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Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology Information Systems

Sep 03, 2019
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Delivery Options

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  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

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Open Studies

Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program.
It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

International Students

Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 3 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of A- in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Manage the flow of information through your organization

Have you already earned an IT-related diploma? Gain advanced knowledge of emerging technologies, and improve your leadership, project management and strategic planning skills en route to earning an applied degree!

The Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology (BAIST) program offers 2 majors – Information Systems and Network Management: 

  • Information Systems focuses on leading-edge technologies used in the analysis, design and implementation of sophisticated e-commerce and other IT systems 
  • Network Management involves planning, installing and managing computer networks and internetworks in a wide range of industries.  Read more about Network Management

With either major, this applied degree can help you advance your career or pivot into a new one! 

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

Information Systems Major

This major concentrates on the advanced techniques, current methodologies and tools involved in the analysis, design and implementation of large, scalable computer information systems. Graduates of this major will fill career opportunities as senior systems analysts and designers, and project leaders.

In this major you will learn:

  • systems planning
  • applying development methodologies and modelling using CASE, database, client and network tools
  • rapid application design and development
  • designing, building, and testing software, web-based solutions, data warehouses, and databases
  • basic ERP system customizations and report creation
  • working with object-oriented design techniques

On average, you can expect to spend:

  • 27 hours per week attending classes over the 2 academic semesters 
  • 40-60 hours per week studying, completing assignments and doing research
  • 40 hours per week working at the employer's place of business during work experience semesters

Practicum/co-op/work experience

Students must complete one academic year (two 4-month semesters) of mandatory work experience in their related major. Students must have successfully completed 8 academic courses prior to registering for their first work experience term.

Contact the BAIST internship co-ordinator to have the planned work experience evaluated: BAISTinternship@nait.ca.

  • Length: two 4-month semesters (8 months total)
  • Type of Experience: directly related to the major area selected.
  • Salary: will vary by employer, usually based on your prior education and experience. Average earnings in 2014 were approximately $30.00 per hour.
  • Relocation: Students can complete their work experience anywhere.

A representative of the BAIST program will visit your work site and supervisor at some point in the middle of each work term.

To complete each 4-month term of work experience, a student must complete each of the following:

  • the employer student evaluation pamphlet provided by this program
  • a 20- to 25-page research project report
  • a student journal report providing feedback on projects worked on and a review of the learning experience

Enter the workforce with confidence

Information Systems major graduates will typically be employed in roles such as:

  • computer programmer
  • systems analyst
  • project leader
  • computer analyst
  • website developer
  • information systems consultant

Typical employers

Retail, manufacturing, energy and high-tech companies, and civic, provincial and federal governments

For more information on roles, duties, career paths, salaries and more, visit:

Navigate your educational path

The Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology (BAIST) program is a 4-year degree based on a 2+2 model.

  • Years 1 & 2 - Spent obtaining a diploma in a field related to your major concentration of study. See How to Apply for accepted equivalent diplomas.
  • Years 3 & 4 - 2 semesters of academic courses in a major area of study and 2 semesters of credit work experience, which rounds out your applied degree.

Additional Requirements and Considerations

In order to have the best opportunity for success, the BAIST - Information Systems program recommends that students have the following skillsets prior to applying and selecting their major:

  • Programming - introductory to advanced training in Object Oriented languages (C, C++, C#, JAVA) and frameworks such as .NET (500 hours*)
  • Data Theory - database concepts, tools, management, SQL (200 hours)
  • System Analysis and Design (100 hours)
  • Business Processes - communication, organization and information flow, introductory accounting, project management (500 hours)
  • Logical Problem Solving (100 hours)
  • Operating System and Data Communications Systems - Windows, TCP/IP (200 hours)

*Recommended minimum in-class-instructional hours


Advanced credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses), Credential Recognition (for completed certificates, diplomas or degrees) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit & Credential Recognition: In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Recognition of Prior Learning website and on the Request for Transfer Credit or Credential Recognition form (pdf), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 3 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of A- in the course(s) or program

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

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Core courses

BAIS3010IT Professional Development Studies
  • Open Studies: Available

IT (Information Technology) Professional Development provides practical and useful tools to assist students in being successful in their school to career transition. The course will focus on attitude, communication, human relation skills, and ethics, which are the keys to navigating in today's ever changing IT workplace.

BAIS3020Strategic Planning and Project Management
  • Open Studies: Available

Corporations are becoming extremely complex in nature both from the business operations side and from the standpoint of managing projects within their context. As a result of this growing complexity the need to holistically integrate IT services with the business process has never been greater. Strategic and project management processes are necessary to the successful deliver of IT services. Students will understand how strategic management and project management processes further the ability of an organization to manage their IT service offerings effectively.

