Full-time/Part-time/Distance & Online Learning Bachelor of Technology 8310btech

Overview

Note: The September 2016 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for the September 2017 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2016.

Announcement: the GIS Bachelor of Technology program is now available online.

Geospatial technology use is growing at a rapid pace around the world and exciting opportunities for well educated and trained people are increasing. Whether you are a recent university or college graduate getting started in a career, or an experienced professional seeking new employment opportunities or career advancement, BCIT's Bachelor of Technology in GIS degree provides excellent opportunities for career enhancement and professional growth. This program will appeal to graduates from many areas — for example: Environmental Management. Public Health. Land Use Planning. Engineering. Natural Resource Management. Transportation. Real Estate. Utilities. Business and Marketing. Mineral Exploration — who wish to learn how to integrate GIS technology in their profession.

NOTE: The GIS Department has compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you decide which BCIT GIS option is best for you.

Program Entry

Application processing

Part-time: this program is open to applications throughout the year.

Accelerated: this program is open to applications beginning:

  • November 1st* for the Fall (September) intake

*or next business day

Entrance requirements

This program has a two-step admission process. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Post-secondary: one of the following:
    • BCIT Diploma or equivalent or
    • University degree or
    • A minimum of 60 credits of courses from one or more recognized post-secondary institutions (minimum of 18 credits at second-year or higher level)

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES).

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Applicants currently enrolled in the last term of their degree/diploma must be on track to complete by May. To apply submit both of the following documents from your post-secondary institution:

  • Transcript of completed courses
  • Confirmation of enrolment letter verifying your current course enrolment and registration in the final term of your degree/diploma

Step 2: Department assessment

Applications will be reviewed when the entrance requirements are complete and will be contacted for a meeting with the program head.

Continuation requirements

  • Students must complete a minimum of six months relevant work experience (approved by the program head) to graduate from this program.

Admissions/Registration

Students do not need to apply for the GIS Bachelor of Technology program to take part-time studies GIS courses. Anyone may take these courses provided they meet the individual course prerequisites. Students who decide to complete the GIS Bachelor of Technology through part-time studies should apply to the part-time program after taking two courses. Part-time courses are subject to enrolment.

Recommended for success

Interested in the program? Great, but do your research carefully to ensure that GIS is the right program for you.

Attend a GIS INFO session, talk to faculty and students, research the career opportunities and job market, and do an honest self-assessment that you are ready to enrol and capable of succeeding.

Ready to apply? Excellent choice, but it's important to be prepared for this challenging program.

You'll significantly improve your chances of admission and success if you come well-prepared. Read the following and spend some time in assessment and preparation.

  • Strongly recommended fundamental computer literacy and computer programming skills.

  • Computer programming is emphasized strongly in the BCIT GIS program. Students who arrive unprepared usually find the programming and GIS customization courses a great deal of work, which affects other studies.

  • Regardless of your abilities and experience, you should develop your skills as much as possible before you start the program. The GIS program covers many programming languages. Programming languages taught currently in GIS courses include Java, Python, JavaScript, PHP and others. You should know programming concepts and program design before starting GIS studies at BCIT, but you do not need to know any particular programming language.

  • You will be using the Web a great deal in the program. For example, you will be developing your own pages in September to present your resume and project/practicum. You should also learn how to create basic web pages using HTML, and how to use an HTML editor before you arrive in September.

  • Refresh your skills in basic algebra, trigonometry, and analytical geometry (e.g. polar and rectangular coordinates, equation of a straight line, distance between two points). You will find this helpful in a number of courses.

  • It is recommended that students possess good communication, teamwork and technical problem-solving skills.

Apply to program

The September 2016 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for the September 2017 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2016.

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

BCIT only accepts complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
Apply Now

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

Part-time: January, April and September

Accelerated: September each year

myCommunication

Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Part-time students are responsible for registration and payment for each course. Fees are paid on a per course basis but students accepted into the accelerated mode are registered as a block and fees have a set ceiling per term or academic year.

BCIT tuition is based on a per credit calculation to a maximum or cap tuition amount. Students registered in a full-time program who are not taking a full course load or who have received course exemption may not receive a refund as a result of the per credit calculation amount exceeding the maximum tuition.

Financial assistance

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

Courses

Program delivery

Accelerated
Students completing the accelerated program are registered into the majority of required courses in the program matrix as a block. Additional credits in Management and Liberal Studies are taken through part-time studies to complete the program.

Many students are able to receive exemption for courses completed through BCIT part-time studies or at other institutions. Students can apply for credit/exemption once they have started the full-time program in September.

