College of the North Atlantic- NL, Canada 

Computer Systems and Networking



  • School of Information Technology
  • Program Length: Two Years

The Computer Systems and Networking two-year program focuses on the skills, competencies and attitudes required to research, design, install and maintain computer systems and network infrastructure in a highly available and secure computing environment. The program combines theoretical and practical learning experiences in a team-oriented setting encompassing front-line computer systems, back-end server environments and the local and wide-area network infrastructure.  The Infrastructure Support industry is customer-oriented and requires a high level of customer interaction and professionalism.  These critical skills are developed through a number of courses in this program.

The program includes course work, team-oriented projects, and a final 15-week work term focusing on areas of technical learning, team building, communications, interpersonal skills, ethics, and best practices. This diversity provides opportunities for the student to acquire the skills, professionalism and adaptability required to succeed in the dynamic and challenging field of Information Technology infrastructure support.

The capstone project will enable the student to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills developed throughout the program by performing an in-depth study of a problem, design, or technological application and fully documenting and presenting the findings.

The aim of the Computer Systems and Networking program is to graduate a student with the theoretical and practical skills in information technology infrastructure support. This will enable her/him to:

1.         provide computer technical assistance, support, and advice to customers and other users
2.         install, modify and repair computer hardware and software
3.         support local-area networks (LAN), wide-area networks (WAN), network segments, and Internet and intranet systems
4.         design an organization’s computer system in which all of the components including computers, the network, and

  software, work properly together

5.         plan, coordinate, and implement the organization’s information security policy
6.         interpret and effectively apply industry procedures and policies in the workplace
7.         incorporate the social, interpersonal and communication skills necessary to be a productive member of a team
8.         apply the self-awareness and reflective skills required to create, evaluate and modify personal growth and career plans

College of the North Atlantic is a Cisco Networking Academy.  Students have the opportunity to complete courses in the Academy program which provide a strong foundation in computer networking knowledge and skills utilizing the equipment of the industry’s leading provider.  As well, College of the North Atlantic is the only accredited Cisco Academy Instructor Training Center in Atlantic Canada.

Interconnected computing systems are an integral part of every business and the Computer Systems and Networking graduates are well suited to a broad range of computing infrastructure roles.  These roles can be included, but not limited to:

Computer Support Specialist
Network Specialist
Computer Support Technician
LAN Team Member
I.T. Support Technician
Help Desk Technician
Server Support Analyst/Technician
Help Desk Analyst
Technology Support Analyst

Eligibility for admission to Computer Systems and Networking program requires the applicant to meet one of the following four academic criteria: 

1.  High School
High School Graduation

2.  Comprehensive Arts and Science (CAS) Transition
Comprehensive Arts and Science (Transition) Certificate with the following courses:

Course Schedule

Semester 1 CrLeLa
CM1400Technical Report Writing I330
MA1521Applied Mathematics for CSN331
CP1920Computer Hardware and Troubleshooting I433
CR1107Network Fundamentals433
CR1020Desktop Application Support322
CP3120Command Line322
CR1120Introduction to the Field of IT and Ethics110
Semester 2 CrLeLa
CM1401Technical Report Writing II330
CR1030Linux Server Administration323
CP1925Computer Hardware and Troubleshooting II433
CP1465Windows Server Administration432
CR2402Switching, Routing & Wireless433
CR1260Client Service for the IT Industry221
Semester 3(Intersession)CrLeLa
CR3455Scripting with Bash and PowerShell322
CR2241Information Systems Security432
EP1130Business for Information Systems330
The Lecture and Lab hours per week are based on a 15 week semester. In intersession, the Lecture and Lab hours will be adjusted to reflect the shorter semester length. Refer to course outline.
Semester 4 CrLeLa
CM2200Oral Communications220
CP1332Advanced Windows Enterprise Server323
CR2231Microsoft Exchange Server433
CR2903Enterprise Network Security & Automation433
CP2730Project Management and Analysis322
CR2511Advanced Linux Server Administration323
Semester 5 CrLeLa
CR2950Emerging Trends in IT Infrastructure322
CR2252Intro to Amazon Web Services433
CR2260Virtualization and Cloud Computing432
CR2130Enterprise Client Management432
CR2970Capstone Project432
CR2270CSN WT OrientationC/I20
Semester 6 CrLeLa
WT1185Work Term515 wks 

Cost Schedule