WHY AND HOW DO I APPLY INTERNALLY TO BE ACCEPTED INTO THE CSTU PROGRAM?
Why – The CSTU program includes university courses. Ontario Tech University (Ontario Tech) requires students to apply and meet a minimum grade requirement for admission to their courses.
How – An information session is planned where we provide information and distribute the application forms for both Durham College andOntario Tech. Follow the instructions on the forms and submit them to C223 by the deadline.
ARE THERE DIFFERENCES WHEN LEARNING AT TWO INSTITUTIONS?
Yes, there are many. You are at two separate institutions with varying expectations, procedures and policies. You are required to adhere to both institutional policies. There can also be different break weeks and varying exam schedules (i.e. a Ontario Tech exam on a Saturday). CSTU is a unique program and some details will require more attention. If you experience a delay in service or response time, please be patient.
WHAT LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (LMS) DOES Ontario Tech USE?
Ontario Tech uses Blackboard. Your embedded Ontario Tech courses will not appear on DC Connect; you will need to access Blackboard for the Ontario Tech course information. Here are some helpful links:
- Basic Features (video): http://tlc.apa.uoit.ca/blackboard/resources/students/basic-blackboard-features/
- Blackboard FAQ: http://tlc.apa.uoit.ca/blackboard/faq/
Do I still use MyCampus?
Absolutely. MyCampus is for administrative records, final grades, registration, fees and important messages and should be checked on a regular basis. Both institutions use MyCampus as a primary system, but with different tabs.
WHERE, HOW AND WHEN DO I PAY THE Ontario Tech FEES?
Your account will be updated with the fees you owe through MyCampus (Ontario Tech tab). Please check your account and ensure you have paid all course fees. You may pay these fees through a bank transfer or bank draft. Bank drafts can be submitted in person in the Software and Informatics Research Centre located across the street at 40 Conlin Road West. Course fees are due when the semester begins.
For information regarding payment and refund deadlines, please visit:
There are a variety of ways to pay your tuition fees, compulsory ancillary fees and program associated fees. Accepted methods of payment include:
- Bank payment – Internet, telephone or at your bank (preferred method)
- Money order, certified cheque or bank draft
- NorthStar – bank-to-bank transfer for international students
It may take up to five business days for payment to post to your MyCampus account. Please note: if you are paying by money order, certified cheque or bank draft, please pay in person through the cashier located at Ontario Tech’s north campus in the Software and Informatics Research Centre located across the street.
Ontario Tech does not accept payment of tuition fees, compulsory ancillary fees and program associated fees by cash, credit card, debit card or non-certified cheque. If you wish to use any of these methods, please contact your financial institution and make the payment through them, via Internet or telephone banking.
What happens after Year 2?
You are required to have successfully completed all Year 1 and 2 courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and a minimum ‘C’ in the five embedded Ontario Tech courses to apply to enter Year 3 of the four-year Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons) degree at Ontario Tech. Admissions staff at Ontario Tech, in conjunction with admission staff at DC, will schedule an information session (typically in March of Semester 4) to respond to questions and explain the application process for Ontario Tech. Please attend this information session for valuable information and an opportunity to ask any questions.
Can I repeat a Ontario Tech course if I fail it?
Yes. Please contact Ontario Tech for the policy on repeating a course as well as for registration information such as deadlines, fee and schedule information.
WHAT ARE THE FIVE EMBEDDED Ontario Tech COURSES THAT I NEED TO TAKE?
The embedded Ontario Tech courses you take are
- Discrete Mathematics,
- Introductory Calculus,
- Computer Architecture,
- Algorithms & Data Structures and
- Introduction to Networking II.
*Courses and program of studies are subject to change by DC and Ontario Tech.
Can I make schedule (timetable) changes?
This is occasionally possible for the DC courses, but not the Ontario Tech courses. Please contact your DC student advisor for more information.
It is preferred that you remain in the scheduled block so you are together as a cohort. This makes it easier to plan sessions for you and get important information to you in person. Be prepared for to be in class at DC for 14 weeks (the length of the semester), anywhere between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.; and in class at Ontario Tech anywhere between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. throughout the week.
Can I apply for credit transfer?
If you have studied previously at DC or another recognized post-secondary institution, you may be eligible to receive credit for the courses you have successfully completed. Applications for credit transfer will be reviewed in partnership with Ontario Tech on an individual basis. For the application and additional information, please visit: www.durhamcollege.ca/credittransfer.
What is the grade requirement to be in the program?
We recommend that students have a 4.0 or ‘A’ (85 to 89 per cent) average in their Semester 1, Year 1 DC courses, before they apply to the CSTU program for Semester 2; however, the requirement is a ‘B+’ (75 to 79 per cent) average or 3.5 GPA in the DC courses.
You must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in all DC courses and receive a minimum ‘C’ (60 to 66 per cent) grade in each of the Ontario Tech courses. Each institution has different grading systems. Please see each of the institutional charts.
DO I HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN Ontario Tech’S TECHNOLOGY ENRICHED LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND LEASE A LAPTOP FROM Ontario Tech?
No, this program is not eligible for TELE participation (laptop lease).
What diploma will I graduate with?
DC diploma will indicate: Computer Systems Technician (two year).
What will I major in at Ontario Tech?
For participants of this program, the Bachelor of Information Technology program will include a major in Networking and IT Security at Ontario Tech. For additional inquiries please contact the Student Advisor at Ontario Tech, Brianna McKay.
If I complete the two-year CSTU diploma, but I don’t want to continue to Ontario Tech can I enter Year 3 of the Computer Systems Technology program at DC?
You would need to be assessed for advanced standing and would need to meet with your DC student advisor to review your status and set up an academic plan.