Computer Systems Technician


The Computer Systems Technician program at Algonquin College prepares students to meet the broad range of duties and responsibilities of today’s Information Technology (IT) carriers. The program focuses on the technical aspects of commonly used components and troubleshooting techniques for computer hardware, operating systems, networking technologies, system administration, and a suite of related support and application software packages.

Mobile DeviceBring Your Own Device (BYOD): As a student in this on-campus program, you will require a mobile computing device that meets the specifications outlined by your program at http://algonquincollege.com/byod

(Please note this was previously referred to as a Mobile Learning Program)

Another Mobile Device ImageeTextbooks: As a student in a program that has adopted etextbooks, your required texts and digital resources will be provided to you at the beginning of each term (with the exception of general education electives). For more information and associated fees, go to http://www.algonquincollege.com/etextbooks/

Ontario College Diploma
2 Years

Program Code: 0150X01FWO
Academic Year: 2014/2015


Our Program

This two-year Ontario College Diploma program, accredited by the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT), prepares students for an Information Technology (IT) career in either the public or private sector. The program is designed to provide students with the technical knowledge, expertise and proficiency in installing, configuring and supporting a wide variety of computer, networking and operating systems (O/S) technologies commonly used in the day-to-day operations of many businesses and corporations.

To meet this broad range of duties and responsibilities, the program focuses on the technical aspects of commonly used components and troubleshooting techniques for computer hardware, operating systems, networking technologies, system administration, and a suite of related support and application software packages. In addition, students develop their communications skills, customer support/interpersonal skills, ethics for the IT workplace, workplace health and safety knowledge and technical report writing skills.

Requirements and subject matter found in certifications, such as Cisco Academy CCNA; Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) A+, Network+, Linux+, Security+; and Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) are explored. Students are encouraged to write relevant industry certifications once they have met the requirements.

Students have access to modern computing facilities running Windows and Linux/UNIX-based operating system (O/S) platforms and supporting a wide variety of pre-installed software applications. Specialized networking, Cisco and hardware labs, along with several network-based O/S servers, afford students exposure to real-world technologies. Licensed versions of selected Microsoft O/S, VMWare and development tools are available to students through the department-sponsored Microsoft Developer's Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA).

Students who maintain a College-prescribed academic standing and who possess the appropriate level of business communication skills can take part in a cooperative placement at the end of Level 03. Students can participate in two back-to-back 15-week paid work terms before returning for their final level.

Graduates with a GPA of 2.7 or better, can apply to the three-year Computer Systems Technology - Security Ontario College Advanced Diploma programs.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at www.algonquincollege.com/byod. Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin's New Technology Store at educational rates.

SUCCESS FACTORS

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Enjoy the challenge of a constantly evolving field.
  • Can work independently or in a team environment.
  • Have good problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Are interested in learning how to implement and troubleshoot computer technology, operating systems and networking technology solutions.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment in a wide variety of areas, in the government, private and public sectors, at the junior/entry-level in positions, such as network/system installation, maintenance and/or administration, and at the junior to intermediate level in positions, such as hardware/software sales and support, customer service support representative and technical support specialist.

