SCHOOL OF CONTINUING EDUCATION

DIPLOMA PROGRAMME IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

The Diploma in Information Technology is designed to provide individuals already possessing a post-secondary degree or diploma in any field with the knowledge and skills required to work in today's high technology environment. The programme will benefit individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, including business, education, technical and administrative. The programme consists of three consecutive full-time semesters or nine consecutive part-time semesters. A programme fee will be determined in advance of each academic year.

Programme Objectives
Admission Requirements
Registration
Programme Requirements
Evaluation
Continuation in the Programme
Challenge for Credit
Awarding of Diploma
Course List


Programme Objectives

Graduates of the programme will:

1) Enhance their academic and other credentials with practical skills in information technology.

2) Obtain skills and knowledge that will prepare them to work effectively within a high technology environment.

3) Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Diploma in Information Technology normally must have successfully completed a degree or diploma from an accredited post-secondary institution. Admission to the programme is limited and competitive. Application must be made in writing to the Registrar's Office on the appropriate form and must include an official transcript of post-secondary marks.

Registration

The diploma can be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis. Courses for part-time students will consist of evening and weekend sessions; however, part-time students must be formally admitted to the programme prior to enrolling in courses restricted to the Diploma and will be required to have at least one year of full-time work experience or equivalent.

Programme Requirements

The Diploma in Information Technology consists of a set curriculum of 20 courses. All courses are specifically designed for the Diploma in Information Technology only, and are not applicable towards any other existing degree or diploma programme. Students enrolled in the full-time programme will be required to complete a work term component. Students opting to complete the programme on a part-time basis must do so within three calendar years (nine consecutive semesters)from the date of admission to the programme. A substantial project will be required of each participant prior to completion of the part-time programme.

Evaluation

The pass mark for each course is 75%. Evaluation may include, but not be limited to, any or all of the following: projects, assignments, examinations, and class participation.

Continuation in the Programme

Participants may request permission, in writing, to complete remedial work or be re-evaluated in a course in which they have not obtained a passing grade. Students will be granted this option no more than once in any given course and no more than three times in the programme.

Transfers

Students admitted to the full-time programme may request permission to transfer to the part-time programme prior to the start of the third week of the first semester only. Transfers will not normally be considered after this date. All transfers are contingent on seat availability.

Students admitted to the part-time programme may request permission to transfer to the full-time programme after completion of the first semester only, and prior to the start of the second semester. Transfers will not normally be considered after the first semester. All transfers are contingent on seat availability. Students who transfer to the full-time programme are liable for the current full-time programme fee.

Challenge for Credit

Challenge for credit for a limited number of courses may be considered on an individual basis. Skills assessment testing will take place prior to the commencement of the programme. Students who have successfully completed equivalent degree-credit courses at this university may upon application be awarded transfer credit, provided they have obtained a minimum of 75% in such courses.

Awarding of Diploma

Once all course requirements for the Diploma in Information Technology have been successfully completed, application for awarding of the Diploma must be made in writing on the appropriate form to the Office of the Registrar.

COURSE LIST

Note: All courses, unless otherwise noted, consist of laboratory and classroom sessions.

1000. Computer Technology. This course provides an overview of computer technology and introduces computer basics. Students will become familiar with the basic parts of computer systems and their functions while learning troubleshooting techniques and distinguishing between hardware and software problems. Configuring hardware through the operating system and component failure will be discussed. Understanding of these topics will be enhanced by dismantling and assembling a computer. Students will become familiar with the alphanumeric keyboard through demonstration and practice. This course is a Prerequisite for all other Information Technology courses.

2100. Operating Systems I. A study of basic operating systems. Features and benefits of the Windows environment will be discussed in detail.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 1000.

2200. Network Operating Systems I. A study of the most commonly used network operating systems. Topics include fundamentals of LAN theory; LAN protocols; network topologies; network security; basic network communication options; and network management.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 2100.

2300. Internet Applications. A study of the Internet and its applications. Topics will include advanced searching techniques, programmeming languages used in developing applications for the World Wide Web, and creating and maintaining WWW sites.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 2100.

2400. Office Suites. A study of the applications of office suites, and integration of commonly used computer software. Various office suite products will be compared and contrasted.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 1000.

2410. Multi-media Presentations. A study of techniques and appropriate software used in preparing multi-media presentations. Skills will be enhanced through practice sessions.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 2100.

3100. Operating Systems II. A study of more advanced DOS features. Topics include: configuring and reconfiguring computer systems, creating batch files, file organization and editing, and configuring files.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 2100.

3110. Unix Operating System. A study of the basic functions of Unix. Topics include: operating systems, simple shell techniques, file editing, command filtering, and piping.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 2100.

3200. Network Operating Systems II. A continuation of the more advanced features of network operating systems.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 2200.

3300. Fundamentals of Programming. An overview of the fundamentals of structured programming and the importance of planning ahead and good programme design.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 2100.

3310. Windows Programming. A study of the fundamental elements of programming in a Windows environment. Topics will include: building a Windows Graphical Interface and the introductory concepts of object-oriented programming.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 3300.

3320. Programming with Databases. A study of applications basics, basic data types, understanding objects and collections, coding for events, writing RDBMS, controlling programmes, testing and debugging the application, run-time errors, and distributing the application.
Prerequisites: Information Technology 3300 and Information Technology 3400.

3330. Object-Oriented Programming. An introduction to OOP languages. Topics will include: using OOP to produce custom mini-applications; incorporating applets into WWW pages; and providing functionality such as animation, live updating and secure two-way interaction.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 3310.

3340. Introduction to Programming with Oracle. An introductory course to developing applications in the Oracle environment. Topics include: DBMS and SQL, defining and manipulating objects in SQL, controlling security and maintaining data integrity in SQL, and using the PL/SQL language.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 3300.

3400. Business Software Applications. A study of the advanced features of software applications studied in Information Technology 2400.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 2400.

3410. Project Planning. A study of the tools and techniques of project management. Appropriate software will be studied and incorporated into class projects.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 2100.

3420. Publishing and Document Management. A comprehensive look at standard methods and techniques of communicating technical information. Topics will include the principles of desktop publishing, applications, requirements, and appropriate software.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 2100.

3430. Intranets. A study of the cross-platform nature of Web Browsers and how this impacts company-based information systems. Topics include: determining what is suitable for publication on an Intranet, groupware, security measures and other related technical issues.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 2100.

3440. Integrated Business Solutions. An introduction to the techniques involved in analyzing a company's information technology needs, and designing a customized solution.
Prerequisites: Information Technology 2100 and 2400.

4500. Case Study / Student Project. (Restricted to students in the part-time programme.) A comprehensive analysis of an assigned case. A written report will be required. Skills and knowledge developed throughout the programme will be utilized in solving business-related problems. Using a case approach, students will work in teams to evaluate a company's IT resources and prepare a proposal for a solution that will meet the company's needs. A plan will be generated with suitable phases for implementing the solution. Evaluation will be based on effectiveness of the solution, demonstrated understanding of methodology and available technology, and the clarity, conciseness, and logic of the presentation style.
Prerequisites: Information Technology 3400 and Information Technology 3440, or approval of the Director of the School of Continuing Education, or delegate.

4600. Work Term. (Restricted to students in the full-time programme.) The purpose of the work term is to provide opportunities for students in the information technology programme to apply theories and skills learned in the classroom to workplace settings. As one component of the work term the student is required to complete a work report which should:
1) analyze an issue/problem related to the student's work environment
2) demonstrate an understanding of the structure of a professional report
3) show competence in written communication and presentation skills.
Prerequisite: Information Technology 3400 and Information Technology 3440.


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