|Faculty:||School of Computing and Academic Studies
|Field of Study:||Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology
|Description:||BCIT's Computer Systems Technology (CST) two-year diploma program combines computer systems theory with hands-on practical experience in software development. You'll learn software engineering and programming from industry professionals, and gain experience working on real projects, from concept to deployment. In second year, specialty options add depth and further hone your skills. The CST diploma is a widely-recognized credential that is highly regarded by employers. Graduates emerge with the well-rounded skills essential for a career analyzing, designing, and developing software solutions.
The Technical Programming option covers advanced techniques in design and software development. Topics include code techniques used for desktop, web and distributed applications (client-server and three-tier architectures), concurrent programming (multi-threading, synchronization and interprocess communication), design principles of human-computer interaction, and project management. Students gain practical knowledge of low-level aspects of systems and programming constructs (e.g. concurrency control, memory management, and thread/process scheduling). They analyze the users' needs by applying practical usability strategies and design and construct efficient computer applications with an emphasis on proper design, robust code, documentation, optimization and testing. Students acquire valuable real-world experience through a large-group software development project in term four. All students in the set work together towards the same goal. The project is intended to give students the opportunity to experience the challenges and responsibilities of a real-life project. The languages used in this option are C/C++/C# and the technologies utilized are the .NET Framework, ASP.NET, ADO.NET, WPF and WCF.