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Computer Systems Technology

Computer Systems Technology is a diploma program that provides extensive technical training related to the computer industry. You will learn how to:

  • develop interactive web pages with multimedia components
  • install and configure computer hardware and software
  • design, install and manage local area networks
  • troubleshoot and repair hardware problems at a board swapping level
  • perform systems analysis and design
  • develop computer programs in several programming languages
  • provide end-user technical support services
  • develop proficiency with a number of common computer application packages

The Canadian Information Processing Society accredits the program. This accreditation will help you pursue the Information Systems Professional of Canada (ISP) designation. As a member of the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA), Saskatchewan Polytechnic has incorporated internationally accredited courseware into the program to ensure our curriculum is current and in demand by the computer industry.

Selected courses for this program are available through distance education and/or continuing education. The program is available full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Saskatoon. For complete program information, check the program page.


You will be introduced to a document management system used to create, retrieve and process unstructured data in a quick and efficient manner. You will learn about the functionality and features of document management. You will be introduced to data management concepts using an industry standard electronic spreadsheet. Your studies will focus on the appropriate application of an electronic spreadsheet with a focus on information management.

Hardware/Software requirements: An up-to-date Windows computer and browser with Microsoft Excel 2013 and Microsoft Word 2013.

Additional costs: software
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
August 20, 2016 - December 16, 2016
Registration deadline: August 20, 2016
Registration opens June 1, 2016
$747.00OnlineCRN: 201602-171
You will be introduced to computer network standards, models and protocols. You will study the TCP/IP protocol and how computers communicate in small and large networks. You will identify network hardware and examine network troubleshooting. This course follows current Network+ certification curriculum.

Hardware/Software requirements: An up-to-date computer and browser with Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 OS

Prerequisites: Operating System Fundamentals (COOS 181)


Additional costs: textbook
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
August 20, 2016 - December 16, 2016
Registration deadline: August 20, 2016
Registration opens June 1, 2016
$747.00OnlineCRN: 201602-170
You will receive instruction and practice in using an industry standard database management application program. You will learn how to design queries, forms and reports to manage an underlying database. You will also create functions and procedures to add advanced functionality to the database management system.

Hardware/Software requirements: An up-to-date Windows computer and browser with Microsoft Access 2013.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Programming (COSC 180)


Additional costs: software
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 3, 2017 - April 21, 2017
Registration deadline: January 3, 2017
Registration opens June 1, 2016
$904.81OnlineCRN: 201603-854
You will develop problem-solving skills through the use of detailed algorithms and be introduced to structured and object oriented design techniques. The course content includes standard program syntax, variable types, operators, input/output statements, decision and loop control structures, methods, encapsulation, instantiating and using objects.

Hardware/Software requirements: An up-to-date Windows computer and browser, with the latest version of Eclipse and Java SDK. Eclipse and Java SDK can be downloaded at no charge.

Additional costs: textbook
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
August 20, 2016 - December 16, 2016
Registration deadline: August 20, 2016
Registration opens June 1, 2016
$1,099.00OnlineCRN: 201602-173
You will develop mobile application programs. Your studies will focus on the Android mobile environment and include an understanding of the mobile application development environment. You will develop simple and advanced mobile applications as well as understand mobile environment limitations and security issues with mobile applications. You will have an opportunity to publish mobile applications.

Prerequisites: Intermediate Programming (COSC 190)


This course currently has no offerings.

You will be introduced to the purpose and architecture of various operating systems. You will be provided an overview of the major operating system functions; installation, configuration and administration. This course incorporates one 3 hour hands-on final exam that must be completed at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Saskatoon.

Hardware/Software requirements: An up-to-date computer and browser

Prerequisites: Data Communications & Networking 1 (CNET 184) (Concurrent)


Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
August 20, 2016 - December 16, 2016
Registration deadline: August 20, 2016
Registration opens June 1, 2016
$747.00OnlineCRN: 201602-172
You will gain experience in small systems analysis, design and implementation. You will be assigned to groups and given the specifications for a software system. You will work together as a team to develop a working system for the client. Emphasis is on the software development process.

Prerequisites: Database Management (CDBM 190), Intermediate Programming (COSC 190), Systems Analysis and Design (COSA 190), Hardware/Software requirements: An up to date Windows computer with Microsoft Access 2013, Microsoft Visio 2010 or Violet (Violet is free), the latest version of Eclipse and Java SDK. Eclipse and Java SDK can be downloaded at no charge.


This course currently has no offerings.

You will practice project management, documentation, meeting and presentation skills. As a contributor to a computer system development project, you will prepare for and participate in project meetings, prepare project management documentation, manage progress using project management techniques, maintain storage of project documentation and deliver a presentation on the project to the client.

Prerequisites: Systems Analysis and Design (COSA 190), Technical Communications (TCOM 190), Co-requisite(s): Systems Project (COSA 195) Hardware/Software requirements: An up to date Windows computer with Microsoft Access 2013, Microsoft Visio 2013 or Violet (Violet is free), the latest version of Eclipse and Java SDK. Eclipse and Java SDK can be downloaded at no charge.


This course currently has no offerings.

You will learn how to use HyperText Markup Language (HTML) to develop Web pages for delivery over the World Wide Web. You will also learn how to plan and develop HTML documents to build a Web site based on W3 standards and enhance HTML documents using current techniques such as Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) site management using current software.

Hardware/Software requirements: An up-to-date Windows computer and browser that supports HTML5 and CSS. A text editor such as Notepad, which comes with Windows, or Notepad++ and Microsoft Expression Web 4, which can be downloaded at no charge.

Additional costs: textbook
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
August 20, 2016 - December 16, 2016
Registration deadline: August 20, 2016
Registration opens June 1, 2016
$747.00OnlineCRN: 201602-174
You will plan and create a small website following current best practices. You will analyze website requirements. Using those requirements and following usability guidelines, you will design a site that works well on both desktop and mobile devices. You will apply responsive web design techniques as well as creating mobile-dedicated websites. You will choose and create appropriate media for website content.

Hardware/Software requirements: An up-to-date Windows computer and browser, with Flash, Silverlight, Adobe Reader, GIMP 2.6, which is open source, and Microsoft Expression Studio 4, which can be downloaded at no charge.

This course currently has no offerings.

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