This information leaflet gives basic information with an emphasis on answering
the Frequently Asked Questions, (FAQs), on the degree programme
Computing Studies, (degree in Computing and Mathematics), CAO code GY306.
This document is also available as a pdf download.
A separate brochure with more detailed technical information on the degree is also available.
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The degree programme
has been running since 1990.
A leaflet on
Graduate Achievements of the first years' entries
also available in which may be seen the many and varied career prospects.
In summary, graduates find positions
not only in the computer industry but also in the financial services sector,
the public sector and other areas which require highly numerate graduates
computer experience. On account of the nature, diversity and
quality of the programme and the varied
employment prospects it is clear that a downturn in any
will not greatly affect overall employment prospects.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
4 What are the main areas of Computer Science? Does this programme concentrate on any particular area of Computing?Generally in the Computer Science/IT area there are basically 3 areas: (a) Software; (b) Hardware; (c) Applications. This programme concentrates mainly on the Software end, although the programme will also deal with basic hardware and networking.
There are other programmes at NUI,Galway which concentrate on other areas: hardware (as in the Electronic Engineering degrees) and applications (as in the IT degree).
Modern computing methods such as Cryptography (used for secretly transmitting messages, on the internet, between financial institutions or any area where secrecy is required), Coding and Compression of data (used for example in CDs (as in Encarta) or on DVDs), and Formal methods of Software Engineering, to name a few, all rely heavily on mathematical techniques and analysis.
No deep study of the Computing area can take place without some sort of rigorous mathematical training.
Graduate Achievements of the first years' entries. A degree in this area means that graduates are in a unique position to obtain employment, directly upon graduation, in many diverse area and are not dependent on any particular area or industry.
In the undenominated degree, the student enters a programme of study in which at the outset it is not decided in which degree subject(s) the student would graduate; the choice of such subject(s) is decided essentially at the end of second and third years.
It is possible under certain specific circumstances to transfer between programmes provided all the prerequisites have been studied for the programme to which the student wishes to transfer.
Mathematics Department, Maths Physics Department, IT Department,