Computer Applications Development (Optional Co-op)
- Ontario College Graduate Certificate
- College Code:
- Engineering & Information Technology
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- Academic Year:
- 2017 / 2018
Notice:Students in this program are required to bring a mobile device that meets minimum specified requirements.
About the ProgramThis 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program InformationLength: Three-semester Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
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)
- A three-year advanced diploma or a degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent experience in a business setting
- Applicants not meeting the post-secondary education requirements but who have 3 to 5 years professional or management experience in a business environment will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Such candidates would be expected to provide references and a portfolio of their work and would be subject to an interview process.
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0 or IELTS 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 and an overall average grade of B or above (as assessed, by country, to Ontario standards) in the academic program(s) specified in Admissions Requirements; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; PTE Academic 58; Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.
- We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. You will be eligible for admission to the graduate certificate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Your placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.
Applying to the Co-op Stream
- All applicants apply to the non co-op program. Students will be informed of the application deadline and process. Labour market conditions determine co-op seats in optional co-op programs. Every student who meets academic eligibility requirements may not be admitted to the co-op stream.
- To be considered for admission to the co-op stream, students are required to achieve a minimum overall SWA of 2.50 (65%) in Level 1 with no dropped or failed courses.
- Academic Eligibility for a co-op work term is based on the term that occurs two terms prior to any work term. If this term is also a co-op work term, then work term eligibility will be based on the student's achievement during the preceding academic term. Should a student's academic performance decline considerably during the term just prior to any work term, the college reserves the right to withdraw the student from the upcoming work term.
- Submit proof of admission requirements.
- Applicants not meeting the credential requirement must submit a resume outlining work experience and career goals. Please submit the resume directly to the Conestoga College Admissions Office.
- Final acceptance is based on a review of post-secondary background and relevant documentation.
- This program is designed for the mature learner. Students will be required to carry out independent research and learning throughout the program.
- Students in this program are required to bring a mobile device that meets minimum specified requirements.
- Students are expected to have a working knowledge of personal computers including word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software and the internet. Students will be required to perform computer work for course work and projects outside of class. Keyboarding skills are required.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition fee details for the 2017-2018 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.
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.
For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.
- Co-op programs add value to your education. Earn while you apply what you learn in a real workplace environment. See the Co-op webpages for more details.
- The College cannot guarantee co-op employment. All co-op students are required to conduct an independent co-op job search in addition to the supports and services provided by the Department of Co-op Education.
- Students are responsible for their own transportation and associated costs in order to complete work term requirements. Work locations may not always be readily accessible by public transportation.
Graduate OpportunitiesStudents 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: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home
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|
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
- Apply information technology to various types of business systems.
- Describe and analyze current and relevant advances in computer hardware and software.
- Analyze system requirements for a variety of computer applications.
- Design, input, extract, format , and report information from a database to end-user specifications.
- Design, configure and troubleshoot software solutions that are integrated into networked systems as well as the Internet.
- Use several different operating systems for the development and implementation of programs in business and technical environments.
- Create and modify programs to employ databases in a variety of types of business systems.
- Employ multi-user databases in a variety of types of business systems.
- Analyse and design an information system in an object-oriented environment.
- 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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