assertiveness Who is eligible? Students who have completed the Foróige/Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship programme, the County Enterprise Board Student Enterprise Competition or who just have an original idea are encouraged to apply. All applicants must have a CAO number to be eligible to apply for the Scholarships. IT Sligo/NTFE Entrepreneurship Scholarships are aimed at those with an innovative business or social entrepreneurship idea who wish to pursue an academic programme at the Institute while still developing their business idea. 16 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

19 You must meet the academic requirements pertaining to the course for which you have applied. As a student, you must: Ensure a satisfactory attendance record for your course of study Participate in all Institute entrepreneur activity and programmes Contribute to the promotion of IT Sligo through PR activity, publications and media events Act as an ambassador for IT Sligo and ensure that the reputation of the Institute is at all times upheld FOR FURTHER INFORMATION If you are interested in combining your entrepreneurial ideas with study at IT Sligo, please contact Roisin McGlone Lecturer, Entrepreneurship Scholarship Coordinator Department of Social Sciences, IT Sligo, Ash Lane, Sligo Phone: +353 (0) THE IT SLIGO EXPERIENCE IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

20 SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

21 Department of Business Accounting 20 Business 26 Office and Business Administration 34 Department of Marketing, Tourism and Sport Marketing 40 Sport 48 Tourism 50 Department of Social Sciences Childhood Education 52 Social Care Practice 54

22 Accounting Courses Overview Accounting can provide an excellent basis if you are interested in pursuing a career in business, especially those planning to enter the accounting profession. Recognising that accounting is the primary channel for communicating information about the finances of a business, our courses provide a broad view of how accounting contributes to an organisation. Accounting is a truly internationally recognised qualification. You will develop a wide range of skills, including business and commercial awareness, critical and statistical analysis, problem-solving, oral and written communication. Graduates typically work in the accountancy profession, the financial sector, management consultancy or in other areas of business often in managerial positions. There are also excellent opportunities in the public sector. Our recent graduates are: Graduate trainees with a range of accountancy firms Working in financial services and banking Employed by leading retailers and other commercial enterprises Working with major multinational businesses Undertaking postgraduate study Teaching or lecturing after further studies Why study Accounting at IT Sligo? Our undergraduate Level 8 degrees are accredited by all the major Irish professional accounting bodies, including the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland (CA), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Certified Public Accountants (CPA). Accreditation provides significant exemptions from professional exams. We offer you a choice of two entry level courses A three-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Level 8 A two-year Higher Certificate Level 6 plus an add-on 1-year degree with the option to progress to an Honours Degree Level 8. Both options have significant professional body exemptions. IT Sligo has a long successful history in the delivery of quality accounting courses with graduates working in some of the most recognisable company names such as Google, Motorola, Coca-Cola, Guinness, Wyeth and Abbott to name a few. Progression Chart PhD by Research Level 10 Masters by Research Level 9 Masters of Science in Marketing Level 9 or Masters by Research Level 9 BB (Hons) in Business Level 8 (1 year add-on) BA (Hons) in Accounting Level 8 (Ab Initio) 3 years BB in Accounting Level 7 (1 year add-on) BB in Marketing Level 7 (1 year add-on) BB in Business Level 7 (1 year add-on) Higher Certificate in Business in Accounting 2 years CAO Entry 20 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

23 Higher Certificate in Business in Accounting Programme Summary If you are interested in learning about one of the core operations of business, accounting could be the course for you. Accounting and finance is an integral and important part of any business, regardless of size, sector and location. Many chief executive officers and senior managers of successful businesses began their careers in accounting. This two-year course offers a stimulating and challenging introduction to the area of accounting. It combines business and accounting subjects to allow students to explore accounting as a specialism. As well as providing a good foundation in accounting, this course acts as a stepping stone to a one-year add-on Ordinary Degree (Level 7) in Accounting at IT Sligo. In addition, graduates of the Ordinary Degree in accounting can subsequently pursue an Honours Degree (Level 8) specialising in Accounting. Other Essential Information Leaving Certificate: five subjects at Ordinary level grade D3 or higher. Subjects required: English or Irish at Ordinary Level grade D3 or higher and Mathematics at Ordinary level grade D3 or higher. Mature applicants will be interviewed and assessed on an individual basis. Career Opportunities Graduates of the Higher Certificate in Business in Accounting possess a good foundation in the basics of the finance function. They can expect to secure work with an accounting practice or in an accounting related position in industry. Typical roles may include: trainee accountant, bookkeeper, payroll clerk, credit controller, purchase/sales ledger clerk and assistant accountant. Further Study Opportunities Most graduates of the Higher Certificate in Accounting progress to the Bachelor of Business in Accounting, Level 7 and from there to the Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business, Level 8 course. Other progression options include the Bachelor of Business in Business, Level 7 and the Bachelor of Business in Marketing, Level 7 course. AWARD/LEVEL: Higher Certificate (Level 6) CAO CODE: SG108 NUMBER OF PLACES: 40 DURATION: 2 years 2012 POINTS: AQA FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Financial Accounting Business Mathematics Business Technology Introduction to Marketing Principles of Economics Management Accounting Principles Introduction to Management Teamwork and Creativity Business Law for Accountants Enterprise SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

24 Bachelor of Business in Accounting (add-on) SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) NUMBER OF PLACES: 30 DURATION: 1 year (add-on) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Financial Accounting Management Accounting ICT in Accounting Managing People Auditing Company Law Taxation Language Options Programme Summary The course is designed primarily for those who have a previous qualification in business and accounting such as the Higher Certificate in Business in Accounting. The course is oneyear in duration leading to the award of an Ordinary Degree in Business in Accounting. It aims to provide advanced knowledge of accounting that may, if the student wishes, provide a route into professional accountancy. Other Essential Information In addition to a Higher Certificate in Business (or cognate area) students must demonstrate a competence in accounting. Students wishing to pursue a career in accounting should have achieved 50% or above in their previous accounting examinations. Career Opportunities Graduates of this course have secured employment in a wide variety of areas in both the private and public sector. On successful completion of this course you will be competent in producing accounts and financial information for business organisations. Previous graduates have progressed to careers as accountants, financial analysts, investment managers and in banking. Upon graduation you can fill any of these roles and will be very highly regarded by accounting, finance and business employers. Further Study Opportunities Most students choose to continue their studies to honours degree level. The majority do so by completing the Bachelor of Business (Honours) course in IT Sligo, specialising in Accounting. A further option then exists to study for professional accounting examinations with one of the professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland or the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. 22 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

25 IT Sligo Graduate Profile NAME: Aveen Kelly IT SLIGO COURSE: Bachelor of Business Studies Honours (Accounting) YEAR OF GRADUATION: 2012 WHERE ARE YOU FROM: Sligo WHAT SECONDARY SCHOOL DID YOU ATTEND: Ursuline College, Sligo The main advantage of my degree was that it gave me CAP 1 exemptions. This means that I have fewer exams to complete in order to become a chartered accountant. I also found the career guidance available in the IT second to none. Why did you choose your course? Originally I was unsure which career path to choose so I completed a PLC course in Business Studies. During this I found that I thoroughly enjoyed the accounting element so I decided to focus my attention entirely on accounting. Why did you choose IT Sligo? I chose IT Sligo primarily as it was close to home but it was also the natural progression from my PLC course. My brother had already completed two years there at the time I was thinking about starting and he had nothing but positive feedback. What is your current role/job? I am currently completing my Masters of Accounting in UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. I attended an interview with the accounting firm Deloitte whilst studying in IT Sligo and they offered me the opportunity to be sponsored on my Masters of Accounting. Needless to say I jumped at the chance. When I complete my Masters I will commence a three-year training contract with Deliotte to become a fully qualified chartered accountant. How would you describe the job you are doing? At the moment my job is similar to my IT Sligo experience. The only difference is that my schedule is more punishing. When I begin work for Deloitte the vast majority of my work will involve visiting different businesses and industries to complete their audits. How did the course prepare you for this role? The main advantage of my degree was that it gave me CAP 1 exemptions. This means that I have fewer exams to complete in order to become a chartered accountant. I also found the career guidance available in the IT second to none. They were amazing help: from giving me advice on whether to go straight into the working environment or undertake a Masters to holding mock interviews to help prepare me. Is there anything else you would like to say to our prospective and current students? I thoroughly enjoyed my time in IT Sligo. It was a fantastic experience. I love the environment as classes tend to be intimate and the lecturers know your name and go out of their way to help you. I never felt unable to ask a question. IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

26 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Accounting SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Degree (Level 8) CAO CODE: SG146 NUMBER OF PLACES: 32 DURATION: 3 years 2012 POINTS: 225 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Management Accounting Business Mathematics Finance Taxation Financial Reporting IT Management for Accountants Company and Partnership Law Principles of Economics Auditing Personal Finance Programme Summary Do you want to work at the heart of business and be an integral member of the management team? If the answer is yes, the BA (Honours) in Accounting may be the course for you. This three-year honours degree course is delivered through a combination of lectures, case studies, problem-based learning and computer laboratory work. It boasts low student-lecturer ratios which enhances the learning experience and facilitates more individual attention. This course offers one of the fastest routes to achieving a Professional Accounting Qualification. After three years graduates will hold an honours degree in accounting and can expect to be exempt from all CAP1 examinations with Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI)*. Our aim is to produce graduates with the ability to analyse and interpret business problems and develop dynamic solutions in an ever-changing global environment. Students will develop a detailed comprehension of core concepts and principles in the area of accounting and will have the ability to apply this knowledge in problem-solving. Graduates from this stimulating and challenging course will be competent to work in the finance function of any organisation, large or small, both in Ireland and internationally. Many graduates will work in banking and financial services or may choose a teaching career; such is the broad range of options open to students. Other Essential Information The study of accounting at Leaving Certificate is not required, however, a minimum of two C3s at higher level is required. Mature applicants will be interviewed and assessed on an individual basis. The BA (Honours) in Accounting currently attracts full exemption from CAP1 examinations with Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI) and generous exemptions from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Certified Public Accountants (CPA). Career Opportunities The majority of graduates from this course will progress to a professional accounting qualification. For graduates who decide not to pursue this path the course will provide skills and competencies for a range of roles including: Finance function of any organisation Banking and financial services Teaching (add-on HDip) Lecturing (add-on MA/Bachelor of Arts/MSc) Further Study Opportunities Graduates can progress directly to professional accounting exams. Alternatively, they can progress to a Masters degree which will provide further exemptions from professional examinations. * This course will prepare you for the following Chartered Accountants Professional exams: CAP1 Proficiency 1 CAP2 Proficiency 2 FAE Final Admittance Exam 24 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

27 SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

28 Business Courses Overview Business skills are at a premium in Ireland. Employers are seeking graduates who can hit the ground running with a strong practical grounding in basic business skills. It is our objective that all graduates who hold an IT Sligo business qualification will be capable of making a positive contribution to the business activities of any organisation, whether in the public, private or nonprofit sector. We have tailored our suite of business courses accordingly so they reflect the needs of the employment marketplace. We know from speaking to employers that the skills we are passing on to our students are those required in the modern business environment. From the outset we introduce our students to the core functions of business, including accounting, management, marketing, human resource management, information technology, enterprise, law and economics. In addition, participants will cover a broad base of elective subjects, including language study. Throughout each course students will obtain a foundation in theoretical principles in addition to involvement in a wide range of in-class practical exercises. Individual and group projects form an integral part of the course. Guest speakers provide an understanding of the practice of various disciplines in organisational settings. Our graduates have become key managers in the manufacturing and retail sectors and in public service. Others have established highly successful businesses whilst some have continued on to further studies. Graduates are trained to be able to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the concepts and theories across the main functional areas of business management. Progression Chart PhD by Research Level 10 Masters of Science in Marketing Level 9 or Masters by Research Level 9 BB (Hons) in Business Level 8 (1 year add-on) BB (Hons) in Business Level 8 (4 years) BB in Business Level 7 (3 years) BB in Business Level 7 (1 year add-on) Higher Certificate in Business Level 6 (2 years) BB in Marketing Level 7 (1 year add-on) CAO Entry 26 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

29 Higher Certificate in Business Programme Summary This is a two-year course which aims to provide you with both an understanding of core business concepts and the general business skills you need to secure a job in today s competitive workplace. When you have completed your studies, you will be superbly equipped to apply for a job or further study. Business is part of everything; it touches fields as diverse as sports and entertainment to government and education. During the course we will introduce you to the core functions of business management including accounting, management, marketing, entrepreneurship, human resource management, information technology and SME (small and medium enterprise) development. The course is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, problem-based learning and computer laboratory sessions. Lectures involve the use of case studies, guest lectures by industry practitioners, podcasts and brainstorming techniques. You will learn theoretical and practical skills through individual and group projects. Other Essential Information Career Opportunities Graduates will typically find employment in management, finance, retailing, marketing and human resources. Typical career options include: Trainee Management Junior Management Office Manager Project Manager HR Assistant Office Administration Junior Analyst Entrepreneur Marketing Executive Office Manager Junior Executive Further Study Opportunities Students can continue their studies at IT Sligo, progressing to a number of both ordinary and honours degree courses within the School of Business and Social Sciences. It is also possible to transfer to a number of business studies courses at other Institutes of Technology. AWARD/LEVEL: Higher Certificate (Level 6) CAO CODE: SG101 NUMBER OF PLACES: 40 DURATION: 2 years 2012 POINTS: AQA FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Management Accounting Business Law Marketing Research and Customer Care Enterprise Development Economics Marketing Principles Business Law Marketing Research and Customer Care Enterprise Development Language Options SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES A business-related subject at Leaving Certificate is not required. After completing the Higher Cert in Business, should you wish to continue your studies at a higher level there is the opportunity to study abroad in your third year. IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

30 IT Sligo Graduate Profile NAME: David Walsh IT SLIGO COURSE: Honours Degree in Business, specialising in Financial Services YEAR OF GRADUATION: 2012 OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: MSc in Financial Economics WHERE YOU ARE FROM: Co. Mayo WHAT SECONDARY SCHOOL YOU ATTENDED: St. Gerald s College, Castlebar, Co. Mayo I chose IT Sligo because it s a fantastic college offering brilliant facilities and support services. The course comprises both theory and practical work and you ll be taught by lecturers with experience in industry. On a social level, there is a vast range of clubs and societies to choose from that helped me to make new friends from all parts of the world! Why did you choose your course? I chose this course because of the many modules included which I knew would help prepare me for the working environment. As a result of completing this degree, I decided to go on to postgraduate study in Financial Economics. Why did you choose IT Sligo? I chose IT Sligo because it s a fantastic college offering brilliant facilities and support services. The course comprises both theory and practical work and you ll be taught by lecturers with experience in industry. On a social level, there is a vast range of clubs and societies to choose from that helped me to make new friends from all parts of the world! What is your current role/job? My current job is working as a Corporate Trust Administrator with Bank of New York Mellon. My key area of responsibility is to administer a portfolio of clients to ensure they receive a high standard of services at all times. This includes updating clients banking records and reconciling bank statements to our records on a regular basis; arranging cheque and telegraphic transfer instructions, keeping in mind at all times the relevant criteria and procedures; ensuring client statutory records and minute books are properly maintained and that all appropriate filings, including tax, are made at the appropriate time. How would you describe the job you are doing? I would describe my current role as exciting, challenging and adaptable. Throughout my time at IT Sligo I was given the opportunity to enhance my skills and this made the transition from college to the working environment a lot easier. How did your course prepare you for this role? The practical side of the course meant that I gained relevant experience, including conducting independent research and exposure to computer courses that enabled me to further my education and complete my MSc in Financial Economics. 28 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

31 Bachelor of Business Programme Summary The aim of this course is to produce graduates with a blend of businessrelated knowledge and competencies. We provide a focus on business management which includes human resources, finance and accounting, law, marketing and economics. In addition you will learn about enterprise development and understand how to maximise the use of IT for business effectiveness. Language study is also available as an elective choice. Throughout the course students are given a foundation in theoretical principles in addition to involvement in a wide range of in-class practical exercises. Individual and group projects form an integral part of the programme. Guest speakers provide students with an understanding of the practice of various disciplines in organisational settings. Other Essential Information Students are not required to have taken a business-related subject at Leaving Certificate. Career Opportunities Graduates with this broad-based business qualification will be capable of making a positive contribution to the business activities of any organisation whether in the public, private or nonprofit sector. This degree positions graduates for jobs at entry level or for further study in a broad range of business disciplines. Career options include: sales, management, human resources, marketing, finance and accounting. Further Study Opportunities Upon successful completion graduates of this course may progress to the Level 8 Bachelor of Business Honours Degree (one-year add-on) in IT Sligo or other higher education institutions. AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) CAO CODE: SG536 NUMBER OF PLACES: 25 DURATION: 3 years 2012 POINTS: This is a new course starting in September 2013 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Financial and Management Accounting Business Mathematics Business Technology Marketing Research and Customer Behaviour Digital and Social Computer Applications Enterprise Development Management Teamwork and Creativity Marketing Economics Business Law Human Resource Management Language Options SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

32 Bachelor of Business (add-on) SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) NUMBER OF PLACES: 30 DURATION: 1 year (add-on) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Students will study six modules per semester including: International Marketing Human Resource Management Applied Finance Languages Marketing Communications and Sales Contemporary Management Business Information Systems Programme Summary This is a one-year full-time add-on course. You are eligible to enrol if you have completed a Level 6 Higher Certificate in Business (or cognate area). The aim of this course is to produce graduates with a blend of business-related competencies. Throughout the course students will be given a foundation in theoretical principles in addition to involvement in a wide range of in-class practical exercises. Individual and group projects form an integral part of the course while guest speakers provide students with an understanding of the practice of various disciplines in organisational settings. Career Opportunities Graduates with this broad-based business qualification will be capable of making a positive contribution to the business activities of any organisation whether in the public, private or nonprofit sector. This degree will position you for jobs at entry level or for further studies in a broad range of business disciplines. Career options include: Sales Human Resources Finance Management Marketing Accounting Further Study Opportunities On successful completion graduates of this course may progress on to the Level 8 Bachelor of Business Honours Degree (one-year add-on) in IT Sligo or other third level institutions. 30 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

33 Bachelor of Business (Honours) Programme Summary This course will provide students with the capabilities, skills and confidence to work in a number of areas of business. It offers students practical experience of the workplace that deepens their understanding of the business environment and adds to their employability. You will obtain key skills in Marketing, Financial Management, Computer Applications, Human Resource Management, Business Operations Management, Entrepreneurship, Communications and Negotiations. Today s business environment is dynamic and challenging; in addition to providing goods and skills to the market, businesses today provide top class customer service and work in an increasingly regulated environment within a socially-responsible framework. Graduates of this four-year honours degree course will be capable of meeting these challenges. Other Essential Information An important element of this course is the five month work placement in Year 3 (April-August). This gives students the opportunity to experience the world of business and allows them to develop practical skills that will be used in their future career. As an alternative to the work placement there is also the opportunity to study abroad for a semester. Career Opportunities Graduates of this course have become key managers in the business, manufacturing and retail sectors and in public service. A number have established highly successful businesses while others have joined graduate training courses in multinational companies. Employers today want graduates who can hit the ground running; graduates from this course will be capable of making a positive contribution to all business activities. Further Study Opportunities Further study opportunities for graduates include postgraduate study at Masters level, teacher training for second level business teaching and study for professional qualifications, for example, in accounting and marketing. AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Degree (Level 8) CAO CODE: SG141 NUMBER OF PLACES: 40 DURATION: 4 years 2012 POINTS: 210 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Marketing Accounting Economics Digital Marketing Languages Human Resource Management Computer Applications Research Methods Law Strategy SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES Graduates of this course will be eligible to sit the Marketing Institute Graduate Entry Examination. Successful completion of this exam will grant them full membership of the Institute and supplement their BBS honours qualification with a recognised professional marketing accreditation (MMII Grad). IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

34 IT Sligo Graduate Profile NAME: Colm Hamrogue IT SLIGO COURSE: Bachelor of Business (Honours) YEAR OF GRADUATION: 2004 OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: MA Public Affairs and Political Communications, DIT WHERE ARE YOU FROM: Leitrim WHAT SECONDARY SCHOOL DID YOU ATTEND: Magh Ene College, Bundoran, Co. Donegal Why did you choose your course? College was something I never really gave much thought to until I got to the CAO process, it was just something that I thought I needed to do to get a job! I chose my course as I have a real interest in dealing with people and business seemed the right choice. Before choosing BBS, I researched the course and the subject matter on strategic management in particular as it was something that really interested me. Why did you choose IT Sligo? I spoke with a few graduates and, based on what they were working at and the positive experience they had experienced at IT Sligo, I chose the course. It was close to home for me and that was a factor in my decision-making as I thought at the time that it would be handy to get home from Sligo at the weekends I had a friend studying in Cork and I wasn t up for all that travel. What is your current role/job? Chief Operating Officer at Farmlands Co-operative Society, Christchurch, New Zealand, a long way from lovely Leitrim and IT Sligo. How would you describe the job you are doing? I have responsibility for specific operations within the business and provide leadership and management throughout the organisation. I work closely with the CEO on areas of strategy and operational development. Farmlands is the number one rural supplies and services farmer-owned co-operative in New Zealand. Our business has a turnover of NZ$2.2 bln, over 1,000 staff members, 54,000 shareholders and is based throughout the North and South Islands. How did the course prepare you for this role? I gained some technical skills like financial accounting and, more importantly, management accounting for my current role. Problem-solving is the other key skill which I learned as part of my studies at college. While I don t use theory in my everyday job, learning the way in which other organisations do things through case studies and understanding management theory helps me to identify, assess and create action plans to solve problems and capture opportunities. Is there anything else you would like to say to our prospective and current students? College is like everything else in life, you get out of it what you put in. There are so many colleges out there to choose from and, as a former president of IT Sligo Students Union and the Union of Students in Ireland, I have travelled to most and IT Sligo is up there with the best of them! Colleges are made great by their student cohort and you, as a prospective or current student, are the life of the college. IT Sligo will not disappoint, I loved every minute of it. My only advice is get involved, try new things and get the best out of your college experience and the best out of yourself. Colm first came to my attention and that of CRT though a Gulf Oil connection when we met at a conference in Rotterdam in May Colm was a standout out of the group of attendees we met at this event. We were preparing to launch Gulf into the New Zealand market and invited Colm to travel to New Zealand in July to support our launch. That visit confirmed that Colm was a good fit with our company and fortunately he also liked what he saw in New Zealand, despite the fact our beautiful city of Christchurch had been severely damaged by recent earthquakes. As CRT had grown from a NZ$362m company to more than NZ$1bln in my eight years as CEO, I had been looking for someone with some special talents to join our executive team as my Chief Operating Officer. Colm was offered the position, then returned to Ireland and married his wife and the newlyweds migrated to New Zealand in January 2012 to commence his role. It was a brave move for both parties. For CRT by bringing someone into such a senior level with no direct experience in our rural services market, and for Colm and his wife to travel to a city devastated by earthquake on the other side of the world to join a co-operative that he knew was in serious merger discussions with another co-operative. Both parties were required to take a leap of faith in their own belief in their decisions. So much of good executive leadership is the ability to make assessments like that, and to make a decision and to back yourself to achieve. Colm has done that significantly in the 14 months he has been in New Zealand. Not only did he contribute well in the first twelve months, he has now been confirmed as the Chief Operating Officer of the newly merged company Farmlands Co-operative Society Ltd, a NZ$2.2 bln co-operative with 54,000 farmer shareholders and ranked at around number 12 in New Zealand companies by revenue. Not bad progress for a lad from Leitrim. Hopefully his success will be an inspiration for others. To achieve big things, sometimes you have to make big moves. Brent Esler, CEO at CRT, MBA

35 Bachelor of Business (Honours) (add-on) Programme Summary This one-year add-on degree provides you with an opportunity to develop your understanding and prepare for the challenging world of business. It is divided into seven streams: general business, marketing, human resource management, tourism, finance, financial services, sport and wellness. Our focus is on developing: Interpersonal skills consisting of effective listening, negotiation, persuasion and presentation The ability to analyse business environments, prepare options and scenarios to aid decision-making in a business context Mastery of specialised business skills in your chosen area The ability to write, present and defend material that articulates ideas, insights and analysis using a variety of business media The ability to exercise judgement, facilitate informed decisions on complex management, technical and functional areas relating to organisation, products, processes and services. Emphasis is placed on bringing theory to life through continuous assessment projects which are practical and reflect real world scenarios. You will have the opportunity to gain hands-on skills in the areas of people management, digital social media, marketing, business finance and business strategy. Other Essential Information Students who have taken the accounting specialism will be eligible to claim exemptions from the following professional accounting bodies: Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI): Chartered Accountants Proficiency 1 Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA): F1-F9 (TBC) Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA): Formation 1, Formation 2, Paper 1 and Paper 4 from Professional 1 (TBC). Career Opportunities If you are interested in gaining expertise in a specific business discipline or undertaking a general business degree, the BBS (Honours) Level 8 degree offers you a broad choice of options which will enhance your employability upon graduation. Graduate careers are influenced by choice of specialism. Typical career options include accountancy, human resource management, marketing management, financial services, general management, project management, sales, banking and management consultancy. You may choose to work as an economist, financial advisor, marketing executive, administrator, retail manager or tourism manager. Further Study Opportunities Successful students may continue their studies by undertaking a taught Masters or Masters by research in their chosen discipline at IT Sligo or another higher education institution. In addition graduates can undertake a postgraduate diploma in education (to enable them to teach) or another field such as information technology. Alternatively, students may pursue a postgraduate Bachelor of Law (LLB) from which many graduates enter the legal profession. AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Degree (Level 8) NUMBER OF PLACES: 150 DURATION: 1 year (add-on) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Students undertake six modules per semester Two mandatory modules: Macroeconomics Strategy Three modules from their specialist area: Marketing Financial Services Human Resource Management Accounting Tourism, Sport and Wellness General Business One minor module from: Digital Social Media Services Marketing People Management Skills Business Finance Language IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

36 Office and Business Administration Courses Overview Business Administration is fundamental to the smooth running of any organisation. Our courses prepare graduates for a role in office and business administration by offering a solid grounding in the fundamental principles they will need as efficient and productive managers. Managing and running an office requires an ability to undertake responsibility, delegate and manage information. Business Administration graduates are employed in virtually every business sector. Typically, our graduates have secured employment in a wide variety of areas in both the private and public sectors such as office administration, marketing, management, social media, financial services, banking, insurance, customer service, health service, local authorities, customer contact centres and fund services. It is expected that on completion you will be employable at junior/trainee management level. Progression Chart PhD by Research Level 10 Masters of Science in Marketing Level 9 or Masters by Research Level 9 BB (Hons) in Business Administration (1 year add-on) BB (Hons) in Business Level 8 (1 year add-on) BB in Business Administration Level 7 (1 year add-on) BB in Marketing Level 7 (1 year add-on) BB in Business Level 7 (1 year add-on) Higher Cert in Business in Office Administration Level 6 (2 years) CAO Entry 34 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

37 Higher Certificate in Business in Office Administration Programme Summary The Higher Certificate in Business in Office Administration will equip you with key skills that cover all fundamental aspects of office and business administration. This twoyear course involves a comprehensive study of office administration and includes a strong focus on IT and business applications. You will also have an opportunity to explore key areas such as Business Management and Law, Finance for Business and the challenges of working as part of a team. The course provides an interactive learning experience with a focus on practical laboratory classes, case studies and problem-based learning. This course equips students with the key communication skills to undertake the role and responsibilities performed as the public face of your business. It also focuses on developing skills in providing organisational support and conference planning. Other Essential Information This course includes a two-week placement in second year which provides students with an opportunity to apply their learning in an office environment. There is no mathematics requirement for entry to this course. Career Opportunities Graduates have taken up employment in the following roles: clerical assistant; secretary/receptionist; financial assistant; bank official; business manager; office manager and customer care officer. Further Study Opportunities Graduates may progress to further study for a Level 7 Ordinary Degree on the Bachelor of Business in Business Administration course and then continue to a Level 8 Honours Degree on the Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business Administration course. Other progression opportunities include the Bachelor of Business in Management (Level 7), Bachelor of Business in Marketing (Level 7) and Bachelor of Business (Honours, Level 8) courses at IT Sligo. Students may also choose to continue their studies at other third level institutions. AWARD/LEVEL: Higher Certificate (Level 6) CAO CODE: SG105 NUMBER OF PLACES: 30 DURATION: 2 years 2012 POINTS: AQA FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Personal Learning and Development Managing the Office Environment Financial/Management Accounting Business Mathematics Business and Society in Contemporary Ireland Management Text Processing Business Technology French/Spanish/German SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

38 Bachelor of Business in Business Administration (add-on) SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) NUMBER OF PLACES: 30 DURATION: 1 year (add-on) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Project Management Communication and Customer Care Advanced Text Processing Business Computer Applications Selling Work Placement Professional Business Documentation People Management Accounting and Payroll Software Economics Applied Finance French/Spanish/German Programme Summary This course offers a practical set of subjects that have a strong emphasis on information technology which is vital in modern organisations. The course also focuses on developing key managerial competencies in project and people management. A feature of this course is a work placement that begins at Easter and runs for a number of months. Classes end before Easter to accommodate the work placement which provides students with an opportunity to hone their skills in a real working environment. Other Essential Information This course includes a work placement in semester two. Alternatively, students may avail of an opportunity to study abroad for the semester through the Erasmus Programme. Career Opportunities Graduates have taken up employment opportunities in both the public and private sector. Roles include: business manager; office manager; customer care officer; personal assistant and administrative officer. Further Study Opportunities Graduates may progress to further study for an Honours Degree on the Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business Administration (Level 8) in IT Sligo. Other progression opportunities include the Bachelor of Business (Honours, Level 8) in IT Sligo or alternative Level 8 courses in other higher education institutions. 36 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

39 IT Sligo Student Profile NAME: Katherine Ramos IT SLIGO COURSES: Higher Certificate in Business in Office Administration Bachelor of Business in Business Administration YEARS OF GRADUATION: 2012 and 2013 WHERE ARE YOU FROM: Philippines WHAT SECONDARY SCHOOL DID YOU ATTEND: Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo I have worked in retail, customer service and banking since leaving second level education but I felt it was the ideal time to further my education and enhance my career prospects long-term. I was acutely aware that businesses, whether big or small, require competent office administrators. Why did you choose your course? I have worked in retail, customer service and banking since leaving second level education but I felt it was the ideal time to further my education and enhance my career prospects long-term. I was acutely aware that businesses, whether big or small, require competent office administrators. When I read through the prospectus of IT Sligo, I thought that the modules would be relevant and I felt that the course content matched what I was looking for at entry level into the field of business. I also looked at the progression opportunities into the area of human resources. What was it that attracted you to IT Sligo? Sligo is a compact friendly city with plenty of amenities and places of interest such as Benbulben and Knocknarea. The area is steeped in culture and there are many festivals throughout the year and lots of charity events to get involved in. The college is easy to commute to daily. IT Sligo has an excellent reputation for delivering quality education that addresses the needs of students and employers locally, nationally and internationally. I was aware that many graduates have won awards in their chosen field of study and that the employment prospects were good long-term. What do you think of the course? I found the course very beneficial. I developed vital transferable skills during my work experience in the college and recognise the importance of having a strong work ethic. I developed an appreciation of the importance of administrative staff in the smooth running of any organisation. As a mature student, I was apprehensive about returning to college but the lecturers were approachable and keen to help me settle in. I was also lucky to be with a group of students that were friendly and they included me in all their group work and social events. If you were asked by someone thinking of coming here to study, to sum up IT Sligo in less than 20 words, what would you say? IT Sligo values the provision of quality education in a supportive and fun filled, lively and well-equipped college environment. IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

