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  • Objectives
    This unique program is project-based where students are able to apply the high level of theory being learned on real world, interesting projects. The ITCT program integrates a hands-on, practical approach with the theoretical examination of current and emerging telecommunication and computer technologies. It provides students with a solid electronics foundation as well as the business, communication and team skills required to work in these high-tech areas. Applied projects, industrial case studies, and co-op work terms help prepare graduates of the program to assume technical leadership roles in today's electronics industry.
  • Practical experience
    There is a co-op component option.
  • Entry requirements
    It is geared to motivated individuals looking for challenging careers in the dynamic and fast paced world of telecommunication, electronics and computer technologies.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Applied Technology - Integrated Telecommunication and Computer Technologies
  • Course description
    Level One
    COMM1345     Style in Scientific and Technical Writing I
    Description: This course will prepare students to communicate technical information effectively in the field of computer and telecommunications technologies. Students will study the technical communication theory/practice and apply the knowledge to creating, critiquing, and presenting technical documents including summaries, descriptions, instructions, and memoranda/letters.
    Hours: 39
    Credits: 3

    EECE1340     Engineering Project I
    Description: The design, implementation and evaluation of several individual and group projects that integrate the fundamental electrical and electronic knowledge and skills learned this semester. Appropriate problem solving, communication and time management skills are emphasized.
    Hours: 50
    Credits: 3

    EECE1370     Digital Foundations - A
    Description: The design of combinational and sequential logic circuits, the construction and troubleshooting of simple and complex digital circuits, and the interfacing of digital and analog signals and devices.
    Hours: 20
    Credits: 1

    EECE1390     Microprocessor Systems - A
    Description: An exploration of the architecture, capabilities and programming of various microprocessor families. Various computational and control problems are solved using a combination of hardware and software solutions.
    Hours: 20
    Credits: 1

    ELCN1030     Electronic Foundations - A
    Description: An introduction to electronic devices and their applications. The analysis, design, building and testing of circuits that incorporate electronic devices wired to perform amplification, processing and generation of signals.
    Hours: 20
    Credits: 1

    ELEC1160     Electrical Foundations - A
    Description: The development of foundation skills and knowledge in electrical theories, circuit design utilizing passive components under dc, switched dc and ac conditions, ac sinusoidal sources and measurement, and common measuring instruments.
    Hours: 20
    Credits: 1

    FND1020     Foundation Module
    Description: The Foundation Module is a 4-week preparatory session designed to ensure all students possess the required fundamental skills to be successful within the Applied Degree programs. This module will also introduce the student to the relationship of science, technology and society as well as the fundamental principles of teamwork, and the skills necessary to be an effective and productive member of a team. This module will provide the first exposure to Project Based Learning and the variety of exciting learning alternatives this method presents compared to traditional teaching practices.
    Hours: 85
    Credits: 6

    LIBS7040     Science, Technology and Society
    Description: This theme-based course aims to provide an understanding of the historical, social, economic and political context within which scientific and technological advancement takes place. Innovation is a social product, often an expression of current ideology or a response to a social need. Conversely technological and scientific innovation can transform the structure of society, its value system, and institutions. Through a series of lectures and student-centered activities, this course will assess the impact, the benefits, consequences and implications of the inter-relationship between society and science and technology.
    Hours: 39
    Credits: 3

    LIBS7150     Personal Awareness and Group Dynamics
    Description: Self-awareness, interpersonal communication and team work are essential elements in both work and social settings. An experiential approach ? learning by doing - assists the participant to become an effective individual and group member. Individual and team activities will enhance participants’ skills to work with a variety of personalities in diverse situations.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    MANU1010     Engineering Design and Manufacturing Principles - A
    Description: The principles of engineering design and the problem solving process. Current technologies and techniques used to manufacture electronic circuits, systems and single layer printed circuit boards are covered.
    Hours: 20
    Credits: 1

    MATH1590     Applied Mathematics for Digital Foundations - A
    Description: The introduction of numbering systems, binary arithmetic and the application of Boolean algebra and related mapping techniques to the design and analysis of digital and microprocessor circuits.
    Hours: 20
    Credits: 1

    MATH1610     Applied Mathematics for Electrical Foundations - A
    Description: The application of selected algebraic, trigonometric and basic statistical principles and methods to the design and analysis of electrical and electronic circuits.
    Hours: 20
    Credits: 1

    MGMT1320     Project Management & Methods - A
    Description: The preparation of electronics professionals to work as part of an engineering team. The practical skills that encourage teamwork and enable creative problem solving, efficient engineering design and successful project management are emphasized.
    Hours: 24
    Credits: 2

