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Information Technology and Applied Systems

  • Program Length 
    2 Years
  • Credential 
    Diploma
  • Location Offered 
    Nanaimo

The digital world continues to evolve at an accelerated rate, which means there is a demand for highly skilled network administrators and system architects who help protect, secure, and maintain important data for a multitude of industries. Tech-savvy problem solvers learn valuable skills with the VIU Information Technology and Applied Systems program to prepare them for this high demand industry. This two-year computer science diploma program covers essential topics such as designing and troubleshooting networks, computer hardware, internet programming, operating systems, network infrastructure, server management, and security.

The Program

The Information Technology and Applied Systems (ITAS), program prepares students for careers in the design, installation, operation, and administration of network and internet-based information systems. The program combines rigorous theoretical and technical education with hands-on, project-based learning. Using the most up-to-date curriculum, the ITAS program develops a student's technical skills, as well as teamwork, communications, and project management skills to satisfy industry demands for well-rounded, highly employable technology graduates.

ITAS is offered as a one-year certificate, or two-year diploma program. The program consists of two 4-month terms per year, plus a 1-month practicum at the end of the first academic year.

The first year of the program provides students with a solid foundation in computer hardware, operating systems, networking, and web authoring/programming. Students are eligible to receive a Certificate in Computer Systems & Networking upon successful completion of the foundation year.

In the second year of the program, students install, configure, and administrate a wide variety of computer & network services such as DNS, email, web, database, and security services, in a mix of Linux and Windows environments. Students hone their web-programming skills by developing database-driven web applications using such technologies as HTML, XML/JSON, JavaScript, AJAX, PHP, and MySQL. Students are also introduced to mobile application development and cloud computing technologies. Second year graduates receive a diploma in Information Technology and Applied Systems.

Credit for IT Certifications

Some applicants may already hold industry certifications from CompTIA, Microsoft, Cisco, or others. ITAS gives credit for selected IT certifications towards an ITAS diploma. Contact the Department Chair for more information (see below).

Program Outline

Year 1

Credits

ITAS 155 - (Introduction to Computer Hardware)

4

ITAS 164 - (Information Technology Project Management Essentials)

4

ITAS 167 - (Applied Operating Systems)

4

ITAS 175 - (Network Infrastructure Fundamentals)

4

ITAS 181 - (Applied Network Operating Systems)

4

ITAS 185 - (Introduction to Programming Concepts)

4

ITAS 186 - (Internet Programming I)

4

ITAS 191 - (Web Authoring)

4

ITAS 195T - (Practicum)

4

Total Credits

36

Year 2

Credits

ITAS 218 - (Information Technology Security)

4

ITAS 233 - (Windows Server Management)

4

ITAS 255 - (Internet Programming II)

4

ITAS 257 - (Linux Server Management I)

4

ITAS 274 - (Internet Programming III)

4

ITAS 278 - (Linux Server Management II)

4

ITAS 280 - (Advanced Wide Area Technologies)

4

ITAS 288 - (Database Administration and Design)

4

Total Credits

32

All program courses must be successfully completed before certificates will be issued.

Completion Requirements

Students should expect to spend 20 hours a week in the classroom, and an additional 15 - 20 hours per week on homework and assignments. Students must pass all courses and obtain a "C+" average in each term to be eligible to continue in the program and/or to receive an ITAS credential.

Updated 
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Admission Requirements

  • General admission requirements apply.
  • Letter of application describing reasons for wanting to take the program (500 - 1,000 words). Include name and contact information, including email. A handout is available outlining the required content of application letter – see the Admissions Department, or email the Department Chair (see below).
  • Interview.

Recommendations for Admission

  • One of Principles of Mathematics 12, Applications of Mathematics 12, or Foundations of Mathematics 12.
  • Two years previous experience with computers, including experience installing and maintaining operating systems, and using office productivity software.
  • ICT 11 & 12 (High School Info Tech).

Notes on Admission

  • This program is open to full-time students only.
  • Interview will only be granted after all other admission requirements are met.
  • Students must supply their own computer system—see Program Fees.
  • Consideration will be given to mature students without Grade 12; however, they must complete all prerequisites or equivalents.

Start Date and Application Deadline

The program starts in September. Applications are accepted between the first business day in October and March 31.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the ITAS program will be qualified to work for:

  • Internet service providers,
  • Network design, installation, and support companies,
  • Web development and web-hosting companies,
  • Private and public educational institutes and training centres,
  • Computer retailers and systems integrators,
  • Most companies that use computers, computer networks, and the internet to carry out their business operations.
Domestic Fees | International Fees

Domestic Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Year 1 - 36 credits

Amount

Tuition (36 credits x $147.76 per credit)

5,319.36

Lab fee

106.12

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition and lab fee)

217.02

Student Services fee (36 credits x $6.53 per credit)

235.08

VIU Students' Union fee (9 months x $19.43 per month)

174.87

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Total

6,327.45

Year 2 - 36 credits

Amount

Tuition (32 credits x $147.76 per credit)

4,728.32

Lab fee

106.12

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition and lab fee)

193.38

Student Services fee (32 credits x $6.53 per credit)

208.96

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $19.43 per month)

155.44

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate yearly cost for books and supplies

1,900.00

Total

7,567.22

Notes

Some applicants may already hold industry certifications from CompTIA, Microsoft, Cisco, or others.

Computer System: All ITAS students must supply their own computer system for use throughout the program. The system must be capable of running Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 8. Intel-based Macintosh computers are OK, but will require software to run Windows as a virtual machine. At minimum, the system must include a mid-level i7 processor or better, 500 Gigabytes HD free space, and 12 Gigabytes of RAM.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full–time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

Science and Technology courses with a compulsory lab have a lab fee of $20.81 per course.

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

International Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Year 1 - 36 credits

Amount

Tuition (2 semesters x $7620 per semester + 6 additional credits x $635)

19,050.00

Lab fee

106.12

Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $374.4 per semester + 6 additional credits x $31.2)

936.00

VIU Students' Union fee (9 months x $19.43 per month)

174.87

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Total

20,541.99

Year 2 - 36 credits

Amount

Tuition (2 semesters x $7620 per semester + 2 additional credits x $635)

16,510.00

Lab fee

106.12

Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $374.4 per semester + 2 additional credits x $31.2)

811.20

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $19.43 per month)

155.44

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate yearly cost for books and supplies

1,900.00

Total

19,757.76

Notes

The above table is based on 15 credits or less per semester. Additional fees of $635.00 per credit will be applied if taking more than 15 credits per semester.

Some applicants may already hold industry certifications from CompTIA, Microsoft, Cisco, or others.

Computer System: All ITAS students must supply their own computer system for use throughout the program. The system must be capable of running Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 8. Intel-based Macintosh computers are OK, but will require software to run Windows as a virtual machine. At minimum, the system must include a mid-level i7 processor or better, 500 Gigabytes HD free space, and 12 Gigabytes of RAM.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full–time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

Science and Technology courses with a compulsory lab have a lab fee of $20.81 per course.

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Sunday, April 1, 2018

Contact

For more information please contact the Department Chair by emailing info@itas.ca. For information about registering and late applications, contact Melanie Cousins at 250-753-3245, Ext. 2282, or by emailing: Melanie.Cousins@viu.ca.

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