Electronic Data Communication Systems

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
MonctonSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

The Electronic Data Communications Systems graduate certificate program is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skill to design, commission, troubleshoot, and maintain data communications systems and related equipment. The program builds on an Electrical or Electronics Engineering Technology diploma or related degree. Emphasis is on application of theoretical principles to design reliable and robust systems. It is well suited to those with a strong aptitude for, and interest in, mathematics, physics, and technology as well as those who possess strong analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. The program can be completed in one year of full-time study, or two years of part-time study, with options for online and asynchronous study.
Throughout the program, students will learn and apply knowledge and skills in a real, practical, and simulated environment through lectures, extensive hands-on activities, and individual or team projects.


The requirements for this graduate certificate program may be achieved within one year of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • Diploma in Engineering Technology (Electronics or Electrical), Degree in Engineering (Electrical or Electronics), or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.

    Career Possibilities

    Graduates of the Electronic Data Communication Systems graduate certificate program gain employment as technologists supporting the design, development, installation, testing, production and operation of data communications equipment and systems.

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    Specific Considerations

    Technology Requirements
    NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

    Areas of Study

    • Mathematics
    • Digital signal processors
    • Enterprise, database, and network system administration, and security
    • Technical Reporting
    • Data communications and networking systems
    • RF and satellite communications
    • Transmission lines and fiber-optics
    • Data center / telecom shelter design
    • Wireless models and cell networks
    • Power supply / backup power

    Program Courses

    Courses are subject to change.

    This course is designed to provide an overview of electrical power systems in buildings for learners who have not encountered the topic before in their educational career. It provides learners with the knowledge and skill to analyze building electrical systems for specific applications in commercial buildings. Learners are introduced to all sub-disciplines of building electrical systems including power distribution, lighting, and communications systems, and learn to interpret the electrical drawings used to represent these systems. Emphasis is specifying requirements for the power distribution sub-discipline. Throughout the course learners apply the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC), the National Building Code, and other relevant design standards and guidelines.


    This course provides an overview of power supply requirements in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry. Learners analyze the power requirements and specifications of ICT equipment to ensure an adequate power supply design. Topics, such as equipment performance, monitoring systems, and facilities requirements are covered. Learning is achieved through lectures, case-study examples, and in-class activities, as well as through practical troubleshooting activities in a lab setting.


    • BEEB1223A

    This course is designed to apply knowledge and skills in telecommunications and electrical systems to the layout and design of telecom/data facilities. Learners analyze equipment space and interconnection requirements and determine an appropriate arrangement of equipment. Topics such as physical space allocation, lighting, and environmental controls are explored. Learners use accepted methods to document and label the equipment, cables, and wires in the facilities. They also learn how to identify unlabeled wire using industry-standard techniques. Throughout the course emphasis is on creating professional drawings and documentation. Learning is achieved through a combination of in-class lectures and demonstrations.


    • SAAL1891A

    This course is designed to build the written communications skills required of technologists working in more senior positions. Learners practice techniques for succinctly building arguments and supporting/refuting claims based on analysis of complex information and issues. The special considerations for writing particular types of documents that support business needs, such as user manuals and sales information, are examined. Learners also explore the benefits and limitations of web-based (and phone-viewed) documents, including Wikis and HTML pages. Throughout the course, emphasis is on producing high quality, professional level communications. Learning is achieved through compositional activities that allow practice and refinement of technique.

    This course introduces formal techniques for troubleshooting technical systems and processes. Participants learn a systematic methodology for identifying, analyzing, and resolving issues across various systems and processes related to their discipline of study and future career path. Critical thinking skills are practiced and applied to analyze symptoms and identify possible causes. Learning is achieved through a combination of theoretical concepts, case studies, and scenario simulations. 