Courses

Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
CST8182 The foundation knowledge of computer networking and LAN/WAN communications is introduced. Students are also introduced to the terminology and concepts related to the implementation and operation of computer networks. Topics include basic network design, layered communications models, IP addressing and subnetting, and industry standards for network media, and protocols with an emphasis on TCP/IP protocol suite and Ethernet. Material from the most recent version of Cisco Network Academy Program CCNA Exploration Networking Fundamentals and borrows from the CompTIA Network+ certification is also included. Networking Fundamentals The foundation knowledge of computer networking and LAN/WAN communications is introduced. Students are also introduced to the terminology and concepts related to the implementation and operation of computer networks. Topics include basic network design, layered communications models, IP addressing and subnetting, and industry standards for network media, and protocols with an emphasis on TCP/IP protocol suite and Ethernet. Material from the most recent version of Cisco Network Academy Program CCNA Exploration Networking Fundamentals and borrows from the CompTIA Network+ certification is also included. 75.0
CST8202 Students are introduced to the Windows desktop operating systems. Students learn to use some of the core basic commands and perform common system setup and management tasks that are commonly carried out by computer professionals. Typical tasks covered include, but are not limited to, installing and configuring operating systems, installing device drivers, batch files and windows scripting, managing memory, command-line environment, troubleshooting the boot process, and customizing and personalizing the operating environment. Network Operating Systems I Students are introduced to the Windows desktop operating systems. Students learn to use some of the core basic commands and perform common system setup and management tasks that are commonly carried out by computer professionals. Typical tasks covered include, but are not limited to, installing and configuring operating systems, installing device drivers, batch files and windows scripting, managing memory, command-line environment, troubleshooting the boot process, and customizing and personalizing the operating environment. 60.0
CST8207 Students learn the basic concepts and core functions of the Linux operating system in a stand-alone environment. Students also learn basic command structures and capabilities of the Linux operating system, along with the skills required to perform common basic system configuration and management tasks. Typical tasks covered include, but are not limited to installing the operating system, working the command line shell, managing/mounting/creating file systems, file permissions overview, managing and troubleshooting the boot process, task automation, software management and customizing the operating system environment. Linux Operating Systems I Students learn the basic concepts and core functions of the Linux operating system in a stand-alone environment. Students also learn basic command structures and capabilities of the Linux operating system, along with the skills required to perform common basic system configuration and management tasks. Typical tasks covered include, but are not limited to installing the operating system, working the command line shell, managing/mounting/creating file systems, file permissions overview, managing and troubleshooting the boot process, task automation, software management and customizing the operating system environment. 75.0
CST8300 Rapid changes in technology have created personal and employment choices that challenge each of us to find our place as contributing citizens in the emerging society. Life in the 21st century presents significant opportunities, but it also creates potential hazards and ethical problems that demand responsible solutions. Students explore the possibilities ahead, assess their own aptitudes and strengths, and apply critical thinking and decision-making tools to help resolve some of the important issues in our complex society with its competing interests. Achieving Success in Changing Environments Rapid changes in technology have created personal and employment choices that challenge each of us to find our place as contributing citizens in the emerging society. Life in the 21st century presents significant opportunities, but it also creates potential hazards and ethical problems that demand responsible solutions. Students explore the possibilities ahead, assess their own aptitudes and strengths, and apply critical thinking and decision-making tools to help resolve some of the important issues in our complex society with its competing interests. 45.0
ENL1813T Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practice writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. Communications I Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practice writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. 45.0
MAT8002 Students acquire the knowledge to work with numerical systems and internal machine representations; binary/hex/octal/decimal math; sets, subsets and power sets; Boolean logic and truth tables; and introductory level statistical methods and basic probability rules. Numeracy and Logic Students acquire the knowledge to work with numerical systems and internal machine representations; binary/hex/octal/decimal math; sets, subsets and power sets; Boolean logic and truth tables; and introductory level statistical methods and basic probability rules. 45.0
Level: 02 Hours
CST8177 Focus is placed on the administration of a Linux workstation, and the administrative requirements, and capabilities of Linux in a multi-user, multi-computer and networked environment. Basic administrative tasks and tools, user and workstation account creation and management, process and services management and run levels are emphasized. Students also learn fundamental problem-solving methodologies through basic PDL and scripting languages in order to accomplish administrative tasks. The theory is reinforced through practical laboratory assignments.

Prerequisites: CST8207
Linux Operating Systems II Focus is placed on the administration of a Linux workstation, and the administrative requirements, and capabilities of Linux in a multi-user, multi-computer and networked environment. Basic administrative tasks and tools, user and workstation account creation and management, process and services management and run levels are emphasized. Students also learn fundamental problem-solving methodologies through basic PDL and scripting languages in order to accomplish administrative tasks. The theory is reinforced through practical laboratory assignments.

