Database Option Part-time Bachelor of Technology 820dbtech

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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 through the year.

The Database Option focuses on establishing a set of advanced skills encompassing the key areas of data model schema design, data processing, database management and data analytics. It prepares graduates with in-depth knowledge of the following: data modeling, database system architectures and management, online transaction process and concurrency control, query optimization, parallel processing, distributed processing, data warehouse, multi-dimension schema design, online analytical processing, data mining, object-oriented database technology storing large data objects and unstructured data.

The Bachelor of Technology in Computer Systems is also offered in a full-time format.

Program Entry

The Bachelor of Technology in Computer Systems is a two year degree completion program, meant to be taken after a two year BCIT Diploma of Technology in Computer Information Technology, Computer Systems Technology, or other equivalent post-secondary education in computing.

Application processing

This is a continual intake program with applications processed throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements to be accepted.

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). Credential evaluation reports from other Canadian services may be considered. These reports must include course-by-course evaluations and GPA calculations.

*Equivalence will be determined based upon assessment of the student's academic background. Contact for a pre-entry assessment. The outcome of this evaluation will indicate which, if any, pre-entry courses are needed to achieve equivalence to the BCIT CST diploma core. An official list of required pre-entry courses will be sent to you once your information is assessed. Pre-entry courses must be completed prior to applying and the department assessment attached with your application. All required pre-entry courses are offered through Part-time Studies at BCIT.

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BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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Scheduled intakes

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


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Financial assistance

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


Program delivery

This two year program includes CST Bachelor of Technology core courses, technical courses, and electives, as well as Business Management elective courses and Liberal Education courses.

Once accepted into the part-time program, students register and complete classes on a course-by-course basis. Part-time courses are taught in our Downtown Vancouver Campus, Burnaby Campus, and Online on weekday evenings and weekends. Please see the Bachelor of Technology Annual Course Availability page for course availability at each campus and the semester they are taught.

Program matrix

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1. Core Courses (9.0 credits) Credits
  COMP 7036 Applied Research Methods in Software Development 3.0
  COMP 7081 Technical Issues in Software Development 3.0
  COMP 8081 Management Issues in Software Engineering 3.0
2. Specialty Courses (9.0 credits) Credits
  COMP 7071 Database Design 3.0
  COMP 8071 Advanced Database Application 3.0
  COMP 8571 Selected Topics in Database 3.0
3. Technical Electives (6.0 credits required) Credits
Students must complete 6.0 credits of technical electives selected from the Specialty Electives and/or Non-Specialty Electives listed below. Courses from the student's chosen specialty area cannot be used as technical electives. The advanced and selected topics to be covered in the non-specialty electives may differ from session to session.
  • Each course selected from Specialty Electives must be from different specialty areas.
Specialty Electives:

Network Security Applications Development
  COMP 7005 Computer Networks and Protocols 3.0
  COMP 8005 Network and Security Applications Development 3.0
  COMP 8505 Special Topics in Network and Security Development 3.0
Network Security Administration
  COMP 7006 Network Security Administration 1 3.0
  COMP 8006 Network Security Administration 2 3.0
  COMP 8506 Special Topics in Network Design and Implementation 3.0
Human Computer Interface
  COMP 7021 Graphics in User Interface Design 3.0
  COMP 8021 Comparative Studies in GUI Principles 3.0
  COMP 8521 Selected Topics in Advanced Interface Design 3.0
Wireless and Mobile Applications Development
  COMP 7031 Wireless and Mobile Applications Development 1 3.0
  COMP 8031 Wireless and Mobile Applications Development 2 3.0
  COMP 8531 Special Topics in Wireless Mobile Applications 3.0

Non-Specialty Electives:

  COMP 7401 Advanced Topics in Programming Methodology 3.0
  COMP 7481 Selected Topics for Combined Electives 3.0
  COMP 7615 Selected Topics in Computer Systems 3.0
  COMP 7881 Advanced Topics Software Engineering 3.0
4. Major Projects (18.0 credits) Credits
Students are to apply their specialty knowledge towards a real-life project, study or applied-research project under the supervision of a committee. The major project should contain some elements, which are deemed to be innovative, experimental or exploratory in nature. Major project information and guidelines are available upon request.
  COMP 8045 Major Project 1 9.0
  COMP 8046 Major Project 2 9.0
  COMP 8045 Major Project 1 9.0
and 9.0 credits of degree-level COMP courses, two of which must be in the 8000 series.
5. General Education Component (18.0 credits) Credits
All students will be required to complete the following:
  • Liberal Studies (6.0 credits)
  LIBS 7001 Critical Reading and Writing 3.0
  LIBS 7002 Applied Ethics 3.0
  • Management Electives (6.0 credits)
  • General Education Electives (6.0 credits)
View the Computer Systems General Education Requirements [PDF] for a list of pre-approved Management and General Education electives or to access the General Education elective approval form.
Total Credits: 60.0

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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

Program length

Students are required to complete the Bachelor of Technology degree program within seven (7) years starting from the date of their first technical degree-level course or the date of acceptance to the bachelor program, whichever comes first. Management electives cannot be older than five (5) years from the date of acceptance to be used toward the degree.

Exception to Section 5 of Policy 5103 (formerly Section 6.5 of Policy of 5002):

Extensions beyond the maximum time limitation will not be allowed. However, students may request a timeshift. A timeshift moves the program start year to one year later and the program completion year to one year later. With a timeshift, any COMP 7xxx and COMP 8xxx courses taken prior to the new start date will become stale-dated and not apply towards the credential. Students will need to re-take or challenge the expired courses if they wish to use them towards fulfilling program requirements. Student requests for a timeshift shall be reviewed and approved by the Program Head and the Registrar’s Office.


A minimum passing grade of 60 per cent is required for all COMP courses at the 7000 and 8000 level.

Program structure

Technical Component
  Core Courses 9.0
  Specialty Courses 9.0
  Technical Electives 6.0
  Major Projects 18.0
General Education Component 18.0
Total credits: 60.0

Graduating & Jobs

Graduate employment outcomes

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