British Columbia Institute of Technology

Computer Systems Technology - Technical Programming

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Program Information

School:British Columbia Institute of Technology
Faculty:School of Computing and Academic Studies
Degree:Diploma; Co-op
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.

URL:Computer Systems Technology - Technical Programming at British Columbia Institute of Technology
Length:2 Year(s)

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade12 Applied Mathematics  or  Grade12 Precalculus  or  Grade12 Principles of Mathematics 

Applicants must have: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following: English 12 (67%) or 3.0 credits of post-secondary English, humanities or social sciences (67%) from a recognized institution; and one of the following: Principles of Mathematics 12 (67%) or Applications of Mathematics 12 (73%) or Pre-Calculus 12 (67%). Note: Foundations of Mathematics 12 is not acceptable.

Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages: Certificate in Advanced English [min. B]

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on January 18, 2019