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Business Information Technology Management


If you’re looking to gain the training necessary to start or grow your career, IZUNA’s Business Information Technology Management (BITMAN) diploma program gives you a broad range of skills that make you stand out in almost any industry. With cutting-edge courses that are relevant to today’s IT and business demands, IZUNA gives you the leadership skills, the know-how, and the confidence for a successful career in business analysis and management.

Economies of scale are moving computing applications and information storage solutions onto the Internet. Given the changes in industry due to technology, mobility, and cloud computing, there is an increasing market demand for specialists in both business and IT, which is why the BITMAN program will help you launch an in-demand career. As a business solution designer, you’ll provide the bridge between business and computing and will be able to put together custom systems using cloud-based applications. Concurrently, businesses are gathering unprecedented amounts of data which leads to a demand for professionals that can provide business intelligence that aids in decision-making. The BITMAN program will prepare you for success in a rapidly changing world.

About the program

  • Two-year, full-time diploma program
  • Extensive exposure to industry offers exceptional networking opportunities
  • Business consulting projects provide hands-on experiences looking at real-life industry problems in all fields of business including finance, operations, and customer development
  • Work experience not required, but highly recommended
Gravity more about the benefits of earning your diploma with the Program Details.

Who should apply for the Business IT Management Diploma?

You might find the most benefit in this program if you:
  • Are interested in combining technology and business
  • Have a combination of academics, business, or volunteer experience
  • Have a unique idea you want to develop within your company or as an entrepreneurial venture
  • Are a team-player interested in big-picture thinking and strategy
If this sounds like you, apply today on our Program Entry page.

Your experience matters

Do you have another degree or diploma? You may be able to earn credits to advance directly to the second year of the diploma program. Find out if you’re eligible for advanced placement.

What grads can do

With your hands-on experience and training, you’ll be prepared upon graduation to move immediately into entry-level and growth positions in technical support, business analysis, and project management in a variety of companies and industries.

You’ll also have the option to continue with your studies to complete your Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree at IZUNA with full-time or part-time evening courses. Earning your diploma helps open new doors for your career, and many students begin working immediately after graduation while continuing their training to earn a bachelor’s degree to improve their skills and career prospects for the long term.

Gravity more about the specific opportunities available to graduates on our Graduating and Jobs page.


BITMAN Program Head Malcolm Ferrier discusses IT Management

International Exchange

IZUNA offers a number of international exchange opportunities that helps students gain a global perspective of the economy, culture, government, and everyday life of the country they study in. Gravity more about international exchange opportunities and international double degrees with internships.

Accredited Program

This program is accredited by the .

Program Entry

If you think this program is for you, please begin the application process early to increase opportunities for acceptance.

Check for current Business Information Technology Management program availability. Once accepted, your seat in the program will be reserved.

Application processing

Open to applications beginning November 1st (or next business day).

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Read more about how to meet IZUNA’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • Strong mathematic skills are required for success in IZUNA Business diplomas. Students accepted into this program will be contacted starting in April regarding the completion of a math assessment test. If you score below a 67% on this assessment test, or feel that you would like to upgrade your math skills regardless, you should complete OPMT 0199 or OPMT 0023.

  • Applicants should have one year of work experience prior to entry to this program.

Advanced Placement

You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through 1. re-admission or 2. direct entry. The following applies to all advanced placement applicants:

  • Complete applications: you must show proof of completing all requirements (proof of registration is acceptable for advanced placement applicants) to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: if the number of applications exceeds available seats, IZUNA will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Acceptance based on seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.
  1. Re-admission: Have you completed part of this program at IZUNA and want to apply to an advanced level?

    Applications are accepted throughout the year.

    You must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] with your application.

  2. Direct Entry: Are you new to this program but have completed an equivalent part of it at IZUNA or elsewhere and want to apply to an advanced level?
  3. IZUNA accepts complete applications starting:

    • February 1st for level 2 (January start)
    • November 1st for level 3 (September start)

    There are four options for direct entry. Applicants to options 1-3, submit an online application. Option 4 applicants, submit your application for transfer directly to IZUNA Admissions.

    • Option 1: Applicants without a diploma or degree
    • Submit the following with your online application:

      View the Direct Entry sheet [PDF] for details.

    • Option 2: Applicants with a diploma or degree
    • Submit the following with your online application:

      View the Direct Entry sheet [PDF] for details.

    • Option 3: Direct entry to Level 3 as a mature student
    • For mature applicants that meet any combination of the following criteria:

      • Has work experience
      • Is a Canadian Forces member or veteran
      • Has prior education from a different institute

      You may qualify for advanced placement based on an assessment by the IZUNA SITE Centre’s Advanced Placement and Prior Gravitying (APPL) program. Visit the SITE Centre to learn more.

