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Computer Systems Technology

Computer Systems Technology is a diploma program that provides extensive technical training related to the computer industry. You will learn how to:

  • develop interactive web pages with multimedia components
  • install and configure computer hardware and software
  • design, install and manage local area networks
  • troubleshoot and repair hardware problems at a board swapping level
  • perform systems analysis and design
  • develop computer programs in several programming languages
  • provide end-user technical support services
  • develop proficiency with a number of common computer application packages

The Canadian Information Processing Society accredits the program. This accreditation will help you pursue the Information Systems Professional of Canada (ISP) designation. As a member of the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA), SIAST has incorporated internationally accredited courseware into the program to ensure our curriculum is current and in demand by the computer industry.

Selected courses for this program are available through distance education and/or continuing education. The program is available full-time at SIAST Kelsey Campus in Saskatoon. For complete program information, check the program page.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and transfer credit may be options for receiving credit. For further information see the PLAR candidate guide (pdf) or the transfer credit page.


Business Principles (BUS 182)

You will be introduced to accounting, marketing and legal concepts used by computer systems technologists. You will gain an appreciation for the value of information presented in an organization’s financial statements. You will acquire and practice basic bookkeeping and financial statement preparation skills. Your studies will also focus on service marketing concepts and skills. You will also examine legal concepts related to computer systems technology.

Hardware/Software requirements: An up-to-date computer and browser



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Communications 1 (TMGT 180)

You will evaluate your time management skills, learn about time management techniques, apply project management skills and develop oral presentation skills.

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Data and Document Management (COAP 173)

You will be introduced to a document management system used to create, retrieve and process unstructured data in a quick and efficient manner. You will learn about the functionality and features of document management. You will be introduced to data management concepts using an industry standard electronic spreadsheet. Your studies will focus on the appropriate application of an electronic spreadsheet with a focus on information management.

Hardware/Software requirements: An up-to-date Windows computer and browser with Microsoft Excel 2010 and Microsoft Word 2010.



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Data Communications and Networks 1 (CNET 184)

You will be introduced to computer network standards, models and protocols. You will study the TCP/IP protocol and how computers communicate in small and large networks. You will identify network hardware and examine network troubleshooting. This course follows current Network+ certification curriculum.

Hardware/Software requirements: An up-to-date computer and browser with Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 OS



Prerequisites: Operating System Fundamentals, (concurrent)


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Data Management (COAP 197)

You will be introduced to data management concepts using industry standard electronic spreadsheet and database management application programs. Your studies will focus on the appropriate application of an electronic spreadsheet with a focus on information management. You will also learn how to design, create, query and maintain a simple database.

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Database Management (CDBM 190)

You will receive instruction and practice in using an industry standard database management application program. You will learn how to design queries, forms and reports to manage an underlying database. You will also create functions and procedures to add advanced functionality to the database management system.

Hardware/Software requirements: An up-to-date Windows computer and browser with Microsoft Access 2010.  



Prerequisites: Introduction to Structured Programming


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Document Management (COAP 196)

You will be introduced to a document management system used to create, retrieve and process unstructured data in a quick and efficient manner. You will also learn about the functionality and features of document management.

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Hardware (COHS 190)

You will be introduced to various computer hardware components. Your studies will cover the terminology associated with computer systems and peripherals. Additionally your studies will provide you with the opportunity to install boards, connect peripherals, set switches and configure microcomputer systems. Your studies will include the elements of WHMIS. This course incorporates two 6 hour hands-on lab sessions that must be completed at SIAST Kelsey Campus in Saskatoon.

Hardware/Software requirements: An up-to-date computer and browser



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Intermediate Programming (COSC 190)

You will receive a further introduction to the concepts of object-oriented programming. You will study the design of classes and objects, and utilize standard file input/output techniques. You will become familiar with and be able to manipulate such advanced data structures as stacks and queues. The course content includes introductory GUI and thread-based programming.

Hardware/Software requirements: An up-to-date computer and browser, with Flash, Adobe Reader and the JRE.  Java SE 7 Java Development Kit (JDK) and Eclipse Classic both can be downloaded at no charge.



Prerequisites: Introduction to Structured Programming


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Internet Programming/Web Applications 1 (CWEB 190)

You will receive instruction and practice in the development of client-side Web applications. You will use JavaScript to improve Web page design, validate forms, detect browsers, create cookies, and detect and respond to user actions.

Hardware/Software requirements: An up-to-date Windows computer with Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, which can be downloaded at no charge.

 

Prerequisites: Introduction to Structured Programming, Web Site Development


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Introduction to Structured Programming (COSC 180)

You will develop problem-solving skills through the use of detailed algorithms and be introduced to structured and object oriented design techniques. The course content includes standard program syntax, variable types, operators, input/output statements, decision and loop control structures, methods, encapsulation, instantiating and using objects.

Hardware/Software requirements: An up-to-date computer and browser, with Flash, Adobe Reader and the JRE.  Java SE 7 Java Development Kit (JDK) and Eclipse Classic both can be downloaded at no charge.



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Job Search /People Skills (JOBS 190)

You will develop understanding of techniques for effective workplace communication. Developing interpersonal, oral and written skills necessary in job search (including interview skills) will be emphasized. You will learn techniques for dealing with customers/clients, difficult people, subordinates, and inexperienced users.

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Mobile Application Programming (COSC 195)

You will develop skills required to develop mobile application programs.  The course content includes understanding the mobile application development environment, developing simple mobile applications, developing more advanced mobile applications, understanding mobile environment limitations, understanding security issues with mobile applications and how to publish mobile applications.  This course focuses on the Android mobile environment.

