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Information Technology

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Open for Winter 2022 Telecommunications major

Length: 2 Years Credential: Diploma Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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Upcoming Information Sessions

For the Fall 2021 semester, all courses in this program will be delivered online (OA, OS, OR) for first-year (common), Computer Systems, Network Systems and Telecommunications students.
Software Development students will have their courses delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS). Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
Learn more about our course delivery options

Overview

Build a career as an information technology specialist or consultant with this comprehensive program. Prepare for an ever-growing industry through a major in computer systems, network systems, telecommunications or software development.

Information Technology deals with the generation, storage, retrieval, transmission and protection of information and the hardware and software involved in these processes.

For that reason, IT professionals are often called IT specialists/consultants or business process consultants and the division of an organization that deals with computers, software and communication technology are often called the IT department.

The growth of the IT sector in Canada is expected to continue to outpace other market segments in the future according to the Canadian and Alberta governments and independent research companies such as Forrester’s and the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) of Canada.

The Information Technology program encompasses four majors: Computer Systems, Network Systems, Software Development and Telecommunications. The first semester is common to all four majors. It is a full-time, two-year diploma program.

IT Computer Systems major Prepares ITCS graduates for the IT functions that work with the people and processes that help keep the computers, communications and information systems installed, connected, maintained and supported. Students receive in-depth training on computer hardware and peripheral systems, server and system administration, operating systems, data center management and virtualization, networking, and IT security. In addition, students develop skills in interpersonal communications and teamwork, customer service protocols, business applications and problem-solving techniques.
IT Network Systems major Prepares ITNS graduates for the analysis, planning, design, installation and optimization of computer networks and network systems.  Students receive in-depth training on network infrastructure that includes router, switch and server configurations, plus IP telephony, security and emerging technologies. The training provided in this major prepares graduates for the highly recognized Cisco CCNA and CCNP industry certifications.
IT Software Development major Prepares ITSD graduates for work in a variety of IT activities including the design, development, implementation, testing and maintenance of software systems. Students receive in-depth training in programming techniques as well as analysis, design, implementation and testing of new programs on multiple hardware and software platforms (e.g. Windows, Web and Linux) using a variety of programming languages (e.g. Java, C, PHP, XML, PL/SQL, SQL) and different supporting technologies (e.g. Communications Networks, Databases, Operating Systems).
Telecommunications major Prepares ITT graduates to be proficient in Telecommunications technologies that facilitate the Global Transmission of voice, video, data, text, and audio using smartphones, tablets and computing devices via media such as wireless, satellite and copper/fibre optic cabling technologies. Students receive in-depth training on designing, installing, configuring, commissioning, integrating, maintaining and administering voice, data and video networks.

Is this the right fit for me? 

Characteristics of a successful student in this program include:

  • working knowledge of MS Office Suite would be an asset
  • enjoys keeping up-to-date on new technological developments, continues to take training and enjoy learning new skills
  • managing your time and work effectively while facing deadlines
  • working independently with little supervision but can also perform as a vital member of a team of professionals
  • ability to pay attention to detail and take personal pride in their technical problem-solving skills.

Credential

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT diploma in Information Technology.

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Career opportunities

Career potential for graduates of this program vary by major. Graduates can pursue job opportunities as a(n): 

  • Computer Systems: customer support analyst, help desk support, desktop support, IT security, server administrator 
  • Network Systems: network technician, network administrator, deployment technician, desktop support technician, network analyst, local area network (LAN) administrator, remote operations technician 
  • Software Development: computer programmer, software developer, programmer analyst, application programmer 
  • Telecommunications:  telecommunications technologist, production test technologist, cable technician, service technician, associated field engineer, sales and marketing, communication equipment installer, manufacturing technologist 

Related careers include:

  • management consultant 
  • data administrator 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $8,053
Year 2: $8,053

