Kick-start a rewarding and in-demand career with this unique IT program - 2020/2021
The Computer Systems Technologist explores how to design, install, troubleshoot and maintain enterprise-level information systems (IS) and this IT program will develop your skills to manage and provide high-level support to various organizations.
You'll gain advanced knowledge through both in-class IT courses and field experience to support a multivendor environment, including:
- Managing and operating systems such as Windows and Linux
- Networking - switching, routing, WAN, wireless, VoIP, firewall management
- Cloud services
- Active Directory
- Data management
- Web server support
- Database management
- Web server support
- Database servers
- Messaging services
- Securing information systems
Co-operative education (co-op)
In addition to your academic technical skillset, Computer Systems Technology students experience learning through co-ops which support progressive learning and is offered early in your studies. This allows you to take what you've learned from all of your IT courses and apply it directly in the field to further strengthen your technical, communication and interpersonal skills. Field experience has the additional benefit of enriching and supporting your continued academic studies. The final two co-op terms are back-to-back and may provide an opportunity to become involved in larger organizational IS projects.
This program is accredited by Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada. This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for co-operative education programs in Canada, and recognizes Fanshawe's commitment to excellence.
Successful completion of this IT program will enable you to explore several industry certifications such as Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE) and Red Hat Certified System Administrator.
As a Computer Systems Technology graduate, your unique academic experience from both in-class IT courses and co-op field experience will prepare you to explore challenging and rewarding career opportunities in network and systems administration, support, design and implementation.
CTY2 program progression
Fall Winter Spring Summer Start Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Break Co-op 1 Level 4 Level 5 Break Level 6 Co-op 2 Start Co-op 3 Continue Co-op 3 Level 7 - - -
Admission Requirements - 2020/2021
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 upgrading
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 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 CriteriaWhere the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
- Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
- 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)
- Achievement in the Admission Requirements
Computer Systems Technology-2020/2021
BUSI-1156 Strategies for Success 1 This course presents and helps to develop some of the skills required to achieve academic and career success. Areas of focus include college resources, study skills, time management, academic integrity and calculating Grade Point Averages, among other skills. INFO-1280 Network-Fundamentals 5 This course is part of the Cisco Network Academy and introduces the architecture, functions, components, and models of networks. IP addressing, Ethernet, media, and operations fundamentals are introduced. By the end of the course, students perform basic router and switch configurations to build simple local area networks (LAN). INFO-1167 Business At the Speed of Light 3 Increasingly, technology is used as the underpinnings to enable a new global business model. This course explores the fundamental concepts of business as well as the technologies that are used to facilitate a new era of entrepreneurial opportunities. Students are introduced to the role of business and government and explore the various types of business, business & marketing operations, and financial resources management. In addition, students reinforce their knowledge of the subject matter through a series of case studies that explore the use of technology to solve business problems and enable new opportunities. INFO-1247 Applications & Databases 4 As part of daily business processes, clients and IT staff must use applications and databases to produce documents for various purposes, execute business activities, and manage corporate data. Students will use the Microsoft Office suite to create documents, reports, presentations and manage email, and explore basic database design and administration. Through discussion and lab work, students will acquire the skills to create various types of documents, support client applications, and manage data. INFO-1246 Operating Systems-Windows 1 3 MCSA Certification preparation course - This is an introductory course focusing on configuring and maintaining Windows client operating systems. Using theoretical and practical approaches to install and upgrade the operating system, as well as to manage drivers, applications, network connections, resource access, create backups and use different recovery methods.