40 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business Administration (add-on) SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Degree (Level 8) NUMBER OF PLACES: 30 DURATION: 1 year (add-on) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Strategic Marketing Management Business Finance Digital Marketing ebusiness and Innovation Sales Management Economics Strategy Supervisory Management IT Management French/Spanish/German Programme Summary This one-year add-on degree provides you with an opportunity to further develop your understanding and competencies in business administration. It explores the challenges of managing information in a dynamic environment. Modules cover core business disciplines such as Strategy, Economics and Strategic Marketing Management as well as further strengthening IT management abilities through modules in ebusiness and Innovation and Digital Marketing. The course contains a strong focus on interactive learning and students are engaged in project work and case studies that foster and build on links with business and industry. Career Opportunities Graduates from this course have taken up employment opportunities in both the public and private sector. Roles include: business manager; office manager; customer care officer; personal assistant and administrative officer. Further Study Opportunities Graduates may progress to postgraduate study through undertaking a taught Masters or Masters by research in their chosen discipline at either IT Sligo or another higher education institution. In addition, graduates may undertake a postgraduate Diploma or Masters in Information. 38 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

41 IT Sligo Graduate Profile NAME: Donna Sheridan IT SLIGO COURSE: Bachelor of Business Honours in Business Administration YEAR OF GRADUATION: 2013 WHERE YOU ARE FROM: Co. Mayo WHAT SECONDARY SCHOOL DID YOU ATTEND: Balla Secondary School, Balla, Co. Mayo Why did you choose your course? I have always had a keen interest in business matters and I knew I wanted to study a business course. From researching business courses I learned that no matter how big or small an organisation is, every organisation, in every industry and every sector, requires administrators. From comparing the administration course available at IT Sligo to similar courses in other ITs and Universities I felt that IT Sligo provided the most attractive Business Administration course for me. The fact that the course had two modules of work placement was the main deciding factor for me along with the excellent modules provided by the course which I knew would enhance my knowledge skills and abilities for the professional working environment. Why did you choose IT Sligo? I attended the IT Sligo Open Day after which I knew without any doubt IT Sligo was for me. I really felt the buzz and great atmosphere. I spoke with graduates, students and lecturers with many years of experience in industry on the day who were so helpful and kind. I also witnessed how technologically advanced IT Sligo is from its fully Wi-Fi accessible campus, three floors high library, an outstanding Students Union and Student Union shop, an excellent Careers Service, chaplaincy, health centre, counselling service, learning support service, excellent sports centre and gym and a number of restaurants and relaxation areas. What is your current role/job? I am currently working as a Customer Services Associate with the Coca Cola Company. After receiving professional support and advice from the Careers Service at IT Sligo, who helped me prepare my CV to an extremely high standard, advised me on where to search for jobs and what type of jobs I should apply for with my internationally recognised degree, I applied for a temporary Customer Services Associate contract with Coca-Cola in Ballina, I was called for an interview and found out two weeks later that I had secured the job. I started my job with Coca Cola two days after I completed my final exams. How would you describe the job you are doing? Coca Cola (Ballina Beverages) is a multinational, stateof-the-art manufacturing plant located in Ballina. It has provided me with an excellent opportunity to start and progress my professional skills and career, I would describe my role as extremely motivating, rewarding, enjoyable and dynamic allowing me to apply the theory and practical computer packages I studied at IT Sligo to real life working environment situations and tasks. How did your course prepare you for this role? The modules I studied at IT Sligo as part of my degree were extremely relevant and have prepared me with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for the working environment. I had the opportunity to undertake two work placements. As a graduate, IT Sligo has undoubtedly provided me with a huge competitive advantage to the start off my professional career. Is there anything you would like to say to our prospective and current students? I would advise that all prospective students live in student accommodation in first year as all the accommodation is so close to each other and you will meet so many new friends in close proximity to your own accommodation. Make the most of your time at IT Sligo because your four years will just fly by mine did. Get involved in as many clubs, sports, societies, class parties, events, campaigns as possible and make the most of the services that IT Sligo has to offer you as a student. I loved every minute of student life at IT Sligo. I met so many new friends which I will have for life. If I had the opportunity to do it all over again I definitely would! IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

42 Marketing Courses Overview Marketing means many different things to many different people. It is one of the most interesting and varied business disciplines, offering many specialist and exciting job opportunities. Thanks to developments in technology and media, marketing jobs exist today that had not been thought of a few years ago in areas such as new media and technology. It is an area that is constantly evolving, innovating and growing. So what is marketing? It combines elements of Science and Arts and Humanities. Science, in the sense of research and development, marketing research, segmentation, web strategies; Arts, in the area of branding, advertising and creative communications; Humanities, through the whole sphere of social and ethical consideration, sustainability, and the nonprofit sector. At IT Sligo we offer a number of marketing courses. Each has a different emphasis and focus although all are based on common marketing principles. Our courses are interlinked and are part of a clear developmental pathway in marketing that can lead from entry at an initial level onto an ordinary degree at Level 7, right through to the MSc in Marketing. Fundamentally, it has been described as the strategic business function that creates value by stimulating, facilitating and fulfilling customer demand. It does this by building brands, encouraging innovation, developing relationships, creating good customer service and communicating benefits. Progression Chart PhD by Research Level 10 Masters of Science in Marketing Level 9 or Masters by Research Level 9 BB (Hons) in Business Level 8 (1 year add-on) BB in Marketing with PR and Event Management Level 7 (3 years) BB in Marketing with Languages Level 7 (3 years) BB in Marketing Level 7 (3 years) BB in Marketing Level 7 (1 year add-on) BB in International Marketing Level 7 (1 year add-on) CAO Entry 40 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

43 Bachelor of Business in Marketing with PR and Event Management Programme Summary Public relations and event management are essential for all organisations, whether in the for-profit or voluntary sector, in influencing and attracting new customers and in creating a positive public impression. Reputation is a company s most valuable asset and is rated considerably higher than financial performance. Designing and hosting events requires core marketing skills, including creative flair and organisational abilities. This course gives you the business and life skills to find rewarding careers nationally and internationally in a wide variety of public relations, event management and marketing positions. The course provides students with the confidence to handle a broad range of PR functions in any organisation and the understanding of the principles and practice of event management. Students gain invaluable experience by working on a wide variety of events locally and nationally. In addition they organise an event for a charitable entity during the course and have to date raised a significant amount of funds for local, regional and national charities. Other Essential Information The course is three years full-time. You will study a broad range of marketing subjects which are blended with core business subjects such as law, business technology, financial accounting, managing people, teamwork and creativity, economics and a language (optional). Students are provided with an opportunity to work on real-life business projects and regularly conduct feasibility studies or market research on behalf of local, regional and national organisations. They are further required to create and host a number of events throughout the course which gives the opportunity to unleash their creative flair! You will also be afforded the opportunity to work or volunteer on a wide range of local and regional events. This provides you with an excellent chance of gaining real-life work experience as you study. Career Opportunities Public relations, event management, marketing management, sales management, market research, marketing consultancy. Further Study Opportunities Students have the option to continue on to the fourth year of study and achieve an honours degree. If you wish, you can then continue on to do a Masters and/or PhD. PR and Event Management students fund-raising event in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation. AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) CAO CODE: SG531 NUMBER OF PLACES: 80 DURATION: 3 years 2012 POINTS: 150 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Event Management Health and Safety Law for Events Public Relations Digital Marketing Marketing Portfolio Marketing Communications Market Research Principles of Marketing Seminars in Marketing Business Technology SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

44 Bachelor of Business in Marketing with Languages SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) CAO CODE: SG532 NUMBER OF PLACES: 40 DURATION: 3 years 2012 POINTS: 165 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Language of choice: French, German, Spanish Principles and Practices of Sales International Marketing Digital Marketing Marketing Portfolio Marketing Communications Market Research Principles of Marketing Seminars in Marketing Business Technology Programme Summary The ability to speak a foreign language is one of the key skills now required by employers. Language skills are also understood to enhance all round communication expertise and reinforce flexibility and mobility. This course gives you the business and life skills to help you find a rewarding career nationally or internationally in a wide variety of marketing areas. It offers a blend of key business subjects with marketing specialism and proficiency in the language of your choice. Upon successful completion of this course you will have core marketing and language skills to ensure you are can take advantage of future growth in global markets. Students are encouraged to enhance their core marketing skills by availing of the well-established links with local, regional and national business communities. The unique aspect of this course is the opportunity to study and become proficient in one European language currently French, German or Spanish. All languages are offered from either a beginner or intermediate level. Other Essential Information This course is truly international in outlook as you get the opportunity to live and study abroad in one of our partner institutions. Spending your third year studying abroad affords you significant benefits such as improved fluency, personal development and the ability to work in a multi-cultural environment. Career Opportunities International marketing opportunities, marketing management, sales management, branding, export sales, market research and marketing consultancy. Further Study Opportunities Students have the option to continue on to a fourth year of study to achieve an honours degree where they can choose a marketing specialism or undertake a general business stream. Upon successful completion of Level 8, Honours Degree in Business you can complete a one-year taught Masters in Marketing, a Masters by research or a PhD. 42 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

45 Bachelor of Business in Marketing Programme Summary It is widely acknowledged that to remain competitive in an international framework, marketing and selling skills are vital. This course gives you the business and life skills to help you find a rewarding career nationally or internationally in a wide variety of marketing and sales positions. It offers a blend of key business subjects with a marketing specialism. As well as the emphasis on digital media marketing, you will be able to improve your knowledge and skills in the area of branding, sales and selling, and international marketing. Students are encouraged to enhance their core marketing skills by availing of the well-established links with local, regional and national business communities. An ethos of applied research is firmly embedded within the course and students are exposed to a wide range of industry-specific research projects. Through a variety of civic engagement activities, including gaining credits for successfully completing a module in volunteering, we aim to foster the skills to help you become an active citizen. Other Essential Information You will also have the opportunity to enhance your employment opportunities by taking a foreign language as an elective choice. French, German and Spanish electives are offered at either a beginner or intermediate level. Career Opportunities Marketing management, sales management, branding, export sales, market research, marketing consultancy. Further Study Opportunities Students have the option to continue on to a fourth year of study to achieve honours degree (Level 8) where they can continue in a marketing specialism or move to a general business stream. Upon successful completion of Level 8, Honours Degree in Business you can complete a one-year taught Masters in Marketing, a Masters by research or a PhD. AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) CAO CODE: SG533 NUMBER OF PLACES: 40 DURATION: 3 years 2012 POINTS: 160 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Consumer Buyer Behaviour Principles and Practices of Sales International Marketing Digital Marketing Marketing Portfolio Marketing Communications Market Research Principles of Marketing Seminars in Marketing Business Technology SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

46 Bachelor of Business in Marketing (add-on) SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) NUMBER OF PLACES: 40 DURATION: 1 year (add-on) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES International Marketing Digital Marketing Marketing Portfolio Marketing Communications Market Research Business Technology Volunteering Principles and Practices of Sales International Affairs Nonprofit Marketing Programme Summary This one-year add-on course provides candidates with a Level 6 Higher Certificate in a businessrelated discipline with the opportunity to gain invaluable marketing skills to help establish a dynamic career in a wide variety of marketing and sales positions in Ireland and internationally. The course offers a blend of general business subjects with marketing specialisms with the additional option of taking a foreign language. Graduates will be capable of making a positive contribution to the marketing activities of any organisation. Students are encouraged to enhance their core marketing skills by availing of the well-established links with local, regional and national business communities. An ethos of applied research is firmly embedded within the course and students are exposed to a wide range of industry-specific research projects. Through a variety of civic engagement activities, including gaining credits for successfully completing a module in volunteering, we aim to foster the skills needed to become an active citizen. Other Essential Information You will also have the opportunity to enhance your employment opportunities by taking a foreign language as an elective choice. French, German and Spanish electives are offered at either a beginner or intermediate level. Career Opportunities Marketing management, sales management, branding, export sales, market research, marketing consultancy. Further Study Opportunities Students have the option to continue on to a fourth year of study to achieve an honours degree where they can continue in a marketing specialism or move to a general business stream. 44 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

47 Bachelor of Business in International Marketing (add-on) Programme Summary This course is aimed at international Erasmus students who wish to avail of the opportunity to spend one or two semesters studying in Ireland. It attracts students from all over Europe and beyond who wish to improve their core business skills through the medium of English. This course is offered in co-operation with partner institutions in non-english speaking countries. The aim of this course is to provide our European students with: Functional competence in English and the ability to use English in business and marketing scenarios Knowledge of market and business practices in another EU country Additional knowledge and insight into marketing The confidence to function in a marketing capacity in an organisation that uses English. Other Information IT Sligo is located in an area of natural beauty with a landscape that includes magnificent mountains, rivers, lakes and stunning coastline. Students are encouraged to integrate with the local business community through a number of applied research projects. Career Opportunities Graduates can pursue rewarding careers, nationally and internationally, in a wide variety of marketing, sales, promotions and international trade positions. Further Study Opportunities Students have the option to continue on to a fourth year of study to attain an honours degree (Level 8) where they can continue in a marketing specialism or move to a general business stream. Upon successful completion of Level 8, you can complete a one-year taught Masters in Marketing, a Masters by research or a PhD. AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) NUMBER OF PLACES: 80 DURATION: 1 year (add-on) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Business English: Intermediate or Advanced International Marketing Market Research Market Research Project European Law European Affairs International Law International Trade and Economics International Macroeconomics Language: French, German or Spanish SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

48 IT Sligo Graduate Profile NAME: Mella O Rourke IT SLIGO COURSE: BBS in International Marketing and Spanish YEAR OF GRADUATION: 2009 OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: FÁS Pitman Diploma in Computer Applications WHERE ARE YOU FROM: Sligo, Ireland WHAT SECONDARY SCHOOL DID YOU ATTEND: Sligo Grammar School The size of IT Sligo and its proximity to the coast were big draws for me. I had been living in Dublin for a number of years, and it became more evident that home (Sligo) really had so much to offer in terms of quality of life and the people. Why did you choose your course? It was an easy decision. The fact that the course was more general in the first two years, allowing students to get a better understanding of which area to specialise in, meant that I didn t need to be 100% positive on what my degree would be in. Marketing then became my natural choice as I was interested in the coursework and really enjoyed some of the projects which we were set. Also having the chance to live abroad for a year with support from the college and access to a grant, that is a once in a lifetime opportunity! Why did you choose IT Sligo? The size of IT Sligo and its proximity to the coast were big draws for me. I had been living in Dublin for a number of years, and it became more evident that home (Sligo) really had so much to offer in terms of quality of life and the people. The Institute has small classes which meant students could build relationships and discuss issues with their lecturers, that is a huge plus especially when things get tough. What is your current role/job? I am a Corporate Internal Communications Manager at Airbus SAS in Blagnac, France. This means that I work on messages, content and strategy for companywide communication campaigns on a range of topics from aircraft related to Environment or Security. How would you describe the job you are doing? The job is high paced, high energy. We work with many internal customers, usually per topic or department and very often the head of we take the company objectives, set priorities (which topics are the most important to communicate on in order for us to achieve our objectives) and then work with the communications network around the world to ensure accurate, consistent and aligned messaging and channels are used. How did the course prepare you for this role? Personally I think the Erasmus year was the first big advantage, living and functioning in an international environment, just like I am doing today, meant that the culture shock was somewhat diluted. My Strategic Planning course highlighted the importance of the little things and the attention to detail and we were encouraged to research and gain practical experience. The more you put yourself out there the more you ll learn, and it s always important to know what you are talking about Is there anything else you would like to say to our prospective and current students? You never know where things will bring you I couldn t have imagined that after getting a degree in Spanish I would move to France, but that s how things work sometimes. Also do Erasmus you ll never regret it 46 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

49 Master of Science in Marketing Programme Summary Marketing continues to play an increasingly important role in business planning, design and success. Successive policy reports have stressed the necessity for organisations to blend the core business functions of innovation, marketing and sales. This course is aimed at marketing professionals who wish to upskill, or graduates from a business background wishing to pursue a postgraduate qualification. The course incorporates a strong research ethos which is achieved in the dissertation process and the number of workbased projects that students are required to undertake. This course gives participants an opportunity to work closely with a wide variety of businesses by providing marketing solutions as part of the assessment strategy. The course can be completed on a part-time basis, thus offering candidates flexibility in choosing their study pace and allowing them to combine postgraduate study with work or family commitments. Candidates must complete a dissertation on a Marketing-related subject during semester three. An exit award of Graduate Diploma in Marketing is available upon successful completion of semester two. Other Essential Information The entry requirement is an Honours Degree (2.2) Level 8 or higher or equivalent professional qualification in a business-related area or Higher Diploma in Business Level 8. Candidates are required to have completed at least three Marketing subjects at undergraduate level. This course uses a blended learning delivery mode which is a combination of online learning supported by four campus visits per semester, currently scheduled for Thursday evening (6.30pm-9.30pm) plus all day Friday (9.00am-6.00pm) each calendar month per Semester. Career Opportunities This course prepares you for a career in marketing at senior executive or managerial level in the public and private sector. Further Study Opportunities Candidates may wish to complete a PhD in a marketing-related area. AWARD/LEVEL: Masters Degree (Level 9) NUMBER OF PLACES: 25 DURATION: 1 year full-time. Can be completed on a part-time basis FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Export Marketing Practice Marketing Ethics Sales Practice Digital Marketing Service Innovation and Leadership Brand Management Research Methods Strategic Marketing Entrepreneurship and Financial Analysis Professional Seminar Series SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

50 Sport Course Overview Sport and related physical activities make a major contribution to the Irish economy in terms of spending, output and employment. This course aims to prepare graduates for a rewarding career in this fast-growing sector. The course aims to deliver on the key national priorities of increasing levels of participation in sport and physical activity, reducing levels of obesity and increasing sports and activity-related tourism. Graduates will have essential knowledge, skills and competencies to stimulate and facilitate involvement in sport and physical activities, coupled with business acumen. The course is a fusion of business-related disciplines with recreation and leisure. Students will acquire skills in teaching, skills development, team- and personalcoaching across a broad range of indoor and outdoor leisure and sporting activities. In addition, participants will gain competencies in core business areas including management, marketing, finance, law and computer applications. There is a strong emphasis on people-related skills including communication, interpersonal skills, team working and customer service. Level 7 students can progress on to Level 8 add-on (Honours) where they can continue with a specialism in Health and Wellness or move to either the general or marketing stream. Progression Chart PhD by Research Level 10 Masters of Science in Marketing Level 9 or Masters by Research Level 9 BB (Hons) in Business Level 8 (1 year add-on) BB in Recreation and Leisure Level 7 (3 years) CAO Entry 48 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

51 Bachelor of Business in Recreation and Leisure Programme Summary If you have an interest in sport and recreation and outdoor pursuits or in coaching, instruction or teaching, this is the ideal course for you. This course will allow you to study all aspects of sport, leisure and recreation along with advanced business, management and communication skills. It features a high level of practical activity ranging from swimming-based activities, surfing, fitness instruction and sports coaching. Community engagement forms a strong part of this course and students gain an opportunity to apply their teaching and coaching skills through our wellestablished links with local primary schools and other organisations. As much of the learning takes place outside the traditional class room, IT Sligo can boast top-class training facilitates for all field sports and a major indoor sports complex, including extensive fitness training facilities. Students will use a range of local amenities for swimming, powerboating and surfing. Other Essential Information There is a built-in four-month work placement in second year in a range of organisations including schools, leisure clubs and coaching schemes. This can be completed in Ireland or internationally. Students will have the chance to attain valuable national and international qualifications including REPS Ireland Accredited Fitness Instructor Awards, National Governing Body Sports Coaching Awards, lifeguard and swim instructor and various other coaching awards including FAI, GAA and IRFU awards. Career Opportunities Sports facility operations Sport development Health promotion and instruction Teaching and coaching Further Study Opportunities Progression On completion of the three-year Bachelor of Business (Level 7), eligible students can continue on to a fourth year to achieve an Honours Degree in Business (Level 8) with health and wellness, marketing or general business majors. Postgraduate Research Upon successful completion of Level 8, students can complete a one-year taught Masters in Marketing, a Masters by research or a PhD. AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) CAO CODE: SG134 NUMBER OF PLACES: 70 DURATION: 3 years 2012 POINTS: 290 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Core Fitness Knowledge Personal Training Teaching and Coaching Outdoor Recreation Swimming Surfing Exercise and Health Psychology Sport in Society Leisure Planning Education Studies SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

52 Tourism Course Overview The global hospitality and tourism industry and its broader economic impacts currently represent approximately US$6 trillion or 9% of the global economy, employing over a quarter of a billion people. If you enjoy travel, festivals and events and working with people this course will appeal to you. It includes a four-month work placement in Ireland or internationally where you will be working in a tourism-related environment. Previously, placement students have worked all over the world in countries such as Thailand, Portugal, Greece, USA, Turkey and France. Tourism is one of the world s largest industries and significantly impacts Ireland s economy, with over 100,000 people employed in tourism management, festivals, heritage, hospitality, tourism attractions and as Tour Operators. The growth of domestic and international tourism has led to an increasing demand for graduates who have a thorough understanding of tourism in its wider social, cultural, economic and political contexts. The study of tourism involves site visits to tourism operations and firms within the region and these offer an important aspect to the course. We also organise international field trips to tourist destinations such as Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid, Venice, Frankfurt and Rome. We invite guest lecturers with a national or international profile to contribute to the course. Students may, if they wish, choose to study a foreign language such as Spanish, French or German at beginners or intermediated level and can opt to study aboard for one semester in a partner institution. Level 7 students can progress on to Level 8 add-on (Honours) where they can continue with a specialism in tourism or take the general or marketing stream Progression Chart Masters of Science in Marketing Level 9 or Masters by Research Level 9 BB (Hons) in Business Level 8 (1 year add-on) BB in Tourism and Event Management Level 7 (3 years) CAO Entry 50 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

53 Bachelor of Business in Tourism with Event Management Programme Summary Studying Business and Tourism with Event Management will equip you with the skills necessary to manage diverse tourism and event operations in hotels, resorts, cruise ships, airlines, tour operators, destination management, exhibition, conference operations, and outdoor centres. We have graduates operating in all these fields throughout the world. Graduates in tourism are much sought after and the skills developed are transferable internationally and from one aspect of the industry to another. The broad business base of this course has enabled many of our graduates to find rewarding business or marketing careers outside the tourism industry. An appealing aspect of this course is the focus on student learning outside of the traditional classroom, with weekly field trips to a variety of tourist destinations. With modules on adventure tourism, cultural tourism and ecology, you may find yourself surfing, visiting a museum or hill-walking while examining the natural flora and fauna. Students are required to create and participate in a number of events throughout the course which offers you the opportunity to unleash your creative flair! Other Essential Information Career Opportunities The areas of opportunity for Tourism graduates of IT Sligo vary from management and administration in tourism enterprise, marketing, research, tour operators, tourism product development, teaching and lecturing. Graduates have worked for: Fáilte Ireland (National Tourism Development Authority) The OPW (Office of Public Works) Ecotourism (national body for the ecotourism industry in Australia) Busch Gardens (USA) Major hotel chains (Clarion, Radisson, Sheraton) Cruise ships (Caribbean, Norway, Alaska and Mediterranean) First Choice (Travel company) E-bookers (Online travel company) Further Study Opportunities Progression On completion of the three-year Bachelor of Business (Level 7), eligible students can continue on to a fourth year to achieve an Honours Degree (Level 8) in Business with tourism, marketing or general business majors. AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) CAO CODE: SG135 NUMBER OF PLACES: 70 DURATION: 3 years 2012 POINTS: 140 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Adventure Tourism Ecotourism Cultural Tourism Tourism Field Trips Event Management Health and Safety for Events Business Technology Managing Tourism Impacts Tourism Marketing Research Tourism Destination Management SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES There is a built-in four-month work placement in the second year of the Bachelor of Business in Tourism with Event Management. Students are encouraged to work overseas for tourism organisations, however, if preferred, a domestic placement in Ireland is also facilitated. To date, students have worked in Ireland, Spain, Turkey, Thailand, Portugal, France, Germany, Greece, UK and USA. Students also have an opportunity to spend one semester or one-year studying overseas in one of our many partner Institutions. IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

54 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Care and Education SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Degree (Level 8) CAO CODE: SG242 NUMBER OF PLACES: 72 DURATION: 4 years 2012 POINTS: 320 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Learning and Play in Early Childhood Care and Education Settings Politics and Policy Studies Promoting Health in Children Introduction to Creative Practice Key Theories and Concepts in Care Children with Additional Needs Communications Young People and Youth Work in Ireland Child Psychology Programme Summary The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Care and Education is an honours degree course that provides you with multiple career opportunities working directly with young children and their families. The design and content of the course has been determined by the Model Framework for Education, Training and Professional Development for the Early Childhood Care and Education sector. This ensures that our graduates are fully qualified to work in a variety of areas and recognised as Expert Practitioners. Providing the highest quality care and education for children in their formative years is essential in ensuring that they reach their unique potential. Over the course of the course you will develop a comprehensive knowledge of child development and child psychology in the context of a broad understanding of contemporary society. In addition, you will acquire skills in areas such as children s play, creative studies, care, education, children s literature, sociology and social policy. In the second half of the course you will be able to select a sequence of modules related to a specialised area of study, such as creative work with young people, diversity or global perspectives. Two professional practice placements will be arranged for you during the course of your studies. These provide the opportunity to link theory to practice under the supervision of a proficient practitioner. In Year 2, the first placement will give you the opportunity to work directly with babies, toddlers and young children, developing a set of relevant skills and competencies. The second placement takes place in Year 3 and allows you to develop your professional career path by providing interesting and challenging options both in Ireland and internationally. Currently we have links with Scandinavian countries, the USA and South Africa and are keen to further expand our international networks. Academic staff are prominent in the development of early years policy and practice nationally and have published widely in the field. Key Skills On completion of this course, you will have a comprehensive knowledge of: Child development and child psychology Child observations and assessments Creativity and the use of creative approaches in education and care Reflective practice Caring for, and educating, young children The Irish childcare and early childhood education sector Contemporary society and relevant social policy issues at Irish and EU levels Management, funding and administrative structures Other Essential Information Mathematics is not a requirement for this course. Garda vetting: You should note that all entrants to this course will be required to undergo vetting by the Garda Síochána. If you have a criminal conviction in Ireland or elsewhere this may adversely impact on your ability to undertake a professional placement or to secure employment in the field of early childhood care and education. Career opportunities Our graduates usually pursue careers working directly in childcare settings, support agencies such as the County Childcare Committees, policy organisations such as Barnardos, or establish their own childcare services. With further postgraduate study you may, for example, pursue occupations in play therapy, primary school education and a number of therapeutic professions, as well as in research and policy. 52 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

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56 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care Practice SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Degree (Level 8) CAO CODE: SG243 NUMBER OF PLACES: 80 DURATION: 4 years 2012 POINTS: 345 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Introduction to Sociology Ethics for Social and Child Care Practice and Policy Social Theory for Social Carers Welfare and Protection in Social Care Policy and Practice of Family Support Work Social Care Law Sociology of Education Key Theories and Concepts in Care Social Care Practice Applied Positive Psychology Programme Summary Social care practice is emerging as a key professional field for those who wish to work actively in the areas of social justice, social care and social policy. Ireland, among other countries, continues to face many social challenges. For example, in providing care for children and young people; developing a genuinely inclusive multicultural society; responding to its ageing population; and addressing issues related to addiction, unemployment, family breakdown and social inequality. Do you want to address and respond to these challenges? Are you interested in the future of our society and those who live within it? Do you want to become an active, informed, reflective and confident social professional with a broad range of skills, knowledge and competencies at your disposal? If the answer is yes, then this may be the course for you. Social care practitioners work to address these challenges. They will soon be recognised as legallyprotected professionals by CORU the registration board for social professionals. The fully revised Social Care Practice course at IT Sligo is fully compliant with the CORU standards and is ratified by HETAC. This course is challenging and diverse. From day one you will be involved in questioning and creating knowledge about: Irish society and others; how people relate to one another; and yourself. You will be encouraged to take active responsibility for your own learning and to explore fields such as psychology, sociology and law that will allow you to critically understand the social world. There is a strong focus on the use of creative tools to develop your own imaginative responses to social problems and issues. Key modules include professional practice, social research, sociology, psychology and social policy, as well as law and ethics. In the second half of the course you will be able to select a sequence of modules related to a specialised area of study, such as children and young people, diversity or global perspectives. Students engage in a structured process of personal development throughout the course in order to support their learning and professional capacities. A key element of the course is the two 13-week periods of professional placement. These take place in Years 2 and 3 and will see you actively involved in a relevant organisation under expert supervision. We place students in agencies all over Ireland, as well as the USA, South Africa, Sweden, Vietnam and elsewhere. Key Skills A thorough understanding of key social sciences such as sociology, psychology and social policy Creativity and communication Ability to apply ethical and legal principles to complex situations Ability to reflect on your own knowledge and understanding Research and analysis Professional practice Entrepreneurship and leadership Other Essential Information Garda vetting: You should note that all entrants to this course will be required to undergo vetting by the Garda Síochána. If you have a criminal conviction in Ireland or elsewhere this may adversely impact on your ability to undertake a professional placement or to secure employment in the field of social care practice. 54 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

57 Career opportunities As a social care practitioner you will be sought after by employers in a range of areas. You will have the skills, competencies and confidence to work with marginalised and excluded people, such as those: in out-of-home care; who are unemployed, disabled, homeless, experiencing addictions or who, for a variety of reasons, may require advocacy and support. You may also engage in further specialised study, work in policy or research areas or establish your own business in a relevant area. Social care practitioners may be employed in the health services, statutory or voluntary organisations, in communitybased bodies and the private sector. A career in social care practice is always challenging and uniquely rewarding you can make a real difference! Further study opportunities You will be eligible to undertake further studies at Masters and PhD level. Graduates of this course can progress to Masters programmes in social work, addiction studies, equality studies, social research practice and other areas. SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

