Computer Programming

Program: CMPG
Credential: Ontario College Diploma, Co-op
Delivery: Full-time + Part-time
Work Integrated Learning: 1 Co-op Work Term
Length: 4 Semesters, plus 1 work term
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Summer 2023
Location: Barrie (Fall, Winter and Summer), South Georgian Bay (Fall)

Description

In this program, students focus on computer programming, web development, and designing data-driven systems. Students learn how to write code in a variety of programming languages such as Arduino, ASP.NET, C#, Java, JavaScript, HTML/CSS, PHP and Swift. Students gain experience developing software for diverse platforms including embedded systems, desktop, mobile and mainframe systems. With a strong emphasis on business and entrepreneurial values, students gain experience in problem solving, troubleshooting and system building through a series of applied assignments, projects and co-op work terms.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this program are well suited to fulfill a wide-range of entry-level roles related to software development. Graduates could find themselves working independently or as a member of a team to analyze, design, enhance, and maintain software applications, on a variety of platforms including desktop, mobile, web, and mainframe systems. Computer programmer graduates may be employed in related fields, including systems analysis, business analysis, database design and management, computer operations, web development, and mobile application development.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

1. identify, analyze, develop, implement, verify and document the requirements for a computing environment;

2. contribute to the diagnostics, troubleshooting, documenting and monitoring of technical problems using appropriate methodologies and tools;

3. implement and maintain secure computing environments;

4. implement robust computing system solutions through validation testing that aligns with 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 working on projects within a computing environment;

8. adhere to ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements and/or principles in the development and management of computing solutions and systems;

9. support the analysis and definition of software system specifications based on functional and non-functional requirements;

10. contribute to the development, documentation, implementation, maintenance and testing of software systems by using industry standard software development methodologies based on defined specifications and existing technologies/frameworks;

11. apply one or more programming paradigms such as, object-oriented, structured or functional programming, and design principles, as well as documented requirements, to the software development process;

12. model, design, implement, and maintain basic data storage solutions;

13. contribute to the integration of network communications into software solutions by adhering to protocol standards;

14. describe technologies and techniques that can be used to reduce the impact of information technology on the environment;

15. 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 Experiential and Work-Integrated 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 www.GeorgianCollege.ca/co-op

Program Progression

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

Fall Intake - Barrie, South Georgian Bay

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

Winter Intake - Barrie

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

Summer Intake - Barrie

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

Articulation

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 http://www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • any Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)

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: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/academic-regulations/

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:
www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

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 the student upon commencement of the program.​

Graduation Requirements

18 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
1 Program Option Course
3 General Education Courses
1 Co-op Work Term

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
 Hours252
Semester 2
Program Courses  
COMP 1006 Introduction to Web Programming using PHP 42
COMP 1008 Introduction to Object Oriented Programming using Java 42
COMP 1054 Interface Design Using CSS 42
COMP 2003 Relational Database 42
COMP 1112 Document Automation Using Python 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
 Hours252
Semester 3
Program Courses  
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 2139 Cloud Computing Services 42
ENTR 1002 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
 Hours252
Semester 4
Program Courses  
COMP 2068 JavaScript Frameworks 42
COMP 3025 Mobile and Pervasive Computing 42
COMP 2140 Systems Analysis and Project Management 42
General Education Courses  
Select 2 courses from the general education list during registration. 84
Program Option Course  
Select 1 course from the available list during registration. 42
 Hours252
 Total Hours1008
Plan of Study Grid
Co-op Work TermsHours
COOP 1059 Computer Programming Work Term 1 490
 Hours490
 Total Hours490
Program options may include:
COMP 1009The Mainframe Environment
COMP 1046Windows System Administration
COMP 1070Computer Virtualization
COMP 2006Introduction to C++
COMP 2018Linux System Administration
COMP 2021Data Structures and Algorithms
COMP 2070Programming for the Mainframe
COMP 2125Mobile Development using Swift
COMP 2131Cloud Computing
COMP 2099Introduction to Data Analytics
COMP 3002Advanced Databases
COMP 3023Game and Simulation Programming
COMP 3026Application Security Programming
COMP 3033Web Frameworks and APIs
COMP 3037Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

Graduation Window

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of two years (as stated above) may take a maximum of four 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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