Part-time
The part-time format is delivered as conventional night school courses, seminars and workshops, and by distance education. This allows individuals to maintain full-time employment while working towards degree completion.

Technology degree courses may be taken for professional development purposes or applied towards completion of the degree.

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

1. Technical Courses: (45.0 credits) Credits
  GIST 7010 GIS Programming 1 3.0
  GIST 7100 Fundamentals of GIS 3.0
  GIST 7108 Fundamentals of Mapping 3.0
  GIST 7109 Mapping Using Microstation 3.0
  GIST 7128 ArcGIS 1: Introduction 3.0
  GIST 7130 GIS Computing and the Internet 3.0
  GIST 7132 GIS Database Systems 1 3.0
  GIST 8010 GIS Programming 2 3.0
  GIST 8100 Technical Issues in GIS 3.0
  GIST 8106 Spatial Analysis 3.0
  GIST 8117 Cartography and GeoVisualization 3.0
  GIST 8118 GIS Remote Sensing 3.0
  GIST 8128 ArcGIS 2: Data Management and Analysis 3.0
  GIST 8132 GIS Database Systems 2 3.0
  GIST 8138 ArcGIS 3: Customization and Modelling 3.0
 
2. Applied Management Electives (9.0 credits) Credits
Mandatory course:
  BUSA 7250 Management Skills and Applications 3.0
Complete a minimum of 6.0 credits from the list of electives:
  GIST 8109 Geospatial Systems Management 2.0
  GIST 8110 Management Issues in GIS 3.0
  BLAW 3100 Business Law 4.0
  ECON 1150 Economic Issues 3.0
  TMGT 7101 Engineering, Technology and Management 1.0
  TMGT 7122 Accounting for Technologists 1.0
  TMGT 7133 Law for Intelligence-based Business 1.0
  TMGT 7144 Human Resource Planning and Control 1.0

Additional elective courses:
Additional credits of applied management courses can be taken from other Bachelor of Technology programs including Management, Construction Management, Environmental Engineering Technology and Technology Management. Pre-approval of course selection is required from your Program Head.
 
3. Industry Project (16.0 credits) Credits
All students seeking to graduate from the program must successfully complete an industry-sponsored project. The objective of the project is to allow students to apply specialty knowledge in a real-life situation, study or applied research activity in conjunction with an industry sponsor and an academic mentor. The project assignment should contain elements that are considered innovative, experimental or exploratory in nature. The participant will be responsible for securing an industry sponsor with expertise in the project area.
  GIST 7122 GIS Project/Practicum Proposal 1.0
  GIST 8125 GIS Project 13.0
  TMGT 7102 Project Management/Resource Utilization 1.0
  TMGT 7142 Technology Management Communication 1.0

Note: Completion of GIST 7120 in the full- time GIS program may be applied towards exemption of GIST 7122, TMGT 7102 and TMGT 7142.

 
4. Liberal Studies Component (12.0 credits required) Credits
Mandatory Courses: (6.0 credits)
  LIBS 7001 Critical Reading and Writing 3.0
  LIBS 7002 Applied Ethics 3.0

Elective Courses: (6.0 credits)
All students will be required to achieve these credits in accordance with the BCIT policy on Liberal Studies course requirements.
 
Total Credits: 82.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Note: In addition to the course work outlined above, students must complete a minimum of six months relevant and verifiable GIS work experience to graduate from this program. Students must submit an up to date resume detailing their GIS work. Letters and/or contact information for employers in support of the resume must be provided. Once the work experience has been verified, the program head will grant approval.

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

Program Outcomes (for Advanced Diploma and Bachelor of Technology)

  1. Develop GIS spatial and non-spatial databases which serve the needs of a specific organization or project, following international standards as necessary, for local, WAN, or web deployment.
  2. Develop new GIS systems and procedures for local, WAN, or web deployment, using COTS software, open source software, and custom programming.
  3. Use GIS technology, programming languages, and computer aided software engineering tools to design and program GIS and database applications, and customize other computer applications.
  4. To have detailed knowledge of how to use specialized GIS technology and analysis techniques to enter, display, update, and manipulate spatial information.
  5. Manage spatial information systems and assist in the development of Internet-based GIS and business applications on smart phones, tablets, and desktop computers.
  6. Compare and assess COTS and open source software, and hardware for their suitability in handling common GIS applications, and plan the acquisition of GIS technology for enterprise deployment.
  7. Integrate non-GIS external software or datasets (such as spreadsheets, databases, and statistical packages) with GIS desktop, web/cloud, and wireless applications.
  8. To review and respond to Requests for Proposals, conduct cost-benefit analysis, prepare budgets, and manage GIS project teams.
  9. Know how to follow problem solving methodologies to break down large tasks into manageable pieces following a logical order, and to think critically and solve spatially-oriented problems.
  10. Use educational technology and self-directed study to enhance professional currency. 
  11. Have a broad understanding of infrastructure components of GIS, including networks, software, data portals, cloud storage, smartphone/tablets, and spatialized databases.
  12. Have a basic understanding of the techniques in primary data acquisition using CAD, softcopy photogrammetry, and surveying.
  13. Have a basic understanding of cartographic techniques and principles.