    SCIE1230     Science of Engineering - A
    Description: An examination of physics, chemistry and biology as a foundation of engineering. Their application to engineering problems is explored.
    Hours: 24
    Credits: 2

    SENG1020     Software Engineering Principles - A
    Description: The application of various software life cycle models to the design, formal specification, architecture, testing, validation and verification of diverse computational problems. Issues in software quality assurance and software maintenance are also explored. Emphasis is placed on problems more appropriate for procedural programming languages.
    Hours: 20
    Credits: 1

    Level Two
    COMM1350     Style in Scientific and Technical Writing II
    Description: This course will prepare students to communicate technical information effectively in the field of computer and telecommunications technologies. It will reinforce the knowledge and skills acquired in COMM1345 about technical communication theory/practice and prepare students to apply them to creating technical reports and longer technical messages. Students will also develop analytical, collaborative, problem-solving, and oral presentation skills through assigned projects.
    Hours: 24
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: COMM1345

    EECE1350     Engineering Project II
    Description: The design, implementation and evaluation of several individual and group projects that integrate the fundamental digital and computing knowledge and skills learned this semester. Appropriate problem solving, communication and time management skills are emphasized.
    Hours: 50
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: EECE1340

    EECE1380     Digital Foundations - B
    Description: The design of combinational and sequential logic circuits, the construction and troubleshooting of simple and complex digital circuits, and the interfacing of digital and analog signals and devices.
    Hours: 20
    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: EECE1370

    EECE1400     Microprocessor Systems - B
    Description: An exploration of the architecture, capabilities and programming of various microprocessor families. Various computational and control problems are solved using a combination of hardware and software solutions.
    Hours: 20
    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: EECE1390

    ELCN1040     Electronic Foundations - B
    Description: An introduction to electronic devices and their applications. The analysis, design, building and testing of circuits that incorporate electronic devices wired to perform amplification, processing and generation of signals.
    Hours: 20
    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: ELCN1030

    ELEC1170     Electrical Foundations - B
    Description: The development of foundation skills and knowledge in electrical theories, circuit design utilizing passive components under dc, switched dc and ac conditions, ac sinusoidal sources and measurement, and common measuring instruments.
    Hours: 20
    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: ELEC1160

    MANU1130     Engineering Design and Manufacturing Principles - B
    Description: The principles of engineering design and the problem solving process. Current technologies and techniques used to manufacture electronic circuits, systems and single layer printed circuit boards are covered.
    Hours: 20
    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: MANU1010

    MATH1600     Applied Mathematics for Digital Foundations - B
    Description: The introduction of numbering systems, binary arithmetic and the application of Boolean algebra and related mapping techniques to the design and analysis of digital and microprocessor circuits.
    Hours: 20
    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: MATH1590

    MATH1620     Applied Mathematics for Electrical Foundations - B
    Description: The application of selected algebraic, trigonometric and basic statistical principles and methods to the design and analysis of electrical and electronic circuits.
    Hours: 20
    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: MATH1610

    MGMT1440     Project Management & Methods - B
    Description: The preparation of electronic professionals to work as part of an engineering team. The practical skills that encourage teamwork and enable creative problem solving, efficient engineering design and successful project management are emphasized.
    Hours: 24
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: MGMT1320

    SCIE1240     Science of Engineering - B
    Description: An examination of physics, chemistry and biology as a foundation of engineering. Their application to engineering problems is explored.
    Hours: 24
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: SCIE1230

    SENG1030     Software Engineering Principles - B
    Description: The application of various software life cycle models to the design, formal specification, architecture, testing, validation and verification of diverse computational problems. Issues in software quality assurance and software maintenance are also explored. Emphasis is placed on problems more appropriate for procedural programming languages.
    Hours: 20
    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: SENG1020

          Electives: General Education
    Description: Student must complete a minimum of 36 Hours

    Level Three
    COOP2200     Co-op Work Term I (ITCT)
    Description: This course will provide students with college-approved work experience in the telecommunications industry. The students are able to apply knowledge and skills learned in Year I of the Integrated Telecommunication and Computer Technologies program.

    Generic skills they have studied up to this point include the understanding of teamwork skills and individual accountability, conflict resolution techniques, effective verbal and written communication, and the fundamentals of engineering ethics.

    This course will increase the student’s understanding of real-life employer expectations with regards to attitudinal, practical, and academic skills required to gain employment and enhance self-marketing skills. In addition to these employability skills, the student will also have an opportunity to apply technical knowledge from the prior semesters of study to real life situations. These essential employability and technical skills areas will be improved during the work term while the student responsibly performs the duties as defined in the job description, in accordance with course and program outcomes.

