• Overview - 2019/2020

    For the January 2019 intake, please see Computer Systems Technology, CTY1.

    In-demand. Valued. Secure. A career in IT is waiting. If you're looking to take advantage of the incredible career opportunities in the IT sector, Fanshawe's Computer Systems Technology program will get you on your way.

    You'll discover how to design, install, troubleshoot and maintain microcomputer systems and networking equipment. You'll also learn how to install, configure and administer operating systems from Microsoft and UNIX, and study advanced topics in network management, communication protocols, security, web support, database servers and mail servers.

    In today's IT sector, you need more than technical skills. The co-op component of the program will provide hands-on experience in real working situations. You'll develop your communication and interpersonal skills to work with all levels of computer users in the business world.

    Plus, Fanshawe partnership with Cisco Systems - the world's leading networking company - is your guarantee that you'll be learning about current, industry-leading technology. When you graduate, you'll have the knowledge and skills to test for certifications including Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP).

    You may also choose to apply the knowledge gained to prepare and test for certifications in CompTIA's A+, Network+ and Security +, and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE).

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    Mike Mordas
    Tooling Systems

    Thank you Fanshawe for helping me jump start my career!

    Program coordinator:

    Jonathan van den Boogaart
    Phone: 519-452-4430 x4506

  • Admission Requirements - 2019/2020

    OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
    University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
    - Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
    - Any Grade 11 or Grade 12 Mathematics* (C), (U), or (M)
    Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
    Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) AND:
    - Any Grade 11 or Grade 12 Mathematics* (C), (U), or (M)
    Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses stated above


    • *Applicants who lack the required Mathematics may still gain eligibility for admission by completing appropriate prior

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

    • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 550 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements.
    • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two year
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
    • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
    • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
    • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

    Recommended Academic Preparation

    • Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)
    • Grade 11 and Grade 12 Computer Engineering Technology (M)
    • Grade 11 Introduction to Computer Science (U)
    • Grade 12 Computer Science (U) 
    • Grade 11 Information and Communication Technology: The Digital Environment (O)
    • Grade 12 Information and Communication Technology: Multimedia Solutions (C)
    • Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE): Business or Technical Mathematics course and Computer Skills course

    Applicant Selection Criteria

    Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
    1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
    2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
    3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
  • Careers - 2019/2020

    Career Opportunities

    Technical Support Specialist, Network Administrator, Network Support Specialist, Network Manager, Security Specialist, System Manager, Field Service Technician, Network User Support and Technical Analyst
  • More Information - 2019/2020

    A Mandatory Mobile Computing (Laptop) Program
    A Co-operative Education Program
    A Three-Year Ontario College Advanced Diploma Program
    Program Code: CTY2
    Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
    September Admission
    15 week terms
    Academic Calendars available at


    School of Information Technology: 519-452-4291

    Program Description

    The Computer Systems Technology program is an accredited, three-year co-operative education, Ontario College Advanced Diploma program which provides comprehensive training for students wishing to work in the high demand areas of network, security, virtualization, data storage and management and systems operation and management.  This program provides the students the ability to be effective team leaders, think critically, solve problems and acquire new skills quickly.

    Under the guidance of expert faculty, combined with the use of leading edge labs, the program emphasizes the design, implementation, configuration, monitoring, troubleshooting, management, as well as the hands-on installation of networking, security, VoIP, mobile devices, virtualization, data storage and management, server, workstation and operating systems technologies.

    Instruction in project management, communication and interpersonal skills prepare the student to effectively interact with all levels of users in both oral and written mediums.

    Upon completion of the program, and in addition to the highly valued Ontario College Advanced Diploma, graduates should have the knowledge and skills to take exams for the following certifications, if they choose to do so: Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP). Graduates may also choose to apply the knowledge gained to prepare and test for other industry certifications, such as those offered for Microsoft, Linux, VMWare and EMC2.

    Other Information

    Students in this program will be required to take an online general education elective in Level 6. Graduates of the Fanshawe College Business Fundamentals Ontario College Certificate program who meet the admission requirements can apply to Level 1 of the Computer Systems Technology Advanced Ontario College Diploma program and may be granted up to three internal credits towards this program. A laptop computer is to be purchased by the student.  A CONNECT lab fee is included in the Additional Program Fees stated in the Fee Schedule.  This fee helps cover costs associated with the delivery of the CONNECT mobile computing program.  Students should not purchase a laptop computer or software until the College publishes the recommended configuration, models, software titles and versions for that academic year.

    Co-operative Education

    This three-year program has three co-op work terms.  Students who fulfill both the academic and co-op requirements of the program will be eligible to graduate with a Co-op Endorsed Diploma.  More information about Co-operative Education can be found at www.fanshawec.ca/co-op.
    Learning Outcomes 

    The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

    1. Analyze and resolve information technology problems through the application of systematic approaches and diagnostic tools;
    2. Analyze, plan, design, and implement computer systems;
    3. Analyze, plan, design, and implement networking solutions;
    4. Install, configure, troubleshoot, monitor, maintain, upgrade, and optimize computer systems;
    5. Install, configure, troubleshoot, monitor, maintain, upgrade, and optimize networks;
    6. Use a variety of scripting tools and languages to automate routine tasks;
    7. Participate in the deployment and administration of databases within a networked environment;
    8. Plan, develop, and be responsible for data storage to ensure the integrity of information;
    9. Apply knowledge of security issues to the implementation of information technology solutions;
    10. Appraise existing security solutions with a view to on-going maintenance, development, and improvement of organizational security;
    11. Provide efficient and effective technical support to clients in a manner that promotes safe computing practices and reduces the risk of the issue recurring;
    12. Articulate, defend, and conform to workplace expectations found in information technology (IT) environments;
    13. Contribute to the successful completion of the project applying the project management principles in use.

    Program Pathways

    For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
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