The Bachelor of Technology in Computer Systems (CST BTech) is an applied career-enhancement degree, designed to increase the breadth and depth of knowledge and practical skills of computer professionals; assisting them in widening their career opportunities and advancing along their career paths. Graduates are awarded a credential that is highly valued by the industry.
The CST BTech full-time program is a two-year degree completion program for students who have graduated with a two-year diploma in computing such as the BCIT Computer Systems Technology (CST) program. Students who have completed other computing diploma or degree programs at an accredited college or university, whether locally or internationally, may be admitted into the program by completing a pre-entry assessment and a few bridging courses.
The specialty areas for the next September Intake are:
- Network Security Applications Development
- Games Development
The Network Security Applications Development Option is designed to prepare graduates to design, develop and deploy advanced network applications using a variety of programming languages such as C, C++, Java, Ruby, and Python, on the Linux and Windows platforms. Graduates will understand the role of security applications, both as exploit and penetration testing tools in networks. Courses are designed to provide in-depth skills using the Berkeley socket API, and the design of the implementation of advanced IPv4/IPv6 Client/Server applications. Also covered are advanced topics, such as Wireless Data Communication, and Cryptology.
Issues such as modularity and efficiency in the implementation of protocols are covered. The emphasis will be very much on the design and implementation of high-performance, robust, and scalable network applications. Security and private data transmission techniques over public networks are covered. Client-Server applications are designed and implemented using the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) API. An in-depth coverage of techniques used to design and develop secure code and robust applications will be provided. Students will also be familiarized with the Bluetooth software development techniques.
Advanced courses’ focus will be on the research and advanced implementation of security tools such as Covert Channels, Stealth Backdoors, Trojans, Packet crafting and sniffing, and in security tools proof-of-concept and prototyping. The use of an advanced raw socket and kernel-level programming techniques to implement security applications will be covered in a practical, hands-on manner.
This option is also offered in a part-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: The BTech in Computer Systems program is under review. Changes to the curriculum, credential, and program name are planned for the September 2023 intake. For more information, please contact email@example.com or 604-432-8644.
Learn about entrance awards.
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.
There are two sets of course components, followed by a practicum, also known as the Major Project(s).
- Technical courses in Computer Systems
- A wide variety of General Education courses
In the Major Project(s), students apply their specialized knowledge in a real-life project, or complete an applied research project, under the supervision of a committee.
Our full-time format offers students mentoring, and practical software development experience. Courses are taught during the day, but evening courses or Web-based courses may be included. Delivery is cohort-based offering opportunities for ongoing interaction and collaboration.
Program Head – Curriculum, CST Bachelor of Technology
Option Head – Technical Programming, Computing
Program Head – Student Success, CST Bachelor of Technology
Aman Abdulla, Instructor
Borna Noureddin, Instructor
D’Arcy Smith, Instructor
Jeff Yim, Instructor
Rahul Kukreja, Instructor
Sayyedhassan Shavarani, Instructor
Takashi Nakamura, Instructor
Tejinder Randhawa, Instructor
BCIT is well-respected by employers for its ties to industry. In Computing, this connection is formalized through a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) comprised of experts in a range of roles from a cross-section of companies. The department consults regularly to ensure program currency and relevance.
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