Information Technology & Co-op (Diploma)

This program is designed for students pursuing a career in IT. The coursework gives students an understanding of various computer systems as well as several recognized certifications commonly required of industry professionals. A 12-month co-op provides valuable work experience in the field.

Program Benefits

  • Canadian College IT diploma
  • Cisco CCNA certificate
  • Red hat system administrator certificate
  • Comptia A+ Fundamentals certificate
  • Microsoft server 2008 credit
  • Over 960 hours of IT related work experience
  • Easily upgradable career path
  • Some Public university transfer courses

This program is intended to prepare a student for a career in Information Technology. At the end of this program student will be able to demonstrate skill with various computer systems, as well as an understanding of some of the management operations of a business within the IT industry, including marketing and business computer applications.

Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma, High School Completion Certificate, or equivalent.
  • Students must meet one of the following language requirements: Canadian College English Placement test 130; Smrt English 130; IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum score of 5.0 in each section; TOEFL iBT 46-59; CAEL 45.
104 Weeks (20 Hours / week)
12 months work experience
Semester 1

Study

12 weeks

Semester 2

Study

12 weeks

Semester 3

Co-op

12 weeks

Semester 4

Co-op

12 weeks

Semester 5

Study

12 weeks

Semester 6

Co-op

12 weeks

Semester 7

Co-op

12 weeks

Semester 8

Study

12 weeks

Note: Each Semester is 12 weeks long, and there is a 1-week holiday after each semester.

Study & Work

Co-op

The IT Co-op is an integral component of Information Technology Diploma program with Co-op as it provides students with essential real-world work experience in a Canadian English speaking business environment. The Co-op is designed to provide the students with two semesters of solid studies in their initial entry to the college. This is to effectively arm them with soft skill tools necessary for a quality twelve months (1000 Hours) Co-op with a Canadian organization.

Completing the initial first Co-op after six months (500 Hours) will allow the students to return to the college for the next Semester (250 Hours) of study before they enter their next six month (2nd) Co-op Term (500 Hours) prior to returning for their Final semester (250 Hours) of study, graduating and returning to their home countries armed with the necessary tools and training they need for their future careers.

As students return to their home country, the combination of a Western Canadian Diploma and Co-op is not only a competitive advantage, but also allows students the opportunity to understand and experience the cultural and business nuances that can only be gained from a prolonged hands-on experience. This program was design to provide students with effective management working skills that is necessary for the 21st century work place.

Career Opportunities

  • Network technician
  • Network administrator
  • Service specialists
  • CISCO engineers
  • IT administrators
  • Tech support
  • Network specialists
  • Linux administrators
  • Field systems specialists
  • Remote systems specialists
  • System integration specialists

Curriculum

BUS 105 - Small Business

Students learn the challenges of starting a new business. Topics include strategic approaches to small business, small business startups, funding sources, market feasibility, buying a small business and franchising. Students begin to develop skills in financial management, market management, operations, human resource management and general small business management. Preparation of a business plan is a key experiential exercise.

BUS 130 - Operations Management 1

This course introduces the learner to the operations management profession. An operations manager is concerned with the planning, decision-making and actions required to produce and deliver the organization’s goods and/or services, as opposed to marketing its products, managing its human resources or accounting for its finances. Operations managers work in virtually all enterprises – manufacturing, service, government, for-profit and not-for-profit. Operations managers work in many parts of the organization, including Purchasing and Supply Chain, Inventory Management, Quality Management, Scheduling, Transportation and Logistics, and Front-line Supervision to name a few.

BUS 131 - Operations Management 2

This second-level course continues the student’s introduction to the operations management profession and the wide variety of career paths that operations managers can pursue. Participants will continue to develop their awareness of the varied and complex roles that operations managers play in all enterprises – manufacturing, service, government, for-profit and not-for-profit. This course focuses on the analysis and decision-making that operations managers engage in as they strive for efficient, competitive production and delivery of the enterprise’s goods or services. Areas of study include process strategy, capacity planning, design of efficient facilities, and the various levels of planning needed to ensure that an organization can produce and deliver goods and services according to customer demands.

ECOM 125 - e-Commerce 1

This course provides students with the fundamental principles of planning and developing a successful on-line business. It covers issues like key challenges to for IT managers, opportunity analysis and business model development.

ECOM 126 - e-Commerce 2

In this follow up to CC125, students will be introduced to the comprehensive user-centered design process to create easy to use, and user centric websites. They will learn to conduct in-depth user research & requirements gathering sessions and then be able to analyze this research data & apply this to a website strategy.

COMM 140 - Communications

This introductory communications course emphasizes the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking business communication skills at a college level. Students write for various purposes and audiences and deliver short presentations to small groups. Students research, analyze, summarize and document information. Students self and peer evaluate written documents and oral presentations. Through reading, media response and discussion exercises, students improve their communication skills. Communicating in diverse teams and across cultures is emphasized.

COMM 502 - Speaking and Presenting

Speaking and presenting will help students in every phase of their careers from the first interview when they have to respond to questions, to the middle years when they have to represent their companies on the telephone or in face to face interactions with clients, to later in their careers when they have to make speeches in front of hundreds of people. The purpose of this course is to help the student sharpen presentation skills, both informal and formal. It will also teach techniques to build self-confidence when placed in front of a crowd.