58 IT Sligo Graduate Profile NAME: Michelle Lally IT SLIGO COURSE: BA (Honours) in Social Studies YEAR OF GRADUATION: 1999 WHERE ARE YOU FROM: Sligo WHAT SECONDARY SCHOOL DID YOU ATTEND: Ursuline College, Sligo Why did you choose your course? I wanted to work directly with people, to help make a real difference in their lives, looking at the areas of social justice, social policy and social care. I chose the course because it was also open to working with a variety of different social challenges people face: from working with older people; those with mental health issues; learning disabilities; addressing issues relating to addiction, unemployment, homelessness, domestic violence and family breakdown. I wanted to help people respond to these challenges. The course also provided an opportunity to take an active part in your own learning through two professional placements. These definitely help to make you more employable and give that all-important feel for which area you feel most suits your style of work and or what client group you work best with. Why did you choose IT Sligo? It was convenient location-wise and the facilities were well-developed. The course incorporated two work placement modules which gives you an advantage for employment. What is your current role/job? I am the Tenancy Sustainment Officer for North West Simon Community. We provide low support housing and housing support in people s homes to prevent them becoming homeless. I support people living in council housing and private rental housing under the Rental Assistance Scheme (RAS) and those in receipt of rent allowance. The role of the Tenant Sustainment Officer is to enable people to keep their own homes. Our objectives are to: provide support, information and advocacy improve people s quality of life enable people to do things for themselves The Tenancy Sustainment Officer plays a vital role in preventing people from becoming homeless in the first instance. The service develops a person-centred personal care and support plan for people who have difficulty sustaining their tenancy. My job is to follow through from the referral of a service user, carry out an assessment, develop a support plan and help the service user to implement their support plan. I liaise closely with other voluntary and statutory organisations. How would you describe the job you are doing? I enable people to access, secure and maintain their own home. North West Simon supports people with housing issues, assisting them to: apply for suitable housing, manage the home, settle into a new community and maintain the home. Support them with financial issues: rent arrears/utilities, including support with budgeting/accessing MABS. We assist clients to access welfare allowances and information by supporting them to access services, such as training and education and mental health and addiction services. In addition we provide life-skills support including diet/nutrition and cooking, self- and home-care. How did the course prepare you for this role? The course offered two professional placements. I gained experience working in child protection, learning disabilities and with the elderly. This experience stood to me in securing further employment in the area. The course context helped me work within this area: the creativity modules were of great use while working with young people, as were the report writing and communication modules, particularly in the interagency context. I adopted professional practice and the ability to apply legal and ethical principles to situations. I have the skills, competencies and confidence to work with a variety of marginalised groups and work with a diverse amount of people who are unemployed, experience addiction and, for a variety of reasons, require advocacy and support. Is there anything else you would like to say to our prospective and current students? The social care area is a challenging one, even more so in these very difficult economic times but it is also uniquely rewarding. Remember: you can make a real difference. 56 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

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61 Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Civil Engineering 60 Construction 66 Interior Architecture and Interior Design 74 Department of Computing and Creative Practices Computing 82 Creative Design 90 Fine Art 96 Performing Arts 99 Department of Mechanical and Electronic Engineering Electronic Engineering 102 Mechanical Engineering 106 Mechatronics 110

62 Civil Engineering Courses Overview Civil Engineering is about creating, improving and protecting the environment in which we live. Most people would be surprised by how much civil engineering affects their daily lives from the water that you drink, the school that you attend, to the energy that powers your mobile phone. It encompasses all aspects of infrastructure development and is used to improve and protect the environment that we live in. It involves the planning, design and construction of facilities that we require for everyday life: water supply systems, wastewater treatment systems, dams and sustainable energy schemes such as hydroelectric stations and wind farms, roads, tunnels, bridges, buildings and offshore oil-platforms to name but a few. As a result, civil engineering offers diverse and challenging career opportunities. Internationally there is a strong demand for civil engineers and nationally the construction industry will begin to recover over the coming years and will require new graduates to address traditional engineering issues as well as new challenges in terms of reusing our existing building stock for which innovative solutions will be required. Ongoing development of infrastructure needs is a major concern for every country worldwide and civil engineers are leaders in this field. In addition, civil engineers work in the renewable energy sector which is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world. Accreditation of the ordinary degree by Engineers Ireland means that your qualification is well recognised both in Ireland and internationally. Progression Chart PhD by Research Level 10 Masters by Research Level 9 BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering Level 8 (4 years) BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering Level 8 (1 year add-on) BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering Level 8 (2 years add-on)* BSc (Hons) in Construction Project Management Level 8 (2 years add-on) BEng in Civil Engineering Level 7 (3 years) BEng in Environmental Engineering Level 7 (3 years) CAO Entry * subject to bridging studies in Structures and Maths and minimum entry requirements to the course 60 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

63 Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering Programme Summary This course is a blend of formal lectures, relevant practicals to enhance understanding of topics and projects to apply the information learnt to typical civil engineering applications. The early part develops an understanding of science and technology which are the underlying principles of engineering. Gradually, students are introduced to the core civil engineering areas of structural, hydraulic, geotechnical and highway engineering as well as project and site management. Written and verbal communication skills are continuously developed through presentations and technical writing. At the end of this course graduates possess the skills demanded currently by employers. Civil engineering is a dynamic industry which is continuously evolving and changing. The Civil Engineering courses at IT Sligo teach the necessary skills for graduates to be active participants in this exciting industry. Other Essential Information The course is accredited as meeting the educational standard required for Associate Engineer Membership of Engineers Ireland. Associate engineers work alongside, and support, Chartered Engineers in the successful implementation of civil engineering schemes. As a result of our Engineers Ireland accreditation your IT Sligo qualification is recognised through the Sydney Accord in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, China, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States, thus offering exciting opportunities for work and travel abroad. Career Opportunities Graduate employment opportunities for you will include positions in the design, specification, supervision, construction and maintenance of civil engineering projects. Various organisations have an interest in employing civil engineers both nationally and internationally government bodies, semi-state entities, local authorities, consultancies, contractors, insurance firms and financial institutions. Further Study Opportunities Graduates can progress to an honours degree in Civil Engineering at IT Sligo or other third level colleges. At IT Sligo, graduates of the ordinary BEng degree who meet the minimum entry requirement can progress to the start of the third year (second last year) of the Honours BEng Civil Engineering degree. Further information can be obtained from Dr Tomas O Flaherty. AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) CAO CODE: SG338 NUMBER OF PLACES: 50 DURATION: 3 years 2012 POINTS: 190 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES CAD Information and Communication Technology Civil Engineering Materials Surveying and Construction Technology Engineering Science Environmental Engineering Geotechnical and Highway Engineering Hydraulic Engineering Structural Analysis and Design Mathematics SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

64 Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) CAO CODE: SG335 NUMBER OF PLACES: 32 DURATION: 3 years 2012 POINTS: 205 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Surveying Structures Engineering Science Construction and Environmental Technology CAD/Hand Drawing Construction Technology Water Treatment Hydraulics Soil Mechanics and Geology Site Management Programme Summary We have created this innovative course as a partnership between the School of Engineering and Design and the School of Science in order to satisfy a current shortfall of Environmental Engineers in Ireland. Environmental Engineering is about creating, improving and protecting the environment in which we live. Environmental engineers design, build and maintain clean water supplies and wastewater treatment systems, waste disposal methods, as well as hydroelectric stations and wind farms. The course is underpinned by our staff expertise and is delivered through a blend of formal lectures and practical classes. During the first two years you will be introduced to civil and environmental engineering including structural, hydraulic, geotechnical and highway engineering as well as project and site management. In third year we place significantly more emphasis on environmental matters, including biology of water, engineering wastewater, process design, energy use and sustainability, planning and environmental impact assessment, environmental management systems and auditing, environmental process design, waste management, and air, water and noise pollution. Career Opportunities As a graduate you can expect employment opportunities in the design, specification, supervision, construction and maintenance of civil engineering projects. Usually our graduates find jobs with local authorities, government agencies and engineering contractors and consultants both in Ireland and internationally. It is also possible to continue on to honours degree and postgraduate education (Masters or PhD) at IT Sligo or at other third level institutions. Further Study Opportunities Graduates from the BEng in Environmental Engineering can progress to an Honours Degree in BEng (Honours) in Civil Engineering (subject to bridging studies in Structures and Maths) and subject to minimum entry requirements to the course*. You may also progress to other courses including the BSc in Construction Project Management, BSc in Environmental Science or environmental science and environmental engineering courses in other third level Institutes. * The minimum entry requirements are an average of 55% in the award year of the Ordinary Bachelor of Engineering degree and either 70% in the Mathematics modules in the award year of the Ordinary Bachelor of Engineering degree or a pass in the special IT Sligo Mathematics examination held in late August/early September each year. 62 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

65 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering Programme Summary The Honours BEng in Civil Engineering, Level 8, is a four-year full-time course. The course is accredited by Engineers Ireland, meeting in part the educational requirement for Chartered Engineer. The overall focus of the course is to develop the skills of the student in the core civil engineering areas of structures, geotechnical engineering, materials, hydraulics and environmental engineering. These are supplemented with modules in communication, personal development, highway and transportation engineering, and project management. This course is a blend of formal lectures and relevant practical classes to enhance understanding of module topics, and projects to apply the learning outcomes to civil engineering applications. The early part of the course develops an understanding of science and technology which are the underlying principles of engineering. Written and verbal communication skills are continuously developed using presentations and technical writing. A final-year project is carried out to allow the student to demonstrate their research skills within an applied or experimental individual project. At the end of this course graduates will have attained the skills demanded currently by employers in this exciting and evolving industry. Other Essential Information The course is accredited as meeting the educational standard for chartered engineer membership of Engineers Ireland in conjunction with an accredited MEng in Civil Engineering course (an add-on MEng is proposed at IT Sligo or elsewhere). As a result of our Engineers Ireland accreditation this qualification is recognised worldwide through the Sydney Accord including Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, thus offering exciting opportunities for work and travel abroad. Career Opportunities Graduate employment opportunities for you will include positions in the design, specification, supervision, construction and maintenance of civil engineering projects. Various organisations have an interest in employing civil engineers both nationally and internationally government bodies, semi-state entities, local authorities, consultancies, contractors, insurance firms and financial institutions. Further Study Opportunities Graduates can progress to a taught Master of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering at IT Sligo (proposed) or at other third level institutions. Alternatively, graduates can register for a range of research Masters or PhD projects, primarily in the areas of Geotechnical and Environmental Engineering. Further information can be obtained from Dr Brian McCann. AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Degree (Level 8) CAO CODE: SG342 NUMBER OF PLACES: 32 DURATION: 4 years 2012 POINTS: n/a FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES CAD Information and Communication Technology Civil Engineering Materials and Engineering Science Surveying and Construction technology Environmental Engineering Geotechnical Engineering Hydraulic Engineering Structural Analysis and Design Project Management Highway and Transportation Engineering SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

66 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering (add-on) SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Degree (Level 8) NUMBER OF PLACES: 32 DURATION: 2 Years FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Structural Mechanics Mathematics Environmental Engineering Geotechnical Engineering Hydraulic Engineering Structural Analysis and Design Project Management Highway and Transportation Engineering Law Final-Year Project Programme Summary The course is accredited by Engineers Ireland meeting in part the educational requirement for chartered engineer. The overall focus of the course is to develop the skills of the learner in the core civil engineering areas of structures, geotechnical engineering, materials, hydraulics and environmental engineering. These core areas are supplemented with modules in highway and transportation engineering, project management and law. The civil engineering course at IT Sligo teaches the necessary skills for graduates to be active participants and leaders in the civil engineering industry. Graduates of this course can also continue to postgraduate study at Masters or PhD level at IT Sligo or other third level institutions around the world. The minimum entry requirements are an average of 55% in the award year of the Ordinary BEng degree and either 70% in the mathematics modules in the award year of the Ordinary BEng degree or a pass in the special IT Sligo mathematics examination (pre-degree maths) held in late August/ early September each year. Further information can be obtained from Dr Brian McCann. Other Essential Information The course is accredited as meeting the educational standard for Chartered Engineer membership of Engineers Ireland in conjunction with an accredited MEng in Civil Engineering course (an add-on MEng is proposed at IT Sligo or elsewhere). As a result of Engineers Ireland accreditation this qualification is recognised worldwide through the Sydney Accord including Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, thus offering exciting opportunities for work and travel abroad. Career Opportunities Graduate employment opportunities for you will include positions in the design, specification, supervision, construction and maintenance of civil engineering projects. Various organisations have an interest in employing civil engineers both nationally and internationally government bodies, semi-state entities, local authorities, consultancies, contractors, insurance firms and financial institutions. Further Study Opportunities Graduates can progress to a taught Master of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering at IT Sligo (proposed) or at other third level institutions. Alternatively graduates can register for a range of research Masters or PhD projects, primarily in the areas of Geotechnical and Environmental Engineering. Further information can be obtained from Dr Brian McCann. 64 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

67 IT Sligo Graduate Profile NAME: Kevin Whyte IT SLIGO COURSE: BEng (Honours) in Civil Engineering YEAR OF GRADUATION: 2006 WHERE ARE YOU FROM: Galway WHAT SECONDARY SCHOOL DID YOU ATTEND: Athenry Vocational School, Co. Galway In 2011, I established my own Engineering and Project Management Company in London dealing primarily with heavy civils and marine construction activities. Why did you choose your course? I initially chose Civil Engineering as it was something I had been interested in from an early age. I was involved with my family s construction business (Finbarr Whyte & Sons Ltd) and felt it was natural career progression for me to undertake. Why did you choose IT Sligo? The main reason I chose the BEng (Honours) in Civil Engineering at IT Sligo was because it offered a degree fully recognised by Engineers Ireland which in turn meant I could become a Chartered Engineer in the future. What is your current role/job? In 2011, I established my own Engineering and Project Management Company in London dealing primarily with heavy civils and marine construction activities. Projects that I have been involved in include Berthing Infrastructure, offshore pipelines construction and installation of offshore structures. Typical day-to-day tasks include engineering design management, planning, procurement and on/ offshore construction supervision. I am currently working on a project which involves the offshore construction of 50km of 24 gas export pipeline in the southern sector of the North Sea. How did the course prepare you for this role? The BEng (Honours) in Civil Engineering Course is an intensive and very demanding course compared to other colleges or universities offering similar Civil Engineering degrees; the course prepared me for the hard work required to be a practicing Engineer and the ability to manage huge workloads that I have experienced during my working life. The course provided me with the core elements in structural design, hydraulics and project management which are now part of my everyday tasks. Is there anything else you would like to say to our prospective and current students? Following graduation, students should be open-minded on the career path that they wish to undertake and should consider roles in offshore oil and gas over the traditional roles of Site Management or Engineering Consultancies that Civil Engineering graduate tend to undertake. It s very important in your early working years to find a position where you are exposed to varying projects and to gain experience across the different disciplines. I would recommend that students work internationally at some stage in their careers as opportunities for career progression abroad tend to be more plentiful. How would you describe the job you are doing? My job is very challenging, varied and rewarding. My role allows to travel to different parts of Europe, gain experiences working in other countries and allows me to deal with people across the different construction disciplines such as designers, consultants and operational/construction personnel. IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

68 Construction Courses Overview Despite the recent economic climate, qualified construction professionals have never been more in demand in Ireland and internationally and recent data has shown that there will be a shortage of construction professionals in Ireland in the coming years. IT Sligo offers five courses that are at the cutting edge of sustainable construction, management and cost control of construction and engineering projects. There is increasing demand for sustainable construction practices which move away from traditional construction materials and techniques to develop a more sympathetic approach to the environment. Graduates of our BSc in Advanced Wood and Sustainable Building Technology will have the skills necessary to avail of opportunities aimed at building contractors specialising in the construction of low-energy buildings using sustainable materials and techniques. The course prepares graduates for employment opportunities with building contractors, architects and local authorities, in areas such as retrofitting of existing building stock, BER certification, preparation of drawings and specifications, surveying and setting out sites. Graduates of our new BSc in Construction Cost Management can work for contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers and local authorities. Their role includes pricing new buildings and refurbishment jobs for contractors, preparing tenders, recording work on-site, sourcing and ordering materials and employing subcontractors such as carpenters, blocklayers, electricians and plumbers. Our Honours BSc in Construction Project Management is designed to equip you with the necessary technical skills to manage a group of employees in a modern dynamic construction business. By combining operations and construction project management skills, you will be equipped to take up a position as construction project leader or manager in a variety of disciplines, including construction, energy, utilities, telecommunications, architecture, production, design and service industries. Our long-running Honours BSc Quantity Surveying courses prepare students for the responsibility of managing the costs on building and civil engineering projects from preparing budgets at the outset to agreeing the final cost with the contractor at conclusion. The quantity surveyor s key role is to ensure value for money by balancing the demands of budget with quality, legislative standards and contractual requirements. As a consultant quantity surveyor you will work for large building contractors, private clients and government departments with your time spent not only in the office but also onsite in the construction environment. Your work will include advising architects and engineers on the likely costs of buildings and other construction projects including repair and maintenance. Progression Chart PhD by Research Level 10 Masters by Research Level 9 BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying Level 8 (4 years) BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying Level 8 (1 year add-on) BSc in Construction Cost Management Level 7 (3 years) BSc (Hons) in Construction Project Management Level 8 (1 year add-on) BSc Advanced Wood & Sustainable Building Technology Level 7 (3 years) CAO Entry 66 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

69 Bachelor of Science in Advanced Wood and Sustainable Building Technology Programme Summary This course has been designed in partnership with industry to meet the needs of the Green Economy which reports have projected to be a major area of employment within the Irish economy. This broad-based Level 7 degree course emphasises the principles of construction and has a strong bias towards sustainable construction practices. It will equip you with practical carpentry and joinery skills and an in-depth knowledge of sustainable building technologies and materials, including the retrofitting/ refurbishment of existing dwellings to achieve a low carbon design and the construction of new low-energy buildings. The course is delivered through lectures and practicals. Other Essential Information If you are under 23 years of age you must have a Leaving Certificate or equivalent, e.g. National Craft Certificate (Phases 2, 4 and 6) for entry to a Level 6 Higher Certificate course. If you are over 23 years you will be applying as a mature student and will be assessed on the relevance of your experience and motivation. If you do not meet the entry requirements of this course but do have substantial relevant practical experience, it may be possible to seek admission to the programme through IT Sligo s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. Career Opportunities Graduates from this course will have the skills necessary to avail of opportunities in the private sector as building contractors specialising in the construction of low-energy buildings. This course prepares the graduate for employment opportunities with building contractors, architects, quantity surveyors and local authorities in areas such as retrofitting existing building stock, BER certification, preparation of drawings and specifications, surveying and the setting out of sites. Further Study Opportunities BSc in Renewable Energy and Sustainable Building Technology Construction Project Management and other related courses AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) CAO CODE: SG332 NUMBER OF PLACES: 32 DURATION: 3 years 2012 POINTS: 160 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Practical Carpentry and Joinery Sustainable Construction Technology Graphical Communication and Design Computer Aided Design (2D and 3D) Measurement and Costing Health and Safety for the Built Environment Computer Applications SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

70 Bachelor of Science in Construction Cost Management SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) CAO CODE: SG339 NUMBER OF PLACES: 32 DURATION: 3 years 2012 POINTS: New course, points will be available in August 2014 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Construction Site Management Surveying and Estimating Measurement Computer Aided Design Construction and Environmental Technology Building Information Modelling for Estimators Estimating Software Contract Administration Cost Management and Control Construction Economics Programme Summary This new course is offered in response to demand for the provision of cost managers in the construction industry. Recent economic fluctuations have required building contractors, sub-contractors, developers and clients to place more of a focus on the management and control of costs on construction projects. Delivered through a blend of formal lectures and practical classes, the course is designed to provide students with a wide range of knowledge and skills required to work in the exciting and dynamic construction industry. Upon successful completion graduates will be able to undertake the measurement, costing, tendering, management and contract administration of construction projects in Ireland and internationally. The course also responds to the growing demand in the innovative costing areas of sustainability, conservation and renovation. All modern construction computer packages are used in the course including computer aided design and estimating software. Health and safety requirements and modern construction methods and services in domestic and commercial buildings are also a feature. Other Essential Information Career Opportunities The course offers flexibility to graduates with respect to careers onsite and in the office both nationally and internationally. Graduates of the course will typically obtain employment as site surveyors, estimators, site clerks, loss adjusters, materials managers, sales representatives and quantity surveying technicians with contractors, sub-contractors, consultants, local authorities, insurance firms and materials suppliers. Further Study Opportunities Graduates will have the opportunity to progress to the final year of the Level 8 honours degree in Quantity Surveying which is accredited by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Opportunities also exist to progress to a one-year add-on degree in Construction Project Management. The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and successful completion enables graduates to enter a period of workbased training leading to Chartered status which is a requirement to work in many countries internationally. Structured workplace engagement is also a feature of the course, providing students with real life site and office experience. 68 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

71 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying Programme Summary This course is designed to prepare the student for the specialised discipline of quantity surveying by covering the wide range of knowledge and skills required by the profession. Included in the syllabus are the relevant construction-related technical subjects and up-to-date IT applications together with the required professional skills of communication, ethics, construction law and management as required of the modern construction professional. The course is structured to prepare the student to work as an individual or as part of team. Delivery is over four years and as well as the basic technical subjects of measurement, construction technology, surveying and drawing, specialist areas are introduced as the course progresses such subjects are Contract Administration, Construction Economics, Property and Facilities Management and Construction Law. An essential part of the experience for the student is the participation in a multi-disciplinary project in Year 4 with colleagues in Interior Architecture, Civil Engineering and Construction Project Management. Other Essential Information The course is accredited by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) this status has world-wide recognition from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) of which the SCSI is a constituent member. Graduates wishing to proceed to professional level may enter the workplace and gain chartered status. Career Opportunities Graduates can find employment worldwide. Quantity surveyors may work in the contracting side of construction or as part of a design team giving advice to both clients and designers. Additional areas of opportunity include project management, property/facilities management, estimating, the insurance industry and other areas relating to building cost advice. Further Study Opportunities Graduates have the opportunity to progress to a one-year add-on Honours Degree in Construction Project Management. In addition opportunities are available at Masters Level in the areas of Project Management and Energy Management. AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Degree (Level 8) CAO CODE: SG343 NUMBER OF PLACES: 32 DURATION: 4 years 2012 POINTS: 210 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Construction Technology Introduction to the Building Industry Measurement Computer Aided Design Building Information Modelling for Estimators Estimating Software Contract Administration Cost Management & Control Construction Economics Property and Facilities Management SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

72 IT Sligo Graduate Profile NAME: David McGoldrick IT SLIGO COURSE: BSc (Honours) in Quantity Surveying YEAR OF GRADUATION: 2010 WHERE ARE YOU FROM: Co. Sligo WHAT SECONDARY SCHOOL DID YOU ATTEND: Summerhill College, Co. Sligo In 2011, I established my own Engineering and Project Management Company in London dealing primarily with heavy civils and marine construction activities. Why did you choose your course? Growing up I always had an interest in the built environment and knew I wanted to pursue a career in construction. I knew of students who had previously studied the course and the opportunities they had upon completion. Why did you choose IT Sligo? I visited IT Sligo for an Open Day that was organised during my final year at school. I was impressed with the facilities available and the staff were approachable and helpful. What is your current role/job? My current role is quantity surveyor for a main contractor that specialises in residential design and build contracts in London. How did the course prepare you for this role? The course gives a solid grounding in construction technology and techniques. You learn of the role the quantity surveyor occupies within the construction team. You develop key skills such as critical thinking, teamwork and research by taking part in group projects with other courses within the college. All of the above give you the start you need to begin a successful career within the industry. Is there anything else you would like to say to our prospective and current students? The construction industry may not be as vibrant as it once was but there are still plenty of opportunities available for individuals willing to succeed. How would you describe the job you are doing? My job can best be described as assisting the commercial team in the financial and contractual administration of construction projects undertaken by our company. On a dayto-day basis this involves procuring subcontract packages, ensuring we are achieving value for money, carrying out valuations of work done, monthly reporting of our current financial position and our forecast for future months, and ensuring the completed project is compliant with our employer s requirements. 70 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

73 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying (add-on) Programme Summary The add-on course is designed to prepare the student for the specialised discipline of quantity surveying by covering the wide range of knowledge and skills required by the profession. Included in the syllabus are the relevant construction-related technical subjects and up-to-date IT applications together with the required professional skills of communication, ethics, construction law and management as required of the modern construction professional. The course is structured to prepare the student to work as an individual or as part of team. Delivery is over one-year and as well as the basic technical subjects of measurement, construction technology, surveying and drawing, specialist areas are introduced as the course progresses such subjects are Contract Administration, Construction Economics, Property and Facilities Management and Construction Law. An essential part of the experience for the student is the participation in a multi-disciplinary project in Year 4 with colleagues in Interior Architecture, Civil Engineering and Construction Project Management. Other Essential Information The course is accredited by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) this status has world-wide recognition from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) of which the SCSI is a constituent member. Graduates wishing to proceed to professional level may enter the workplace and gain chartered status. Career Opportunities Graduates can find employment worldwide. Quantity surveyors may work in the contracting side of construction or as part of a design team giving advice to both clients and designers. Additional areas of opportunity include project management, property/facilities management, estimating, the insurance industry and other areas relating to building cost advice. Further Study Opportunities Graduates have the opportunity to progress to a one-year add-on Honours Degree in Construction Project Management. In addition opportunities are available at Masters Level in the areas of Project Management and Energy Management. AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Degree (Level 8) NUMBER OF PLACES: 32 DURATION: 1 year (add-on) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Construction Technology Introduction to the Building Industry Measurement Computer Aided Design Building Information Modelling for Estimators Estimating Software Contract Administration Cost Management & Control Construction Economics Property and Facilities Management SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

74 IT Sligo Graduate Profile NAME: Niall Mc Enroy IT SLIGO COURSE: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying YEAR OF GRADUATION: 2012 WHERE ARE YOU FROM: Leitrim WHAT SECONDARY SCHOOL DID YOU ATTEND: St. Clares Comprehensive, Manorhamilton I would recommend IT Sligo to any prospective student I come across due to the excellent facilities, lectures, help and guidance you get as a student there. Why did you choose your course? I was interested in construction, maths and especially the economic and costs side of the construction industry. Why did you choose IT Sligo? I live less than half a hour away in Rossinver so it was easy to get to. I had heard from previous students it was a good place to go, as good as any. I also liked the fact that class sizes would not be too big and therefore that lectures would have more time to answer questions and explain concepts unlike in bigger universities. What is your current role/job? I was successful in gaining a position as a trainee estimator in London in September 2012 with Forcia Ltd. I came home in search of work in April 2013 and got a job as a trainee estimator/quantity surveyor with Riverside Mechanical Ltd in Blanchardstown, Co. Dublin. How would you describe the job you are doing? The job I m in at the moment is quite similar to my previous one. I file tender jobs as they come into the office, print and send out the enquiries to our different suppliers to get back quotations for works. I also measure up the works and price any parts that I am fit to. I get all the quotes back, compare them and make sure they have included for all the works. I then include these in our tender. Next, I fill out the pricing documents, all tender documents and Forms of Tender and return. My job also entails office works of all nature and I go onsite to see the jobs we are pricing as they are. How did the course prepare you for this role? It prepared me by making me competent in measuring, building up rates and pricing. I also got an insight into the contracts that we use and how they affect the work we do, the influence the different clauses have and the importance they play. My computer skills have improved which is a great help in my line of work as much of it revolves round the use of a computer. In addition I learned how to understand drawings. The course improved my ability to work with others and in a team through group projects. This is a significant trait to have in any working environment. Is there anything else you would like to say to our prospective and current students? I would recommend IT Sligo to any prospective student I come across due to the excellent facilities, lectures, help and guidance you get as a student there. I obtained a 1.1 Honours degree which opened me up to many opportunities especially in a very uncertain time in the industry. Upon leaving my job in London my employer asked me to put forward a couple of classmates from my graduation class for interview to fill my position as they were impressed with the knowledge and standard of work I had coming from college, a credit to IT Sligo. 72 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

75 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Construction Project Management (add-on) Programme Summary Are you interested in a dynamic career in project management? Our Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Construction Project Management course is designed specifically for students planning a career in the project management profession. The course at IT Sligo equips graduates with skills and knowledge in project management as well as an understanding of the business process and environment. Graduates will gain skills in the following key management areas: risk management, procurement, value management, project finance, business accounting, project scope, environmental management, supply chain management, planning and control, method statements, quality management, strategic planning, strategic management, marketing and competition, contract law, health and safety, contractual claims, dispute resolution, construction contracts, FIDIC, international construction markets, international mergers and acquisitions and global strategies. Key professional skills will also be gained through our multidisciplinary project (project execution plan) and through project planning and risk management software. Other Essential Information Our course is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Entry requirements are a Level 7 qualification in a related construction/ engineering discipline. Recognised prior learning (RPL) is also taken into consideration. Career Opportunities Graduates will be ideally equipped to take up positions as project managers or project leaders in a variety of disciplines including: construction, energy, utilities, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, architecture, production, design and service industries. Further Study Opportunities Upon graduation from this course you are eligible to apply to join the MSc in Project Management, MSc in Energy Management (Level 9) at IT Sligo or related Level 9 courses at other third level institutions. AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Degree (Level 8) NUMBER OF PLACES: 32 DURATION: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time (online) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Development Appraisal and Economics Construction Planning and Programming Construction Corporate Management Construction Law, Liabilities and Obligations Construction Financial Management Project Management and Control International Construction Construction Contracts and Dispute Resolution Projects and ICT Dissertation SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

76 Interior Architecture and Interior Design Courses Overview Interior Architecture Our Interior Architecture course (RIBA Part 1) aims to provide an internationally-recognised level of architectural education and training aligned with best practice and a regional ethos. The course is internationally accredited by both the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the European Council of Interior Architects (ECIA). This is an architecture course that specialises in working with existing buildings. While design solutions are required to be innovative there is a focus on the intimate dialogue between the user and the space they inhabit which manifests itself in a 1:1 relationship with the existing building. We believe the genesis of a design is a narrative of people, buildings, and place at a point in time. From a grassroots level our projects are integrated into the local environment from a social, geographical, historical, and cultural perspective. We believe that discourse around the architectural re-use agenda will develop the potential and sustainability of our architecture into the future. Interior Design Interior Design is a creative and progressive discipline which explores new and exciting ways to create interior environments which inspire and enrich the lives of those who use them. It is a multidisciplinary profession which touches upon a variety of associated fields including, architecture, furniture design, lighting design, product design, graphics, performing arts, fashion, and art. Our Interior Design course is relatively new and has evolved as a distinct but somewhat complimentary course of study to our highly regarded Interior Architecture course which has been running since The two courses share an experienced staff team of designers, some resources and a common vision based on the premise of creative and environmentally responsible re-imagining of our existing built fabric, a regional ethos and providing an internationally recognised level of education, training and progression possibilities aligned with best practice for these professions. Through our progressive approach to architectural education we empower students with a core belief in the genius loci of a region and a desire to make a positive difference. Progression Chart PhD by Research Level 10 Masters of Arts in Interior Architecture Level 9 BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture Level 8 (2 years add-on) BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture RIBA Part 1 Level 8 (4 years) BA in Interior Design Level 7 (3 years) CAO Entry 74 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