WRIT-1043 Reason & Writing 1 for IT 3 This course will introduce information technology students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking. WRIT-1034 Reason & Writing 1-EAP 4 This course will introduce students whose first language is not English to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking. Special attention will also be paid to developing academic vocabulary, correcting common ESL errors, enhancing academic listening and note-taking skills, and improving oral fluency and confidence. Level 2 INFO-3176 Network-Routing & Switching 5 This course is part of the Cisco Network Academy and focused on switching and routing operations, wireless local area networks (WLAN), and security concepts. By the end of the course, students perform basic network configuration and troubleshooting, identify and mitigate LAN security threats, and configure and secure a basic WLAN. MGMT-3052 Understanding Workplace Behaviours 3 This course provides an understanding of the field of organizational behaviour through investigating individual, group and organizational behaviours. Students assess their work-related preferences/behaviours using self-assessment surveys and reflect on the match between those and career choices. Students study organizational design, organizational culture, people-centred management, social perception, self-concept & personality, values/attitudes & job satisfaction, motivation theory, group development theory, effective communication strategy, and conflict & negotiation then apply these concepts to the development of an organization's human resources. INFO-1248 Data Centre Infrastructure 3 This is an introductory course in data centre design and operations. Using theoretical and practical approaches, students will explore concepts such as equipment organization, power management, cooling, cabling and safety issues. In addition, students will learn fundamentals about physical server functionality. INFO-3148 Operating Systems-Windows 2 4 MCSA Server preparation course - This is an intermediate course which builds on previous knowledge of Windows Systems. Using theoretical and practical approaches to develop skills in an Active Directory environment. This course focuses on User, Computer and Server Management and basic network services such as DNS and DHCP. INFO-1249 Programming Fundamentals 3 This is an introductory course in computer programming. Using theoretical and practical approaches, students will explore the structure, functions and logic of common programming language(s) popular in industry. SRTY-1023 Security-Fundamentals 3 This is an introductory course to computer security. Using theoretical and practical approaches, students will focus on computer security principles, networking operations, protocols, encryption types and methods, as well as password security. COOP-1020 Co-operative Education Employment Prep 1 This workshop will provide an overview of the Co-operative Education consultants and students' roles and responsibilities as well as the Co-operative Education Policy. It will provide students with employment preparatory skills specifically related to co-operative education work assignments and will prepare students for their work term. Level 3 INFO-1250 Operating Systems-Linux 1 2 Red Hat Enterprise Certification preparation course - This is an introduction course to Linux operating systems. Using theoretical and practical approaches, this course focuses on core administration tasks in a Linux environment. SRTY-3011 Security-Enterprise Edge 3 This is an intermediate security course for managing enterprise edge networks. Using theoretical and practical approaches, this courses focuses on how to implement, secure, administer and troubleshoot edge devices within an enterprise environment. Through applied learning, students will design and deploy various edge topologies. INFO-3157 Enterprise Support 2 This is an intermediate course on end user support within an enterprise environment. Using theoretical and practical approaches, this course enhances students troubleshooting skills by applying existing knowledge to various technical issues within an enterprise environment. Students will explore ticket management systems, change management and other frameworks within ITIL. Level 4 INFO-3158 Operating Systems-Windows 3 4 MCSA Server Certification preparation course - this is an intermediate level course building on existing knowledge within Windows Systems. Using theoretical and practical approaches, this course focuses on installation, storage and compute features and functionality within Windows System environments. Students will expand their knowledge on various services such as DNS. INFO-5130 Network-Advanced Routing 5 CCNP Certification preparation course - this advanced level course uses theoretical and practical approaches to focus on the design, implementation, administration and monitoring of complex routing services within an enterprise network. Topics include; IPv4/6 dynamic routing, EIGRP, Multi-area OSPF, MP-BGP, route redistribution, policy based routing, VRFs, MPLS, security and device hardening. INFO-3159 Scripting for Information Systems 3 This is an intermediate course building on existing programming skillsets. Using theoretical and practical approaches, this course expands student's skills in order to create scripts to assist an enterprise level administrator with various tasks such as system deployments. INFO-3160 Managing Database Systems 2 This is an intermediate database systems course. Using theoretical and practical approaches, this course focuses on implementation of database systems using best practices; applying concepts such as business continuity, security, basic database designs and basic data warehousing. INFO-3161 Network-Administering VoIP 4 This is an intermediate course in VoIP administration. Using theoretical and practical approaches, this course focuses on foundational principles of how to design, implement, administer and troubleshoot with remediation within various enterprise level telephony solutions. COMM-3077 Communications for IT 3 This course, designed for students who plan to work in the field of information technology, focuses on professional written communication skills. Students learn to prepare a variety of work-related documents. In addition, students learn about research methods and documentation formats. The principles of effective writing organization, grammar, style, clarity and tone are reinforced throughout the course. The goal of the course is to prepare students for the communication tasks and considerations they will encounter in the workplace. Level 5 INFO-3162 Storage & Data Management 4 Dell/EMC Certification preparation course. This intermediate level course uses theoretical and practical approaches to focus on enterprise data management strategies and intelligent storage systems technologies. Topics include; FC-SAN, IP-SAN, NAS, FCoE, Object-based and unified storage, business continuity solutions, storage security and cloud computing. INFO-3150 Operating Systems-Linux 2 2 Red hat Enterprise Certification preparation course - This is an intermediate course to Linux operating systems. It is recommended that students have a basic fundamental