PROJ 405 - PM Fundamentals

This course introduces students to the framework information of project management. The terminology, processes, and knowledge areas of project management are defined to establish a basis upon which participants can develop and grow their project management knowledge, skills and attitudes.

PROJ 420 - PM Risk Management

Project risk management is a critical aspect of successful project management. The process of risk management requires a proactive approach to plan, monitor and control the risks and achieve the objectives of the project successfully. This course provides insight and tools to improve project risk management and increase the probability of project success.

COMP 430 - Comptia A+ Essentials Global Entrepreneurship

This international, vendor-neutral certification proves competence in areas such as installation, preventative maintenance, networking, security and troubleshooting. CompTIA A+ certified technicians also have excellent customer service and communication skills to work with clients. Students will obtain the skills and knowledge necessary to install, build, upgrade, repair, configure, troubleshoot, and perform preventative maintenance on personal computer hardware and operating systems. The Essentials Exam validates the basic skills needed by any entry-level service technician regardless of job environment.

COMP 431 - Comptia A+ 220-602

This course is designed for students intending to work in a mobile or corporate technical environment with a high level of face-to-face client interaction. Potential job roles include IT administrator, PC technician, and Field Service Technician, as well as non-technical jobs that require understanding of computer repair issues. Students who pass both CompTIA A+ Essentials and exam 220-602 will be CompTIA A+ certified with the IT Technician designation.

COMP 440 - Cisco ICND1

The 640-822 Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) is the exam associated with the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician certification and a tangible first step in achieving the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification. This course focuses on providing the skills and knowledge necessary to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small branch office Enterprise network, including configuring a switch, a router, and connecting to a WAN and implementing network security. A Student should be able to complete configuration and implementation of a small branch office network under supervision.

COMP 441 - Cisco ICND2

This course focuses on providing the skills and knowledge necessary to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small to medium-size branch office Enterprise network, including configuring several switches and routers, connecting to a WAN and implementing network security. The course covers topics on VLSM and IPv6 addressing; extending switched networks with VLANs; configuring, verifying and troubleshooting VLANs; the VTP, RSTP, OSPF and EIGRP protocols; determining IP routes; managing IP traffic with access lists; NAT and DHCP; establishing point-to- point connections; and establishing Frame Relay connections.

COMP 450 - Managing and Maintaining MS Server 2008

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills that are required to manage accounts and resources, maintain server resources, monitor server performance, and safeguard data in a Microsoft Windows Server 2008 environment.

COMP 460 - Linux Fundamentals

An introduction to fundamental end-user and administrative tools in Red Hat Enterprise Linux, designed for students with little or no command-line Linux or UNIX experience.

COMP 461 - Linux System Administrator

For users of Linux (or UNIX) who want to start building skills in systems administration on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, to a level where they can attach and configure a workstation on an existing network.

Students must choose 4 of the following elective courses depending upon availability.

SMM100 Introduction to Digital Marketing

This foundational course is designed to introduce students to digital marketing principles and tools, and how to leverage these tools in order to engage customers and create growth business growth.

SMM 120 - Social Media Marketing

This course introduces students to social media as an integral marketing tool. Students explore social media tactics for online brand management, customer engagement, and business growth.

SMM 220 - Mobile Marketing

Mobile has become a significant component of Integrated Marketing, so much so, that mobile marketing has begun to eclipse other traditional and online channels. In today’s marketplace, mobile has become an integral touchpoint to generate traffic, communicate information, entertain, create leads and recently, to facilitate transactions. Building on Social Media Marketing, this course introduces the power that mobile adds to a marketer’s toolbox.

SMM 300 - Social Media Campaign

The Social Media Marketing Program culminates with Social Media Campaign. Combining social media tools and marketing principles/strategy this course allows students to demonstrate their mastery and understanding of traditional and digital communication. This course’s deliverable is a final real-world project that the student has selected to complete. Students will learn negotiation and client management techniques as well as project management – budgets and deadlines. Projects will be completed during the term and presented to an industry panel on the final day of the course.

SMM 150 - Digital Analytics

This course introduces students to the foundation of data analysis in the digital marketing field. Students will learn to measure what matters, see beyond the numbers, and translate data into information, in order to drive informed and strategic decisions. In addition, students will use the Mimic Simulator to run simulated digital marketing campaigns and examine the analytics produced through each round of the campaign.

SMM 320 - Social Media Business Simulator

This unique course simulates a real-world operational marketing department. Students will be placed in teams and charged with researching target markets, developing relevant and effective strategy, and executing and analyzing social media campaigns through the Mimic Social simulation software. The entire process will emulate real-world conditions, including team management, brand competition, deadlines, and budget management.

SMM 250 - Media Planning Essentials

This advanced digital marketing communications course focuses on the elements of effective communication and the strategy for developing productive digital channels of communication. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to effectively identify, understand, and communicate to a target audience.

COMP 110 - Photoshop

Photoshop is a critical graphics tool that is necessary for every online professional. Mastering this tool can assist a social media marketer- significantly increasing their graphics focused skillset while consolidating their service offering to a potential client and/or employer.

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