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Part-time Certificate 5500cert

Earn the CSC part-time.

Fall 2020 Delivery Mode: ONLINE
  • This program will be delivered online for the fall semester.
  • Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

The Computer Systems Certificate, CSC provides students with a foundation in Computer Science and Information Technology.

CSC the third step in the laddered credentials toward the Computer Systems Technology, CST Diploma and CST BTech Degree in PTS.

Students should complete "Applied Software Development, ASD" and "Applied Computer Information Systems, ACIS" prior to CSC.

In order to complete CSC students need to acquire communication and interpersonal skills. There are two communications courses which should be completed in the first two terms.

Beginning with Applied Computer Concepts students then move on to the programming and math foundations of CSC.

Courses include procedural and object oriented programming languages. Students start with Python, then move Java before C and gain hands-on experience with software application development.

They also study scripting languages: HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript for web development, plus Relational Database and SQL

Required courses include: Applied Mathematics, Discrete Mathematics, Business Analysis and Systems Design, Computer Architecture, UX/UI and Agile.

CSC graduates may move on to the CST Diploma in Part-time Studies.

Read the Program Entry section and the Computing PTS Student Guide before registering for any COMP courses.

Computer Systems provides students with career ready skills


Program Entry

Important Notice: BCIT suspended declaration into the Computer Systems Certificate program for all international students on May 30, 2019. This short-term program declaration suspension will provide better course availability for current declared students. International students who have not declared and have completed courses in this program between 2017-2019 should contact: cstpts@bcit.ca


Prerequisites:

You are expected to have strong command of English and Math at a BC high school Grade 12 level or equivalent.

Please consider upgrading with MATH 0001 prior to starting the program if you do not have recent higher math skills.

Be sure that you have the required knowledge and skills before enrolling in any course, each course has prerequisites.

Most students will complete "Applied Software Development (ASD)" and "Applied Computer Information Systems (ACIS)" prior to starting the CSC.

Note:

Those on funding timelines could follow a specific schedule of 3 courses each term.

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


Part-time Studies program delivery:
The CSC program is designed for course by course delivery in part-time studies and it was not designed for students on limited timelines.

Many required higher-level and elective courses may not be offered each term and some PTS courses are only offered once per year.

It is typically not possible to fast-track the Computer Systems Certificate, CSC in less that 2 years.

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

Program declaration

Declaring your Part-time Studies program ensures that BCIT is aware of your intent to complete a program as it is currently outlined and provides you the opportunity to apply for transfer credit.
Learn more about program declaration

To submit your declaration:

  • Answer all questions completely.
  • If required, convert transcripts and documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
Declare Now

Upon approval, a program plan letter will be sent to you confirming your program of study. Please allow approximately eight weeks for processing.

Note: Please complete the two Associate Certificates 'Applied Software Development (ASD)' and 'Applied Computer Information Systems (ACIS)' before applying for CSC.

Scheduled intakes

Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September.

Costs & Supplies

Students should have a personal computer with internet access capable of running MS Windows 10.

There are typically 17 -18 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.

Some students 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

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Tuition & Fees page for information on part-time tuition fees.

Financial assistance

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

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 matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

1. Required Courses (60.0 credits): Credits

Communications courses:

Students are expected to complete the communications courses in the first two terms.
  COMM 1103 Introduction to Business and Technical Communication 3.0
  or
  COMM 1106 Introduction to Business and Technical Communication (With Language Development Component)* 3.0
and
  COMM 2216 Business Communications 2 4.0
*COMM 1106 is the best option for ESL students.

Computing courses:

  COMP 1002 Applied Computer Concepts 3.0
  COMP 1113 Applied Mathematics* 4.0
  COMP 1516 Programming Fundamentals with Python* 4.0
and
  COMP 1011 UX/UI Fundamentals 3.0
  COMP 1451 Introduction to Software Development 2 3.0
  COMP 1630 Relational Database Design and SQL 5.0
  COMP 1850 Introduction to Web Development 3.0
  COMP 2121 Discrete Mathematics 4.0
  COMP 2132 Web Development with JavaScript 3.0
  COMP 2511 Procedural Programming in C 5.0
  COMP 2526 Object-Oriented Programming with Java 4.0
  COMP 2825 Computer Architecture and Organization 4.0
  COMP 2831 Business Analysis and Systems Design 4.0
  COMP 2833 Agile Methods and the Scrum Framework 4.0
*COMP 1113 and COMP 1516 need to be completed at the start of the program.
 
