Computer Systems Technician Program (T141)

2019-20202020-2021

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Overview

Leadership Claims

Our Cisco Networking Academy has won the Premier Partner status for two years in a row for our contributions to the success of students and instructors. We support over 35 other Cisco Networking Academies in North America and are one of only a few academies that have an Instructor Trainer status.

Program Overview

As the Information Technology (IT) sector continues to grow in Toronto and our industry partners report skills shortages, George Brown College is helping to meet employer demand by educating IT professionals who understand all aspects of computer systems. Our two-year Computer Systems Technician program provides students with a broad and in-depth technical base, through courses in the high-demand areas of system support, network administration and web technologies. The curriculum prepares graduates with the strong administration, troubleshooting and design skills they need for careers in IT.

Full Description

As the Information Technology (IT) sector continues to grow in Toronto and our industry partners report skills shortages, George Brown College is helping to meet employer demand by educating IT professionals who understand all aspects of computer systems. Our two-year Computer Systems Technician program provides students with a broad and in-depth technical base, through courses in the high-demand areas of system support, network administration and web technologies. The curriculum prepares graduates with the strong administration, troubleshooting and design skills they need for careers in IT.

George Brown continues to invest in up-to-date networking, wireless and security lab equipment to help students develop hands-on installation, configuration and troubleshooting skills. Students use the NetLab platform, which enables them with 24/7 remote access to Cisco Systems physical equipment. This investment, along with our hands-on teaching environment, was recognized by Cisco when the college was designated an Area Support Centre and Instructor Training Centre.

Graduates of the Computer Systems Technician program are prepared to write several industry certification exams that are in-demand by employers.

Note: Students who start the program in January (Winter term) will be required to attend classes during the summer months (May to August).

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Identify, analyze, develop, implement, verify and document the requirements for a computing environment.
  • Contribute to the diagnostics, troubleshooting, documenting and monitoring of technical problems using appropriate methodologies and tools.
  • Implement and maintain secure computing environments.
  • Implement robust computing system solutions through validation testing that aligns with industry best practices.
  • Communicate and collaborate with team members and stakeholders to ensure effective working relationships.
  • Select and apply strategies for personal and professional development to enhance work performance.
  • Apply project management principles and tools when working on projects within a computing environment.
  • Adhere to ethical, legal and regulatory requirements and/or principles in the development and management of computing solutions and systems.
  • Assist with the implementation of computer systems and cloud solutions.
  • Install, configure, troubleshoot, maintain, upgrade and decommission computing system infrastructures.
  • Automate routine tasks using scripting tools and programming languages.
  • Install and monitor a database management system in response to specified requirements.
  • Provide technical support for computing system infrastructures that aligns with industry best practice.

Courses

Required Courses

SEMESTER 1

Code Course name
COMP 1151 IT Essentials
COMP 1236 Applied Programming Logic
COMP 1223 Web Development Fundamentals
GSSC 1045 Business Applications for Information Technology
MATH 1162 Mathematics for Computer Technology I
COMM 1007 College English**

SEMESTER 2

Code Course name
COMP 1176 Introduction to Networks
COMP 3044 UNIX Essentials
COMP 1231 Web Programming
COMP 3105 Desktop Operating Systems
MATH 1172 Mathematics for Computer Technology II
GSSC 1027 Personal Finance

SEMESTER 3

Code Course name
COMP 3136 Network Infrastructure
COMP 2064 Windows Servers Active Directory Configuration
COMP 2144 Web Server Administration
COMP 2148 Professional Workplace Competencies
COMP 3066 UNIX System Administration
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

Code Course name
COMP 3138 Enterprise Networking and Automation
COMP 2102 Wireless Technology Fundamentals
COMP 2141 Windows Server Network Infrastructure
COMP 2152 Open Source Development
COMP 3061 Computer Security Fundamentals
GNED General Education Elective

**Based on the results of your placement test, you may be required to take COMM1003 (English Skills) or CESL1003 (English Skills – ESL) before progressing to COMM1007. COMM1003/CESL1003 does not count as a course required for graduation, and you will be charged for this extra course. Please visit Assessment Centre for more information.

