Certificate in Automation and Instrumentation (Online)
Programme Code: SG_EAUTI_N06
About this programme
The programme in addition to offering a minor award at level 6 is designed as a one-year online qualifier to allow holders of craft qualifications and others with substantial relevant work experience to progress to the level 7 BEng in Mechatronics. The level 7 programme can then be completed in a further two years online study.
This programme requires attendance at IT Sligo on four practical days (normally Fridays) during the year. The practicals and assessments on these days contribute to about half the overall marks in the modules CIM & Automation Technology and Instrumentation. The other modules Maths and Programming, Communications & Interfacing are delivered completely online.
Frequently Asked Questions about this course
Is it necessary to attend the induction in September? It is highly recommended to attend the two induction days in September to become familiar with using the online technologies. If you are unable to attend you will need to contact the programme coordinator in September to gain access to the online modules.
When do the online lectures start? Normally in the week following induction.
At what time are the online lectures delivered? Online lectures are held after 6 pm, usually 6-7, 7-8 or 8-9 pm on three evenings a week. You may have two lectures on the same evening. Each lecture is recorded by the lecturer and lasts from 1 hr to 1 hr 30 mins depending on the module. These recordings may be accessed at any time by the student.
When will the dates of the practical days be available? These will be announced at induction. Since the same labs are used for level 6 and 7 online programmes a timetable will be worked out by the programme coordinators early in September. Usually there are two practical days between September and Christmas and another two between Christmas and Easter.
What are the times for the practical days? The day normally starts with a 2 hr 30 min practical at 9 am followed by a 1 hr written exam. After lunch there is another 2 hr 30 min practical. The day finishes at 5 pm.
What if I am unable to attend one of the practical days? Contact the programme coordinator to see if there is any possibility of coming to the IT on an alternative Friday with another programme group. Note however that this is not always available as an option.
What if I am unable to attend any of the practical days? If you do not attend a practical day you lose out on the practical and written assessment marks for that day. If you miss all the practical days you lose out on about half the marks in the modules CIM & Automation Technology and Instrumentation which makes it very difficult to pass these modules.
When do online lectures finish for the semester? Most lecturers deliver about 12-13 lectures per semester including revision lectures. This allows at least a couple of weeks before the end of semester exams which usually start the 2nd week in January for the 1st semester and the 3rd week in May for the 2nd semester.
Award: Level 6
Application Closing Date : 31st August 2020
Entry to the programme is open to candidates who have completed phase 6 of a relevant craft certificate or equivalent. Other candidates may gain entry through the recognition of prior learning in accordance with institute procedures.
What subjects will I study?
Total Fees €2,500
Per 10 credit module €714
Per 5 credit module €357