Students are required to complete 12 credits (four courses) in the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Management (GC ITM) program.
The program is offered during three semesters each year. The fall semester begins in September. The winter semester begins in January. The spring sessions begins in May. Each semester is 13 weeks in length.
To maintain program status, students must complete at least 6 credits of course work during each academic year—September 1 to August 31 or January 1 to December 31—depending on when the student was admitted to the program.
Th lowest acceptable grade for courses is B- (70 per cent). Students who receive a grade lower than B- may be required to withdraw from the program.
Students may study in the program on a full- or part-time basis. Part-time students must complete a minimum of six credits (two course equivalents) per calendar year. In order to comply with Alberta Students Finance Board requirements, and to qualify for full-time status at the graduate studies level for funding and T2202A purposes, students must complete a minimum of nine credits (three courses) per calendar year (one course per term).
|100% Course Load:||12 credits per 12-month period (1 credit per month)|
|60% Course Load:||9 credits per 12-month period (0.75 credit per month) This is the minimum that is required to qualify for T2202A, student financial aid, and any other confirmation of full-time status.|
|Term:||A four-month study period.|
To be considered for a 60 per cent course load, students are required to register in at least one three-credit course per term to be considered full time.
To be considered for a 100 per cent course load, students are required to submit a full year's study plan (three terms). Students will need to identify at least 12 credits of study covering a full 12-month period.
|For example:||3 credits for Term 1|
|6 credits for Term 2|
|3 credits for Term 3|
Verification of Enrolment
Students who request verification of a 100 per cent course load must identify their full 12-month study plan at the commencement of their first term of studies. Students are permitted to use any number of combination of credits in their three identified terms, provided the total number of credits is equal to 12.
|For example:||Scenario #1||Scenario #2||Scenario #3|
|3 credits for Term 1||6 credits for Term 1||3 credits for Term 1|
|6 credits for Term 2||3 credits for Term 2||3 credits for Term 2|
|3 credits for Term 3||3 credits for Term 3||6 credits for Term 3|
To meet the residency requirements, students must complete a minimum of two courses (six credits) through Athabasca University.
Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Management (GC ITM) program successfully, may apply for admission to the MSc Information Systems (MSc IS) program. If admitted, credits completed by the student towards the GC ITM will be accepted for credit towards the MSC IS degree in accordance with the MSc IS program regulations. Please not that students must achieve minimum required grades in various courses as per the MSc IS program regulations to be able to count the credits towards the MSc IS program.
The Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Management will be awarded upon completion of 4 courses (12 credits). Students are required to complete the following:
|COMP 505||Operations Management||(3)|
|COMP 506||Organizational Behaviours in Information Systems||(3)|
|COMP 607||Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Information Technology||(3)|
|And one of:|
|COMP 605||Project Management for Information Systems||(3)|
|COMP 635||Green ICT Strategies|
|COMP 638||Enterprise Modeling|
The core courses in operations management and organizational behaviour are intended to provide the core competencies needed in the information technology management in organizations. The effective management of operations, through the application of tools and processes to develop competitive strategies, is critical to organizational success. Organizational behaviours course adds to the understanding of IT issues such as technology design, implementation, and adoption. The course on ethical, legal, and social issues in information technology is designed to equip students with the intellectual tools to make effective, reasoned and justifiable moral decisions relating to the IT domain within the appropriate legal and social frameworks.
The COMP 635 option represents an emerging discipline, which givens students a technical edge. Project management, on the other hand, will assist students to grasp the skills needed to move from conceptualization through implementation—key in the workforce. It is expected that some students may already have project management expertise.
Permission of the program director is required before courses are taken for GC ITM program credit outside Athabasca University.
Students are encouraged but not required to complete COMP 505 and COMP 506 before taking COMP 607. Elective courses may be taken upon the completion of the core courses or concurrently with the core courses offered in any term.
Students enrolled in the GC ITM program may take courses from other post-secondary institutions in fulfillment of the program requirements, provided such courses are applicable to Athabasca University's GC ITM program and residency requirements are met.
Students can also use the following agreements to take courses from other Canadian post-secondary institutions:
Students must submit:
to the Graduate Program Director for review. If approved, the School of Computing and Information Systems will issue a Letter of Permission. To allow for mailing time, requests for a Letter of Permission should be made at least one month before the registration deadline at the institution where the student will be taking the course. Upon completion of the course, the student must submit an official transcript to the School of Computing and Information Systems in order to obtain credit for the course.
The changing nature of the subject matter requires that the GC ITM program must be completed within two academic years. In exceptional circumstances, students may apply for program extension.
For further information on Program Extension Requests, please refer to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Graduate Handbook.
A program (continuation) fee will be paid by the student upon approval of the program extension.
Students authorized to extend their programs will be required to replace credit for courses that are deemed to have lost their currency. In no circumstances will students be allowed to extend the program by more than two years.
While enrolled in the program, there may be situations in which a student is temporarily unable to meet the program requirements at that time. One alternative for the student is to request a deferral in order to suspend the program requirements for a period of time. The maximum length of one deferral is one year. For further information on Program Deferral Requests, please refer to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Graduate Handbook.
Students who have been admitted to the program and have not registered in any graduate courses within one academic year will be automatically withdrawn from the program. Students may withdraw from the program by submitting their requests in writing to the program director.
Students wishing to re-enrol in the program must apply for re-admission and have their program reassessed in terms of the regulations in effect at the time of re-application. Students requesting re-admission to the program will be competing with all other applicants and will not receive special consideration. The student will be required to pay all application and admission fees in effect at the time of application submission. Please refer to the application procedure.
Information effective September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021.
Updated January 20 2021 by laurab