The course structure for Mobile Communications & Security is very well balanced to ensure that students are given the opportunity to develop into world class IT specialists.

The first year of the course is common with first year of LM080 BSc in Electronics. This year is designed to provide students with a strong practical and theoretical foundation in: computing and programming languages, digital and analogue electronics, computer architecture and mathematics. As part of the University’s goal of offering a more rounded education general electives in Business and Humanities in year one have been made available.

In addition students may avail of ‘any time transfer’ within this first year and can change to or from the LM080/LM083 course.


In years 2, 3 and 4, the material covered comes under the following four major ICT related topics:

§  Software – Programming for computers and mobile devices, software engineering, distributed and web based software design, mobile software and advanced operating systems.

§  Cryptography and Security – The science of security, ethical hacking, encryption fundamentals and standards, data forensics, computer law, ethics and IT systems design.

§  Telecommunications and The Cloud– The Internet, fixed, wireless and mobile communications, protocols and standards, web programming and Cloud Computing.

§  Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems – Computer systems architecture, advanced graphics, robotics, sensors and actuators.

All the topics are reinforced with hands-on practical laboratory material.

Industrial work experience is normally provided through a positive and motivating thirty-week period of Cooperative Education, which is an integral part of the course beginning in the spring of year 3. It provides students with practical and applied experience in the field of IT and communications, where the student will get the first taste of how the skills and knowledge acquired in the course will apply in the workplace.

In the final year (year 4) students undertake a major individual project, which in general solves a real world problem. The project involves advanced design and implementation, and builds confidence by putting into practice the skills and techniques acquired throughout the course.


LM083 Programme of Study in more detail. (Click Here for module outline descriptions)

The programme is broken into two parts.

1.    Year 1 is common with the BSc in Electronics (LM080). This allows for easy transfer between both degree programmes during year 1.

2.     Years 2, 3 and 4 are designed to offer specialist modules in Software, Security, Telecommunications, Cloud Computing, AI and Expert Systems.

Part I:

Year 1

Semester 1

Semester 2


Science Mathematics 1

Science Mathematics 2


Computer Software 1 - Java

Computer Software 2 - Java


Digital Electronics

Computer Systems Architecture 1


Laboratory Skills

Analogue Electronics


History or Business Elective 1*

History or Business Elective 2*

Part II:

Year 2

Semester 3

Semester 4


Web & Database Technology 1

Web & Database Technology 2  


Computer Software 3 - Algorithms

Mobile App Development


Computer Systems Architecture 2

Operating Systems 1


Communications  Networking Fundamentals

TCP/IP Networking


Introduction to Security and Cryptography

Data Security

Year 3

Semester 5

Semester 6



Network Protocols Laboratory


Co-Operative Education (including summer)





Outcome-based Learning Laboratory


Distributed Computing with Java


Operating Systems 2


Computer Law, Investigation & Ethics

Year 4

Semester 7

Semester 8


Communications Networking Standards

Mobile & Wireless Communications


Cloud Computing

Host and Network Security


Software Engineering

Computer Forensics


Project 1

Project 2


Specialist Elective 1**

Specialist Elective 2 **

*Year 1 Electives:

History- Irish or European.

Business Electives - Principles of Accounting; Marketing;


**Year 4 Specialist Electives:

These modules allow you to focus on a technical area of your choice. Presently you can choose from; Electronics and the Environment; Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems; Embedded Software; Engineering Management; Advanced Graphics & Display Systems; Sensors & Actuators.