IT Innovation and Design
- Ontario College Advanced Diploma
- College Code:
- Engineering & Information Technology
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- Academic Year:
- 2016 / 2017
About the ProgramProfound changes to the world of computer applications have created the need for a new kind of software development professional. As a result of explosive growth in the use of mobile devices, a growing appetite for consumer applications across all demographics, and emerging digital technologies, there is a need for entrepreneurial savvy within Canadian companies to effectively compete globally. This demands computer professionals with expertise in graphic design, content creation, User Experience (UX), software development, marketing, and business models in order to design and market new and competitive software applications.
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Program InformationLength: Three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma program
Doon (Kitchener) - September/2016 (Waitlist) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Doon (Kitchener) - January/2017 (Open) - Winter | Spring/Summer | Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September and January
First-Year Capacity: 30 September, 10 January
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older with mature student status (See Mature Student definition for details.)
- Grade 12 compulsory English, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1270).
- Grade 12 Mathematics, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Mathematics (MATH1375).
- For more information on preparatory programs, visit Academic Upgrading
- An academic strength is calculated by averaging the submitted marks of required subjects. If more than one mark is received for a required subject, the highest mark will be used in the calculation.
- Ten (10) additional marks are added to each Advanced level, OAC, U, U/C, and post-secondary course used in the calculation of academic strength.
- A sound mathematical background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission process. Minimum cutoffs apply.
- Students will be expected to carry out independent research and learning and develop creative solutions throughout the program.
Financial AssistanceThe Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.
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Graduate OpportunitiesGraduates will be technically proficient in programming, especially for mobile devices, and can expect to obtain industry careers as software developers and designers. With professional experience, graduates will access career paths such as front-end developer, IT product manager, IT marketing manager and strategist.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Pathways & Credit TransferConestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.
Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
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|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
|COMM1030||Interpersonal And Group Dynamics
Description: In this introductory level course, students learn to apply knowledge from interpersonal relations and group dynamics to working in a team. Emphasis will be placed on utilizing effective communication skills with individuals and groups. Group cohesiveness and group decision-making will be discussed.
|COMM1085||College Reading & Writing Skills
Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
|MATH1910||Mathematics for Information Technology I
Description: The purpose of the course is to provide students with a sound mathematical foundation for logical reasoning and problem solving. The course stresses computer and business applications using equations, logic, sets, vectors, and data structures. The course includes applications such as cost-volume-profit analysis. The course is designed for IT students to help them translate everyday real world scenarios into mathematical concepts they can solve with computer systems and applications.
|PROG1245||Programming: Web Foundations
Description: In this course, students develop the skills needed to build static web sites. This includes facility with coding HTML, XHTML, and CSS, as well as the insertion of graphics and video into web sites.
Description: The student will use a Graphical User Interface based programming language to develop programs to solve business problems. The programming concepts of data types, record structures, arrays, event driven processes and sequential files will be introduced. Particular attention will be paid to problem solving techniques such as pseudo code and flowcharting to design the logic of the program. The student will be introduced to techniques of desk checking, testing and debugging.
|INFO1380||Technology Infrastructure: Networking
Description: This course will provide the student with the knowledge to conduct meaningful dialogue with the network specialists who design, install and maintain the network within their organization. The student will be introduced to broad networking concepts including protocols, topologies, transmission media and security, using hands-on examples of networking issues.
|INFO2070||Systems Development: Analysis
Description: Upon completion of this course, the student will understand the Systems Development Life Cycle and the Object-Oriented Analysis methodology using the Unified Modeling Language. An object-oriented approach will be applied to a business system case study utilizing a Computer Assisted Systems Engineering tool to analyse the systems requirements. Emphasis will be placed on typical industry practices, documentation and presentation skills in a team environment.
|MATH1920||Mathematics for Information Technology II
Description: The purpose of the course is to provide the student with a mathematical basis for personal and business financial decisions, and mathematics of computer applications. Financial topics include: simple interest, simple discount, compound interest, annuities and their applications including loans and investments. Information technology topics include number systems and sets. A Texas Instrument BAII “Plus” financial calculator is required.
Description: This course introduces the student to the concepts of database management. The student will learn how to design and develop database applications. The course will introduce the following topics: data types, table relationships, data normalization, entity relationship diagrams, table navigation and data entry control.
|PROG1800||Programming Dynamic Websites
Description: Recommended: PROG1080 Programming Fundamentals or equivalent knowledge.
|GRDN2000||Graphic Techniques for Software Design
Description: Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of layout, text and colour, in order to promote the usability and commercial viability of web sites and software applications. Graphics tools will be used to develop logos and commercial graphics as well as to storyboard software and computer games. Students will receive an overview of the various types of digital media, as well as the principles of integrating these into software applications and web sites.
|INFO2080||Systems Development: Design
Description: Upon completion of this course, the student will understand the Systems Development Life Cycle and the Object-Oriented Design methodology using the Unified Modeling Language. An object-oriented approach will be applied to a business system case study utilizing a Computer Assisted Systems Engineering tool to design a proposed solution from the requirements prepared in the Systems Development: Analysis course. Emphasis will be placed on typical industry practices, documentation and presentation skills in a team environment.