Total Credits: 60.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Please note:
  • Students must complete all prerequisites in order to register for any higher level course.
  • Students are expected to complete the communications courses in the first two terms.
  • COMP 1516 and COMP 1113 must be completed at the start of the program.
  • Credit will only granted for one course from each of the following sets of two courses:
    • COMP 1409 or COMP 1516
    • COMP 2015 or COMP 2132
    • COMP 2510 or COMP 2511
  • Students who declared this program prior to May 2020 may require electives from the Part-Time Diploma in Computer Systems.

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

Computer hardware and Internet requirements
COMP courses are now conducted entirely online until further notice. Students must provide a current model PC desktop or laptop with a web cam, microphone and have high speed internet access. Courses will be delivered in real time and may use two way audio and video as well as group work.

Students must be computer literate and be able to log in during regular scheduled class hours in order to participate and complete each COMP course. Please contact the department via email: cstpts@bcit.ca if you have any questions.

Program Specific Details:
The CSC is equivalent to the first year of the full-time CST Diploma.

However CST students who drop full-time will need to complete additional PTS courses to earn CSC.

CSC is a third level laddered credential encompassing the ASD and ACIS and requires 60 total credits.

CSC is built on top of Applied Software Development (ASD) and Applied Computer Information Systems (ACIS) in Part-time Studies.

Each course has specific prerequisites and not all PTS courses are offered each term.

CSC is designed for part-time course by course delivery over a maximum period of five (5) years.

This part-time program was not designed to be completed in a full-time delivery model.

Most students complete the CSC in 3-4 years part-time.

Students build skills in communication and mathematics plus they may choose an elective from the CST/PTS Diploma including advanced courses in database development, business intelligence, web, mobile and advanced Java.

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


NOTE: 
This program is not designed for fast-track delivery or for those students on limited timelines.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Many courses are also offered through distance and online learning.

Continue your education

BCIT offers part-time students the opportunity to complete a series of credential programs, ultimately leading to a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Systems. These first three credentials ladder towards the CST Diploma and the first two Associate Certificates, ASD & ACIS may be taken simultaneously. If you apply and qualify, you can earn the following credentials:

  1. Applied Software Development (ASD) - Associate Certificate
  2. Applied Computer Information Systems (ACIS) - Associate Certificate
  3. Computer Systems Certificate (CSC)
  4. Computer Systems Technology Diploma (CST/PTS)
  5. Bachelor of Technology in Computer Systems

Program abandonment

  • Students approved for a part-time studies program are expected to register and complete courses on a continuous basis.

  • A student that has not completed a course from their approved program of study over a period of three consecutive academic terms will be considered to have abandoned the program.

  • Throughout the duration of the program, a student is permitted a maximum of five academic terms where they are not required to register and complete a course from their approved program of study. Students who exceed the five term maximum will be considered to have abandoned the program.

  • Students who have abandoned their approved program of study and wish to be reinstated will be required to apply for program approval for a current credential. BCIT cannot guarantee that courses taken prior to this reapplication will be credited towards the current credential.

BCIT Policy 5103 - Student Evaluation [PDF] permits a maximum of three attempts to successfully complete each course within a credential.

Graduating & Jobs

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

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2017-2019 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2016-2018 graduates and for Degree 2015-2017 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit it 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.

Students on Limited Timelines


Important Notice:
BCIT suspended declaration into the Computer Systems Certificate,CSC program for all international students on May 30, 2019. This short-term program declaration suspension will provide better course availability for current declared students. Domestic students who complete ASD and ACIS may still declare this program.

Note to students who require a minimum course load to retain eligibility 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 required course credits you require can be sustained from term to term in PTS.

Most PTS courses fill quickly so space is not guaranteed and 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

CSC was not designed for those attempting to complete this certificate 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.

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.

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