Computer Programming and Analysis

Program: CMPA
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Co-op
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 2 Co-op Work Terms
Length: 6 Semesters, plus 2 work terms
Duration: 3 Years
Effective: Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Summer 2022
Location: Barrie


In this program, students focus on computer programming, web development and leveraging data to help organizations make meaningful business decisions. Throughout the program, students learn how to write code using a variety of languages such as Arduino, ASP.NET, C#, C++, Java, JavaScript, PHP, SQL and Swift. Students gain experience developing software for diverse platforms including embedded systems, desktop, mobile, and mainframe systems. In addition, students are exposed to advanced concepts including systems analysis, Business Intelligence (BI), application security, data structures, and game and simulation programming. With a strong emphasis on business and entrepreneurial values, students gain experience in problem solving, troubleshooting and systems building through a series of applied assignments, projects, and co-op work terms.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are well suited to fulfil a wide-range of entry and intermediate-level roles related to software development. They could work independently or as a member of a team to analyze, design, enhance, and maintain software applications on platforms such as desktop, mobile, web, and mainframe systems. Graduates will also be able to participate in the management of activities associated with a software development project, and may be employed in related fields including systems analysis, business analysis, database design and management, web development, and mobile application development.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. identify, analyze, design, develop, implement, verify and document the requirements for a computing environment;
  2. diagnose, troubleshoot, document and monitor technical problems using appropriate methodologies and tools;
  3. analyze, design, implement and maintain secure computing environments;
  4. analyze, develop and maintain robust computing system solutions through validation testing and industry best practices;
  5. communicate and collaborate with team members and stakeholders to ensure effective working relationships;
  6. select and apply strategies for personal and professional development to enhance work performance;
  7. apply project management principles and tools when responding to requirements and monitoring projects within a computing environment;
  8. adhere to ethical, social media, legal, regulatory and economic requirements and/or principles in the development and management of the computing solutions and systems;
  9. investigate emerging trends to respond to technical challenges;
  10. gather, analyze and define software system specifications based on functional and non-functional requirements;
  11. design, develop, document, implement, maintain and test software systems by using industry standard software development methodologies based on defined specifications and existing technologies/frameworks;
  12. select and apply object-oriented and other design concepts and principles, as well as business requirements, to the software development process.
  13. gather requirements and model, design, implement, optimize, and maintain data storage solutions;
  14. integrate network communications into software solutions by adhering to protocol standards;
  15. describe technologies and techniques that can be used to reduce the impact of information technology on the environment;
  16. apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities.

Practical Experience

All co-operative education programs at Georgian contain mandatory work term experiences aligned with program learning outcomes.  Co-op work terms are designed to integrate academic learning with work experience, supporting the development of industry specific competencies and employability skills.

Georgian College holds membership with, and endeavours to follow, the co-operative education guidelines set out by the Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) and Education at Work Ontario (EWO) as supported by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

Co-op is facilitated as a supported, competitive job search process. Students are required to complete a Co-op and Career Preparation course scheduled prior to their first co-op work term. Students engage in an active co-op job search that includes applying to positions posted by Co-op Consultants, and personal networking.  Co-op work terms are scheduled according to a formal sequence that alternates academic and co-op semesters as shown in the program progression below.

Programs may have additional requirements such as a valid driver’s license, strong communication skills, industry specific certifications, and ability to travel. Under exceptional circumstances, a student may be unable to complete the program progression as shown below. Please refer to Georgian College Academic Regulation 3.2.7: Changes in program, course, section or co-op, for details.

International co-op work terms are supported and encouraged, when aligned with program requirements.

Further information on co-op services can be found at

Program Progression

The following reflects the planned progression for full-time offerings of the program.

