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IT Systems Management and Security

Secure, support, monitor and troubleshoot IT Systems.

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Typical Length:
2 Years

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If you’re interested in IT infrastructure and supporting users in gaining secure, reliable access to computers, servers, networks and cloud platforms, the IT Systems Management and Security program is for you.

In this program, you explore, design, implement and manage core technologies that support information communication technology (ICT). These technologies include Windows and Linux network operating systems; local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) resources; on-premises and cloud-based infrastructure; IT service delivery and IT security best practices to support reliable business operations.

Work experience

  • Work placement is a mandatory credit course, providing the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
    • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
    • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
    • Co-op placements provide the opportunity for paid, full-time work in a field related to your program. Opportunities typically last 12 to 16 weeks.
    • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Choose NSCC

  • You benefit from faculty who bring years of industry experience to the classroom.
  • Courses are designed to give you a well-rounded experience that parallels industry workplaces.
  • You gain practical experience and apply your skills during work terms.

2023-24 programs

Program delivery may be subject to change based on Public Health guidelines.

September 2023

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Institute of Technology Campus Halifax Full time In person Delivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements. Waitlist
Marconi Campus Sydney Full time In person Delivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements. Waitlist
Truro Campus Truro Full time In person Delivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements. Waitlist

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • Portfolio development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.


Tuition amounts are for the 2022-23 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional. 2023-24 tuition will be announced in the late Spring.

Tuition (Domestic):
Tuition (International):

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

Graduates of this program work in the following positions:

  • Coordinator/manager
  • Systems/network integrator
  • Network security coordinator
  • Network administrator
  • Network support technician
  • Network designer
  • Technical support representative

Future study options

  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

Recognizing prior learning / transfer credits
If you have previous learning (course, employment, etc...) that's relevant to your program, you may be able to apply to earn credit. Not all programs are eligible. Learn about our recognizing prior learning (RPL) process.

COMM 1700 - Professional Practices for IT I
This course exposes learners to tools and process that support professional continuous improvement. Focused on communication, collaboration and career development, you will begin to develop the 21st century skills essential for success in the information technology industries. This course will build the foundations for professional habits and methodologies that help graduates remain current and relevant in an ever evolving profession.

COMM 2700 - Professional Practices for IT II
This course develops tools and process that support professional continuous improvement. Focused on communication, collaboration and career development, you will begin to develop the 21st century skills essential for success in the information technology industries. This course will establish professional habits, methodologies and strategies to help graduates remain current and relevant in an ever evolving profession. Learners will also begin to cultivate critical thinking skills and apply processes that support and validate professional decision making.

COMM 3700 - Professional Practices for IT III
This course develops the skills, attitudes, processes and habits required to successfully prepare for a variety of interview scenarios and the associated presentation techniques. Emphasis is on the development of a professional portfolio and the part that personal marketing plays in gaining successful, relevant employment. The course will also continue to build professional habits, methodologies and strategies to help graduates remain current and relevant in an ever evolving profession.

COMM 4700 - Professional Practices for IT IV
This course is the final in a suite of four, and as such provides learners with the skills and knowledge to curate a personal, professional portfolio in readiness for employment in the IT industry. Learners will also regularly practice and prepare for numerous interview situations and scenarios by honing the skills and techniques previously acquired. New, essential competencies are introduced focused on diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace and the challenges surrounding ethical decision making processes.

CSTN 4015 - Help Desk and Customer Support
This course will introduce students to the function of the Help Desk and to exploration of quality in customer support. Coverage will include Help Desk scenarios where students will learn what a Help Desk is, what services it provides and how to work effectively in a Help Desk setting.

DBAS 1007 - Data Fundamentals
This course introduces students to the concept of a database management system and its role in the IT infrastructure of any business. Students will use a database management system to develop a database and use this database to store and manipulate data. Students will also be asked to interpret database diagrams and create database objects based on their meaning.

HDWR 1700 - Introduction to Hardware and Security
This course is an introduction to the hardware components that make up computers in our environment such as PCs, laptops, mobile devices, and embedded systems. Topics covered will include: installation, configuration, maintenance, assembly, repair, and security.

ICOM 1325 - Project Management for IT
This course covers the basic theory and skills that introduce the students to the process of effective project management and the unique challenges of Information Technology (IT) projects and methodologies.

ICOM 3010 - Self-directed Study
This course requires independent research and study of an information technology specialty with program instructor approval and guidance. This course allows learners to customize learning around an additional topic of interest. Learners prepare a course proposal for approval by the instructor. Upon approval, they pursue their proposed studies, culminating with a final project, essay, presentation, or demonstration. While the content of the presentation should be accurate and well documented, the goal of this course is the self-direction of learning.

