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Computer Programming (Taster Course)

Computer Programming (Taster Course)


Become proficient in the concepts of programming and problem solving.

This module teaches the learner how to design high-quality programs in a systematic way.

Why Study Computer Programming at Griffith College?

The Computer Programming course is conducted on a part-time evening basis over a 24-week period. This module aims to introduce the learner to the main principles of programming with all relevant concepts and techniques explained and exemplified in the clearest, simplest language.

  • You will learn to design, develop, test and debug software applications utilising core programming concepts
  • You will learn to precisely specify the syntax and semantics of a programming language and implement basic algorithms and data structures.
  • You will learn to accurately document the design of a program on-the-fly and determine the basic efficiency of an algorithm
  • An evening classes schedule allows you to balance your study with your work/life commitments.
  • Option to further your studies in this area by pursuing our BSc (Hons) in Computing course.

Dublin Main Campus Intake Dates

Course commences September 2020*.

*Course will run subject to a minimum number of students.

Please see the timetable section for course dates.

Course details
Year One Core Subjects
Introduction to problem solving
  • How do you complete a task?
  • Identifying sub-components on larger task
  • Defining order of subcomponents
  • Creation of algorithms
  • Stepwise design of programs
Introduction to programming
  • Expressions and statements
  • Basic arithmatic
  • Comments
  • Variables and assignment (Integers, doubles, booleans, characters)
  • Boolean expressions and logic
  • Condtional statements
  • Iteration statements
  • User input
  • Output
  • String manipulation
  • Sub-routines (Parameters, Signature, Procedures, Copy rule.)
  • Arrays
  • 2D arrays
  • Text File I/O
  • Binary File I/O
  • Records
  • Simple sorting algorithms (selection sort, bubble sort, insertion sort)
  • Binary search
Professional Practice
  • Developing a good coding style
  • Using comments effectively
  • Naming conventions
  • Indentation
  • Code structure

Course Contacts

If you have any questions please get in touch with us at [email protected] or 01 415 0429.


September 2020 - Dates Available on Request


How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Mature Students 

If you are 23 years or over from the 1st January of this year, you can apply for this course directly using the College’s online application form.

Under 23 Years 

Old Leaving Cert (Pre 2017)

Two Honours Level, Grade C3s or above and four Ordinary Level D3s (subjects to include Maths and a language, English, Irish or another language) or equivalent exam taken.

New Leaving Cert

2 H5 and 4 O6/H7 grades, to include Maths and a language (English, Irish or another language).

How to Apply

Directly to Griffith College Short Courses Department

Annual Fees

Study Mode: Part-Time

Fee: EUR 720.00


Study Mode: Part-Time

Fee: EUR 650.00


What further study can I do?

Graduates of the Computer Programming may progress onto our BSc (Hons) in Computing Science course.


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