Computer Networking and Technical Support
Ontario College Diploma
Seneca’s School of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is a recognized leader in the Networking world. This program is built on partnerships with some of the most influential names in networking today: Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, Rogers and Sun. As a graduate of the Computer Networking and Technical Support diploma program, you’ll be prepared to succeed as a technical specialist in any computer support, local area network administration and internet management environment.
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CNS is a four-semester program, with required subjects available year-round. That means you can choose to complete your studies in four consecutive semesters, starting in the fall, winter or spring. Or you could take a break between semesters.
Courses in this program are hands-on, helping you get the most out of your studies. Some of the subjects you’ll learn by experience include: computer hardware, applied Internet technology, system diagnostics, local area network installation and maintenance, data communication techniques and network administrative tasks.
Once you reach your third semester, you’ll have the opportunity to apply for transfer to the six-semester Computer Systems Technology co-op program.
Areas of Study
The Computer Networking and Technical Support program is comprised of practical subjects and focuses specifically on hands-on training delivered in specialty labs. You’ll study in dedicated labs configured for environments such as Linux, Microsoft Windows, networking, hardware, Internet and IBM Series i. Through these labs, you’ll also gain access to stand-alone, clustered and networked PCs, along with a host of LAN servers and mid-range computers.
Your subjects will include PC hardware, operating systems, Internet, HTML, Linux/ UNIX and Microsoft Windows Server administration, data communications, IBM Series i connectivity, web server installation, maintenance and security.
And finally, you’ll benefit from experience with our industry partners’ innovative products first-hand. Cisco, Microsoft and IBM are all present in our labs. Work with them in class or use the open learn areas to practice your work outside of class. You’ll even have 24/7 access to Seneca’s extensive computing services from external sites.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
- Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
- Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: (U) or (M)
- OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading ).
- Although not required for admission, a home PC and Internet Service Provider (ISP) are recommended for your success in the program.
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Start a career in PC Technical Support, Network Administration, Helpdesk Support, Internet Resource Management and many other areas that require strong technical support in secure networked environments. The Computer Networking and Technical Support diploma program provides you with strong technical and interpersonal skills – both are important professional skills that will give you an advantage as a technical support specialist in the computer industry.
The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.
Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.
Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online .
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