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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

Additional costs: Text
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-575January 5, 2015 - April 24, 2015
Registration Deadline: December 19, 2014
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$472.00Distance

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.

Additional costs: software
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-584January 5, 2015 - April 24, 2015
Registration Deadline: December 19, 2014
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$690.00Distance

Data Communications & Networking 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), (concurrent)


Additional costs: textbook
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-574January 5, 2015 - April 24, 2015
Registration Deadline: December 19, 2014
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$690.00Distance

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 Programming


Additional costs: software
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-576January 5, 2015 - April 24, 2015
Registration Deadline: December 19, 2014
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$834.00Distance

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

Additional costs: Text
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-577January 5, 2015 - April 24, 2015
Registration Deadline: December 19, 2014
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$688.00Distance

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 Windows computer and browser, with the latest version of Eclipse and Java SDK (both can be downloaded at no charge).

Prerequisites: Introduction to Programming, Notes: Hardware/Software requirements: An up to date Windows computer with the latest version of Eclipse, Java SDK, and Android SDK. Eclipse, Java SDK and Android SDK can be downloaded at no charge.


Additional costs: textbook
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-581January 5, 2015 - April 24, 2015
Registration Deadline: December 19, 2014
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$980.00Distance

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 and browser that supports HTML5 and CSS. A text editor such as Notepad, which comes with Windows, or Notepad++, which can be downloaded at no charge.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Programming, Web Site Development


CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-590January 5, 2015 - April 24, 2015
Registration Deadline: December 19, 2014
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$688.00Distance

Introduction to 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 Windows computer and browser, with the latest version of Eclipse and Java SDK. Eclipse and Java SDK can be downloaded at no charge.

Additional costs: textbook
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-580January 5, 2015 - April 24, 2015
Registration Deadline: December 19, 2014
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$1,016.00Distance

Mobile Application Programming (COSC 195)

You will develop mobile application programs. Your studies will focus on the Android mobile environment and include an understanding of the mobile application development environment. You will develop simple and advanced mobile applications as well as understand mobile environment limitations and security issues with mobile applications. You will have an opportunity to publish mobile applications.

Prerequisites: Intermediate Programming


CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-585January 5, 2015 - April 24, 2015
Registration Deadline: December 19, 2014
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$436.00Distance
CRN: 201404-58April 27, 2015 - May 29, 2015
Registration Deadline: April 17, 2015
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$419.00Distance

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

Additional costs: textbook
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-573January 5, 2015 - April 24, 2015
Registration Deadline: December 19, 2014
Register Online
$688.00Distance

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. This course incorporates one 3 hour hands-on final exam that must be completed at SIAST Kelsey Campus in Saskatoon.

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

Prerequisites: Data Communications & Networking 1 (Concurrent)


CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-578January 5, 2015 - April 24, 2015
Registration Deadline: December 19, 2014
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$690.00Distance

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

CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-582January 5, 2015 - April 24, 2015
Registration Deadline: December 19, 2014
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$252.00Distance

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 Programming


CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-579January 5, 2015 - April 24, 2015
Registration Deadline: December 19, 2014
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$688.00Distance

Systems Project (COSA 195)

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 a working system for the client. Emphasis is on the software development process.

Prerequisites: Database Management, Intermediate Programming, Systems Analysis and Design, Hardware/Software requirements: An up to date Windows computer with Microsoft Access 2010, Microsoft Visio 2010 or Violet (Violet is free), the latest version of Eclipse and Java SDK. Eclipse and Java SDK can be downloaded at no charge.


CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-625January 5, 2015 - April 24, 2015
Registration Deadline: December 19, 2014
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$688.00Distance
CRN: 201404-51April 27, 2015 - May 29, 2015
Registration Deadline: April 17, 2015
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$662.00Distance

Systems Project Management (CPMG 195)

You will practice project management, documentation, meeting and presentation skills. As a contributor to a computer system development project, you will prepare for and participate in project meetings, prepare project management documentation, manage progress using project management techniques, maintain storage of project documentation and deliver a presentation on the project to the client.

Prerequisites: Technical Communications, Systems Analysis and Design, Co-requisite(s): Systems Project (COSA 195)

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


CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-592January 5, 2015 - April 24, 2015
Registration Deadline: December 19, 2014
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$217.00Distance
CRN: 201404-50April 27, 2015 - May 29, 2015
Registration Deadline: April 17, 2015
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$209.00Distance

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, Workplace Skills


Additional costs: textbook
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-583January 5, 2015 - April 24, 2015
Registration Deadline: December 19, 2014
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$471.00Distance

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.

Additional costs: textbook
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-586January 5, 2015 - April 24, 2015
Registration Deadline: December 19, 2014
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$690.00Distance

Web Site Interface Design (CWEB 195)

You will plan and create a small website following current best practices. You will analyze website requirements. Using those requirements and following usability guidelines, you will design a site that works well on both desktop and mobile devices. You will apply responsive web design techniques as well as creating mobile-dedicated websites. You will choose and create appropriate media for website content.

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


CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201404-49April 27, 2015 - May 29, 2015
Registration Deadline: April 17, 2015
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$314.00Distance

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

CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-588January 5, 2015 - April 24, 2015
Registration Deadline: December 19, 2014
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$690.00Distance

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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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