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Over 5,000 students have learned data systems at BCIT

BCIT Computing courses are delivered face to face in classrooms at our Burnaby and Downtown locations, and may have online components. The following three Part-time Studies data technology programs build on foundations in computer systems.

Applied Computer Information Systems (ACIS
) provides a hands-on introduction to using and managing applications and IT systems.This program includes core courses from the Computer Systems Certificate (CSC) plus a variety of industry electives including object oriented programming, web development, expert level application use, and communications.

Students are provided with the technical foundations for managing files and installing software on a network plus proficiency in using office applications. ACIS is aimed at two audiences: individuals currently working in information systems with no formal credentials, and those interested in a foundation before moving on to higher education in computing.

Students working toward the CSC should select electives accordingly, as not all ACIS electives count toward CSC. ACIS graduates will have acquired a solid understanding of the technical foundations of information systems, and may decide to move on to the laddered credential CST/PTS Diploma path or complete ADAD.

Applied Database Administration and Design (ADAD
) covers the development and design of database management systems and business intelligence (BI) tools. This program includes core courses from the CSC plus a variety of industry electives including data visualization.

Students are provided with a technical computer science foundation in relational database/SQL, as well as systems analysis and design. ADAD is aimed at two audiences: those who want to design, develop, and install database servers, as well as manage administrative policies; and those who want to explore the latest data mining and BI tools.

Students are able to develop integrated database and BI technologies to industry standards for scalable and secure database information systems. ADAD graduates have very good career prospects in Database Administration and BI plus also have significant course credits toward ADAC.

Applied Data Analytics Certificate (ADAC) is built on top of ADAD, with focus on data analysis and using BI tools for data-driven decision making. This program includes core courses in statistics for data analytics, data visualization, IT security, Internet and IT Law, along with an introduction to Big Data.

Students are provided with the technical foundations to keep up with changes in data technologies and future business intelligence trends. ADAC is aimed primarily at those who want to develop, build, and use data analytics systems.

Participants have over a dozen elective courses and tools to choose from to enhance evidence-based decision making. ADAC graduates will be able to design and build data analytics systems to help organizations across all sectors make informed and actionable decisions.

BCIT provides students with career ready skills