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  • Computer Systems Technology

    Computer Systems Technology

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:CTY
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Description

Seneca’s School of Information and Communications Technology is a recognized leader in the networking world. This program is built on partnerships with some of the most influential names in networking today—Cisco, IBM, Microsoft—and focuses on network design, LAN administration and microcomputer support. Subjects in the first three semesters are identical to those of the Computer Networking and Technical Support (CNS) program, allowing seamless transfer between the two. A valuable co– op option in the senior semesters gives you an opportunity to apply your learning to the real world. The fourth, fifth and sixth semesters expose you to advanced concepts and hands–on training in network design and optimization, advanced topics in security, data communication and Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP), UNIX/ Linux administration, multi–player gaming administration, IBM Series i operations and connectivity, and e–commerce support.

This is a six-semester program, with required subjects available year–round. That means you can choose to complete your studies in six consecutive semesters, starting in the fall, winter or spring. Or you could take a break between semesters.

During the final three semesters, you’ll have the opportunity to focus on particular areas of interest, such as security, data communications or network administration, by choosing from a list of professional options. The list of options is updated regularly to reflect new technologies.

Areas of Study

The Computer Systems Technology program is comprised of practical subjects and focuses specifically on hands–on training delivered in specialty labs. You’ll study in dedicated labs configured for environments such as Linux, Microsoft Windows, networking, PC hardware, Internet and IBM System i. Through these labs, you’ll also gain access to stand–alone, clustered and networked PCs, along with a host of LAN servers and mid–range computers.

Your subjects will include PC hardware, operating systems, Internet, HTML, UNIX/ Linux and Microsoft Windows Server administration, data communications, IBM Series i connectivity, web server installation and maintenance, Voice over Internet Protocol and security. In semesters four, five and six you may select from a broad offering of professional options and you’ll get to integrate your systems and technical skills in the planning and implementation of a “real– life” computer project for a business client.

And finally, you’ll benefit from experience with our industry partners’ innovative products first–hand. Cisco, Microsoft and IBM are all present in our labs. Work with them in class or use the open learn areas to practice your work outside of class. You’ll even have 24/7 access to Seneca’s extensive computing services from external sites.

Open Source and Seneca

Seneca’s Centre for Development of Open Technology (CDOT) has unparalleled connections with top–tier open source projects such as Mozilla, creators of the Firefox web browser, and Red Hat, makers of the most successful commercial Linux operating system. In the Software Build and Release professional option, students have the opportunity to work with world class developers on such projects.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: (U) or (M)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).


  • Although not required for admission, a home PC and Internet Service Provider (ISP) are recommended for your success in the program.


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Your Career

Enjoy a fast–paced career as a technical support specialist, a booming area within the computer industry. Our Computer Systems Technology (CTY) program will help you develop strong technical and interpersonal skills that will expand your employment opportunities in Voice Over IP, PC Technical Support, Network Administration, Helpdesk Support, Internet Resource Management and other rapidly evolving areas that require technical support in networked environments.

Co-operative Education Option

Co–op can be a valuable experience for Computer Systems Technology students, so you’ll have the opportunity to apply after your second semester. After three semesters of college studies, you may secure paid work–terms in the computer networking and technical support industry, alternating between academic and work semesters.

Our industry partners are committed to providing meaningful work assignments for co–op students. You could gain up to eight months of paid employment experience. Entry to the co–op program and work–terms can occur in each of three semesters (Fall, Winter or Spring). If selected for the co–op program, you must maintain above average academic standards for progression in co–op.

Students in the co–op option will also take Co–op Professional Theory in the semester preceding their first co–op work–term and Co–op Professional Practice in the semester following their first co–op work–term. Students must successfully complete two co–op work–terms to graduate from the co–op option.

For further information about the co–op program, please visit .

Co–op information sessions are held at the Seneca@York campus throughout the year.

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Seneca College• Bachelor of Technology, Informatics and Security
• Bachelor of Technology, Software Development
York University• Any relevant degree or major


University/CollegeDegrees Available
McMaster University• Bachelor of Technology, Computing and Information Technology
University of Ontario Institute of Technology• Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) (Honours) – Networking and Information Technology Security – Direct Entry
University of Windsor• Bachelor of Computer Science (General) or Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours Applied Computing)


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Athabasca University• Bachelor of Science - Computer and Information Systems (Post Diploma)


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Davenport University• BSc - Technology Management - Global IT Project Management


University/CollegeDegrees Available
University of Gloucestershire• BSc (Hons) Computing
Griffith University• Bachelor of Information Technology

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
APC100 Applied Professional Communications 3
EAC150 College English 3
HWD101 PC Hardware I 4
IOS110 Introduction to Operating Systems Using Windows 4
ULI101 Introduction to UNIX/Linux and the Internet 4
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
DCN286 Introduction to Data Communication Technology 4
OPS235 Introduction to Open System Servers 4
WIN210 Basic Administration of Microsoft Windows 5
WIN213 Introduction to Scripting and PowerShell 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
DAT702 Introduction to Databases 5
DCN386 Advanced Data Communications Technology 4
EAC397 Business Report Writing 3
OPS435 Open System Automation 4
WIN310 Microsoft Windows Network Infrastructure 5
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
INT420 Internet II 4
NDD430 Network Diagnostics and Design 6
OPS335 Open System Application Server 5
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CIS701 Cisco Networking Academy Training I 5
SEC520 Internet Security 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
APL701 Applied Integration 4
INT620 Applied E-Commerce 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Applied Professional Communication
PC Hardware I
Introduction to Operating Systems Using Windows
Introduction to UNIX/Linux and the Internet
College English
Semester 2
Introduction to Data Communication Technology
Introduction to Open System Servers
Basic Administration of Microsoft Windows
Introduction to Scripting and PowerShell
General Education Option
Semester 3
Introduction to Database for Administrators
Advanced Data Communications
Business Report Writing
Open System Automation
Microsoft Window Network Infrastructure
General Education Option
Semester 4
Internet II
Network Diagnostics & Design
Open System Application Server
Professional Option
Professional Option
General Education Option
Semester 5
Advanced Cisco Training
Internet Security
Professional Option
Professional Option
Professional Option
Semester 6
Applied E-Commerce
Applied Integration
Professional Option
Professional Option
Professional Option

General Education:

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which College English is a prerequisite.

Professional Options

The following list is a snapshot of professional option choices available in the last three semesters. New and revised subjects will be offered each semester based on the demands of the rapidly changing computer industry. Up–to–date information may be retrieved from the School of Information and Communications Technology website at

Cisco Internetwork Design
Voice Over IP
Wireless and Mobile
Advanced Implementation Using Apache
C Programming
Introduction to AS/400 Connectivity
Open Systems Clustering
AS/400 Connectivity
PHP Scripting
Software Build and Release
Information System Security
Ethical Hacking
Advanced Security
Technical Support for Network Administrators
Technician as an Entrepreneur
Windows Server Scripting
Windows Active Directory Services

Note: Not all options will be offered every semester, and offerings will be dependent on sufficient enrolment.

Contact Us

School of Computer Studies:
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Susan Gao
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22365
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Joel Colesberry
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33007
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Scott Apted
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33386
Co-op Coordinator: Elizabeth Piergeti
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33350
Program Chair: Mary-Lynn Manton
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33264
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