Future Networked Systems Courses

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What is Future Networked Systems?

In technology, networking is connecting a system of computers to share information and new ideas and better systems are being developed every day.

Future Networked Systems deals with how things become smart and connected, from mobile social networking to managing city resources such as road traffic. Dealing with such large-scale, cyber-physical and distributed systems requires novel approaches that address timeliness, safety, privacy and scale challenges.

What 3rd level courses are available?

Universities and colleges in Ireland are offering courses in Future Networked Systems in the following subject areas:

  • MSc In Network And Information Security – Develop robust and efficient network security plans, strategies and solutions.
  • Certificate in Secure Network Operations – Secure Network Operations Special Purpose Award is designed to provide Networking Professionals with the skills required to securely manage networks.
  • Diploma in Introduction to Computer Networks – This course is an introduction to the structure, components, functions and services of computer networks, including current protocols, technologies, and performance issues.
  • Certified Network Defender (CND) – Enhance your knowledge in cyber-security core principles and practices with the Certified Network Defender.
  • MTA Networking Fundamentals – This course is designed to give those embarking on a career in the IT industry a basic understanding of the concept of networking.
  • Network Support Technician Diploma With CompTIA – If you already possess a good basic level of IT skills, this diploma can help you progress to the next level. It focuses on how to ensure an IT network is built, managed and maintained effectively.

Studying Future Networked Systems

There are many courses in Future Networked Systems that may take place over a few days, weeks or even 1 year to 4 years depending on the course and modules selected. There are also part-time courses and night courses available so you can be sure to fit in your studies no matter what your schedule is like.

Courses will cover theory work through lectures, assignments, tutorials and taught modules. Assessments will take place on a continuous basis with written examinations and practical assignments combined in order to achieve a qualification.

You could also consider work experience or a work shadow in the industry. It’s useful to develop a personal portfolio of your own projects, such as those involving programming, building a website or carrying out tasks online as a moderator. Evidence of, for example, your initiative and ability in fixing bugs, improving functionality or building an app will help show your skills and interest in the subject.

Work Experience will not only give you the opportunity to obtain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the industry, but it will also give you a chance to do some essential networking with other industry professionals and gain valuable contacts for the future.

Career options

After completing a Future Networked Systems course you will be able to get started in a career that uses specific knowledge of network systems and applications.

Within the field of I.T and Computer Science, you’ll work in a constantly evolving environment, due to technological advances and the strategic directions of the work available. You’ll create, maintain, audit and improve systems to meet particular needs, often as advised by a systems analyst or architect, testing both hard and software systems to diagnose and resolve system faults.

Popular roles include information technology and telecommunications professionals, IT business analysis, architects and systems designers, web designers, development professionals and IT user support technicians.

Common employers are IT consultancies and IT service providers. However, as most businesses rely on computers to function effectively, there are also opportunities within the IT departments of major organizations in sectors such as aerospace and defense, agricultural, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, public and third sectors, retail and telecommunications.

Another option is to set up your own business, providing IT services such as development and consultancy.

Working hours will depend on whether you are self-employed, employed by a company with set business hours or if you are contracted to various businesses or companies. Working hours in most positions are typically 9 am to 5 pm. However, longer hours are often necessary towards the end of projects as deadlines approach, as well as during the testing stage so that systems can be tested when they’re not being used. In some cases, you may be required to be on call to deal with problems. This can involve evening and weekend work in a shift pattern.

Related jobs include:

  • Application analyst
  • Applications developer
  • Cyber security analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Database administrator
  • Forensic computer analyst
  • Game designer
  • Games developer
  • Information systems manager
  • IT consultant
  • IT technical support officer
  • IT sales professional
  • IT trainer
  • Software engineer
  • Systems analyst
  • UX designer
  • Web designer
  • Web developer
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Network engineer
  • Supply chain manager
  • Telecommunications researcher
  • Multimedia programmer
  • Application analyst
  • Software tester

Further study

After completing a course in Future Networked Systems you may choose to pursue further study in a specialist field to increase your knowledge base and skill set. Postgraduate study can also be used as a means to change career focus or to gain professional qualifications required to practice in certain career areas such as software engineering, computer security, forensic computing and data science.


What skills could be helpful for a career in Future Networked Systems?

Computing careers combine theoretical study and practical projects and may require some knowledge or previous experience in subject-specific skills including programming languages, hardware architecture and construction, network design and engineering, software engineering, multimedia design and software tools and packages.

You’ll learn how to specify, design and construct computer-based systems, evaluate and recognize potential risks and design creative solutions.

More generic skills that are beneficial for most careers include teamwork and leadership, communication, problem-solving, negotiation, time management and organization, report writing, numeracy and commercial awareness.

Where can I study Future Networked Systems?

Explore your options here

 Did You Know?

  • The first computer weighed more than 27 Tons. Her name was ENIAC, and she took up a modest 1800 square feet of space.
  • About 70% of virus engineer’s work for organized crime syndicates and hackers write about 6,000 new viruses each month.
  • The First Known Computer Programmer was a Woman. Her name was Ada Lovelace, and she lived in England, where she worked as a mathematician and writer. She is famous for working on the “Analytical Engine.”
  • While the average person blinks about 20 times a minute under normal circumstances, people on computers only blink about seven times a minute.
  • The parts for the modern computer were first invented in 1833. A man named Charles Babbage put them together, but the first modern computer came about 120 years later.

Mariza Halliday

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