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  • Computer Programming and Analysis

    Computer Programming and Analysis

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:CPA
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Description

Seneca’s School of Information and Communications Technology is a recognized leader in developing and delivering relevant programs. In fact, we have the largest offering of computer studies programs in the province and they are among the very best. Our advisory committee of IT business professionals reviews the subject offerings each year and the curriculum is updated to reflect current computer technology needs. As a student in the Computer Programming and Analysis (CPA) program, you’ll enjoy a vast range of professional option subjects and the opportunity to specialize in semesters five and six in a computer area of your choice.

Additional features include the opportunity to specialize in business applications or technical programming in your upper years, and a co–op program for real–world work experience.

You’ll study at Seneca’s state–of–the–art technology building where staff, faculty and student advisors are committed to helping you succeed. In a recent study, more than 90% of Seneca’s Information and Communications Technology students told us they were very satisfied with this program’s ability to deliver relevant career skills and abilities.

The Computer Programming and Analysis advanced diploma program is a three semester per year program with core subjects offered year–round. Start in the fall, winter or spring. Complete the program in consecutive semesters or take a break between semesters.

In your final year you will customize your education by selecting from a broad list of professional options. The list of options is updated regularly to reflect new technologies.

Areas of Study

The Computer Programming and Analysis program provides you with a rigorous theoretical background in object–oriented methodology, particularly in program design and system analysis. We integrate web concepts into all courses across the curriculum and focus on the development of dynamic database–driven web applications on a variety of operating system platforms. You’ll enjoy small class sizes, computerized classrooms and an expert faculty. It all adds up to a supportive environment that will help you master the craft of programming and analysis. You’ll also develop your individual and teamwork skills. If you have prior postsecondary credits or related work experience you may be eligible for credits or challenge exams in related subjects.

Some of the subjects you’ll study include: programming and web programming languages, system methodologies (object oriented analysis and design), Internet client and server side development, design and maintenance of database systems, data communications, security and a variety of operating systems (Windows, Unix, Linux, IBM System i). In semesters five and six, you may select from a broad offering of professional options. You’ll also integrate systems and technical skills in the planning and implementation of a “real–life” computer project for a business client.

Fully equipped labs and open learning areas provide you with access to a network of mid–range (IBM System i) and PC platforms utilizing today’s leading operating systems: Windows, UNIX/Linux and IBM Business Computing. You’ll get a computer user account and have 24/7 access from external sites to Seneca’s extensive computing services. Come and see our building and lab facilities.

Open Source and Seneca

Seneca’s Centre for Development of Open Technology (CDOT) has unparalleled connections with top tier open source projects such as Mozilla, creators of the Firefox web browser, and Red Hat, makers of the most successful commercial Linux operating system. In professional option subjects, students have the opportunity to work with world class developers.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: (U) or (M)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).


  • Although not required for admission, a home PC and Internet Service Provider (ISP) are recommended for your success in the program.


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Your Career

Earn an advanced diploma in Computer Programming and Analysis and you’ll be prepared for a rewarding career as a software developer, systems analyst, information systems specialist, database administrator, web application developer, client/server applications developer, systems programmer, game programmer, network administrator, IBM mid–range programmer or UNIX/Linux system administrator.

Co-operative Education Option

Co–op can be a valuable experience for first–year students in this program. Helping students gain important work experience in their field of choice for more than 30 years, the co–op program at Seneca allows you to alternate academic and paid work semesters after semester three or four.

Our industry partners are committed to providing meaningful work assignments for co-op students. You could gain up to 12 months of paid employment experience while spending only four or eight months longer to achieve your advanced diploma. Entry to the co–op program and work–terms can occur in each of three semesters (Fall, Winter or Spring). If selected for the co–op program, you must maintain above average academic standards for progression in co–op.

Students in the co–op option will also take Co–op Professional Theory in the semester preceding their first co–op work–term and Co–op Professional Practice in the semester following their first co–op work–term. Students must successfully complete two co–op work–terms to graduate from the co–op option.

For further information about the co–op program, please visit

Co–op information sessions are held at the Seneca@York campus throughout the year.