Prerequisites: CST8207
75.0
CST8206 Students are introduced to the basic understanding of, and basic competence in, IT Service Management as described in the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Service Strategy, Service Design, Service Transition, Service Operation, Continual Service Improvement, Introduction and Glossary publications. The course is designed to ensure that students have gained knowledge of the ITIL terminology, structure and basic concepts and have grasped the core principles of ITIL practices for service management. This knowledge is not intended to enable students to apply the ITIL practices for service management without further guidance, but rather to empower them to adequately participate in an ITIL compliant organization as part of a service team. A basic overview of the relationship between the ITIL, COBIT and ISO2000 standards is also represented. Foundation of It Service Management Students are introduced to the basic understanding of, and basic competence in, IT Service Management as described in the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Service Strategy, Service Design, Service Transition, Service Operation, Continual Service Improvement, Introduction and Glossary publications. The course is designed to ensure that students have gained knowledge of the ITIL terminology, structure and basic concepts and have grasped the core principles of ITIL practices for service management. This knowledge is not intended to enable students to apply the ITIL practices for service management without further guidance, but rather to empower them to adequately participate in an ITIL compliant organization as part of a service team. A basic overview of the relationship between the ITIL, COBIT and ISO2000 standards is also represented. 45.0
CST8208 Focus is on recent, current and emerging PC hardware technologies for both desktop and laptop PCs. Course content includes how computers work, identifying and understanding the interaction between core PC components, and their relation to peripheral devices. Students learn a variety of form factors and standards of components, buses and ports to ensure compatibility within systems. The course progresses to explore PC customization, performance and optimization, system cooling and storage systems. During practical exercises, focus on installing, configuring, and troubleshooting internal and peripheral PC technologies is emphasized.

Prerequisites: CST8202
PC System Technology Focus is on recent, current and emerging PC hardware technologies for both desktop and laptop PCs. Course content includes how computers work, identifying and understanding the interaction between core PC components, and their relation to peripheral devices. Students learn a variety of form factors and standards of components, buses and ports to ensure compatibility within systems. The course progresses to explore PC customization, performance and optimization, system cooling and storage systems. During practical exercises, focus on installing, configuring, and troubleshooting internal and peripheral PC technologies is emphasized.

Prerequisites: CST8202
75.0
CST8239 Building on previous experience with Windows Operating Systems, students explore the capabilities of Windows Server family. Topics include manual and automated installation, Microsoft DNS implementation, domain controllers using Active Directory, Group Policy, Terminal Services, Windows Server security and the Windows Distributed File System (DFS). This practical component allows students to install and configure Windows O/S with Active Directory and practise typical system administration tasks.

Prerequisites: CST8202
Network Operating Systems II Building on previous experience with Windows Operating Systems, students explore the capabilities of Windows Server family. Topics include manual and automated installation, Microsoft DNS implementation, domain controllers using Active Directory, Group Policy, Terminal Services, Windows Server security and the Windows Distributed File System (DFS). This practical component allows students to install and configure Windows O/S with Active Directory and practise typical system administration tasks.

Prerequisites: CST8202
60.0
CST8270 Focus is placed on the theory of moving data between and interconnecting Local Area Networks. Topics include configuration and troubleshooting routers and switches and resolving common issues with RIP, single-area and multi-area OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.; classless IP addressing; variable length subnetting; knowledge of LANS to encompass routing and the issues of moving data between network segments. Material from the Cisco Network Academy Program CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum is also included.

Prerequisites: CST8182
Routing and Switching Focus is placed on the theory of moving data between and interconnecting Local Area Networks. Topics include configuration and troubleshooting routers and switches and resolving common issues with RIP, single-area and multi-area OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.; classless IP addressing; variable length subnetting; knowledge of LANS to encompass routing and the issues of moving data between network segments. Material from the Cisco Network Academy Program CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum is also included.

Prerequisites: CST8182
75.0
Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
GED0150 Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following four theme requirements: Arts in Society, Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: ARC9001 or DSN2001 or ENV0002 or FAM1218 or GED1896 or GED5002 or GED5004 or GED5005 or GED5006 or GED5009 or GED5300 or GED6022 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2007 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MVM8800 or PSI0003 or PSI1702 or RAD2001
General Education Elective Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following four theme requirements: Arts in Society, Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: ARC9001 or DSN2001 or ENV0002 or FAM1218 or GED1896 or GED5002 or GED5004 or GED5005 or GED5006 or GED5009 or GED5300 or GED6022 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2007 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MVM8800 or PSI0003 or PSI1702 or RAD2001
45.0
Level: 03 Hours
CST8190 Emphasis is placed on problem analysis methodology and techniques for finding, identifying, and correcting hardware, operating systems and software problems. Mean time between failures (MTBF) and mean time to repair (MTTR) concepts are illustrated along with statistical analysis of historical support data in order to establish or revise preventive and corrective maintenance (PM and CM) schedules. Course content emphasizes symptoms, faults and solutions to problems found in PC-based desktop, server and laptop systems. Practical experience is gained by using common industry troubleshooting tools and utility software to resolve common problems. Labs are designed to test students troubleshooting skills using a series of computer systems with preset problems.

