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Course Aims 

The programme is designed to equip you with the skillset required to work in an array of computing roles in industry. You will develop secure software with the most modern methods of software technology for all areas of application, and you will have the ability to analyse, select, and utilise appropriate emerging technologies for the development of a software solution. You will be able to store, manage and mine data for businesses, and to develop systems to enable organisations to extract value from such data.

Why is Software Systems Development important? 

People and businesses such as Google, Facebook and Amazon generate vast amounts of data every day with each person leaving a digital footprint across the web. There is a demand for high quality software developers with multi-disciplinary skills and this programme will produce software developers, who can analyse this data for businesses to give them a competitive advantage, by equipping them with core skills in data science and information systems allied to excellent software development skills.

This programme provides you with the opportunity to become a well-rounded software developer with a background in either business, psychology, or a European language.

Subject Areas 

There is a strong focus on programming and website fundamentals to provide you with a solid background for later years. You will be also introduced to software engineering concepts, and fundamental computing concepts using Raspberry PI’s for example.

In years 2, 3, and 4 you will study specialist modules in mobile and web app development, database systems, business analytics, information systems and computer security. 

Unique features 

Companies in Ireland are seeking software developers who possess multi-disciplinary skills in the areas of Business, Psychology or Languages. With this in mind you will have the option to study those areas as elective option from year 2.

In year 3 you have the option to complete work placement or study abroad. Studying abroad has become a popular choice for all our students especially those who have chosen the European language elective. 

Year 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
Programming Fundamentals 1 Programming Fundamentals 2
Website Development 1 Website Development 2
Systems Analysis, Design & Testing Introduction to Software Engineering
Communication Skills BIS & Processes
Computer Systems 1 Computer Systems 2
Mathematics Fundamentals Statistical Analysis

Year 2

Semester 3 Semester 4
Data Structure and Algorithms 1 Software Development Tools
User Experience Design Web App Development 1
Database Fundamentals Database Systems
Enterprise Applications Professional Practice
Computer Networks Introduction to Computer Security
Choose one of the following electives: Choose one of the following electives:
*Creative Problem Solving *Integrated Marketing
*Introduction to Psychology *Introduction to Social Psychology
*German Intermediate 1 (B1.1) *German Intermediate 2 (B1.2)
*French Intermediate 1 (B1.1) *French Intermediate 2 (B1.2)
* = Elective

Year 3

Semester 5 Semester 6
Learning Portfolio - Flexible Semester Automated Cloud Services
Further Statistics
Choose one of the following electives: NoSQL Databases
*Study Abroad Mobile App Development 1
*Professional Cert. Digital Transformation of Information Systems
*Voluntary Organisation Project
*Ind. Placement Choose one of the following electives:
*Technology Entrepreneurship
* = Elective *Introduction to Cognition and Perception
*Intercultural Business Context
*Content and Language Integrated Learning

Year 4

Semester 7 Semester 8
Agile Software Practice Distributed Systems
Web App Development 2 Application Security
Data Analytics Essentials Data Science in Practice
Enterprise Systems Architecture Project 2
Project 1 Choose one of the following electives:
Application Security
Choose one of the following electives: *Technology Commercialisation
*Project Management *Management Psychology
*Individual Differences *German B2.1b
*German 2.1a *French B2.1b
*French B2.1a *Technology Commercialisation
* = Elective

Leaving Cert: Minimum entry requirements for BSc (Hons) in Software Systems Development

2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O5/H7

Advanced and Equivalent Entry for BSc (Hons) in Software Systems Development:

Career Opportunities for BSc (Hons) in Software Systems Development graduates:

Mobile App Developer 

  • Programmer/Analyst 
  • Database Developer 
  • Database Administrator 
  • Web Developer 
  • SAP Specialist 
  • Business Analyst 
  • Software Developer 
  • System Developer  
  • Data Analyst  

Follow on Study for BSc (Hons) in Software Systems Development graduates:

Postgraduate programme in SETU Waterford or elsewhere. Many Software Systems Development graduates go on to complete research masters and PhDs.

Career Opportunities for BSc (Hons) in Software Systems Development graduates:

  • Mobile App Developer
  • Programmer/Analyst
  • Database Developer
  • Database Administrator
  • Web Developer
  • SAP Specialist
  • Business Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • System Developer 
  • Data Analyst 

Completion of a level 8 programme will also enable students to undertake taught Masters programmes or Masters degrees by research at SETU Waterford or other third-level colleges


Course Leader

Ms Amanda Freeman-Gater

Lecturer in Computing -

Call: +35351834162

Email: [email protected]