BAIS3110Information Systems Architecture and Security
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The definition of any project requires both a clear and tested architecture and a clear security implementation model. This course will examine a variety of architectures and their impacts on how projects get constructed and how they will perform under load. Security will be examined from both network and application perspectives, and a variety of security solution patterns will be examined.

BAIS3130Software Engineering I: Product Research Concepts
  • Requisites: Co-requisite: BAIS3150.
  • Course Equivalencies: BAI3130
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will examine the process of software development within the Unified Process environment, concentrating on the many tasks within requirements, analysis and design. The focus of this course is an analysis and design of a computerized business solution for an organization concentrating on Object-Oriented Analysis (OOA) and Object-Oriented Design (OOD) techniques. The primary deliverables for this course are Inception phase artifacts and Elaboration phase artifacts that support the Unified Process method of software development.

BAIS3150Software Development Tools
  • Course Equivalencies: BAI3150
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will examine technical topics that will provide the student with a main toolset for constructing Internet based systems and services. The focus of this course is the implementation of computerized design solutions concentrating on Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) and Internet techniques. The primary deliverables for this course will be weekly/biweekly activities that address specific development topics discussed in the class room.

BAIS3170Introduction to Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Open Studies: Available

There are a number of steps that form the foundation of business operations. Enterprise resource planning integrates these steps into business processes for the purpose of capturing data and reporting on business events. This course examines some of the major business processes commonly found within an ERP system. The business processes will be examined at a reasonably broad level and the students will implement and document the steps in a business process within an ERP system.

BAIS3210Advanced Database Topics
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology program. Prerequisite: BAIS3150.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will examine some aspects of data as to how it may affect an organization and an organization's ability for effective decision making. Establishing the capability for people to make effective decisions at every level of the organization can lead to success by moving toward organizational goals in a timely manner. The focus of this course is on examining organizational data, how it becomes a foundation for information used in decision making, and how this leads to acquiring knowledge. The primary deliverables for this course are the completion of small assignments based on Database and Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence (BI) structures and issues.

BAIS3230Software Engineering II: Product Development and Release Concepts
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology program. Prerequisite: BAIS3130.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Software Engineering II: Product Development and Release Concepts will examine the process of software development within the Unified Process environment, concentrating on the many tasks within implementation and test. The focus of this course is an implementation and test of a computerized business solution for an organization concentrating on Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) and software test techniques. The primary deliverables for this course are Construction phase artifacts and Transition phase artifacts that support the Unified Process method of software development.

BAIS3270Enterprise Resource Planning Web Development
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

ERP systems use web based applications to make the system available to a wide range of users. In this course students will discuss the navigation principles and architecture for web-based ERP systems. Using a variety of tools from SAP and Oracle (PeopleSoft) the student will develop applications and web-based ERP interfaces to facilitate transactional and enterprise data input and generate reports.

BAIS3990Information Systems Capstone
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology program. Prerequisites: BAIS3110, BAIS3020, BAIS3150. Co-requisites: BAIS3210, BAIS3230, LEAD3030.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will combine their technical and managerial skills to develop a scalable enterprise system for a real client. Some students will have the option (based on our industry partnerships) to engage in research work in integrating large system components into a complex organization. Along with demonstrations and presentations to stakeholders combined with what the student has learned over the program, this course will prepare the student to easily blend into a corporation's context.

LEAD3030Leadership Development Studies
  • Open Studies: Available

Leadership Development Studies focuses on the development of leadership ability. Using a workshop style, the participant gains an understanding of leadership, articulates a personal philosophy of leadership, and applies various leadership skills.

BAIS4991Internship I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course represents the 'Applied' portion of the Applied Degree. Students undertake a four-month full-time paid work experience. Students are to be responsible for one or more of Systems Development, Systems Analysis, Network Administration, Network Management, Technical Support and/or related areas. The student's employer, together with NAIT staff, will be actively monitoring the student portfolio. Internship students are to perform research on some aspect of I.T. and prepare a research report that is validated by their employer.

BAIS4992Internship II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology program. Prerequisite: BAIS4991.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Following Internship I students undertake a second four-month full-time paid work experience. In addition to the requirements from Internship I, students are to perform some leadership as a component of their IT work experience.

