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Computer Science Technology

Code 420.B0
DiplomaDCS
SectorAdministration, Commerce and Computer Technology (01)
Number of credits91 2/3
StatusProgram approved in 2018.
Educational organizations offering the program
Note(s)
This program is offered in French: 
Techniques de l'informatique

Program objectives

The Computer Science Technology program prepares students to practise the occupation of computer science technician in the applications development and computer network administration fields.

In the applications development field, technicians participate in the design of applications operating on different platforms and carry out development and maintenance activities. A large number and variety of applications are developed and used in nearly all industries.

In the computer network administration field, technicians participate in the design of computer networks and carry out installation, management and security activities on networks, servers and computing devices. Their duties consist of ensuring the efficient operation of Internet and intranet services associated with the network, such as the sharing of resources, communications, hosting, telephony, etc.

Technicians also provide technical support to users.

Depending on the scale of the project, the work may be carried out individually or in collaboration with various specialists: other computer technicians, analysts, network or data architecture consultants, project managers, persons responsible for quality assurance, suppliers, etc.

The work environment can vary greatly. It is often made up of cutting-edge hardware and software, and sometimes includes previous generations of components. The work therefore requires a significant ability to adapt, the continuous upgrading of knowledge, excellent reasoning skills, the application of a structured approach, flexibility and an open mind.

Length of training

Total length of training includes general training that is common to all programs for 420 hours, general training for this program for 150 hours as well as complementary general training courses for 90 hours.


Duration of training consists of theory and lab work for courses; personal time that the student invests is excluded.

Admission conditions

To be admitted to the program, a person must meet the general requirements for admission set out in the College Education Regulations, as well as the following special conditions, where applicable:

Must have passed the following secondary-level course(s):

• Sec. IV TS or S or Secondary 5 CST Mathematics: Technical and Scientific option (564426) or Secondary 4 Science option (565426) or Secondary 5 Cultural, Social and Technical Option (563504).

Targeted professions (Link to Emploi Québec's IMT En ligne)

Computer network technicians (2281)
Computer programmers and interactive media developers (2174)
Database analysts and data administrators (2172)
Information systems analysts and consultants (2171)
Information systems testing technicians (2283)
User support technicians (2282)
Web designers and developers (2175)

Job titles

database administrator (DBA)
network administrator
database analyst
help desk analyst – systems
systems analyst
computer analyst
Web site designer
informatics consultant
Web developer
programmer analyst
computer programmer
technical support supervisor
computer network technician
software tester

Labour market relation

In the work force   (Information from the MEES)

Program content

The following competencies are compulsory and are developed through training that varies between 32 and 35 credits:
Number or code Statement of the competency
0000 Analyze information about working in the field of computer science technology
00Q1 Install and manage computers
00Q2 Use programming languages
00Q3 Solve computer-related problems using mathematics
00Q4 Use office productivity software
00Q5 Deploy a local computer network
00Q6 Use an object-oriented development approach
00Q7 Use a database management system
00Q8 Carry out preventive measures with regard to information security
00SE Interact in a professional setting
00SF Evaluate software and hardware components
00SG Provide users with technical support
00SH Adapt to information technologies
In addition to the compulsory competencies, the educational institution selects 6 or 7 competencies, which are the subject of training that varies between 30 and 33 credits:
Number or code Statement of the competency
00SJ Deploy intranet servers
00SK Deploy Internet servers
00SL Deploy database servers
00SM Deploy network interconnecting devices
00SN Automate computer network management tasks
00SP Monitor computer networks
00SQ Collaborate on the design of a computer network
00SR Develop native applications without a database
00SS Develop native applications with a database
00ST Develop non-transactional Web applications
00SU Develop transactional Web applications
00SV Develop data exchange services
00SW Develop gaming or simulation applications
00SX Develop applications for connected objects
00SY Collaborate on the design of applications
Number of contact hours allotted: 2010