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GY350
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4.7
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As a mature student went into the course not knowing what to expect.
Found it very difficult at first, which is normal for anyone trying to study after a period of 10 years out to education.

I was very fortunate to really enjoy the programming side of the course which meant that up 75% of the course work involved programming in some way.

The course offered a lot of help to students like myself who struggled but were willing to put in the work to catch up. We had extra Math tutorials made available for us when needed. Help was never refused but it is very important that you speak to your course advisers to make it available.
Lectures
The lectures overall were good, one aspect that I was disappointed with was that the lectures were all theory based. It would have been really useful to have to practical experience with some to the computer hardware we were learning about.
Career Opportunities
The IT sector is one of the best sectors to graduate in.

In 2010 all the graduates from all the courses in Ireland covered only 20% of the demand. There is still a huge demand today not only in Ireland but all over the world.

I have been lucky enough to have worked in San Francisco and now Manchester because of the course.
Overall Comments
Great course for those willing to put in the work.
Great lecturers and admin staff.
Grate city for living and studying in.

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Year of Graduation
2010
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When I studied this course it was just known as 'Information Technology'. I believe it has changed a bit since 2010. For me it was good course covering a wide range of areas. Although I sometimes felt because we covered so much it prevented us from becoming highly skilled in the areas of IT we preferred.

Going into it I didnt really know enough about the course and in hindsight something like Business Information Systems would have probably suited me better.

In terms of Leaving Certs subject that I'd recommend, Maths is the big one and the course covered! But also try and learn a bit about programming (Java for example) as a huge amount of the course focuses on this.
Lectures
The lectures and areas of teaching were fine. My one big complaint was when I started in first year the course offered 3 different options for the duration; you could do Information Technology with either Business Studies, a Language or Artificial Intelligence. I picked Business Studies. Being able to do IT along side Business was a big factor in me selecting this course in the first place.

But at the start of 4th year we were told everyone had to do Artificial Intelligence as the Department were taking away the other options. So I was forced to drop one of my preferred classes and on top of that take a class that had been ongoing since first year and I only came into it in the final year of it. Unsurprisingly I struggled compared to those who had always been in the class and just about passed it.

While I was there the size of the class was very small (which can be a good thing and a bad thing!). But in recent years the numbers doing this course has increased dramatically. And the hours were usually 20+ per week. Some early starts and late finishes but nothing that will prevent you from being able to enjoy the social side of college as well :-)
Career Opportunities
At the moment the IT industry is probably one of the best to get into. In 3rd year you go on a 5 month work placement. And this often leads to full time employment with the same company once you finish college. That was the case for me. One week after I finished my final exam I was hired by the company that I did my placement with!

The majority of my class went into employment rather than choosing a postgrad after 4th year.
Overall Comments
While there was some areas of the course that I was disappointed with (and I would have liked to have studied more on Web and App Development) I don't regret picking Information Technology. 5 years since I finished and I am in a good position with my career. And NUIG is a great college! Galway has a very good social life for students and the campus is very close to the city centre.

As I mentioned already the course has been restructured since I left so some of my point may no longer be relevant! But the final piece of advice I can offer is just to know the course and what is involved with programming if you are considering Computer Science and Information Technology!

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Year of Graduation
2010
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