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Learn To Be A Data Analyst

The Applied Data Analytics Certificate (ADAC) from BCIT Computing provides the computer science foundations for data analytics systems.

Students learn how to determine data requirements, plan for the entire data life cycle, model data, and use IT tools to mine data for business intelligence and data-driven decision making.

Starting with relational database systems, students have a foundation for data warehouse, data quality improvement, and visual analytics.

Statistics for data analytics, IT and Internet Law, and IT security are required courses, along with Hadoop for an introduction to Big Data.

Participants have over a dozen elective courses to choose from, including UX/UI, web, database development, several business intelligence options, performance management and evidence-based decision making.

After the electives are completed, two advanced courses in statistical techniques and data analytics are required.

Depending on electives, students may be able to complete this BCIT credential with as few as sixteen courses, part-time in the evenings and on weekends.

Upon program completion, students will know how to integrate scalable and secure business intelligence solutions for Management Information Systems (MIS).

Graduates of the Applied Data Analytics Certificate (ADAC) will be able to design data analytics projects to help organizations across sectors make informed and actionable decisions.

ADAC graduates will have learned the technical computing foundations to keep up with changes in data technologies and future business intelligence trends.


Program Entry


    COMP 1002 or equivalent knowledge of file management on a Windows based PC.

    COMP 2010 or COMP 1362 or equivalent knowledge.

    BC High School Grade 12 English and Grade 12 Math, or equivalent knowledge are recommended for success.

    Students in this program are required to have solid English comprehension, reading, writing and speaking skills.

    Specific prerequisites or equivalent knowledge are required for each course.

    The Applied Data Analytics Certificate (ADAC) program is aimed at mature students with other post-secondary education looking to acquire an additional set of skills that are needed in the marketplace.

    It is not designed for those students just out of high school with no other education or work experience; those students should consider completing a Diploma or Degree in order to be well positioned in the job market.

    NOTE: Students who have completed the CST or CIT Diploma may have credit exemptions for COMP 1630 and other course components. Please contact the department for details.

    Students who have completed or who are in process of completing the Associate Certificate in Applied Database Administration and Design (ADAD) will have advanced standing in ADAC.

    Please complete COMP 1630 Relational Database Design and SQL prior to declaring this Applied Data Analytics Certificate (ADAC).


Program declaration

Effective January 7th, 2016, Program Declaration requests must be completed online. A declaration fee will be assessed at the time of the request. BCIT will no longer accept paper Program Declaration requests starting January 7th, 2016. Students who submitted paper declaration requests prior to January 7th, 2016 are not required to pay the fee.

Declaring your Part-time Studies program ensures that BCIT is aware of your intent to complete a program as it is currently outlined. BCIT continuously reviews programs and implements changes based on industry and market trends. Program Declaration guarantees that credit for courses which are a part of your program will be honoured despite program requirement changes.

Program Declaration also provides the opportunity to apply for transfer credit.

It is not necessary to declare prior to registering in most part-time studies courses. It is a good idea to complete one or two courses before submitting your program declaration. Check your program's Entry page for specific requirements.

Upon approval, a program plan will be sent to you confirming your program of study.

Declare Now

Please allow approximately 8 weeks for processing.

Scheduled intakes

Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September
Some summer sections may also be available.

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Phone 604-432-8465 or email cstpts@bcit.ca to find out if PLAR is available for the course you wish to receive credit.

Costs & Supplies

All Computing Part-time Studies programs are course by course registration.

Course tuition and textbooks for this program will cost approximately $9,000 depending on electives chosen. Specific textbooks are required, some COMP courses also have lower cost eBook options.

Students register and pay for available courses online, by clicking on the green block 'Add to Cart'. Follow the directions to obtain a BCIT student number if you do not already have one.

NOTE:
Please register early to avoid disappointment, our database courses are very popular and fill weeks in advance.


Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Fees page for information on tuition fees and refunds.

Courses

Class hours

Part-time studies delivery on evenings and weekends.COMP courses typically run weeknights at the Burnaby Campus from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and at the Downtown Campus from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Program delivery

Courses are primarily delivered in Windows based PC computer labs in a lecture/lab format. Please review COMP 1002 Applied Computer Concepts for required expectations. Students must be computer literate and able to manage file systems on a network.

Program matrix

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Tier 1 Required Courses (9.5 credits) Credits
You must complete Tier 1 before declaring the program and taking Tier 2 or 3 courses.
  COMP 1630 Relational Database Design and SQL 5.0
  COMP 2362 Microsoft Excel Advanced 1.5
  MATH 1060 Statistics for Data Analysis 3.0
 
Tier 2 Required Courses (14.0 credits) Credits
Courses within the tiers can be taken in any order as long as the course prerequisites are met. To be successful, it is recommended that you complete Tier 2 courses before Tier 3.
  BLAW 3205 Internet and IT Law 3.0
  COMP 2256 Visual Analytics for Business Intelligence with Tableau 3.0
  COMP 2831 Business Analysis and Systems Design 4.0
  COMP 2854 Data Analytics Fundamentals* 3.0
  COMP 3838 Data Warehouse Foundations for Business Intelligence 1.0

*All Tier 1 courses required as prerequisites.

 
Tier 3 Required Courses (12.5 credits) Credits
  COMP 3704 Applied IT Security Fundamentals 3.0
  COMP 3839 Data Quality Improvement 1.5
  COMP 3840 Introduction to Big Data and Hadoop 1.0
  COMP 4254 Advanced Topics in Data Analytics* 3.0
  MATH 3060 Advanced Statistical Techniques for Data Analytics** 4.0
* Final course of the program. It requires several prerequisites and is offered once per year.

