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LM121 - BSc in Computer Science (Common Entry)

                                 LM121 - Bachelor of Science in Computing Technologies (Common Entry)

LM121 Computer Science At A Glance

Common Entry
  • B.Sc. Computer Games
  • B.Sc. Computer Systems
  • B.Sc. Mobile Communications
    & Security
Duration: 4 Years
CAO: 352

2 X H4 + 4 O6 or 4 H7
Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language and English.
Minimum O2/H6 in Mathematics.
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Why Study Computing?

Computing is the design and building of software applications that are central to all aspects of daily life, ranging from media players to games to social media. Recent developments in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data give rise to concepts such as smart homes, smart cities, smart health, smart transport and many others that will revolutionise the way we live. Computing is an exciting and dynamic field which is constantly changing

What is Programming?

One of the key steps in the development of software applications is coding, often referred to as programming.
A software application consists of thousands to millions of lines of code designed and written by a team of developers. There are multiple programming languages, examples of the most common being Python, Java, C/C++, JavaScript,, etc. Thus programming is writing code in a programming language. The study of databases, hardware and operating systems is also core.

What Is LM121 Computer Science [Common Entry]?

LM121 Computer Science is a common first year which provides students with an opportunity to explore the options for their final degree. The options are:

BSc Computer Systems covers the full lifecycle of a software application from requirements and architecture
to programming and testing, and then maintenance.
BSC Computer Games Development is centred on the design and implementation of games.
BSC Mobile Communications and Security focuses on developing applications that are secure,
particularly those deployed in the cloud.

Why Study Computing at UL?

  1. UL is The Sunday Times University of the Year 2019.
  2. Graduates are in high demand in the public and private sector.
  3. Cooperative Education: industry placement typically for 8 months in year 3.
  4. The Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Learning Centre and Mathematics Learning Centre both provide students with free additional support for Modules.
  5. Excellent Mac and PC Labs.
  6. Lecturers work in excellent research centres. This experience feeds into teaching:
    1. Lero – the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre is hosted in UL
    2. DMARC – The Digital Media and Arts Research Centre
  7. Faculty that are internationally recognised for expertise in their fields of research.
  8. The emergence of the Shannon and Mid-West region as a software hub.

What are the Subjects Covered in LM121?

Click here to view the first year modules

Is LM121 the Course for You?

Do you like problem solving and will not give up when faced with a challenge? Are you community minded and have an interest in technology and its use in the world that we live in?

LM121 Computer Science [Common entry] does not require you to have prior experience in programming. However, some knowledge in any programming language is recommended because it leads to a more informed CAO decision.

A Note on Progression Rates

Progression in Computer Science is now similar to other courses. This has been achieved through:

  • “Making the Leap: a Pathway to Success”, an LM121 Computer Science initiative to help students transition from 2nd to 3rd level using the support of second year student volunteers who act as mentors.
  • The ICT Learning Centre and Maths Learning Centre which provide students with free additional support for programming and maths.
  • A bespoke initiative to support LM121 students taking the spring semester module Foundations of Computer Science 2.

Career Opportunities

Common between all three pathways: software engineer/developer, web developer, dev ops, IT administrator, technical sales and advanced study and research.

Computer Systems: business analyst, architect, project management

Mobile Communications and Security: IT/networking project manager, network administrator/manager, network security analyst/consultant and computer crime consultant.

Computer Games Development: games programmer, graphics programming and high-performance computing.

B.Sc. Computer Systems

General information on the Course and Student Testimonials and a list of Modules

BSc. Computer Games Development

General information on the Course and Student Testimonials and a list of Modules

BSc. Mobile Communications and Security

BSC Mobile Communications & Security Information Page

More Information

More details about LM121 on the UL Prospectus.

More details on the pathways on the Admissions Website.

If interested in learning more about Computer Science check out the following videos.

How Do I apply?

Non-EU applicants should apply through the International Education Division.

For mature and all other applicants apply through UL Admissions.

Contact Information

Course director: J.J. Collins
Phone number: +353 61 202409