General Education Electives

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Your Career

Graduates can provide client support and network technical support in a wide variety of industries. Opportunities exist in companies that provide computer support services to other businesses, and in organizations that specialize in the sale and installation of computer systems and networks. Graduates may also find employment working directly with business clients, providing training services and ongoing support to assist them in using computer applications effectively.

The curriculum also prepares students to, after graduating from the program, write several of the examinations leading to industry certification in Network Administration and Support.

Career Options

Computer System Technicians establish, operate, maintain and co-ordinate the use of local and wide area networks (LANs and WANs), software services and related computer equipment. They set up and maintain Internet and Intranet websites and web-server technologies, and monitor and optimize network connectivity and performance. They are employed in Information Technology units throughout the private and public sectors. Supervisors of Computer Network Technicians are included in this group.

Educational Pathways

Opportunities to receive transfer credits toward further study to attain a degree are available.

Future Study Options

Graduates may continue directly into the third year of the Computer Systems Technology program (T147), and earn an Ontario College Advanced Diploma in two additional semesters.

Students who successfully complete this program may qualify for entry into university degree programs. This includes credit towards the Athabasca University BSc-CIS (PD).

For further information on future study options, see Transfer Guide.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition

$3,957.00 *

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2020. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2021 and at later dates.

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and Math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and Math.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit Transfer Guide for more information.

How to Apply

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges.

Contact Us

School of Computer Technology

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4287
Email: computertechnology@georgebrown.ca

The office hours are:

Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Program Co-ordinator: Maziar Masoudi

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 3345
Email: mmasoudi@georgebrown.ca

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

Visit Our Campus

The Computer Systems Technician program is offered through our School of Computer Technology from our Casa Loma Campus at 146 Kendal Avenue. Sign up for an Information Session or Campus Tour to learn more about George Brown College and the program. You can also explore our virtual tour.

Sign up and learn more about your options, our programs, and life at George Brown.

Computer Systems Technician Program (T141)

2019-20202020-2021

Compare up to 3 programs

Overview

Leadership Claims

Our Cisco Networking Academy has won the Premier Partner status for two years in a row for our contributions to the success of students and instructors. We support over 35 other Cisco Networking Academies in North America and are one of only a few academies that have an Instructor Trainer status.

Program Overview

As the Information Technology (IT) sector continues to grow in Toronto and our industry partners report skills shortages, George Brown College is helping to meet employer demand by educating IT professionals who understand all aspects of computer systems. Our two-year Computer Systems Technician program provides students with a broad and in-depth technical base, through courses in the high-demand areas of system support, network administration and web technologies. The curriculum prepares graduates with the strong administration, troubleshooting and design skills they need for careers in IT.

Full Description

As the Information Technology (IT) sector continues to grow in Toronto and our industry partners report skills shortages, George Brown College is helping to meet employer demand by educating IT professionals who understand all aspects of computer systems. Our two-year Computer Systems Technician program provides students with a broad and in-depth technical base, through courses in the high-demand areas of system support, network administration and web technologies. The curriculum prepares graduates with the strong administration, troubleshooting and design skills they need for careers in IT.

George Brown continues to invest in up-to-date networking, wireless and security lab equipment to help students develop hands-on installation, configuration and troubleshooting skills. Students use the NetLab platform, which enables them with 24/7 remote access to Cisco Systems physical equipment. This investment, along with our hands-on teaching environment, was recognized by Cisco when the college was designated an Area Support Centre and Instructor Training Centre.

Graduates of the Computer Systems Technician program are prepared to write several industry certification exams that are in-demand by employers.

Note: Students who start the program in January (Winter term) will be required to attend classes during the summer months (May to August).