Prerequisites: CST8208
PC Troubleshooting Emphasis is placed on problem analysis methodology and techniques for finding, identifying, and correcting hardware, operating systems and software problems. Mean time between failures (MTBF) and mean time to repair (MTTR) concepts are illustrated along with statistical analysis of historical support data in order to establish or revise preventive and corrective maintenance (PM and CM) schedules. Course content emphasizes symptoms, faults and solutions to problems found in PC-based desktop, server and laptop systems. Practical experience is gained by using common industry troubleshooting tools and utility software to resolve common problems. Labs are designed to test students troubleshooting skills using a series of computer systems with preset problems.

Prerequisites: CST8208
75.0
CST8213 Focus is placed on the concepts and skills required to create and administer basic network services on a Linux server. Services covered include LDAP, NFS, DNS, DHCP, Samba, email servers and the Apache web server. Performance considerations, relevance of service and security issues are examined. Practical experience is obtained by performing installation and configuration of each service in lab. Problem solving and research using practical exercises and teamwork are also emphasized. Students are qualified to install and configure a basic Linux server in any workplace environment.

Prerequisites: CST8177
Linux Operating Systems III Focus is placed on the concepts and skills required to create and administer basic network services on a Linux server. Services covered include LDAP, NFS, DNS, DHCP, Samba, email servers and the Apache web server. Performance considerations, relevance of service and security issues are examined. Practical experience is obtained by performing installation and configuration of each service in lab. Problem solving and research using practical exercises and teamwork are also emphasized. Students are qualified to install and configure a basic Linux server in any workplace environment.

Prerequisites: CST8177
75.0
CST8242 Expanding on previous experience with the Windows Server O/S, focus is on how to install, deploy, configure, administer and integrate key network services on a Windows Server. Services covered include MS Exchange server, MS IIS web server, Active Directory/DHCP and Active DNS. Performance considerations, ensuring network services participate properly in a Active Directory environment, integrating network services to DNS/DHCP services, security issues, and practical administration issues of network services in an enterprise environment are discussed.

Prerequisites: CST8239
Network Operating Systems III Expanding on previous experience with the Windows Server O/S, focus is on how to install, deploy, configure, administer and integrate key network services on a Windows Server. Services covered include MS Exchange server, MS IIS web server, Active Directory/DHCP and Active DNS. Performance considerations, ensuring network services participate properly in a Active Directory environment, integrating network services to DNS/DHCP services, security issues, and practical administration issues of network services in an enterprise environment are discussed.

Prerequisites: CST8239
75.0
CST8271 Students examine the architecture, components, configuration and operation of routers and switches in a larger and more complex LAN. Topics include LAN design considerations plus the configuration and troubleshooting of: Redundancy in the LAN, Spanning Tree, Link Aggregation, Single and Multi-area OSPF, and EIGRP in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Material is included from the Cisco Network Academy Program course: Scaling Networks.

Prerequisites: CST8270
Enterprise Internetworks Students examine the architecture, components, configuration and operation of routers and switches in a larger and more complex LAN. Topics include LAN design considerations plus the configuration and troubleshooting of: Redundancy in the LAN, Spanning Tree, Link Aggregation, Single and Multi-area OSPF, and EIGRP in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Material is included from the Cisco Network Academy Program course: Scaling Networks.

Prerequisites: CST8270
75.0
CST8304 The fundamentals of the 802.11 wireless protocols are covered. Beginning with a comprehensive view of the electromagnetic spectrum and how it relates to wireless networks, students explore, such topics as: 802.11 protocol family; features and functions of wireless LAN components; WLAN design; WLAN security and design issues; setup, installation, configuration, and troubleshooting of wireless LAN hardware peripherals; and WiFi authentication protocols.

Prerequisites: CST8270
Wireless Network Administration The fundamentals of the 802.11 wireless protocols are covered. Beginning with a comprehensive view of the electromagnetic spectrum and how it relates to wireless networks, students explore, such topics as: 802.11 protocol family; features and functions of wireless LAN components; WLAN design; WLAN security and design issues; setup, installation, configuration, and troubleshooting of wireless LAN hardware peripherals; and WiFi authentication protocols.

Prerequisites: CST8270
75.0
Co-op: 01 Hours
WKT8001 Students complete a cooperative work term, and submit a written report which documents the location of employment and the duties performed. Work Term I Students complete a cooperative work term, and submit a written report which documents the location of employment and the duties performed.
Co-op: 02 Hours
WKT8002 Students complete a cooperative work term, and submit a written report which documents the location of employment and the duties performed.

