Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer and Communication Networks)

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Program Code: 0101

School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science

Credential: Degree

Program Type: Degree program

Program Length: 4 years/ 9 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Progress Campus

Email: netw@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 3556

By attending the Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer and Communication Networks) program, you will be part of a select group of Ontario students to receive a four-year Bachelor degree in information technology.

Centennial College was specifically selected by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development to deliver a program to address the critical need for networking professionals in the province. Centennial is the only post-secondary institution in Ontario to offer a bachelor degree Computer and Communication Networks program.

During the four years you spend in this School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science program, you are exposed to a unique blend of technology and business subjects. The hands-on approach ensures an innovative balance between the practical and the theoretical backgrounds which employers are seeking.

Learning from highly qualified professors who hold industrial certifications and advanced academic credentials, you are able to specialize in the design of wireless and security networking.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
BUS-100 Introduction to Business Progress Campus
ENG-115 The Power of Communications Progress Campus
MTH-130 Applied Mathematics Progress Campus
NET-110 Introduction to Computer Networks Progress Campus
NET-112 Computer Architecture Progress Campus
SWS-110 Introduction to Programming Progress Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
BUS-150 Organizational Behaviour Progress Campus
MTH-116 Statistics Progress Campus
MTH-160 Calculus Progress Campus
NET-111 Operating Systems Progress Campus
NET-120 Introduction to Switching and Routing Progress Campus
SWS-120 Object Oriented Programming Progress Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
BUS-140 Management Principles and Practices Progress Campus
GCE-215 Global Citizenship and Equity: World Hunger Progress Campus
NET-212 Windows Server Operating System Progress Campus
NET-224 Advanced Switching and Routing Progress Campus
REA-215 Fundamentals of Research Progress Campus
SWS-213 Database Design and Modeling Progress Campus
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
NET-211 Unix/Linux Operating Systems Progress Campus
NET-220 Computer and Network Security Progress Campus
NET-221 Wireless Communication Systems Progress Campus
PHL-215 Ethics for a Plural World Progress Campus
SWS-212 Server-Side Scripting Progress Campus
WRK-221 Employment Preplacement 1 Progress Campus

Semester Note

WRK-222 Work Term immediately follows Semester 4 and is completed in the Summer term between Year 2 and Year 3. The Work Term is a mandatory requirement for this program. Successful completion of the Work Term is required to progress to Semester 5 of the program.
Semester 5
Course Code Course Title Location
BUS-320 Project Management Progress Campus
LIB-SOC Liberal Studies Elective: Social Science Progress Campus
NET-324 Voice Systems and Services Progress Campus
NET-326 Wireless Networks Progress Campus
NET-350 WAN Technologies Progress Campus
Semester 6
Course Code Course Title Location
BUS-230 Business Analysis Progress Campus
LIB-HUM Liberal Studies Elective: Humanities Progress Campus
LIB-NAT Liberal Studies Elective: Natural Science Progress Campus
NET-323 Converged Networks Progress Campus
NET-325 Virtualization and Cloud Infrastructure Progress Campus
NET-361 Applied Research Techniques and Methods Progress Campus
Semester 7
Course Code Course Title Location
BUS-340 Law and Ethics for Information Technology Progress Campus
ELECT 1 Technical Elective 1 Progress Campus
LIB-ART Liberal Studies Elective: Arts Progress Campus
LIB-PHL Liberal Studies Elective: Philosophy Progress Campus
NET-410 Enterprise Network Design Progress Campus
NET-411 Project 1 Progress Campus

Semester Note

Technical Electives:
NET-422 Mobile Operating Systems
NET-801 Cryptography in Network Security
NET-804 Cloud Infrastructure
NET-901 Programming for Wireless Devices
Semester 8
Course Code Course Title Location
ELECT 2 Technical Elective 2 Progress Campus
ELECT 3 Technical Elective 3 Progress Campus
NET-420 Network Analysis and Troubleshooting Progress Campus
NET-421 Project 2 Progress Campus
NET-425 Network Management Progress Campus