    Student development will be evaluated during and at the conclusion of the work experience.
    Hours: 420
    Credits: 14

    Level Four
    EECE2400     Engineering Project III
    Description: The design, implementation and evaluation of several individual and group projects that integrate the fundamental telecommunications knowledge and skills learned this semester. Appropriate problem solving, communication and time management skills are emphasized.
    Hours: 67
    Credits: 5

    EECE2430     Signal Processing
    Description: An exploration of the techniques used to condition information for its optimal transmission in both analog and digital formats.
    Hours: 64
    Credits: 4

    MANU2030     Electronics Design for the Real World
    Description: An examination of the legal, socio-economic and ethical issues that impact the design and manufacture of electronic equipment and systems.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

    MATH2300     Applied Mathematics for Telecommunications Foundations
    Description: The application of selected calculus, analytic geometry, probability and statistical principles and methods to the design and analysis of telecommunication circuits.
    Hours: 64
    Credits: 4

    PHYS1070     Physics of Signal Transmission
    Description: An examination of the transmission of mechanical waves, electromagnetic waves and electric signals in various media. Signal transmission and wave propagation are studied.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites:
    CoRequisites:
    TCOM2050     Telecommunications Foundations
    Description: An introduction to modern telecommunications including the electromagnetic spectrum, basic components of communication systems, and both analog and digital modulation and demodulation techniques.
    Hours: 64
    Credits: 4

          Electives: General Education

    Description: Student must complete a minimum of 36 Hours

    Level Five
    BUS2060     Business Foundations
    Description: An examination of technology-business models and the issues faced in creating commercially successful products. Emphasis is placed on being market driven (matching technical requirements to market needs).
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

    CNTR2090     Process Control
    Description: The design, implementation, testing and evaluation of industrial process control systems. Topics include sensor technology, the science of measurement, signal conditioning, analog and digital controllers, and actuator technology.
    Hours: 64
    Credits: 4

    EECE2390     Embedded Systems
    Description: The system level design, programming and testing of embedded systems. Working from a system specification, the hardware/firmware implementation of real-time embedded control systems and digital signal processing systems are examined.
    Hours: 64
    Credits: 4

    EECE2410     Engineering Project IV
    Description: The design, implementation and evaluation of several individual and group projects that integrate the fundamental technical knowledge and skills learned in previous semesters with the control concepts learned this semester. Appropriate problem solving, communication and time management skills are emphasized as well as the effects mechanical components have on a system.
    Hours: 64
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: EECE2400

    EECE2420     Digital Signal Processing
    Description: The design, programming, testing and evaluation of digital signal processing systems and their algorithms capable of performing signal filtering operations.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

    INFO2150     Operating Systems
    Description: An in-depth study of the organization of operating systems for various computer platforms. Aspects of programming covered include process scheduling, process synchronization, multi-process computation, deadlock avoidance, file system organization and security.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

    MATH2230     Applied Mathematics for Process Control
    Description: The application of selected calculus, series and transform principles and methods to the design and analysis of process control and digital signal processing circuits.
    Hours: 64
    Credits: 4

    Level Six
    COOP3130     Co-op Work Term II (ITCT)
    Description: This course will provide students with college-approved work experience in the telecommunications industry. The students are able to apply knowledge and skills learned in Year II of the Integrated Telecommunication and Computer Technologies program.

    Generic skills they have studied up to this point include the understanding of teamwork skills and individual accountability, conflict resolution techniques, effective verbal and written communication, and the fundamentals of engineering ethics.

    This course will increase the student’s understanding of real-life employer expectations with regards to attitudinal, practical, and academic skills required to gain employment and enhance self-marketing skills. In addition to these employability skills, the student will also have an opportunity to apply technical knowledge from the prior semesters of study to real life situations. These essential employability and technical skills areas will be improved during the work term while the student responsibly performs the duties as defined in the job description, in accordance with course and program outcomes.