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Analyze and resolve information technology problems through the application of systematic approaches and diagnostic tools.
  2. Support the implementation and administration of computer systems.
  3. Support the implementation and administration of networking solutions.
  4. Install, configure, troubleshoot, maintain, and upgrade components of computer systems.
  5. Install, configure, troubleshoot, maintain, and upgrade components of networks.
  6. Use a variety of scripting tools and languages to automate routine tasks.
  7. Follow, monitor, and document data storage procedures designed to ensure the integrity of information.
  8. Apply knowledge of security issues to the implementation of information technology solutions.
  9. Provide efficient and effective technical support to clients in a manner that promotes safe computing practices and reduces the risk of the issue recurring.
  10. Conform to workplace expectations found in information technology (IT) environments.
  11. Contribute to the successful completion of the project applying the project management principles in use.

Courses

Required Courses

Printable Curriculum Planner 2019-2020

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
Code Course name
COMP1151 IT Essentials
COMP1176 Introduction to Networks - CCNA 1
COMP1223 Web Development Fundamentals
GSSC1045 Business Applications for Information Technology
MATH1162 Mathematics for Computer Technology I
COMM1007 College English**

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
Code Course name
COMP1203 Routing and Switching Essentials - CCNA 2
COMP3044 UNIX Essentials
COMP1231 Web Programming
COMP3105 Desktop Operating Systems
MATH1172 Mathematics for Computer Technology II
GSSC1027 Personal Finance

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Course name
COMP1196 Scaling Networks - CCNA 3
COMP2064 Windows Servers Active Directory Configuration
COMP2144 Web Server Administration
COMP2148 Professional Workplace Competencies
COMP3066 UNIX System Administration
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Course name
COMP1197 Connecting Networks - CCNA 4
COMP2102 Wireless Technology Fundamentals
COMP2141 Windows Server Network Infrastructure
COMP2152 Open Source Development
COMP3061 Computer Security Fundamentals
GNED General Education Elective

**Based on the results of your placement test, you may be required to take COMM1003 (English Skills) or CESL1003 (English Skills – ESL) before progressing to COMM1007. COMM1003/CESL1003 does not count as a course required for graduation, and you will be charged for this extra course. Please visit georgebrown.ca/assessment for more information.

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Your Career

Graduates can provide client support and network technical support in a wide variety of industries. Opportunities exist in companies that provide computer support services to other businesses, and in organizations that specialize in the sale and installation of computer systems and networks. Graduates may also find employment working directly with business clients, providing training services and ongoing support to assist them in using computer applications effectively.

The curriculum also prepares students to, after graduating from the program, write several of the examinations leading to industry certification in Network Administration and Support.

Career Options

Computer System Technicians establish, operate, maintain and co-ordinate the use of local and wide area networks (LANs and WANs), software services and related computer equipment. They set up and maintain Internet and Intranet websites and web-server technologies, and monitor and optimize network connectivity and performance. They are employed in Information Technology units throughout the private and public sectors. Supervisors of Computer Network Technicians are included in this group.

Educational Pathways

Opportunities to receive transfer credits toward further study to attain a degree are available.

Future Study Options

Graduates may continue directly into the third year of the Computer Systems Technology program (T147), and earn an Ontario College Advanced Diploma in two additional semesters.

Students who successfully complete this program may qualify for entry into university degree programs. This includes credit towards the Athabasca University BSc-CIS (PD).

For further information on future study options, see georgebrown.ca/transferguide.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition

$4,258.00 *

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and Math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and Math.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

How to Apply

Apply To

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

Contact Us

School of Computer Technology

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4287

Email: computertechnology@georgebrown.ca

The office hours are:
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.  

Program coordinator: Stephan Caneff
Phone: 416-4155000 x6748
Email: scaneff@georgebrown.ca

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

Visit Our Campus

The Computer Systems Technician program is offered through our School of Computer Technology from our Casa Loma Campus at 146 Kendal Avenue. Sign up for an Information Session or Campus Tour to learn more about George Brown College and the program. You can also explore our virtual tour.

Sign up and learn more about your options, our programs, and life at George Brown.