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Open for Winter 2021 Network Systems major (International)

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

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All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.

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: $7,503
Year 2: $7,503 

Year 1 (International): $22,683 
Year 2 (International): $22,683

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

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Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available. 

Admission Requirements

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019 until the program start date.
  • Applications for winter 2021 open March 30, 2020 until the program start date.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2021
Spring 2021 May 10, 2021

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.
  • Fall 2020: applications open Oct. 2, 2019.
  • Winter 2021: applications open March 30, 2020.

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 System 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
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-354 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
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-354 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
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-354 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
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-354 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

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $ 6,281 $682 $288 $252 $7,503
2 $6,281 $682 $288 $252 $7,503

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $21,370 $682 $288 $460 $22,683
2 $21,370 $682 $288 $460 $22,683

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

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: $344
  • 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 - $1,500 per full-time year.

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.

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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Fall 2020

Orientation

Orientation for new students will take place online on Sept. 3, 2020.

To find the time and platform, visit our orientation page.

Delivery 

All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.

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 an e-learning program, which means you will be provided with a laptop with all the necessary software required. Find instructions on how to pick-up your e-learning laptop

Required equipment/tools

Students will require their own:

  • Cloud computing services subscription is approximately $800 - $1,000 per year.

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

Required textbooks

The booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.

Contact 

Phone: 403.284.8543
Email:  ict.techstudents@sait.ca

Academic chair

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

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

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

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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