77 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design Programme Summary The Interior Design course develops several aspects of this overall vision by focussing on ideas relating to Creativity Innovation and critical thinking in the conception and development of designs which inspire and excite Place Exploring designs which connect metaphors, memories, rituals and associations with the rich and diverse cultural and material identity of our region Appropriation Evolving designs which enrich the relationship between occupants and their interior environments by manipulating narratives, emotions, aesthetics and expectations The Unique Learning Experience The learning experience is accessible, experiential, self-directed and supported in order to promote both independence and responsibility as part of a design team. Our graduates are confident, critical thinkers with a personal vision toward quality design, equipped to become active and enthusiastic participants within their local communities and with the potential to transfer these skills to a global context. Through our progressive approach to design education we aim to empower students with a core belief in the genius loci of a region and a desire to make a positive difference. Our dynamic Studio Culture is enriched by; AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Bachelor Degree (Level 7) CAO CODE: SG331 NUMBER OF PLACES: 32 DURATION: 3 years 2012 POINTS: 170 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN Course Structure and Content Interior Design Studio forms the core element of the course, and makes up 50% of the credits for each of the three years. This module is integrated with a range of non-studio modules throughout the course which include Representation, Interior Context and Theory, (which includes history of interior design, the modern interior, craft and culture, lighting and furniture design, and the influence of fine art), Innovation with Materials and Professional Studies. Interior design projects are carefully considered in order to develop a skills base relevant to an evolving profession. They are multi-layered to facilitate collaboration with students from other disciplines and to engage with the local community and add value to the region. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their development across all areas of study to expand their own individual and unique intellectual strengths and creative skills creating an individual academic portfolio of design work by the end of the course. Exciting design projects including: residential, hospitality, cultural, exhibition, community design, conservation, restoration, furniture and lighting design Multi-disciplinary projects with students from interior architecture, fine art, creative design and performing arts High contact time with tutors Annual Field trips to design capitals: Barcelona, Berlin, London, Milan, Rome and Stockholm Student exhibitions and design competitions Erasmus exchange programmes with partner European universities offering the opportunity to study abroad for up to a year Interior Design Context and Theory Interior Design Studio Representation Architectural Context and Theory Materials and Technology Studio Skills Architectural Representation Visual Literacy Visual and Material Culture Interior Design Studio Professional Practice for Interior Design IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

78 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design (continued) SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN Key Skills Honours Degree Level 8 RIBA Part 1 During this course you will develop a comprehensive range of high level skills appropriate to the dynamic and fast evolving role of the professional interior designer: Creativity Developing concepts and ideas Problem solving skills Communication skills involving the ability to draw and communicate utilising both conventional and digital techniques, 2D and 3D CAD, Photoshop and Illustrator A critical understanding of the history and theory of interior design Specialist knowledge of interior design practice involving, client, practice and project management Interdisciplinary team working skills Career Opportunities Interior Design graduates work in a variety of environments including private practice, in-house and freelance design for retail, public spaces, leisure environments, contract interiors and workspaces. There are also opportunities in exhibition design, TV and film, lighting design, visualisation, 3D modelling and point of purchase design. Our course gives students the opportunity to develop a broad range of transferable skills and design understanding that will enable them to work worldwide in many different contexts. Many of our graduates go straight into design practice while others pursue further academic study in areas of architecture, interiors, furniture design and conservation of historic buildings. Further Study Opportunities Students who achieve a Merit 1 overall in the BA in Interior Design Level 7 course will be eligible to transfer into Year 3 of our BA in Interior Architecture (Honours) Level 8 course, Graduates from our BA in Interior Design will be entitled to Associate Membership of the Institute of Designers in Ireland. 76 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

79 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture RIBA Part 1 Programme Summary Our BA (Honours) in Interior Architecture RIBA Part 1 is characterised by four core themes Existing Buildings A focus on new and exciting ways to re-imagine our existing built environment through utilising a broad spectrum of adaptive re-use typologies Interior A vision of architecture where the interior environment is both influenced by, and influential upon, the architectural whole Place A connectedness to place through interpreting and responding to the characteristics embodied in existing buildings, with an awareness of the wider context and existing community and the occupation of space Environment Integrated technologically informed solutions which acknowledge environmental responsibility as an underlying philosophy for architectural design. Course Structure and Content Architectural Design Studio forms the core element of the course, and makes up over 50% of the credits for each of the four years. This module is integrated with a range of non-studio modules throughout the course which include Architectural Representation, Architectural Context and Theory, (which includes history, fine art, conservation, landscape and urban design), Building Science and Technology and Professional Studies. Student design projects are carefully considered in order to develop a skills base relevant to an evolving profession. They are multi-layered to facilitate collaboration with students from other disciplines and to engage with the local community and add value to the region. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their development across all areas of study to expand their own individual and unique intellectual strengths and creative skills creating an individual academic portfolio of design work by the end of the course. The Unique Learning Experience The learning experience is accessible, experiential, self-directed and supported in order to promote both independence and responsibility as part of a design team. Our graduates are confident, critical thinkers with a personal vision toward quality design, equipped to become active and enthusiastic participants within their local communities and with the potential to transfer these skills to a global context. Our dynamic Studio Culture is enriched by; Exciting design projects including: residential, cultural, hospitality, health-care, exhibition, community design, urban design and regeneration, landscape, conservation, restoration, furniture and lighting design Multi-disciplinary projects with students from fine art, creative design, structural engineering, quantity surveying and construction project management High contact time with tutors Annual Field trips to design capitals: Barcelona, Berlin, London, Milan, Rome and Stockholm Student exhibitions and design competitions Erasmus exchange course with partner European universities offering the opportunity to study abroad for up to a year AWARD/LEVEL: Level 8 CAO CODE: SG345 NUMBER OF PLACES: 32 DURATION: 4 years 2012 POINTS: 235 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Architectural Context and Theory Construction and Architectural Technology Studio Skills: Architectural Representation Building Science and Technology Visual and Material Culture Architectural Studio Visual Literacy Professional Studies Studio Skills Architectural Representation IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN

80 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture RIBA Part 1 (continued) SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN Other Essential Information Professional Accreditation The BA (Honours) in Interior Architecture RIBA Part 1 programme has been awarded Part 1 Accreditation by The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). It is currently the only programme in Ireland to be accredited by The European Council of Interior Architects (ECIA). The combination of expertise and professional accreditation will provide graduates with the unique skills set desired by industry both nationally and internationally. Further Study Opportunities RIBA Part 1 Accreditation will allow graduates to progress onto other RIBA Part II Architectural courses and enhance their many possible career options. Career Opportunities Architects work in a variety of environments including private practice, corporate offices and in the public sector. Our course gives students the opportunity to develop a broad range of transferable skills and architectural understanding that enable them to work worldwide. Many of our graduates go into architectural practice while others pursue further academic study in areas of architecture, interiors, energy management, project management, landscape design, urban design, furniture design or heritage and conservation of historic buildings. Course Transfer All prospective students wishing to transfer from other architectural or architecturally-related course will be required to demonstrate they have met the required learning outcomes during an interview and portfolio review process as per procedures set out by the RIBA criteria which form part of the conditions for professional validation. 78 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

81 IT Sligo Graduate Profile NAME: Leonie Cornelius IT SLIGO COURSE: Honours Bachelor Degree in Interior Architecture YEAR OF GRADUATION: 2006 OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: Diploma in Garden Design, Hampton Court KLC University in London WHERE ARE YOU FROM: Sligo Awards Silver Gilt in Bloom in the Park 2013 Gold medal and Best in Category in Bloom in the Park 2012 Winner of RTÉ Super Garden course 2012 Why did you choose your course? The course at IT Sligo was exactly what I was looking for with regard to the design and architecture combination. I loved the idea that it was creative, technical and challenging and right on my doorstep too! Why did you choose IT Sligo? The course places a high emphasis on technical ability, design practice and theory which helped build up my technical knowledge as well as giving me the opportunity to work creatively and use my imagination. Two major annual design projects saw all areas covered as they would be in a real work setting, equipping us with the necessary skills for a realistic interior architecture project. My own designs included a high spec fashion design house, a Japanese zen youth hostel, a seashell-inspired crèche using sustainable and ethically-sourced materials, a shoji screen bamboo college café, an architect s cliff top studio, a floating concrete spiral staircase, as well as designs for lamps, furniture and major outdoor landscaping. What is your current role/job? I am working for myself and enjoying it so much. The current economic climate means that many designers have to rethink how they approach employment or selfemployment and it really means being more creative and inventive. My company, Blume Design House, specialises in creating the highest quality design both inside and outside and strives to create extraordinary design for the client. As an interior architect and garden designer, I draw inspiration from natural prairie planting styles as well as clear architectural lines and symmetries, resulting in an exciting synthesis of old and new nature and architecture working in perfect harmony. How did the course prepare you for this role? The course was great for building your creative portfolio. The fact that the course was incredibly challenging made me grow as a designer so much. I went on to study Garden Design in London after this course and found that bringing the two together created a really exciting and new field. The inside-outside connection has always fascinated me! Is there anything else you would like to say to our prospective and current students? Be sure that the course is the right one for you. The technical aspects can be very challenging but will stand to you forever! IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

82 Master of Arts in Interior Architecture SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN AWARD/LEVEL: Masters Degree (Level 9) NUMBER OF PLACES: 16 DURATION: 2 years FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Masters Studio Environmental Buildings Analysis Architectural Research Methods Interiors without Boundaries Innovative Building Conservation Contemporary Furniture Design Energy and the Built Environment Architectural Dissertation Professional Practice Programme Summary The Masters in Interior Architecture, Level 9, is a two-year full-time course concentrating on advanced interior architectural design. This is the first Masters in Interior Architecture in Ireland. The course is concerned with exploring new, exciting and creative ways to re-imagine our existing built environment through the adaptivereuse, refurbishment, restoration and conservation of existing buildings and spaces. The course seeks to draw inspiration from our physical location on the edge of the Atlantic and the cultural creative energy of the region. We encourage a critical awareness and innovative approach to design, providing a forum for debate, discussion and research through lectures, seminars, interactive workshops and elective modules. An exciting panel of guest experts contribute a diverse body of specialist information and inspiration throughout the year. Course Structure and Content The Masters Design Studio forms the core of the curriculum where innovative design propositions are generated and explored. As a student, you are encouraged to develop personal interpretations and influences in order to develop a specialist concentration evolving from your choice of elective focus streams: interiors without boundaries; innovative building conservation; contemporary furniture design; and energy and the built environment. Mandatory modules include Environmental Building Analysis, Architectural Research Methods, Specialist Dissertation and Professional Practice. Modules YEAR 1 Credits Masters Studio 1 M 40 Environmental Buildings Analysis Architectural Research Methods Interiors without Boundaries Innovative Building Conservation Contemporary Furniture Design Energy and the Built Environment Modules M 5 M 5 E 5 E 5 E 5 E 5 Credits Masters Studio 2 M 40 Architectural Dissertation Professional Practice YEAR 2 M 15 M 5 Students must take 120 credits for MA award 60 credits to be taken in each year (M=mandatory / E=elective) The course is guided by the principle that in order to inspire innovation it is necessary to mediate between the global and the local, rooting resources in culture, distinctiveness, identity, meaning and sense of place. Despite the fact that many other contemporary arts are deeply embedded in the northwest the built environment does not have a forum for critical debate, discussion and research at present. 80 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

83 The MA in Interior Architecture at IT Sligo offers significant potential to address this issue and to establish a cross-disciplinary approach to local design and planning development decisions. This course brings a critical awareness and innovative approach to developing the existing vision for our BA (Honours) Interior Architecture degree Existing Buildings A focus on new and exciting ways to re-imagine our existing built environment through utilising a broad spectrum of adaptive re-use typologies Interior A vision of architecture where the interior environment is both influenced by, and influential upon, the architectural whole Place A connectedness to place through interpreting and responding to the characteristics embodied in existing buildings, with an awareness of the wider context and existing community and the occupation of space Environment Integrated technologically informed solutions which acknowledge environmental responsibility as an underlying philosophy for architectural design. The Unique Learning Experience Students have an opportunity to generate their own personal topic for both their Design Thesis and Written Thesis projects. They are expected to take responsibility for their personal development across all areas of study to expand their own individual and unique intellectual strengths and creative skills creating an individual academic portfolio of design work by the end of the course. The learning experience is accessible, experiential, self-directed and supported in order to promote both independence and responsibility as part of a design team. Our graduates are confident, critical thinkers with a personal vision toward quality design, equipped to become active and enthusiastic participants within their local communities and with the potential to transfer these skills to a global context. Other Essential Information Professional Accreditation Our MA in Interior Architecture provides an internationally recognised level of architectural education and training aligned with best practice and a regional ethos. The course is internationally accredited by the European Council of Interior Architects (ECIA). The combination of expertise and professional accreditation will provide graduates with a unique skill set desired by industry both nationally and internationally. Career Opportunities MA Interior Architect graduates work in a variety of environments including private practice, corporate offices and in the public sector. Our course gives graduates the opportunity to develop a broad range of transferable skills and architectural understanding that enable them to work worldwide. Many of our graduates go into architectural practice and specialise in areas such as adaptive re-use, energy management, project management, bespoke furniture design or heritage and conservation of historic buildings. Course Transfer All prospective students wishing to transfer from other architectural or architecturally related courses will be required to demonstrate they have met the required learning outcomes during an interview and portfolio review process. SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

84 Computing Courses Overview Globally, the computing industry is worth billions of Euro. With unprecedented growth in networks, mobile technology, the explosion in social media as well as the continuing worldwide demand for high performing software in business and manufacturing, the requirement for qualified Information Technology specialists shows no sign of diminishing. There is constant demand for enthusiastic and wellqualified software engineers: project managers; database application specialists; internet designers and developers; business systems analysts; interface designers; web developers and information security analysts. Our courses share a common first year after which you may choose to commit to a particular stream. We have designed our courses so that the material covered encompasses a broad range of industry skills. In Year 3 each student benefits from a work placement with a relevant industrial or business organisation. The range of career opportunities open to you is vast. You can specialise in any one of a number of roles: games developer; web developer; software engineer; software developer or analyst. There is a constant demand for enthusiastic and well-qualified software engineers: system software coursers; project managers; database application specialists; internet designers and developers; business systems analysts; user experience (UX) practitioners, interface designers, information architects; information security analysts; client/server application developers. In the networking field, our graduates will be qualified for a number of mission critical positions including: network installer; network administrator; telecoms engineer; network architect; network engineer; system administrator; system engineer; project manager. Progression Chart PhD by Research Level 10 Masters by Research Level 9 BSc in Computing in Software Development Level 8 (1 year add-on) BSc in Computing in Software Development Level 8 (1 year add-on) BSc in Computing in Systems & Networking Level 8 (1 year add-on) BSc in Computing in Software Development Level 8 (1 year add-on) BSc in Computing in Games Development Level 7 (3 years) BSc in Computing in Software Development Level 7 (3 years) BSc in Computing in Systems & Networking Level 7 (3 years) BSc in Computing in Web Development & Creative Media Level 7 (3 years) CAO Entry 82 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

85 Bachelor of Science in Computing in Games Development Programme Summary Games development is now a massive multimillion euro global industry. Xbox, Wii, PlayStation and iphone Apps are some examples but there are countless other businesses working on games and applications development. This course uses a software engineering approach to games development, combining study of the technical aspects of games programming, including artificial intelligence, with the principles of project management, quality assurance and organisational management. While focused on developing games software we provide a general grounding in software engineering to equip you with the breadth of skills to work in any aspect of the information technology industry. The course includes a work placement in Year 3. Other Essential Information Work experience can take place from April to September. The first placements began in Students may take placements in software development companies or games companies. Students have been placed in creative roles at Bioware, NeverMind Games and Ocean FM. In 2012 students also took the opportunity to set-up their own games company on campus in the Business Innovation Centre to develop their own title. Career Opportunities You can specialise in any one of a number of roles: games developer, web developer, software engineer, software developer or analyst. Further Study Opportunities Upon successful graduation you can progress to the Level 8 BSc (Honours) in Computing in Software Development which has advanced games programming options for Games students. AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Bachelor Degree (Level 7) CAO CODE: SG131 NUMBER OF PLACES: 30 DURATION: 3 years 2012 POINTS: 200 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Programming (C#) Windows and Web Programming Introduction to Systems and Networking Mobile Games Design and Development Games Culture and Appreciation Systems Analysis and Design Animation and Modelling 2D and 3D Games Development Project Management Software Quality and Testing SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

86 Bachelor of Science in Computing in Software Development SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Bachelor Degree (Level 7) CAO CODE: SG136 NUMBER OF PLACES: 30 DURATION: 3 years 2012 POINTS: 205 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Software Development Database Development Web Programming Systems Analysis and Design Mobile Development Project Management Software Quality Entrepreneurship Programme Summary The software industry is strong, providing specialist employment, with Ireland an important centre for localisation. The majority of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Ireland is from the US, amounting to over 600 companies employing 100,000 people. The Irish technology sector remains buoyant with Google, Facebook, Microsoft and ebay all having a major presence here. At IT Sligo our objective is to equip graduates with the skills to seek employment in this level of business. We constantly reassess course content to keep apace of emerging platforms and industry trends. You will undertake a work placement in the third year. This course takes into account the specific requirements of the global software industry and what it expects from graduates. Upon graduation you can progress to the BSc (Honours) in Computing in Software Development. Other Essential Information Work placement is an integral element of the course where students are placed for 4-6 months within industry in their final year. The course has been successful at making available excellent positions with leading companies throughout Ireland. Career Opportunities There is a constant demand for: enthusiastic and well-qualified software engineers; web application developers; mobile development; test engineers; front-end developers; project managers; database application specialists; internet designers and developers; business systems analysts; user experience (UX) practitioners; interface designers; information architects; information security analysts and client/server application developers. Further Study Opportunities On successful graduation you can progress to the BSc (Honours) in Computing in Software Development. 84 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

87 IT Sligo Student Profile NAME: Killian McCormack AGE: 21 IT SLIGO COURSE AND YEAR: Software Development Year 4 WHERE ARE YOU FROM: Sligo WHAT SECONDARY SCHOOL DID YOU ATTEND: Summerhill College, Sligo From a very young age I ve always really enjoyed computers and technology. The prospect of being at the forefront of such a cutting-edge field was very appealing. I was also very happy to discover that the sector is desperate for good graduates so job opportunities are very positive. What was it that attracted you to IT Sligo? I chose IT Sligo based on talking to previous students who held it in very high regard. I was told that the lecturers and facilities were excellent and that it is in great standing with many businesses and organisations with whom it has supplied graduates. What do you think of the course? As well as always being interesting and engaging, my course has afforded me a great many opportunities. The work experience in third year was invaluable and I am fortunate to have received a job offer from this once I graduate. I am also lucky to have been involved in the Institute s winning Irish Imagine Cup 2013 team and am looking forward to heading to Russia for the world finals. Why did you choose your course? From a very young age I ve always really enjoyed computers and technology. The prospect of being at the forefront of such a cutting-edge field was very appealing. I was also very happy to discover that the sector is desperate for good graduates so job opportunities are very positive. Tell us about any sport or societies that you are involved in: I ve been a member of the Traditional Society for two years and find that it is a great way of meeting other music players and improving my own ability. I especially appreciate the free guitar classes supplied which are also available for a wide variety of other instruments. If you were asked by someone thinking of coming here to study, to sum up IT Sligo in less than 20 words, what would you say? IT Sligo is a friendly college with great facilities and fantastic staff. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

88 Bachelor of Science in Computing in Systems and Networking SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) CAO CODE: SG137 NUMBER OF PLACES: 30 DURATION: 3 years 2012 POINTS: 145 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Programming (C#) Web Design and Digital Media Design (Year 1) Computer Systems and Hardware Operating Systems Routing Concepts and Protocols Telecommunications Database Development Computing Networking Games Culture and Appreciation (Year 1) Programme Summary Practically every business relies on its ICT network maintaining systems and launching new ones are critical. This role is the responsibility of the network systems administrator. This could be the perfect course for you if you see yourself in a professional position that requires great attention to detail, a high level of technical capability and the capacity to solve problems and think on your feet. As a network systems administrator your responsibilities include everything from activating accounts and security controls to installing and configuring routers, servers and switchers. You will also monitor network performance and troubleshoot problems. Our aim is to train systems and network experts who can work in virtually any industry that relies on these key business systems. Based on our discussions with, and feedback from, the information technology industry we have embedded a series of key skills in this course. These include the ability to test and evaluate hardware or software and solve problems with technology; design enterprise networks; secure computer resources; manage digital assets; systems and networking; programming; telecommunications; voice over IP; server management; database management and development; computer forensics; and innovation and teamwork. Other Essential Information The course includes a work placement in Year 3. Career Opportunities In the networking field, our graduates will be qualified for a number of mission critical positions, including: network installer; network administrator; telecoms engineer; network architect; network engineer; system administrator; system engineer; project manager. Further Study Opportunities Upon graduation you can progress to the BSc (Honours) in Computing in Systems and Networking. 86 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

89 Bachelor of Science in Computing in Web Development and Creative Media Programme Summary This course will give you the skills necessary to create professional websites and web applications. You will learn the mix of design and technical skills which are necessary to produce user-friendly, visually-appealing sites. Students will experience the whole process of web development, from requirement gathering through to deployment. This includes design, client side scripting and back-end programming. During the course you will learn how to work as part of a team to produce complete web solutions. You will work with clients gathering requirements, choosing technologies and programming the site. You will create sites which integrate with databases and make use of multimedia. Web development is a rapidly changing field. Our students will use the latest technology and techniques to ensure that their skills meet current industry needs. Students are always exposed to core concepts which will enable them to adapt quickly to changes in technology. Other Essential Information The course includes a five month work placement in Year 3. Career Opportunities Web designer, web developer, software developer Further Study Opportunities Students can progress to the Level 8 Honours degree in Software Development. AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Bachelor Degree (Level 7) CAO CODE: SG538 NUMBER OF PLACES: 30 DURATION: 3 years 2012 POINTS: 140 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Digital Media Design Web Design Web Programming Object Oriented Programming Client Side Scripting Database Personal and Professional Development Video and Animation Content Management Systems Digital Marketing SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

90 SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing in Software Development (add-on) AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8) NUMBER OF PLACES: 20 DURATION: 1 year (add-on) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Software Development Database Development Web Programming Systems Analysis and Design Mobile Development Project Management Software Quality Entrepreneurship Programme Summary We offer this course as an add-on year of study, leading to a BSc Honours in Computing (Software Development). Typically students, having completed our BSc in Computing in Software Development, are invited to progress to this fourth year of study. In this course we focus modules on advanced software development concepts and techniques. These contribute to the development of a significant individual and independent student project that you will undertake. The course has a particular focus on Microsoft technologies, currently in high demand. However, we also teach open-source community-developed platforms. The course content lends itself well to positioning you to take exams, leading to industry-recognised certifications. We have incorporated a number of key skills in the course, namely programming algorithms and software languages, internet design and deployment, mobile development, system methodologies and project management, research and problem solving, business principles and management practices, humancomputer interaction, web programming and Windows programming. Career Opportunities There is a constant demand for enthusiastic and well-qualified software engineers; web application developers; mobile development; test engineers; front-end developers; project managers; database application specialists; internet designers and developers; business systems analysts; user experience (UX) practitioners; interface designers; information architects; information security analysts and client/server application developers. Further Study Opportunities Graduates of this course are well placed to undertake further research leading to MSc and PhD qualifications. 88 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

91 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing in Systems and Networking (add-on) Programme Summary This course will give the student the opportunity to gain an honours degree in advanced aspects of computing, specifically systems and networking. Typically, applicants will have completed the Level 7 BSc in Computing in Systems and Networking (or equivalent). The core subjects are closely aligned with Microsoft and CISCO technologies and certification, enabling the student to learn with the latest tools/technologies and also to achieve industry-recognised certifications which are much sought after in the workplace. Graduates can progress to an MSc in Computing either taught or by research. Key Skills Design enterprise networks Secure computer resources Manage digital assets Test and evaluate hardware or software Research and problem-solving Business principles and management practices Telecommunications Networking Computer forensics and security Server management Career Opportunities In the networking field, our graduates will be qualified for a number of mission critical positions, including: network installer; network administrator; telecoms engineer; network architect; network engineer; system administrator; system engineer and project manager. Further Study Opportunities Graduates of this course are well placed to undertake further research leading to MSc and PhD qualifications. AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8) NUMBER OF PLACES: 20 DURATION: 1 year (add-on) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Implementing Advanced Switching Secure Converged Wide Area Networks Information Technology Management Entrepreneurship Implementing Advanced IP Routing Virtualisation Management Quality of Service in Converged Networks Virtualisation and Private Cloud Project Managing Behaviour in Organisations SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

92 Creative Design Courses Overview Creative design is part of everything around us. Good design affects our lives in every way from the cars we drive, the household utensils we use through to our phones, furniture and Facebook pages. Design is everywhere you look: in advertising, magazines, books, billboards and adshels, right down to the logo on your clothes. Everything you see has been designed by someone. And those designers were trained in the basics of design so that they in turn could come up with innovative ideas to enhance the world in which we live. It takes a lot of flair and thought to be a good creative designer. Here at IT Sligo we are in the business of training brilliant creative designers and have an outstanding record of success. Our aim is to stimulate students to take a unique view of design and follow their own ideas and style to become unique individual designers in their own right. There are many career opportunities for creative design professionals, for example, in design consultancy, design education, design management, the audio-visual sector, exhibition design, furniture design, services design and industrial design, interior design, multimedia and graphic design. Our courses also help you to develop highly transferable skills in visualisation, research, project management and communication. Progression Chart PhD by Research Level 10 Masters by Research Level 9 BA (Hons) in Creative Design Level 8 (1 year add-on) BA (Hons) in Creative Design Level 8 (4 years) BA in Creative Design Level 7 (3 years) CAO Entry 90 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

93 Bachelor of Arts in Creative Design Programme Summary This course is for you if you are a creative problem-solver and interested in becoming a designer. The world we live in needs good designers and this course will provide you with the opportunity to shape the world in which you live. Everything you use in everyday life has been creatively designed by someone. From the toothbrush you use first thing in the morning, the shoes and clothes you wear, the phones, cars and computers you use, the services you enjoy and the bed you sleep in last thing at night. During this exciting and challenging course you are given an in-depth education in creative design and, from day one, given real opportunities to work with companies and other outside bodies to develop essential, innovative and technical skills. Other Essential Information In Year 3 (semester six) students are offered several electives, including the option of work placement or study abroad on an Erasmus-approved international programme. Mathematics is not required for this course. Career Opportunities There are multiple career opportunities for creative designers in design consultancy; design education; design management; exhibition design; furniture design; industrial design; interior design; multimedia and graphic design. Further Study Opportunities Suitably qualified graduates may progress to the fourth stage of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Design. AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) CAO CODE: SG232 NUMBER OF PLACES: 32 DURATION: 3 years 2012 POINTS: 150 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Year 1 Creative Design 1 and 2 Visual and Material Culture 1 and 2 CAD for Design 1 and 2 Digital Media for Design 1 and 2 Visual Literacy Professional Practice 2 SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN Year 2 Creative Design 3 and 4 Visual and Material Culture 3 and 4 CAD for Design 3 and 4 Digital Media for Design 3 and 4 Professional Practice 3 and 4 (Marketing and Law) Year 3 Creative Design 5 Design in Context 1 CAD for Design 5 Digital Media for Design 5 Professional Practice 5 (Planning for Business) Semester 6 Options IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

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95 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Design Programme Summary If you are a creative problem-solver interested in becoming a designer of the future, this course is for you. It will provide you with the opportunity to shape the world in which you live. Everything from the toothbrush you use first thing in the morning, the shoes and clothes you wear, the phones, ipods, cars and computers you use, the services you enjoy, to the bed you sleep in last thing at night, has been creatively designed by someone. You will be provided with an in-depth education in creative design and, from day one, given real opportunities to work with companies and other outside bodies to develop essential innovative and technical skills. Other Essential Information In Year 3 (semester six) students are offered several electives, including the option of work placement or study abroad on an Erasmus-approved international programme. Career Opportunities There are many career opportunities for creative design professionals, for example, in design consultancy, industrial design, exhibition design, retail design, furniture design, the multimedia sector and services design, design education and design management. The course also helps you to develop highly transferable skills in visualisation, research, project management and communication. MODULES Year 1 Creative Design 1 and 2 Visual and Material Culture 1 and 2 CAD for Design 1 and 2 Digital Media for Design 1 and 2 Visual Literacy Professional Practice 2 Year 2 Creative Design 3 and 4 Visual and Material Culture 3 and 4 CAD for Design 3 and 4 Digital Media for Design 3 and 4 Professional Practice 3 and 4 (Marketing and Law) Year 3 Creative Design 5 Design in Context 1 CAD for Design 5 Digital Media for Design 5 Professional Practice 5 (Planning for Business) Semester 6 Options AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Degree (Level 8) CAO CODE: SG245 NUMBER OF PLACES: 32 DURATION: 4 years 2012 POINTS: 220 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie Year 4 Creative Design 7 and 8 Design in Context (Methodologies and Project Report) Digital Media for Design 7 Advanced Modelling and Simulation Professional Communications 1 and 2 SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN Further Study Opportunities You will be eligible to undertake further studies at Masters and PhD level. IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

96 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Design (add-on) SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Degree (Level 8) NUMBER OF PLACES: Subject to availability DURATION: 1 year (add-on) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Creative Design Design in Context (Methodologies and Project Report) Digital Media for Design Advanced Modelling and Simulation Professional Communications Programme Summary This course offers you an in-depth, student-focused education in creative design. Perhaps most importantly, it provides you with real opportunities to work with companies and organisations to develop the essential innovative, entrepreneurial and technical skills needed to be a designer. Other Essential Information The entry requirement for this programme is a Level 7 degree in a cognate area. Career Opportunities There are many career opportunities for creative design professionals, for example, in design consultancy, industrial design, exhibition design, retail design, furniture design, the multimedia sector and services design, design education and design management. The course also helps you to develop highly-transferable skills in visualisation, research, project management and communication. Further Study Opportunities You will be eligible to undertake further studies at Masters and PhD level. 94 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

