GY101: To study IT as a subject

 

To study IT as a subject in First Arts you will need to complete an application process, as there is a class size limit. This process will be covered at the Introductory Talks in Orientation Week and the IT lectures in Weeks 1 & 2. In the event of over subscription, ONLY those students who have completed the application process will be considered.

Selection Process for GY101  : 2014 - 2015

  • IT is a laboratory intensive subject: necessary restriction on number of places available in Year 1 (Quota: 120 places)
  • To apply for a place in IT email 1stBAinIT@it.nuigalway.ie (this email is for applications only), giving your name and student ID. Your email should give a brief statement as to why you want to take IT.
  • Applications must be submitted by 5:00PM on the 19th of September. The selection process will be completed the following week.
  • You should attend any one of the introductory talks during orientation week as well as all IT lectures.
  • If you have any queries email finlay.smith@nuigalway.ie.
  • Would IT suit you? Please read our overview.

 

 

For Final Year Final Year BA Students

 

Students are required to select two optional modules in their final year of IT study. As these modules may be scheduled for delivery outside core IT timetable hours students are advised that modules should only be selected where they do not clash with a student’s core lecture hours in their other subject.

 

Overview

 

The study of IT within the BA Degree at NUI, Galway, develops the cognitive and applied skills needed for the design, application and support of computerised systems. It also covers the study of the social impacts of IT at community, national and international levels. During first year, you are introduced to the fundamentals of IT and computing methods, and also develop immediately useful skills in computer programming and internet applications. Building on this foundation, second and third year courses expose you to more advanced topics in programming information systems and computing systems and their application (e.g. internet development, graphics, artificial intelligence, human computer interaction, and other topics).

It is important to note that you do not need any prior computer experience to be eligible to study IT in the BA programme.

 

Subject Descriptions

 

First Year  2014 - 2015

BA-IT First Year Co-ordinator:                  Dr. Finlay Smith        finlay.smith@nuigalway.ie

First Year Module 

Second Year  2014 - 2015

BA-IT Second Year Co-ordinator:             Pat Byrne                    pat.byrne@nuigalway.ie

Second Year Modules‌

Third Year  2014 - 2015

BA-IT Third Year Co-ordinator:                  Dr. Conn Mulvihill     conn.mulvihill@nuigalway.ie

Third Year Modules‌ 

 

Admissions

 

Application for admission to the first year of the BA full-time programme is made through the CAO.

Selection of subjects is made after admission to the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies. Information relating to entry, including entry for mature students and transfers from another university, is available here.

 

Future Career Opportunities

 

Graduates of the BA-IT programme have a great variety of employment opportunities. The IT skills gained during your BA programme “enhance” all traditional BA graduate job opportunities, while opportunities are also opened up in technological domains, for example in publishing, information management, multimedia, graphic design, technical writing and localisation. You can further complement your BA degree by doing a postgraduate qualification in IT here in NUI, Galway, or elsewhere.

 

Who is it for?

 

The study of Information Technology is suited to students who are inquisitive, creative, like problem solving and want to understand more about the workings of technology and how it is developed and deployed in the world around us. IT skills are best developed through practice and so the study of IT is suited to students who are willing to work consistently and practice their skills, rather than leaving their studies to the last minute.

The combination of IT with another humanities subject appeals to students who have diverse interests and are eager to explore more than one subject in their undergraduate education. This suits students who would like to explore different applications for IT or create linkages between IT and other subjects.

It is important to note that you do not need any prior computer experience to be eligible to study IT in the BA programme.

 

 

BA-IT Programme Director

For further information please contact the IT Degree Programme co-ordinator

Dr. Karen Young      karen.young@nuigalway.ie or gy101@nuigalway.ie