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Computer Systems Technology (three-year)

Computer Systems Technology (three-year)

Computer Systems Technology (three-year)

Computer Systems Technology (three-year)

Computer Systems Technology (three-year)

In today’s world of personal computers, networking and applications, computer systems technicians are in high demand. After acquiring the expertise required to build, maintain and repair the latest in technology you will test-drive new ideas and restore our old favourites to working order.

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Program Description (Laptop program)

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program are required to purchase their own laptop. For specific hardware and software requirements for this program click here.

Graduates of the three-year Computer Systems Technology program are ready to meet the information technology (IT) needs of the business, industry, service and government sectors. You will be trained to plan, implement and analyze IT solutions based on various operating systems, networking technologies and computer programming languages.

The curriculum addresses:

  • Advanced topics in network management
  • Communication protocols
  • Mail servers
  • Security
  • Unified Communications enterprise-level management of server platforms

As a graduate, you will have the skills and expertise required to be an active participant in the planning and implementation of the information security programs and procedures required by modern organizations due to increasingly stringent reporting and privacy regulations. You will also be able to deploy Internet servers for the web, email and network services.

The multiple skills you will gain through this program will enable you to challenge for industry-recognized certifications including Cisco (e.g. CCNA, CCNP and CCNA Security); Microsoft (e.g. MCP and MCSE); and CompTIA (e.g. A+, Network+ and Linux+).

Note: To ensure you make an informed decision about your IT career path, a common first semester is offered for the Computer Systems Technician, Computer Systems Technology, Computer Programmer and Computer Programmer Analyst programs. This approach will give you an opportunity to explore the systems/programming applications and networking/hardware applications of the IT sector.

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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C, M or U)
  • Grade 12 mathematics (C, M or U)
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Career Options


  • Associate network engineer
  • Computer support specialist 
  • Systems support analyst
  • Help desk analyst
  • IT analyst
  • Network administrator
  • Network analyst
  • Service specialist representative 
  • Systems support specialist
  • Technical support analyst
  • IT security specialist


  • Banks
  • Colleges and universities
  • Computer and network support companies 
  • Consulting groups
  • Government
  • Publishing companies
  • Retail corporations
  • Self-employment
  • Software companies
  • Telecommunications companies
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$350$350
Total Fees:$4,209$14,685

Please note: fees are based on the 2015-2016 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Laptop Learning

Students enrolled in laptop programs will enjoy an exceptional learning experience through the use of technology. The advanced technical skills and knowledge that employers look for in graduates will provide students with a decided advantage when entering the workforce. Please pay close attention to the hardware and software requirements of your program as the requirements are not the same for all laptop programs.

How laptop learning works:

  • Review your specific program page for hardware and software requirements
  • Acquire your own laptop from a vendor of your choosing including all of the hardware and software components listed below

Please note: Some software may be included in tuition fees for some programs. Please ensure that you are required to buy software before making a purchase.

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Laptop Requirements

Minimum Recommended Hardware

  • Intel I7 processor with chipset that must support Intel Virtualization Technology
  • 8 GB of ram (16 GB preferred)
  • 1 TB hard drive
  • CDRW/DVDRW combo drive
  • 10/100 Auto Sensing Network Card
  • 10/100 A/G/N Standard card (one of these standards will suffice)
  • Discrete Video Chipset 256 MB or Shared 512 MB
  • One USB 3.0 port (two preferred)

Software Requirements

  • Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit or Windows 8
  • Microsoft Office 2010 or Office 2013. In either case look for a version that includes Access, (student license).
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    Field Placements

    Your learning experience will be complemented by a 100-hour placement component in the final semester, which will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on IT experience, apply the theories and concepts learned and gain contacts for future careers.


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    Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

    Graduates of the three-year program with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 can apply directly to the third year of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing Systems at Trent University or to the Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

    Qualified graduates can go on to take Durham College’s Human Resources Management graduate certificate program or may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.

    Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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    • code: CSTY
    • Program length: 3-year (2-year option)
    • Credential awarded: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
    • Location: Oshawa
    • School: School of Business, IT & Management (BITM)
    • Domestic tuition: $2,768 (CDN)
    • Intake Statuses
      • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2016
      • Program intake status is Open Open: January 2017
    • International Intake Statuses
      • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2016
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