97 IT Sligo Student Profile NAME: Damien Fee IT SLIGO COURSE: BA (Honours) in Creative Design, Year 4 WHERE ARE YOU FROM: Fermanagh, Northern Ireland PREVIOUS COLLEGE/SCHOOL: St Michael s College, Enniskillen The course is very exciting and unpredictable course, one minute you could be designing a hoover and the next be charged with solving the world s biggest problems! Why did you choose your course at IT Sligo? The layout of the course and the expertise of lecturers was a huge influence in my choice and also the atmosphere that exists between the current cohort of students is warm and friendly. Why did you choose IT Sligo/what was it that attracted you to IT Sligo? The initial feeling I got from IT Sligo was that of a family feel, that everyone knew everyone and it felt like a place where you could make new friends in an instant. This was important to me as I was the only person out of my grammar school applying to the college and therefore had to create a new circle of friends. What do you like best about the course? The course is very exciting and unpredictable course, one minute you could be designing a hoover and the next be charged with solving the world s biggest problems! The course allows you to find out exactly what you want to be, be it a product designer or embarking on a digital media career. What do you do in your spare time? In my spare time I love to play soccer on the brand new astroturf pitches at college and I am also a very keen musician. I was involved in various clubs and societies throughout my time in IT Sligo. What do you think of the course? I still have the same feeling now four years into my college life as I had at the start! It has a warm friendly atmosphere. The college focuses a lot of attention on putting the students first through its very effective Students Union. What do you intend to do when you finish here? Work or further study where, what institution would be your preference? Currently I am working in a team competing in the Microsoft Imagine Cup World finals which will take place in July in St. Petersburg, Russia. This will occupy most of my time up until the end of the competition and, hopefully, if all goes well we plan to create a start-up company. Maybe I ll be the next Steve Wozniak! IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

98 Fine Art Courses Overview Art brushes the dust of everyday life from the soul (Pablo Picasso) Our Fine Art courses introduce you to the dynamic and stimulating world of visual culture through the development of processes and techniques that enable you to engage with a diverse range of skills, media and critical thinking. The courses are positioned within the constantly changing world of contemporary art practice and produce graduates who are capable of working within this evolving environment. The unique aspect of the Fine Art courses at IT Sligo is the learning environment that incorporates an interdisciplinary approach to subjects and projects. Students work within a broad range of materials and disciplines while developing and enhancing their own technical, creative and critical pathways. The early stages of our course focus on the immersion in materials that is necessary for the confident building of personal strategies and self-expression. This is supported by peer-reviews, group critiques and one-to-one tutorials that reinforce the student s critical and aesthetic sensibilities. The practical areas are studio- and workshop-based which allow students to work within an environment that encourages independent thinking, yet benefits from peer support and learning. This is supplemented by the evaluation of both historical and contemporary art practise within the theoretical frameworks of Visual and Material Culture and History/Theory. As students progress they develop excellent research and critical skills that inform their personal creative body of work and have an opportunity to select, curate and exhibit their work in a contemporary external space. They are supported by a committed staff of researchers and practitioners with extensive experience of the cutting-edge world of contemporary art. Progression Chart PhD by Research Level 10 Masters by Research Level 9 BA (Hons) in Fine Art Level 8 (4 years) BA (Hons) in Fine Art Level 8 (1 year add-on) BA in Fine Art Level 7 (3 years) CAO Entry 96 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

99 Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art Programme Summary The BA in Fine Art (Level 7) introduces you to the theory and practise of Fine Art. Emphasis in the early stages is on building competencies and skills in a broad range of processes and materials, as well as encouraging curiosity, self-confidence and a contextual awareness that will enable you to make valuable contributions to the ever-expanding creative industries. This is a three-year ordinary degree that facilitates the learner in the development of the knowledge, skills and key competencies required in a Fine Art practitioner. Students study a range of subjects designed to build the core of experience necessary to develop confidence and assurance in their technical and critical pathways. This is done through immersion in a broad range of concurrent Fine Art subjects and media to achieve a detailed knowledge and understanding of Fine Art practice. Each stage aims to build on the student s competencies and experience and will afford them the opportunity to demonstrate a mastery of complex skills in a range of contexts. Semester 1, Painting, Printmaking, Ceramics, Visual and Material Culture, Visual Literacy, DLBM Semester 2, Painting, Printmaking, Ceramics, DLBM, Visual and Material Culture, Drawing Semester 3, Drawing, Painting, Visual and Material Culture, Electives: Ceramics, Printmaking, DLBM Semester 4, Drawing, Painting, Visual and Material Culture, Sculptural Studies, Electives: Ceramics, Printmaking, DLBM Other Essential Information A central element of the BA in Fine Art is engagement with external bodies through work placement and exhibition. This is done through the Work in Context module and the very welldeveloped visiting lecturer programme that reinforces the student s connection with contemporary art practise. The student s critical engagement with the creative industries is also evident in the graduating exhibition that is curated and held in an external public space. International trips also form a key part of the learning experience. Career Opportunities Over 70% of graduates in Fine Art are working within art-related fields, from practising artists to arts administration, teaching, art therapy, art and health programmes, illustration, animation, gallery ownership, journalism and other areas within the creative industries. The unique learning environment that encourages independent and critical thinking provides graduates with valuable life skills that allow them to adapt to the ever-demanding marketplace in a creative manner. Further Study Opportunities On successful completion of the BA in Fine Art (Level 7) you may progress to the BA (Honours) in Fine Art (Level 8, add-on) subject to the availability of places, or to related Level 8 courses at other third-level Institutions AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Bachelor Degree (Level 7) CAO CODE: SG231 NUMBER OF PLACES: 32 DURATION: 3 years 2012 POINTS: 695 combination of points and portfolio FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Ceramics Digital Media Printmaking Painting Drawing Visual Literacy Visual and Material Culture Sculptural Studies Practice Work in Context SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN Semester 5, Drawing, Practice, History/Theory of Art, Painting, Electives: Ceramics, Printmaking, DLBM Semester 6, Work in Context, Practice, Drawing IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

100 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Art (add-on) SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8) NUMBER OF PLACES: 20 DURATION: 1 year (add-on) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Critical Writing (Practise-based) Professional Practise Studio Practise Programme Summary An artist can show things that other people are terrified of expressing (Louise Bourgeois) This is a one-year add-on Honours degree in Fine Art. This course aims to produce a flexible, creative and resourceful graduate who has evolved their own specialisation within the area of Fine Art practise and who has developed the conceptual, critical and practical skills necessary to become a professional practising artist, an active participant in the cultural sector or a student at postgraduate level. The practise module spans both Semester 1 and 2, allowing the student time to explore and experiment within their conceptual and technical frameworks. This is supplemented by a professional practice module that is integrated with developments in-studio. In Semester 1, students submit an Extended Essay ( words) which critically evaluates the cultural conditions and theoretical frameworks that underpin a piece of independent research. Semester 2 offers the critical writing module positioning the student s work within various contexts as a means of deepening their engagement with their own studio practise. Other Essential Information The student s critical engagement with the creative industries is evident in the graduating exhibition that is curated and held in an external public space. The combination of studio, professional practise and critical writing provides students with an ideal platform to become professional practising artists and active contributors to the creative industries. Career Opportunities Fine Art graduates are particularly well equipped to translate their experiences and skills into diverse career paths. Graduates have pursued careers as practising artists, teachers, art therapists, art and health professionals, arts administrators, community art officers and many more areas within the cultural sector. Further Study Opportunities On successful completion of the BA (Honours) in Fine Art, students are eligible to progress to a range of postgraduate courses and PhD research. 98 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

101 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts Programme Summary The BA in Performing Arts (Acting/ Theatre Design) is unique in Ireland, offering tuition to Level 8 in the linked fields of Acting/Performance and Theatre Design. While each strand is specific to its own field, the academic team facilitates constructive connections between the two. Furthermore the common first year, and subsequent modules, thereafter ensures that designers and performers are familiar with each other s disciplines, modus operandi and requirements. This helps to ensure a mutual professional respect amongst professional practitioners and an understanding of the nature of collaboration in creating performance. The course is developed in consultation with practitioners in Ireland and internationally. It has the support of nationally- and internationally-acclaimed theatre and film practitioners as well as major locally-based arts organisations. The design strand is linked to the Abbey Theatre, allowing students the opportunity to gain access to rehearsals, the technical departments, work placements and backstage admission. Locally, the course benefits from its relationship with the Blue Raincoat Theatre Company, The Model Arts Centre and the Hawk s Well Theatre. Year 1: All students study acting, theatre design, voice and movement, culture, performance and representation, digital media, performance analysis and directing. Year 2: Students choose either acting or theatre design and specialise in their chosen pathway for the remaining 3 years, studying the common modules to both strands including culture, performance and representation, and directing. Year 3: In semester one, you will study acting/theatre design and directing, along with the common modules. Year 4: The focus is on professional practice. Leading practitioners from the industry discuss their work with you and offer specialist advice. Other essential information In semester two of Year 3, you are introduced to semester six which offers you (together with lecturers) the opportunity to elect chosen project(s) and see them through to their final conclusion. Some might include creative writing and realisation, a film project, a relevant semester in another third level college, projects in the field of theatre, as well as a 4-6 month placement of your choice. Career Opportunities There is a steady demand for qualified practitioners in the theatre and film industries. Graduates will be qualified to work either as an actor or designer for theatre, film and TV, or alternatively in a range of areas across the performing arts and creative industries in Ireland and internationally. Past graduates have: worked at the Abbey Theatre; taught FETAC courses in theatre and performance; set up their own theatre companies; had their play staged by Fishamble; worked for Livin Dred Theatre Company and worked on film sets in Ireland. AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Degree (Level 8) CAO CODE: SG241 NUMBER OF PLACES: 32 DURATION: 4 years 2012 POINTS: 260 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Acting Scenography Costume Design Directing Performance Analysis Physical Theatre Postmodern Performance Voice and Movement Studio Skills Culture, Performance and Representation SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN Further Study Opportunities You can continue to a Higher Diploma in Education, MA in Arts, MA in Education, MPhil in Theatre and Performance, or embark on a PhD. IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

102 IT Sligo Graduate Profile NAME: Caoimhe Cassidy IT SLIGO COURSE: BA in Performing Arts YEAR OF GRADUATION: 2012 WHERE ARE YOU FROM: Co. Meath Why did you choose IT Sligo? I had decided in my final year of secondary school that I wanted to pursue a career in acting. After much research I came across the Performing Arts course in Sligo. The prospectus really grabbed my attention and I wanted to know more about the course. Coming from Meath, I was unfamiliar with Sligo and what it had to offer. So I decided to attend the Open Day at the college to gather more information. not only was I impressed with the campus and its facilities, I learned much more about what the Performing Arts course had to offer. I knew there and then that this was the course for me. What do you think of the college? The college is fantastic. Compared to other colleges I had visited around Ireland, it wasn t half as daunting. It isn t too big and it s not too small either. The staff at IT Sligo are helpful and are always there to assist you with any problems you might have. There is a friendly atmosphere around the college which adds to the student experience. The facilities on campus are excellent. The new library is a great addition to the college because it s bright and spacious and it also gives students the option of studying alone or as part of a group if required. What did you think of the course? The course is brilliant! It was everything I expected and more. Class sizes are small in Performing Arts which is a bonus because you get to know everyone so much better. This also allows you to have a closer relationship with all the lecturers, who are amazing and are always there to provide their support and encouragement. Everyone does a common first year, which I think is great as it gives you a taste of both the acting and design strand and what they entail. I always knew I would choose acting, however, I think it s perfect for people who are a little unsure of what road they want to go down. The connections you will make on this course will benefit you immensely when you leave, and to be given the opportunity to work with top professionals from the industry is excellent. However, sometimes the biggest connections you make are with your classmates because you never know what people will get involved with when they leave college. Where are you working/studying now? I am currently working as Front of House Manager in Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin. It s an amazing job and I work with such talented, dedicated people. The job is very rewarding and I am so lucky to be immersed in theatre on a day-to-day basis. Acting is still my first passion though. I have recently finished a short film 6 Degrees of Limb Separation directed by Anthony White. In December of last year I worked with Livin Dred Theatre Company on their production of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas directed by Padraic McIntyre. I have also recently been involved in setting up a new theatre company with some other graduates from Performing Arts. Angle Road is the name of our new theatre company. We are currently busy with rehearsals for our first production of My First Gun written by Marlene McCormack, which will feature in the Galway Arts Festival this summer. How did the course prepare you for this role? The course prepared me on so many levels. It strengthened my acting ability and my confidence and it provided me with the knowledge and skills I needed to go out into the industry and start making work for myself. There was always a big emphasis on making your own work, which can seem a little frightening at times, however Performing Arts provides students with important skills such as how to work as part of a team, be innovative and be able to manage. These skills are crucial when setting up a theatre company or making your own work. Any advice for first years? Enjoy it. Four years goes by pretty fast. Be dedicated and study hard, but don t forget to have fun as well. College years are the best years of your life create memories to have forever. 100 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

103 IT Sligo Graduate Profile NAME: Lydia Concannon IT SLIGO COURSE: BA (Honours) in Performing Arts YEAR OF GRADUATION: 2012 WHERE ARE YOU FROM: Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo WHAT SECONDARY SCHOOL DID YOU ATTEND: Ballyhaunis Community School I chose IT Sligo because it is well-known for having the facilities and lecturers to nurture creative and innovative students. Also, I wanted to study in the west of Ireland. Why did you choose your course? I choose the BA in Performing Arts because I felt that as a creative person I never really benefited from the standard educational system. I wanted a course that didn t just involve sitting in a classroom memorising reams of information. I wanted a course that would nurture my innovative streak, involve theatre and English and allow me to experience design and acting before choosing which area I wanted to specialise in. Why did you choose IT Sligo? I chose IT Sligo because it is well-known for having the facilities and lecturers to nurture creative and innovative students. Also, I wanted to study in the west of Ireland. What is your current role/job? At present I am a freelance set designer in Galway. I finished up the Yeats design residency in February 2013 from which I came away with some invaluable practical experience. The course provides you with a large skill base. As well as designing, I have begun to write scripts a lot more. I am in contact with a number of well-established Galway writers, theatre practitioners and directors and am currently working on getting some of my scripts produced. How would you describe the job you are doing? Working freelance suits me. It allows me to apply myself to short-term projects and have intense periods of work. I enjoy focusing on multiple projects and also like to keep creating new work. Going from project-to-project also allows me to meet new creative people and build a strong base of contacts. How did the course prepare you for this role? I think students in IT Sligo are not spoon-fed. This allows the freedom to put their own creativity, spirit and energy into their work. The Performing Arts course developed me as a creative person but also taught me how to collaborate, negotiate, compromise and how to be innovative. In Semester 8, I worked as a director and designer alongside some of the Fine Art students creating a short film. This allowed me to put my skills into practice. Is there anything else you would like to say to our prospective and current students? The BA in Performing Arts offers a unique college experience. It is an intimate course which allows you to create strong relationships with both students and lecturers. A lot of the lecturers teach from firsthand experience within the theatre world. Along with teaching the syllabus, they impart knowledge from their own working life and the ins and outs of what they learned along the way. Lydia proved to be a very versatile and adaptable student who quickly rose to the challenge of working in this (the professional theatre) environment I have little doubt that with further professional experience she will become very capable in the design field. Gavin Harding, Technical Director at The Abbey Theatre IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

104 Electronic Engineering Courses Overview Electronic engineering is all about the technology of electronic circuits and systems, and is one of the major branches of electrical engineering. Electronic engineers use a comprehensive scientific knowledge of the effects and behaviour of electrons to construct devices, systems or equipment that uses electricity as part of its source of power. Electrical components may include capacitors, diodes, resistors and transistors. Typically, if you are an electronic engineer you will design and develop components and systems, testing them and ensuring they work properly. You will have a detailed understanding of the way in which electricity controls equipment. Electronic engineering is evident in the world around us. Examples of its relevance and use include mobile phones, nanotechnology, radio and satellite communication and robotics. Specific areas of work will include control engineering, instrumentation, signal processing and telecommunications. Our BEng Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) courses course are accredited by Engineers Ireland to Associate Engineering level. Our courses allow you to pursue a career anywhere in the electronics, software or manufacturing industry. You can work in areas such as embedded hardware, PCB design, embedded software, digital signal processing, audio engineering, information technology and telecommunications. Career opportunities exist for our honours graduates in software engineering, hardware design engineering and research and development. Progression Chart PhD by Research Level 10 Masters by Research Level 9 BEng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering Level 8 (1 year add-on) BEng in Electronic Engineering Level 7 (3 years) CAO Entry 102 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

105 Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering Programme Summary Our BEng in Electronic Engineering begins with a general introductory year which shares some common modules with mechatronics and mechanical Engineering. In the second and third year the focus moves on to the fundamental principles of electronic engineering and the study of embedded systems. An embedded system is a combination of computer hardware and software (also known as firmware), and perhaps additional mechanical or other parts, designed to perform a specific function. Applications of embedded systems are products such as mobile phones, MP3 players, medical diagnostic equipment, digital guitar effect pedals, voice recognition systems, computer game consoles, engine management systems and aircraft guidance systems. We have ensured that computer programming is an integral part of this course. It is introduced for the purpose of writing software for PCs as well as firmware for dedicated microprocessor-based embedded systems. Career Opportunities This course is accredited by Engineers Ireland to Associate Engineering level. Our course allows you to pursue a career anywhere in the electronics, software or manufacturing industry. You can expect to work in areas such as embedded hardware, PCB design, embedded software, digital signal processing, audio engineering, information technology and telecommunications. Further Study Opportunities Successful graduates can progress to the one-year add-on Honours Degree Level 8 in Electronic Engineering at IT Sligo. AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) CAO CODE: SG337 NUMBER OF PLACES: 32 DURATION: 3 years 2012 POINTS: 140 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Data Communications C Programming Embedded Programming Audio and Image Processing Digital Signal Processing Mathematics Software Engineering System Design, Integration and Test Mobile Applications Programming Project Electronic Engineering SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

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107 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electronic Engineering (add-on) Programme Summary In this electronic engineering course you will investigate platforms for implementing advanced embedded systems in some of the most innovative fields of engineering, including digital signal processing and programmable logic technology. These are typically 32-bit RISC processors, DSPs, FPGAs and configurable systems on chip technology. These platforms may also incorporate the use of a real-time operating system (RTOS). An important application area for advanced embedded systems is audio and image processing. Other Essential Information The entry requirement for this course is an over 50% average grade at Level 7 in Electronic Engineering or a related discipline. Applicants with other qualifications and/or with relevant industrial experience will also be considered. Career Opportunities Our course allows you to pursue a career anywhere in the electronics, software or manufacturing industry. You can work in areas such as embedded hardware, PCB design, embedded software, digital signal processing, audio engineering, information technology, telecommunications, software engineering, hardware design engineering and research and development. Further Study Opportunities Successful graduates can progress to various taught Masters courses in IT Sligo and elsewhere or further to Masters and PhD research. AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Degree (Level 8) NUMBER OF PLACES: 32 DURATION: 1 year (add-on) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Programmable Logic Technology Real-Time Operating Systems Operating Systems Interfacing Mathematics Advanced Embedded Systems Advanced Embedded Programming Operations Management Digital Signal Processing Project Electronic Engineering SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

108 Mechanical Engineering Courses Overview Mechanical Engineering is a broad field of engineering which is concerned with the design, manufacture, testing and operation of products, machines and processes. Design is a key activity undertaken by mechanical engineers; they are involved in the design of the many products, machines, tools and processes encountered in everyday life. These include medical devices, domestic appliances, car and aircraft parts, agricultural machinery, power generation and energy conversion equipment. All of the production tooling, machinery and equipment used in manufacturing are designed and built by mechanical engineers. In order to design and make products, mechanical engineers must possess detailed technical knowledge and apply a range of engineering skills. Successfully taking an idea from initial concept through prototype development to the finished product involves insight, creativity and a deep understanding of analytical techniques, engineering materials and production processes. The manufacturing industry relies heavily on mechanical engineers for its smooth running and effective operation. They must be familiar with all aspects of production technology and material processing and are employed to ensure that the manufacturing process is operated in an efficient, sustainable and commercially viable manner. Modern manufacturing companies employ a range of management techniques to control their processes and mechanical engineers must therefore possess the managerial knowledge and personal skills necessary to interact and communicate with individuals and teams. Mechanical engineers understand how mechanical systems work, how they are designed, fabricated and controlled and are therefore essential for the development of the innovative products and processes demanded by contemporary society. Progression Chart PhD by Research Level 10 Masters by Research Level 9 BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering Level 8 (1 year add-on) BEng in Mechanical Engineering Level 7 (3 years) CAO Entry 106 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

109 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering Programme Summary The aim of this course is to provide graduates with the skills necessary to pursue a career in mechanical engineering and design in engineering companies and advanced manufacturing industry. It provides a solid foundation in engineering science and applied mathematics, addresses all general mechanical engineering technologies and includes significant practical project work in design and manufacture. A cohesive set of modules are delivered to ensure graduates are prepared for industry and/or progression onto higher level courses, while also enhancing leadership and communication skills and promoting an understanding of the broad social and economic impact of engineering. The course has been designed to ensure that graduates are competent in computer-aided design, automation technology, fabrication and manufacturing technology. Graduates will possess a thorough understanding of engineering materials, mathematics and scientific principles and will have experience of solving typical analytical problems and undertaking integrated practical projects in mechanical engineering. Other Essential Information On this course, which is accredited by Engineers Ireland, analytical and practical skills are reinforced through challenging individual and group projects. Examples of group projects in the past have included the design, construction and testing of automated assembly machines, wind turbines, hovercrafts, go-karts, bale splitters, compactors and CNC machines. Career Opportunities Graduates are employed as technicians, technologists and associate engineers working in mechanical engineering companies and manufacturing industry. Roles include product/machine design and development, fabrication, testing, maintenance and repair, energy utilisation and project management. Companies include manufacturers of pharmaceutical and medical devices, electronics, automobile and computer components, and those in renewable and sustainable energy. Further Study Opportunities Graduates who achieve an average mark of 50% in this course are eligible to progress to the BEng (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering (Level 8) at IT Sligo or related Level 8 courses at other third-level institutions. AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) CAO CODE: SG333 NUMBER OF PLACES: 64 DURATION: 3 years 2012 POINTS: 155 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Automation Technology Computer Aided Design and Manufacture Electrical and Electronic Principles Engineering Design Engineering Materials Engineering Science and Physics Integrated Project Manufacturing Technology Mathematics Mechanics and Dynamics Quality and Project Management Thermodynamics and Fluids SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

110 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering (add-on) SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Degree (Level 8) NUMBER OF PLACES: 32 DURATION: 1 year (add-on) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Control Engineering and Sustainability Dynamics Engineering Design, Analysis and Simulation Engineering Materials Fluids Mathematics Mechanics Operations Management Project/Thesis Thermodynamics Programme Summary This course builds on the knowledge and skills gained at Level 7 to develop a deeper understanding of more complex engineering concepts. Computer analysis plays an increasing role, with finite element analysis used to study stresses in components. Mechanism analysis is used to simulate the movement of mechanisms and to analyse the forces generated. The course covers a broad range of available materials from metals and polymers to ceramics and composites. Mechanics studies stresses in parts and how materials fail, while Dynamics studies the behaviour of objects in motion. Engineering Design addresses practical aspects of design such as gear and bearing selection. Thermodynamics focuses on heat transfer while Fluid Mechanics analyses the flow of liquids and gasses. There is an increased emphasis on the management of manufacturing activities in companies. The course also addresses the area of energy and the environment to give students an appreciation of energy usage and conservation. Other Essential Information The final project/thesis is an important aspect of the course as it allows the student to demonstrate their ability to apply knowledge and skills gained in other subjects. Projects may be in the areas of design, computer simulation or can be experimental in nature. Typical projects are: gearbox simulation, analysis of vehicle suspension, analysis of lift and drag on an aerofoil section, design and test pressure, volume and temperature apparatus. Entry Requirements Over 50% average grade at Level 7 in BEng Mechanical Engineering or related discipline. Applicants with other qualifications and/or relevant industrial experience will also be considered. Career Opportunities Mechanical Engineers are involved in the design, analysis, manufacture, testing and inspection of mechanical components and devices. In addition to finding employment in companies involved in manufacturing mechanical products, mechanical engineers are also involved in supporting the manufacture of various other product types, ranging from automotive and electronic component to pharmaceuticals. Further Study Opportunities Students with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering can progress to Masters Degree or PhD level at IT Sligo or at other institutions. Masters degrees may be taught or research-based. 108 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

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112 Mechatronics Courses Overview Mechatronics is the integration of electronic engineering, electrical engineering, computer technology and control engineering with mechanical engineering. Engineers and technicians in modern industry require skills and knowledge that are not confined to a single subject area. The IT Sligo Mechatronics course provides an educational path through this exciting and rapidly developing area of expertise. Progression Chart PhD by Research Level 10 Masters by Research Level 9 BEng (Hons) in Mechatronic Engineering Level 8 (1 year add-on) BEng in Mechatronic Engineering Level 7 (3 years) CAO Entry 110 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

113 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics Programme Summary This three-year course develops knowledge and skills in electrical, electronic, control and mechanical engineering. Modern manufacturing and process industries are highly automated and the associated plant is composed of a hybrid of all of the above technologies. The mechatronics graduate must also have skills in programming, design, automation, mathematics, management and communications. These knowledge streams are developed through each section of the course. Career opportunities in mechatronics are extensive and the majority of students find employment immediately after graduation. The course is accredited to the level of Associate Engineer with Engineers Ireland. Career Opportunities Manufacturing, maintenance, design, process control, aerospace, management. Further Study Opportunities Suitably qualified graduates may progress on to the BEng (Honours) in Mechatronics (Level 8). AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) CAO CODE: SG334 NUMBER OF PLACES: 32 DURATION: 3 years 2012 POINTS: 175 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN Introduction to Engineering Mechatronics Technology Electromechanical Technology Electronics Instrumentation and Control Computer Integrated Manufacturing Industrial Data Communication SCADA Project Management Project IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

114 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronics (add-on) SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Degree (Level 8) DURATION: 1 Year full-time, 2 years via online delivery FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Energy & Utilities Management Power Electronics & Drives Control Systems Analysis & Design Mathematics Operations Management Mechatronics project Industrial Networks Programme Summary Mechatronics is the combination of mechanical, electrical, electronic, robotic and computing systems that are used in modern manufacturing industries. It involves the study of automation from an engineering perspective with a view to controlling these advanced hybrid systems in a variety of industrial settings. Students will learn how to design, build and control the machines and processes that are found in the biomedical, automotive and high volume manufacturing sectors to name but a few. The course focuses on enhancing skills in the areas of control, electronics, plant management and networking technologies. Strong emphasis is placed on project work which allows the student to develop their abilities in the areas of research, design, implementation, reporting and time management. Other Essential Information Over 50% average grade at Level 7 in Mechatronics or a related discipline. Applicants with other qualifications and/or relevant industrial experience will also be considered. Career Opportunities As a Mechatronics graduate you will be equally at home in the electronics or mechanical domain and will specialise in the interfacing of computer-controlled systems with automated manufacturing processes. Opportunities exist in the biomedical/ pharmaceutical/electronics/food processing and manufacturing sectors. Further study opportunities Successful graduates of this course can progress to Masters Degree or PhD level at IT Sligo or at other institutions. Masters degrees may be taught or research-based. 112 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

115 IT Sligo Graduate Profile NAME: Gerry Nellany IT SLIGO COURSE: BEng (Honours) in Mechatronics (Level 8) YEAR OF GRADUATION: 2012 OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: BEng (Ord) in Mechatronics (Level 7) WHERE ARE YOU FROM: Sligo WHAT SECONDARY SCHOOL DID YOU ATTEND: Coláiste Mhuire, Ballymote, Sligo I now work for a company called Cymer, Inc. Cymer uses a high powered laser system which can run up to 40,000 watts. The laser is used to shoot very small droplets of tin 30 micro meters away which create a light called Extreme Ultra Violet Light which is then used to create burn lines into silicon wafers. Why did you choose your course? I did LCVP in school and was put with an electrician. He brought me into a factory and explained automation. As soon as I saw this I thought it was the coolest thing I had ever seen. I then researched automation and learnt that this was just a small area of Mechatronics. I soon discovered that this field of engineering covers a vast range of electronic, mechanical and software engineering Why did you choose IT Sligo? IT Sligo at the time was the only college to do a Mechatronic course that covered a wide range of modules. This gave me the option of moving into different careers after I finished the course which is always a good thing to have in an unstable economy. What is your current role/job? I now work in the Netherlands as a Field Service Engineer for a company called Cymer, Inc. How would you describe the job you are doing? Cymer uses a high powered laser system which can run up to 40,000 watts. The laser is used to shoot very small droplets of tin 30 micro meters away which create a light called Extreme Ultra Violet Light which is then used to create burn lines into silicon wafers. This will create the next generation of computer chip which will extend from computer processor to the next iphones. How did the course prepare you for this role? When working with cutting edge technology trouble shooting, problem-solving and quick thinking is needed. The course at IT Sligo offers a lot of projects where problems would arise and you would need to make quick and durable fixes. A lot of the software and hardware I would have used in college is used in my job. Every summer I would go on work experience at a local factory and the skills I needed for the project there would be those that I had as theory in college, so it meant that I got to use these theories in real world situations. Is there anything else you would like to say to our prospective and current students? Create a study group, I was part of one in college. For some subjects you won t need help but on others you will and there will be subjects you need help in and the other members of the study group will help you. This was one of the biggest sources of help I had through college. We always pulled together for exams and because of this group I thankfully did not have to repeat any final year exams. My job is to operate and maintain this machine. IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

116 SCHOOL OF SCIENCE

117 Department of Environmental Science Applied Archaeology 116 Environmental Science 122 Science (General) 129 Occupational Safety and Health 130 Department of Life Sciences Biomedical Science 136 Forensic Science 140 Health Science and Physiology 144 Human Nutrition and Health 148 Pharmaceutical Science with Drug Development 152

118 Applied Archaeology Courses Overview Archaeology is the science of studying materials, artefacts, dwellings, bones, fossils and other evidence that gives us an understanding of the world in which we live. This includes everything from buried cities to microscopic organisms and covers all periods from the origins of humans millions of years ago to the remains of 20th and 21st century industry and warfare. Archaeology offers the only source of information about many aspects of our development over millennia and archaeologists help our understanding of geography, history, science, art, religion and technology. Our courses cover in detail the past 10,000 years of human activity in Ireland, ranging from the nomadic hunter-gatherers of the Mesolithic Era through to industrial archaeology of the 18th century. Emphasis is placed on scientific analytical techniques and applied field skills with lots of practical experience. We offer many unique modules not found on other courses including forensic archaeology, commercial archaeology, geophysical survey, geographical information systems, biomolecular archaeology. With unique antiquities located in Sligo and the west, this is the perfect location for aspiring archaeologists. The course also boasts dedicated training excavations that all students complete at the end of first year, opening up possibilities and giving them invaluable work experience. Archaeologists work in many organisations in areas such as archival work, archaeological fieldwork, laboratory study, working with local authority planning decisions for building and road development and conservation work in museums. A niche area, but one that is developing rapidly, is maritime and marine archaeology. Progression Chart PhD by Research Level 10 Masters of Science in Environmental, Health and Safety Management Level 9 (taught) or Masters by Research Level 9 BSc (Hons) in Applied Archaeology Level 8 (1 year add-on) BSc (Hons) in Applied Archaeology Level 8 (1 year add-on) BSc (Hons) in Occupational Safety and Health Level 8 (1 year add-on) BSc (Hons) in Applied Archaeology Level 8 (4 years) BSc in Applied Archaeology Level 7 (3 years) BSc in Applied Archaeology Level 7 (1 year add-on) HC in Applied Archaeology Level 6 (2 years) BSc in Occupational Safety and Health Level 7 (1 year add-on) CAO Entry 116 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

