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Text of DkIT Admissions Handbook 2011 online

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    Admissions Handbook

    Living. Learning. Growing.Be part of it!

  • Contents


    A Panoramic View

    Sustainability at DkIT

    Transport to DkIT

    Student Admission & Entrance Requirements

    Mature Student Application

    Northern Ireland/UK Applications

    EU Applications

    FETAC-Linked Programmes

    Northeast Further and Higher Education Alliance (NEFHEA)

    Open Days

    Study Abroad


    IT Services

    Supporting You at DkIT

    Work Placement Opportunities

    Fun from A-Z (DkIT Clubs and Societies)

    Regional Development Centre

    Institute Personnel




















    School of Informatics & Creative Arts

    Computing Programmes

    Creative Multimedia, Video & Film & Applied Music Programmes

    School of Engineering

    School of Health & Science

    Nursing, Midwifery & Health Programmes

    Applied Science Programmes

    School of Business & Humanities

    Business Programmes

    Humanities Programmes

    Hospitality Programmes

    Campus Guide










    Dundalk Institute of Technology is not responsible for, and shall not be bound by errors in, or omissions from this publication.

  • This handbook sets out the very broad range of programme and career options that await you

    here at Dundalk Institute of Technology. The handbook describes each programme of study in

    detail. It also identifies the many different careers available to graduates in our graduate profiles.

    At DkIT we pride ourselves in providing a learning

    experience that is unique. You will learn in small groups,

    with excellent support from your lecturers and other

    learning-support staff, and your assessments will not

    be based solely on end-of-semester examinations, but

    on a combination of work undertaken through the

    semester, and semester examinations.

    Life at college is not only about studying, but also about your

    personal development through participation in a vibrant

    student community. While studying at DkIT you will also have

    opportunities to participate in many sports, clubs, societies

    and enjoy a lively social life. Details of these clubs and

    societies are also contained in this handbook.

    Welcome 1

    As well as looking after your academic needs, the Institute

    also provides a range of support services including a medical

    unit, a careers service, a counselling service and chaplaincy

    service, an access service and on-campus accommodation.

    I do hope that Dundalk Institute of Technology is for you!

    Denis Cummins, M.Sc., President


    isCummins,M.Sc., President

    DkIT Student Population 2010

    Total Student Population: 5029

    Full-time students: 4021

    Part-time students: 1008

    International Students: 266

    Mature Students (23+): 650

    Students at DkIT from the following counties of thenortheast region:

    Co. Louth 44%

    Co. Monaghan 13%

    Co. Meath 16%










    Co. Cavan 7%

    Co. Dublin 9%

    Northern Ireland 1%

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    Engineering& Science

    WhitakerTheatre &Library

    School ofBusiness &Humanities


    School ofHealth &Science


    Dundalk Institute of Technology Campus


  • A Panoramic View



    ApprenticeshipsThe BrightRoom

    Crowne PlazaSchool ofInformatics &Creative Arts


  • Extensive Recycling programme (paper, cardboard, floppy

    disks, aluminium cans, plastic bottles, glass, copper pipe

    and copper wire, steel, printer cartridges, batteries, and

    cooking oil). The Institute recycles 43% waste, 39% dry

    recyclables, and 18% compost;

    Promotion of Green Transport;

    CANDI Initiative (Computer-Automated-Nightly-Shutdown).

    PCs on campus are shut down every night at 10pm,

    resulting in a 60% reduction in energy consumption. The

    automatic shutoff not only saves power, but also extends

    the useful life of each pc, thereby reducing the equipment

    replacement costs and DkITs carbon footprint;

    Guest Speakers from leading business practitioners of

    Sustainability such as IKEA and Marks & Spencer;

    Our support for education in the Developing World;

    At DkIT you will get to be part of sustainability in

    action and will have an opportunity to develop

    your knowledge and skills in this area.

    DkIT is recognised for its commitment to Sustainability and

    this theme will become increasingly present in our

    programmes, on the campus and in our research.

