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Infrastructure and Computing Technology Diploma

Previously Network and Telecommunications Engineering Technology Diploma. Please see 2020-2021 Calendar for details.

This diploma program produces graduates who possess the skill set, attitude and knowledge to establish careers as certified technologists in the fields of local-area and wide-area voice, video and integrated data communications. Course work stresses messaging principles and provides insight into wired, wireless and fibre-optic signal propagation.

The rapid development and enrichment of global communications has produced a worldwide reliance on IP networks and the convergence of data and telecommunications has stimulated the need for larger and more integrated network implementations. Network and Telecommunications engineering technologists are trained to design, configure and support this telecommunications infrastructure. They are employed as network support specialists, network operations and telecommunications analysts, communications integrators, network administrators and consultants.

Graduates will possess the:

  • skill sets, attitude and knowledge to establish careers and work efficiently as certified technologists in the fields of network and telecommunications engineering;
  • understanding of how organizations function to provide effective integration of company operations and the networked corporate systems required today and in the future;
  • necessary communication skills and knowledge of business operations required by corporate managerial roles or to start their own business as independent entrepreneurs;
  • knowledge and practical experience to confidently challenge exams that form part of current industry certifications; and
  • general theoretical skills required to pursue life-long learning and/or continue their education. 

Admission Requirements

  • B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent.
  • English 12 with minimum 60% or alternatives.
  • This program assumes the student is comfortable with the fundamental concepts and basic configuration of computer operating systems as well as word processing and spreadsheet applications. Any student new to the computing environment is recommended to find an introductory class or follow a self-study learning guide on operating systems, word processing or spreadsheet applications before entering the program. Click here to see Okanagan College course offerings in introductory computing. 
  • Math requirement:

A minimum of 60% in any of:

    • Pre-calculus Grade 12
    • Foundations of Mathematics Grade 12
    • Principles of Mathematics 12
    • Applications of Mathematics 12
    • Adult Basic Education MATH 012
    • Okanagan College MATH 120

Or a minimum of 67% in any of:

    • Pre-calculus Grade 11
    • Principles of Mathematics 11
    • Adult Basic Education MATH 011

Or a minimum of 70% in an Okanagan College Mathematics 11Proficiency Test

One of the grade 12 mathematics courses is recommended.

  • Physics 11 or 12 is recommended.

Mature Students: Applicants who do not have secondary school graduation may apply as a mature student provided they are at least 19 years of age and have not attended secondary school on a full-time basis for a year or more. Mature students must complete specific entrance requirements that apply to regular applicants.

Program Outline

First Year
Semester One
ICT 111 Computer Components and Peripherals
ICT 112 Computer Programming I
ICT 113 Voice and Data Communications Infrastructure
ICT 117 Networks and Telecommunications I
CMNS 113 Technical Communication for Information Technology
MATH 127 Math for Network & Telecom Engineering Tech
Semester Two
ICT 123 Network Applications of Analog and Digital Systems
ICT 127 Local Area Network Management
ICT 137 Routing and Switching I
CMNS 123 Analysis and Reporting for Information Technology
ICT 128 Scripting for Network and System Administrators
One elective (3 credits)
Extended Semester (2 weeks)
ICT 199 Topics in Internetworking
Second Year
Semester Three
ICT 207 Enterprise Telecommunications
ICT 211 Virtualization for Enterprise System Administrators
ICT 212 Cybersecurity Analysis
ICT 217 Routing and Switching II
ICT 219 Linux Server Management
One elective (3 credits)
Semester Four
- Internetwork Security I
This course is a fundamental evaluation of network security that focuses on the overall security process with particular emphasis on hands-on skills in security policy design and management on routers and firewalls. An in-depth look at security technologies includes identity services, intrusion detection and VPN (Virtual Private Network) implementations. (3,2.5,0)
Prerequisites: NTEN 217
- Internet of Things
Learners will explore the involved interconnection of IoT concepts from network edge through data storage and analysis. IoT data transport protocols, data storage solutions and introductory data analysis techniques will be introduced. Learners will compare and utilize existing enterprise IoT solutions as potential platforms. Emphasis is placed on building and utilizing an edge to storage solution, enabling detailed data discovery and analysis. (3,2.5,0)
Prerequisites: NTEN 123 and NTEN 128 and NTEN 211 and NTEN 219
- Network Project
This project course is dedicated to the analysis of theoretical and practical aspects of selected examples of networking. It forms the application and extension of knowledge from previous and current courses as it relates to practical network scenarios. Students will be required to submit a technical report based on a major architectural project and do a presentation before a selected audience. (2,3,0)
Prerequisites:
NTEN 199
NTEN 217
Corequisites:
NTEN 225
One elective (3 credits)
Co-op Group
ICT 101 Co-op Work Term I (January - April) 4 months
ICT 102 Co-op Work Term II (May - August) 4 months
ICT 103 Co-op Work Term III (September - December) 4 months
In ICT classes, approximately one half of the time is devoted to hands-on laboratory work. Course work will include field trips to local industry.
Technical, Business Administration and Communication Electives
9 credits of electives are included in the program
6 of these credits must be approved Information Technology courses, or Electronics courses, or Computer Science courses eligible for credit towards the Bachelor of Computer Information Systems (BCIS) program, or Math courses eligible for credit towards the BCIS program. COSC 109, COSC 115, COSC 122 and COSC 127 or any course offering similar content to an existing course in the ICT program are not eligible for credit towards the ICT diploma. Any student considering a course that may offer similar content should consult with the chair prior to registration.
3 of these credits must be either Business Administration (BUAD) courses eligible for credit towards the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program or Communication (CMNS) courses.

Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of the prescribed and elective courses as listed in the program outline with a minimum graduating grade average of 60%.


Program Area:

Technologies

Campus (Intake):

  • Kelowna (Sep)

Credential:

Diploma

Delivery:

  • Full-Time

Cost:

2020-21: $11,838.81 (Total for the two year program)

  • Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee, Development fee.
  • All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.
  • International students will pay International tuition fees

Notes:

This program is student loan eligible.

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Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 05/09/2021