The Computer Systems and Networking two-year program focuses on the skills, competencies and attitudes required to research, design, install and maintain computer systems and network infrastructure in a highly available and secure computing environment. The program combines theoretical and practical learning experiences in a team-oriented setting encompassing front-line computer systems, back-end server environments and the local and wide-area network infrastructure. The Infrastructure Support industry is customer-oriented and requires a high level of customer interaction and professionalism. These critical skills are developed through a number of courses in this program.
The program includes course work, team-oriented projects, and a final 15-week work term focusing on areas of technical learning, team building, communications, interpersonal skills, ethics, and best practices. This diversity provides opportunities for the student to acquire the skills, professionalism and adaptability required to succeed in the dynamic and challenging field of Information Technology infrastructure support.
The capstone project will enable the student to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills developed throughout the program by performing an in-depth study of a problem, design, or technological application and fully documenting and presenting the findings.
The aim of the Computer Systems and Networking program is to graduate a student with the theoretical and practical skills in information technology infrastructure support. This will enable her/him to:
1. provide computer technical assistance, support, and advice to customers and other users
2. install, modify and repair computer hardware and software
3. support local-area networks (LAN), wide-area networks (WAN), network segments, and Internet and intranet systems
4. design an organization’s computer system in which all of the components including computers, the network, and
software, work properly together
5. plan, coordinate, and implement the organization’s information security policy
6. interpret and effectively apply industry procedures and policies in the workplace
7. incorporate the social, interpersonal and communication skills necessary to be a productive member of a team
8. apply the self-awareness and reflective skills required to create, evaluate and modify personal growth and career plans
College of the North Atlantic is a Cisco Networking Academy. Students have the opportunity to complete courses in the Academy program which provide a strong foundation in computer networking knowledge and skills utilizing the equipment of the industry's leading provider. As well, College of the North Atlantic is the only accredited Cisco Academy Instructor Training Center in Atlantic Canada.
Interconnected computing systems are an integral part of every business and the Computer Systems and Networking graduates are well suited to a broad range of computing infrastructure roles. These roles can be included, but not limited to:
Computer Support Specialist
Computer Support Technician
LAN Team Member
I.T. Support Technician
Help Desk Technician
Server Support Analyst/Technician
Help Desk Analyst
Technology Support Analyst
Eligibility for admission to Computer Systems and Networking program requires the applicant to meet one of the following four academic criteria:
1. High School
Provincial High School Graduation Certificate with a 60% overall average in the following (or equivalent):
i. English 3201 or English 3202 (60% minimum)
ii. Mathematics (4 credits) chosen from:
Advanced: 2200, 3200 (50% minimum in each course)
Academic: 2201 (50% minimum), 3201 (60% minimum)
iii. Five credits at the 3000 Level
2. Comprehensive Arts and Science (CAS) Transition
Comprehensive Arts and Science (Transition) Certificate with the following courses:
Math Fundamentals: MA1040
3. Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with Business-Related College Profile including the following courses (or equivalent):
i. English 3101A, 3101B, 3101C or 3102A, 3102B, 3102C
ii. Mathematics 1101A, 1101B, 1101C, 2101A, 2101B, 2101C, 3101A, 3101B, 3101C
Applicants with Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with a different profile may be eligible for admission to the program provided the appropriate selection of courses including those outlined above have been completed.
4. Mature Student Requirements
Applicants who do not meet the educational prerequisites for this program, must be at least 19 years at the time of application and out of school for at least one year may be considered on an individual basis under the Mature Student Requirements; for more information regarding the Mature Student Requirements please refer to Procedure AC-102-PR Admission
5. International Applicants – English Proficiency
All international applicants must meet the College’s English language proficiency requirements for acceptance into regular programs. The College will accept these recognized tests of English language proficiency (TOEFL paper based 550, TOEFL Internet based 79, TOEFL computer based 213 or equivalent, IELTS Academic Test overall band score of 6.0, or Pearson PTE 53 or greater, etc.).
If a language proficiency test other than those referenced above was used, applicants can forward for assessment.
If an international applicant has attended an educational institution (high school or post-secondary) for a period of three years or more where the official language of instruction was English, the English language proficiency test will not be required.
: Some programs may require specific English language requirements and proficiency scores that differ from those stated above; therefore international applicants are advised to please refer to the specific program admission requirements as identified in the College Calendar.