Network Administration Courses (DEC) | LaSalle College Montréal

DEC in Computer Science Technology - Network and Security Management (profile 420.BR)

DEC | 420.B0
DEC | 420.B0 | DEC in Computer Science Technology - Network and Security Management (profile 420.BR)

The Computer Science Technology DEC, with a Network and Security Management profile, was developed in partnership with key industry players. It will help you gain all the skills necessary to manage physical and cloud networks. You will also learn key cybersecurity concepts, one of the current priorities in IT.

Thanks primarily to Cisco, Microsoft and Linux technologies, it will help you develop your computer skills and knowledge for implementing, managing and monitoring computer networks.

The frequently updated Computer Science Technology courses, with a Network and Security Management profile, lead to a number of certifications recognized by the job market including: CISCO (CCNA and CCNP), CompTIA (A+), Microsoft (MCSA) and LPIC.

Program availability
Perspective Scholarship Program

Perspective Scholarship Program

New financial assistance will be available this fall for students in targeted programs.

Innovators in Technology

A Dynamic Computer Club

The Innovators in Technology student club organizes events, workshops and projects in IT.

Cybersecurity and Networking

A Career for the Future

Today’s world turns thanks to computer networks. Protecting them requires constant vigilance.


  • At the Montréal campus

This program teachs students to provide technical support, make appropriate technological decisions and perform implementation and configuration, all in compliance with current standards.

This program leads to a Diploma of College Studies (DEC) in Computer Science Technology (420.B0), recognized by the ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur (MEES).

Holders of this diploma can either begin to work in their field or pursue university studies.

  • Computer network technician
  • IT analyst and consultant
  • Multi-platform system and network administrator
  • User support and computer maintenance technician
  • Internetworking equipment programmer
  • Network manager
  • Network security technician
  • Network infrastructure installer (routers, switches, cabling, etc.)
You can also further your software engineering education at the university level. Certain courses may even be credited.

Are you curious and innovative? Like to find solutions? Fascinated and intrigued by computer networks, cloud computing and cybersecurity? This program is made for you.

  • You will have access to software and equipment used by the industry facilitating your professional integration. You will be well prepared to enter the job market or continue your studies in university.
  • You will learn the most up-to-date techniques such as cybersecurity. The standards thought are recommended by CISCO, a world leader in this field.
  • During your last semester, you will have the opportunity for a workplace internship of a duration of 8 weeks which will allow you to put in practice the knowledge acquired during your studies.

Have obtained a Secondary School Diploma (DES) and completed the following program prerequisite:

  • Mathematics: TS, SN Secondary IV or CST 5 (Math 436 under the old plan)


Have obtained a Professional Studies Diploma (DEP) and completed the following courses:

  • Language of Instruction from Secondary V
  • Second Language from Secondary V
  • Mathematics: TS, SN Secondary IV or CST 5 (Math 436 under the old plan)


Have obtained an equivalent education or an instruction deemed sufficient. Every case will be analysed by the College.

  • Applied Mathematics (60 h)
  • Introduction to Networks (75 h)
  • Computer Technical Support (75 h)
  • Installation and Configuration of a Client Operating System (60 h)
  • Installation and Configuration of a Free Operating System (75 h)
  • Routing and Switching Essentials (75 h)
  • Scaling Networks (75 h)
  • Installation and Configuration of a Server Operating System (60 h)
  • Administration of an Open Source Operating System (60 h)
  • Programming and Scripting Langages (90 h)
  • Connecting Networks (75 h)
  • Security of a Network Infrastructure (75 h)
  • Advanced Administration of an Open Source Operating System (60 h)
  • Implementation of Directory Services (75 h)
  • Advanced IP Routing (75 h)
  • Implementation of Network Services (75 h)
  • Administration of Open Source Network services (60 h)
  • Advanced IP Switching (75 h)
  • Installation and Configuration of an Email Server (90 h)
  • Professional Integration (60 h)
  • Internship (255 h)
  • Troubleshooting IP Networks (75 h)
  • Integrating Comptencies in a Case Study (105 h)
  • Management of an IT Infrastructure (75 h)

* The College reserves the right to substitute certain courses.

  • 3 Physical Education Courses (90 h)
  • 3 Humanities Courses (150 h)
  • 4 Literature Courses (240 h)
  • 2 Second Language Courses (90 h)
  • 2 Complementary Courses (90 h)

Contents of the courses in this program are given for information purposes only. LaSalle College reserves the right to change, modify, add or remove one or several software programs or languages of application at any time, while respecting the program objectives and the recommendations contained within the College teaching guide.

For more than 20 years, LaSalle College has been a member of the prestigious Cisco Networking Academy, which allows it to offer its students exclusive and sought-after certifications.

Cisco Networking Academy

LaSalle College offers Microsoft’s Imagine Academy certifications to students who wish to grow their computer knowledge and expand their skills. These certifications are exclusive and recognized by the computer industry.

Cisco Networking Academy

The use of a laptop computer is mandatory (learn more). This laptop must be equipped with the Windows operating system to work with all software. Standard or student license software must be installed when requested by teachers.

The following features are required for PCs:

  • Processor: Intel I5 or AMD A8 compatible with VT-X virtualization
  • Memory: 8 GB minimum
  • Hard drive: 1 TB minimum
  • Screen: 14 inches minimum
  • Connectivity: USB 3.0, Wi-Fi and NIC LAN

You will need a USB-RJ45 adaptor if your laptop doesn't have a network jack.

Required software: Office suite.

The school includes a student-run computer club, which provides support to new computer science students and organizes sports and cultural activities.

  • Microsoft Windows 7/10
  • Microsoft Windows server 2012/2016
  • Microsoft Exchange
  • Microsoft System Center
  • Linux CentOS et Fedora
  • CCNA Routing & Switching
  • CCNA Security
  • CCNP
  • CCNA – VoIP
  • CompTIA – A+
  • Linux LPIC 101 & 201
  • PowerShell, Python and Bash scripting languages