Computer Science - Software Engineering Specialist - 893

Mohawk College Certificate
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This Level 2 certificate program provides students with a background in computer programming, systems analysis and design and an opportunity to develop performance skills tailored to the current needs of industry. Topics may include operating systems concepts; multi-tasking operating system environments; the design, development and implementation of interactive software; the principle design concerns of Graphical User Interfaces (GUI); data file processing in an object-oriented programming environment; event-driven programming logic.

Graduates will have been prepared to join systems, programming and/or database groups, work with several programming languages, handle systems analysis and design, and the systematic approach to software development.

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  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR 19 years of age or older.
  • Completion of the Computer Science - Level 1 Certificate OR able to meet course prerequisites.

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2017/18 academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Technology and Skills.

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A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Build a foundation for learning and practicing the discipline of Software Engineering and the application of tools and methods to produce and maintain quality software systems. Develop essential skills to create software structures and logic. Develop knowledge and disciplines which are transferrable to any computer-based software problem.
Credits: 5
Course description: Design object-oriented apps in Java that make effective use of encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism, interfaces, association, and arrays of objects. Create desktop apps that display graphics and use Graphical User Interface components to communicate with the user. Implement apps that allow the user to open, view, and modify the contents of text files. Extend programming and problem solving skills developed in Programming Fundamentals to the Java programming language.
Prerequisites: COMP10001
Course description: Identify the steps involved in approaches and investigating system requirements. Develop an understanding of the principles in modeling and evaluating alternatives and strategies. Create project schedules, requirements analysis and cost/benefit analysis. Design outputs and inputs and develop an understanding of Human-Computer Interaction and the processes involved in systems operation and support.
Course description: Demonstrate knowledge of database terms, SQL, Normalization, Entity Relationship Diagramming, Physical Structures and Database Administration.
Credits: 4
Course description: Build, analyze, and test interactive web pages using client- and server-side scripting languages and environments such as JavaScript, VBScript, PHP and Active Server Pages through extensive hands-on projects revolving around actual business practices. Create dynamic web applications that interact with a database using scripts, and compiled server programs.
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: ELEC10034
Equivalents: COMPNET25
Course description: Describe the fundamentals of computer hardware and software as well as advanced concepts. Develop skills to identify internal components of a computer, assemble a computer system, install an operating system, and troubleshoot using system tools and diagnostic software. Provide hands-on, career-oriented learning experience to develop fundamental computer and career skills. Integrate Cisco IT Essentials curriculum to prepare to write the CompTIA A+ certification exam.
Credits: 4
Course description: This course focuses on how to design, develop, and implement interactive and user-friendly software within the Microsoft .NET environment. An object-oriented approach to programming is used to develop both console and GUI applications. Core topics covered expand upon the concepts of classes, data encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism. Program designs may incorporate interfaces, data structures, and/or generic collections. Where used, Windows forms will introduce the concept of event-driven programming, touching on form navigation, data entry validation, and database processing.
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: COMP10062
Equivalents: COMP10039