119 Higher Certificate in Applied Archaeology Programme Summary If you have an interest in how people lived in the past, enjoy working outdoors and would like to work in a challenging and rewarding field, this is an ideal course for you. This course covers in detail the past 10,000 years of human activity in Ireland ranging from the nomadic hunter-gatherers of the Mesolithic era through to the industrial archaeology of the 18th and 19th centuries within a wider European context. The unique nature of this course emphasises scientific analytical techniques and applied field skills with lots of practical experience. It offers many unique modules not found on other courses, including forensic archaeology, geophysical survey, zooarchaeology and many others. With the unique antiquities located in Sligo and the west, this is the perfect location for would-be archaeologists. The course also boasts dedicated training excavation that all students complete at the end of first year, opening up possibilities for further summer work in archaeology as a student. Other Essential Information A science subject at Leaving Certificate is not required for this course. Further Study Opportunities Suitably qualified graduates may progress on to the final year of the Level 7 Ordinary Degree in Applied Archaeology. Career Opportunities There is a growing interest in understanding the past and the legacy left to us by previous generations. Likely careers include archaeological consultancy (commercial archaeology), archaeological surveying and excavations, museums, and work with The National Roads Authority, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, local authorities and semi-state bodies. AWARD/LEVEL: Higher Certificate (Level 6) CAO CODE: SG403 NUMBER OF PLACES: 24 DURATION: 2 years 2012 POINTS: This is a new course starting in September 2014 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Archaeology of Ireland: Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Early Medieval, Later Medieval World Archaeology Archaeological Field School (Excavation) Post Excavation Analysis Information Technology Archaeological Scientific Analysis Archaeological and Geophysical Surveying Forensic Archaeology Environmental Archaeology Zooarchaeology SCHOOL OF SCIENCE IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

120 Bachelor of Science in Applied Archaeology SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) CAO CODE: SG438 NUMBER OF PLACES: 24 DURATION: 3 years 2012 POINTS: 235 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Irish and World Archaeology Archaeological Methods Information Technology and GIS Earth Science Archaeological and Geophysical Surveying Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology Environmental Archaeology Bio-Molecular Archaeology (DNA Analysis) Archaeological Field School (Excavation) Post Excavation Analysis Programme Summary If you have an interest in how people lived in the past, enjoy working outdoors and would like to work in a challenging and rewarding field, this is an ideal course for you. This course covers in detail the past 10,000 years of human activity in Ireland ranging from the nomadic hunter-gatherers of the Mesolithic era through to the industrial archaeology of the 18th and 19th centuries within a wider European context. The unique nature of this course emphasises scientific analytical techniques and applied field skills with lots of practical experience. It offers many unique modules not found on other courses, including forensic archaeology, commercial archaeology, geophysical survey, geographical information systems, bio-molecular archaeology and others. With the unique antiquities located in Sligo and the west, this is the perfect location for would-be archaeologists. The course also has a dedicated training excavation completed by all students at the end of first year, opening up possibilities for further summer work in archaeology as a student. Other Essential Information A science subject at Leaving Certificate is not required for this course. Further Study Opportunities Suitably qualified graduates may progress on to the final year of the Level 8 Honours Degree in Applied Archaeology. Career Opportunities There is a growing interest in understanding the past and the legacy left to us by previous generations. Likely careers include archaeological consultancy (commercial archaeology), archaeological surveying and excavations, museums, and working with The National Roads Authority, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, local authorities and semi-state bodies. 118 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

121 IT Sligo Graduate Profile NAME: Lisa Moloney IT SLIGO COURSE: BSc (Honours) in Applied Archaeology YEAR OF GRADUATION: 2011 WHERE ARE YOU FROM: Leitrim All the skills needed to carry out research were built up gradually over the four-year degree course. These included sourcing literature and being able to critically analyse and compare different articles and books. Why did you choose your course? I have always been interested in archaeology. I had been out of the education system for 21 years and when the opportunity arose to undertake a third level course I decided that Applied Archaeology had the most to offer me. The course encompassed a broad range of subjects which I felt would provide a really good grounding in all aspects of the subject. It not only offers modules on archaeological theory but also, uniquely in Ireland, provides training in a variety of archaeological science procedures. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to avail of hands-on experience of archaeological scientific techniques. Why did you choose IT Sligo? IT Sligo is the only third level institution in Ireland to offer an honours degree course in Applied Archaeology and that was the main factor which influenced my choice. Fortunately for me it is also the closest to my home in Leitrim, so I could commute to and from college relatively easily. What is your current role/job? I have just completed the first year of an MSc by research. I am using a non-destructive analytical technique, ATR-FTIR, to determine the provenance of some of the amber beads which have been recovered from prehistoric archaeological contexts in Ireland. As a result of the non-destructive nature of this technique it has been possible for me to analyse a large number of archaeological amber beads which were on loan from museums and archaeological companies. Non-destructive analysis of archaeological amber on this scale has never been done before in Ireland or indeed Europe. How would you describe the job you are doing? The research I am currently undertaking is very exciting. It is fascinating to examine and analyse amber beads which were in circulation around 3,000 years ago. By studying artefacts left behind by prehistoric communities in Ireland we can try to gain insights into what their lives might have been like. By applying different analytical techniques to some of these artefacts we can obtain additional information, for example, we can find out where the materials came from to make a particular object and this helps us to flesh out the picture of Irish prehistory. How did the course prepare you for this role? All the skills needed to carry out research were built up gradually over the four-year degree course. These included sourcing literature and being able to critically analyse and compare different articles and books. In addition, my own writing skills have developed, as has my computer literacy which was non-existent prior to beginning my degree! Excellent laboratory tuition was provided throughout, which has enabled me to confidently undertake a pioneering course of non-destructive analysis. Is there anything else you would like to say to our prospective and current students? It can be very daunting coming back to education after an extended break, it took me a while to adjust to college life and find my feet. Without a doubt the experience of third level was made a lot easier and more enjoyable by the encouragement and support provided by staff members at IT Sligo, including lecturers, librarians and laboratory technicians. IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

122 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Degree (Level 8) CAO CODE: SG446 NUMBER OF PLACES: 24 DURATION: 4 years 2012 POINTS: 295 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Archaeological Methods Information Technology and GIS Archaeological and Geophysical Surveying Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology Environmental Archaeology Bio-Molecular Archaeology (DNA Analysis) Archaeological Field School (Excavation) Post Excavation Analysis Landscape Archaeology Interpreting the Archaeology of Animals Deterioration and Conservation Project Programme Summary If you have an interest in how people lived in the past, enjoy working outdoors and would like to work in a challenging and rewarding field, this is an ideal course for you. This course covers in detail the past 10,000 years of human activity in Ireland ranging from the nomadic hunter-gatherers of the Mesolithic era through to industrial archaeology of the 18th and 19th centuries within a wider European context. The unique nature of this course emphasises scientific analytical techniques and applied field skills with lots of practical experience. The archaeology course at IT Sligo offers many unique modules not found on other courses, including forensic archaeology, artefact conservation, building survey, commercial archaeology, geophysical survey, geographical information systems and many others. The fourth year includes a variety of modules designed to help improve the interpretive and analytical skills of students through seminars and self-directed learning. With the unique antiquities located in Sligo and the West, this is the perfect location for would-be archaeologists. The course also has a dedicated training excavation that all students complete at the end of first year, opening up possibilities for further summer work in archaeology as a student. Other Essential Information A science subject at Leaving Certificate is not required for this course. Study Opportunities Honours graduates may have an opportunity to undertake research leading to MSc or PhD awards at IT Sligo or other third level Institutes. They are also eligible to progress into the one-year taught Masters in Environmental, Health and Safety Management at IT Sligo. Career Opportunities Typically, graduates from this course find employment in archaeological consultancy (commercial archaeology), archaeological surveying and excavations, research with museums, The National Roads Authority, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, local Authorities and semi-state bodies. 120 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

123 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology (add-on) Programme Summary If you have an interest in how people lived in the past, enjoy working outdoors and would like to work in a challenging and rewarding field, this is an ideal course for you. This course covers in detail the past 10,000 years of human activity in Ireland ranging from the nomadic hunter-gatherers of the Mesolithic era through to industrial archaeology of the 18th and 19th centuries within a wider European context. The unique nature of this course emphasises scientific analytical techniques and applied field skills with lots of practical experience. The archaeology course at IT Sligo offers many unique modules not found on other courses. These include forensic archaeology, artefact conservation, building survey, commercial archaeology, geophysical survey, geographical information systems and many others. The fourth year of this course includes a variety of modules designed to help improve the interpretive and analytical skills of students through seminars and self-directed learning. With the unique antiquities located in Sligo and the west, this is the perfect location for would-be archaeologists. The course also offers dedicated training excavation that all students complete at the end of first year, opening up possibilities for further summer work in archaeology as a student. Other Essential Information Candidates with a relevant Level 7 degree, such as the Bachelor of Science Applied Archaeology from IT Sligo, or similar, are eligible to apply. Study Opportunities Honours graduates may have an opportunity to undertake research leading to MSc or PhD awards at IT Sligo or other third level Institutes. They are also eligible to progress into the one-year taught Masters in Environmental Health and Safety Management at IT Sligo. Career Opportunities Typically, graduates from this course find employment in archaeological consultancy (commercial archaeology), archaeological surveying and excavations, research with museums, The National Roads Authority, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, local authorities and semi-state bodies. AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Degree (Level 8) NUMBER OF PLACES: 24 DURATION: 1 year (add-on) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Characterisation and Dating of Archaeological Materials Archaeology and Cultural Biographics Palaeopathology The Archaeology of Death Landscape Archaeology Advanced Topics in Archaeological Theory Anthropological Approaches to Archaeology Interpreting the Archaeology of Animals Deterioration and Conservation Project SCHOOL OF SCIENCE IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

124 Environmental Courses Overview The world is faced with a dilemma. The demand for materials and energy has never been greater, yet current supplies are predominantly dependent on dwindling natural resources. The extraction and use of fossil fuels, and the resulting emissions of carbon, has had major impacts on habitat, climate and biodiversity. Currently, there is an enormous global challenge to reverse these trends and to develop sustainable development models that have minimum impact on the environment. In the next 25 years Ireland will have to move to a society where energy systems are rooted in local green electricity, exporting to Europe; where buildings, industries and communities will have close to zero carbon emissions; where carbon neutral transport systems will be supplied from green electricity and biofuels; where Ireland becomes a major centre in sustainable technologies, and where all buildings are energy self-sufficient. Environmental Science is the study of physical, chemical, biological and human processes, the history of the Earth during the period of human occupancy, and the monitoring and management of natural and human-induced environmental changes. Environmental scientists develop their knowledge of observing and recording through fieldwork and practical study. Our Environmental Science courses are the longest running environmental science courses in Ireland (established in 1975) and have produced more graduates than any other environmental course. The aim is to provide the student with a range of skills in a variety of analytical laboratorybased techniques as well as ecological fieldwork used in environmental monitoring and assessment. Progression Chart PhD by Research Level 10 Masters of Science in Environmental, Health and Safety Management Level 9 (taught) or Masters by Research Level 9 BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science Level 8 (1 year add-on) BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science Level 8 (4 years) BSc in Environmental Protection Level 7 (3 years) BSc in Energy, Sustainability and the Environment Level 7 (3 years) BSc in Environmental Protection Level 7 (1 year add-on) CAO Entry 122 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

125 Bachelor of Science in Environmental Protection Programme Summary This is the longest running environmental science course in Ireland (established in 1975) and has produced more graduates than any other environmental courses. Its aim is to provide the student with a range of skills in a variety of analytical laboratory-based techniques as well as ecological fieldwork used in environmental monitoring and assessment. Course delivery involves a combination of field trips, laboratory work, site visits, project work and lectures. The first year is designed to give the student a foundation in the sciences. In the second and third years students learn techniques for determining the quality and characteristics of various components of terrestrial, air and aquatic environments and will be able to assess the effects of human activity on a variety of ecosystems. In third year, students work in teams to monitor the operation of laboratoryscale wastewater treatment plants and investigate the physical/chemical and microbiological effects of pollutants in rivers, lakes and groundwater. The effects of spreading animal slurries, biosolids and the disposal of effluent from septic tanks on soil and water quality are assessed as part of the course. Students are trained to assess the effects of pollutants on living organisms in the module on ecotoxicology. Other Essential Information A science subject at Leaving Certificate is not required for this course. Career Opportunities Typically, graduates from this course find employment as environmental officers in the environment and waste divisions of local authorities, industry, environmental consultancy companies or in government bodies such as the EPA, IFI, etc. As an environmental scientist you may be engaged in the implementation of EU and Irish legislation, environment protection and ecological conservation, investigation of pollution incidents, management of pollution control and recycling facilities, and measurement of soil, water and air quality. Further Study Opportunities Graduates may progress to the final year of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Environmental Science at IT Sligo. AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) CAO CODE: SG432 NUMBER OF PLACES: 32 DURATION: 3 years 2012 POINTS: 230 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Diversity of Life Cell Biology Earth Science Water Quality Microbiology Aquatic Ecology Environmental Toxicology Water and Wastewater Treatment Waste Management Bio-molecular Technologies SCHOOL OF SCIENCE IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

126 Bachelor of Science in Environmental Protection (add-on) SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) NUMBER OF PLACES: 32 DURATION: 1 year (add-on) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Air Quality Environmental Microbiology Sectoral Environmental Issues Environmental Toxicology Bio-molecular Technologies Water & Wastewater Treatment Ecological Monitoring Occupational Safety and Health Waste Management Law and Environmental Legislation Programme Summary This course is particularly suitable for those who already have a science qualification but wish to gain skills and a formal qualification in the environmental area. This course may be taken as a one-year add-on to the Higher Certificate in Science or to an Ordinary or Honours degree in a related science or engineering discipline. This course is the third year of the threeyear ab initio course (SG 432). Course delivery involves a combination of field trips, laboratory work, site visits, project/team work and lectures. The emphasis is on characterising and assessing the impact that pollutants have on the quality of the environment s principal components. This is studied in the various modules on offer and students acquire the skills to interpret the significance of data collected and present their findings in a variety of formats including oral presentations and written reports. Entry Requirement Higher Certificate in Science (biology, chemistry or other discipline) or an academic qualification (Level 7 or 8) in an appropriate area of biological/ chemical science or engineering obtained at a recognised university or other institution of higher education. Further Study Opportunities Suitably qualified graduates may progress on to the final year of the Level 8 degree Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science. Career Opportunities Typically, graduates from this course find employment as environmental officers in the environment and waste divisions of local authorities, industry, environmental consultancy companies or in government bodies such as the EPA, IFI, etc. As an environmental scientist you may be engaged in the implementation of EU and Irish legislation, environment protection and ecological conservation, investigation of pollution incidents, management of pollution control and recycling facilities, and measurement of soil, water and air quality. 124 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

127 Bachelor of Science in Energy, Sustainability and the Environment Programme Summary Do you want to do something practical? Are you interested in the environment? Like new technologies? If the answer is yes, this may be the course for you. The BSc in Energy Sustainability and the Environment at IT Sligo is the first integrated energy and environmental science degree on the island of Ireland. The course integrates current energy and renewable energy topics with the broad skill base of environmental science. It is a highly-focused course providing graduates with a practical skill set and substantial knowledge base, preparing them for current energy and environmental challenges and future issues in an ever-changing world. Year 1 An introduction to the world of environmental science and Earth s energy systems. At the end of the year students will have a good practical and theoretical grounding in the disciple of energy and environmental science. Year 2 Students will receive more in depth practical experience in clean technologies, building sciences, physics of energy, bioenergy, microbiology, ecology, meteorology, climate science and computer modelling using geographical information systems. Year 3 Modules focus on energy systems and their interaction with the environment. Students will become competent in the areas of renewable energy technologies, air quality, waste management, industrial energy, biofuels, sustainable development, law and health and safety. Why choose this course? It is the only one of its kind in Ireland, combining environmental and energy sciences. You will have a unique skill set with job prospects in Ireland and internationally. You will gain practical skills and work on a variety of novel projects in science, technology, bacterial analysis, ecology, climate science, renewable energies, growing biomass, making biofuels, building sciences, air pollution monitoring and sustainable development. You will learn through field trips and industrial site visits in addition to practical hands-on classes, using modern equipment in laboratories. You will meet professionals working in this area. You will be ready for work and for a changing future. Other Essential Information A science subject at Leaving Certificate is not required for this course. Career Opportunities Graduates will have a diverse skill set, allowing them to develop their career in a large number of different areas. The following are a few options: Energy, and renewable energy, sector Multinational healthcare and IT industries Environmental and engineering consultancies Clean technology sector Waste to energy facilities Agri-environmental sector (e.g. biomass and biofuels production) Local government (County Councils and Corporations) Civil services and semi-state sector (e.g. SEAI, EPA, Teagasc) Further Study Opportunities AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) CAO CODE: SG439 NUMBER OF PLACES: 32 DURATION: 3 years 2012 POINTS: 235 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Introduction to Renewable Energy Science of Buildings and Materials Clean Technologies Bioenergy, Biomass and Biofuels Renewable Energy Technology (advanced) Industrial Energy Systems Conventional Energy Systems Energy Management and Auditing Waste Management Geographical Information Systems and Digital Mapping If you graduate with an average mark of 50% or higher you may be eligible to progress to the BSc (Honours) in Environmental Science or the planned BSc in Energy and Environmental Science (expected to commence Sept 2015). Holders of an honours degree can progress to Masters and PhD level at IT Sligo or other third level institutions. IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and SCHOOL OF SCIENCE

128 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Degree (Level 8) CAO CODE: SG441 NUMBER OF PLACES: 32 DURATION: 4 years 2012 POINTS: 260 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Cell Biology Earth Science Environmental Microbiology Environmental Toxicology Air Quality Water and Wastewater Treatment Ecological Monitoring Energy Management Geographical Information Systems Environmental Nuisance 126 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015 Programme Summary Managing the environment is critical for the future of the planet and mankind. This course presents exciting opportunities and challenges to contribute in this important endeavour. Achieving the objectives of the course will involve a combination of field trips, laboratory work, site visits, significant project work, student self-learning, presentations, lectures and work placement. The first year comprises core science subjects such as earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, information technology and topical environmental issues. The second and third year mainly involve biological, microbiological, chemical, ecological and physical analyses of water, effluents, soils and air, and information and geographical information systems. The sources, treatment and the impacts of pollutants on the environment are also studied. Other Essential Information A science subject at Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for this course Key Skills The aim of this four-year honours degree course is to provide the student with a range of skills in a variety of analytical and laboratory-based techniques as well as ecological fieldwork used in environmental monitoring and assessment. Assess the quality and characteristics of various components of terrestrial, air and aquatic environments Assess the effects of human activity on ecosystems Learn techniques for measuring land, air and water quality Learn a range of chemical, physical, biological, microbiological, ecological and instrumentation techniques Study industrial/municipal and biological waste treatment and management Undertake environmental impact assessments Implement environmental management systems for organisations Examine legal requirements and policy: licensing systems for emissions to the environment, license compliance, prosecutions, public awareness Work placement in a variety of industries, environmental consultancies, local authorities, EPA and other regulatory bodies Learn how to present data and findings in a variety of presentation formats, oral and written Other Essential Information At the end of the third year students undergo a work placement for a period of three months in the environmental sections of industry, local authorities and other private and state bodies such as the EPA, the Fisheries Boards and the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland. Career Opportunities Typically, graduates find employment as environmental officers in local authorities, industry (food and beverages, chemical/ pharmaceutical waste management, energy production, minerals and metal, agriculture, wood processing etc.), environmental consultancy companies or in government bodies such as the EPA, IFI, etc. As an environmental scientist, you may be engaged in the implementation and/or enforcement of European Union and Irish legislation, environmental protection and ecological conservation, the management of pollution control facilities, and soil, water and air quality assessments. Further Study Opportunities Graduates may progress onto the oneyear taught Masters in Environmental, Health and Safety Management at IT Sligo. Alternatively, they may wish to undertake research leading to MSc or PhD awards at IT Sligo or other third level institutes.

129 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science (add-on) Programme Summary This course comprises the fourth year of the Level 8 BSc (Honours) in Environmental Science. Applicants should have achieved a relevant Level 7 degree such as a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Protection at IT Sligo. The course deals mainly with management issues in relation to environmental protection and pollution control, habitat conservation, recycling, energy and sustainability. It includes a combination of field trips, laboratory work, site visits, project work, presentations, lecturers and work placement. An important element of the final year is to undertake an individually-supervised research project in an area of the student s interest of environmental significance. Other Essential Information Candidates with a cognate ordinary Level 7 degree, such as the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Protection, are eligible to apply. At the end of the fourth year students undergo a period of work placement for three months in the environmental sections of industry, local authorities, and other private and state bodies such as the EPA, the Fisheries Boards and the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland. Career Opportunities Typically, graduates from this course find employment as Environmental Officers in the environment and waste divisions of local authorities, industry (food and beverage, chemical/pharmaceutical, energy production, minerals and metal, agriculture, wood processing, etc.), environmental consultancy companies or in government bodies such as the EPA, IFI, etc. As an environmental scientist, you may be engaged in the implementation of EU and Irish legislation, environment protection and ecological conservation, the management of pollution control facilities, and soil, water and air quality measurement. Career opportunities for graduates have increased significantly since the establishment of the EPA and the introduction of Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC)/ Waste Licensing and environmental management systems such as ISO and EMAS. Further Study Opportunities Graduates may progress to the one-year taught Master of Science in Environmental, Health and Safety Management at IT Sligo or undertake research leading to Masters and PhD qualifications at IT Sligo or other third level institutes. AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Degree (Level 8) NUMBER OF PLACES: 32 DURATION: 1 year (add-on) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Work placement Environmental Biotechnology Ecological Management Energy Management Environmental Management Systems Environmental Impact Assessment and Planning Geographical Information Systems Resource Management Research Methods Research project SCHOOL OF SCIENCE IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

130 Master of Science in Environmental, Health and Safety Management SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AWARD/LEVEL: Masters Degree (Level 9) NUMBER OF PLACES: 16 DURATION: 1 year FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Programme Summary This is a one-year full-time course aimed at honours degree graduates of science, engineering or related areas. Graduates will be able to manage the environmental, health and safety (EHS) affairs of organisations and will be capable of integrating these management strategies as part of the management of quality and other functions of organisations. Semester 1 Environmental Systems and Technologies Air Pollution and Noise Water, Wastewater and Ecology Waste and Energy Occupational Safety and Health Hazard Identification; risk management; accident prevention and investigation; construction, machine and electrical safety, handling, storage and transport of chemicals and hazardous materials. Occupational Hygiene assessment and control of exposures to biological, chemical and physical agents Occupational Health; ergonomics. Semester 2 Law of Safety and Health at Work Safety, Health and Quality Management Systems Environmental Policy and Planning and Environmental Impact Assessment Environmental Management Systems and Auditing Environmental Legislations Management Theory and Practice Dissertation 128 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015 The main focus is on the practical application of theory using a combination of individual effort and team work, practical assignments, site visits, report writing, presentations, auditing of organisations and a dissertation focusing on the implementation of one or more of the key areas of the EHS management. The taught element occurs over two academic semesters during which each student is assigned a dissertation supervisor. The write-up typically takes place from January to September. A dedicated classroom is provided for the course and is equipped with facilities for teaching, presentations, group discussion and has a dedicated computer for each student. Visits to industrial and municipal workplace form a significant part of the course. Other Essential Information Candidates with a Level 8 Honours Degree in science or engineering in a related area are eligible to apply. Further Study Opportunities Graduates may have an opportunity to undertake research leading to PhD award at IT Sligo or other third level institutions. Career Opportunities More and more organisations are now implementing EHS management systems based on international and European standards. These systems enable companies to take a proactive rather than a reactive approach to managing their EHS affairs. Since the introduction of the IPPC licensing under the EPA Act 1992, approximately 1,000 Irish organisations have been issued licenses, a condition of which includes a requirement to implement an Environmental Management System. Many others are also considering, or are in the process of installing, systems to ensure better management of their EHS affairs. Once these systems are implemented considerable resources are required for their continued operation, management and improvement.

131 Higher Certificate in Science Programme Summary This two-year course is designed as a foundation course in science and builds key skill sets in analytical science relating to current demand in the economy. It provides students with a core foundation in applied science and emphasises hands-on practical laboratory science. There are elective choices in Year 1 which allow students to experience thematic areas developed in Year 2. In the second year, students are allowed the flexibility to follow an applied science theme in either biology or chemistry. Further, it focuses on developing the student s knowledge, skills and competence in core areas of analytical science, biochemistry and microbiology whilst allowing the flexibility to specialise in their areas of elective choice. The electives allow a level of specialisation in biomedical, environmental or pharmaceutical science. Graduates may transfer to related degree courses in the area of environmental science, biomedical and pharmaceutical science or occupational safety and health. Other Essential Information A science subject at Leaving Certificate is not required for this course. Career Opportunities Graduates are employable as technical scientists in a wide range of industries and government sectors including the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, medical device, medical diagnostic, food and beverage and biotechnology sectors. These industries have a high profile in western and north-western regions. Graduates will also be suitable for employment in government and public agencies as analysts in a broad range of roles including environmental analysis. Further Study Opportunities Graduates will have strong analytical science skills and will be suitable for progression onto Year 3 of an ordinary degree (Level 7) and subsequently onto honours degree (Level 8) courses in environmental science, pharmaceutical science, medical biotechnology, or occupational safety and health. AWARD/LEVEL: Higher Certificate (Level 6) CAO CODE: SG401 NUMBER OF PLACES: 40 DURATION: 2 years 2012 POINTS: AQA All Qualified Applicants FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Practical Laboratory Skills in Analytical Methods used by Scientists Biochemistry, Microbiology and Analytical Chemistry DNA Technology, Immunology, Environmental Science, Pharmaceutical and Organic/Physical Chemistry Data Analysis Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills Communication and Information Technology Monitoring Environmental Quality SCHOOL OF SCIENCE IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

132 Occupational Safety and Health Courses Overview Occupational Safety and Health practitioners aim to promote awareness of health and safety in the workplace and make sure that high standards are achieved and maintained. Their main focus is on preventing work-related accidents and ill health. An increasingly important part of their role is to work closely with other professionals, such as occupational hygienists, occupational health advisers, ergonomists, human resources and training personnel, insurers, lawyers and workers representatives, to help resolve issues that may be a barrier to rehabilitating employees. Students study topics such as occupational health, Safety technology and behavioural safety, occupational hygiene, ergonomics, safety and risk management, Information technology, research methods and legal studies. On completion of our courses, graduates are qualified to take up any of the following roles: safety advisor, health and safety officer, safety training consultant, site safety officer and safety coordinator. The objective of these courses is to provide graduates with a high quality qualification in the broad multidisciplinary area of occupational health and safety which will enable them to take on roles with these responsibilities within industry or to work with a regulatory agency or consultancy firm. Progression Chart PhD by Research Level 10 Masters of Science in Environmental, Health and Safety Management Level 9 (taught) or Masters by Research Level 9 BSc in Occupational Safety and Health Level 8 (4 years) BSc in Occupational Safety and Health Level 8 (1 year add-on) BSc in Occupational Safety and Health Level 7 (3 years) BSc in Occupational Safety and Health Level 7 (1 year add-on) CAO Entry 130 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

133 Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health Programme Summary Would you like a career with lots of variety in your daily job? Are you interested in psychology and human behaviour? Would you like to become an expert in investigating and preventing workplace accidents? If the answer is yes, then the Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health will appeal to you. This course carries international recognition from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and qualifies you to advise on safety and health within organisations both in Ireland and internationally. This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to: protect workers from injuries and fatalities; prevent illness caused by work and promote health and wellbeing; advise employers on health and safety law; work in groups to solve workplace safety issues. Lectures are delivered using innovative teaching methods including group work, problemsolving; simulated scenarios, stateof-the-art technology and site visits to workplaces. Other Essential information A science subject at Leaving Certificate is not required for this course. Career Opportunities Graduates are qualified to take up any of the following roles: safety advisor, health and safety officer, safety training consultant, site safety officer, safety co-ordinator. You can expect to find employment in many different types of industry (pharmaceutical and chemical, electronics, food and beverage, mining etc.), commercial, wholesale, retail, health sector, transport, local authorities and other state bodies. Further Study Opportunities Suitably qualified graduates may progress to the one-year add-on honours degree in Occupational Safety and Health at IT Sligo. AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) CAO CODE: SG433 NUMBER OF PLACES: 48 DURATION: 3 years 2012 POINTS: 225 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Occupational Safety and Health Enquiry Based Learning Information Technology Communications Biological Science, Chemical Hazards, Physics Environmental Management Safety Technology and Behavioural Safety Construction Technology Occupational Technology and Biohazards Maths, Statistics and Data Analysis Occupational Hygiene Management of Hazardous Materials SCHOOL OF SCIENCE IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

134 Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health (add-on) SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) NUMBER OF PLACES: 32 DURATION: 1 year (add-on) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Occupational Safety and Health Enquiry-Based Learning Environmental Management Occupational Hygiene Management of Hazardous Materials Safety and Health Legislation Electricity, Machinery and Fire Safety Hazard and Risk Control Construction Safety and Contractor Management Occupational Hygiene Chemical and Biological Agents Occupational Health and Health Promotion Programme Summary This course may be taken as a oneyear add-on to a Higher Certificate in Science or to an ordinary or honours degree in a related science or engineering discipline. It comprises the third year of the three-year ordinary degree, BSc in Occupational Health and Safety (SG 433). It is particularly suitable for people who already have a science, engineering or nursing qualification but would like to gain skills and a formal qualification in occupational safety and health. Other Essential Information The entry requirement for this course is a Higher Certificate in Science, Engineering or other discipline or an academic qualification (Level 7 or 8) in an appropriate area (including nursing) obtained in a recognised university or other institution of higher education. As part of this course, you will spend five months in a workplace setting gaining practical experience. Career Opportunities Graduates are qualified to take up any of the following roles: safety advisor, health and safety officer, safety training consultant, site safety officer, safety co-ordinator. You can find employment in many different types of industry (pharmaceutical and chemical, electronics, food and beverage, mining etc.), commercial, wholesale and retail, health sector, transport, local authorities and other state bodies. Further Study Opportunities Suitably qualified graduates may progress to the one-year add-on BSc (Honours) in Occupational Safety and Health at IT Sligo (SG484). 132 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