Additional Program Outcomes for Bachelor of Technology

  1. Train and provide technical support for GIS users in all aspects of data input and analysis, application development, selection of hardware, GIS software and databases.
  2. Apply basic principles of business, financial and human resource management.
  3. Work effectively in cross-functional teams.
  4. Apply learned skills in a GIS work environment.
  5. Be skilled in logical analysis, critical reading, understanding moral principles and theories, and theories of conflict resolution.
  6. Show breadth of knowledge outside of GIS, that crosses disciplines.


Program length

Accelerated
The accelerated mode of study allows participants to complete the majority of courses in one academic year (35 weeks of full-time instruction) with the balance of studies completed through part-time studies.

Part-time
The rate of progress through the part-time program varies. Although most individuals take three to five years to complete their studies, students have up to seven years to complete the program requirements.

Program location

Accelerated:

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Part-time:

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Available online starting September 2012.

Program structure

Technical/Management Component
  Technical Courses 45.0
  Management Courses 9.0
  Industry Project 12.0
Liberal Studies Component 16.0
Total credits: 82.0

Graduating & Jobs

When you graduate from the program, you will have completed one of the best educations in GIS technology available anywhere and be ready for the workforce.

A career in GIS can open a lot of doors. Opportunities exist in all parts of the private and public sectors, and in all sorts of application areas.

Job Opportunities

The majority of GIS graduates are working for either private industry (forestry, GIS vendors, natural resource exploration, computer systems) consulting companies (environmental, engineering, forestry, mapping, scanning, and software) or government agencies (municipal, provincial, federal). The graduates are developing GIS databases, using GIS to analyze data and predict the result of planned changes, managing GIS projects, planning the acquisition of GIS technology, developing GIS custom systems and training GIS users.

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

GIS Faculty are dedicated, energetic and knowledgeable, and have both GIS industry experience and formal schooling. The Department also utilizes instructors from the BCIT Geomatics Department, as well as sessional instructors from industry.

The Geographic Information Systems program benefits from the combined expertise of educational and industry professionals who form our program Advisory Committee. Their valued input and liaison with BCIT have helped ensure the relevance and currency of the program. We would like to acknowledge their continuous support for the success of the program.

GIS Faculty

Karl Kliparchuk, Program Head/Faculty
BSc, MSc (Geog), GISP
Tel. 604-432-8737
Loc. SW3-2090

Sheila Churchill, Faculty
BSc(Geology), DiplT(GIS), PGeo,  MSc(GIS)
Tel. 604-451-6897
Loc. SW3-2079

Carmen Heaver, Part-Time Studies Coordinator/Faculty
BSc, DiplT(GIS),  MSc(GISc)
Tel. 604-432-8378
Loc. SW3-2079

Rob Hewlett, Faculty
BSc, DiplT(GIS), MSc(CIS)
Tel. 604-432-8746
Loc. SW3-2079

Mike Hill, Faculty
BSc, MSc(GIS)
Tel. 604-412-7421
Loc. SW3-2079

GIS Staff

Dee Morita, Program Assistant
Tel. 604-451-7001
Loc. SW2-215

Philip Chen, Senior Systems Analyst
Tel. 604-412-7450
Loc. SW3-2079


Advisory committee

  • P. Bates, District of West Vancouver
  • J. Clarke, Hatfield Consultants
  • M. Doherty, ESRI Canada Ltd.
  • K. Hayne, EComm 911
  • W. Johnstone, Spatial Vision Group Inc.
  • B. Klinkenberg, UBC, Department of Geography
  • R. Lilley, GE Energy
  • C. Lim, Acuere Consulting Inc.
  • P. Lippe, Weyerhaeuser
  • S. Mak, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
  • J. Paillard, Stornoway Diamond Corp.
  • R. Shultz, RCMP
  • M. Simon, Tetrad
  • S. Simpson, City of Surrey
  • M. Stoakes, Safe Software
  • R. Taylor, Kerr Wood Leidal

Contact Us

Dee Morita, Program Assistant
gis@bcit.ca     |     604-451-7001

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