Wireless Information Networking – Loyalist College in TorontoNEW
Available as a two-year program
This program will be delivered in-person for the Winter semester. For more information, please visit our Winter 2022 Program Delivery page.
Two-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate
- Start Date
September, January and May entry
Find your career
Wireless information networking professionals with the specialized skills to develop and implement solutions for the configuration and integration of wireless devices are in high demand and find careers in a range of sectors.
During this program, develop skills in the following:
- Network design and connectivity
- Network security concepts, tools, standards and protocols
- Wireless network installation, configuration, monitoring and troubleshooting
- Mobile communication and security
- Long-term evolution (LTE) and 5G networks
- Virtualization with VMware
- Routing and switching
- Wireless network analysis
- Operating system and app installation and customization
How You'll Learn
Experiential Learning, including a semester-long co-op work term
With this intensive hands-on program, discover the latest developments in wireless information networking and develop the specialized skills to contribute to the design, planning, implementation, operation and troubleshooting of wireless networks in various sectors.
- Learn how to apply standardized approaches and methodologies to test, measure, troubleshoot and resolve technical wired and wireless network problems.
- Explore designing and developing wired and wireless computer networks that satisfy stakeholder requirements using system design documentation.
- Practise evaluating network performance against service levels using a variety of basic and advanced network management tools in order to develop action plans that conform to service level agreements.
- Acquire skills for installing and upgrading network hardware and related components and software to comply with best practices in the wireless industry.
- Develop strategies for evaluating wireless network topologies, connectivity and characteristics to assess impact on security and internet communications.
- Gain experience collaborating with diverse teams to collect, analyze and interpret user requirements when preparing project documentation and reports.
- Get first-hand workplace experience during a co-op work term in semester four.
Co-ops in work terms are valuable work-integrated learning experiences in which students demonstrate outcomes from previous semesters in Canadian industry settings. In addition to building skills and identifying career contacts, co-ops in work terms add industry-relevant experience to students’ résumés. The co-op job market is competitive, and students will be expected to participate actively in their job searches. Students will be supported with information and skills to attain co-ops.
- First Year - Semester One
- COMM1076 Business Communications in Canada
- This course prepares students to use appropriate business communication techniques such as report writing, presentation skills, and how to build client relationships within a Canadian business environment.
- WINP1008 Implementing Operating Systems
- Gain the knowledge and skills required to install and configure desktops and devices in a corporate environment. Skills acquired will include learning how to install and customize operating systems and apps and configuring local and remote network connectivity and storage. Also learn how to configure data security, device security, and network security.
- WINP1009 Introduction to Network Security
- Learn security concepts, tools and procedures. This course also provides the skills to react to security incidents, anticipate security risks, and guard against them.
- WINP1006 Introduction to Networks
- Gain the knowledge and skills required to troubleshoot, configure and manage common network wireless and wired devices, establish basic network design and connectivity, understand and maintain network documentation, identify network limitations and weaknesses, and implement network security, standards and protocols.
- WINP1010 Introduction to Virtualization with VMware
- This course provides hands-on experience with real-work scenarios and expert review questions that prepare students for the VMware Certified Associate – Data Center Virtualization exam. Students will be certified and have the skills to perform the duties of VCA.
- WINP1007 Introduction to Wireless Communication
- Learn about radio frequency (RF) and 802.11 technology essentials along with installing, configuring, monitoring, and basic troubleshooting tasks needed to support small and medium business and enterprise wireless networks.
- WINP1000 Wireless Information Technology Principles and Best Practices in Canada
- This course will discuss a wide range of wireless communication and network technologies, and will help students understand the role of wireless technologies in applications touching on various aspects of Canadian life such as health care, agriculture, smart cities, forecasting and the manufacturing industry.
- First Year - Semester Two
- WINP1003 Fundamentals of Routing and Switching
- A composite course associated with the CCNA Routing and Switching certification. Students will be prepared for this exam through learning the skills required to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small to medium-sized enterprise branch network.
- WINP1001 Mobile Communication
- Learn about what mobile communication encompasses, its evolution and history, including radio telephone capabilities while operating at any speed, such as two-way radio, public land radio, mobile telephone, and amateur ham radio.
- WINP1005 RF Spectrum and Propagation Theory
- Learn the characteristics of radio waves and their behaviour as as they travel from one point to another, including reflection, refraction, diffraction, absorption, polarization and scattering of radio waves, line of sight propagation, and surface waves propagation.
- WINP1002 RF and Network Systems and Components
- Study the radio frequency, network systems and components used in wireless network systems. This course also covers the active and passive components and RF signal propagation and channel selection in wireless communications.
- WINP1004 Wireless Network Security
- Study how to prevent unauthorized access or damage to data integrity and computers. Students will learn about the modes of unauthorized access, security measures, and implementing network encryption.
- Second Year - Semester Three
- WINP2001 Advanced Virtualization with VMware
- Learn about the installation, configuration, and management of VMware vSphere, which consists of VMware ESXi and VMware vCenter servers.
- WINP2000 Cloud Management
- Configure and manage cloud computing, and address the associated security risk and cyber threat mitigation.
- WINP2004 LTE and 5th Generation Networks
- Learn about 4G networking and long-term evolution (LTE) wireless broadband communication based on GTSM/EDGE and UMTS/HSPA technologies, and 5G.
- WINP2003 Wireless Communication and Mobile Security
- Mobile devices have multiple communication capabilities which in turn can be exploited and need to be secured, such as Wi-Fi access, Bluetooth, USB host connection, internet enabled, and enabled services.
- WINP2002 Wireless and Network Analysis Tools
- Learn about the tools available to analyze wireless signals and wireless networks. Use signal generators and function generators to generate test signals, spectrum analyzers to analyze RF signals, and power meters to gauge signal strengths.
- Second Year - Semester Four
- WINP2005 Wireless Networking Co-Op
- Students will apply their skills in wireless information networking in a Canadian working environment.
*Courses subject to change.
How much will it cost?
Approximate costs per year (2020 – 21)
The following fees do not include living costs, textbooks or additional program-specific expenses/supplies.
- International Tuition: $14,332.50
- Ancillary Fees: $902.38
- Health Insurance (mandatory): $600
- Total: $15,834.88 CAD
*Fees subject to change. The above tuition and fees are based on two semesters of study per academic year.
Co-op Work Term and Applied Project Fees
The fees listed above do not include the Co-op Work Term fee ($900) or the Applied Project fee ($2,800). These fees are not added to fourth semester tuition fees, rather, they replace regular semester tuition fees. Students are encouraged to participate actively in securing a Co-op Work Term and will be provided skill-building supports and access to employment opportunities from Loyalist College in Toronto. However, students are required to complete an Applied Project in their final semester if a Co-op Work Term is not confirmed or they are not eligible for a Co-op Work Term.
Required academic preparation
A diploma or degree in Information Technology from a recognized college or university or equivalent.
All teaching within Loyalist is conducted in English. In order to be successful in a program, skills such as communication, listening comprehension, and reading and writing must be at a level sufficient to meet the demands of post-secondary studies. All applicants to Loyalist whose first language is not English, or whose previous education was in another language, will be expected to provide an English proficiency assessment for admissions approval. Details about language and general admission requirements are available here.
How to Apply
International students may now apply to Loyalist College in Toronto by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a graduate of Loyalist's full-time Wireless Information Networking post-graduate program, you may be eligible to advance your profession through the following certification pathways:
Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Wireless
Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching
Certified Meraki Networking Associate (CMNA)
Long Term Evolution (LTE) Certification