INFT 3000 - Capstone
Learners acquire hands-on experience on a group project applying much of the material learned throughout their program. Throughout this course, learners will apply their skills to prepare and deliver technical documentation and presentations using various media platforms.

INFT 3075 - Emerging Technologies
This course introduces the learner to new and emerging technologies that are relevant to the Information Technology field. The emphasis will be on discovering, utilizing and demonstrating these technologies. As well, this course will highlight professional standards regarding using these technologies effectively and lay some foundation skills for remaining current in the industry.

INFT 4100 - Work Experience
This course is a summative experience in the context of a real-world organization. Students will apply learning in an authentic professional IT working environment and gain hands-on industry related skills and knowledge.

ISEC 2700 - Introduction to Information Security Practices
This course exposes learners to the challenge of information security in a small business environment. Learners will explore common threats and vulnerabilities, conduct risk assessment, and research and apply mitigation strategies.

ISEC 3700 - Introduction to Security Analysis and Implementation
This course introduces the learner to the knowledge and skills required to configure and use threat detection tools, perform data analysis, and interpret the results to identify vulnerabilities, threats, and risks to an organization with the end goal of securing and protecting applications and systems within an organization.

ISEC 3800 - Advanced Security Analysis and Implementation

NETW 1500 - Introduction to NOS Administration
This course is an introductory course to familiarize students with installing, configuring and maintaining a Windows Server network operating systems (NOS), working in a Domain Environment with a focus on Active Directory (AD) theory, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) system administration and resource management.

NETW 1700 - Introduction to Networking and Security
This course introduces the models, components, functions, architecture, and structure of computer networks. The principles and Internet Protocol (IP) addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for future courses. By the end of this course, learners will be able to build simple Local Area Networks, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes.

NETW 2500 - NOS Administration - Windows II
This course is designed to familiarize students with additional topics in planning, configuring and managing a Windows Active Directory based network as used in a typical medium enterprise.

NETW 2700 - Network Infrastructure
This course describes the operations, components and architecture of routers and switches in a small network (fewer than 200 nodes). By the end of this course, learners will be able to configure routers and switches for basic functionality and troubleshoot and resolve common issues with Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) and Inter-VLAN routing on both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.

NETW 2710 - Introduction to Cloud Computing and Server Virtualization
This course introduces the skills and knowledge required to analyze and manage server virtualization with cloud services, suitable for application in a small to medium business. The course enables students to develop a fundamental understanding of the economic and technological factors of virtualization and cloud computing services that impact business information technology performance and optimization. Additionally, the course enables learners to comprehend the components of virtual and cloud systems (e.g. storage, resource management and sharing and the benefits of automation).

NETW 3500 - Enterprise Management and Automation
The course introduces students to the tasks and tools necessary to design, deploy, maintain, and optimize enterprise networks. These tools will include developing processes, automating tasks and keeping accurate documentation of the associated systems.

NETW 3700 - Hierarchical Network Infrastructure
In this course students design, implement and manage a secure hierarchical network, such as those found in medium and large organizations.

OSYS 1000 - Operating Systems - Linux
This course introduces the skills and knowledge that will enable the student to install, configure, maintain and troubleshoot a current UNIX based operating system (OS) in standalone workstation mode.

OSYS 1200 - Introduction to Windows Administration
This course is an introductory course to familiarize the student with key topics in managing a Windows client operating system.

OSYS 3030 - Network Services Using Linux
This course is designed to familiarize the learner with additional topics in planning, configuring and managing a Linux-based network as used in a typical medium enterprise.

PROG 1700 - Logic and Programming
This course introduces the fundamentals of logic and computer programming and their role in the creation of software solutions for any problem. Logic is used to break down complex problems into manageable tasks to allow for comprehensive problem-solving using computer code. This course covers the process of creating logical designs and implementing them as programmatic code to build computer software programs.

SAAD 1002 - Introduction to Systems Analysis and Design (ISM)
This course explores the analysis and design phases of the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC), using structured methodologies and tools with a focus on systems and practices used in the IT industry. In addition, it will explore the various roles within IT system development teams.

SAFE 1000 - Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
This course offers learners basic overview of WHMIS principles and establishes a solid foundation to support workplace-specific training on the safe storage and handling of controlled/hazardous products. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive basic WHMIS certification.

SAFE 1001 - Introduction to NS OH&S Act
This course offers students an introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act of Nova Scotia, which is required by any person employed in a Nova Scotia workplace. This is a generic, introductory course that provides basic knowledge of the Act for students and is considered to be the basis from which more specific training can be given.

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