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School of Applied Sciences and Technology

Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology - Information Systems

Sep 08, 2020
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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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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? You’ve coded, overcome challenges and provided solutions, you know how to make IT work, and are now ready to learn why IT works. You want to code the solution to business goals. The BAIST program will provide the skills and knowledge to take you to the next level. BAIST –Designing IT!

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 
  • Data Theory - database concepts, tools, management, SQL 
  • System Analysis and Design 
  • Business Processes - communication, organization and information flow, introductory accounting, project management
  • Logical Problem Solving 
  • Operating System and Data Communications Systems - Windows, TCP/IP 

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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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.

BTech - Technology Management

Completion of this diploma qualifies as the first 2 years of NAIT's unique 4-year Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management degree.

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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.
N/A Not available for this term.


*Program availability is subject to change without notice.