Prerequisites: WKT8001
Work Term II Students complete a cooperative work term, and submit a written report which documents the location of employment and the duties performed.

Prerequisites: WKT8001
Level: 04 Hours
CST8230 Focus is placed on a basic overview of information technology security. Students are introduced to the goals of computer security, threats to security and security counter measures. Several operating systems and software tools are examined for their security features. Use of Firewalls, sniffers, Intrusion Detection/Protection Services, security, and vulnerability analysis tools and other methods of protection are explored. Strong emphasis is placed on student-initiated research of the literature and information sites related to information technology security.

Prerequisites: CST8213 and CST8242
IT Security Fundamentals Focus is placed on a basic overview of information technology security. Students are introduced to the goals of computer security, threats to security and security counter measures. Several operating systems and software tools are examined for their security features. Use of Firewalls, sniffers, Intrusion Detection/Protection Services, security, and vulnerability analysis tools and other methods of protection are explored. Strong emphasis is placed on student-initiated research of the literature and information sites related to information technology security.

Prerequisites: CST8213 and CST8242
90.0
CST8231 Students learn the knowledge and skills required for supporting common network services in an Enterprise Network environment. Students also learn basic network management and tools, as well as the installation, configuration, and troubleshooting of typical user services, such as mail, printing, Internet access, shared resources, cloud computing, databases and file systems.

Prerequisites: CST8213 and CST8242

Co-requisites: ENL8720
Network Services Students learn the knowledge and skills required for supporting common network services in an Enterprise Network environment. Students also learn basic network management and tools, as well as the installation, configuration, and troubleshooting of typical user services, such as mail, printing, Internet access, shared resources, cloud computing, databases and file systems.

Prerequisites: CST8213 and CST8242

Co-requisites: ENL8720
60.0
CST8278 Students enhance their knowledge of networking to include accessing the Wide Area Network. Topics covered include Intro to WAN technologies and standards, the Point-to-Point (PPP) protocol, Frame Relay, Network Security using Cisco devices, using Access Control Lists (ACLs) for traffic control, Teleworker (Broadband and VPN) Services, IP Addressing Services (DHCP, NAT, Into to IPv6), and Network Troubleshooting. Laboratory exercises focus on the technical aspects of the technologies discussed using Adtran simulators and routers to simulate real WAN technology setups. Material from the Cisco Networking Academy Program CCNA Exploration Accessing the WAN curriculum is included. Wide-Area Networking Students enhance their knowledge of networking to include accessing the Wide Area Network. Topics covered include Intro to WAN technologies and standards, the Point-to-Point (PPP) protocol, Frame Relay, Network Security using Cisco devices, using Access Control Lists (ACLs) for traffic control, Teleworker (Broadband and VPN) Services, IP Addressing Services (DHCP, NAT, Into to IPv6), and Network Troubleshooting. Laboratory exercises focus on the technical aspects of the technologies discussed using Adtran simulators and routers to simulate real WAN technology setups. Material from the Cisco Networking Academy Program CCNA Exploration Accessing the WAN curriculum is included. 75.0
ENL8720 Students plan and execute a variety of formal and informal documents related to their field of study. Written and oral exercises foster confidence and competence in workplace communication.

Prerequisites: ENL1813T
Technical Report Writing Students plan and execute a variety of formal and informal documents related to their field of study. Written and oral exercises foster confidence and competence in workplace communication.

Prerequisites: ENL1813T
45.0
OHS4002 Sending every worker home whole and healthy every day from work should be the rule not the exception. Students are provided information regarding current health and safety issues in the workplace in order that injuries and illnesses on the job can be prevented. Safety legislation and agencies, chemical hazards, fire prevention, ergonomics and workplace violence are included. Workplace Health and Safety Sending every worker home whole and healthy every day from work should be the rule not the exception. Students are provided information regarding current health and safety issues in the workplace in order that injuries and illnesses on the job can be prevented. Safety legislation and agencies, chemical hazards, fire prevention, ergonomics and workplace violence are included. 30.0
Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
GED0150 Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following four theme requirements: Arts in Society, Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: ARC9001 or DSN2001 or ENV0002 or FAM1218 or GED1896 or GED5002 or GED5004 or GED5005 or GED5006 or GED5009 or GED5300 or GED6022 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2007 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MVM8800 or PSI0003 or PSI1702 or RAD2001
General Education Elective Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following four theme requirements: Arts in Society, Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: ARC9001 or DSN2001 or ENV0002 or FAM1218 or GED1896 or GED5002 or GED5004 or GED5005 or GED5006 or GED5009 or GED5300 or GED6022 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2007 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MVM8800 or PSI0003 or PSI1702 or RAD2001
45.0

Fees & Expenses

Tuition Fees: $1,343.89 per term.

