Computer Systems Technology Program
(Online)
(T187)

2022-20232023-2024
  • Program Name:
    Computer Systems Technology
  • Code: T187
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Method of Study:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    3 years (6 semesters)
  • Centre:
  • School: Computer Technology
  • Location: Online
  • Starting Months: January, September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $3,892.00 *
  • Winter 2023 Delivery:
    Semester 1, 2: Online

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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

The Computer Systems Technology online program is designed with extensive input from industry and offers two optional specializations in its third year. The Networking specialization focuses on network security, voice-over-IP (VoIP) and wireless LANs. The Systems specialization focuses on mail server administration, content management systems (Collaboration), database administration and computer security. Both specializations include core courses on infrastructure virtualization (through the VMWare IT Academy) and cloud computing, along with best practices in Information Technology.

This program is fully online, including lectures, exams, and class projects. This fully online program allows you to:

  • Study online from the comfort of home while joining other students across Canada in live, instructor-led classes.
  • Access the knowledge and expertise of faculty members who are embedded in Toronto’s rapidly growing tech industry.
  • Develop professional skills in a format convenient to you and your busy weekday commitments.

PLEASE NOTE: This is an online only program, open to domestic students. Regular in-person delivery and International eligibility is available; please see Computer Systems Technology (T147) for more details. 

Full Description

The three-year Computer Systems Technology online program is designed with extensive industry input and offers two optional specializations in its third year:

  1. The Networking specialization focuses on network security, voice-over-IP (VoIP) and wireless LANs.
  2. The Systems specialization focuses on mail server administration, content management systems (Collaboration), database administration and computer security.

Both specializations include core courses on infrastructure virtualization (through the VMWare IT Academy) and cloud computing, along with best practices in Information Technology (IT).

George Brown College continues to invest in up-to-date networking, wireless, radio frequency, VoIP and security lab equipment, so that all students gain hands-on experience in installation and configuration of equipment ranging from small offices all the way to enterprise-class hardware and software. This investment, along with the hands-on teaching environment, was recognized by Cisco when the college was designated an Area Support Centre and Instructor Training Centre, and became part of a very select group of Cisco Networking Academies in Canada.

In the third year of the program, students will be involved, hands-on, in real-life projects or case studies. These may be completed independently, in conjunction with an industry partner, or George Brown's Office of Research and Innovation, and may include developing proposals and working in teams to plan, set schedules and achieve specific goals in the field of information technology. Through some of these projects, George Brown students have recently helped develop IT solutions for hospitals, large corporations and major IT and telecommunications service providers, including Bell Mobility, Rogers Communications, Cogeco Data Systems and many other well-known companies in the Greater Toronto Area.

This program covers all courses of the official Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching curriculum. The curriculum also prepares students to write several other examinations leading to industry certifications, such as the Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) and Cisco Certified CyberOps Associate.

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

Technology Requirements

This program requires students to have access to a personal computer with the following specifications: 

  • 16 GB RAM minimum 
  • 256 GB SSD Hard Drive (500+ GB is optimal) 
  • Quad-core i7 2.4GHz or better 
  • Video card (2GB RAM minimum/4GB RAM recommended) 
  • Webcam 

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Identify, analyze, design, develop, implement, verify and document the requirements for a computing environment.
  • Diagnose, troubleshoot, document and monitor technical problems using appropriate methodologies and tools.
  • Analyze, design, implement and maintain secure computing environments.
  • Analyze, develop and maintain robust computing system solutions through validation testing and industry best practices.
  • Communicate and collaborate with team members and stakeholders to ensure effective working relationship.
  • Select and apply strategies for personal and professional development to enhance work performance.
  • Apply project management principles and tools when responding to requirements and monitoring projects within a computing environment.
  • Adhere to ethical, social media, legal, regulatory and economic requirements and/or principles in the development and management of the computing solutions and systems.
  • Investigate emerging trends to respond to technical challenges.
  • Analyze, plan, design, implement and administer computer systems and cloud solutions.
  • Research, design, deploy, configure, troubleshoot, maintain, upgrade and decommission computing system infrastructures.
  • Select and apply scripting tools and programming languages to automate routine tasks.
  • Install, monitor, optimize and administer a database management system in response to specified requirements.
  • Design, implement and administer technical support processes for computing system infrastructures that aligns with industry best practice.