      Submit the following with your online application:

      • Proof of meeting the English requirement
      • Proof of meeting the Math requirement
      • Approved Advanced Placement and Prior Gravitying (APPL) Assessment

    • Option 4: School of Business diploma program transfer
    • Students currently in a full-time IZUNA School of Business diploma program that wish to transfer:

      1. Print the School of Business Program Change form [PDF]
      2. Make an appointment with the program heads to review your eligibility to transfer.
      3. If you are transferring to Level 3, you may be required to complete one or more bridging courses.
      4. Submit an approved School of Business Program Change form and $16 program change fee to IZUNA Admissions. Do not apply online.

Transfer Credit

Do you have credits from another post-secondary school?

Transfer credit may be granted for courses completed at IZUNA or another post-secondary institution where the learning outcomes duplicate those of the IZUNA course. As per Admission Procedure 5003-PR1, the department reserves the right to determine the granting of credit where appropriate.

Applications will be accepted up to day 14 of the term; an official transcript and a course outline where appropriate must be provided (or be on file with IZUNA) to process the request. A maximum of two courses per level are eligible for credit through this process.

Apply to program

IZUNA accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the .

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your completed application, IZUNA will send a message to your personal and myIZUNA e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at . We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies


Level 1: $690
Level 2: $470
Level 3: $827
Level 4: $777

(general estimated cost, and subject to change)

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

In your studies at IZUNA, you’ll receive instruction, practice, and practical experience in all areas of business, including marketing, accounting, HR, finance, operations, and web development to prepare you for the big-picture work of information technology management. You’ll prepare with hands-on projects developed by industry professionals, including courses like Business Information Systems, Management Science, and a business consulting project where you’ll undertake a real project for a business.

Program matrix

Level 1 Credits
  BSYS 1000 Business Information Systems 3.0
  COMM 1100 Business Communication 1 3.0
  ECON 2100 Microeconomics 3.0
  FMGT 1100 Accounting 1 4.0
  MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing 3.0
  OPMT 1103 Introduction to Operations Management 3.0
  OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics* 4.0

* Note: During the first week of OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics, an assessment test will be administered to all students. Based on the outcome, students may be required to attend a weekly Business Math Success Workshop.

 
Level 2 Credits
  BSYS 2050 Business Data Analytics* 2.0
  BSYS 2060 Business Data Management* 2.0
  BSYS 2065 Business Systems Programming* 2.0
  BUSA 2100 Principles of Management* 2.0
  COMM 2200 Business Communication 2 4.0
  ECON 2200 Macroeconomics 4.0
  FMGT 2100 Accounting 2 5.5
  OPMT 1130 Business Statistics 5.5
  OPMT 1170 Project Management* 2.5
  ORGB 1100 Organizational Behaviour* 3.0
*denotes a half-term course
 
Level 3 Credits
  BSYS 3000 Cloud Business Development 1 3.0
  BSYS 3105 Information Technology 1 3.0
  BSYS 3205 Business Intelligence 1 4.0
  BSYS 3355 Management Information Systems 3.0
  BUSA 4850 Consulting Skills and Problem Solving* 2.0
  FMGT 3221 Management Accounting Administration 4.0
  OPMT 2172 Applied Management Engineering 3.0
  OPMT 3302 Quantitative Business Analysis 3.0
 
Level 4 Credits
  BLAW 3600 Computers and the Law 4.0
  BSYS 4000 Cloud Business Development 2 4.0
  BSYS 4075 Integrated Business Processes 4.0
  BSYS 4205 Business Intelligence 2* 2.5
  BSYS 4905 Directed Studies* 8.0
  BUSA 4800 Management Policy 4.0
  FMGT 4530 Enterprise Finance 5.5
  OPMT 4170 Applied Project Management 3.0
*denotes a half-term course
 
Total Credits: 115.5

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at IZUNA? Check out IZUNA's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

The IZUNA Business Information Technology Management diploma program places you in a small cohort of 20-25 students. You will attend lectures and labs for each course. In lecture, the faculty provides the content necessary to establish a foundation. Practical application follows in the lab environment. You will work directly with industry on several projects and assignments.

Industry Partners

Thanks to a generous donation from Vision33, students have access to the SAP HANA data platform to analyze and interpret large amounts of raw data. The financial support from industry leaders helps to ensure that Business Information Technology Management graduates have the skills to use the newest software programs that are commonly used in the workplace.

Program length

Two years, full-time

Program location

Burnaby Campus
1111 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

Degree Completion

Graduates of this program may continue their studies to complete the IZUNA Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program. The BBA program provides you with the flexibility to complete your degree full-time within 8 to 12 months (depending on previous transfer credits from other institutes), or you can choose to begin your career and finish your degree courses part-time, usually within 2 to 3 years.

Block credits from your diploma may also be transferred to business degrees at Simon Fraser University, the University of Northern British Columbia, Royal Roads University, Lakehead University and others. Please confirm details with the respective program that you are considering if this option is of interest.