You will need up-to-date Windows computer and browser with Microsoft Access 2010 and Microsoft Visio 2010 or Violet (Violet is free), as well as latest version of Eclipse and Java SDK (both can be downloaded at no charge)



Prerequisites: Intermediate Programming


Fee: $419
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CRN: 04-92April 28, 2014 - May 30, 2014
Registration deadline Apr 17
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Multimedia (COMP 190)

Register through SIAST Kelsey CaYou will create a small multimedia production using current industry standard media elements. Employing the selection techniques learned, you will choose the media elements that best meet production requirements. You will learn how to create, modify and incorporate selected media elements into a final production using various software programs.mpus, call 1-866-goSIAST

Prerequisites: WebSite Development


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Network Administration 1 (CNET 190)

You will enhance your network management and monitoring skills by using administrative tools to set up, manage and use basic network services (including directory services, server file systems, network printing and network security).  You will learn how to set up and administer user accounts in an organization and make network services available to the users.

Hardware/Software requirements: An up-to-date computer and browser



Prerequisites: Data Communications and Networks 1


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Operating System Fundamentals (COOS 181)

You will be introduced to the purpose and architecture of various operating systems.  You will be provided an overview of the major operating system functions; installation, configuration and administration.

Hardware/Software requirements: An up-to-date computer and browser



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Seminar (SEM 183)

You will learn about topics of interest in the computer technology field from speakers representing various companies in industry.

Hardware/Software requirements: An up-to-date computer and browser



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Statistics (STAT 190)

You will be introduced to statistical concepts and techniques (including elementary probability, random variables and their distributions, frequency distributions, measures of location and variability, sampling theory, point and interval estimation, tests of hypotheses and correlation and regression analysis). You will also learn to perform statistical calculations using calculators, spreadsheets and statistical computer software packages. Equivalent to STAT 260.

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Systems Analysis and Design (COSA 190)

You will explore and apply the concepts required to analyze, design, create, install and document a systems project. You will be exposed to key project management concepts and practices. You will be introduced to an industry standard modeling graphical language.

Hardware/Software requirements: An up-to-date Windows computer and browser with Microsoft Visio 2010 or Violet (Violet is free).




Prerequisites: Introduction to Structured Programming


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Systems Design Review (COSP 190)

You will practice documentation, meeting and presentation skills. As a contributor to a computer system development project, you will deliver presentations regarding the progress of your system design and development.  You will also discuss solutions and document project development problems. Credit for CPMG 195 will be given after successful completion of this course.

Hardware/Software requirements: An up-to-date computer and browser with Skype, which can be downloaded at no charge.



Prerequisites: Technical Communications, Systems Analysis and Design, Systems Project, (COSP 191 - concurrent)


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Systems Project (COSP 191)

You will gain experience in small systems analysis, design and implementation.  You will be assigned to groups and given the specifications for a software system.  You will work together as a team to develop appropriate documentation and working software.  Emphasis is on the software development process. Credit for COSA 195 will be given after successful completion of this course.

Hardware/Software requirements: An up-to-date Windows computer and browser with Microsoft Access 2010 and Microsoft Visio 2010 or Violet (Violet is free). The latest version of Eclipse and Java SDK, both can be downloaded at no charge.



Prerequisites: Co-requisite(s): Systems Design Review (COSP 190) Pre-requisite(s): Systems Analysis and Design (COSA 190), Database Management (CDBM 190), Intermediate Programming (COSC 190)


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Technical Communications (TCOM 190)

You will be introduced to the basic principles of effective technical writing in the computer industry. The necessity of following company standards for documentation will be emphasized.  You will review grammar and style, and learn technical formats and report design.  The production of technical documentation for a variety of user groups will also be emphasized.

Hardware/Software requirements: An up-to-date computer and browser



Prerequisites: Workplace Communication (103)


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Web Site Development (CWEB 180)

You will learn how to use HyperText Markup Language (HTML) to develop Web pages for delivery over the World Wide Web. You will also learn how to plan and develop HTML documents to build a Web site based on W3 standards and enhance HTML documents using current techniques such as Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) site management using current software.

Hardware/Software requirements: An up-to-date Windows computer and browser that supports HTML5 and CSS. A text editor such as Notepad, which comes with Windows, or Notepad++ and Microsoft Expression Web 4, which can be downloaded at no charge.



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Web Site Interface Design (CWEB 195)

You will create a small Web site using current industry-standard media elements. Employing the selection techniques learned, you will choose the media elements that best meet Web site requirements. You will arrange the media elements following usability guidelines. You will learn how to create, modify and incorporate selected media elements into a final Web site using various software programs.

Hardware/Software requirements: An up-to-date Windows computer and browser, with Flash, Silverlight, Adobe Reader, GIMP 2.6, which is open source, and Microsoft Expression Studio 4, which can be downloaded at no charge.



Prerequisites: Internet Programming/Web Applications 1


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WebSite Development (CNET 191)

You will learn how to use Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) to develop Web pages for delivery over the World Wide Web. You will also learn how to plan and develop HTML documents to build a website based on W3 standards and enhance HTML documents using current techniques (such as CSS site management using current software).

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Workplace Skills (TCOM 180)

You will develop the communication skills required in the workplace. You will learn time management skills, effective meeting practices and techniques for effective workplace communication. You will apply the interpersonal, oral, and written skills necessary in the job search. Your studies will include dealing with customers/clients, difficult people, subordinates and inexperienced computer users.

Hardware/Software requirements: An up-to-date computer and browser

 

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SIAST is Saskatchewan's primary public institution for post-secondary technical education and skills training. A member of Polytechnics Canada, SIAST's programs range from certificates to degrees. The institution serves 26,000 distinct students through campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities.

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