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  • Computer Programmer

    Computer Programmer

Program Code:CPD
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College 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 of the Computer Programmer diploma program, you’ll study at our state–of–the–art facilities on Seneca’s York University campus. You’ll be supported by staff, faculty and student advisors, who are committed to helping you succeed. The Computer Programmer diploma program is a four–semester program with all subjects offered in every semester. Start in the fall, winter or spring and study in four consecutive semesters or take a break in between.

Areas of Study

In the first three semesters, you’ll study computer programming, operating systems, database and web technology. By the fourth semester, you’ll learn data communication, security, advanced programming languages and have the opportunity to select a professional option of your choice. sThis program provides you with the fundamental computer programming, Internet and operating system skills required for programming–related employment.

This 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 for you to master the craft of programming and analysis. You’ll also have opportunities to develop your individual and teamwork skills, better preparing you for success in the fast– paced world of business technology. Your study subjects will include programming and web programming languages, system methodologies, Internet client and server side development, design and maintenance of data base systems, data communications, security and a variety of operating systems (Windows, UNIX, Linux, IBM Business Computing).

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

Prepare for a career as a software developer, information systems specialist, PC specialist, IBM mid–range programmer or UNIX/Linux programmer. The technical and business skills you’ll learn in the Computer Programmer diploma program will qualify you for some of the most dynamic jobs in the computer industry today.

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 Arts in a related field
• Bachelor of Computer Science
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


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


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Griffith University• Bachelor of Information Technology

Professional Accreditation

The Computer Programmer 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
SYS366 Requirements Gathering Using OO Models 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
And choose one of:
BAC344 Business Applications Using COBOL 4
OOP345 Object-Oriented Software Development Using C++ 4
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
DCN455 Data Communications Networks 4
EAC397 Business Report Writing 3
JAC444 Introduction to Java for C++ Programmers 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 4

Note: For the professional option to be selected for semester four, students may choose: one of the professional options from the CPA program or INT 422 (Internet III – Web Programming on Windows) or SYS 466 (Analysis and Design using OO Models).

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 - 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
Requirements Gathering Using OO Models
and ONE of the following
Business Applications Using COBOL
Object Oriented Programming II Using C++
Semester 4
Data Communications Networks
Business Report Writing
Introduction to Java for C++ Programmers
General Education Option
Professional Option

Note: For the professional option to be selected for semester four, students may choose: one of the professional options from the CPA program or Internet III – Web Programming on Windows or Analysis and Design using OO Models.

General Education:

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

Contact Us

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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:
  Cindy Cyrus
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33007
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Ian Tipson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33233
Program Chair: Mary-Lynn Manton
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33264
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