Computer Networking Training Focuses on Software System Design

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Created solely for the purpose of meeting the critical need for highly specialized software designers, Centennial College’s Software Systems Design program called Applied Information Sciences – This is the only program of its kind in the province of Ontario. Centennial College was actually selected by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to deliver the offering and the Information Technology Association of Canada sang the computer networking training’s praises right away: “Centennial’s bachelor’s degree in Software Systems Design ... will go a long way in contributing to meet this need for skilled people who can design, build, install, service and create future information technology applications.”

Since its creation, the combination of software systems design and business communications courses have done just that by preparing students to take on the roles of: software developers, software engineers, systems analysts, business analysts, web application developers, IT project managers and computer programmers/analysts.

How exactly do students of this computer networking training go from novices to experts in four years? Firstly, students receive both theoretical and practical experience through a balance of labs and lectures that focus on system design, a blend of technology and business subjects as well as specialization in mobile application development or service-oriented architecture and cloud computing. Among specific topics covered in the systems design and business communication courses are: economics, financial analysis, website design and development, statistics and research methods, database driven websites, applied ethics, data structures and algorithms, programming for network systems, software design patterns, software quality assurance, business consulting and more.

Secondly, helping students to fully grasp concepts are real-world experiences — both on and off campus. For example, Morning-side campus, which is the school’s high-tech, award winning campus, gives students access to the most up-to-date equipment. This includes: VoIP, WiFi, Cellular Networks, Advanced Routing and Switching and Network Management and Wireless Broadband (WiMax) in all of its computer labs. The labs come in handy when computer networking training students complete three software development projects. These real-world business applications require students to utilize all the technical, systems and business skills acquired during their studies to build higher quality software. Meanwhile, off-campus experience is offered in the form of a15-week paid co-op placement. This placement puts students into companies that hire software design system professionals, so that they can apply theory and practice to real-life situations. To be eligible for co-op, students are required to obtain a minimum C grade in ENG-110, minimum 2.0 GPA and minimum 80 per cent of year 1 and 2 courses.

Those interested in the software systems development and business communication courses must possess at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a minimum of six 12U, 12M, OAC credits or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Other requirements include English 12U and one of the following: Math 12U Advanced Functions, Math 12U Calculus and Vectors, Math 12U Mathematics of Data Management or equivalent. Possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to program.

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Emma, who wrote this article, documents the software systems development in Canada and business communications courses that Centennial College offers.

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