Information Technology (IT)

Develop your knowledge of computer technology and skills – database management, programming, systems management, networks, and web programming.

Start Date:
2 Years
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2016 COGS • Lawrencetown • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Burridge Campus • Yarmouth • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Institute of Technology Campus • Halifax • Waitlist 2017New applications may be waitlisted until Fall 2017. Marconi Campus • Sydney • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Truro Campus • Truro • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

Almost every aspect of business, education, and healthcare relies increasingly on information technology (IT). As the world embraces new technologies, IT and related technical knowledge and skills have become even more important.

IT professionals are typically members of teams that provide technical support and information to organizations. These teams work with stakeholders to analyze, plan, and implement problem-solving solutions in support of the organization's needs. This program provides a strong IT foundation and helps you develop advanced skills that best suit your personal goals and interests.

Throughout this hands-on program, current industry standards are reflected in our lab environments/equipment and help prepare you to work on industry projects as part of your work term. You may also have an opportunity to work on projects that contribute to community and non-profit organizations.

During the second year of the program, you have the opportunity to focus on database administration, database development, systems management and network administration, programming, or web programming.

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Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

Choose NSCC

  • Benefit from expert faculty who bring years of experience to the classroom and prepare you with current and relevant IT skills.
  • Learn the practices and technologies that employers are looking for – courses are designed to give you a well-rounded experience that parallels industry workplaces and our programs are designed with the input of industry leaders.
  • Gain practical experience and apply your skills to IT projects during your work term.
  • Build a portfolio to capture your skills and achievements (a definite asset in a competitive job market).
  • NSCC – University Articulation & Transfer Agreements – This program may provide up to two years of advanced standing for graduates who want to continue their studies to complete a university degree. Agreements are in place with Dalhousie University (Bachelor of Informatics).

Other Info

  • Important Abilities & Skills – Computer skills, including computer terminology, file management, and applications (e.g., internet, spreadsheet, and word processing) are recommended to be successful in this program.
  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) – This program is eligible for an optional Co-op credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment (of at least 12 weeks) – in a field related to your program — between your first and second year.

Concentration Options

During your first year, you identify a concentration among five core IT specializations. While some courses are available online, if your preferred concentration is not available at your campus (where you take your first year courses) you may need to transfer to a campus where the concentration is offered. Concentrations available for study:

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
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APPD 1001   User Interface Design and Development
COMM 1100   Technical Communications
DBAS 1001   Introduction to Databases
DBAS 1100   Database Development I
HDWR 1100   Hardware
INFT 1300   Human Relations
INFT 3100   Work Experience
NETW 1100   Introduction to Networking
NETW 1300   Small Network Infrastructure
NETW 1500   NOS Administration - Windows I
OSYS 1000   Operating Systems - Unix
OSYS 1200   Introduction to Windows Administration
PROG 1400   Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
SAAD 1001   Introduction to Systems Analysis and Design (AD)
SAAD 1002   Introduction to Systems Analysis and Design (ISM)
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
WEBD 1000   Website Development
    In addition to their required courses, learners will also complete 1.5 units (90 hours) chosen from the following list: PROG 1101, PROG 1102. These cover an introductory programming course in the first semester of the program.

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