Computing and Electronic Technology

Level 5 QQI Award

Duration

One Year

Overview

This course gives students the opportunity to develop a career in the electronic and information technology sectors, either through progression to a third level course or directly into employment in this thriving sector. Students will learn computer programming, the implementation and design of circuits in real time applications, how to build and test their own embedded control systems, PC construction including installation and maintenance. The course offers students the additional benefit of sitting the international recognised CompTia+ award. This course is supported by FIT (Fast Track into IT) which is a unique IT led initiative which gives students assistance to find employment in IT sector. 

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate Established/ LCVP
  • Leaving Certificate Applied
  • Relevant QQI Level 4 Award
  • Mature applicants are welcome

Course Modules

  • Analogue Electronics
  • Electronics and Digital
  • PCB Design and Fabrication
  • System Maintenance
  • Control Systems
  • Computer Programming
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Mathematics
Module Information

Module Information

Computing and Electronic Technology

Level 5 QQI  Award Electronic Technology (CELTX)

Course Content (Module Names and Codes) 

 

1. Analogue Electronics C20016

This module is designed to give the learner the necessary skills to construct electronic circuits competently and safely. It introduces the learner to electronic theory and practice and shows the learner how to design basic electronic circuits.

Assessment: Three Skills Demonstrations (30%), Project (40%), Written Examination (30%).

 

2. Digital Electronics C20018

This module is designed to give the learner the necessary skills to construct digital electronic integrated circuits, competently and safely. It introduces the learner to timers, Operational amplifiers and how to build and test a range of modern digital circuits with practical uses in ICT.  

Assessment:  Three Skills Demonstrations (30%), Project (40%), Written Examination (30%).

 

3. PCB Design and Fabrication N22978

The module is designed to give the learner an understanding of the processes involved in P.C.B. design and production. The module is best delivered with analogue and digital electronics level 5. Learners use a CAD package to design and fabricate printed circuit boards of varying degrees of sophistication.

Assessment:  Five Skills Demonstrations (50%) , Project (50%).

 

4. Control Systems C20015

This module is designed so that the learner will understand the vital role that microprocessor control plays in modern industrial processes and learn how to use a microprocessor based device as a controller.

Assessment:  Four Skills Demonstrations (40%), Project (60%).

 

5. System Maintenance C30146

This module is a statement of the standards to be achieved to gain a QQI credit in System Maintenance at Level 6. It is an elective module on the Advanced Certificate in Networks and Software Systems. This module is designed to give the learner the necessary skills and techniques for repairing, maintaining, troubleshooting hardware & software problems as well as upgrading existing computers to a higher specification. This is a very practical module mirroring the Comptia A+ qualification.

Assessment: Three Skills Tests (30%), Practical Examination (PC Build) (40%), Written Examination (30 %).

 

6. Computer Programming C20013

Develop good programming practices in design, compiling and solving practical everyday problems using coding and programming techniques.

Assessment:  Two Assignments (60%), Written Examination (40%).

 

7. Work Experience W20008

Prepare for work placement under supervision [80 hours, under supervision, each student provides their own work placement]. The collection of work also comprises Job Search Records/Skills Audit and Learning Goals, a Learner Report Diary and a Supervisor’s Report (from the work placement) and a Vocational Sector Profile.

Assessment: Collection of Work,  Skills Demonstration.

 

8. Mathematics C20139

Acquire mathematical skills in problem solving and mathematical investigations in the following areas: mathematical modelling, statistics and probability, graphing functions, differential and integral calculus, complex numbers and trigonometry.

Assessment:  Two assignments (30% each)  Examination (40%).

 

9. Communications G20001

Communications level 5 will help students to develop an awareness of the essential role played by communication in human interaction; to acquire communication skills relevant to vocational and personal development, understand the communicative principles and practices involved in gathering and relaying information, to acquire the skills and confidence to convey and interpret meaning, in writing, orally and visually, develop a critical awareness of communications messages and media, explore the use of modern communication and information technology, and its application in personal and vocational life.

Assessment:  Skills Demonstrations (50%)  Written Assignments (50%).

Certification

  • Level 5 QQI Award Electronic Technology (CELTX)
  • CompTIA Certification (Optional)

Progression Opportunities

DFEi: Graduates may progress to the QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Computing and Electronic Technology at DFEi.
Elsewhere: Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes, at both Universities and Institutes of Technology.

Progression Examples

BSc in Computer Science (DN201)

Bachelor of Science (DN200)

University College Dublin

Bachelor of Arts (MH101)

BSc in Computer Science and Software Engineering (MH601/2)

BSc in Multimedia Mobile and Web Development (MH601/2)

National University of Ireland Maynooth

BSc in Creative Media Technologies (DL835)

BSc in Creative Computing (DL836)

Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology

BEng in Electronics and Communications Engineering (DT008)

BTech in Networking Technologies (DT080)

Dublin Institute of Technology

Career Paths

Graduates have a wide range of career opportunities such as: network support, software development, electronic service technician, test and repair technician, electronic and computer engineering, access control installation.

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Accreditations

Dalen Norey Gumpal

Dalen Gumpal, 2016 graduate. Now studying Computer Science in UCD
"In DFEi there is a very friendly athmosphere and the teachers go the extra mile to help you. I especially love the computer programming module as it practices critical…

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Dalen Norey Gumpal

Dalen Gumpal, 2016 graduate. Now studying Computer Science in UCD
"In DFEi there is a very friendly athmosphere and the teachers go the extra mile to help you. I especially love the computer programming module as it practices critical thinking. The course in DFEi has prepared me well for my degree studies in UCD."

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Philip Thompson

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