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Co-op option available – September and January intakes only
If you see yourself in a career that involves the design, testing, installation and maintenance of computer hardware and software systems, the Computer Systems Technology program is for you. This program is built on partnerships with some of the most influential names in cutting-edge technology today, including Cisco, AWS and Microsoft.
With additional education in systems analysis, database administration and system and network security, this program creates multi-skilled graduates who can respond to complex hardware, software and application needs and problems in today’s information technology environment. You will learn in state-of-the-art labs and work with professors who are connected to industry.
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The best way to succeed in your field is to immerse yourself in it! Co-op is an excellent way to build your professional network, explore career paths and apply in-class teachings to real work situations. Co-op is a model of education that integrates academic learning with workplace learning in fields relevant to our students’ academic and personal goals.
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Graduates of the three-year Computer Systems Technology program are ready to meet the information technology (IT) needs of the business, industry, service and government sectors. You will be trained to plan, implement and analyze IT solutions based on various operating systems, networking technologies and cloud-based infrastructure.
The curriculum addresses:
As a graduate, you will have the skills and expertise required to be an active participant in the planning and implementation of an organization’s IT infrastructure, including deployment and management of workstations and servers, design and implementation of networks and development of security plans. You will also attain knowledge of databases and project management.
The multiple skills you gain through this program will enable you to challenge for industry-recognized certifications including Cisco (e.g. CCNA); Microsoft; AWS (Certified Cloud Practitioner, Solutions Architect and SysOps Administrator), CompTIA (e.g. A+, Network+) and Linux (LPIC-1 and LPIC-2).
Note: To ensure you make an informed decision about your IT career path, a common first semester is offered for the Computer Systems Technician, Computer Systems Technology, Computer Systems Technician – Transfer to Ontario Tech University, Computer Programming, and Computer Programming and Analysis programs. This approach will give you an opportunity to explore the systems/programming applications and networking/hardware applications of the IT sector.
Student may choose to pursue the following industry certifications, which could require additional exams and/or related work experience to qualify:
First-year students enrolled in this program will receive a membership to all eight of Durham Region’s Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade for the duration of their studies, plus an additional year following graduation. DC is proud to be one of the only colleges in Ontario offering students this unique connection to business leaders.
The eight Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade are:
The courses listed below are for incoming students. If you are a current student, please refer to your program of study for the year you began your program. Your program of study can be found on MyDC.
Courses, course descriptions and delivery formats are subject to change.
More than 75% of this program is delivered in-person.
The rest of the coursework will be delivered using hybrid, flexible or online formats. Students will come to campus to complete in-person learning requirements.Detailed schedules, with course-specific delivery information, will be available after registration. Courses, course descriptions and delivery formats are subject to change.
Your learning experience will be complemented by a four-week, 160-hour field placement in the final semester, which will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on IT experience, apply the theories and concepts learned, and gain contacts for future careers.
Qualified graduates can go on to further their IT skills through a number of graduate certificates at Durham College, including Artificial Intelligence Analysis, Design and Implementation, Cloud Computing, Cybersecurity and Data Analytics for Business Decision Making. They may also be eligible to apply their academic credits towards other Durham College programs or partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities. Sample diploma-to-degree opportunities include:
Students in the Computer Systems Technology program will be invited to apply to the co-op option during their first year of study. Entrance to the co-op option is limited and the processes for securing a work term are competitive. Students enrolled in the co-op option are required to complete a four-month, paid work term between the second and third years of their program.
Supports are available through the Experiential Learning office to assist students with securing their work terms. In addition, the Experiential Learning office is in contact with co-op students and their employers during the work terms to help with any questions. Upon completing the work term, co-op students return to campus to complete their final two academic semesters of the program before graduating.
Please note that the May intake does not have the option for a co-op due to the compressed nature of the program delivery.
Courses and course descriptions are subject to change.
Once transferred to the co-op option of this program, students will have a co-op administrative fee of $475 assessed to their accounts during the academic semester(s) prior to scheduled work term(s). The administrative fee goes to support the broad array of support services provided to co-op students. These services are dedicated to support student success.
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