Wireless Network Infrastructure
- Ontario College Graduate Certificate
- College Code:
- Engineering & Information Technology
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- Academic Year:
- 2017 / 2018
Notice:This program will be offered at the Cambridge (Fountain St.) campus effective Fall 2017.
About the ProgramThis program prepares graduates with degrees or diplomas in telecommunications, electronics or computer engineering or technology for work in emerging fields in the wireless telecommunications industry.
Students will enhance their undergraduate knowledge with practical skills that include use of industry standard tools (drivetest tools, propagation tools, spectrum analysers, network analysers, etc.), and the techniques required for success in the wireless industry. Students will broaden their familiarity with troubleshooting and configuration of local area and wide area networks (LANs and WANs) and networking topics relevant to telecom carriers including virtual private networks, quality of service, and others. Cutting edge topics in long term evolution (LTE) and 5th generation wireless networks, high bandwidth wireless (WiGig+) and concurrent MIMO systems, will ensure graduates will be in high demand. Additional topics will include spectrum utilization and associated network design, and IP based wireless systems, enterprise WiFi, WiMAX and Bluetooth. Further specialization focuses on intra-vehicular communication systems used in emerging auto designs and which operate such features as self-driving cars.
Program InformationLength: One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
Cambridge - September/2017 - Fall | Winter
Cambridge - January/2018 - Winter | Spring/Summer
Cambridge - May/2018 - Spring/Summer | Fall
Location: Cambridge (Fountain St)
Start: September, January and May
First-Year Capacity: 30
- A two- or three-year diploma or a degree from an accredited college or university in any of these areas:
- computer engineering/technology
- electronics engineering/technology
- telecommunications engineering/technology
- electrical engineering/technology
- embedded systems development
- IT network security
- Other relevant disciplines may also be considered that offer a significant degree of networking and telecommunications in their curriculum.
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0 or IELTS 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 and an overall average grade of B or above (as assessed, by country, to Ontario standards) in the academic program(s) specified in Admissions Requirements; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; PTE Academic 58; Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.
- We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. You will be eligible for admission to the graduate certificate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Your placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.
- Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition fee details for the 2017-2018 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.
Financial AssistanceThe Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.
For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.
Graduate OpportunitiesGraduates will be well-positioned to work in Canada's telecommunications industry especially at the network planning and optimization level and will be qualified to work with the emerging 5G technology.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home
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Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
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|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
Description: This course covers fundamentals of digital data communications from a physical layer perspective. Topics covered include digital coding of analog waveforms and source coding, baseband digital signaling, baseband transmission, digital modulation techniques, and channel coding.
|INFO8140||RF and Network Systems and Components
Description: This course is oriented towards main areas of knowledge and skills regarding both hardware and software required to design, set up, maintain and troubleshoot computer networks. Topics covered include: network topologies, OSI reference model, transmission media, data coding, modems, multiplexing, error control, wired and wireless LANs, Internet Protocols, internetworking devices, and circuit technologies.
|TCOM8000||Telecommunications and Network Fundamentals
Description: This course provides a foundation in mobile telecommunications and wireless networks with a discussion of wireless and mobile network architectures, technologies and protocols. Topics covered include cellular and mobile IP concepts. It also introduces the various wireless 1G, 2G, and 3G platforms, architecture, and protocols. Other topics include: multiple-access methods, spread spectrum modulation, and different wireless network protocols such as WiFi, WiMAX, WiMAN, and Bluetooth.
|TCOM8010||RF Spectrum and Propagation Theory
Description: This course covers how RF spectrum is used for wireless data networks. The experimental full duplex technology will be covered. Topics include propagation theory, current spectrum allotments, new frequency bands (450, 600, 700 MHz) and their challenges, propagation modeling and propagation tools.
|TCOM8020||Wireless and Network Analysis Tools
Description: This is a hands-on tools course which will expose students to the current RF diagnostic tools used for 4G technologies. The particular tools will depend on what is currently in use in the field and will be specified at the time that the course in offered. Students will emerge from the course being able to operate these systems without the need for further training by prospective telco employers.
|EECE8110||Wireless Telecommunications Project
Description: This course is a projects course and is the capstone of the program. Students will propose applications and other mobile data projects for development. This prepares students for industry development and innovation.
|INFO8150||Emerging Trends in Wireless Communications
Description: This course will examine the impact of the Internet of Things on emerging wireless technologies and communications strategies. Students need to know where the industry is going and what to be prepared for. This course is student-driven and will acquaint students with industry research.
|INFO8160||Fundamentals of Information Security
Description: This course will cover the three basic tenets that are at the foundation of modern information security practices: confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Topics will include the historical background of Information security, encryption, data classification, and other related technical processes supporting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of infrastructure and systems.
|TCOM8030||LTE and 5th Generation Networks
Description: LTE is the dominant end-to-end wireless broadband technology. The course delves into the system architecture, signaling, data session set-up and teardown, authentication, data interconnections, optimization, handoffs and system metrics. The course of further evolution will be explored and students will be prepared for future evolutions.
Description: This is a hands-on lab course that uses emulation equipment to test and evaluate network operation and optimization. Emulated network elements include eNodeB, MME (mobility management entity) and sGw (serving gateway). Students will learn how to operate the network and to test traffic throughput under differing mobility scenarios.
|TCOM8050||Wireless Network Design and Build
Description: Examine processes related to the design and build of wireless network infrastructure solutions. Topics include determining what sort of solution is appropriate for the circumstances and proceeds to explain the impact of zoning and city-planning bylaws and land-use issues. The design/build process is detailed and includes such topics as issuing search rings, site acquisition, CW (propagation tests), candidate evaluation, the building cycle, site testing and regulatory issues. Alternatives to the traditional site acquisition process are explored. Supplementary topics including in-building applications.
- Test and measure RF (radio frequency) signals, attenuation, and antenna systems with focus on the design and optimization of multiple-input, multiple output (MIMO) antenna systems as well as the LTE protocol.
- Assist with the preparation and execution of wireless site surveys.
- Plan and build a wired and/or wireless data or computer network using system design documentation. Applications will include the design of intra-vehicular communications systems.
- Measure performance of both wired and wireless network components and applications using a variety of basic and advanced network management tools.
- Produce documentation and reports related to network components and applications performance.
- Troubleshoot and resolve technical problems related to both wired and wireless networks using standardized approaches and methodologies.
- Plan, install and upgrade network hardware (e.g. workstations, servers, wireless access points, routers, switches, firewalls, intra-vehicular communication systems) and related components and software according to best practices in the industry.
- Monitor and evaluate network security issues and perform basic security audits on both wired and wireless networks.
- Assist in the collection and analysis of user requirements related to both wired and wireless networks.
- Utilize change control, issue documentation and problem escalation procedures and processes as per industry best practices.
- Generate and maintain "as built" network documentation following industry best practices.
- Compare network performance against service levels and assist in the development of action plans as required against service level agreements.
- Determine the applicability of new wired and wireless technologies to solving network related issues using critical thinking and research skills.
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