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Overview

The Computer Systems Certificate (CSC) in Part-time Studies provides foundational skills in software development, mathematics, computer systems, and computer science.

CSC is part of a series of laddered credentials leading to the Computer Systems Technology (CST/PTS) Diploma, and Bachelor of Technology (CST BTech).

Program delivery mode: varies by course

  • Please check the individual COMP course schedule pages for delivery and location details.
  • Some courses in Computing Part-time Studies will be delivered online during COVID-19.
  • Other courses will be physically face-to-face and may include some blended online activities.
  • It may not be possible to complete a program entirely online; some courses may require attending the Burnaby or Downtown campuses.
  • Your education is our priority, and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

Participants are introduced to solving problems with starting with Python, moving to Java, and C programming, along with other entry-level computing and IT skills.

Students work in teams to integrate databases, and gain hands-on experience with software application development, plus build web sites with HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript.

There is a foundation of mathematics and computer architecture, as well as business analysis and systems design, along with soft skills for the workplace, including business and technical reports, interpersonal communication, group work and presentations.

Required courses include: Computer File Management, Database and SQL, Computer Architecture, Business Analysis and Systems Design, UX/UI Fundamentals and Agile.

The purpose of CSC is to provide a solid foundation of programming languages, web, and systems development for entry-level careers in Computing and IT.

CSC graduates may move on to CST/PTS Diploma completion.

The CSC provides the foundations for the CST Diploma and CST BTech Degree.

Entrance Requirements

Prerequisites:

All students

CSC students must have a strong command of English and Math at a BC high school Grade 12 level or equivalent.

Students require communication and interpersonal skills for significant group work, research, writing technical reports, and making team presentations.

Please consider upgrading with MATH 0001 prior to starting the program if you do not have recent higher math skills; Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry.

Students taking 1-2 courses per term must first complete “Applied Software Development (ASD)” and “Applied Computer Information Systems (ACIS)” Associate Certificates prior to starting the CSC. ASD and ACIS may be complete simultaneously with 1 course from each per term, only choosing the electives which apply to CSC.

Please Note: CSC requires a minimum of 2 years of study, with a maximum of 5 years to complete.

Please read the Computing PTS Student Guide prior to declaring CSC and before registering for any COMP courses.

Important Notice for International applicants:
The Computer Systems Certificate, CSC program program is available to international applicants who currently have a valid status in Canada. A valid study permit is required prior to starting the program.

International students and students on limited timelines

Prior to submitting a program declaration, international students and those on limited timelines (e.g. with student loans or limited sponsorship) must first contact the department directly at cstpts@bcit.ca to receive a signed Course Planning Document, which they will be required to attach to their online declaration.

Costs & Supplies

Students must have their own personal computer with internet access capable of running MS Windows 10.

There are typically 17 courses required to complete the CSC.

Students should budget $11,000 for tuition and books.

The average cost for each PTS course for Canadian citizens and permanent residents is around $500-$600 per course plus books.

Some students may complete the CSC over 3 years with 2 courses per term, this would equate to an average workload of 25+ hours per week.

Students wanting to fast-track may complete CSC over 2 years (6x PTS terms) with 3 specific courses per term which equates to an average workload of 40+ hours per week between class time, reading and homework.

Attendance and participation are mandatory, students who skip classes or who do not participate may be dropped from a COMP course.

Please contact the department for course planning: cstpts@bcit.ca

Courses

Some CSC required courses are only offered once per year.

COMP 2825 “Computer Architecture” is In January and May.

Please Note:

Students are not permitted to register for multiple COMP 2000 series programming language courses simultaneously.

Most students should complete Java prior to C Programming.

Program Details

The Computer Systems Certificate (CSC) in Part-time Studies requires a minimum of 60 credits. CSC is the first half of the Computer Systems Technology (CST/PTS) Diploma, which requires 60 additional credits on top of CSC, for a grand total of 120 unique credits.

Please note: CSC is delivered via a series of laddered credentials, which must be completed in sequence.

25% of CSC includes soft skills, and starts with two required communications courses which should be completed in the first two terms. CSC students develop strong English communication and interpersonal skills for significant group work, research, writing and presentations.

CSC also requires two math courses which must be completed near the beginning of the program.

40% of CSC is focused on software development, starting with Programming Fundamentals with Python, moving on to Java before C Programming and JavaScript. The remainder of CSC covers Computer Science topics.

CSC students typically complete 2 courses per term over a period of 3 years. Some students who are not working full-time may consider 3 PTS courses per term and potentially complete the CSC over 2 years. Students completing 1-2 courses per term should finish ASD and ACIS prior to CSC.

IMPORTANT: Students working on both of the ASD and ACIS Associate Certificates should only choose those electives that correspond to CSC required courses.

Due to prerequisites and scheduling it is not possible to complete the CSC any less than 2 years.  

Computing Part-time Studies is a course by course registration and was not designed for students on limited timelines. International students and those on funding timelines should instead apply to Full-time programs.

Please read the CSC “Program Entry” section  and the Computing PTS Student Guide before registering for any COMP courses.

Note: Full-time CST Students, CSC parallels the first year of the Full-time CST Diploma, Level 1 and Level 2. Students who drop full-time CST may have credit toward CSC if they want to complete the CST program via PTS.

For course and program planning prior to declaring CST/PTS Diploma, please contact the department via email: cstpts@bcit.ca

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.

The curriculum may be modified in accordance with industry trends. Programs and courses are subject to change without notice.

Graduating & Jobs

100% of CSC students who completed the graduation surveys report that they are working full-time.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

The Computer Systems Certificate, CSC parallels the first year of the Full-time Computer Systems Technology Diploma.

CSC was developed and is maintained by Kevin Cudihee, Program Head for BCIT Computing Part-time Studies and Industry Training.

BCIT Computing Part-time Studies “COMP” courses are delivered by subject matter experts who work in the field.

Several of our COMP instructors are graduates of our Computer Systems Technology, CST Diploma and Degree.

Advisory committee

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

Students on Limited Timelines

Students who require a minimum course load for financial aid or international student status

Please understand there are no guarantees that all or any Part-time Studies (PTS) courses will be available in any given term.

There is also no guarantee that the minimum course credits you require can be sustained from term to term in PTS.

Most PTS courses fill quickly, so space is not guaranteed. Courses may be cancelled before term start if there is insufficient interest.

This may impact both the number of courses a student is able to take in any term and the time it takes to complete a PTS credential.

As a result, students may not be able to obtain the minimum credits they need or want in each term to continue in the program.

Computing Part-time Studies was not designed for those attempting to complete a program in a full-time delivery model.

Most Computing Part-time Studies credentials cannot be fast-tracked in less than 2 years due to prerequisites and scheduling.

Please make allowances for this 2-year minimum time requirement in your funding or student visa applications for CSC.

Important Notice for International applicants:
The Computer Systems Certificate, CSC program program is available to international applicants who currently have a valid status in Canada. A valid study permit is required prior to starting the program. Limited seats per term are available, for details, please contact the department.

Prior to submitting a program declaration, international students and those on limited timelines (e.g. with student loans) must first contact the department directly at cstpts@bcit.ca to receive a signed Course Planning Document, which they will be required to attach to their online declaration.

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