Conestoga College Logo - Home Page

Computer Programmer

Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
College Code:
CONS
School:
Engineering & Information Technology
Program Code:
1009
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
DO
Academic Year:
2018 / 2019

About the Program

Computer Programmer is a two-year diploma program designed for students who wish to learn the latest skills needed by business application developers in industry, but want to graduate sooner than allowed by the three-year Computer Programmer/Analyst program. The program emphasizes problem-solving skills using the latest versions of Microsoft, Java and open-source software to develop business and web applications. Object-oriented analysis, design, agile methodologies and programming techniques are mastered and applied throughout the program.

Students learn through a combination of theory and practice, applying their knowledge to hands-on assignments and challenging projects. Complementary courses in areas such as mathematics, accounting and communications support the core IT courses. All of these skills are then applied to a capstone group project in the last year in which students build a major business application, providing them with experience of the complete application development cycle.

For more information contact the Program Coordinator at itprograms@conestogac.on.ca.

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence:
         Doon (Kitchener) - September/2018 - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
         Doon (Kitchener) - January/2019 - Winter | Spring/Summer | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September and January
First-Year Capacity: 35 September, 30 January

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2017-2018 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2017 / 2018) for Computer Programmer - Program # 1009

Doon - Fall 2017 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2017-09-05)
Description Fall 2017 Winter 2018
Full-time Program Tuition $1460.00 $1460.00
Student Priority Fee $49.95 $49.95
Recreation/Athletics Fee $69.55 $69.55
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.10 $28.10
Administration Fee $25.55 $25.55
Technology Enhancement Fee $140.80 $140.80
CSI Capital Development Fee $70.54 $70.54
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.60 $12.60
Session Total $2257.65 $1971.65
Year Total   $4229.30
Doon - Fall 2017 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2017 Winter 2018
Full-time Program Tuition $1460.00 $1460.00
Student Priority Fee $49.95 $49.95
Recreation/Athletics Fee $69.55 $69.55
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.10 $28.10
Administration Fee $25.55 $25.55
Technology Enhancement Fee $140.80 $140.80
CSI Capital Development Fee $70.54 $70.54
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.60 $12.60
Session Total $2257.65 $1971.65
Year Total   $4229.30
Doon - Winter 2018 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2018-01-08)
Description Winter 2018 Spring 2018
Full-time Program Tuition $1460.00 $1460.00
Student Priority Fee $49.95 $49.95
Recreation/Athletics Fee $69.55 $69.55
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.10 $28.10
Administration Fee $25.55 $25.55
Technology Enhancement Fee $140.80 $140.80
CSI Capital Development Fee $70.54 $70.54
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $191.62 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.60 $12.60
Session Total $2163.27 $1971.65
Year Total   $4134.92

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2017 / 2018) for
Computer Programmer - Program # 1009


Doon - Fall 2017 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2017-09-05)
Description Fall 2017 Winter 2018
International Program Tuition $5950.00 $5950.00
Student Priority Fee $49.95 $49.95
Recreation/Athletics Fee $69.55 $69.55
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.10 $28.10
Administration Fee $25.55 $25.55
Technology Enhancement Fee $140.80 $140.80
CSI Capital Development Fee $70.54 $70.54
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $485.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.60 $12.60
Session Total $7321.65 $6836.65
Year Total   $14158.30

Doon - Fall 2017 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2017 Winter 2018
International Program Tuition $5950.00 $5950.00
Student Priority Fee $49.95 $49.95
Recreation/Athletics Fee $69.55 $69.55
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.10 $28.10
Administration Fee $25.55 $25.55
Technology Enhancement Fee $140.80 $140.80
CSI Capital Development Fee $70.54 $70.54
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $485.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.60 $12.60
Session Total $7321.65 $6836.65
Year Total   $14158.30

Doon - Winter 2018 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2018-01-08)
Description Winter 2018 Spring 2018
International Program Tuition $5950.00 $5950.00
Student Priority Fee $49.95 $49.95
Recreation/Athletics Fee $69.55 $69.55
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.10 $28.10
Administration Fee $25.55 $25.55
Technology Enhancement Fee $140.80 $140.80
CSI Capital Development Fee $70.54 $70.54
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $324.95 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.60 $12.60
Session Total $7161.60 $6836.65
Year Total   $13998.25

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Students graduate with programming experience and the skills necessary to analyze and design computer applications for business. Entry-level positions for graduates of this program include computer programmer, web application developer, software tester and quality control professional.

