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Wireless Networking Grad Cert GBC

Wireless Networking Grad Cert GBC

George Brown College, Canada

About This Program

Wireless communications have grown in recent years to include everything from personal communications networks to governments, hospitals and neighbourhood businesses.  George Brown’s leading-edge Wireless Networking Graduate Certificate program is designed to give you high-demand skills in radio frequency (RF), cellular, broadband and advanced data communications.

George Brown College offers you a unique choice of career direction. You can specialize in:

  • Long Term Evolution (LTE) and Broadband Technologies
  • Advanced Network Security
  • Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Technologies

There are other advantages in enrolling in this program:

  • George Brown has created up-to-date wireless, security, VoIP, RF and LTE labs so that all students gain individual hands-on experience;
  • Students will have access to NETLAB, giving them remote access to the Cisco Academy and VMWare labs;
  • You may be involved in real-world projects for one or two days per week, making proposals and then working in teams to plan projects, set schedules and achieve goals.

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Course Delivery

This Wireless Networking Program is offered at School of Computer Technology Casa Loma Campus of the college. 

You will be learning in laboratories by practicing on the equipment that you will use when you enter the workforce.  In conjunction with the college's corporate partners, you may be involved in real-world projects for one or two days per week, making proposals and then working in teams to plan projects, set schedules and achieve goals.

If you start the program in January (Winter term) will be required to attend classes during the summer months (May to August).

After finishing the program, students will have bridging options to other post-secondary and postgraduate programs in the School of Computer Technology.

Careers

The specialized education in this program helps graduates get jobs in a wide variety of positions connected with:

  • Wireless LAN support;
  • Wireless service providers;
  • Cellular and broadband providers;
  • Data centres;
  • Enterprise system support.

Learning Outcomes

By the time you graduate, you will gain skills and have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Test and measure RF (radio frequency) signals, attenuation and antenna systems;
  2. Assist with the preparation and execution of wireless site surveys;
  3. Build a wired and/or wireless computer network using system design documentation;
  4. Measure performance of both wired and wireless network components and applications using a variety of basic and advanced network management tools;
  5. Produce documentation and reports related to network components and applications performance;
  6. Troubleshoot and resolve technical problems related to both wired and wireless networks using standardized approaches and methodologies;
  7. Install and upgrade network hardware (e.g. workstations, servers, wireless access points, routers, switches, firewalls) and related components and software according to best practices in the industry;
  8. Monitor and evaluate network security issues and perform basic security audits on both wired and wireless networks;
  9. Assist in the collection and analysis of user requirements related to wired and wireless networks;
  10. Utilize change control, issue documentation and problem escalation procedures and processes as per industry best practices;
  11. Generate and maintain “as built” network documentation following industry best practices;
  12. Compare network performance against service levels and assist in the development of action plans as required against service level agreements;
  13. Employ concepts and practices as defined in ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) to manage IT.

Course Outline

Program improvements are being made on an ongoing basis, which may result in course changes. Changes are made in consultation with George Brown College's academic staff and industry representatives from small, medium-sized and large corporations in Toronto.

SEMESTER ONE

  • COMP1153:  Introduction to RF/Wireless Communication Principles
  • COMP1154:  Equipment Deployment, Interconnectivity and Wiring
  • COMP1156:  Introduction to UNIX
  • COMP1201:  Wireless Networking Service and Applications
  • COMP1205:  IT Best Practices
  • COMP1219:  Data Communications Fundamentals

SEMESTER TWO

  • COMP1159:  Introduction to Voice Network Technology and Techniques
  • COMP1160:  RF/Wireless Techniques
  • COMP1161:  Security and Advanced Data Network Technologies
  • COMP1207:  Data Centre and Virtualization Technology
  • COMP1208:  Server Operating System Technologies

SEMESTER THREE

  • COMP2105:  Advanced Network Analysis
  • COMP2106:  Advanced Network Management
  • COMP2107:  Team Project: Network Design

For the field projects, students will work in teams supervised by George Brown College's industry partners.  In the third semester, you will be required to choose one set of program specialization courses. Minimum enrolment and grade point averages are required for each option to be offered.

