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Learn to use Information Technology

Learn computer information systems (CIS) foundations and how these technologies are used and managed in a business environment.

This program is aimed at two audiences; individuals currently working in information systems with no formal credentials and those interested in a CIS foundation before moving on to higher education in computing.

This hands-on credential is the second step in laddering toward the Computer Systems Technology Diploma (CST/PTS).

If your end goal is the Diploma, then you should complete Applied Software Development (ASD) before starting this credential.

Start by learning to be an expert end-user of a personal computer, then become proficient in typical office applications, followed by an in-depth understanding of relational database design and data modeling.

A wide variety of electives are offered to suit individual interests including: accounting software, IT project management, object oriented programming and web development.

Students may also chose electives in expert level word processing, spreadsheets, business and technical communication, plus business intelligence for data mining.

Successful participants will have acquired a solid understanding of the technical foundations in business information systems.

ACIS graduates not moving on to the CST Diploma may choose to continue on to Applied Database Administration and Design.

Program Entry

Complete COMP 1002 and then submit a program declaration.

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.

Note: Please complete COMP 1002 and COMP 2010 before declaring your intent to complete this program.

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

PLAR is a system whereby students can use knowledge and skills learned outside recognized programs - including volunteer work, hobbies, on-the-job experience, or self study - to gain exemption for particular courses in the program of their choice. It relies on an assessment of the student on a course-by-course basis. Faculty in the particular program area assess the student by a means appropriate for the course being challenged. For more information on CST/PTS courses, please contact the department at 604-432-8465.

Costs & Supplies

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Program matrix

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1. Required Courses (11.0 credits): Credits
  COMP 1002 Applied Computer Concepts 3.0
  COMP 2010 Microsoft Office 3.0
  COMP 1630 Relational Database Design and SQL 5.0
 
Complete 10.5 credits from the following electives: Credits
  COMP 1255 Applied Sage 50 Accounting 3.0
  COMP 1288 IT Project Management 1.5
  COMP 1409 Introduction to Software Development 1 3.0
  COMP 1850 Web Development and Design 1 3.0
  COMP 2256 Visual Analytics for Business Intelligence with Tableau 3.0
  COMP 2361 Microsoft Word Advanced 1.5
  COMP 2362 Microsoft Excel Advanced 1.5
and/or one of the following:
  COMM 1103 Introduction to Business and Technical Communication 3.0
  or
  COMM 1106 Introduction to Business and Technical Communication (With Language Development Component) 3.0
* The following course(s) may be completed online or via distance education: COMM 1103.
 
Total Credits: 21.5

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

This program may be completed with a minimum of 21.5 credits chosen from the Mandatory and Electives.

All courses must be completed successfully within a five-year period.

BCIT curriculum may be modified in accordance with market trends in the industry.

Prerequisite:
Each course has prerequisite knowledge.

Be sure that you have the required knowledge and skills before enrolling in any course. You are also expected to have an excellent command of English and Math at a BC High School Grade 12 level, or equivale

Continue your education

BCIT offers part-time students the opportunity to complete a series of credential programs, ultimately leading to a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Systems. These first three credentials ladder towards the CST Diploma and the first two Associate Certificates, ASD & ACIS may be taken simultaneously. If you apply and qualify, you can earn the following credentials:

  1. Applied Software Development (ASD) - Associate Certificate
  2. Applied Computer Information Systems (ACIS) - Associate Certificate
  3. Computer Systems Certificate (CSC)
  4. Computer Systems Technology Diploma (CST/PTS)
  5. Bachelor of Technology in Computer Systems

Program abandonment

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

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

  • 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.

  • Students who have abandoned their approved program of study and wish to be reinstated will be required to apply for program approval for a current credential. BCIT cannot guarantee that courses taken prior to this reapplication 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

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit it 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.

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