Courses

Required Courses

Printable Curriculum Planner 2022-2023

SEMESTER 1

Code Course name
COMP 1151 IT Essentials
COMP 1236 Fundamentals of Computing Logic
COMP 1234 Introduction to Web Development
GSSC 1027 Personal Finance
MATH 1162 Mathematics for Computer Technology I
COMM 1007 College English**

SEMESTER 2

Code Course name
COMP 1176 Introduction to Networks
COMP 3044 Linux Essentials
COMP 1250 Introduction to Programming
COMP 3105 Enterprise Desktop Operation Systems
MATH 1172 Mathematics for Computer Technology II
GNED General Education Elective (Select One)

SEMESTER 3

Code Course name
COMP 3136 Network Infrastructure
COMP 2064 Identity Management Services
COMP 2155 Network Automation
COMP 2148 Professional Workplace Competencies
COMP 3066 Linux 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 2156 DevOps For System Administration
COMP 3061 Cyber Security Fundamentals

**Based on the results of your placement test, you may be required to take COMM 1000 Introduction to College Communication before progressing to COMM 1007. COMM 1000 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.

PROGRAM SPECIALIZATION

CHOOSE ONE SET OF COURSES

Students are to pick a specialization in semester five and will be registered in the corresponding courses. Please note that once your specialization is picked in semester five, you will not be able to change in semester six.

NETWORKING SPECIALIZATION

SEMESTER 5

Code Course name
COMP 3076 Network Infrastructure Security
COMP 3049 WLAN Administration
COMP 3098 Enterprise Network and System Design
COMP 3093 Infrastructure Virtualization
COMP 3112 IP Telephony and Streaming Services
COMP 3115 Information Systems Project Management

SEMESTER 6

Code Course name
COMP 3094 ITIL Foundation
COMP 3107 Enterprise Network Management
COMP 3108 Cloud Computing Infrastructure
COMP 3099 Capstone Project
COMP 3111 Broadband and Data Communications

SYSTEMS SPECIALIZATION

SEMESTER 5

Code Course name
COMP 3102 Mail Server Administration
COMP 3103 Power Shell Scripting
COMP 3114 Database Administration
COMP 3115 Information Systems Project Management
COMP 3098 Enterprise Network and System Design
COMP 3093 Infrastructure Virtualization

SEMESTER 6

Code Course name
COMP 3094 ITIL Foundation
COMP 3108 Cloud Computing Infrastructure
COMP 3099 Capstone Project
COMP 3125 Cybersecurity Operations 
COMP 3121 System Data Collaboration

Alternative Study Options: In-person delivery of this program is available; please see Computer Systems Technology (T147) for more information.

General Education Electives

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Career Options

This program prepares graduates for jobs in a wide variety of positions, including:

  • technical support
  • web developer
  • field technician (wireless/cellular service providers)
  • training service provider
  • system and network administrator
  • cyber security analyst
  • systems manager

Opportunities also 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. Graduates will be prepared to write several of the examinations leading to industry certification in Network Administration and Support.

Educational Pathways

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

Students who successfully complete this program may qualify for entry into Ontario college graduate certificate and university degree programs. George Brown currently has articulation agreements with various other post-secondary institutions such as the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, McMaster University and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. For further information on future study options, see Transfer Guide.

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

$3,892.00 *

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 2021. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2022 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: George Olenewa
Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 6809
Email: jolenewa@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.

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The Computer Systems Technology program is offered through our School of Computer Technology from our Casa Loma Campus at 146 Kendal Avenue, Toronto. 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.

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