SET 1 – LONG TERM EVOLUTION (LTE) and BROADBAND TECHNOLOGIES

  • COMP2145:  LTE and 4G Technologies
  • COMP2146:  LTE Core and IMS Deployment

SET 2 – ADVANCED NETWORK SECURITY

  • COMP1214:  Advanced Security Infrastructure and Deployment Technologies
  • COMP4074:  Securing Wireless and Mobile Network Access

SET 3 – VOICE OVER INTERNET PROTOCOL

  • COMP2118:  VoIP Network Technologies
  • COMP2119:  VoIP Network Deployment and Maintenance

Course Info

Course Code : T411

College : School of Computer Technology

Duration : One year

Qualifications Level : Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Fees :

All fees listed below are quoted in Canadian Dollar (CAD).

  • Application Fee:  95
  • Base Tuition Fee:  13,520 for 2 semesters, 20,280 for 3 semesters
  • Incidental Fees (student ID, student association membership, etc.):  1,500
  • Public Transportation, estimated per year:  1,500
  • Supplies, estimated per year: 1,000 - 1,200
  • Textbooks:  500
  • Field trips and industry site visits:  50
  • Mandatory Health Insurance:
    • One year coverage, from Sep to Aug: 603.34
    • 8 months coverage, from Jan to Aug: 409.91
    • 4 months coverage, from May to Aug: 215.44

Take note of the following:

  • The above figures represent what George Brown College expects will be your reasonable international fees. 
  • Externship, internship, work term, apprenticeship fees are not included in the tuition fee.  This could range from $450 to a full term.
  • You will be responsible for your own transportation to complete externship, internship or practical lab requirements not listed above.

Accommodation for International Students at George Brown College

Toronto has a large housing and rental market that offers numerous accommodation options for students.  George Brown College however, does not arrange non-homestay accommodation for students. Estimated costs for privately arranged accommodation may range from $500-$1200 per month, depending on individual living situation and location.

George Brown College's free Housing Services offer support in helping students find off-campus housing.  This will be an advantage for you as it generally takes about 2-3 weeks to find an apartment in Toronto. Apartment listings usually go up 1-2 months previous to their availability so if you’re looking to move beginning of September it is usually good to start looking in July.

Housing Cost (your choice):

  • Landing Pad for 4 weeks:  750/month
  • Homestay for 2 months minimum:  750/month
  • Dormitory
    • September to April:  6,900
    • January to April:  3,450
    • May to August:  595/month

If you would rather live in the residence of the college, you should sign up early.  The George, as the building is known, has the flexibility of 8 month- (Fall/Winter) and 4 Month- (Summer) agreements. Units are 2-bedroom suites that include a kitchenette and 3-piece bathroom with Wi-Fi, phone, and cable television.


As costs are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by the administration of George Brown College.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socializing, and health.



Intake Dates :

There are two intake dates every year:

  • September
  • January

IVC has a 3-month preparation period that includes, among others:

  • Review by the School of Computer Technology of George Brown College for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the International Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Payment of tuition fee;
  • Payment and processing of your living expenses fund if you are applying under the Student Direct Stream;
  • Seeking accommodation.

It is important to apply early as this course may have many applicants.  Moreover, beginning an application well in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the IELTS and consolidate your academic and professional credentials for your visa application.  So make sure you apply early!



Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of George Brown College as listed:

  • You must have completed a three-year College Diploma or Bachelor's Degree.  Previous studies may qualify you for course exemptions.  Talk to your Visa Counselor about this.
  • 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 that should have a validity of two years:
    • IELTS (Academic Test) 6.5 overall band score with no individual band under 6.0;
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based (TOEFL iBT): 88 overall, minimum 22 in each skill band;
    • PTE Academic: 60 overall minimum, 55 in each skill band.

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