An Introduction to Networks and Configuration (Network Management)

Athlone Institute of Technology (Engineering Computing (Online/Blended Delivery))
Key Programme Details

Special Purpose Award

NFQ Level

6 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Mixed, Distance


Part Time

ECTS Credits



Computer and Software Engineering

General Information

Enda Fallon



090 6471877


Department of Computer and Software Engineering,
Athlone Institute of Technology,
Dublin Road,
Co. Westmeath.

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About this Course

This programme introduces the learner to the key skills needed to commence a career in the IT and Network Support area. Level 1 IT and Network Support technicians are typically the first point of contact in a company for IT related issues. This can 0include setting up new hardware or user accounts, managing the network to ensure secure connectivity, installing and updating software and maintaining the physical network infrastructure.

Entry Requirements

Level 5 or equivalent professional qualification/work experience plus a working knowledge of computers.

Fluency in English.

Access to a computer and good broadband.

Be able to attend the required practical's in Athlone.

Applicants will be interviewed to verify attitude to study and commitment to complete the course.

Long Description

The proposed programme equips graduates with the necessary technical and soft skills to perform these key front-line duties.
This programme is based on the internationally recognised CompTIA A+ and Cisco CCENT modules. Computer Systems provides an overview of key computer hardware and its operation. Network Fundamentals and Network Device configuration introduces a number of key network concepts. Network Device Configuration develops skills in network device security and routing. These modules are generally considered to be the industry standard to commence a career in IT and Network support and introduce key trouble-shooting skills which are adaptable to many situations. It gives employers reassurance that the potential employee understands key concepts applicable to the IT and network fields of today. Finally, the module Communication in the Workplace focusses on the key interpersonal skills necessary for good teamwork, and also develops students' ability to communicate their ideas effectively, both in oral presentation and in writing.

Timetable Info

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Delivery Location

Online/Athlone Institute of Technology

Delivery Notes

Blended Delivery