    This course is designed to apply learning from the Electronic Data Communications Program to a practical design project based in real-world industry needs. Working with faculty and potentially industry partners, learners are tasked with finding solutions to a data communications problem. Focus is placed on application of theory and best practices and using business tools, techniques, and strategies to gain a deeper understanding of electronic data communications systems and facilities. Depending on complexity, the project may be completed independently or as a group project. The course culminates with a final report and presentation of the project findings and recommendations.

    This course examines mathematical tools and techniques for modelling elaborate electrical controls and telecommunication signal problems. Learners review applied math skills and are introduced to power series and differential equations as applied to electrical and electronics engineering problems. They examine concepts of time and frequency domain expressions, numeric signal methods, and differential equation solutions. Other topics include arithmetic and geometric series, Fourier series, LaPlace transforms, Eigenvalues, and first and second-order differential equations. Learning is achieved through lectures, simulations, and in-class activities. 

    This course is designed to provide an overview of computer networking for learners who have not encountered the topic before in their educational career. It introduces learners to how computers are networked together. They explore how to set up a local area network and configure various devices and operating systems to connect to other devices and the internet. Topics include network cabling, wireless networks, network hardware, and addressing. Learners also are introduced to network analysis and troubleshooting software and equipment. Throughout the course emphasis is on establishing and maintaining a secure and robust network. Learning is achieved through in-class lectures and activities, as well as practical experience in a lab setting.

    This course is designed for learners to apply computer network knowledge to the analysis and design
    of more advanced networks of computers and data communications equipment. Learners analyze requirements in order to select and design networks to meet specific needs and performance levels. Topics include operating systems installation and advanced network performance analysis and troubleshooting. Throughout the course emphasis is on aligning design solutions to fulfill requirements. Learning is achieved through lectures, in-class activities, and hands-on experience in a networking lab.


    • NCRC1208A


    • NCRC1209A


    • NCRC1210A

    This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities.

    This course is designed to provide learners with practical skills using a variety of software application tools for analyzing data and preparing information for reports, documentation, and work planning purposes. Learners use advanced features of spreadsheet software to perform analysis of data. They also explore ways that software applications can be used to plan and manage tasks and projects. Throughout the course learners produce professional tables, charts, and diagrams specifically designed to communicate technical details clearly and accurately. Learning is achieved through hands-on use of software tools while working on projects based on real-world scenarios.

    This course builds on previous experience with 2D CAD software tools to produce drawings related to electrical infrastructure and telecommunications. Learners practice the use of CAD tools including intermediate level shapes and lines, and applying dimensions and text notations. They then apply these techniques to draw and detail out electrical and telecommunications room floor plans, electrical and data equipment cabinets, network diagrams, and related drawing types. Learning is achieved through hands-on use of CAD software tools while working on individual and team-based drawing tasks.

    A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

    This course is designed to provide a brief overview of telecommunications principles for learners who have not encountered the topic before in their educational career. Learners examine the standard types of telecommunication systems and apply mathematical techniques to analyze waveforms in the frequency and time domains. Topics include serial communications, waveforms, modulation techniques, and transmission lines and media. Learning is achieved through lectures and in-class activities.

    This course is designed to introduce learners to the fundamentals of physical media used to interconnect nodes in a telecommunication system. Learners explore how to install, terminate, and test various physical media, such as copper (Cu) and optical fibre. Topics such as bandwidth, noise, transmission efficiency, and installation best-practices are covered in this course. Learners are also shown how to troubleshoot media using network analyzers to find faults or maximize performance in physical media. Learning is achieved through a combination of in-class lectures and activities, with additional activities in the lab.

    This course provides an in-depth look at how computers exchange information quickly, reliably, and securely. Learners examine framing and modulation methods for transferring data. Compression techniques are explored, and learners see how errors in data are detected and corrected. Learners also examine data encryption and decryption techniques used in modern data communications systems. In this course learning is achieved through lectures, in-class activities, and laboratory exercises.


    • TELE1038A


    • TELE1040A


    • TELE1041A


    • TELE1041A

    NOC Codes

    22310 - Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians

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