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Information Technology

Waitlisted for Fall 2020

Open for Fall 2020 Telecommunications major (International)

Open for Fall 2020 Network Systems major (International)

Waitlisted for Winter 2021

Open for Winter 2021 Telecommunications major

Open for Winter 2021 Computer Systems (International)

Open for Winter 2021 Network Systems major (International)

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

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.

Program Highlights

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.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $7,503
Year 2: $7,503 

Year 1 (International): $22,800 
Year 2 (International): $22,800

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

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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. 

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

Program Details

Program description

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 is 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 Pepares 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 smart phones, tablets and computing devices via media such as wireless, satellite and copper/fiber optic cabling technologies. Students receive in-depth training on designing, installing, configuring, commissioning, integrating, maintaining and administering voice, data and video networks.

Your career

Computer Systems major

Graduates of the Computer Systems major will have rewarding careers with a diverse set of job titles and descriptions. They help keep computers, communications, data centres, mobile devices and information systems installed, connected, maintained, supported and secure. Graduates will often start in entry-level technical support roles (customer support representative, help desk, desktop support level one, etc.) and advance to more sophisticated levels of IT support roles, management of support teams; or specialize into storage architecture, server administration, virtualization; or IT security areas. Graduates will have a well-rounded and strong foundation to begin their careers in the growing field of IT technical systems and support. 

Network Systems major

Graduates of the Network Systems major will have strong technical skills in designing, installing, configuring, maintaining and administering enterprise local area networks and associated servers, security and storage devices. This major focuses on the network infrastructure of an organization, which involves the storage, retrieval, transmission and protection of information, and the hardware and software involved in these processes. In addition to comprehensive technical skills, graduates will acquire and demonstrate the professional communications, general business, problem solving and project management skills required for success in industry. Students receive in depth training on router, switch and server configuration for support of network infrastructure, data transmission media, wireless, Voice over IP and new and emerging technologies. Students also receive the training required for industry recognized certifications.

Software Development major

Software Development encompasses a variety of activities including the design, implementation, testing and maintenance of software systems. Software Developers are required to have a broad set of technical skills covering all aspects of IT system analysis, design, development and testing. Such skills often include knowledge of the use of computer hardware, communications networks and databases, in addition to computer programming. Skills in all of these areas are an integral part of the software development process. Graduates will possess a broad, practical knowledge of both software development and the Information Technology profession. They may work on the development of software systems, often collaboratively in teams with other programmers. Typical tasks include the 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) and different supporting technologies (e.g. Communications Networks, Databases, Operating Systems).

Telecommunications major

Graduates of the Telecommunications major may find employment as a telecommunications technologist, production test technologist, cable technician, service technician, associated field engineer, sales and marketing, communication equipment installer and manufacturing technologist. They will be proficient in designing, installing, configuring, commissioning, integrating, maintaining and administering voice, data, and video networks owned by telecommunications companies (TELCOs) or Internet Service Providers (ISPs). They also find careers in a wide range of businesses, industries, and government institutions. Technical competencies will include IP networking, Voice over IP (VoIP), Optical Transport Networks, Copper and Fiber Outside Plant, CO and PBX switching, Metropolitan and Wide Area Networks (MANs and WANs), cellular, digital, and wireless technologies. Graduates will acquire business communications and project management skills.

Student success

Characteristics of a successful student in this program include:

  • A working knowledge of MS Office Suite would be an asset.
  • Enjoy keeping up-to-date on new technological developments, continue 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.

Credentials and accreditation

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

For information about accreditation for each major, please call the School of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) at 403.284.8543.

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.

Contact

Have questions about this specific program?

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

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

View additional Information Technology program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

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.

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 $22,276
2 $21,370 $682 $288 $460 $22,276

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: $460
  • 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

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

You will receive more details about your required textbooks on your first day of classes. 

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

Inspiring Stories

SAIT's celebrated reputation and the curriculum and facilities offered with the Telecom Systems program was what led Karam to apply - not to mention the reputation of the SAIT Trojans. He leaves ready for what will come next.

Marufa appreciated the small class sizes, which meant instructors could more directly help students, and the hands-on learning that was a huge part of the program.

Yonis appreciated the concentrated workload that he feels not only gave him the relevant knowledge to pursue a career in this field, but also because the pace reflected what it will be like outside of school.

Karam Hyun
Information Technology | 2017

"I learned a lot and feel prepared for the workforce."

Marufa Chowdhury
Information technology | 2017

"I learned new technology because you built (the capsule project) from scratch."

Yonis Barakobe
Information Technology | 2017

"You had to be on your feet; it's the same as you will experience in the workforce."

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