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IT Systems Management and Security

Secure, support, monitor and troubleshoot IT Systems.

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Start Date:
September
Typical Length:
2 Years
Credential:
Diploma

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Overview

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

  • Field experience is a mandatory credit course, providing you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
    • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
    • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time employment in a field related to your program.
    • Co-op takes place in third term and must be a minimum of 12 weeks and 420 hours.
    • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work experience are your responsibility.
  • 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.

Availability

Seats are available for domestic applicants only. International applicants will be waitlisted.

September 2024

Campus 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
Sydney Waterfront Campus
Sydney
Full time In person
Delivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements.
Seats available
Truro Campus
Truro
Full time In person
Delivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements.
Seats available

Admission requirements

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

Tuition amounts are for the 2023-24 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
$3,620
Tuition (International):
$11,690

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:

  • IT Systems Analyst
  • IT Security Analyst
  • IT Systems Administrator
  • IT Support Technician
  • IT Service Desk Representative
  • Cloud Architect/Administrator

Future study options

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 2701 - Professional Practice for IT I
This course exposes students to tools and process that support professional continuous improvement. This course builds the foundations for professional habits and methodologies that help graduates remain current and relevant in an ever-evolving profession.

ICOM 2702 - Professional Practice for IT II
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.

ICOM 2703 - Professional Practice for IT III
This course provides students with the skills and knowledge to curate a personal, professional portfolio in readiness for employment in the IT industry. In addition, students will practice and prepare for numerous interview situations and scenarios by honing the skills and techniques previously acquired.

INFT 2700 - IT Project Quality Assurance
This course focuses on the processes, tools and techniques that help promote success in IT projects. Students will become familiar with documentation, terminology and software that will enable them to contribute effectively in a projectized team environment.

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 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.

NETW 1027 - Introduction to Networking and Security
This course is focused on supporting network connected devices covering troubleshooting and maintaining connectivity from a client perspective.

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 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
The course focuses on switching technologies and router operations that support small-to-medium business networks and includes wireless local area networks (WLANs) and security concepts. Students learn key switching and routing concepts and will be able perform basic network configuration, identify and mitigate LAN security threats, and configure and secure a basic WLAN.

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.

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.

WEBD 1000 - Website Development
This course provides an introduction to website development. Emphasis will be placed on development processes, usability, and adhering to current industry standards.

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