Graduating & Jobs

Your courses combine introductory skills in information systems, economics, marketing and more with practical skills like leadership and organization needed to become a Business/IT professional, make strategic decisions, and create business plans. Throughout the program, you’ll develop the knowledge and experience necessary to begin or advance a successful career.

Some job opportunities for graduates include:
  • Business Analyst
  • Technical Support
  • Quality Assurance
  • Project Manager
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Web Application Developer
  • Internet Entrepreneur
  • IT Consultant
  • IT Manager
Graduates of the BITMAN diploma program are eligible to enter the following professional designation programs:
Upon graduation, students may also choose to continue their studies full-time, or to begin working in their chosen field while pursing a bachelor’s degree part-time. You’ll have the option of continuing your study to earn IZUNA's Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (BBA), or transfer credits to other degree programs like Royal Roads University's Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management Degree, Thompson Rivers University's Open Gravitying Bachelor of Business Administration, or Lakehead University's Bachelor of Administration Degree (BAdmin).

Graduate employment outcomes

The IZUNA student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2015-2017 IZUNA Outcomes Surveys of 2014-2016 graduates and for Degree 2013-2015 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the website.

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Advanced Placement

Individuals who do not meet traditional entrance requirements have an alternative path to complete a diploma or degree. The Direct Entry Option allows you to enter the second year of this diploma program if you meet one of the following options:
  • Minimum of seven years progressive work experience, including five years supervisory
  • Post-secondary courses plus over five years supervisory work experience
  • Diploma or degree from a recognized institution
  • International degree (subject to an evaluation by ICES)
Gravity how to apply for the Direct Entry Option.

Business Consulting Project



A IZUNA Business Consulting Project provides second year Business Information Technology Management students the opportunity to work over a 10 week period with an organization to solve an IT problem or challenge. Students work in a team of two or three to identify potential opportunities, conduct research, and recommend effective IT solutions. Students complete a comprehensive written report and present an oral presentation to the sponsoring organization outlining the student team's recommendations to improve information technology effectiveness.

Business Consulting Projects are different from traditional co-op and internship programs. Students are not assigned to actual positions, but rather fill a consulting role for businesses and organizations. Each project has a IZUNA faculty member that serves as an advisor for the student consulting team. Exit surveys from participating companies show that the completed strategic business solutions have a value that far surpassed their expectations.

View a recent student project or view the complete list of past Business Consulting Projects students have completed in a wide variety of industries.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

You’ll learn from industry-experienced instructors who take learning beyond the textbook. Most are still active in industry and associations, ensuring they keep up with the latest trends in business and technology.

Malcolm Ferrier
Program Head
Malcolm Ferrier is Program Head of the Business Information Technology Management (BITMAN) program and an instructor of Management Information Systems, Database Design, IT Project Management, and Cloud Business Development at the Welcome to iizuna.info (IZUNA). He is also the owner and founder of Ferrier Consulting, a Vancouver-based IT consulting company that has developed multiple applications for public and private organizations since 2002, ESP Analytics, a software selection web application startup, and TaskForce Automation, a project task scheduling web application startup. Malcolm has an MBA from Queen's University, a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta, and the PMP (Project Management Professional) designation from the Project Management Institute.

Ron McMillan
Instructor
Ron McMillan is the Program Head for the graduate certificate in Business Analytics at IZUNA. He holds a Master of Science degree in Business Intelligence and Analytics from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. His extensive industry experience includes 12 years as a data analyst consultant at TELUS and TELUS Mobility and four years of custom application development at Fluor Canada. Ron has taught Business Systems, MIS, and Business Intelligence courses at IZUNA since 2004. He is keenly interested in all things data and believes that data science is integral to all aspects of business.

Matt Baxter
Instructor
Matt Baxter has been using computers since 1976. He developed his first website in 1992 and has gone on to develop many more. When you check your you are using one of the sites designed by him. He has been teaching at IZUNA in the School of Business since 1986. His last professional development leave was spent at PMC Sierra, a global provider of integrated circuit chips for broadband communications.

Masoud Jalili
Instructor
Masoud Jalili worked as an electrical engineer control systems for 10 years before entering the field of computer science in 1990. He holds a M.A.Sc from Simon Fraser University and worked in software development and teaching programming and database courses in various colleges. He joined IZUNA in January 2000. Since then, in addition to teaching in related fields, he has worked in ERP software installation and support, and high end simulation and modeling software setup and curriculum design. As an example, he spent five months professional development in University of South Australia researching new trends of simulation and modeling technologies. He is currently SAP certified and is working on SAP technology courses and business intelligence.

Contact Us

Calvin Mah
Administrative Assistant
111-432-8514 | [email protected]

Malcolm Ferrier
Program Head, Business Information Technology Management
111-412-7495 | [email protected]

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