Year 1 (International): $22,917
Year 2 (International): $23,772

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Full costs

Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

Admission Requirements

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for fall 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020.
  • Applications for winter 2022 open March 31, 2021.
  • Applications for spring 2022 open June 14, 2021.
Classes begin Year start date Year end date
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021 April 29, 2022
Winter 2022 Jan. 11, 2022 Aug. 19, 2022
Spring 2022 May 9, 2022 Dec. 19, 2022

How to apply

Changing tracks for a changing world

Melisa Carnovale worked in the restaurant industry for 12 years before deciding she needed a change. She knew in an increasingly digital world there was a future in IT, so she enrolled in Information Technology – Computer Systems at SAIT.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.
  • Fall 2021 start: applications are open Oct. 7, 2020.
  • Winter 2022 start: applications open March 31, 2021.
  • Spring 2022 start: applications open June 14, 2021.

Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • At least 50% in Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30, or at least 60% in Math 30-2 or Applied Math 30,
  • At least 55% in English Language Arts 30-1, or at least 60% in English Language Arts 30-2.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct entry: four step process 

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Information Technology and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades 

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications.

We recommend you add ict.info@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages. 

Courses

Program Outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

First Year

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Credit
CMPH-211 Computer Hardware and Operating System Essentials 3.0
CMPP-269 Computer Programming Essentials 3.0
CMPS-237 Information Technology Foundations 3.0
COMM-256 Professional Communications and Presentation Skills 3.0
CPNT-220 Introduction to Networking 3.0
Semester 1 Total 15.0

Computer Systems Major

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name Credit
CMPH-252 Systems Hardware I 3.0
CMPS-254 Computer Operating Systems 3.0
CMPS-275 Client-Server Administration 3.0
CPRG-260 Scripting for System Administrators 3.0
HREL-250 Business Dynamics 3.0
CPWK-255 Cooperative Work Term (Optional) 0
Semester 2 Total - Computer Systems Major 15.0
First Year Total - Computer Systems Major 30.0

Second Year

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name Credit
CMPH-308 Data Center Systems and Storage 3.0
CMPS-305 Server Service Administration 3.0
CPRG-302 Web Essentials 3.0
ITSC-311 Information Technology Security I 3.0
PROJ-304 Project Preparation 3.0
Semester 3 Total - Computer Systems Major 15.0

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name Credit
CMPS-368 Data Center Management and Virtualization 3.0
INTP-354 Service Management 3.0
INTP-362 Emerging Trends in Technology 3.0
ITSC-321 IT Security II 3.0
PROJ-309 Capstone Project 3.0
Semester 4 Total - Computer Systems Major 15.0
Second Year Total - Computer Systems Major 30.0
Program Total - Computer Systems Major 60.0

Network Systems Major

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name Credit
CMPS-275 Client Server Administration 3.0
CPNT-254 Switching and Routing Essentials 3.0
CPRG-261 Scripting for Network Administrators 3.0
ELCM-254 Structured Cabling 3.0
HREL-250 Business Dynamics 3.0
CPWK-255 Cooperative Work Term (optional) 0
Semester 2 Total -  Network Systems Major 15.0
First Year Total - Network Systems Major 30.0

Second Year

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name Credit
CMPN-313 Voice over Internet Protocol 3.0
CMPN-332 Advanced Routing 3.0
CMPS-305 Server Service Administration 3.0
ITSC-359 Network Security Techniques 3.0
PROJ-304 Project Preparation 3.0
Semester 3 Total - Network Systems Major 15.0

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name Credit
CMPN-361 Server Management 3.0
CMPN-371 Wireless Networks 3.0
CMPN-383 Server Virtualization 3.0
CMPN-386 Advanced Networking and Troubleshooting 3.0
PROJ-309 Capstone Project 3.0
Semester 4 Total - Network Systems Major 15.0
Second Year Total - Network Systems Major 30.0
Program Total - Network Systems Major 60.0