    DkIT is already well advanced in promoting the social,

    environmental and economic aspects of Sustainable

    Development. Initiatives include:

    DkITs support for increasing access and participation in


    Our promotion of learning and learner-centred

    pedagogies in teaching and research programmes

    Wind-energy generation; Already 60% of electricity is

    generated from the Institute Wind Turbine, saving about

    900 tonnes of CO2 emission every year

    Integration of an Ice Bank into the newly renovated

    Carroll Building, which reduces the need for expensive air

    conditioning and cooling

    Use of Fair Trade tea and coffee

    Growing-Food-on-Campus initiative

    Sustainability at DkIT

  • Dundalk Institute of Technology . . .right up your street!

    40 minute drive from Dublin Airport

    85km from the city of Belfast

    50 minutes by rail from Dublin (Connolly Station) 13

    trains daily

    60 minutes to Dublin with Matthews Coaches and

    Bus Eireann

    Daily return bus services to the Institute also operate from the following routes:

    Route 1 Moynalty, Kells, Navan, Wilkinstown, Castletown, DkIT

    Route 2 Bailieborough, Kingscourt, Kilmainamwood, Nobber, Drumconrath, DkIT

    Route 3 Trim, Navan, Slane, Collon, DkIT

    Route 4 Clonee, Dunboyne, Dunshaughlin, Ashbourne, Ratoath, Duleek, DkIT

    Route 5 Kingscourt, Corduff, Carrickmacross, DkIT

    Transport to DkIT 5

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  • Student Admission &Entrance Requirements

    There are two types of applicant for full-time programmes:

    a Standard

    b Non-Standard (Special Category)

    Standard Applicants

    Current Year Leaving Certificate

    Leaving Certificate other years (non-mature)

    FETAC 2002 to date

    Non-Standard Applicants

    Mature Applicants (see section on Mature Student

    Application, page 12)

    FETAC/NCVA pre 2002 or PLC Applicants

    Applicants who have completed a third-level course

    (all or in part) or who have a special

    educational/training qualification

    Applicants with other qualifications and/or relevant

    work experience

    A Level/GCSE Applicants from Northern Ireland

    and elsewhere

    EU Applicants (Non-Irish)

    Non-EU Applicants


    Dundalk Institute of Technology has a

    proactive and inclusive approach

    towards applications, designed to reflect the

    diversity and richness of the wider community.

    A comprehensive Equal Access and

    Participation Policy in conjunction with our

    Mission Statement underlines our

    commitment to equality of opportunity

    in education.

    Application procedures differ according to the type of

    course sought.

    1 Approved Programmes (full-time)

    all applicants apply to CAO details below.

    2 Advanced Entry and Add-On Ordinary Degree/Honours

    Degree Programmes

    apply to Admissions Office, DkIT

    application forms available at

    3 Apprenticeships

    to obtain an apprenticeship, you must be recruited by

    a prospective employer who will register you with FS

    and only then can the training programme begin.

    First Year Full-Time ProgrammesApply to

    Central Applications Office (CAO),

    Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway.

    t 091 509800 f 091 562344

    Application Forms and the CAO Handbook are both supplied

    by the CAO. You should read the CAO Handbook carefully

    before submitting an application.

  • Students with Disabilities/Specific Learning Difficulties

    The Institute continually works to improve access for people

    with disabilities and/or specific learning difficulties to its

    programmes. The admissions route is the same for all

    applicants i.e. through the CAO system.

    If your disability and/or specific learning difficulty is such that

    it requires supplementary/alternative arrangements being

    made to facilitate your study, it is essential that you indicate

    this in the relevant section of the CAO application form. We

    can then invite you to discuss your requirements with us and,

    insofar as is possible, make the appropriate arrangements. It

    is also possible to arrange a pre-entry orientation of the built

    environment if required: this is particularly of benefit to those

    with mobility and/or sensory disability. Please contact the

    Disability & Student Quality Office at 042 9370237.

    Standard Applicants Entrance Requirements

    Higher Certificate Programmes (Level 6)

    The standard mi