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Seneca College• Bachelor of Technology, Informatics and Security
• Bachelor of Technology, Software Development
York University• Any relevant degree or major


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Algoma University• Bachelor of Computer Science
University of Guelph• Bachelor of Computing (General)
McMaster University• Bachelor of Technology, Computing and Information Technology
University of Ontario Institute of Technology• Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) (Honours) – Bridge – Information Technology Security
• Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) (Honours) – Bridge – Game Development and Entrepreneurship
Trent University• Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing and Information Systems
University of Windsor• Bachelor of Computer Science (General) or Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours Applied Computing)


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Athabasca University• Bachelor of Science – Computer and Information Systems (Post Diploma)


University/CollegeDegrees Available
University at Buffalo• Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Davenport University• BSc – *Computer Information Systems-Programming or Technology Management – Global IT Project Management
Northwood University• Bachelor of Business Administration, Management Major


University/CollegeDegrees Available
University of Gloucestershire• BSc (Hons) Computing
Griffith University• Bachelor of Information Technology

Professional Accreditation

The CPA curriculum has been accredited by the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS), Canada’s association for IT professionals. See for more information about CIPS.

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
APC100 Applied Professional Communications 3
EAC150 * College English 3
IOS110 Introduction to Operating Systems Using Windows 4
IPC144 Introduction to Programming Using C 4
ULI101 Introduction to UNIX/Linux and the Internet 4
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
DBS201 Introduction to Database Design and SQL 4
IBC233 iSeries Business Computing 4
INT222 Internet I - Internet Fundamentals 4
OOP244 Introduction to Object Oriented Programming 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
DBS301 Database Design II and SQL Using Oracle 4
INT322 Internet II - Web Programming on UNIX 4
OOP345 Object-Oriented Software Development Using C++ 4
SYS366 Requirements Gathering Using OO Models 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
DCN455 Data Communications Networks 4
EAC397 Business Report Writing 3
INT422 Internet III - Web Programming on Windows 4
JAC444 Introduction to Java for C++ Programmers 4
SYS466 Analysis and Design Using OO Models 4
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
PRJ566 Project Planning and Management 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
PRJ666 Project Implementation 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4

* English Assessment testing may place students in EAC149 (or below) prior to EAC150.

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Applied Professional Communications
Introduction to Operating systems Using Windows
Introduction to Programming Using C
Introduction to UNIX/Linux and the Internet
College English
Semester 2
Introduction to Database Design and SQL
iSeries Business Computing
Internet I &ndash Internet Fundamentals
Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
General Education Option
Semester 3
Database Design II and SQL Using Oracle
Internet II – Web Programming on UNIX
Object Oriented Programming II Using C++
Requirements Gathering Using OO Models
General Education Option
Semester 4
Data Communications Networks
Business Report Writing
Internet III – Web Programming on Windows
Introduction to Java for C++ Programmers
Analysis and Design Using OO Models
Semester 5
Project Planning and Management
Professional Option
Professional Option
Professional Option
General Education Option
Semester 6
Project Implementation
Professional Option
Professional Option
Professional Option
Professional Option

Professional Options

General Education:

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which College English is a prerequisite.

Business Applications Using COBOL
Database Administration
Database Connectivity Using Java
Oracle - Productivity Tools
Stored Procedures Using Oracle’s PL/SQL
Introduction to Datawarehousing
DOMINO Desinger and LOTUS Notes
Data Structures and Algorithms in C++
Eclipse Development
EJB Architecture and J2EE
Game Engine Foundations
Game Engine Techniques
Game Content Creation
Game Development Fundamentals
Graphical User Interface (GUI) Programming
Creating Voice-Driven Web Applications
iSeries Practicum
Mobile App Development - iOS
Mobile App Development - Android
AS/400 - Command Language Programming
Security Considerations for Data Communications
Open Source Development
Open Source Development Project
Multimedia Authoring
Business Applications Using RPG
UNIX Bash Shell Scripting
UNIX Systems Programming
Visual Basic
Basic Administration of Microsoft Windows
Web Services Architecture

Note: Not all options will be offered every semester, and offerings will be dependent on sufficient enrolment.

Contact Us

Computer Studies Website:
Email Information Contact:
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Susan Gao
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22365
Registration & Records Advisor:
Registration & Records Advisor: Cindy Cyrus
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33007
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinators: Ian Tipson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33233
Co-op Coordinator: Pat Harper
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33125
Program Chair: Mary-Lynn Manton
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33264
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