Technical Systems Analysis

Companies are increasingly challenged with how to collect and make sense of vast amounts of data in order to improve their competitive position. The Technical Systems Analysis one-year post-grad co-op program will provide you with the skills needed to be the IT professional to interface with organizational areas to gather their business data requirements and translate them into functional systems design specifications that can be successfully implemented by IT teams.


A Technical Systems Analyst plays a critical role in the facilitation of software/system development for the purpose of collecting data. You’ll communicate with clients and/or counterparts to define an application problem and then evaluate procedures and processes to find a solution, either by determining specifications or developing new systems.

This one-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program will provide a solid foundation in information technology supplemented by critical skills including:

  • application software development;
  • business data analysis and modelling;
  • customer engagement/communications management;
  • business process and enterprise resource planning.

You’ll also have the opportunity to engage in the process of business analysis for IT through experiential learning activities such as case studies and industry-based, applied projects.


Co-op Opportunities & Career Information

Co-op Opportunities

The Technical System Analysis program offers a cooperative education component, which provides students with the opportunity to gain invaluable first-hand work experience within their chosen field. Here are some co-op jobs that have kick-started the careers of some Technical Systems Analysis students before even graduating! 

  • Information Technology Specialist - creates, installs and upgrades servers and programs supporting software development
  • IT Support Technician - provides on-site software support, identifying system improvements, installing and configuring systems

For more information regarding co-op, please check out our co-op page or contact the Co-op Office at to connect with a consultant.

Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Technical Systems Analysis program are prepared to work as technical systems analysts, management information systems analysts or business intelligence analysts. There is an increased need for analyst roles as companies strive to improve their competitive position within a given industry.


Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduate employment rates among large colleges in Ontario?

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Technical Systems Analysis program:

Technical Systems Analyst

Provide support for infrastructure applications, troubleshooting efforts and maintaining support systems to ensure availability for users across the organization.

Business Intelligence Implementation Specialist/Analyst

Integrate and configure business analytics products with clients as part of new implementations.

Information Systems Analyst - Computer Systems

Design, develop and implement information systems and provide advice on strategy, policy, management and service delivery.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Apply and manage current application software packages and operating systems to meet enterprise requirements;
  2. Implement and monitor the steps in the systems development cycle;
  3. Assess, plan and manage information technology and information systems projects to meet enterprise requirements;
  4. Prepare systems documentation, write relevant procedures, and design forms to support business user requirements;
  5. Implement specific, complex design and analysis activities to solve routine information technology and information systems problems;
  6. Discover and relate the various functions and business systems within an organization using effective communication and interpersonal skills;
  7. Explore and select solutions to everyday business problems from alternatives;
  8. Explore and select solutions to everyday process/operational problems from alternatives;
  9. Adhere to ethical standards of practice and contractual obligations when creating and applying information technology solutions;
  10. Develop and apply strategies to enhance professional growth and workplace competence.


Program Availability

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2022 September
2023 January
2023 May

International Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 January
2023 May

Program Details

Program Code

Program Coordinator:

Dima Al Nabhani

Day Time
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
30 weeks

Admission Requirements

Ontario College Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Degree or equivalent preferably in Information Technology
Equivalent combination of related work experience and post-secondary education as judged by the College
English Language Requirements

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 88 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 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 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 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, 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 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% 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 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Previous Business or Information Technology post-secondary education and/or training and/or work experience.
Applicant Selection Criteria

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

Tuition Summary


Canadian Costs
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
Total Cost of Program

*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.



Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
MGMT-6135Essential Skills for Mgmt Professionals4
This course applies the principles of professional communication in the Canadian industry. It explores intercultural communication and the characteristics of diverse worldviews. Students will identify issues involved in communications and global diversity, and develop necessary skills to create professional documents that adhere to Canadian standards. Through presentations, case studies and thematic readings, students will learn written, verbal and nonverbal skills that are essential to business management, while maintaining sensitivity to issues involving geographic, cultural, gender and ability diversity. Throughout the course, students will work both individually and in groups to build their knowledge and skills needed to demonstrate professional communication within Canadian businesses.
INFO-6106Gathering & Managing Requirements4
This course will teach students to develop a requirements-gathering approach to Information Systems/Information Technology (IS/IT) analysis. Students will learn to clearly define the client's current technology state and identify the potential solutions. They will examine a variety of systems solutions and learn to apply best practice methods, processes, and tools involved in gathering, managing, analyzing, evaluating, validating, and verifying technology requirements to facilitate the business solution.
RSCH-6017Researching & Documenting the System3
This course will teach students to develop a collaborative approach with internal and external stakeholders to document the current technical state of the system. Students will document various IS/IT system control procedures and will collect, analyze, manage, interpret and present data to identify trends and issues in the current state. Students will be introduced to standardized and common technical system documentation standards such as UML Documentation tools will be used to create, store and share system documentation.
INFO-6107Interface Technologies3
Students will learn about key interface technologies from both a conceptual and practical standpoint. They will explore which technologies would be more appropriate for the associate requirements and be introduced to the actual implementation of some of these more common and popular technologies.
DEVL-6024Career Planning1
This course introduces students to the importance of personal career management. Students will learn about, practice and use career (job) search, resume writing and interview skills. Students will also complete an individual career management project.
COOP-1020Co-operative Education Employment Prep1
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.
INFO-6108Management Info Systems Technology4
Students will learn about various technologies that support business activities, including technologies that support planning, management tools that supply real-time internal data, comparison tools that incorporate industry data and workflow technologies.
INFO-6109Application Technologies3
The design of software systems, both small and enterprise-level, requires solid knowledge of available technologies that can be used in the application tiers. The course will cover technologies used to build applications, languages, containers as well as supporting technologies used in the enterprise context such as containers, message-oriented middleware, data integration, rule engines, state and transaction engines among others.
INFO-6110Operating Systems 13
Operating systems are the underlying technologies upon which business applications and processes rely on. Students with experience among diverse platforms gain better insight into managing information technologies. Through discussion and lab work, students will install, configure, manage, and upgrade client operating systems.
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