135 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Occupational Safety and Health Programme Summary Would you like a career with lots of variety in your daily job? Are you interested in psychology and human behaviour? Would you like to become an expert in investigating and preventing workplace accidents? This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to: Protect workers from injuries and fatalities Prevent illness caused by work and health and wellbeing Advise employers on health and safety law Work in groups to solve workplace safety issues Prepare, implement and monitor safety management systems in the workplace Other Essential Information A science subject at Leaving Certificate is not required. As part of this course, you will spend four to five months over a summer period gaining practical experience in a workplace setting. Career Opportunities Upon graduation you will be qualified to take up any of the following roles: safety advisor, health and safety officer, safety training consultant, site safety officer, safety co-ordinator. Graduates can find employment in many different types of industry (pharmaceutical and chemical, electronics, food and beverage, mining etc.), commercial, wholesale and retail, health sector, transport, local authorities and other state bodies including the Health and Safety Authority (HSA). Further Study Opportunities Graduates may progress to the oneyear taught Masters in Environmental Health and Safety at IT Sligo. Alternatively, you may have an opportunity to undertake research leading to MSc or PhD awards at IT Sligo or other third level institutes. AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Degree (Level 8) CAO CODE: SG442 NUMBER OF PLACES: 48 DURATION: 4 years 2012 POINTS: 280 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Occupational Safety and Health Enquiry Based Learning Information Technology Communications Biological Science, Chemical Hazards, Physics Safety Technology and Behavioural Safety Statistics and Data Analysis Management of Hazardous Materials Safety Management Systems Hazard and Risk Management Construction Technology and Safety SCHOOL OF SCIENCE IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

136 IT Sligo Graduate Profile NAME: Keith McGreal IT SLIGO COURSE: BSc (Honours) Occupational Safety and Health YEAR OF GRADUATION: 1999 WHERE ARE YOU FROM: Co. Mayo WHAT SECONDARY SCHOOL DID YOU ATTEND: St. Gerald s College, Castlebar, Co. Mayo Diverse! No day is the same which is what makes my job so interesting. I get involved in a lot of different activities at work. Why did you choose your course? When I completed my Leaving cert I was unsure about what profession I would like to get into but always had an interest in Science and in particular Biology. I initially applied for the National Certificate in Science in Sligo which covered a broad range of subjects and gave me a great foundation for my future studies and career. Following on from this I did a one-year add-on Diploma in Safety Health and Industrial Hygiene followed by a one-year add-on degree in Occupational Safety & Health. IT Sligo was one of the first locations in the country to offer Diploma and Degree level courses in these fields as a follow on to the new workplace legislation which was introduced in Why did you choose IT Sligo? I chose IT Sligo as it was close to home but also far enough away to feel independent. I also had a lot of friends who had been there in previous years and recommended it as a great college. IT Sligo also had some of the newest laboratories in the country and I had heard a lot of good things about the science courses. What is your current role/job? I currently work with Ballina Beverages (Coca-Cola) in Mayo as a Safety and Loss Prevention Co-ordinator or Safety Officer. I am in my thirteenth year with the company and started here soon after leaving IT Sligo. How would you describe the job you are doing? Diverse! No day is the same which is what makes my job so interesting. I get involved in a lot of different activities at work. Safety Training, risk assessments, incident investigation, occupational hygiene monitoring, meeting with managers and employees on safety issues, auditing, contractor control, emergency exercises, the list goes on. How did the course prepare you for this role? I think the course was very well structured, my class were the second crop of students through the degree course so many of the subjects at the time were under review for suitability and from what I understand it was changed somewhat from the earlier days to cater more for entering the workplace setting. At IT Sligo we undertook work experience/placements. I worked for approximately three months with O Haras Bakery in Foxford where I updated their safety statement and also completed a lot of safety inspections and audits. Following my degree I also spent three months working for Henniges Elastomers (who make rubber components for the car industry) and got a lot of hands-on experience in monitoring for rubber dust and fumes. IT Sligo also gave us lots of practical experience which included site visits to a number of different industries around the country to see how safety is integrated into a business and we also got great skills in training delivery and public speaking and of course use of all the laboratory and scientific equipment which may be needed in the workplace setting. Is there anything else you would like to say to our prospective and current students? For any prospective students, if you re unsure of what you want to do with your career, try a subject field that you enjoy, it will open up a lot of new opportunities to you and will give you time to think and consider what you would want from your future. For current students, even though the Celtic Tiger days are gone, think outside the box in terms of employers and career opportunities and don t be afraid to travel and get that experience. Even if the job isn t in the career that you have studied, consider it and work your way to where you want to be. Best of luck for the future! 134 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

137 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Occupational Safety and Health (add-on) Programme Summary Would you like a career with lots of variety in your daily job? Are you interested in psychology and human behaviour? Would you like to become an expert in investigating and preventing workplace accidents? This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to: Protect workers from injuries and fatalities Prevent illness caused by work and health and wellbeing Advise employers on health and safety law Work in groups to solve workplace safety issues Prepare, implement and monitor safety management systems in the workplace. Other Essential Information Candidates with a relevant Level 7 degree, such as a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health from IT Sligo or similar, are eligible to apply. Other Essential Information As part of this course, you will spend four to five months over a summer period gaining practical experience in the workplace. Career Opportunities Graduates are qualified to take up any of the following roles: safety advisor, health and safety officer, safety training consultant, site safety officer, safety co-ordinator. Graduates can find employment in many different types of industry (pharmaceutical and chemical, electronics, food and beverage, mining etc.), commercial, wholesale and retail, health sector, transport, local authorities and other state bodies including the Health and Safety Authority (HSA). Further Study Opportunities Graduates may progress to the oneyear taught Masters in Environmental Health and Safety at IT Sligo. Alternatively, they may have an opportunity to undertake research leading to MSc or PhD awards at IT Sligo or at other third level institutes. AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Degree (Level 8) NUMBER OF PLACES: 48 DURATION: 1 year (add-on) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Occupational Safety and Health Enquiry-Based Learning Research Methods in Health Ergonomics Safety and Health Legislation Safety Management Systems Hazard and Risk Management Environmental Management Business Management and the Safety Practitioner Training Fundamentals for the Safety Practitioner Research Project SCHOOL OF SCIENCE IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

138 Biomedical Science and Medical Biotechnology Courses Overview Biomedical science involves the study and application of science subjects such as biology, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology and biomaterials. It also concerns itself with the development of products, services and research that benefit mankind in areas including disease diagnosis and control, new drug development, gene-based drug production and medical device design. Biomedical scientists study aspects of living organisms such as reproduction, growth, development and metabolism to evolve medical treatments, prevent disease and promote health and wellbeing. Medical technology, medical device manufacturing and biopharmaceutical companies are among the fastest growing disciplines in the life sciences sector in Irish industry at present. With the move towards a knowledgedriven economy, they are expected to remain at the forefront for the foreseeable future. Our courses combine skills in biomedical science and medical biotechnology with an in-depth knowledge of legislation and regulation, and quality control systems for respective industries. Graduates are uniquely placed to enter a variety of different positions in industry which enhances their overall employability. Graduates typically find employment in scientific, operations and quality assurance/control positions within the biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical, medical device or diagnostics industry sectors. Their work may involve the manufacture of medicines from living cells, development of implantable medical devices, immunodiagnostics, bioanalytics, process validation and process optimisation. They may also find employment more broadly within the healthcare sector and in areas of research and development. Recent graduates have pursued postgraduate studies in related specialised areas at Masters and PhD degree level. Key Skills The courses include a broad range of fundamental disciplines in biomedical science and biotechnology such as: Animal cell culture and cell culture processing Medical device technologies and manufacturing, implant biocompatibility Immunodiagnostics Biotechnology and protein biotechnology Microbial biotechnology, microbiology and medical immunology Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine Quality systems and legislation, regulatory affairs, legislation and compliance Biopharmaceutical facilities and utilities Statistics and computing DNA technology and genetic engineering Analysis of biomolecules Biovalidation Progression Chart PhD by Research Level 10 Masters of Science in Environmental, Health and Safety Management Level 9 (taught) or Masters by Research Level 9 BSc (Hons) in Medical Biotechnology Level 8 (4 years) BSc (Hons) in Medical Biotechnology Level 8 (1 year add-on) BSc in Biomedical Science Level 7 (3 years) CAO Entry 136 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

139 Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science Programme Summary This course will provide graduates with contemporary skills in biomedical science which will make them highly employable within the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical and medical device industries in Ireland and internationally. Key features of this course are that it combines skills in biomedical science with an in-depth knowledge of legislation and regulation and quality control systems for the respective industries. Graduates are well placed to enter a variety of different positions in industry and their overall employability is enhanced. You can expect an exciting and diverse career within multinational and indigenous Irish companies in sectors which are predicted to undergo rapid expansion over the coming years. As a graduate you will be working at the forefront of biomedical science technologies. The course encompasses aspects of social networking and game-based learning in the teaching and learning experience and we recognise the importance of transferrable skills such as data presentation, information sourcing and scientific technical writing. Other Essential Information A science subject at Leaving Certificate is not a requirement. Career Opportunities Instrumentation scientists, process technicians. Further Study Opportunities Suitably qualified graduates from this course may progress on to the final year of the (Level 8) Honours Degree in Medical Biotechnology. This is a highly innovative discipline and opportunities exist for doctoral study. AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) CAO CODE: SG436 NUMBER OF PLACES: 24 DURATION: 3 Years 2012 POINTS: 250 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Animal Cell Culture Medical Device Technologies and Manufacturing, Implant Biocompatibility Immunodiagnostics Protein Biotechnology Microbiology Medical Immunology Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Quality Systems and Legislation, Regulatory Affairs, Legislation and Compliance Biopharmaceutical Facilities and Utilities DNA Technology SCHOOL OF SCIENCE IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

140 IT Sligo Graduate Profile NAME: Sarah Gilgunn IT SLIGO COURSES: BSc Biomedical Science (2006) BSc (Honours) Pharmaceutical Science (2007) YEARS OF GRADUATION: 2006, 2007 OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: MSc Molecular Medicine (Trinity College Dublin, 2010) WHERE ARE YOU FROM: Sligo WHAT SECONDARY SCHOOL DID YOU ATTEND: Mercy College, Sligo The staff in IT Sligo are extremely helpful and clearly enjoy their jobs in pushing scientific knowledge/research in Ireland. Being able to openly discuss your progress and having a good relationship with your lectures is (in my opinion) essential in succeeding at third Level. Why did you choose your course? The course included a broad range of medical and scientific subjects and also plenty of practical-based learning. The option to do the add-on honours degree in Pharmaceutical Science allowed me to increase the chances of getting a job with an even broader set of skills and knowledge. Why did you choose IT Sligo? I knew the Science Department had a great reputation for delivering highly employable students and had great industrial links, also I heard the student night life in Sligo had a lot to offer!! What is your current role/job? PhD Student, Dublin City University How would you describe the job you are doing? Currently I am carrying out research for the Prostate Cancer Research Consortium PCRC (fully funded by the Irish Cancer society) in DCU for my doctorate. I am engineering anti-psa antibodies that I can incorporate into a diagnostic test which we will use to look at the glyco-signature of PSA isoforms in patients with insignificant prostate cancer versus patients with advanced metastatic disease. How did the course prepare you for this role? As part of the BSc in Pharmaceutical degree, I spent three months in an industrial lab (Baxter Healthcare, Deansgrange, Dublin) this gave me first-hand experience in working in a lab-based environment. After my placement I was offered a permanent contract and worked with Baxter for three years. The chance of doing a placement within your degree gives you a direct foot in the door, with great possibilities if getting a permanent job. My time spent in Baxter gave me the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue my academic career further. Is there anything else you would like to say to our prospective and current students? The staff in IT Sligo are extremely helpful and clearly enjoy their jobs in pushing scientific knowledge/research in Ireland. Being able to openly discuss your progress and having a good relationship with your lectures is (in my opinion) essential in succeeding at third Level. It has been over five years since I graduated from IT Sligo and I still keep up a great relationship with my lecturers and supervisors. They were always keen to hear how I was getting on since I left Sligo; I think this evidently shows their dedication to teaching and helping their students. Sligo is a great student town with so much to offer, I spent four unbelievable years there and I couldn t recommend it enough to any prospective students. 138 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

141 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Medical Biotechnology Programme Summary This course provides graduates with cutting-edge skills in biomedical science and medical biotechnology that will make them highly employable within the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical and medical device industries. Key areas covered include DNA technology and genetic engineering, cell culture processing, analysis of biomolecules, tissue and regenerative engineering, microbiology and medical immunology and biovalidation. Graduates can expect exciting and diverse careers within multinational and indigenous Irish companies in a sector that is predicted to undergo rapid expansion over the next ten years; working at the forefront of medical science technologies. Students who undertake this course will have the opportunity to complete an industrial placement subject to availability of places. The course encompasses aspects of social networking and game-based learning in the teaching and learning experience. We recognise the importance of transferrable skills such as data presentation, information sourcing, scientific technical writing and project management. Other Essential Information A science subject at Leaving Certificate is not a requirement. Students can partake in individual or dynamic team laboratory-based projects in Year 4. A work placement can be undertaken in Ireland or abroad for up to one-year between Years 3 and 4. Career Opportunities Instrumentation scientists, process technicians, research technicians, regulatory affairs scientists, process research and process development scientists. Further Study Opportunities Students can apply for further postgraduate study at Level 9 Masters (both taught and research) and PhD. AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Degree Level 8 CAO CODE: SG449 NUMBER OF PLACES: 24 DURATION: 4 Years 2012 POINTS: 260 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Animal Cell Culture Implant Biocompatibility Immunodiagnostics Bioprocessing Cell Molecular Engineering Microbial Biotechnology, Microbiology and Medical Immunology Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Medical Diagnostics Biopharmaceutical Facilities and Utilities Statistics and Computing DNA Technology SCHOOL OF SCIENCE IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

142 Forensic Science Courses Overview Forensic Science is a highly scientific discipline involving highly detailed, exacting work. With advances in technology, forensic science has perhaps become even more influential with developments in DNA tracing and a greater ability to store and record data about individual crimes. The key feature of the Forensic Science courses at IT Sligo is that they combine the scientific analytical with an in-depth knowledge of crime scene investigation and criminal justice in Ireland. A wide range of criminal activities are addressed in this course from murder investigation, contraband goods, laundered diesel, gunshot residue, illegal drugs to forgery and electronic crime. There is an emphasis on quality control in measurements, traceability of samples and documentation, and adherence to written procedures and protocols. These courses will give you all the required analytical skills to work as a forensic or analytical scientist in a range of environments. You will be trained on state-of-theart instrumentation in both the chemical and biological sciences relevant to forensic analysis. Graduates will have employment opportunities in a range of private and public sector environments. You will be qualified to work in analytical/science laboratories in the areas of analytical science, molecular biology, toxicology and immunodiagnostics. These skills can be utilised in a number of areas including forensics, environmental, pharmaceutical, biomedical and food/drinks industries. You will also be eligible to teach chemistry to Leaving Certificate and science to Junior Certificate level upon completion of a HDip in Education. Progression Chart PhD by Research Level 10 Masters by Research Level 9 BSc (Hons) in Forensic Investigation and Analysis Level 8 (4 years) BSc (Hons) in Forensic Investigation and Analysis Level 8 (1 year add-on) BSc in Forensic Investigation and Analysis Level 7 (3 years) CAO Entry 140 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

143 Bachelor of Science in Forensic Investigation and Analysis Programme Summary This three-year course is designed to provide students with the essential components required by the Forensic Science Society, UK, to become practising forensic scientists. This course is based on four learning streams each of which is integrated to ensure that graduates are capable and competent to pursue careers in a range of diverse areas. The four themes are evaluation and interpretation of evidence, crime scene management and sampling, analytical chemistry and analytical biosciences. This combination gives graduates a thorough understanding of the legal framework within which forensic scientists work. The course provides numerous opportunities for students to attend court and understand the fundamentals of maintaining integrity of evidence, evaluating the significance of their scientific findings and presenting these findings in a variety of formats. The modules are taught using a wide range of teaching methodologies. There is a significant amount of practical and field work. There is also a wide variety of electronic teaching materials available to the students in addition to lectures and tutorials. The School of Science has a long standing reputation in analytical science and graduates of this course possess strong analytical skills are very highly regarded by employers. Other Essential Information This course has been running since 2005 and was the first undergraduate course in forensic science in Ireland. Graduates have been highly praised by employers as they possess an excellent blend of analytical skills coupled with the interpretation, evaluation and report writing skills required in all industries. This course is currently under review for accreditation as an approved course with the Forensic Science Society, UK. Career Opportunities 80% of graduates from this course were employed or in further education within six months of completing their final examinations. Graduates have a wide-ranging skill set that enables them to attain employment in a variety of different analytical areas. Graduates have found employment in the forensic, pharmaceutical, food and environmental sectors. Many graduates from this course continue their education through undertaking the Level 8 at IT Sligo or progress to another higher education institution. Further Study Opportunities When you graduate from this course, you are eligible to apply for the Level 8 Forensic Investigation and Analysis or another Level 8 at IT Sligo or in another higher education institution. AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) CAO CODE: SG437 NO. OF PLACES: 25 DURATION: 3 Years 2012 POINTS: 260 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Forensic Science and the Legal System Analytical Chemical Techniques Biochemistry Organic/Physical/ Inorganic Chemistry Forensic Science Crime Scene to Court Molecular Biology Human Genetics Crime Scene Management Information Technology and Instrumentation SCHOOL OF SCIENCE IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

144 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Forensic Investigation and Analysis SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Degree (Level 8) CAO CODE: SG448 NO. OF PLACES: 25 DURATION: 4 Years 2012 POINTS: 300 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Forensic Science and the Legal System Analytical Chemical Techniques Biochemistry Organic/physical/ inorganic chemistry Forensic Science Crime Scene to Court Molecular Biology Human Genetics Crime Scene Management Information Technology and Instrumentation Analytical Toxicology Laboratory-based project Programme Summary This four-year course is designed to provide students with the essential components required by the Forensic Science Society, UK, to become practising forensic scientists. This course is based on four learning streams, each of which is integrated to ensure graduates are capable and competent to pursue careers in a range of diverse areas. The four themes are evaluation and interpretation of evidence, crime scene management and sampling, analytical chemistry and analytical biosciences. This combination gives our graduates a thorough understanding of the legal framework within which forensic scientists work. It provides numerous opportunities for students to attend court and understand the fundamentals of maintaining integrity of evidence, evaluating the significance of their scientific findings and presenting these findings in a variety of formats. The modules are taught using a wide range of teaching methodologies: there is a significant amount of practical and fieldwork. A wide variety of electronic teaching materials are available to students in addition to lectures and tutorials. The School of Science has a long standing reputation in analytical science and graduates have strong analytical skills and are very highly regarded by employers. Other Essential Information This course is approved by the Teaching Council of Ireland for teaching chemistry up to Leaving Certificate level and science to Junior Certificate level. The course is currently under review for accreditation as an approved course with the Forensic Science Society, UK. Career Opportunities 80% of graduates from this course were employed or in further education within six months of completing their final examinations. Graduates have a wide-ranging skill set that enables them to attain employment in a variety of different analytical areas including the forensic, pharmaceutical, food and environmental sectors. Others have pursued careers in teaching. Many continue their education by undertaking a MSc (research or taught), PhD or Higher Diploma in Education. Further Study Opportunities When you graduate from this course you are eligible to apply for the Higher Diploma in Education through the NUI and a range of Masters of Science courses (research or taught) and PhD research options either at IT Sligo or other higher education institutions. 142 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

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146 Health Science and Physiology Courses Overview Good health, wellness, fitness and a healthy lifestyle is important for all people: good health promotes quality of life, healthy development and healthy behaviours across all life stages (Healthy People 2020). Health is influenced by a wide range of individual, social and environmental determinants. These exciting programmes offers students a thorough understanding of health sciences and their application. Students are trained in a broad spectrum of skills necessary to operate professionally in various health sectors, experiencing an interactive and holistic approach to learning. Progression Chart PhD by Research Level 10 Masters by Research Level 9 BSc (Hons) in Public Health and Health Promotion Level 8 (1 year add-on) BSc in Health Science and Physiology Level 7 (3 years) CAO Entry 144 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

147 Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Physiology Programme Summary If you are interested in pursuing a career in an area related to human health, this course is likely to appeal to you. Emphasis is placed on developing core health-related skills and competencies. The course is comprised of a number of interrelated subject streams throughout the three years including: health promotion and public health, physical activity, exercise physiology, nutrition sciences and research methods. Core modules are complemented by supporting modules in IT, communications and functional kinesiology. Students are equipped with a unique blend of practical skills and knowledge in a broad range of healthrelated fields. This affords graduates numerous and varied opportunities and offers a diverse range of career paths. Key Skills Physical activity/exercise instruction, prescription and promotion Exercise physiological testing Advanced nutritional skills Health promotion advocacy Group work and facilitation skills Public health planning and evaluation Advanced computer and health research skills Assessing the determinants of health Other Essential Information A science subject at Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for this course. Students must complete and submit a health screening form and a Garda vetting form. Career Opportunities Graduates may be employed in health areas in the private, public or community sectors. Career opportunities include youth work, sports development, physical activity, health promotion and health research. Further Study Opportunities AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) CAO CODE: SG435 NUMBER OF PLACES: 64 DURATION: 3 years 2012 POINTS: 355 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Exercise Physiology Facilitation and Group Work Fitness Programme Design and Delivery Health Biochemistry Health Communications Health Promotion Practice Human Anatomy and Physiology Human Nutrition Physical Activity for Special Populations Public Health Practice SCHOOL OF SCIENCE Suitably qualified graduates may progress on to the one-year add-on BSc (Honours) Public Health and Health Promotion within the School of Science. Many graduates choose to progress on to further studies in the allied health and medical arena such as dietetics, human nutrition, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, radiography, podiatry, physical education, sports science, nursing and other health-related disciplines. IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

148 SCHOOL OF SCIENCE Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Public Health and Health Promotion (add-on) AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Degree (Level 8) NUMBER OF PLACES: 24 DURATION: 1 year (add-on) ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Applicants with a Level 7 qualification in a cognate area are eligible FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Applied Epidemiology Applied Statistics in Public Health Facilitation and Group Work Skills Global Issues in Public Health Professional Practice Promoting Health in Specific Populations Qualitative Research Methods for Health Research Settings in Health Promotion Topics in Health Promotion Work Placement Programme Summary This innovative and practically-driven degree aims to equip students with a variety of skills and knowledge to become future leaders in public health and health promotion. Students are supported in developing their understanding of health and its determinants and how to research, promote and protect population health. The course involves practical experiences in the college and wider community in designing, implementing and evaluating health promotion initiatives. Perhaps you are already working in the health, education or community sector and wish to develop key competencies that will enhance your career and employment opportunities. Developing your learning and skills in Public Health and Health Promotion is achieved by you, the student, through completion of practical and creative tasks with the support of our lecturing and technical staff. You will undertake a work placement period at the end of the final semester for at least 12 weeks which gives you the opportunity to put the skills and theory studied into practice. Key Skills Facilitate groups appropriately and effectively Plan, implement and evaluate health promotion initiatives Communicate clear health related messages to a variety of audiences Perform statistical analysis on health-related data Engage in innovative practical projects within the community Critically appraise literature and research Critically reflect on your practice and devise strategies for professional development Develop health resources for various target populations Appraise public policy and develop policies to promote Public Health Develop links with potential employers Other Essential Information You should note that all entrants to this course will be required to undergo vetting by the Garda Síochána. If you have a criminal conviction in Ireland or elsewhere this may adversely impact on your ability to undertake a professional placement or to secure employment which involves working with vulnerable groups. Career Opportunities Graduates have progressed to work with a variety of organisations, including statutory, voluntary and community bodies such as: Community Development Worker Drug and Alcohol Education Worker Facilitator and Training Officer Health Promotion Officer for People with Disabilities Health Research Officer Mental Health Project Co-ordinator Schools Health Promotion Officer Sexual Health Education Officer Sports Development Co-ordinator Youth Health Promotion Officer Further Study Opportunities Suitably qualified graduates will be eligible to progress on to a Level 9 Masters of Science in a related area. 146 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

149 IT Sligo Graduate Profile NAME: Yvonne Sheridan IT SLIGO COURSE: BSc (Honours) Public Health and Health Promotion YEAR OF GRADUATION: 2013 WHERE ARE YOU FROM: Mayo SECONDARY SCHOOL ATTENDED: Balla Secondary School I chose IT Sligo due to its student-centred approach, class sizes are small and both students and staff are closely linked. The atmosphere around the college is friendly and supportive. Why did you choose your course? Science has always been a strong interest of mine; I always knew I wanted to pursue a career in the health sector. I was uncertain, however, as to which field to specialise in until I completed the BSc in Health Science and Physiology at IT Sligo and then progressed on to the BSc (Honours) in Public Health and Health Promotion. This course opens up opportunities in many areas such as youth work, sports development and physical activity. Many graduates also go on to do further studies in fields such as dietetics and human nutrition, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, biomedical science and other health-related disciplines after Year 3. Why did you choose IT Sligo? I chose IT Sligo due to its student-centred approach, class sizes are small and both students and staff are closely linked. The atmosphere around the college is friendly and supportive. What is your current role/job? I currently work with Special Olympics Connaught as the Health Promotion Project Officer. Special Olympics is first and foremost a sports organisation for people with an intellectual disability, but it also provides athletes with far more than the physical benefits of sport. Those with an intellectual disability have a higher level of health needs that are not met. Special Olympics developed a toolkit which specifically targets these needs through education, awareness, and individual and community activities. Working with those with an intellectual disability has always been an interest of mine. How would you describe the job you are doing? My role within Special Olympics is to promote the uptake of the health promotion course, create and promote health improvement courses and the running of workshops with athletes on aspects of health such bone health, sun safety, physical activity, healthy eating etc. How did your course prepare you for this role? During Year 3 of the course I had to complete a thesis. This was a great opportunity for me to do some research into an area I was particularly interested in. I also completed modules such as Physical Activity which allowed us to get out of the classroom and create activity sessions and run them with groups such as teenagers, school children and those with intellectual disability. Is there anything you would like to say to our protective and current students? Your three or four years at college will fly so be sure to enjoy the social aspects of college by getting involved in sports or clubs, even if you have never played sport before and also enjoy the nightlife. I have made lifelong friends here with whom I am still in contact with today even though they may be on the other side of the world or completing further study in another country. IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

150 Human Nutrition and Health Courses Overview The vital role of diet and nutrition to support good health and prevent disease is increasingly recognised. Where food comes from, what types of food we consume, and the nutritional value of our food are questions that have been important in the past but are now becoming of critical international importance. Now more than ever, it is vital that we understand what influences diet and eating behaviours, the nature of different diets, food types, and how food preparation and storage affect the nutritional value of that food. Attention to nutrition for special populations, including those suffering from chronic disease conditions, sports performers and individuals at specific stages in life is also a health topic receiving increasing attention. This comes as a result of being a key factor in determining individual health, beginning right from the gestation period. Increasing numbers of overweight adults and children point to a need for effective public health strategies and a multilevel approach to tackling health problems related to those who are overweight/obese. Progression Chart PhD by Research Level 10 Masters by Research Level 9 BSc (Hons) in Human Nutrition Level 8 (4 years) BSc (Hons) in Human Nutrition Level 8 (1 year add-on) BSc in in Human Nutrition Level 7 CAO Entry 148 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

151 Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Health Programme Summary Interested in Human Nutrition and Health? Our BSc in Human Nutrition and Health is a practicals-based course that has been designed to address relevant present day and emerging issues. The course explores the relationship between nutrition and health and how good health can be promoted by following a healthy diet. Students will appreciate the importance of how the quality and quantity of food, in addition to the individual s response to food (due to a number of biological factors) influence their growth and development. As part of the applied nature of this course clinical studies on relevant conditions such as obesity, diabetes, renal diseases, cancer and other conditions which are influenced by nutrition, will be used to highlight contemporary issues in human health. Other Essential Information Students can specialise during the course according to their interest in human health and nutrition. Work experience is an important feature of this course. This will be in aspects of the health and/or human nutrition industry. In addition to gaining practical knowledge and exposure to commercial and industrial standards, students will be required to carry out a research project as part of their work experience. Career Opportunities Graduates will be able to use the experience and knowledge gained in this course to work in health-related industries and in the health promotion/ public health field working with statutory, community or private sectors and in the food industry in relation to human nutrition (such as research, product development, food safety, regulation, consumer information and marketing). Recognition from an accrediting body will be sought for the course after 12 months, enabling graduates to benefit from affiliation with the relevant professional body. The clinical nutrition course content will give students an appropriate applied academic background sufficient to pursue postgraduate studies in dietetics. Further Study Opportunities Graduates may go on to further study in areas such as public health, dietetics, human nutrition or postgraduate research degrees in related disciplines. Some graduates may develop an interest in medicine and apply for placement on medical degrees. AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) CAO CODE: SG434 NUMBER OF PLACES: 32 DURATION: 3 years 2012 POINTS: This is a new course starting in September FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Food Analysis Nutritional Biochemistry Human Physiology Toxicology Food Microbiology and Immunology Public Health Nutrition Nutrition through the Lifecycle Clinical Nutrition Eating Behaviours Health Promotion Practice Food Quality and Safety SCHOOL OF SCIENCE IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

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153 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Human Nutrition and Health Programme Summary Interested in Human Nutrition and Health? Our BSc in Human Nutrition and Health is a practicals-based course that has been designed to address relevant present day and emerging issues. The course explores the relationship between nutrition and health and how good health can be promoted by following a healthy diet. Students will appreciate the importance of how the quality and quantity of food, in addition to the individual s response to food (due to a number of biological factors) influence their growth and development. As part of the applied nature of this course clinical studies on relevant conditions such as obesity, diabetes, renal diseases, cancer and other conditions which are influenced by nutrition, will be used to highlight contemporary issues in human health. Other Essential Information Students can specialise during the course according to their interests in human health and nutrition. Work experience is an important feature of this course and will be in aspects of the health and/or human nutrition industry. In addition to gaining practical knowledge and exposure to commercial and industrial standards, students will be required to carry out a research project as part of their work experience. Career Opportunities Graduates can use the experience and knowledge gained in this course to work in health-related industries and in the health promotion/public health field working with statutory, community or private sectors, and in the food industry in relation to human nutrition (such as research, product development, food safety, regulation, consumer information and marketing). Recognition from an accrediting body will be sought for the course after 12 months, enabling graduates to benefit from affiliation with the relevant professional body. The clinical nutrition course content will give students an appropriate, applied academic background sufficient to pursue postgraduate studies in dietetics. Further Study Opportunities Graduates may go on to further study in areas such as public health, dietetics, human nutrition or postgraduate research degrees in related disciplines. Some may develop an interest in medicine and apply for placement on medical degrees. AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Degree (Level 8) CAO CODE: SG443 NUMBER OF PLACES: 32 DURATION: 4 years 2012 POINTS: This is a new course starting in September FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Food Analysis Nutritional Biochemistry Human Physiology Toxicology Food Microbiology and Immunology Public Health Nutrition Nutrition through the Lifecycle Clinical Nutrition Eating Behaviours Health Promotion Practice Food Quality and Safety SCHOOL OF SCIENCE IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

