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Course Details

Higher Certificate in Science in Computer Systems Management

Course code: BN026 Entry Route into programme:
  • Leaving Certificate
  • Mature Grounds
Duration: 2 years part time (4 semesters)
NFQ level: 6
Fee: €2,200 per year
Schedule: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 6pm - 10pm
Award title: Higher Certificate in Science
Credits for Full Award: 120 @ NFQ Level 6
Awarding Body: ITB Transfer and Progression:
BN311 Bachelor of Science in Computing in Information Security & Digital Forensics

Minimum Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a pass in five subjects (ordinary level) in the Leaving Certificate, to include Mathematics and English or Irish, or an equivalent qualification.

The minimum entry requirements for graduates of FETAC level 5 or 6 awards is any full award and this FETAC award must include Mathematics (C20139) or Mathematics for Computing (C20175) or Mathematics for Engineering (C20174) Mature applicants (i.e. those who are aged 23 years or more on January 1st in the year of entry) applying for the first level of programmes are exempt from this requirement.


This course is designed to produce graduates with the skills required to operate as a first line information technology support person in a wide range of industry and business environments. The course comprises both taught modules and credits for relevant work experience.


The course will be offered over 2 years in four semesters. Delivery of course content will be through a combination of lectures and self-study learning material. There is also a strong emphasis on practical work across all modules. Students will attend ITB three nights per week each semester.


On successful completion of the Higher Certificate in Science in Computer Systems Management (NFQ level 6), students are eligible to progress on to the Bachelor of Science in Information Security & Digital Forensics (NFQ Level 7).

Course Content

Year 1 Year 2
  • Computer Systems (M)
  • Operating Systems 1 (M)
  • Computer Networks 1 (M)
  • Software Development 1 (M)
  • Interpersonal Communications and PC Applications (M)
  • Software Development 2 (M)


  • Computer Networks 2 (E)
  • Operating Systems 2 (E)
  • Web and Social Media for Enterprise
  • Mathematics (E)
  • Databases (E)
  • Hardware and Software Forensics (E)
  • Work Based Learning (E)

(M) Mandatory Modules
(E) Elective Modules

Six electives must be taken in Year 2.

All Modules are 10 ECTS Credits.

A choice of modules will be offered over an academic year. Electives will only be
available at the discretion of the institute, subject to availability of lecturing staff
and sufficient expression of interest from students.

Computer Networks I and 2

The aim of these modules is to give the student an overview of computer networking technologies and standards. Networks 2 follows on from Networks 1 to extend the student’s knowledge of computer networking technologies and standards, and to develop network design skills.

Operating Systems I and 2

The aim of operating systems 1 is to introduce the student to the basics of operating systems and systems administration. Operating systems 2 extends the concepts from operating systems 1 to multi-user and network based operating systems.

Software Development I and 2

The aim of these modules is to develop the students’ ability to solve problems in a structured way using basic programming techniques. Software Development 2 follows from Software Development 1, and aims to further develop programming skills and an understanding of data structures, algorithms and their applications.

Computer Systems

This module aims to educate the student in the installation, configuration, troubleshooting and fault diagnosis/reporting associated with modern personal computer motherboard/peripherals and device driver software.

Interpersonal Communications and PC Applications

This module is designed to emphasise, reinforce and extend the key practical skills of communication to enable the student to communicate competently and successfully in any future professional context. The module will also give the student a working knowledge of office management software.


This module follows on from the relational database section of the Computer Applications module. It is designed to equip the student with the skills required to work with a relational database in a multi-user environment.


This module is designed to provide the student with the basic mathematical concepts and tools required for information technology.

Training and Support

The aim of the module is to teach the student how to train and support both customers and users in the effective use of the computer facilities available to them.

Hardware and Software Forensics

This subject covers the basics of the computer security and vulnerabilities in both hardware and software parts of a computer system. The modules will also develop the student’s ability to find and recover user activity on a computer.

Work Based Learning

A portfolio will have to be created by students to gain these credits. A portfolio refers to a claim for learning based on a collection of suitable pieces of evidence of that learning. It is usually a folder containing statements about what a student has learned and supporting appendices of evidence. The portfolio should describe work based learning experiences in the context of potentially credible learning. The experiences cited should be certified by the employer.

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