Computer Programmer Analyst

Program: COPA
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 2017, Winter 2018
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:

  • troubleshoot and document problems associated with software installation and customization;
  • analyze and define the specifications of a system based on requirements;
  • design, test, document, and deploy programs based on specifications;
  • apply knowledge of the design, modeling, implementation, and maintenance of a database;
  • apply knowledge of networking concepts to develop, deploy, and maintain programs;
  • propose and justify the design and development of an integrated solution based on an analysis of the business environment;
  • use relevant methodologies, policies, and standards to develop integrated solutions;
  • apply knowledge of security issues in the analysis, design, and implementation of integrated solutions;
  • develop and maintain effective working relationships with clients;
  • articulate, defend, and 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;
  • describe technologies and techniques that can be used to reduce the impact of information technology on the environment;
  • apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities.

Practical Experience

Co-operative Education is a mandatory component of all Co-op programs at Georgian College; it has been designed as a process by which students integrate their academic education with work experience related to their programs of study. This integration affects much more than simply earning a salary, including the adjustment to the work environment and the development of professionalism. It also reinforces skills and theory learned during academic semesters, develops professional contacts, job knowledge and career path, improves human relations and communication skills, and promotes personal maturity and financial independence.

Students are requested to register, attend and participate in their scheduled co-operative education classes. These classes are scheduled for all first year students and are expected to be completed in order for students to proceed successfully to their first co-op work experiences. To ensure students are eligible to proceed onto any co-op work experience, students should refer to Promotional Status and Eligibility for Co-op as outlined in the College Calendar. Co-op policies and procedures can be located on our website:

Georgian College follows the Co-operative Education guidelines set out by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) and Education at Work Ontario (EWO) by supporting the learning outcomes designed for the program specific graduate profile and curriculum as set out by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Work Term 1: Summer 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Work Term 2: Winter 2019
  • Sem 4: Summer 2019
  • Sem 5: Fall 2019
  • Sem 6: Winter 2020 

Winter Intake

  • Sem 1: Winter 2018
  • Sem 2: Summer 2018
  • Work Term 1: Fall 2018
  • Sem 3: Winter 2019
  • Sem 4: Summer 2019

  • Sem 5: Fall 2019
  • Sem 6: Winter 2020 
  • Work Term 2: Summer 2020


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

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-seconda

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
  • 250GB hard drive

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

Graduation Requirements

28 Mandatory Courses
2 Communications Courses
2 Optional 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.


Mandatory Courses
COMP 1002HTML, CSS, and JavaScript Fundamentals
COMP 1006Introduction to Web Programming using PHP
COMP 1008Introduction to Object Oriented Programming using Java
COMP 1009The Mainframe Environment
COMP 1011Advanced Object Oriented Programming using Java
COMP 1030Programming Fundamentals
COMP 1035Networking Essentials
COMP 1045Internet of Things using Arduino
COMP 1073Client-Side Scripting using JavaScript
COMP 1098.NET Programming using C#
COMP 2003Relational Databases
COMP 2005Systems Analysis
COMP 2068Advanced Web Programming
COMP 2084Server-Side Scripting using ASP.NET
COMP 2099Business Intelligence Tools
COMP 2125Mobile Development using Swift
COMP 3000Systems Project 1
COMP 3002Advanced Databases
COMP 3006Systems Project 2
COMP 3023Game and Simulation Programming
COMP 3024Business Intelligence and Analysis
COMP 3025Mobile and Pervasive Computing
COMP 3026Application Security Programming
COMP 3033Web Frameworks and APIs
ENTR 1002Introduction to Entrepreneurship
MATH 1003Math for the Computer Industry
MGMT 2001Principles of Management
MGMT 2008Project Management for IT
Communications Courses
Select 2 courses from the communications list during registration.
General Education Courses
Select 4 courses from the general education list during registration.
Co-op Work Terms
COOP 1005Computer Programmer Work Term 1
COOP 2002Computer Programmer Work Term 2
Optional Courses
Select 2 courses from the available list during registration. Program options may include:
COMP 1046Windows System Administration
COMP 1054Web User Interface Design
COMP 1070Computer Hardware and Virtualization
COMP 2006Introduction to C++
COMP 2018Linux System Administration
COMP 2021Data Structures 1
COMP 2070Programming for the Mainframe

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