Module Code: BS1168

Micro-credential Overview

Learners are introduced to automation and automated systems. Items such as sensors, motors, pneumatics, Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) programming and robotics are discussed. Material handling and storage are also considered. Automation is used extensively in industry and the module addresses how these systems are used in industry. For example, quality control, increased throughput and increasing competitive advantage.  

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:  

  • Describe the core elements of automation technology applied in industry and the main principles behind various automation solutions industry.  
  • Apply analytical methods to size and specify automation solutions in a number of industrial applications.  
  • Design, program and deploy simple automation devices for storage, transportation and coordination of automated systems.  
  • Solve problems based on a defined set of requirements for automation in a number of industrial scenarios.  
  • Integrate the main automation components and technologies to create automated factories.

Start Date

Academic Year 2024/25 - Semester 1

Mode of Study and Assessment

The mode of study for this Micro-credential is Online Learning.

Assessment will be carried out on a continuous basis.

NFQ Level and ECTs 

Level 8

5 ECT’s 

Application Process

From the 1st April 2024 you can apply for any University of Galway Micro-credential through our Online Application Portal

When completing your application please make sure to select the following categories:

Academic level: Micro-credentials and CPD
College/Interest type: Micro-credentials/CPD Undergrad Level 7 and 8.
Academic programme: Science and Technology Micro-credentials - CPB1.

You will need to manually enter the Module Name and Code under ‘Module Name’ on the second page of your application. Please copy the name and code below:

Automation 1 - BS1168

You can find more details on our application process here.

Course Fees


Subsided fee: €100

*Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria may qualify for a 80% fee subsidy, subject to the availability of subsidised places.

For eligibility details, please refer to the Eligibility Criteria on the Micro-credentials webpage.

Entry Requirements 

Applicants should have a Diploma at NFQ Level 7 of 90 ECTS minimum, in a Science, Engineering or Technical area.  Applicants must be over 21 years of age.  Applications can be considered using Recognition of Prior Learning

Contact Information

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