On average, 69% of graduates from the last three years (2014 to 2016) found employment within six months of graduation.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details (1009)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

INFO1265 User Experience

Description: Because of the proliferation of different types of devices, the growing range of digital user interface technologies, and the increasingly competitive nature of the software industry, high-tech companies have come to understand the growing importance of the User Experience, and to value skilled professionals in this area. Thus, students are introduced to best current practices in interactive design, and will solve a series of design problems which draw on different types of devices and varying types of navigation controls, as applied to business and commercial applications. Students will also develop a design project based on a topic of their choice, working through the phases of conception, requirements gathering, addressing technical challenges, storyboarding, documenting and testing the design.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MATH1910 Mathematics for Information Technology I

Description: The purpose of the course is to provide students with a sound mathematical foundation for logical reasoning and problem solving. The course stresses computer and business applications using equations, logic, sets, vectors, and data structures. The course includes applications such as cost-volume-profit analysis. The course is designed for IT students to help them translate everyday real world scenarios into mathematical concepts they can solve with computer systems and applications.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PROG1245 Programming: Web Foundations

Description: In this course, students develop the skills needed to build static web sites. This includes facility with coding HTML, XHTML, and CSS, as well as the insertion of graphics and video into web sites.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PROG1781 Programming Concepts I

Description: Software development programs depend on a strong foundation in programming concepts and logic. In order to develop programs that solve business problems, the student will use the programming concepts of data types, looping, decision making, modifying strings and arrays. Particular attention will be paid to problem solving techniques using flowcharting to design the logic of the program. The student will be introduced to techniques of desk checking, testing and debugging.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
INFO1380 Technology Infrastructure: Networking

Description: This course will provide the student with the knowledge to conduct meaningful dialogue with the network specialists who design, install and maintain the network within their organization. The student will be introduced to broad networking concepts including protocols, topologies, transmission media and security, using hands-on examples of networking issues.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MATH1920 Mathematics for Information Technology II

Description:
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: MATH1910
CoRequisites:

PROG1800 Programming Dynamic Websites

Description: Recommended: PROG1080 Programming Fundamentals or equivalent knowledge.
This course introduces the student to web-based applications development using browser based development tools. The students will program both client and server-side scripting inside of HTML forms.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: PROG1781 or PROG1783
CoRequisites:

PROG1815 Programming Concepts II

Description: This course bulids on the fundamental logic skills of Programming Concepts I, and adds conceptual skills in order to develop software applications according to current best industry practices. The student will do assignments making use of Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) to create a higher level of interactivity, and will employ the "object" concept - classes, objects, data-hiding, inheritance, polymorphism - in order to promote better system modelling, modularity, and reusablity.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: PROG1781
CoRequisites:

PROG1825 Introduction to Data Modelling

Description: This course introduces the student to the concepts of database management. The student will learn how to design and develop database applications. The course will introduce the following topics: data types, table relationships, data normalization, entity relationship diagrams, table navigation and data entry control.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: PROG1781
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 3
INFO2320 Systems Analysis and Design

Description: Upon completion of this course, the student will understand the Systems Development Life Cycle and the Object-Oriented Design methodology using the Unified Modeling Language (UML). An object-oriented approach will be applied to a business system case study utilizing a Computer Assisted Systems Engineering tool to analyze the systems requirements and then to use the tool to design a proposed solution from those requirements. Emphasis will be placed on typical industry practices, documentation and presentation skills in a team environment
Hours: 70
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites: PROG1815
CoRequisites:

PROG2220 Database: S.Q.L.

