Advanced Diploma in
Advanced Diploma in Computer Systems Technology
George Brown College
CAD 17,011 / per year *
Earliest start date
* for international students. All fees are subject to change, without notice
Our Cisco Networking Academy has won the Premier Partner status for two years in a row for our contributions to the success of students and instructors. We support over 35 other Cisco Networking Academies in North America and are one of only a few academies that have an Instructor Trainer status.
The Computer Systems Technology program is designed with extensive input from the industry and offers two optional specializations in its third year. The Networking specialization focuses on network security, voice-over-IP (VoIP), and wireless LANs. The Systems specialization focuses on mail server administration, content management systems (Collaboration), database administration, and computer security. Both specializations include core courses on infrastructure virtualization (through the VMWare IT Academy) and cloud computing, along with best practices in Information Technology.
The three-year Computer Systems Technology program is designed with extensive industry input and offers two optional specializations in its third year:
- The Networking specialization focuses on network security, voice-over-IP (VoIP), and wireless LANs.
- The Systems specialization focuses on mail server administration, content management systems (Collaboration), database administration, and computer security.
Both specializations include core courses on infrastructure virtualization (through the VMWare IT Academy) and cloud computing, along with best practices in Information Technology (IT).
George Brown College continues to invest in up-to-date networking, wireless, radio frequency, VoIP, and security lab equipment so that all students gain hands-on experience in the installation and configuration of equipment ranging from small offices all the way to enterprise-class hardware and software. This investment, along with the hands-on teaching environment, was recognized by Cisco when the college was designated an Area Support Centre and Instructor Training Centre and became part of a very select group of Cisco Networking Academies in Canada.
In the third year of the program, students will be involved, hands-on, in real-life projects or case studies. These may be completed independently, in conjunction with an industry partner, or George Brown's Office of Research and Innovation, and may include developing proposals and working in teams to plan, set schedules and achieve specific goals in the field of information technology. Through some of these projects, George Brown students have recently helped develop IT solutions for hospitals, large corporations, and major IT and telecommunications service providers, including Bell Mobility, Rogers Communications, Cogeco Data Systems, and many other well-known companies in the Greater Toronto Area.
This program covers all courses of the official Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching curriculum. The curriculum also prepares students to write several other examinations leading to industry certifications, such as the Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) and Cisco Certified CyberOps Associate.
Note: Students who start the program in January (Winter term) will be required to attend classes during the summer months (May to August).
Scholarships and Funding
Scholarships for international students at George Brown College are generally in-program awards based on students’ academic performance (and other criteria) at George Brown College after the beginning of the academic program.
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**Based on the results of your placement test, you may be required to take COMM 1000 Introduction to College Communication before progressing to COMM 1007. COMM 1000 does not count as a course required for graduation, and you will be charged for this extra course.
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Students are to pick a specialization in semester five and will be registered in the corresponding courses. Please note that once your specialization is picked in semester five, you will not be able to change in semester six.
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The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Identify, analyze, design, develop, implement, verify and document the requirements for a computing environment.
- Diagnose, troubleshoot, document, and monitor technical problems using appropriate methodologies and tools.
- Analyze, design, implement and maintain secure computing environments.
- Analyze, develop and maintain robust computing system solutions through validation testing and industry best practices.
- Communicate and collaborate with team members and stakeholders to ensure effective working relationships.
- Select and apply strategies for personal and professional development to enhance work performance.
- Apply project management principles and tools when responding to requirements and monitoring projects within a computing environment.
- Adhere to ethical, social media, legal, regulatory and economic requirements and/or principles in the development and management of computing solutions and systems.
- Investigate emerging trends to respond to technical challenges.
- Analyze, plan, design, implement and administer computer systems and cloud solutions.
- Research, design, deploy, configure, troubleshoot, maintain, upgrade and decommission computing system infrastructures.
- Select and apply scripting tools and programming languages to automate routine tasks.
- Install, monitor, optimize and administer a database management system in response to specified requirements.
- Design, implement and administer technical support processes for computing system infrastructures that align with industry best practices.
This program prepares graduates for jobs in a wide variety of positions, including:
- Technical support
- Web developer
- Field technician (wireless/cellular service providers)
- Training service provider
- System and network administrator
- Cyber security analyst
- Systems manager
Opportunities also exist in companies that provide computer support services to other businesses, and in organizations that specialize in the sale and installation of computer systems and networks.
Graduates may also find employment working directly with business clients, providing training services and ongoing support to assist them in using computer applications effectively. Graduates will be prepared to write several of the examinations leading to industry certification in Network Administration and Support.
Opportunities to receive transfer credits toward a further study to attain a degree are available.
Future Study Options
Students who successfully complete this program may qualify for entry into Ontario college graduate certificate and university degree programs. George Brown currently has articulation agreements with various other post-secondary institutions such as the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, McMaster University, and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.