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Software Engineering Technology

Credential:
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
College Code:
CONS
School:
Engineering & Information Technology
Program Code:
1132
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
DO
Academic Year:
2017 / 2018

About the Program

Conestoga's Software Engineering Technology program is recognized as one of the top programs of its kind in the province. This three-year program is ideally suited for someone desiring a dynamic career in the fast-paced, continually growing software industry.

Working with a large variety of computer languages and environments, students will develop skills and knowledge that will qualify them for careers in the software industry. With a strong focus on topics that are modern and relevant, the heavily hands-on approach provides experience that spans many aspects of the software industry. Courses cover areas as diverse as database development, internet development, embedded systems, smartphone/tablet development, computer graphics, computer security, software quality, and game programming. There is also an opportunity to work on real-world projects for industry clients. The optional co-op stream includes four consecutive four-month work terms.

For more information contact the Program Coordinator at set@conestogac.on.ca.

Program Information

Length: Three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2017 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 35

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2016-2017 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2016 / 2017) for Software Engineering Technology - Program # 1132

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2206.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4126.50
Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2206.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4126.50
Doon - Fall 2016 Level 5 & 6 (Program Start: 2014-09-02)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2206.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4126.50

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2016 / 2017) for
Software Engineering Technology - Program # 1132


Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7275.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14000.50

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7275.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14000.50

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 5 & 6 (Program Start: 2014-09-02)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7275.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14000.50

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.

Graduate Opportunities

This program provides the knowledge and skills to function proficiently as a software developer.

Graduates will have acquired the ability and flexibility to join a large variety of software, technical, or system development teams at an intermediate level position.

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: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

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
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description:
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MATH1900 Applied Math I

Description: This course focuses on the application of mathematical techniques to analyze and solve fundamental engineering problems. Topics covered include: basic algebraic operations, geometry, functions and graphs, trigonometric functions, systems of linear equations, factoring and fractions, quadratic equations, vectors, exponents and radicals, complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PROG1105 Digital Engineering Fundamentals

Description: This course introduces the student to principles and techniques of digital systems and design including numbering systems, basic logic functions, Boolean expressions, truth tables, combination logic circuits, etc. Students will be introduced to programming simple 8-bit microcontrollers. The course serves to provide a basis from which the student can build a working knowledge of digital design and microcomputer and microcontroller based systems.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PROG1347 C Programming

Description: This course will introduce software design and implementation using the C language. Topics include: algorithm design, modular code design, programming style, functions, arrays, pointers, strings, data structures, file I/O and operating system function calls. An emphasis will be placed on proper design to produce maintainable software.
Hours: 75
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PROG1350 Software Engineering Fundamentals

Description: Standard software development methodologies, testing methodologies, and software maintenance topics will be covered to prepare students for real life software development. The course will emphasize proper software design, software development issues, and documentation. The importance of effective software engineering documentation and effective technical communications cannot be stressed enough, especially in today's Rapid Application Development world. Topics include specification writing for system development and testing, code development, testing methodologies (user interface testing, regression testing, etc.), and software maintenance issues.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PROG1595 Operating System Fundamentals

Description: This course provides the student with exposure to operating system (OS) fundamentals from a technical viewpoint. Topics include setup and configuration of an OS and several services, network fundamentals, file systems, and command line operations. By learning advanced techniques in OS usage and some of the related issues, the student is introduced to many of the functions and features that will be built or interfaced to in subsequent programming courses.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
INFO1340 Computer Security

Description: This course covers the practical and ethical aspects of modern computer security. A wide variety of topics will be covered. An emphasis will be placed on examining and analyzing common application security issues. The legal and ethical aspects of computer security and privacy will also be examined.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PROG1150 System Analysis and Design

Description: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to explain the various steps in the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC). The Analysis and Design phases of the SDLC will be implemented in relevant case studies using both traditional and Unified Modeling Language (UML) approaches. As alternatives to the SDLC, several development methodologies will be examined and compared.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: PROG1350, PROG1345 or PROG1347
CoRequisites:

PROG1165 Advanced Software Techniques

Description: This course extends knowledge learned in C Programming as applied to specific development methods and program quality, including alternative build environments, unit testing concepts, advanced debugging techniques, and strong emphasis on memory manipulation using arrays and pointers.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: PROG1345 or PROG1347
CoRequisites:

PROG1360 Microprocessors And Embedded Software

Description: This course has an emphasis on microprocessor programming and assembly language programming, utilizing 8, 16 and 32 bit processors (Intel, Freescale, ARM). The student will design and implement embedded applications for dedicated hardware platforms. Topics include CPU concepts (registers, address bus, data bus, internal versus external ROM, internal versus external RAM, program counter, stack pointer, interrupts), input/output mechanisms, machine data types, basic assembly language programming, timers and interrupt handling.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: PROG1105, PROG1345 or PROG1347
CoRequisites:

PROG1370 Data Structures

Description: This course will emphasize software development using data efficiently and effectively. Important advanced data structures will be discussed and implemented. Common algorithms will be discussed. The C++ Standard Template Library will be introduced.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: PROG1345 or PROG1347
CoRequisites: PROG1385

PROG1385 Object-oriented Programming

Description: This course will expand programming knowledge with C++. Topics include the concept of an object, including information hiding, interfaces, and inheritance, class declarations, member data and functions, interfaces, function and operator overloading, inheritance, templates, etc.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: PROG1345 or PROG1347
CoRequisites:

PROG1970 System Programming

Description: This course will introduce the student to the system level development features of Linux and/or QNX. Shell scripting, industry-standard multitasking concepts, inter-process communication, and socket-level programming will be covered. Students will implement solutions using these concepts.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: PROG1347, PROG1595
CoRequisites:

Level 3
INFO2180 Software Quality I

Description: This course will extend the knowledge learned in Software Engineering Fundamentals. There will be an emphasis on project management, revision control, and testing.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: PROG1150
CoRequisites:

PROG2000 Web Design and Development

Description: This course will familiarize the student with the use of web servers in the development of applications using dynamic web pages. Several server side technologies will be examined including CGI, PHP and ASP.NET. In addition, the student will be introduced to AJAX as a way of efficiently updating portions of a web page.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: INFO1340, PROG1385
CoRequisites:

PROG2110 Relational Databases

Description: This course will discuss the fundamentals of relational database management systems (RDBMS). Custom relational database applications will be created, both from first principles and using SQL.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: PROG1385, PROG1370
CoRequisites:

PROG2120 Windows and Mobile Programming

Description: This course will cover system level development for the Windows family of operating systems, using C/C++/C# languages and Windows specific command line scripting tools. There is an emphasis on basic graphical and user interface programming including controls, menus, dialogues, threading, and Windows based inter-process communications and socket level development. Comparisons will be made to point out common desktop versus hand-held UI design issues, with implementation in both environments. Frameworks will include Win32 SDK, MFC and .NET.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: PROG1385, INFO1020 or PROG1970, PROG1370
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 4
CNTR2115 Industrial Application Development

Description: Industrial application development concepts will be introduced, with emphasis on network protocol design, software implementation of various levels of the OSI model, and common industrial concepts such as data acquisition and calibration techniques. Programming support in various languages from previous courses will be used to design and implement some form of industrial control solution. Solve problems using multiple computers and mobile devices using various interfaces and protocols, network connections, and data acquisition methods.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: PROG1360, PROG2120
CoRequisites:

INFO2030 Software Quality II

Description: This course focuses on testing and testing tools. Several types of tests will be studied and they will be applied to a term project. In addition, deployment and maintenance strategies will be examined and demonstrated.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: INFO2180, PROG2000, PROG2110, PROG2120
CoRequisites:

INFO2230 Advanced Computer Security

Description: This course extends the topics covered in INFO1340 Computer Security which covered the practical and ethical aspects of -modern computer security. Advanced Computer Security emphasizes the hands-on skills and knowledge required to conduct, and thus defend from, a variety of attacks through the framework of penetration testing. Students recreate attack scenarios in an isolated lab, and then study effective countermeasures. Discussion-style seminars throughout the course will reinforce the techniques used in-lab, and will review emerging security issues in the real world.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: INFO1340, PROG2000
CoRequisites: PROG3070

MATH2000 Applied Math II

Description: This course focuses on the application of mathematical techniques to analyze and solve fundamental engineering problems. Topics include: determinants and matrices, sequences, analytic geometry and statistics.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: MATH1900
CoRequisites:

PROG2215 Graphics, Animation and Sound

Description: This course will cover the development techniques associated with multimedia concepts such as image processing, audio processing, video capture, and basic animation techniques. Topics include bitmap and vector animation algorithms, image processing algorithms, basic audio processing including capture and playback, and video capture/playback. Emphasis will be placed on efficient algorithm development to achieve high speed image, audio and video data processing.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: PROG2120
CoRequisites:

PROG3070 Advanced SQL

Description: This course extends the basics of the Structured Query Language (SQL) to include examination of stored procedures, triggers, indexes, performance optimization and data synchronization. The student will develop a group-oriented major project demonstrating these concepts.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: PROG2110
CoRequisites:

PROG3150 Mobile Application Development

Description: This course exposes the student to the frameworks and architectures used in Mobile Application Development. The student will demonstrate the ability to build both native and web-based software solutions on a current mobile platform that incorporates data management, security and available services. Emphasis will be placed on performance, network reliability, deployment, testing and debugging.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: PROG2120
CoRequisites:

Level 5
INFO3020 Project Design

Description: This course prepares students for their third year team-based Systems Project. The project team is expected to use effective project management skills to prepare a project proposal to be approved by faculty. This proposal includes the project scope, a preliminary project plan, and a risk analysis.
Hours: 15
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites: PROG2215, PROG3070, PROG3150, CNTR2115, INFO2030
CoRequisites:

MATH3160 Numerical Methods

Description: This course focuses on providing the mathematical knowledge required to apply numerical methods for solving engineering and software application problems.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: MATH2000, PROG2120
CoRequisites:

PROG2030 Network Application Development

Description: This course will allow the student to demonstrate network-based solutions that integrate a number of technologies and concepts learned previously. Current frameworks in web development, cross-platform security, data synchronization and multi-platform clients are discussed as part of the course to enable the student to demonstrate a complex network solution as part of a major project.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: PROG2110, COMP2190 or PROG2000
CoRequisites:

PROG3080 Service-Oriented Architecture

Description: This course offers a solid foundation in Service-Oriented Architecture design principles. Various SOA implementations such as Web Services, SaaS and Cloud Computing will be used to design and implement systems with an emphasis on loose coupling between services to maximize interoperability. The student will be able to employ SOA principles throughout the course by means of the various SOA technologies – RPC, CORBA, SOAP and REST – to learn where each technology has its strengths and weaknesses.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: INFO2030
CoRequisites:

PROG3165 User Interface Design

Description: This course provides the student with the skills involved in creating effective user interfaces. Techniques for proper design, implementation, and evaluation will be covered, in diverse areas such as desktop, web, mobile and industrial (HMI) user environments. Emphasis will be placed on quality user experiences (UX) and accessibility.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: PROG2000, PROG2120, PROG2215, PROG3150
CoRequisites:

PROG3230 Mobile Application Development II

Description: In this course, the student will learn the fundamental skills for creation of apps for Apple mobile devices. Objective-C will be used to develop apps for deployment on iPhone and iPad devices, using common Apple development standards.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: PROG2120
CoRequisites:

Electives: Program Option
Student must pass 1 Course(s)
PROG3105 Simulation and Game Development

Description: This course will present the principles behind modeling, simulation, and game programming. Emphasis will be placed on proper design processes and advanced programming techniques (such as the use of DirectX) to provide an authentic, high quality interactive environment. Game development concepts will be covered for both PC-oriented and embedded or console-oriented gaming environments.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: PROG2215
CoRequisites:

PROG3240 Business Intelligence

Description: Successful businesses in today's high-tech environment use business intelligence to gain a competitive advantage. This course introduces some of the methodologies and technologies used in the analysis of large amounts of historic data. Topics covered include data visualization, data warehousing, online analytical processing and data mining. Practical use of these technologies are presented in the context of descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: PROG2110 or PROG2220
CoRequisites:

Level 6
PROG3125 Advanced Technology Topics

Description: This course will introduce students to advanced topics in technology including hot-button topics in the software industry. Parallel processing and algorithm development will be covered in conjunction with virtualization technologies. Students will explore the cloud, and critically analyze cloud based environments such as Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Hardware as a Service (HaaS).
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: PROG2000, PROG2120
CoRequisites:

PROG3220 Systems Project

Description: The student, as part of a team, will complete a capstone project that demonstrates skills acquired in previous courses. The project must either address a problem for an external client or demonstrate an innovative solution to a problem chosen by the student. The team will develop a complete software system through the planning, programming, testing, and delivery stages. Both technical and project management skills will be emphasized.
Hours: 90
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites: INFO3020
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

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 Dreamspark.
  • Your login information will determine what programs you have access to download.

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International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form. 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.

Disclaimer

The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

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.

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Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2016 Doon Closed
SEP, 2017 Doon Open
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