154 Pharmaceutical Science with Drug Development Courses Overview The Pharmaceutical Science with Drug Development courses have been designed in close consultation with the Irish pharmaceutical industry and other bodies with an interest in it. The overall philosophy of the courses are to produce science graduates who can assume positions of responsibility in the area of pharmaceutical science, both in Ireland and abroad. The courses are targeted at a market niche in the industry. It is broad-based and therefore graduates are employable in many other areas of industrial and other scientific work. Progression Chart PhD by Research Level 10 Masters of Science in Environmental, Health and Safety Management Level 9 (taught) or Masters by Research Level 9 BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science with Drug Development Level 8 (4 years) BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science with Drug Development Level 8 (1 year add-on) BSc in Pharmaceutical Science with Drug Development Level 7 (3 years) CAO Entry 152 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

155 Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science with Drug Development Programme Summary The course consists of a unique mix of science disciplines based on pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and medical device industry requirements. It is a multidisciplinary course and as such allows students to develop a range of skills covering scientific, engineering, regulatory and quality issues as well as providing students with skills in communication. Modules included are based around the core pharmaceutical sciences but with emphasis also placed on modern technology and advances within the sector. Career Opportunities The pharmaceutical/healthcare industry is currently one of the most extensive and thriving in Ireland with 18 of the world s top 20 pharmaceutical companies in the world having operations here. Included in this are pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals, biomedical and medical devices. Areas within the sector in which graduates find employment include legislation/ regulatory affairs, formulation, analysis, validation, production and quality systems. Our graduates are employed in companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, Abbvie, Baxter and Allergan. AWARD/LEVEL: Ordinary Degree (Level 7) CAO CODE: SG431 NUMBER OF PLACES: 32 DURATION: 3 years 2012 POINTS: 215 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie SCHOOL OF SCIENCE Other Essential Information While study in a science subject at Leaving Certificate is an advantage, it is not a requirement for admission to the course. Further Study Opportunities The BSc in Pharmaceutical Science with Drug Development provides an excellent foundation for students who wish to progress to the Honours Degree (Level 8) award in Year 4. MODULES Biology Chemistry Information Technology Drug Discovery and Development Scientific Communications Microbiology Biopharmaceuticals Pharmaceutical Formulation Applied Pharmaceutical Science Pharmaceutical Manufacturing IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

156 SCHOOL OF SCIENCE Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Pharmaceutical Science with Drug Development AWARD/LEVEL: Honours Degree (Level 8) CAO CODE: SG445 NUMBER OF PLACES: 32 DURATION: 4 years 2012 POINTS: 280 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie MODULES Biology Chemistry Scientific Communications Quality Systems Pharmaceutical Formulation Biopharmaceutical Analysis Pharmaceutical Auditing and Validation Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Legislation Applied Pharmaceutical Science Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Programme Summary The course consists of a unique mix of science disciplines based on pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and medical device industry requirements. It is a multidisciplinary course and as such allows students to develop a range of skills covering scientific, engineering, regulatory and quality issues as well as providing them with communication skills. Modules included are based around the core pharmaceutical sciences but with emphasis also placed on modern technology and advances within the sector. Other Essential Information A work placement is undertaken at the completion of Year 3 of the honours degree. This may be for a period of four months (June-September) or a full year. Students have obtained placements throughout Ireland as well as the UK, USA and Malta. Career Opportunities The pharmaceutical/healthcare industry in Ireland is currently one of the most extensive and thriving in the country with 18 of the world s top 20 pharmaceutical companies having operations in Ireland. Included in this area are pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals, biomedical and medical devices. Areas within the sector in which graduates find employment include: legislation/ regulatory affairs, formulation, analysis, validation, production and quality systems. Our graduates are employed in companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, Abbvie, Baxter and Allergan. Further Study Opportunities The BSc (Honours) in Pharmaceutical Science provides an excellent foundation for students who wish to progress to a Masters Degree in a range of course options, especially to the MSc in Industrial Pharmaceutical Science by distance learning a course which is delivered with our partners at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). Past students have also obtained the degree of both MSc and PhD by research. The Institute has also developed a very successful link with the School of Pharmacy in Liverpool Johns Moore University which allows graduates of the Honours Degree in Pharmaceutical Science to gain entry to the pharmacy degree course in Year 2. Many graduates have followed this route and are currently practising pharmacists around the country. 154 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

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160 How Do I Apply? Detailed information on how to apply to the first year of IT Sligo s full-time courses is available at: HOW TO APPLY and STUDENT SERVICES Central Applications Office (CAO) Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway T: +353 (0) Web: You can obtain a CAO application pack from your career guidance counsellor at school or from the CAO. You can also apply online at How do mature applicants apply? If you are a mature student or your background is not that of the traditional school leaver s route, you should apply to the CAO and tick the relevant box (such as mature) on the CAO form. The sole criterion for qualification as a mature applicant is age: you are required to be over 23 on 1st January of the calendar year of application. What if I have a disability or medical condition? If you are an applicant with a disability or medical condition you should also apply to the CAO by the closing dates and tick the relevant box (such as disability/specific learning difficulty) on the CAO form. All applicants to IT Sligo who have indicated a disability or medical condition will receive correspondence from the Access Office in relation to the available disability services before entry. If you have a disability that may require extra support you will be invited to a support and information session (usually held in July) at which we will discuss and identify the supports, services and systems that you will require on entry to IT Sligo. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Catherine McNelis Access Officer T: +353 (0) E: Applicants presenting with school examinations other than the Irish Leaving Certificate examination, FETAC qualifications, or GC(S)E examinations The results of school leaving examinations other than the above mentioned are scored so that applicants can be assessed in the same way as other applicants in the points system. In order to gain entry applicants must meet 1) the minimum entry requirements, 2) the English language requirement, 3) any specific subject requirements and 4) the points requirements for the course. Further details of how this comparison is made are available on our website in the How to Apply/CAO section FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) or E: 158 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

161 Progression at IT Sligo One of the great features of coming to study at IT Sligo is the range of courses that we offer at different levels and the opportunity to progress between them should you wish. You can enrol for Higher Certificate, Bachelor Degree and Honours Bachelor Degree levels with clear opportunities for progression between each level. After you graduate you can choose to study at Masters and Doctoral level at IT Sligo, depending on your subject area and qualifications. National Framework Qualifications of All courses fit within the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) the official system of qualification recognition in Ireland (www.nfq.ie). The framework provides clarity to employers, learners and the public on the system of education and training in Ireland The Framework of Qualifications consists of ten levels and its transparent nature allows you to compare and contrast qualifications here in Ireland and internationally National National Framework Framework of Qualifications of Qualifications National Framework of Qualifications HOW TO APPLY and STUDENT SERVICES AWARDING AWARDING BODIES BODIES AWARDING BODIES IoT - Institutes of Technology (make their own awards at specified levels under Delegated Authority from HETAC) IoT - Institutes of Technology IoT - Institutes (make of their Technology own awards (make at their own awards at specified levels under specified Delegated Universities levels Authority under Delegated from HETAC) Authority from HETAC) IoT - Institutes of Technology (make their own awards at Universities Universities specified levels under Delegated Authority from HETAC) Funded by the Irish Government under the Universities National Development Plan, AWARDING BODIES There are four types of award in the National Framework of Qualifications: are four types There of award are four in the types National of award Framework in the National of Qualifications: Framework of Qualifications: Major Awards: are the principal class of awards made at a level Major Awards: are Major the principal Awards: class are the of awards principal made class at of a level awards made at a level There are four Minor types Awards: of award are for in partial the National completion Framework of the outcomes of Qualifications: for a Major Award Supplemental Awards: are for learning that is additional to a Major Award Major Special Awards: Minor Purpose are the Awards: principal are for Minor class for relatively partial of awards Awards: narrow completion made or are purpose-specific at a for level partial of the achievement outcomes completion for of a the Major outcomes Award for a Major Award Supplemental Awards: Supplemental are for learning Awards: that are is for additional learning to that a Major is additional Award to a Major Award Minor Awards: Special are Purpose for partial Awards: completion Special are Purpose of the for outcomes relatively Awards: for a narrow Major are for Award or relatively purpose-specific narrow or achievement purpose-specific achievement Supplemental Awards: are for learning that is additional to a Major Award Special Purpose Awards: are for relatively narrow or purpose-specific achievement NQAI 2009 For further information consult: sh Government under the Funded by the Irish Government under the ent Plan, National Development Plan, For further For information further information consult: consult: For further information consult: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONSULT: NQAI IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

162 Entry Requirements Entry requirements are a guideline of the recommended academic ability we expect you to have. HOW TO APPLY and STUDENT SERVICES There are a number of different ways to satisfy the entry requirements for IT Sligo. The most common method is through the Irish Leaving Certificate exams. However, you can also satisfy the entry requirements by having FETAC qualifications, by being a mature student or having other qualifications, such as GCE AS, A2, AVCE, Double Award, BTEC, etc. Some courses may also have specific entry requirements and these will be detailed under each course entry. Irish Leaving Certificate Requirements Higher Certificate/Level 6 5 grade Ds at Ordinary Level to include Mathematics and English or Irish. We also accept an E in Higher Level Mathematics, and a B2 or above in Foundation Mathematics, as meeting the mathematics entry requirements. Ordinary Degree/Level 7 As above, and in addition we require a minimum of 140 points for entry to all Level 7 courses. Honours Degree/Level 8 A minimum of 4 grade Ds at Ordinary Level and 2 Grade C3 at Higher Level. Leaving Certificate subjects must include Mathematics and English or Irish. We accept an E in Higher Level Mathematics, and a B2 or higher in Foundation Mathematics, as meeting the Mathematics entry requirements. We require a minimum of 140 points for all Level 8 courses. GCE AS, A2, AVCE, Double Award, BTEC GCE AS and A Level, NVQ Level 3, Advanced Diplomas and Vocational Qualifications Level 3 are recognised qualifications for entry to IT Sligo. Applied A Levels (AVCE) are treated in the same way as A Levels. Applicants are expected to have: GCSE grade C in English language, and GCSE grade C Maths For Bachelor Degree Courses (Level 7) As a guide two A2 at Grade C are required for entry to Level 7 or equivalent Grades at BTEC National Extended Diploma Level 3. Generally, a candidate will require at least 200 points for entry to a Bachelor Degree Level 7 course For Honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8) As a guide three A2 at Grade C or equivalent Grades at BTEC National Extended Diploma Level 3 or OCR National Level 3. Generally, a candidate will require at least 300 points for entry to a Bachelor Degree Honours Level 8 course. FURTHER INFORMATION: 160 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015 Please visit for the latest information on entry requirements. If you need to talk to someone please contact: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie

163 Calculation of CAO points CAO points (similar to UCAS Tariff points) are assigned to the exam grades presented by candidates who meet the minimum entry requirements. Points are used to rank applicants. The points required for entry to a particular course are determined by the level of demand on course places. A combination of A2 and AS level grades from different subjects can be used for point scoring purposes. Applied A Levels (AVCE) are treated in the same way as A2 Level for entry to IT Sligo. A Level CAO Points AS Level CAO Points A* 150 A 65 A 135 B 60 B 120 C 50 C 100 D 35 D 75 E 20 E 40 Exceptions to the Mathematics Requirements Please note the exceptions below to the general mathematics entry requirements. Foundation Mathematics is not accepted for entry to any of the Engineering courses, except Advanced Wood and Sustainable Building Technology SG332. HOW TO APPLY and STUDENT SERVICES The Level 8 Honours Degree in Civil Engineering requires a C3 in Higher Level Mathematics. Courses which do not require Mathematics for entry: Fine Art SG231 Creative Design SG232 and SG245 Social Care Practice SG243 Performing Arts SG241 Early Childhood Care and Education SG242 Office Administration SG105 English Proficiency All lectures, tutorials and practical work are delivered through English. It is vitally important that students who are not native English speakers have the required standard on entry to ensure they gain maximum value from their time at IT Sligo. The required minimum proficiency score in English required for entry to IT Sligo is: English Undergraduate Postgraduate IELTS TOEFL Paper TOEFL IBT TOEFL CBT TOEIC Cambridge Exam FCE FCE ETAPP B+ C1 The English language test must be taken within two years from the date of application. IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

164 Fees and Grants A Student Contribution (registration) fee of 2,500 is payable by all students who do not qualify for a grant or scholarship. HOW TO APPLY and STUDENT SERVICES Student grants provide financial support to eligible students. There are two elements to the student grant a maintenance grant and a fee grant. A maintenance grant is a contribution towards your living costs. A fee grant can cover: All or part of your tuition fees All or part of the Student Contribution fee Costs of essential field trips If you have qualified for a maintenance grant, you will generally qualify for a fee grant. If you do not qualify for a maintenance grant, but your family s reckonable income is below certain limits, you may qualify for a partial fee grant. This means that you will either be exempt from 50% of the student contribution, or exempt from 50% of any tuition fees and all of the student contribution. Further information on Grants is available at the following sites spunout.ie/life/article/student-grants Students from Northern Ireland or Great Britain Students from Northern Ireland or Great Britain do not have to pay tuition fees to study in the Republic of Ireland (because they are paid by the Irish government). However, you do have to pay the Student Contribution fee of 2,500. To cover this upfront cost, you can get a Student Contribution Loan to help pay up to the full amount of the fee contribution. Student loans and grants in the United Kingdom are primarily provided by the government through the Student Loans Company. Student loans are low-interest and partly means tested but unlike a grant, you have to pay the money back eventually. The Student Loans Company decides on whether you re eligible for a loan and of how much. Contact your Local Education and Library Board or visit these websites for more information: IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

165 FETAC Applicants The minimum entry requirements for graduates of FETAC (Level 5 or 6) awards to: Higher Certificate Course (NFQ Level 6) is a full FETAC (Level 5 or 6) award. Ordinary Degree Course (NFQ Level 7) is a full FETAC (Level 5 or 6) award. Honours Degree Course (NFQ Level 8) is a full FETAC (Level 5 or 6) award to include Distinction grades in at least three components. For entry to the majority of courses a full award may be accumulated over more than one academic year. In such cases it is the responsibility of the applicant to apply to FETAC for a full award. However, for entry to certain courses an award achieved in a single sitting may be required. Also, for some courses, specific component awards in Mathematics must be included in the FETAC award presented for entry. NEW Award System for Eligible FETAC Applicants All FETAC awards are part of the Common Awards System, or CAS, from Scoring System for Eligible FETAC Applicants A full FETAC Level 5 or 6 major award will have a minimum credit value of 120. Component awards, or achievement of less than 120 credits, do not constitute a full award. HOW TO APPLY and STUDENT SERVICES Scoring Process Each FETAC Level 5 and Level 6 component is scored as follows: Pass Merit Distinction This component score is then multiplied by the individual component credit value to a maximum 120 credits, a total maximum of 400 points. Components leading to the best 120 credits are scored. See table below. Grade Score Credits Achieved Credits Counted Points Distinction Distinction Distinction Distinction Distinction Distinction Merit Merit Distinction n/a n/a Some applicants will combine components achieved prior to the introduction of CAS with others which are part of CAS. Level 5 and 6 (NCVA) Certificates, i.e. major awards, achieved before the introduction of CAS are also scored according to the system outlined above. All FETAC Level 5 and Level 6 awards will be scored using the best 120 credits to deliver a maximum of 400 points regardless of whether they were achieved before or after the introduction of CAS. IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

166 FETAC Applicants (continued) HOW TO APPLY and STUDENT SERVICES How FETAC Graduates Apply for Entry to an IT Sligo Course? Applicants who have spent at least one-year on a recognised PLC course validated by FETAC can be considered for entry. Applications should be made through the CAO. Applicants who have completed a full FETAC award since 2002 or are in the process of completing a full FETAC award in 2012/13 should follow the FETAC instructions on page two of the CAO application form and enter their PPS number in the relevant box. As indicated previously, applicants who have achieved their full award over more than one academic year must apply to FETAC for a full award. Applicants who completed a full FETAC award before 2002 should tick the NCVA Level 2/3 box on page three of the CAO application form and complete further details on page four since these courses cannot be automatically rated by the CAO. In addition, applicants must forward a copy of these results to the Academic Administration Office before the end of June. FETAC applicants must compete for course places with other FETAC applicants and Leaving Certificate applicants alike. FETAC quotas and a requirement for an award to be achieved in a single sitting may apply for certain courses. The CAO will assess your results automatically and make course offers to you if you attain sufficient points for your chosen course. The same general entry requirements apply to FETAC students as Leaving Certificate students. That means you must get sufficient points and meet the Mathematics requirements of the course you are interested in. Please note that for FETAC applicants, the Mathematics requirement can be met by obtaining a pass in the FETAC Level 5 or 6 Maths module or by getting a B2 or higher in Foundation Maths. For Engineering courses, please check with the Admissions Office for any special requirements. Mature Applicants IT Sligo recognises that mature students can bring a lot of valuable life and work experience to a course. From your perspective, adding a qualification to your experience can help you in your current career. Even a complete career change is an option the days of people following one career path and staying with one employer are long gone, and it s not unusual for people to pursue a new qualification or career change later in life. For example, you might now be at a stage when you have a clearer idea of what you want to do than when you first left school. Whatever your current situation and future aims, it s never too late to benefit from a third level education. Mature applicants (over 23 on 1st January in the year of entry) will be assessed by interview held at IT Sligo in March or April each year. The objective of the interview is to enable IT Sligo to offer college places to the students who are best prepared to successfully complete a course of study at third level. The areas covered in the interview will cover your life and work experience, previous educational achievement, knowledge of your chosen area for further study, career objectives, communication skills and your personal motivation and commitment to successfully complete your studies. Each applicant will be assessed based on their performance at interview and candidates will be ranked accordingly. Places are then offered on the basis of this ranking. If an applicant is mature and has a Level 5 or 6 FETAC award, they will have two chances of entry based on either FETAC points score or interview results. 164 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

167 Students from Northern Ireland and Great Britain IT Sligo welcomes students from Northern Ireland and Great Britain. There are many educational, research, social and cultural opportunities open to you at IT Sligo. You will see that we offer a wide range of undergraduate degree and postgraduate courses up to Level 10 (PhD). We believe that there is something to attract you and that studying with us will be an exciting educational journey. For entry to Year 1, applicants must have a recognised award at Level 3 on the UK framework of qualifications. For more information please see the section on Entry Requirements. How to Apply: Applications to Year 1 of IT Sligo s full-time undergraduate courses are made through the Central Applications Office (CAO). The CAO is the central admissions service for full-time undergraduate courses at Institutes of Technology and Universities in Ireland. The easiest way to submit your application is to do it online at Applications open during November for courses starting in the September of the following year. The CAO application system is as follows: Using a single application, you may choose up to 20 courses, 10 courses at Level 8 and 10 at Level 7. Your choices on one list do not affect your choices on the other list you may receive two independent course offers, one from each list. It is extremely important to list your choices in order of genuine preference in each category. For examinations other than the Irish Leaving Certificate, (eg. AS, A2, AVCE, Double Award, BTEC, etc) please provide full details in the Part B Special Categories section of the application. The CAO will issue offers to applicants who have achieved sufficient points for their chosen courses towards the end of August. HOW TO APPLY and STUDENT SERVICES Key CAO Dates: Application date: Late Application date: Change of Mind date: Clearing/Available Places: 1 February 1 May 1 July Late August Once you have been successful in securing a place you will be sent instructions on how to register and you can look forward to your exciting and rewarding experience ahead of you at IT Sligo. Advanced Entry: Applicants who hold Cache Diplomas, Higher National Certificates, Higher National Diplomas, Foundation Degrees or equivalent qualifications in cognate areas can apply for advanced entry beyond Year 1 to their course of choice. Qualification Entry to IT Sligo BTEC National Award (Level 3) Year 2 Cache Diploma Year 2 Higher National Certificate/Diploma Year 2 Higher National Diploma Year 3 Foundation Degrees Year 3 Applicants who wish to seek exemptions on the basis of existing qualifications can apply direct to IT Sligo on FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Admissions Office T: +353 (0) E: Web: courses.itsligo.ie IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

168 Criminal Convictions, Garda Vetting Policy, Physical Testing and Vaccination HOW TO APPLY and STUDENT SERVICES Criminal Convictions IT Sligo is committed to promoting equality of opportunity and is keen to encourage a diverse student population with a wide range of talents, backgrounds and experiences. We will consider applications for admission on the basis of the qualifications, skills, abilities and personal qualities of the applicant. We acknowledge the critical role of education in the rehabilitative process and having a criminal record will not necessarily debar an applicant unless the nature and seriousness of the offence in question makes it inappropriate for them to be admitted. Applicants with a criminal record should send notification under separate cover marked Confidential to the Student Affairs Manager, IT Sligo, Ash Lane, Sligo outlining the details of their conviction and the courses in which they are interested in attending. Applications will be processed in accordance with IT Sligo Criminal Convictions Policy available on The on-going participation of any student who acquires a conviction while undergoing any course at the Institute will be subject to review in accordance with this policy. Garda Vetting A number of courses at IT Sligo require students to undertake work placements that will bring them into contact with children and/or vulnerable adults and in which they will assume positions of trust. We are committed to protecting the safety of those children and vulnerable adults. IT Sligo will use the Garda Central Vetting Unit (GCVU) service as part of the assessment process for entry to the following courses: Early Childhood Care and Education SG242 Recreation and Leisure SG134 Tourism with Event Management SG135 Social Care Practice SG243 Health Science and Physiology SG435 Public Health and Health Promotion (add-on) This list is subject to review as deemed necessary. The information arising from the Garda Vetting process will be assessed and a decision made in accordance with IT Sligo Garda Vetting Policy. Physical Testing Students on Recreation and Leisure (SG134) and Health Science and Physiology (SG435) participate in practical modules that include elements of physical exercise. The policy is to ensure that you participate in physical exercise at a level that suits you best. At registration stage for Recreation and Leisure and for Health Science and Physiology you will be asked to fill out a simple self-assessment questionnaire. The information you provide will be treated as confidential and it will be reviewed by our Health Services staff. You may be invited for a follow-up medical assessment before participating in the physical exercise elements of your course. The purpose of this evaluation is to identify the level of physical exercise best suited to your capacity. Vaccination requirement Hepatitis B vaccination will be required for work placement for certain courses. 166 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

169 Student Support Services Our Student Support Services team provides a range of information, advice and support systems to help you make the best of your time at the Institute. We understand that the independence of being a student and living away from home is a big step in most people s lives. We have a brilliant student support services team to help you settle into college life. It is much easier to do well in your studies if you are happy with everything else going on in your life. We all deal with challenges in different ways. Our Student Support Services team are here to ensure that any concerns or worries that you have are dealt with sensitively and confidentially. If it s important to you, then it s important to us. Our staff are friendly, warm and they care about your well-being. Support services on campus include: Administrative advice and assistance The Admissions Office provides on-going support in such areas as admissions, registration, grants, fees and examinations. Access Officer Should you have special learning needs, a disability or any circumstances which might need individual consideration, our Access Officer will be happy to talk to you. HOW TO APPLY and STUDENT SERVICES Careers Office Our Careers Office provides career guidance during your time with us. Counselling Our counselling services will help you to embrace positive living and help you work through any concerns you have. Chaplaincy We offer personal support and advice to students of all faiths and none who come to us. Our pastoral care team are always ready to help. Health Our student health services are available five days a week to help keep you fit and healthy. IT Sligo Students Union The ITSSU has three officers and a number of part-time staff to provide on-going support, guidance and representation. ITSSU works closely with Institute management to ensure that student welfare and facilities are first class. See for more details. Learning Support Tutor A learning support tutor who works with the Access Officer is available to assist you if you have special needs such as dyslexia or other specific learning challenges. See for more details. IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

170 Access Office Supports HOW TO APPLY and STUDENT SERVICES IT Sligo is fully committed to developing and promoting initiatives that seek to counter educational disadvantage. There are a number of strands to our Access Office activities and initiatives including: Supports for students with special needs as a result of a disability or medical condition Breaking the Mould Access Programme including Summer School and Special Grant Support from our Bursary Fund Mature Summer School and Student Workshops Our Access Office staff, Catherine McNelis, Access Officer, Learning Support Tutor, Andrea Rynn and Breaking the Mould Coordinator, Ann McCauley welcome your application and will be happy to address any queries you might have. Support for Students with Special Needs Catherine McNelis provides support to students with special needs arising from a physical or sensory disability or medical condition. For each student a personal support plan is devised which can include the provision of personal assistants, assistive technology, access to course materials in alternative formats and special facilities for examinations. Andrea Rynn supports students who have dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties. This can include individual tuition and support, assistive technology and examination supports. The Learning Support Tutor can also screen students in relation to specific learning difficulties and assist in referral for psycho-educational assessment. Together, Catherine and Andrea also process applications for special consideration for entry to IT Sligo based on disability or medical grounds. Applicants who feel they might come within this provision should tick the appropriate box on the CAO application form and submit the completed Supplementary Information Form (SIF) together with supporting documentation to the CAO by the date requested. Breaking the Mould Access Programme This programme is for applicants who, for a variety of financial or social reasons (such as family history of long-term social welfare, low family income, no tradition of attending third level), would otherwise be unable to access third level education. To be eligible for this programme, applicants must: be aged 22 or under be attending a post-primary school or educational centre in Connaught or Cavan, Donegal or Monaghan achieve minimum entry requirements for their chosen course achieve within 10% of the points required for their chosen course While applications for first year entry are made through the CAO, a separate application form for this programme must be completed and returned with supporting documentation to IT Sligo directly. Application forms are available from post-primary schools and educational centres. Supporting documentation includes evidence of family income and a reference from the post-primary school or educational centre. Benefits of participation in Breaking the Mould: 10% bonus on points achieved Free two week Summer School transition programme One-to-one mentoring throughout first year Breaking the Mould Bursary 168 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

171 Breaking the Mould Bursary A bursary is paid to students who qualify under the Breaking the Mould programme. This bursary assists students towards the costs associated with commencing third level studies. Students are required to attend the transition programme which is held immediately prior to registration in order to avail of the bursary and mentoring during first year. Mature Students The Access Officer, Catherine McNelis is the coordinator of our Access Programme for Mature Students. IT Sligo welcomes applications from mature students. Up to 20% of places on courses in the Institute are reserved for mature applicants. Applications should be made through the CAO in the usual way. An information evening for interested applicants is held in January each year. Catherine McNelis is the contact person for anyone considering attending IT Sligo as a mature student. HOW TO APPLY and STUDENT SERVICES A Mature Student Summer School which is held in the two weeks immediately preceding the commencement of first year classes is offered to incoming students who have been some time away from education. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Catherine McNelis Access Officer T: +353 (0) E: Andrea Rynn Learning Support Tutor T: +353 (0) E: Ann McCauley Breaking the Mould Co-ordinator T: +353 (0) E: IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

172 Yeats Library HOW TO APPLY and STUDENT SERVICES The Yeats Library is situated centrally on campus. It is an innovative and exciting facility with many different spaces in which to learn. The first floor Quiet Zone is silent and traditional with reference books and formal seating. The ground floor Infozone houses most of the lending collection and the library information desk as well as photocopying and printing services. The lower ground floor is the Social Learning Zone where you will go to work with your fellow students on joint projects. Here you can choose your seating from the variety of tables and informal furniture and get brainstorming with your latest ideas. There are plenty of electrical sockets, network points and of course WIFI should you need to go online with a laptop or tablet. Alternatively, you can practice delivering presentations in one of the small seminar rooms located on all three levels. Library Resources The Library holds 50,000+ print books and subscribes to 50,000+ electronic books and several thousand electronic journals. There are maps, reports and films on DVD. We provide an interlibrary loans service to allow you to request books from other college libraries. Library staff will provide information sessions on how to use the service and are available to answer specific queries throughout the year. Online Learners Library services for online and distance learners are available through the website Here you can check the catalogue for books, renew loans, search electronic databases and request items from other libraries. The online help desk ensures that help is at hand for specific queries. Library Opening Times Monday to Thursday: Friday: Saturday: 9.00am to 9.00pm 9.00am to 5.00pm 10.00am to 2.00pm 170 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

173 Accommodation Our Students Union will provide you with a list of all accommodation in the area. You can contact the office on +353 (0) The following is a list of the self-catering Student Villages that are close to the college. Ard Nua Village Yeats Village +353 (0) (0) Gateway Apartments Milligan Place +353 (0) (0) The Village Lake Isle Accommodation +353 (0) (0) The Grove +353 (0) HOW TO APPLY and STUDENT SERVICES If you have any problems with your landlord, call into the Students Union for advice. Please note: All accommodation is privately owned and the Institute is not responsible for any agreements reached between tenants and landlords. IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

174 Getting Here Bus and train timetables are posted on the Students Union noticeboard. Timetables are also available at: and HOW TO APPLY and STUDENT SERVICES The local Sligo City Bus Service has an official stop on the Institute campus. Sligo is well served by bus, rail and road connections. Many students stay in Sligo during the week and then go back home at the weekend. Public and private companies operate coach services to Mayo, Donegal, Derry, Leitrim, Roscommon, Cavan, Galway, Longford and Mullingar. You can travel from Dublin to Sligo by rail, bus or car in under three hours. Ireland West Airport Knock is less than an hour s journey from Sligo. Typical travel times by road to Sligo are: Dublin: Sligo 3 hours Galway: Sligo 2 hours Derry: Sligo 2 hours Belfast: Sligo 2.5 hours Derry Belfast Enniskillen Ireland West Airport Knock Sligo Galway Athlone Dublin Limerick Killarney Waterford Wexford Cork 172 IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

175 Prospective Students School Visits At IT Sligo we provide an extensive schools visitation programme designed to give you as much detail and general information about IT Sligo and the courses we offer. This service is available to second level schools and all organisations that require further information on the wide variety of courses offered at IT Sligo. However, nothing beats actually coming here to see the place for yourself! Campus Visits Visits to our campus give you an opportunity to examine career options, discuss courses with lecturers, explore the college and its facilities and experience a taste of life in a third level Institute firsthand. Visits can be arranged for groups or on an individual basis. HOW TO APPLY and STUDENT SERVICES Open Day Open Day is one of the highlights of the academic year and gives you the opportunity to experience the Institute, talk to current students and meet staff. Open Day will take place on: Thursday, 24th October 2013 Thursday, 23rd October 2014 Visiting students may attend talks on various courses, take a guided tour of IT Sligo and view the exhibition stands in the School of Business and Social Sciences, School of Engineering and Design and School of Science. You can find out more information about your preferred course and learn a bit about the quality of life our students enjoy on campus. To get a flavour of our Open Day see weblink at: FOR FURTHER INFO, CONTACT: School Liaison Office T: +353 (0) E: IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

176 Ash Campus Map HOW TO APPLY and STUDENT SERVICES Key Code A Central Administration and Yeats Library B Science C Marketing and Languages D Business and Social Sciences E Engineering and Design F Technology G Innovation Centre H Student Services Centre J Lecture Theatres K Fine Art and Creative Design L Fine Art and Creative Design M Applied Technology P Knocknarea Arena A Yeats Library P M P Knocknarea Arena N IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and 2015

177 The Clarion Hotel Clarion Rd K L A Central Administration HOW TO APPLY and STUDENT SERVICES F G E D N16 H A J B C Enniskillen Rd G Innovation Centre Hazelwood Rd Lane N LP IT Sligo Prospectus 2014 and

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