Description: Recommended: COMP1120 Access or equivalent knowledge. This course introduces the student to Structured Query Language using an industry standard database management system. The topics discussed include Data Definition Language, Data Management Language and testing and debugging techniques.
|PROG2230||Programming: Microsoft Web Technologies
Description: This course teaches students how to develop Web Applications using ASP.NET. Students learn how to dynamically create web pages using data from a relational database and how to update data on a relational database with information provided by the user through a web form. The students will use application-wide variables, code and style sheets, object-oriented constructs, classes, and sessional variables.
|PROG2370||Programming: Object Oriented Game Programming
Description: This course teaches object oriented C# programming through the creation of computer games. Students learn how to create games using the latest development technology. Standards, testing, documentation and practical object-oriented programming techniques are emphasized.
|INFO2040||Systems Development: Mobile Application Design
Description: This course will build on the Systems Development: Design course (INFO2080) to apply software design concepts to mobile applications. Students will be introduced to best current practices in interactive design, and will solve a series of design problems which illustrate the unique qualities of a mobile device, which may include a small screen, a limited keyboard, a touchscreen, and varying types of navigation controls. Students will also be required to develop a design project, working through the phases of conception, requirements gathering, addressing technical challenges, storyboarding, documenting and testing the design.
Description: In this course, students will research: the various groups of customers (or markets) that exist, the needs of those customers, the markets that the organization prefers to serve (target markets), the products or services the organization might develop to meet the needs of the target markets, the ways in which the customers prefer to use the products and services, the strategies of competitors, pricing, and the methods in which products and services should be distributed to customers.
|PROG2070||Programming: Software Quality Assurance
Description: Software quality is everybody's job, no matter what their role in a software product development or IT organization. In this course, we will explore various approaches to testing and improving software quality. We will also learn techniques, practices and tools that programmers employ to achieve higher quality of software products.
|PROG2240||Programming: JAVA Web Technologies
Description: Prerequisite: Programming: Web Fundamentals (60253501) Building on Programming: Web Fundamentals, this course teaches the student to build Web applications using the Java development environment. The student will learn server side development including session management, database access, testing, debugging and exception handling.
|PROG3180||Programming: Mobile Applications I
Description: This course teaches the student to build mobile applications using the current industry practices and tools. The student will learn client-side smart device development including offline data access, testing, debugging, security, deployment and exception handling. Students will be exposed to writing mobile client software that runs on popular mobile devices.
Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
|INFO3130||Systems Development: IT Innovation
Description: Students do a series of design assignments in which they develop ideas based on assigned themes, such as Web 2.0 sites, the incorporation of new technologies into conventional products, the combining of existing technologies, web sites driven by advertising revenue, and viral marketing products. Typically, the assignment deliverables will include a non-working prototype and a presentation in which the novelty of the product or solution is explained and the potential impact of the idea is evaluated.
|INFO3140||Systems Development: Game Design
Description: Students storyboard games, simulations, user interfaces and software agents by developing narratives, logic and sequencing as well as designing simple images. Storyboarding and graphic design tools are used.
|INFO3150||Systems Development: Mobile Application Architecture
Description: Students are given design and programming assignments that explore the unique challenges of mobile applications, such as limited memory, database synchronization and volatile network connections.
|MKT3130||Marketing for the Information Technology Industry
Description: This course builds on the Market Research course in order to develop the skills to determine the position, or niche, for an organization to target, and to be perceived as targeting. Course content will address ongoing promotions which can include advertising, public relations, sales and customer service. Various methods of market promotion are explored for the purpose of researching markets, target markets and their needs, competitors, market trends and customer satisfaction with products and services.
|PROG3210||Programming: Mobile Applications II
Description: This course builds on Programming:Mobile Applications I to teach the student to build mobile applications, including client-side, mobile web and hybrid applications, using advanced programming techniques and current development tools. Students will develop mobile application software that runs on a range of smartphobne and tablet devices.
Description: Students will investigate venture capitalist firms, government programs and local agencies oriented toward the start up of new IT companies. The principles of evaluating an IT product, service or technology for production will be discussed. Students will be required to develop and present a business plan for a new commercial initiative.
Description: In this course, students will learn professional writing and presentation skills required for effective technical communication in the workplace. They will learn to write technical documents by applying standard technical writing style and analyzing their forms and uses for target audiences, purposes, and contexts. They will also learn to write formal technical proposals or reports using research and documentation skills.
|INFO3160||Systems Development: Emerging Technologies
Description: In this seminar course, students research and prepare presentations on topics dealing with information and digital technologies that have recently come to market. They will be required to evaluate the impact of these technologies on existing IT products and services as well as to predict new products and trends that might result from these developments.
|INFO3170||Systems Development: Design Project
Description: This course is the culmination of the program. Successful completion of this course will require the application of skills learned in most of the courses studied in the prior semesters. Small groups of students are to work as a team to design and document an IT application, web site, product or interface. The design must be supported by documented market research, a marketing plan and a business plan, A faculty advisor will meet regularly with the group to ensure the process is properly managed and a plan is followed.
Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
- Analyze and resolve information technology problems through the application of systematic approaches and diagnostic tools.
- Apply knowledge of the design, modeling, implementation, and maintenance of a database to the development of business solutions and commercial IT products.
- Evaluate emerging IT technologies with respect to their impact on existing IT products and their potential for the development of new IT products.
- Evaluate the various streams of revenue that apply to IT products, services, websites or technologies such as direct sales, licensing, pay per use, advertising and viral marketing products.
- Evaluate the commercial viability of new IT products or technologies through research and the development of a marketing plan.
- Investigate government programs, local venture capital and other opportunities available for IT company startups.
- Prepare presentations on the viability of new IT products or technologies for corporate audiences.
- Develop designs and prototypes for IT solutions, commercial products, software controls and interfaces through the application of relevant methodologies, best practices, policies, regulations and standards.
- Test proposed software designs against current standards and best practices for interactive design.
- Investigate and develop software applications based on user needs and specifications, through the application of relevant methodologies, best practices, policies, regulations and standards.
- Apply knowledge of security issues to the analysis, design, and implementation of integrated solutions.
- Contribute to the successful completion of projects by applying the project management principles in current use.
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