Software Development Major

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name Credit
CMPS-253 Interface Design 3.0
CPRG-250 Database Design and Programming 3.0
CPRG-251 Object Oriented Programming Essentials 3.0
CPRG-256 Website Development Fundamentals 3.0
HREL-250 Business Dynamics 3.0
CPWK-255 Cooperative Work Term (optional) 0
Semester 2 Total - Software Development Major
15.0
First Year Total - Software Development Major
30.0

Second Year

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name Credit
CMPS-303 Object Oriented Software Analysis and Design 3.0
CPRG-307 Database Programming and Testing 3.0
CPRG-311 Advanced Object-Oriented Programming 3.0
CPRG-352 Web Application Programming 3.0
PROJ-304 Project Preparation 3.0
Semester 3 Total - Software Development Major 15.0

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name Credit
CMPS-369 Operating Systems for Software Developers 3.0
DBAD-300 Introduction to Database Administration 3.0
INTP-362 Emerging Trends in Technology 3.0
ITSC-315 Security for Software Developers 3.0
PROJ-309 Capstone Project 3.0
Semester 4 Total - Software Development Major
15.0
Second Year Total - Software Development Major
30.0
Program Total - Software Development Major 60.0

Telecommunications Major

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name Credit
CMPS-275 Client-Server Administration 3.0
CPNT-254 Switching and Routing Essentials 3.0
ELCM-254 Structured Cabling 3.0
ELTR-251 Electronics for Information Technology 3.0
HREL-250 Business Dynamics 3.0
CPWK-255 Cooperative Work Term (optional) 0
Semester 2 Total - Telecom Systems Major
15.0
First Year Total - Telecom Systems Major 30.0

Second Year

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name Credit
CMPN-313 Voice over Internet Protocol 3.0
CPNT-301 WAN and ISP Routing 3.0
ELCM-252 Digital Transmission Techniques 3.0
ELCM-303 Wireless Telecommunications 3.0
PROJ-304 Project Preparation 3.0
Semester 3 Total - Telecom Systems Major
15.0

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name Credit
CPNT-351 Multi-Protocol Label Switching and IP QoS 3.0
ELCM-306 PBX Switching Principles 3.0
ELCM-308 Service Provider Access Technologies 3.0
ELCM-363 Wide Area Networking Transport Technologies 3.0
PROJ-309 Capstone Project 3.0
Semester 4 Total - Telecom Systems Major
15.0
Second Year Total- Telecom Systems Major
30.0
Program Total - Telecom Systems Major
60.0

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Athabasca University
  • Business Academy Aarhus, Denmark
  • Griffith University
  • NAIT
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • University of Lethbridge
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)

To learn more, visit transfer options.

Costs

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $6,720 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $8,053
2 $6,720 $792.20 $287.77 $252 $8,053

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $21,584 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $22,917
2 $22,439 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $23,772

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $252
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 for the first year and $500 for the second year.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.
  • Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Fall 2021

Orientation

Your program orientation will take place on Sept. 2 online. Check your schedule in mySAIT for the time and location details.

Learn more about your orientation.

How to register for classes

You'll follow an adjustable block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a power-user hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Required equipment/tools

Students will require their own cloud computing services subscription which is approximately $800 - $1,200 per year.

Preparation courses

To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year:

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace D2Lbefore the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

The required textbooks will be discussed within the first few weeks of classes.

Contact 

Phone: 403.284.8543
ict.techstudents@sait.ca

Academic chair

Jessica Ager, Academic Chair (First semester)
jessica.ager@sait.ca

Amos Ngai, Academic Chair (Computer Systems, Network Systems and Telecommunications)
amos.ngai@sait.ca

Erin Gates, Academic Chair (Software Development)
erin.gates@sait.ca

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Student Guidelines

Review the student guidelines to learn about the School of Information and Communications Technologies' expectations before you start your studies. 

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Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Information and Communications Technologies
403.284.8543
ict.info@sait.ca

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