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    Computer Programmer

Program Code:CPD
Campus:Seneca@York
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Start Dates:Summer, Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
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 course 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 courses offered in every semester. Start in the fall, winter or spring and study in four consecutive semesters or take a break in between.

Program Learning Outcomes:

This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Use documented solutions to troubleshoot problems associated with software installation and customization.
  • Develop, test, document, deploy, and maintain secure program code based on specifications.
  • Perform routine maintenance on a database.
  • Apply knowledge of networking concepts to develop, deploy, and maintain program code.
  • Gather and document required information and assist in an analysis of a business.
  • Use relevant methodologies, policies, and standards to develop secure program code.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with clients.
  • Conform to workplace expectations found in information technology (IT) environments.
  • Contribute to the successful completion of the project applying the project management principles in use.

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

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).

Note: 

  • Although not required for admission, a home PC and Internet Service Provider (ISP) are highly recommended to be successful in this program.

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.

Fees

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Your Career

Prepare for a career as a software developer, information systems specialist, PC specialist, IBM midrange 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.

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. If you have prior post–secondary education or relevant work experience, you may apply for credits or challenge exams in related courses. The CPD program provides you with the fundamental computer programming, Internet, and operating system skills required for programming–related employment.

The CPD and CPA (Computer Programming and Analysis) programs share a common core of courses in the first three semesters. This means you can transfer between programs. The CPD 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 courses 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). General education courses (English and Liberal Studies options) complement the technology curriculum.

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

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

Toronto

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

Ontario

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

Canada

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

U.S.

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

International

University/CollegeDegrees Available
Griffith University• Bachelor of Information Technology
Queensland University of Technology• Bachelor of Information Technology

General Education

One of the general education courses must be a literature course for which EAC150 is the pre-requisite.

For more information, please visit: els.senecac.on.ca.

Accreditations

The CPD curriculum has been accredited by CIPS (Canadian Information Processing Society), Canada's association for IT professionals. See www.cips.ca for more information about CIPS.

Curriculum

Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
APC100 Applied Professional Communications 3
EAC150 College English 3
IOS110 Introduction to Operating Systems Using Windows 5
IPC144 Introduction to Programming Using C 5
ULI101 Introduction to UNIX/Linux and the Internet 5
 
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
OOP344 Object Oriented Programming II 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).

Contact Us

Computer Studies Website: http://cs.senecacollege.ca
Email: computerstudies@senecacollege.ca

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Sarah Lee
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22036
Email: Sarah.Lee@senecacollege.ca
International Admissions Advisor: Susan Gao
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22365
Email: Susan.Gao@senecacollege.ca
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Cindy Cyrus
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33007
Email: Cindy.Cyrus@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Ian Tipson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33233
Email: Ian.Tipson@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair: Mary-Lynn Manton
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33264
Email: Mary-Lynn.Manton@senecacollege.ca

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