    Student development will be evaluated during and at the conclusion of the work experience.
    Hours: 420
    Credits: 14

    Level Seven
    COMM1170     Technical Communications and Visual Media
    Description: This is the second technical communications course designed for students in the applied technical degree programs. It will focus on reports, web pages, and other visual documents, and will build on skills developed in the first course. Students will design and produce digital presentations, analyze complex technical documents for style, content, and visual effectiveness. They will also create user manuals, publishable articles, and analytical reports. Further topics may include: lab reports, project reports, perception and attention, and collaboration.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: COMM1160 or COMM1165 or COMM1350

    EECE3200     Engineering Project V
    Description: The design, implementation and evaluation of several individual and group projects that integrate the fundamental technical knowledge and skills learned in previous semesters with the manufacturing concepts learned this semester. Appropriate problem solving, communication and time management skills are emphasized as well as the effects mechanical components have on a system.
    Hours: 67
    Credits: 5

    IENG3050     Life-Cycle Engineering
    Description: The methods and techniques used to weigh the costs and benefits of product design decisions as they apply to the entire life of a product from concept to retirement.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

    MANU3070     Electronics Manufacturing Processes
    Description: The design, fabrication and testing of multi-layer printed circuit boards (PCBs) including manual, automated and robotic assembly methods.
    Hours: 64
    Credits: 4

    MATH3050     Applied Mathematics for Manufacturing
    Description: The application of selected statistical, simulation, graphing and modeling principles and methods in the evaluation of the dynamics and performance of hardware and software components, systems and manufacturing processes.
    Hours: 64
    Credits: 4

    QUAL3050     Quality Management System
    Description: The definition, design and implementation of practical quality systems for the design, manufacture, distribution and support of electronic and software products.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

    QUAL3060     System Verification and Validation
    Description: The design, evaluation and implementation of testing methods to verify and validate the current and future performance of software and hardware systems.
    Hours: 64
    Credits: 4

    Level Eight
    COOP3140     Co-op Work Term III (ITCT)
    Description: This course will provide students with college-approved work experience in the telecommunications industry.

    Generic skills they have studied up to this point include the understanding of teamwork skills and individual accountability, conflict resolution techniques, effective verbal and written communication, and the fundamentals of engineering ethics.

    This course will increase the student’s understanding of real-life employer expectations with regards to attitudinal, practical, and academic skills required to gain employment and enhance self-marketing skills. In addition to these employability skills, the student will also have an opportunity to apply technical knowledge from the prior semesters of study to real life situations. These essential employability and technical skills areas will be improved during the work term while the student responsibly performs the duties as defined in the job description, in accordance with course and program outcomes.

    Student development will be evaluated during and at the conclusion of the work experience.
    Hours: 420
    Credits: 14

    Level Nine

    EECE3120     Engineering Project VI
    Description: The design, implementation and evaluation of several individual and group projects that integrate the fundamental technical knowledge and skills learned in previous semesters with the networking concepts learned this semester. Appropriate problem solving, communication and time management skills are emphasized.
    Hours: 67
    Credits: 5

    INFO3030     Network Administration and Security
    Description: Effective management of a network and its resources including security goals, alternate security strategies, and current options for security systems. Consideration is given to economic, industrial, and user group dynamics.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

    INFO3040     Network Architecture and Protocols
    Description: An in-depth exploration of layered network architectures, protocols, standards, and related hardware and software components.
    Hours: 64
    Credits: 4

    INFO4010     Internetworking
    Description: The selection, setup, configuration, management and performance analysis of the hardware and software resources required for the implementation and support of reliable internetworks.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

    MATH3140     Applied Mathematics for Networking and Coding
    Description: The application of selected information theory, simulation and mathematical modeling principles and methods to the design, management and testing of networks. Statistical models of communication channels are used to predict the errors produced when attempting to transmit digital signals over a given channel. Applications of queuing theory and Erlang’s formula are covered.
    Hours: 64
    Credits: 4

    SENG3010     Software Systems
    Description: An examination of the key properties of software systems in the mobile, and distributed worlds and the applicability of mainstream software engineering methods and techniques (e.g., object-orientation, component-based development, software architecture) to these domains.
    Hours: 64
    Credits: 4

          Electives: General Education
    Description: Student must complete a minimum of 36 Hours

    Level Ten
    COOP4030     Co-op Work Term IV (ITCT)
    Description: This course will provide students with college-approved work experience in the telecommunications industry.

    Generic skills they have studied up to this point include the understanding of teamwork skills and individual accountability, conflict resolution techniques, effective verbal and written communication, and the fundamentals of engineering ethics.

    This course will increase the student’s understanding of real-life employer expectations with regards to attitudinal, practical, and academic skills required to gain employment and enhance self-marketing skills. In addition to these employability skills, the student will also have an opportunity to apply technical knowledge from the prior semesters of study to real life situations. These essential employability and technical skills areas will be improved during the work term while the student responsibly performs the duties as defined in the job description, in accordance with course and program outcomes.