** Offered once per year.
 
Elective Courses (9.0 credits) Credits
Complete 9.0 credits from the following list of electives:
  COMM 1007 Technical Writing Style 1.5
  COMP 1011 UX/UI Development 3.0
  COMP 1288 IT Project Management 1.5
  COMP 1850 Web Development and Design 1 3.0
  COMP 2053 XML for Web Development 1.5
  COMP 2251 Website Optimization with Google Analytics 3.0
  COMP 2252 SAP Crystal Reports 3.0
  COMP 2253 SAP Crystal Reports Advanced 1.0
  COMP 4678 Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Development 4.0
  COMP 4679 Business Intelligence with SSRS, SQL Server Reporting Services 4.0
  COMP 4680 Business Intelligence with SSIS, SQL Server Integration Services 4.0
  COMP 4681 Business Intelligence with SSAS, SQL Server Analysis Services 4.0
  HLED 7250 Leading Performance Measurement and Management 3.0
  HLED 7260 Leadership Issues in Evidence-based Decision Making 3.0
 
Total Credits: 45.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

The foundations of this program include group work, written communications of technical system specifications and oral presentations in a team environment.

After completing the core courses in Relational Database Design with SQL, Business Analysis and Systems Design and Data Warehouse Foundations for Business Intelligence, students then have a variety of Business Intelligence elective choices from SAP and Microsoft.

Electives include: Technical Writing, UX/UI Development, IT Project Management, Web Development, Web Analytics, Performance Management and Evidence-based Decision Making.

This program must be completed within 5 years. Students who only complete one course per term will take 5 years to finish this certificate. Those students who complete two courses per term may complete the program in less than 3 years.

Not all courses are offered every term and each course has specific prerequisites.

Students who hold a bachelor's degree or higher, and are looking for a business analytics program to learn how to harness data and make data-driven business decisions, might consider the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics available from BCIT's School of Business.

Please note: Some COMP courses prepare students for Industry exams which are independent from BCIT credentials. These exams may be purchased for additional costs, from various third parties.

Students will also require additional preparation and studying in order to pass these industry certification exams.

Program length

This program must be completed within 5 years. Students who only complete one course per term will take 5 years to finish this certificate. Those students who complete two courses per term may complete the program in less than 3 years.

NOTE: Not all courses are offered every term and each course has specific prerequisites.

Grading

Each COMP course in this program has a passing grade of 60%

Accreditation

Several of the Microsoft SQL-related electives in this program provide preparation for Microsoft Certification exams.

Students will also require additional preparation and studying in order to pass these industry certification exams.

Note: Industry exams are independent from BCIT credentials. These exams may be purchased for additional costs, from various third parties.

Program location

Courses are offered either at the Burnaby Campus or at the Downtown Campus

Program abandonment

  1. Students approved for a part-time studies program are expected to register and complete courses on a continuous basis.

  2. Where a student has not completed a course from their approved program of study over a period of three consecutive academic terms, then that student will be considered to have abandoned the program.

  3. Throughout the duration of the program, a student is permitted a maximum of five academic terms where they are not required to register and complete a course from their approved program of study. Students who exceed the five-term maximum will be considered to have abandoned the program.

  4. Students who have abandoned their approved program of study and wish to be reinstated will be required to submit a new Program Declaration form for a current credential. BCIT cannot guarantee that courses taken prior to this re-application will be credited towards the current credential.

BCIT Policy 5103 - Student Evaluation [PDF] permits a maximum of three attempts to successfully complete each course within a credential.

Graduating & Jobs

Huge demand for data analytics

A recent LinkedIn study revealed that statistical analysis and data mining was the hottest skill in Canada in 2015. Career options abound in this highly active field.

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

BCIT Computing Part-time Studies COMP courses are delivered by subject matter in Computing and Information Technology, Math, Business Systems, Law, Business Intelligence and Analytics.

The Applied Data Analytics Certificate (ADAC) program was developed in conjunction with subject matter experts.

Program surveys and proposals were coordinated by Cynthia van Ginkel, Business Development Manager for SoCAS.

Both ADAD and ADAC were created and developed by Kevin Cudihee, Program Head for BCIT Computing PTS and Industry Training.

BCIT Computing Part-time Studies courses are delivered by subject matter experts who work in the field. Several of our COMP instructors are graduates of BCIT's CST, Computer Systems Technology diploma and degree programs.

Courses were developed and delivered by: Diana Gerrard, Joanne Atha, Andrew McConnell, Takashi Nakamura, Benjamin Yu, Frank Wegener, Pauline Panek, Mark Bacchus, Ed Rubuliak, Glen Elliott, Dean Palmer, Donabel Santos, Roland Santos, Gordon Hamilton, Steve Overland, and Farshad Abasi.

Elective courses were developed by Arron Ferguson, Andre Coetzee, Behdad Barati, Cathy Michitsch, Marin Kostadinovic, Kirk Mitchel and Shan Satoglu.

Administrative support is provided by Joanne Atha.


Advisory committee

This credential was approved by the Computer Systems Technology, CST Curriculum Committee and School of Computing an Academic Studies Quality Committee, SQC.

Contact Us

Please email BCIT Computing Part-time Studies:

Email: cstpts@bcit.ca

General Inquiries: 604-432-8465

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