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Computer Applications Development (Optional Co-op)

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
College Code:
Engineering & Information Technology
Program Code:
Accelerated Delivery:
Academic Year:
2017 / 2018


Students in this program are required to bring a mobile device that meets minimum specified requirements.

About the Program

This three-semester intensive, full-time, co-op program will be of interest to college or university graduates who wish to pursue a career as a software developer or analyst, or to use those skills to complement career skills they already possess. The program provides students with a broad business and technical background in web, mobile and database application development, as well as systems analysis and design. This program provides the student with programming experience and the skills necessary to analyze and design information technology (IT)-based solutions for business and consumer applications.
The co-op component consists of a four-month work term after the final semester of studies. The work term can be completed in a business, industry, government or charitable organization. An entrepreneurial work term in which the student explores development of a product or service may also be possible when certain criteria are met.
In the Computer Applications Development program, students benefit from specialized courses taught by highly qualified industry experts. As a result, students should expect to have classes scheduled up till 8:00 p.m.

For more information contact the Program Coordinator at

Program Information

Length: Three-semester Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
Delivery Sequence:
         Doon (Kitchener) - September/2017 - Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer
         Doon (Kitchener) - January/2018 - Winter | Spring/Summer | Fall
         Doon (Kitchener) - May/2018 - Spring/Summer | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Applying to the Co-op Stream

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2017-2018 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.

Financial Assistance

The 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.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Co-op Information

Graduate Opportunities

Students graduate with programming experience and the skills necessary to analyze and design computer applications for business. Entry-level positions for graduates of this program include computer programmer, web application developer, software tester and quality control professional. In addition to these, career path opportunities would include systems analyst, business analyst, project manager and IT manager.

On average, 78% of graduates from the last three years (2013 to 2015) found employment within six months of graduation.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga 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.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details (0066C)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
INFO8000 Systems Development: Concepts & 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 analyze the system's requirements. Emphasis will be placed on typical industry practices, documentation and presentation skills in a team environment.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4

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.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4

PROG8010 Programming: Software Development Techniques

Description: Students use an object-oriented language to develop software solutions to solve business problems. Assignments illustrate the concepts of variables, decisions, scope, functions, repetition, and arrays. Problem solving techniques such as flowcharting and pseudo code are emphasized in order to develop business solutions. Students are required to use best practices to test and debug their projects.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4

PROG8020 Programming: Web Design and Development

Description: This course introduces the student to web applications development. Students apply best practices of user interface design to the development of web sites. Assignments illustrate the use of client side scripting to validate web forms. A server side scripting language is used together with a database to implement business solutions that save and process data.
Hours: 75
Credits: 5

PROG8080 Programming: Database Management

Description: This course teaches the knowledge and skills needed to use relational databases to persist application data. Students will learn how to design relational databases, create them using Microsoft SQL Server, and manipulate them using Structured Query Language (SQL). Business Intelligence Services, reporting and database administration will be introduced. The knowledge and skills learned in this course can be adapted to other database products and SQL dialects.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4

Level 2
CDEV1020 Co-op and Career Preparation

Description: This mandatory course prepares students for job searching for their co-op work terms and for post-graduate careers. Students will reflect on their skills, attitudes, and expectations and evaluate and interpret available opportunities in the workplace. Self-marketing techniques using resumes, cover letters, cold-calls, and interviewing will be learned and students will learn the expectations, rules, and regulations that apply in the workplace with regards to social, organizational, ethical, and safety issues while developing an awareness of self-reflective practice.
Hours: 16
Credits: 1

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.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: INFO2070 or INFO8000

INFO8105 System Development Project

Description: Students perform case studies in which they analyze real life examples of deliverables from all phases of the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC). The studies will draw on such areas as analytical models, human factors, security, software testing and entrepreneurship. Concurrent with the case studies, small groups of students work as a project team to plan, design, code, document and install a custom computer application as assigned by the instructor.
Hours: 90
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites: INFO1570 or PROG1245, PROG8080, INFO8000, PROG8020

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.
Hours: 75
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites: PROG1780 or PROG1781 or PROG1783 or PROG8010, PROG1245

PROG8110 Programming: Mobile Application Development

Description: In this course, the student plans, designs and builds mobile applications. Native, mobile web and hybrid applications are explored and developed.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: INFO1570 or PROG1245, PROG8080, PROG8010, PROG8020

Level 3
COOP8020 Co-op Work Term CAD

Description: This co-op work term will provide students with college-approved work experience in an authentic, professionally relevant work environment. Through this course, students will be provided the opportunity to connect theory and practice by leveraging their academic knowledge to develop specialized vocational skills. The practical applications of this work term will promote students' awareness of key concepts and terminology in their field, improve their competencies in problem-solving and decision-making, further their application of professional judgement, hone their leadership skills (independently or as part of team), and enhance their capacity to critically analyze and reflect on their demonstrated abilities in the workplace.
Hours: 420
Credits: 14
Pre-Requisites: CDEV1020 or CEPR8200

Program Outcomes

Software Downloads

  • Students and instructors in a full-time science, technology, engineering or mathematics program are entitled to a number of additional Microsoft software packages through Conestoga's Microsoft Partner Agreement.
  • Your login information will determine what programs you have access to download.

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For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.

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Domestic students should apply online at or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.

60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
Canada N1G 5J3

Detailed steps on the application process may help you to apply.

International students should apply online using the Conestoga College International Application Portal. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page before applying.

For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.


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Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.


Program Status (Domestic)
Start DateCampusStatus**
JAN, 2019 Waterloo Transfer Option
MAY, 2019 Waterloo Transfer Option
** Status applicable to domestic students
Program status for international students

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