    Student development will be evaluated during and at the conclusion of the work experience. The student’s written communication skills are evaluated after the work experience through the submission of an essay.
    Hours: 420
    Credits: 14

    Level Eleven
    ECON4000     Economics for Engineers
    Description: Engineers are widely recognized as those making important decisions regarding costs and benefits, while considering strategic issues affecting their organizations. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will demonstrate an understanding of the time value of money, cash flow analysis, present and future worth analyses, depreciation and financial accounting, inflation, income taxes, sensitivity and probability analyses, benefit-cost ratios, and Monte Carlo simulation procedures.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    EECE4010     Reconfigurable Systems
    Description: The application of programmable logic devices in the rapid and systematic design and implementation of adaptive computing systems.
    Hours: 64
    Credits: 4

    EECE4030     Engineering Project VII
    Description: The design, implementation and evaluation of several individual and group projects that integrate the technical knowledge and skills learned in previous semesters with the telecommunications and computing knowledge and skills learned this semester. Appropriate problem solving, communication and time management skills are emphasized.
    Hours: 67
    Credits: 5

    EECE4070     Mobile Communications and Wireless Networks
    Description: An exploration of current and emerging wireless systems and communications including cellular technologies, personal communication systems (PCS) and personal area networks (PAN).
    Hours: 64
    Credits: 4

    EECE4090     RF Electronics
    Description: The design, implementation and testing of radio frequency circuitry operating at frequencies up to UHF. Emphasis is placed on antennae and electromagnetic interference (EMI) compliance.
    Hours: 64
    Credits: 4

    EECE4100     Applied Microwave Techniques
    Description: An examination of the effects of electromagnetism on the design and performance of computer and communication circuits. Focus is placed on microwave printed circuit and high speed digital techniques.
    Hours: 64
    Credits: 4

          Electives: General Education

    Description: Student must complete a minimum of 36 Hours

    Level Twelve
    EECE4020     Enterprise and Consumer Applications
    Description: A review of the trends and issues in the wireless Internet business. The effects of enterprise applications on the technical, business and management aspects of an organization are examined. Consumer applications and the impact they have on the social, privacy, security and financial aspects of today's world are explored.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

    EECE4040     Engineering Project VIII
    Description: The design, implementation and evaluation of several individual and group projects that integrate the technical knowledge and skills learned in previous semesters with the telecommunications and computing knowledge and skills learned this semester. Appropriate problem solving, communication and time management skills are emphasized.
    Hours: 67
    Credits: 5
    Pre-Requisites: EECE4030

    EECE4060     High Speed Communication Systems
    Description: The exploration, modeling, simulation and analysis of high-speed telecommunication systems, networks, standards and technologies. The areas of study includes high-speed switching technologies such as gigabit ethernet, gigabit IP router, asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) and frame relay, high-speed transmission technologies such as satellite and fiber-optic transmissions, and synchronous digital hierarchy/synchronous optical network (SDH/SONET) multiplexing technology.
    Hours: 64
    Credits: 4

    EECE4080     Advanced DSP Applications
    Description: An exploration of software and hardware methods used to implement digital signal processing applications.
    Hours: 64
    Credits: 4

    LIBS7020     Assessing Emerging Technologies
    Description: Technology is one of the most inescapable features of modern society. Technology so permeates our lives that it is essential to understand the relationship between humanity and technology. To this effect, this course begins by asking the question, What does this relationship imply regarding how humans should interact and live with technology? Secondly, it examines the ethical concerns regarding new technologies. Finally, the tools to both find and assess emerging technologies are introduced. The innovation domains studied are Microelectronics, Nanotechnologies, Smart Materials, New Energies, Neuro-Technology, Gaming and Telecommunication advances. Being able to philosophically, ethically, and practically assess these technologies will allow us to make informed predictions about the risks and benefits of emerging technologies.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    LIBS7060     Law, Ethics and Professional Practice
    Description: In this course students will study the role of law in society, the Canadian legal system, law of torts, contract law, protection of intellectual property, forms of business organizations such as sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations, foundations of ethical reasoning, engineering Codes of Ethics, professional engineering Acts, ethical dilemmas encountered in the engineering profession, ethical issues related to the protection of the environment, risks associated with engineering activities, protection of public interests, regulation of the engineering profession in Canada, and disciplinary powers delegated by the governments to engineering associations.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    PLAN4010     Strategic Planning
    Description: The development of strategic business plans designed to achieve an integration of operational, technological and business goals. Analysis of methods that lead to sustainable competitive advantage.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

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