Increasingly, individuals and organizations look to computers, be they stand-alone or networked, to optimize workflow, establish a presence in global markets, improve communication, and just generally improve productivity. Graduates of Computer Programming Programs have honed their abilities, acquiring the expertise to develop, test, and deploy program code. As such, graduates are able to work individually or as part of a team to gather requirements and support the recommendations for the improvement or automation of organizational workflow that correspond to the day-to-day requirements of individuals and organizations.
Graduates of this program will fall under the classification of NOC 2174 and may find entry-level positions in industries that write, modify, and integrate software, both web and native, for mobile application devices, internet-based applications, and in other information technology and systems roles.
Based on Canada Job Bank Job Prospects analysis in 2021, the employment outlook for Computer programmers and Interactive Media developers is good in Ontario over the next 3 years. This is largely due to technological changes, employment growth and retirements. Employment opportunities may be found in computer software and mobile applications development firms, information technology consulting firms, business environments, corporate training development organizations and information technology units in the private or public sectors.
Graduates from this program will have the opportunity to continue into an advanced program, such as Mobile Application Development, which will allow them to achieve an Advanced Diploma. Graduates will also have the opportunity to pursue post-graduate certificates after graduation.
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, mature student status.
The curriculum below is for incoming students:
Program Vocational Learning Outcomes
Computer Programming (Ontario College Diploma) (MTCU Code 50503)
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Identify, analyze, develop, implement, verify and document the requirements for a computing environment.
- Contribute to the diagnostics, troubleshooting, documenting and monitoring of technical problems using appropriate methodologies and tools.
- Implement and maintain secure computing environments.
- Implement robust computing system solutions through validation testing that aligns with industry best practices.
- Communicate and collaborate with team members and stakeholders to ensure effective working relationships.
- Select and apply strategies for personal and professional development to enhance work performance.
- Apply project management principles and tools when working on projects within a computing environment.
- Adhere to ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements and/or principles in the development and management of computing solutions and systems.
- Support the analysis and definition of software system specifications based on functional and non-functional requirements.
- Contribute to the development, documentation, implementation, configuration, maintenance and testing of software systems by using industry-standard Software development methodologies, based on defined specifications and existing technologies/frameworks.
- 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.
- Model, design, implement, and maintain basic data storage solutions.
- Contribute to the integration of network communications into software solutions by adhering to protocol standards.