Computer Systems Technician – Loyalist College in Toronto
Available as a two-year program
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Two-year Ontario College Diploma in Computer Systems Technician
- Start Date
September, January and May entry
Find your career
IT plays an integral role in almost any business. Prepare for a career as a:
- Computer Systems Technician
- Data Centre Operator
- Intranet Website Technician
- LAN Administrator
- LAN Technician
- Network Administrator
- Network Support Technician
- System Administrator
Is it for you?
This may be a great career path if you are:
- Analytical and have a keen attention for detail.
- A creative problem solver and a logical thinker.
- Interested in staying abreast of the newest technology.
- A strong communicator who can effectively liaise with others to identify and systematically solve problems.
How You'll Learn
Prepare for a career in computer, technology and network management in various business environments:
- Learn to develop, operate, maintain and coordinate the use of local and wide area networks (LANs and WANs), mainframe networks, hardware, software and related computer equipment.
- Install, configure and service microcomputer operating systems and network application software, and get an introduction to Linux and Cloud computing.
- Explore web design and learn about installing, managing and maintaining web servers/sites for optimum performance.
- Delve into machine connectivity, virtualization architecture and computer network design to implement cross-platform networks.
- Gain an understanding of the technical support and helpdesk skills necessary for providing user support.
NOTE REGARDING SEMESTER FOUR:
Students are encouraged to participate actively in securing a Co-op Work Term and will be provided skill-building supports and access to employment opportunities from Loyalist College in Toronto. In the event that a student is ineligible or cannot secure a Co-op Work Term, they will complete an Applied Project in their final semester.
- First Year - Semester One
- COMM1066 Communications-Common Core
- This course prepares students to be successful in college communication and is foundational for workplace communications.
- COMP1026 Introduction to Computer Programming
- This course introduces terminology and concepts of computer programming and a structured approach to program development.
- COMP1027 Introduction to Database Systems
- This course introduces the design and development of databases relevant to the creation of successful networks.
- COMP1028 Introduction to Web Design
- This course provides a basic introduction to web design, creating and linking web pages and web page layout.
- MATH1044 Math 1 for Computing
- This course will prepare and introduce students to trigonometry, algebra and mathematical concepts in computing.
- COMP1025 Networking Fundamentals
- This course introduces terminology and concepts related to the operation of computer networks including network architectures.
- First Year - Semester Two
- COMM1067 Emerging Technologies
- This course will include topics such as interpersonal skills, report writing, client relationships, teamwork and presentation skills.
- COMP1031 Introduction to Data Communication
- This course includes database design, the use of databases in network administration and the management of database servers.
- COMP1030 Introduction to Linux and Cloud Computing
- This course will provide the necessary concepts and functions relative to the Linux operating system.
- COMP1032 Introduction to Scripting the use of PowerShell
- This course, using the PowerShell command environment, will prepare students to write and maintain scrips that combine sequential, iterative, conditional, and repetitive statements, to support the automation of basic system and user administration.
- COMP1029 MS Client Operating System
- This course includes system and device installation, systems configuration, memory management, troubleshooting and boot process.
- MATH1045 Math 2 for Computing
- This course will build upon Math 1 and will include quadratic equations, complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic equations. In addition, it introduces set theory.
- GNED1100 Becoming a Global Changemaker
- This Loyalist College graduate attributes course will help shape your perspectives, broaden your understanding of important issues affecting our societies today, and equip you with invaluable knowledge and skills that will inform your ability to influence your community in a meaningful and impactful way. By exploring topics such as cultural competency, Indigenous education, entrepreneurship, sustainability, health and wellness, and ecological literacy, you'll be equipped with a powerful toolkit that extends far beyond the classroom.
- Second Year - Semester Three
- COMP2006 Computer Network Design and Implementation
- This course provides the opportunity to design simple and complex networks. Network requirements for the integration of voice, data and multimedia will also be included.
- COMP2007 Database Systems 2
- This course will build on the semester one course, Introduction to Database Systems, adding more advanced design and more extensive SQL statements.
- COMP2005 Fundamental Routing and Switching
- This course provides an introduction to the functions and impacts of routers and switches. Device configuration will be explored as will debugging and troubleshooting network connectivity.
- COMP2009 Network Intrusion and Security
- This course provides understanding of real-world network security issues. The use of fire walls, encryption technologies, IP policies, security policies and alternative security solutions are explored.
- COMP2008 Windows Servers and Architecture
- This course provides skills in the installation, implementation and configuration of Windows 2000 Professional. Troubleshooting and the provision of technical support is also included.
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
- Second Year - Semester Four
- BUSI2016 Customer Service and Client Management
- This course provides understanding of the technical support and help desk environment skills and knowledge necessary when providing user support. Problem solving and communication skills are practised.
- COMP2012 Machine Connectivity
- This course introduces the basics of internet connectivity to machines and machine-to-machine connectivity.
- COMP2011 Network Diagnostics and Design
- This course provides focus on issues and considerations related to the interconnectivity of various operating platforms. Students learn to design based on client needs such as cost, security bandwidth and reliability, and, in addition, the development of scalable and redundant network designs.
- COMP2010 Open Systems Application
- This course provides learning relative to the installation, upgrading of operating systems software, set up user accounts, management of current files systems, back up and restoration of files, as well as the administration of common services.
- BUSI2017 Project Management
- This course introduces the fundamentals of project management relative to IT.
- COMP2013 Virtualization Architecture
- This course provides understanding of hypervisors in cloud environments and virtualization software with the implications relative to security and data storage.
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
*Courses subject to change.
Expand your qualifications by specializing your diploma with a Loyalist post-graduate certificate:
How much will it cost?
Approximate costs per year (2022 – 23)
The following fees do not include living costs, textbooks or additional program-specific expenses/supplies.
- International Tuition: $15,000
- Ancillary Fees: $902.38*
- Health Insurance (mandatory): $600
- Total: $16,502.38 CAD
*Combined Ancillary and Tuition HST Fee
Fees subject to change. The above tuition and fees are based on two semesters of study in year one.
Required academic preparation
Grade 12 English (C), (U) or (M) level required, in addition to Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent.
All teaching within Loyalist is conducted in English. In order to be successful in a program, skills such as communication, listening comprehension, and reading and writing must be at a level sufficient to meet the demands of post-secondary studies. All applicants to Loyalist whose first language is not English, or whose previous education was in another language, will be expected to provide an English proficiency assessment for admissions approval. Details about language and general admission requirements are available here.
Recommended academic preparation
Experience with computers and software.
Note: Although not required for admission, a home PC and internet service provider (ISP) are recommended for success in the program.
How to Apply
International students may now apply to Loyalist College in Toronto by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.