The Bachelor of Technology in Computer Systems degree is designed to increase the breadth and depth of knowledge and practical skills of computer professionals, assisting them in widening their job opportunities or advancing along their career paths. Graduates are awarded a credential that is highly valued by the industry.
The Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Systems has two components. The first component is made up 42.0 credits of technical courses and major projects. This includes core courses, specialty courses (depth in a specific area) and technical electives (breadth in additional areas). The major projects allow the student to apply specialty knowledge in a real-life project, study, or applied research project. The second component consists 18.0 credits of General Education and Management courses.
The Bachelor of Technology in Computer Systems is offered in a flexible delivery format to serve the needs of working professionals. Candidates can take course loads ranging from a minimum of three courses per year to an equivalent of a full-time program of studies. Most courses are offered in the evening or on weekends. Some are offered online through Web-based courses or during the day (depending on demand). Applicants can apply to the program at any time throughout the year.
The Network Security Administration Option is designed to prepare graduates to plan, manage and secure network infrastructures in business environments. The program includes knowledge and skill development in business communications and leadership, as well as the essential technical knowledge components, with a focus on establishing a set of advanced skills encompassing three key areas of network administration and network security.
The first component addresses the basic issues of network infrastructure, including the configuration, deployment and management of key network components such as servers and control devices. Also covered are the practices of securing systems and services, system monitoring for performance, and customizing kernels for specialized applications.
The second general component addresses the more advanced issues of deploying network defences. Topics covered are the design and implementation of firewalls, Intrusion Detection/Prevention Systems, and perimeter designs. Courses will provide practical skills in the area of network forensics and “real-world” network traffic analysis using a variety of tools.
The third general component primarily deals with network vulnerabilities and exploits. Students will acquire hands-on experience with network penetration tools and frameworks. Topics include network reconnaissance techniques, identifying vulnerabilities, and carrying out network penetration exercises. Attacks and exploits such as packet sniffing, social engineering, phishing, malware, covert channels, and Trojans will be covered. The use of Honeynets and Wargames in understanding how to mitigate network threats and vulnerabilities will be covered.
This option is also offered in full-time format.
The Bachelor of Technology in Computer Systems is a two year degree completion program, meant to be taken after two years of post-secondary education in computing.
BCIT CST Diploma Graduates may apply directly to the program at bcit.ca/apply without a pre-entry or departmental assessment. CIT Diploma Graduates prior to 2022 are also eligible to apply directly.
Note: This program’s curriculum has changed effective September 2018. Students that began the program prior to September 2018, please refer to the program matrix sent to you with your original acceptance.
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