Information Technology Fee: $86 per term. *

BYOD Fee: $150 per term. **

eTextbook Fees: see www.algonquincollege.com/etextbooks.

Incidental Fee: $213 in Level 01.

Student Activity/Sports Fee: $240.50 per term.

Student Commons/Auditorium Fee: $22 per term.

Student Centre Building Fee: $17.50 per term.

Student Experience Fee: $17 per term.

Health Services Fee: $20 per term.

Health Plan Fee: $123.96 paid once annually. ***

A $40 graduation fee is payable in the final term.

A $20 transcript fee is payable in the first term a student attends Algonquin College.

International Students pay all relevant Canadian fees plus an International Premium of $4,775 per term.

* Students paying the Information Technology fee are provided with a network account, an email address, and Internet access. For more information please visit our website at www.algonquincollege.com/its/services/it_fee.htm

** The BYOD Fee covers the costs associated with providing various services and software to students registered in a BYOD program.

*** Students who have coverage with another plan can request a refund by supplying the Students' Association with documentation supporting the request. This request will have to be made annually.

Co-op Fee: $465 payable in two installments in the term preceding each work term. The first installment of $100 is payable at the time of registration for co-op and is non-refundable. The second installment of $365 is payable on the standard fees due date. Students on a co-op work term will pay 10% of the Student Activity and Building Fees. Co-op students on work term in the Fall will pay the Health Plan Fee.

Supplies can be purchased at the campus store. For more information about books, go to www.algonquincollege.com/etextbooks

For a complete list of program-related incidental fees, please visit our website at www.algonquincollege.com/sat/program/computer-systems-technician/

Admission Requirements 

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Mathematics, Grade 12 (MAP4C or equivalent).
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either: IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening: 20; Speaking: 20; Writing: 20.

Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English and mathematics.

Note: Applicants should have basic computer skills such as keyboard proficiency, Internet browsing and searching, and the use of an office software suite (word processing, spreadsheets, etc.) prior to the start of the program. The Mobile Learning Center Coach (C102) offers training in these skills if needed.

Note: New students who wish to apply to the Computer Systems Technology - Networking (0155X01FWO) or Computer Systems Technology - Security (0156X01FWO) programs must first apply to the Computer Systems Technician (0150X01FWO) program through www.ontariocolleges.ca .

Application Information

Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:

ontariocolleges.ca
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario N1G 5J3
1-888-892-2228

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should contact their Guidance Office to apply. For all other applicants, applications are available online at www.ontariocolleges.ca. A $95 fee applies.

Applications for Fall Term and Winter Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at xweb.algonquincollege.com/FormIE/index.aspx

or by contacting the Registrar's Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar's Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room C150
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 613-727-7766
Fax: 613-727-7632
Email: AskAlgonquin@algonquincollege.com

Additional Information

This program is also offered at the Pembroke Campus. While the overall learning outcomes at the Woodroffe and Pembroke Campuses may be the same, the curriculum order and subject delivery are reflective of local circumstances which affect program delivery. Students wishing to transfer between Campuses should consult with their coordinator before making any decisions as there may be some impact on credit transfers.

The curriculum is reviewed annually to reflect evolving industry standards in the information technology field.

OACETT/CCTT NATIONALLY ACCREDITED PROGRAM

As of June 2006, the Computer Systems Technician program has met the national technology accreditation requirements as mandated by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) and has received national accreditation status by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) and the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) which is reviewed and renewed tri-annually.

OACETT recognizes the Computer Systems Technician program as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the Technician category. Graduate and current students in their second year having met certain additional requirements (i.e. work experience and qualifying professional practice exam, etc.), can apply to become certified from OACETT.

Visit www.cctt.ca/english/accred or www.oacett.org for more information.

For more information, please contact Linda Crane, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 3455 or coordcst@algonquincollege.com or visit www.algonquincollege.com/sat.

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time