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Business Information Technology

Business Information Technology

Red River College, Canada

About This Program

You may want to consider enrolling in this program if you have a sound aptitude for logical reasoning, the capacity for analytical thought, and mathematical ability.  Also, a career in IT requires a great deal of patience and persistence. Manual dexterity, for keyboarding, is also a requirement.

This is another conversion program and  will appeal to you if you have no prior related work experience or post-secondary education and your career goals are dependent upon you having information technology skills.  As this two-year program provides a solid foundation in information technology with focus on the following technical areas:

  • Application Development builds proficiency in application development for business systems. Languages include Java, C#, and Ruby.
  • Database Management will provide you with a highly developed skill set focused on daily operation of relational databases, system administration, backup and recovery, advanced SQL, and data warehousing.
  • Network Management will give you the skills needed for network administration, security and disaster recovery, platform integration, and Windows and Unix servers. Some courses are integrated with established programs such as the Cisco Networking Academy Program.
  • Web Development will provide you with the specialized skills you need to develop content for the Web, including server-side technologies, introductory Internet security, platform integration, and mobile technologies.

The program provide training in three distinct areas:

  • Technical training
  • Related business courses for understanding business systems
  • Practical applied training, through an industry project or paid co-op work term

This program has been accredited by the Canadian Information Processing Society's (CIPS) College Program Accreditation Council (CPAC). The CPAC works with academic institutions to ensure that educational programs prepare students for the demands of the Information System profession.

You will have to purchase your own laptop for use throughout the program. Red River College will provide the software and there will be a software fee associated with this service.

The use of laptop computers is an integral part of this program. It will enhance your learning and competitiveness in the job market. This universal-access approach to learning is a shared one between students and the College. Laptop and software specifications will be provided to you by the College after you are accepted into the program to ensure the laptop complies with the program requirements.

The College will also provide a detailed list of required software, network access, and help desk support if you require assistance.

In your second year of the program, you must complete an experiential semester by undertaking either a co-operative education term or an industry project term.

Co-operative education integrates related on-the-job training with classroom theory by alternating terms of academic study and paid employment.  Provided you have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0, you have the option of taking a four-month paid Co-op work experience term. The College makes every effort to secure work placements for all Co-op students. However, the College does not unconditionally guarantee a work placement to students who enrol in programs incorporating Co-op.

A Co-op tuition fee is charged to all students registered in a Co-op work term. Co-op fees cover work placement development, pre-employment instruction, and employment-related monitoring. You receive support from the coordinator in the work placement process and have the opportunity to apply for available Co-op work placements. Employment-related monitoring includes support and evaluation by the coordinator during and after the placement.

Industry project is available to students who choose an alternate experiential opportunity or have not obtained a Co-op position.  The industry project is an academic semester where groups of students are matched with predetermined industry partners to address an industry problem.  You will devote your entire semester to the development of this industry project.

An industry project fee is charged to all students registered in an industry project term.

Course Delivery

This program is being offered at the Exchange District Campus of RRC  in Winnipeg.   You will have on-campus access to e-mail, College networks, and the Internet.  However, off-campus access to the Internet is the responsibility of the student.

The Business Technology Management program has a co-op work placement and students will be shouldering their own transportation in order to complete co-op, externship, internship or practical lab requirements. Red River College cannot guarantee locations that are readily accessible by public transportation. Students are responsible for all costs connected with such transportation.


Graduates are highly regarded in the job marketplace combining technical skills, communication skills and practical business knowledge. Employment opportunities exist in developing both business and web applications, providing technical support to existing systems and applications and working with database applications. Small, medium and large companies from all different sectors are looking for IT specialists to work with and develop current and new technologies. Graduates are employed as consultants on their own or with consulting companies to assist companies with their technological requirements.

Within 3 – 4 years graduates can move on to supervisory and management positions such as Team Leader, Project Manager and Senior Programmer/Analyst.

Course Outline

The first three academic semesters will be prescribed curriculum for all students.  After returning from the experiential component after Term 4 (Co-op Work Experience) or Term 5 (Industry Project),  students will complete their final academic term with two required and three elective courses. 

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
Year 1, Term 1
ACCT-1971 Financial Accounting 1 4
ADEV-1003 Programming 1 4
COMM-1148 Communications for BIT 4
COMP-1216 Information Systems 4
MATH-1028 Statistics for BIT 2
MATH-1029 Math for BIT 2
Year 1, Term 2
ADEV-2005 Programming 2 4
COMP-1215 OO System Analysis 4
DBMS-1000 Database Management Systems 1 4
NTWK-1000 Network Computing 1 4
WEBD-1000 Web Development 1 4
Year 2, Term 3
COMP-2028 OO System Design 4
DBMS-2004 Database Management Systems 2 4
NTWK-2005 Server Administration 4
WEBD-2006 Web Development 2 4
ADEV-3000 Programming 3 4
NTWK-2000 Network Computing 2 4
Year 2, Term 4
WRKE-2024 Co-Operative Work Experience 9
Year 2, Term 5
PROJ-2006 Industry Project 9
Year 3, Term 6
BUSA-2007 Business and Management for Information Technology 4
BUSA-2008 Business Issues 4
ADEV-2000 Powerbuilder 4
ADEV-2006 Application Integration 4
ADEV-2007 Mobile Application Development 4
ADEV-3001 Programming 4 4
DBMS-2003 Data Warehousing 4
DBMS-2005 Database Management Systems 3 4
NTWK-2001 Linux/Unix Administration 4
NTWK-2003 Advanced Windows Server 4
NTWK-2006 Network Security 4
NTWK-3001 Network Computing 4 4
NTWK-3002 Network Computing 3 4
PROJ-2009 Project Management for Information Technology 4
WEBD-2003 Web Security 4
WEBD-2007 Full-Stack Web Development 4
WEBD-3001 Advanced Server-Side Computing 4

 Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which document and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses or programs. So if you think your grades are good enough, apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for some of the courses of this program to decrease the number of subjects you have to take.  Talk to your assigned IVC Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer for advice.

Course Info

College : Computer and Information Systems Technology

Duration : 28 months

Qualifications Level : Diploma

Fees :
Tuition Fee 11,000 / year
Co-op Fees 818  / 4 months
Student Association 105 / year
Endowment 52 / year
Health Insurance Coverage 456 / yeare
Tech Fees 436 / year
Materials and Lab Fees 786 / year
Student Services 176
Rec. Fee 20
Application Fee (Non-refundable) 100
Tuition Fee Deposit (Non-refundable) 400
Confirmation of Enrolment Fee 10.50

 Please note that all fees listed above are in Canadian Dollars.  However, other fees may not have been included (e.g. airport pick-up).  The above expenses represent only an estimate of what is to be invested in your education and may be changed at any time without notice by Red River College.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

Intake Dates :

There are two intakes for the Business Information Technology program:

  • January
  • September

Make sure you check with us first though since the Start Date and Term Breaks may vary.  Beginning an application 6 months in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the visa application.

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations.  

  • You must prove successful completion of Canadian Grade 12 equivalent. and passing grades in at least one credit in each of the following:
  • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests:
    • IELTS (Academic Test) 6.5 overall band score. Listening, Speaking and Reading components must be at least 6.5 while the Writing component must be at least 6.0
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT): 79 - 80 minimum, with a minimum of 19 per section

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