Description: Recommended: COMP1120 Access or equivalent knowledge. This course introduces the student to Structured Query Language using an industry standard database management system. The topics discussed include Data Definition Language, Data Management Language and testing and debugging techniques.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PROG2230 Programming: Microsoft Web Technologies

Description: This course teaches students how to develop Web Applications using ASP.NET. Students learn how to dynamically create web pages using data from a relational database and how to update data on a relational database with information provided by the user through a web form. The students will use application-wide variables, code and style sheets, object-oriented constructs, classes, and sessional variables.
Hours: 70
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites: PROG1780 or PROG1781 or PROG1783 or PROG8010, PROG1245
CoRequisites:

PROG2370 Game Programming with Data Structures

Description: This course teaches object oriented C# programming through the creation of computer games. Students learn how to create games using the latest development technology. Standards, testing, documentation and practical object-oriented programming techniques are emphasized.
Hours: 70
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites: PROG1780 or PROG1781 or PROG1783
CoRequisites:

PROG2430 Programming Mobile Applications I

Description: This course teaches the student to build mobile applications using the current industry practices and tools. The student will learn client-side smart device development including offline data access, testing, debugging, security, deployment and exception handling. Students will be exposed to writing mobile client software that runs on popular mobile devices.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: PROG1800, PROG1825
CoRequisites:

Level 4
INFO2300 Project Development

Description: This course will support software development capstone courses by having students perform case studies in which they analyze real life examples of deliverables from all phases of the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC). The studies will draw on such areas as analytical models, human factors, security, software testing, entrepreneurship, help authoring and technical writing. By analyzing professional systems, it is expected that students will be better prepared to implement their own application.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: INFO8000 or PROG2220
CoRequisites:

INFO2310 Application Project

Description: This course is the culmination of the program. Small groups of students work as a project team to plan, design, code, document and install a custom computer application as assigned by the instructor.
Hours: 84
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites: INFO2320, PROG2220
CoRequisites:

PROG2070 Programming: Software Quality Assurance

Description: Software quality is everybody's job, no matter what their role in a software product development or IT organization. In this course, we will explore various approaches to testing and improving software quality. We will also learn techniques, practices and tools that programmers employ to achieve higher quality of software products.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: PROG2370
CoRequisites:

PROG2390 Small Business Solutions

Description: Rapid growth and fragmentation of business as a result of new computer technologies has meant that there is a growing number of small businesses and start-ups. Many of these companies look to inexpensive solutions for their business needs. In this course, students get hands-on assignments in which they software tools to develop affordable solutions to classical business problems such as purchasing, sales, inventory and human resource functions.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: PROG1825
CoRequisites:

PROG3210 Programming: Mobile Applications II

Description: This course builds on Programming:Mobile Applications I to teach the student to build mobile applications, including client-side, mobile web and hybrid applications, using advanced programming techniques and current development tools. Students will develop mobile application software that runs on a range of smartphobne and tablet devices.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: PROG2430 or PROG3185
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

Program Outcomes

Software Downloads

  • Students and instructors in a full-time science, technology, engineering or mathematics program are entitled to a number of additional Microsoft software packages through Conestoga's Microsoft Partner Agreement.
  • Your login information will determine what programs you have access to download.

Program Advisory Committees

The College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.

For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.

Program Handbook

Handbook

Apply Now

Domestic students should apply online at www.ontariocolleges.ca or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.

ONTARIOCOLLEGES.CA
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
Canada N1G 5J3

Detailed steps on the application process may help you to apply.

International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page before applying.
For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.

Disclaimer

The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

PROGRAM SEARCH

Program Status (Domestic)
Start DateCampusStatus**
JAN, 2018 Doon Wait List
SEP, 2018 Doon Open
JAN, 2019 Doon Open
** Status applicable to domestic students
Program status for international students

Videos

Engineering and Information Technology at Conestoga College video
More videos

Career Coach

Success Stories

Back To Top