Learn the foundations of computing and information systems.
Applied Computer Information Systems (ACIS) provides an introduction to most aspects of Information Technology.
ACIS is a hands-on program aimed at three main audiences:
- Anyone interested in IT foundation skills prior to an advanced credential.
- A step in laddered credentials toward the Computer Systems Technology (CST FLEX) Diploma.
- Those with other post-secondary education who want a broad introduction to Computing and IT.
ACIS is a sub-set of the CST FLEX Diploma from BCIT Computing. It only functions as an exit point for those with other post-secondary education or related work experience.
Successful participants become expert end-user of a Windows personal computer, proficient in typical MS Office applications, followed by an introduction to web development and programming concepts.
A wide variety of electives are offered to suit individual interests including: IT project management, mathematics for computing, relational database, business intelligence (BI) and analytic tools, expert level word processing, and spreadsheets, plus business communication and technical writing foundations.
ACIS graduates not moving on to the Computer Systems Certificate (CSC) may also choose to continue on to Applied Database Administration and Design (ADAD) or Applied Web Development (AWD).
Please complete COMP 1002 before submitting your ACIS program declaration.
Please Note: Students who are working toward or who have completed the Applied Computer Applications, ACA associate certificate will not be given approval for ACIS. This is due to the potential of significant elective topic duplication with: MS Windows, MS Office, Web Development and Business Communication.
Students completing only one (1) course per term and who plan to move on to the Computer Systems Certificate (CSC), should complete ACIS to prior to CSC, as each program has a five (5) year completion limit.
Important Notice for students on limited timelines
Prior to submitting a program declaration, those on limited timelines who require a program letter (e.g. with student loans or limited sponsorship) must first contact the department directly to receive a signed Course Planning Document, which they will be required to attach to their online declaration.
Otherwise students must first complete COMP 1002 before declaring ACIS.
Costs & Supplies
Computing Flexible Learning (formerly Part-time Studies, PTS) programs are course by course registration.
The current total cost of this program is under $ 5,000 depending on electives and if eBooks are chosen.
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 programming courses are very popular and several fill weeks in advance.
Since there are limited seats, students in declared programs will have the opportunity to register first. Students who have not completed the specific prerequisites will not be given the approval to register.
Please Note: Students continuing on to the the Applied Software Development (ASD) Associate Certificate, and or the Computer Systems Certificate (CSC), should leave COMP 1516 Programming Fundamentals Part 1 (Python) as the last course in ACIS.
A minimum of 70% in COMP 1516 is required in order to be able to declare ASD or CSC.
COMP 2501 Programming Fundamentals Part 2 (Java) should be completed in the term immediately following COMP 2501. Do not skip terms between COMP 1516 and COMP 2501 as the learning outcomes are built on top of the preceding course, Part 1.
ACIS delivery was designed for 1-2 courses per term. Due to prerequisites and scheduling it is typically not possible to complete this part-time program in less than 3 terms, at night and on weekends.
Note: Flexible Learning was not designed for full-time delivery or for those on funding timelines.
This program may be completed with a minimum of 25 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.
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 equivalent.
Most Flexible learning students are working adults who are completing one (1) course per term. The total average time commitment for a 12-week COMP course is 12+ hours per week. Typically 3 hours asynchronous in class, 1 hour asynchronous online and 8+ hours of reading and homework per week.
Note: the 6-week compressed sections have 2 classes and twice the homework per week.
The workload associated with two (2) courses per term can easily equate to 25+ hours work per week.
Some students who can commit to 2 courses per term have options:
- They may complete ACIS and then move on to CSC.
- They may skip ACIS and focus on Computer Systems Certificate (CSC) with a specific course plan. Please see the CSC Program Details page for more information.
Applied Computer Information Systems (ACIS) in 4 terms.
Plan for students moving on to CSC after ACIS.
Term 1: COMP 1002 and COMM 110x, then declare ACIS after COMP 1002 has been completed.
Term 2: COMP 1850 and COMP 2010
Term 3: COMP 1114 and COMP 1630
Term 4: COMP 1516 complete ACIS and start CSC, then apply to graduate and declare ASD or CSC.
Courses and programs may change without notice.
In order to protect completed credits, students must formally declare their program as soon as the initial requirement (COMP 1002) are completed.
You should declare your program sooner than later.
Note: Students who do not declare a program will not have registration priority for the COMP 2000 and higher-level courses. Seats are offered first to those students who have declared their program.
There is a registration schedule preview on the Friday prior to Term Registration Open.
All COMP 2000 and higher-level courses require Computing Department approval via email.
Applied Software Development (ASD) by itself is aimed at an audience with prior programming education or related work experience. Students only completing one (1) course per term should start with ACIS and leave COMP 1516 to the end of the ACIS program.
Please Note: Students who cannot achieve 70% or higher should repeat COMP 1516 prior to COMP 2501.
Computer hardware and Internet requirements
Students must provide a current model PC desktop or laptop with a webcam, microphone and have high-speed internet access. COMP courses may use two-way audio and video as well as group work outside of class.
Participants must be computer literate in order to participate and complete each COMP course. Please contact the department if you have any questions.
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