Optional courses - Complete 1 of the following

ACCT3430Financial Management
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management or Bachelor of Technology in Construction Management or Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology program. Co-requisites: RSCH3000 or COMM3210.
  • Course Equivalencies: BTE343
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces students to the theory and application of financial management in organizations. The course provides students with the concepts and tools needed to analyze financial information, make managerial decisions, and evaluate the effect of their decisions on the financial statements and the organization’s stakeholders. Topics to be covered include financial statement analysis, the time value of money, sources of business financing, working capital management, and special topics in managerial accounting. Students will learn how to prepare, interpret, and analyze financial statements such as the statement of earnings, the statement of financial position, and the statement of cash flows.

ACCT4660Managerial Accounting
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management and Construction Management programs, and the Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology program. Prerequisites: RSCH3000, STAT3010, COMM3210, ACCT3430.
  • Course Equivalencies: BTE466
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Managerial accounting is an introduction to accounting techniques used by managerial decision-makers. Students will learn to apply cost-volume-profit analysis, performance evaluation, pricing methods, budgeting, and relevant cost analysis. Through real-life scenarios and practical case studies, students gain experience in applying the managerial accounting skills learned. Students will also learn how to screen capital investment projects.

MATH3090Managerial Mathematics
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Bachelor of Technology program and the Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology. Co-requisites: RSCH3000 or COMM3210.
  • Course Equivalencies: BTE309
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Managerial mathematics will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to apply and interpret key financial, statistical, and optimization tools. The course consists of 3 components: financial mathematics, statistics, and optimization. In the financial math component, students will explore the financial vehicles used by businesses and individuals. In the statistics component, students will compute and interpret statistical measurements commonly used in reports and decision making. In the optimization component, students will determine mathematically optimal solutions given a set of constraints.

STAT3010Statistical Analysis
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management, Bachelor of Technology in Construction Management, or Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology program.
  • Course Equivalencies: BTE301
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is designed to formalize the student's understanding of statistics so that they will be able to apply appropriate statistical practice in the technological applications they encounter. The course helps students to acquire the skills to apply descriptive and inferential statistics to obtain, organize and analyze data and present the findings. Topics in the course include analysis of categorical and quantitative data, probability and probability distributions, confidence interval estimation, hypothesis testing and correlation and regression analysis.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,085

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $702
Tuition Cap: $6,568

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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How much will first year cost?

Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 3 Term 1: $650
Level 3 Term 2: $650
Level 4 Term 1: $525
Level 4 Term 2: $525

Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Sep 03, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: WL
International Applicants: OP

Entrance Requirements

  • A two-year diploma in an IT program related to the selected major
  • An overall minimum GPA of 2.3
  • Course work must be completed within five years of the application date
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

Acceptable IT-related credentials for each major include, but are not limited to these Schools/Programs

Applicants who do not have a two-year diploma, may be eligible for admission if 60 post-secondary credits in an accredited IT or computing science program have been completed. A minimum of 45 credits must specifically be related to the skillsets identified in the additional requirements or considerations of the major selected.

Applicants who completed their related education more than five years ago and are working in an IT-related field, may be eligible for admission through the Recognition of Prior Learning Pathway

If you have any questions about your entrance requirements, please contact the program at baist@nait.ca.

Additional Requirements and Considerations

In order to have the best opportunity for success, the program recommends that a student have the following skill sets, with the recommended minimum in class-instructional hours listed in brackets

  • Programming – introductory to advanced training in Object Oriented languages (C, C++, C#, JAVA) and frameworks such as .NET (500 hrs)
  • Data Theory – database concepts, tools, management, SQL (200 hrs)
  • System Analysis and Design (100 hrs)
  • Business Processes - communication, organization and information flow, introductory accounting, project management (500 hrs)
  • Logical Problem Solving (100 hrs)
  • Operating System and Data Communications Systems – Windows, TCP/IP (200 hrs)

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International Students

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Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
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*Program availabilty is subject to change without notice.

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Continue your studies

  • Graduates of this program are eligible to receive credit in NAIT's Bachelor of Technology (BTECH) in Technology Management degree program.  
  • Graduates of this program are also eligible to enter some master degree programs. Contact the university(s) of your choice for specific entrance requirements.
  • Graduates who wish to enhance their project management skills should consult Project Management Institute.
  • We also recommend that students and graduates of the program become members of the Canadian Information Processing Society.

Please note: Post-secondary articulation agreements within Alberta are approved by the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT). To view the details of specific agreements, please visit transferalberta.ca or contact articulations@nait.ca.

For questions regarding transfer agreements or to obtain a course description/outline that is no longer available on our website, please contact articulations@nait.ca.

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