understating of Linux operating systems. Using theoretical and practical approaches, this course focuses on key tasks needed to become a full time Linux administrator. INFO-3156 Network-Administering Wireless 3 This is an intermediate course in wireless administration. Using theoretical and practical approaches, this course focuses on foundational principals of how to design, implement, administer and troubleshoot with remediation within an enterprise wireless environment. Level 6 INFO-5132 Network-Advanced Switching 5 CCNP Certification preparation course - This is an advanced course building on existing networking skills. Using theoretical and practical approaches, this course develops skills necessary to implement scalable multilayer switched networks. Topics: Campus Networks; describing and implementing advanced RSTP, VLANs and Inter-VLAN routing, HA, and minimizing service Loss and Data Theft. INFO-5134 Operating Systems-Windows 4 4 MCSA Server Certificate preparation course - This is an advanced course building on existing Windows Systems skills. Using theoretical and practical approaches, this course focuses on identity functionality within the Windows environment. Using features such as Certificate Services, Federation Services and Web Application Proxy. INFO-5133 Operating Systems-Linux 3 4 Red Hat Enterprise Certification preparation course - This is an advanced course building on existing Linux skillsets. Using theoretical and practical approaches, this course focuses on managing and administrating Linux in an enterprise environment. MGMT-3089 Managing Technical Projects 3 This is an intermediate course in Project Management. Using theoretical and practical approaches, this course focuses on critical analysis, written and verbal communication, interpersonal and teambuilding skills. Through project simulation, students will apply project management skills related to: outsourced vendors, tasks, resources, budgets, timelines, and other project management skills. INFO-5131 Enterprise Virtualization 4 Dell/EMC VCA Certification preparation course. This advanced level course uses theoretical and practical approaches to focus on the installation, administration and monitoring of a software-defined virtualized data center infrastructure. Topics include; vSphere, ESXi, vCenter, Resource Pools, vSwitch, vMotion, Storage vMotion, HA, Fault-Tolerance, Host Profiles, Performance Monitoring and Backup/Recovery. MGMT-3036 Professional Development-Career Planning 3 This course introduces the student to the nature and role of Human Resource functions in an organization, with a focus on the implications for personal career management. Human resources planning and processes will be explored through class discussion, research and case study, from the perspectives of the employer and the employee / job applicant. Work search skills and resume writing will be included, along with an individual career management project. Level 7
INFO-5135 Enterprise Messaging Systems 2 Microsoft Certification preparation course - This is an advanced course in messaging systems. Using theoretical, practical and case study methodologies, this course focuses on messaging deployment options, system administration, high availability and migration techniques. SRTY-5009 Security-Monitoring & Alerting 2 This is an advanced level security course for monitoring and alerting. Using theoretical, practical and case study methodologies, this course focuses on monitoring and alerting strategies in an enterprise environment. Students will apply these skills to remediate problem areas and in protecting network resources. INFO-5136 Scaling & Systems Integration 2 This is an advanced course in system scaling and integration. Using theoretical, practical, case study and research methodologies, this course focuses on scaling systems resources to support dynamically increasing demands. Students will design systems to be scalable. Using integration, students will leverage on premise and cloud resources within their designs. SRTY-5010 Security-IDS & IPS 2 This is an advanced security course in IDS & IPS. Using theoretical, practical and case study methodologies, this course focuses on different strategies to protect various systems using intrusion detection and prevention systems.
INFO-5137 Technical Projects-Adv 12 This is an advanced level projects course. Using theoretical, practical, case study and research methodologies, this course requires students to identify, design and implement technical concepts to meet business needs. Throughout the project, students must apply proper project management and maintain professional etiquette. Students will present and defend their solutions. INNV-5001 Innovation Applications 3 This course will explore Innovation through projects and group work that are assigned and developed in collaboration with your instructor. With the help of case studies, research reports, and creative thinking methods students will leverage their personal experiences and develop their capacity to innovate in multiple fields.
Careers - 2020/2021
Career OpportunitiesTechnical Support Specialist, Network Administrator, Network Support Specialist, Network Manager, Security Specialist, System Manager, Field Service Technician, Network User Support and Technical Analyst
More Information - 2020/2021A Mandatory Mobile Computing (Laptop) Program
A Co-operative Education Program
A Three-Year Ontario College Advanced Diploma ProgramProgram Code: CTY2
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
ContactSchool of Information Technology: 519-452-4291
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.
- 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 which must follow program minimum specifications. For information, please visit https://connected.fanshawec.ca/laptop-requirements/
- 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.
Co-operative EducationThis 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:
- Analyze and resolve information technology problems through the application of systematic approaches and diagnostic tools;
- Analyze, plan, design, and implement computer systems;
- Analyze, plan, design, and implement networking solutions;
- Install, configure, troubleshoot, monitor, maintain, upgrade, and optimize computer systems;
- Install, configure, troubleshoot, monitor, maintain, upgrade, and optimize networks;
- Use a variety of scripting tools and languages to automate routine tasks;
- Participate in the deployment and administration of databases within a networked environment;
- Plan, develop, and be responsible for data storage to ensure the integrity of information;
- Apply knowledge of security issues to the implementation of information technology solutions;
- Appraise existing security solutions with a view to on-going maintenance, development, and improvement of organizational security;
- Provide efficient and effective technical support to clients in a manner that promotes safe computing practices and reduces the risk of the issue recurring;
- Articulate, defend, and conform to workplace expectations found in information technology (IT) environments;
- Contribute to the successful completion of the project applying the project management principles in use.