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2021
  • Sem 2: Winter 2022
  • Work Term 1: Summer 2022
  • Sem 3: Fall 2022
  • Work Term 2: Winter 2023
  • Sem 4: Summer 2023
  • Sem 5: Fall 2023
  • Sem 6: Winter 2024 

Winter Intake

  • Sem 1: Winter 2022
  • Sem 2: Summer 2022
  • Work Term 1: Fall 2022
  • Sem 3: Winter 2023
  • Sem 4: Summer 2023
  • Sem 5: Fall 2023
  • Sem 6: Winter 2024 
  • Work Term 2: Summer 2024

Summer Intake

  • Sem 1: Summer 2022
  • Sem 2: Fall 2022
  • Work Term 1: Winter 2023
  • Sem 3: Summer 2023
  • Sem 4: Fall 2023
  • Work Term 2: Winter 2024
  • Sem 5: Fall 2024
  • Sem 6: Winter 2025


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Additional Information

To be successful in this program, students are required to have a personal notebook computer (either PC or Mac architecture) prior to the start of the program that meets or exceeds the following hardware specifications:

  • Intel i5 processor or AMD equivalent
  • 8GB of memory (16 GB recommended)
  • 250GB hard drive (SSD recommended)

Additional operating systems, tools, and software used in the program are provided to students upon commencement of the program.​

Graduation Requirements

28 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
2 Program Option Courses
4 General Education Courses
2 Co-op Work Terms

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Program Tracking

The following reflects the planned course sequence for full-time offerings of the Fall intake of the program. Where more  than one intake is offered  contact the program co-ordinator for the program tracking.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
COMP 1002 HTML, CSS, and JS Fundamentals 42
COMP 1030 Programming Fundamentals 42
COMP 1035 Networking Essentials 42
COMP 1045 Internet of Things using Arduino 42
MATH 1003 Math for the Computer Industry 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 2
Program Courses  
COMP 1006 Introduction to Web Programming using PHP 42
COMP 1008 Introduction to Object Oriented Programming using Java 42
COMP 1098 .NET Programming using C# 42
COMP 2003 Relational Database 42
ENTR 1002 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 3
Program Courses  
COMP 1009 The Mainframe Environment 42
COMP 1011 Advanced Object Oriented Programming using Java 42
COMP 1073 Client-Side JavaScript 42
COMP 2084 Server-Side Scripting using ASP.NET 42
COMP 3002 Advanced Databases 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 4
Program Courses  
COMP 2068 JavaScript Frameworks 42
COMP 2125 Mobile Development using Swift 42
MGMT 2008 Project Management for Information Technology 42
General Education Courses  
Select 2 courses from the general education list during registration. 84
Program Options  
Select 1 course from the program options list during registration. 42
Semester 5
Program Courses  
COMP 2005 Systems Analysis 42
COMP 2099 Business Intelligence Tools 42
COMP 3000 Systems Project 1 42
COMP 3025 Mobile and Pervasive Computing 42
COMP 3033 Web Frameworks and APIs 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 6
Program Courses  
COMP 3006 Systems Project 2 42
COMP 3023 Game and Simulation Programming 42
COMP 3024 Business Intelligence and Analysis 42
COMP 3026 Application Security Programming 42
MGMT 2001 Principles of Management 42
Program Options  
Select 1 course from the program options list. 42
 Total Hours1512
Plan of Study Grid
Co-op Work TermsHours
COOP 1005 Computer Programmer Work Term 1 (occurs after Semester 2) 560
COOP 2002 Computer Programmer Work Term 2 (Fall Intake occurs after Semester 3, Winter Intake occurs after Semester 6) 560
 Total Hours1120
Program options may include:
COMP 1046Windows System Administration
COMP 1054Interface Design Using CSS
COMP 1070Computer Hardware and Virtualization
COMP 2006Introduction to C++
COMP 2018Linux System Administration
COMP 2021Data Structures and Algorithms
COMP 2131Cloud Computing
COMP 2070Programming for the Mainframe

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of three years (as stated above) may take a maximum of six years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission. 

Disclaimer: The information in this document is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. 

Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.

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