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School of Applied Sciences and Technology

Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology Network Management

Sep 03, 2019
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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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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 your organization's network projects

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 – Network Management and Information Systems: 

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

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

Network Management Major

This major involves highly specialized preparation geared toward managing the planning, installation and operations of computer networks in very large enterprises.  After graduation, you will be prepared for career opportunities as a network manager, network engineer or network administrator.

In this major you  will learn to:

  • use network operating systems, management tools and protocol analysis tools
  • design, analyze and manage networks, LANs and WANs
  • manage advanced server configuration, network LAN and advanced WAN protocols, and network hardware resources
  • provide network client support, and monitor and optimize network performance

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

Network Management major graduates will typically be employed in positions such as:

  • IT manager
  • network analyst
  • security
  • design
  • engineer

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 Network Management program recommends that students have the following skillsets prior to applying:

  • Network Fundamentals (100 hours*)
  • Network Protocols - TCP, IPv4 IPv6 (100 hours)
  • Microsoft OS - Windows 10, Server 2012, 2016, Active Directory (400 hours)
  • Virtualization - HyperV, ESXi (100 hours)
  • Infrastructure Technologies - Cisco (200 hours)
  • Programming/Scripting (100 hours)
  • IT Security (200 hours)

* Recommended minimum in class-instructional hours listed in brackets


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.

BAIS3310Enterprise Routing
  • Open Studies: Available

Routing is a core service in interconnecting the business enterprise environment. Students will examine network design principles, and the two most deployed routing protocols EIGRP and OSPF. Both IPv4 and IPv6 networks will be examined in this class.

BAIS3330Protocol Analysis
  • Open Studies: Available

To fully understand the networks in use in today’s business world, it is critical to understand the traffic these networks carry. This course will introduce the students to the TCP/IP protocol suite, including protocols and protocol families such as TCP, UDP, ICMP, and SNMP. Through real-world examples, interactive examples, and many hands-on assignments, students will gain an in-depth knowledge of the protocols, services, and standards than govern TCP/IP and its behavior in modern networks. Students will use several network utilities, including Wireshark to view and analyze traffic on a functioning network.

BAIS3340Ethical Hacking
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology program. Co-requisite: BAIS3330.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Corporate networks and computers are at constant risk of attack by malicious hackers and cybercriminals. This course will provide students with an in-depth knowledge of hacking techniques used by malicious and black-hat hackers. While these hacking skills can be used for malicious purposes, students will learn how to use the same techniques to perform white-hat ethical hacking for network management purposes.

BAIS3370Server Infrastructure
  • Open Studies: Available

A strong understanding of server and service interoperability at the enterprise level is foundational to the competent management and design of the service infrastructure. This course focuses on the strengths and compatible relationships of Open Source and Microsoft server platforms and service environments required to serve the desktop.

BAIS3410Enterprise Multi-layer Switching
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Providing access to network communication services to people is a fundamental role of the network infrastructure. Students will examine the design principles and technologies of both Layer 2 and Layer 3 Switching fabrics as they implement a network solution to meet the requirements of the business enterprise.

BAIS3440Enterprise Security
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology program. Prerequisites: BAIS3310, BAIS3330, BAIS3340.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Understanding how malicious hackers and cybercriminals compromise computers and networks is just half the battle in enterprise security. In this course, students will utilize the knowledge they acquired in BAIS3340 Ethical Hacking to develop practical strategies to defend against network hacking. Students will learn to implement both open source and Cisco security technologies including advanced ACLs, firewalls, intrusion detection, and forensics.

BAIS3470Application and Server Support
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

A secure and efficient server platform is an expectation of today’s business community. This course will focus on planning and implementing applications commonly found in the enterprise and ensuring the connection to these open source and Microsoft based servers is highly available and secure.

BAIS3995Network Management Capstone
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology program. Prerequisites: BAIS3020, BAIS3370. Co-requisites: BAIS3410, BAIS3440, BAIS3470, LEAD3030.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Today’s networking systems are becoming ever more complex. Industry demands network specialists that are able to design, develop, manage and maintain their network infrastructure. Students will design and implement a complex network system indicative of the real-world through a real world scenario using a Request for Proposal (RFP) and other hard and soft tools as appropriate. 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

  • Network Fundamentals (100 hrs)
  • Network Protocols – TCP, IPv4 IPv6 (100 hrs)
  • Microsoft OS – Windows 10, Server 2012, 2016, Active Directory (400 hrs)
  • Virtualization - HyperV, ESXi (100 hrs)
  • Infrastructure Technologies - Cisco (200 hrs)
  • Programming/Scripting (100 hrs)
  • IT Security (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.
N/A Not available for this term.


*Program availabilty is subject to change without notice.

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