A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO MEET TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGES
Modern society is using technology almost every day, everywhere. This brings up many challenges to businesses, governments and people. Technology has to be efficient. It has to help and serve people. It has to be secure. To address these challenges, we need well trained professionals who can handle the current needs but most importantly, can create new innovative solutions to improve our daily lives, make our systems safer and make technology more useful.
Our revised program addresses these issues in many ways. First, we have increased the number of hours in the lab to make our classes more practice oriented. Next, we have increased the number of hours spent on networking and security, since these two aspects alone are increasingly important. And of course, we still cover all the other important aspects of the career like programming, the WEB, the human touch – yes, IT professionals DO interact with other human beings – business aspects and finally, databases.
Mathematics 526 or 564506 or 565506-TS or SN Level 5
Information Technology (IT) is used in all areas of businesses and industry, from Agriculture and Aerospace to Waste Management and Wireless Communications. This means that there is an incredible variety of careers open to qualified CST graduates, ranging from selecting and installing hardware and software, to programming and implementing applications and complete information systems, as well as user support and network management. During their three years of study, future professionals will acquire a comprehensive knowledge of how to apply the computer to most common business information systems, in traditional and web-based environments as well as in mobile or wireless environments. They will learn to use a variety of development tools, including multimedia tools, and will learn how to assist users to get the most out of their computerised systems.
The program has a practical orientation and emphasizes the use of industry-sought structured and object-oriented techniques, whether it is in problem solving, in systems analysis and development, or in program design and construction. Unique to Lennoxville, the program also includes more in depth coverage of networks, security and cloud computing. The program concludes with a full semester “practical apprenticeship” in a local business where the students get a chance to apply the skills learned in the first five semesters in a real business setting. This last semester is also the occasion for students to take a “distance education” course, where course material will be offered through the Internet.
The IT professional is a person who can work alone or as a member of a team. He or she is curious, capable of concentration and can approach a problem with a creative and analytical mind. This person also communicates effectively, both orally and in writing, and adapts quickly to changing circumstances. By its very nature, the ever-changing computer industry requires that the IT professional be a lifelong learner.
At the end of the program a graduate will be ready to enter the job market as an entry level computer technician. More specifically, he or she will be able to:
- organise work time efficiently and effectively, either alone or as a member of a team;
- carry out the analysis and design of applications for both stand-alone and web environments (needs assessment, analysis, program design, database design);
- develop applications (programming, testing, implementation, documentation);
- provide application support (user support, user training, maintenance);
- perform hardware installation, maintenance and upgrades;
- perform software installation, maintenance and upgrades;
- plan, install and maintain local area networks, in a variety of operating system environments;
- demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills;
- demonstrate ethical behaviour, both professionally and personally;
- communicate effectively in English in both oral and written form;
- communicate with relative ease in a French working environment;
- be aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle to his or her general well being.
THE COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT
The Comprehensive Assessment is a required integrative activity that allows students to demonstrate, in a real working environment, the knowledge and skills acquired during their studies, so that the student’s attainment of the graduate profile objectives can be verified. Students must successfully complete a 15 week internship in a real working environment during the sixth semester followed by a written report and an oral presentation. Three questionnaires, one completed by the student’s company supervisor, one by the teacher supervisor and one by the student himself complete the evaluation.
Many Quebec universities grant advanced standing (DEC-BAC) in Information Technology related programs to graduates of the CST program. A DEC-BAC agreement with Bishop’s University is available for graduates of the program. The Université de Sherbrooke is also a good example of a university that grants advanced standing. These programs usually require additional Math courses. Consult specific universities for details.
Also, graduates of the Computer Science Technology program may complete a Bachelor of Information Technology degree in one year at Griffith University in Australia.
Total courses : 1
Total credits : 1
|Physical Education 101||109-101-MQ|
|Humanities - Knowledge||345-101-MQ|
|Physical Education 102 or 103||109-10?-MQ|
|Humanities – World Views||345-102-MQ|
|French – General||602-10?-MQ|
|English for AMT and CIS||603-BEM-LE|
|Humanities for AMT and CIS||345-BEM-LE|
|French – Specific||602-BE?-LE|
|English 102 or 103||603-10?-MQ|
|English 102 or 103||603-10?-MQ|
NOTE: SOME COURSE TITLES MAY DIFFER SLIGHTLY ON STUDENTS' TRANSCRIPTS; PLEASE REFER TO COURSE NUMBERS.