- Ontario College Diploma
- College Code:
- Applied Computer Science & Information Technology
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- Academic Year:
- 2019 / 2020
About the ProgramComputer Programmer is a two-year diploma program designed for students who wish to learn the latest skills needed by business application developers in industry, but want to graduate sooner than allowed by the three-year Computer Programmer/Analyst program. The program emphasizes problem-solving skills using the latest versions of Microsoft, Java and open-source software to develop business and web applications. Object-oriented analysis, design, agile methodologies and programming techniques are mastered and applied throughout the program.
Students learn through a combination of theory and practice, applying their knowledge to hands-on assignments and challenging projects. Complementary courses in areas such as mathematics, accounting and communications support the core IT courses. All of these skills are then applied to a capstone group project in the last year in which students build a major business application, providing them with experience of the complete application development cycle.
For more information contact the Program Coordinator at email@example.com.
Program InformationLength: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Waterloo - September/2019 - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Waterloo - January/2020 - Winter | Spring/Summer | Fall | Winter
Start: September and January
First-Year Capacity: 35 September, 30 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 in this program are required to bring a mobile device that meets minimum specified requirements.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition fee details for the 2019-2020 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.
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.
On average, 67% of graduates from the last three years (2015 to 2017) 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. 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. 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.
|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
|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.
Description: This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.
Description: Because of the proliferation of different types of devices, the growing range of digital user interface technologies, and the increasingly competitive nature of the software industry, high-tech companies have come to understand the growing importance of the User Experience, and to value skilled professionals in this area. Thus, students are introduced to best current practices in interactive design, and will solve a series of design problems which draw on different types of devices and varying types of navigation controls, as applied to business and commercial applications. Students will consider competition, target markets, business models and technical challenges in order to gather requirements , storyboard and document the design.
|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.
|PROG1781||Programming Concepts I
Description: Software development programs depend on a strong foundation in programming concepts and logic. In order to develop programs that solve business problems, the student will use the programming concepts of data types, looping, decision making, modifying strings and arrays. Particular attention will be paid to problem solving techniques using 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.
|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.
|PROG1800||Programming Dynamic Websites
Description: Recommended: PROG1080 Programming Fundamentals or equivalent knowledge.
|PROG1815||Programming Concepts II
Description: This course bulids on the fundamental logic skills of Programming Concepts I, and adds conceptual skills in order to develop software applications according to current best industry practices. The student will do assignments making use of Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) to create a higher level of interactivity, and will employ the "object" concept - classes, objects, data-hiding, inheritance, polymorphism - in order to promote better system modelling, modularity, and reusablity.
|PROG1825||Introduction to Data Modelling
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.
Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
|INFO2320||Systems Analysis and 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 (UML). An object-oriented approach will be applied to a business system case study utilizing a Computer Assisted Systems Engineering tool to analyze the systems requirements and then to use the tool to design a proposed solution from those requirements. 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 create dynamic 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 session variables.
|PROG2370||Game Programming with Data Structures
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.
|PROG2430||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.
Description: This course will support software development capstone courses by having 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, entrepreneurship, help authoring and technical writing. By analyzing professional systems, it is expected that students will be better prepared to implement their own application.
Description: This course is the culmination of the program. 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.
|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.
|PROG2390||Small Business Solutions
Description: Rapid growth and fragmentation of business as a result of new computer technologies has meant that there is a growing number of small businesses and start-ups. Many of these companies look to inexpensive solutions for their business needs. In this course, students get hands-on assignments to develop programming solutions for common accounting and business problems using database and programming skills.
|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.
Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
- Apply object oriented programming (OOPS) techniques to business systems development.
- Design, develop and test programs to automate business processes using the most common computer languages and development tools.
- Design, develop and test database systems for business applications using the most common relational database management systems.
- Analyze users' needs and design computer systems using object oriented methodologies.
- Work effectively in a project group environment.
- Execute common commands within commonly used operating systems.
- Apply information technology fundamentals to solve problems in a business environment.
- Understand data communications techniques.
- Apply business mathematics to decision making.
- Interpret and apply basic accounting concepts.
- Communicate effectively in speech and writing.
- Acquire an increased appreciation and understanding of the concepts and values required to enhance the quality of life for self and others in the home, workplace and the local and global community through an exploration of selected broad goals of education in the areas of aesthetics, civic life, culture, personal development, society, work and the economy, science and technology.
- 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.
Program Advisory CommitteesThe College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs. For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.
Apply NowDomestic students should apply online at www.ontariocolleges.ca or by phone at 1-888-892-2228. OntarioColleges.ca 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 Ontario Colleges.ca International applicant portal. Please note that not all programs are open to international students; check the list of open programs on our International Student Programs web page before applying.
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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.
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