Semester Note

Technical Electives:
NET-802 Network Defense and Counter Measure
NET-803 Computer Forensics
NET-902 Cellular Networks
NET-903 Wireless Broadband

Companies Offering Jobs

Among the companies that have hired graduates of this offering are: IBM, TD Canada Trust, Herjavec Group, CIBC Mellon Trust Company, CIBC Technology & Operations, Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd, RBC Financial Group, Falconbridge Ltd., Jatech Solutions Inc., Workbrain Inc., Financial Services Commission of Ontario, Management Board Secretariat, The Ministry of Transportation, DMG World Media, Getronics Canada, Hitachi Canada Ltd., Honda Canada Incorporated and D-Link Networks.

Program Highlights

  • The modern laboratories in which you learn are specially engineered for the curriculum. They include uniquely equipped facilities offering VoIP, cellular networks, wireless broadband (WiMax), advanced routing and switching as well as network management.
  • You are able to specialize in network security or wireless systems.
  • Small class sizes ensure that you receive individual attention.
  • There is a focus on diversity, equity and a safe learning environment.
  • The Computer and Communication Networks program includes a work term during the summer between second and third year.
  • The School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science maintains strategic alliances with partners such as Avaya Canada, Cisco Systems Canada Co. and HP Canada. This ensures program relevance and provides you with both work term and employment opportunities after graduation.
  • Graduates are positioned to pursue industry certifications such as CompTIA A+, Net+, Security+, Linux+, Microsoft MTA, MCSA and Cisco CCNA.

Educational Partners

Interested in becoming a teacher?

Centennial College and York University have partnered to offer a concurrent Bachelor of Education program. This is a unique pathway to receive two degrees in six years, a four-year bachelor degree in Applied Information Sciences and a Bachelor of Education in Technological Education. Upon certification, you will be qualified to teach computer technology in the intermediate/senior (Grades 7-12) division.

This is an excellent opportunity to expand your employment opportunities and marketability, as there is currently a need in Ontario for qualified technology secondary school teachers. As well, opportunities exist for teaching across Canada and internationally, and many companies like to hire trainers who have a teaching degree.

If you are considering this option, you will need to apply during the third year of the Computer and Communication Networks program. You will be required to have a minimum 3.0 GPA, successfully be admitted to work placement, and present a personal statement and two letters of reference as well as conduct an interview. Related experience (as a classroom volunteer, coach, camp counsellor, etc.) is desirable. You will be admitted on the condition of successful completion of third year.

Please note: The Ontario College of Teachers requires two years of related work experience for certification. Work placement experience can be applied if it is at least a four-month continuous term. International applicants should note that the Ontario College of Teachers would only grant the Certificate of Registration and the Certificate of Qualification to individuals who have a Canadian social insurance number.

Career Outlook

  • Technical account manager
  • Business account manager
  • Network/system administrator
  • Network/system analyst
  • Network support
  • Security analyst/specialist
  • VOIP engineer
  • Wireless network administrator

Academic Requirements

High School Applicants

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
  • At least six Grade 12 M or U, or OAC credits with an overall average of 65% or higher

Courses must include:

  • English Grade 12U; final grade 65% or higher
  • One Grade 12 mathematics from the following; final grade 60% or higher
    • Math Grade 12U Advanced Functions
    • Math Grade 12U Calculus and Vectors
    • Math Grade 12U Mathematics of Data Management or equivalent

Mature Applicants

  • Be 21 years of age or older by December 31 of the intake year.
  • Provide transcripts showing
    • English Grade 12U, OAC, or equivalent
    • Mathematics Grade 12 M or U, or equivalent
  • Provide complete academic history (transcripts or international comparative evaluation)
  • Provide a resume detailing work experience

Mature applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $7,267.00 $1,738.00 $9,005.00
International $15,775.00 $3,283.00 $19,058.00