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  • Computer Programming and Analysis

    Computer Programming and Analysis

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:CPA
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Start Dates:Summer, Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Description

Seneca’s School of Information and Communications Technology is a recognized leader in developing and delivering relevant programs. In fact, we have the largest offering of computer studies programs in the province and they are among the very best. Our advisory committee of IT business professionals reviews the course offerings each year and the curriculum is updated to reflect current computer technology needs. As a student in the CPA program, you’ll enjoy a vast range of professional option courses and the opportunity to specialize in semesters five and six in a computer area of your choice.

Additional features include the opportunity to specialize in business applications or technical programming in your upper years, and a co–op program for real–world work experience.

You’ll study at Seneca’s state–of–the–art technology building where staff, faculty and student advisors are committed to helping you succeed. In a recent study more than 90% of Seneca’s Information and Communications Technology students told us they were very satisfied with this program’s ability to deliver relevant career skills and abilities.

The Computer Programming and Analysis advanced diploma program is a three–semester per year program with core courses offered year–round. Start in the fall, winter or spring. Complete the program in consecutive semesters or take a break between semesters.

In your final year you will customize your education by selecting from a broad list of professional options. The list of options is updated regularly to reflect new technologies.

Your Career

Earn an advanced diploma in Computer Programming and Analysis and you’ll be prepared for a rewarding career as a software developer, systems analyst, information systems specialist, database administrator, web application developer, client/server applications developer, systems programmer, game programmer, network administrator, IBM mid–range programmer, or UNIX/Linux system administrator.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  •  Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: (U) or (M)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading)


  • Although not required for admission, a home PC and Internet Service Provider (ISP) are highly recommended to be successful in this program.

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.



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Co-operative Education Option

Co–op can be a valuable experience for first–year students in CPA. Helping students gain important work experience in their field of choice for more than 30 years, the co–op program at Seneca allows you to alternate academic and paid work-terms after semesters three or four.

Our industry partners are committed to providing meaningful work assignments for co– op students. You could gain up to 12 months of paid employment experience while spending only four or eight months longer to achieve your advanced diploma. Entry to the co–op program and work–terms can occur in each of three terms (Fall, Winter or Spring). If selected for the co–op program, you must maintain above average academic standards for progression in co–op.

Students in the co–op option will also take CPP100 (Co–op Professional Theory) in the semester preceding their first co–op work–term, and CPP200 (Co–op Professional Practice) in the semester following their first co–op work–term. Students must successfully complete two co–op work–terms to graduate from the co–op option.

For further information about the co–op program, please refer to Co–operative Education, Faculties of Technology:

Co–op information sessions are held at the Seneca@York campus throughout the year.

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):

Areas of Study

The CPA program provides you with a rigorous theoretical background in object–oriented methodology, particularly in program design and system analysis. We integrate web concepts into all courses across the curriculum and focus on the development of dynamic database–driven web applications on a variety of operating system platforms. You’ll enjoy small class sizes, computerized classrooms and an expert faculty. It all adds up to a supportive environment that will help you master the craft of programming and analysis. You’ll also develop your individual and teamwork skills. If you have prior post–secondary credits or related work experience you may be eligible for credits or challenge exams in related courses.

Some of the courses you’ll study include: programming and web programming languages, system methodologies (object oriented analysis and design), Internet client and server side development, design and maintenance of database systems, data communications, security and a variety of operating systems (Windows, Unix, Linux, IBM System i). In semesters five and six, you may select from a broad offering of professional options. You’ll also integrate systems and technical skills in the planning and implementation of a "real–life" computer project for a business client. General education courses (English and Liberal Studies options) complement the technology curriculum.

Fully equipped labs and open learning areas provide you with access to a network of mid– range (IBM System i) and PC platforms utilizing today’s leading operating systems – Windows, UNIX/Linux, and IBM Business Computing. You’ll get a computer user account and have 24/7 access from external sites to Seneca’s extensive computing services. Come and see our building and lab facilities.

General Education

One of the general education courses must be a literature course for which EAC150 is the pre-requisite.

For more information, please visit:


The CPA curriculum has been accredited by CIPS (Canadian Information Processing Society), Canada's association for IT professionals. See for more information about CIPS.

Open Source and Seneca

Seneca's Centre for Development of Open Technology (CDOT) has unparalleled connections with top tier open source projects such as Mozilla, creators of the Firefox web browser, and Red Hat, makers of the most successful commercial Linux operating system. In courses such as ECL500, OSD600 and OSD700, students have the opportunity to work with world class developers on such projects.

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
APC100 Applied Professional Communications 3
EAC150 * College English 3
IOS110 Introduction to Operating Systems Using Windows 4
IPC144 Introduction to Programming Using C 4
ULI101 Introduction to UNIX/Linux and the Internet 4
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
DBS201 Introduction to Database Design and SQL 4
IBC233 iSeries Business Computing 4
INT222 Internet I - Internet Fundamentals 4
OOP244 Introduction to Object Oriented Programming 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
DBS301 Database Design II and SQL Using Oracle 4
INT322 Internet II - Web Programming on UNIX 4
OOP345 Object-Oriented Software Development Using C++ 4
SYS366 Requirements Gathering Using OO Models 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
DCN455 Data Communications Networks 4
EAC397 Business Report Writing 3
INT422 Internet III - Web Programming on Windows 4
JAC444 Introduction to Java for C++ Programmers 4
SYS466 Analysis and Design Using OO Models 4
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
PRJ566 Project Planning and Management 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
PRJ666 Project Implementation 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4

* English Assessment testing may place students in EAC149 (or below) prior to EAC150.

Professional Options

The following list is a snapshot of professional option choices available in semesters five and six. New and revised options will be offered each term based on the demands of a rapidly changing computer industry. Up–to–date information may be retrieved from the School of Information and Communications Technology home page at:

Professional Course Name
BAC344 Business Applications Using COBOL
DBA625 Database Administration
DBJ565 Database Connectivity Using Java
DBL626 Oracle - Productivity Tools
DBS501 Stored Procedures Using Oracle's PL/SQL
DBT544 DB2
DBW624 Introduction to Datawarehousing
DOM545 Domino Designer and Lotus Notes
DSA555 Data Structures and Algorithms in C++
ECL500 Eclipse Development
EJB605 EJB Architecture and J2EE
GAM531 Game Engine Foundations
GAM532 Game Engine Techniques
GAM536 Game Content Creation
GAM537 Game Level Design
GUI546 Graphical User Interface (GUI) Programming
INT522 Creating Voice-Driven Web Applications
ISP606 iSeries Practicum
MAP523 Mobile App Development – iOS
MAP524 Mobile App Development – Android
MCL544 AS/400 Command Language Programming
NET605 Security Considerations for Data Communications
OOP344 Object Oriented Programming II Using C++
OSD600 Open Source Development
OSD700 Open Source Development Project
PRO608 Multimedia Authoring
RPG544 Business Applications Using RPG
UNX510 UNIX Bash Shell Scripting
UNX511 UNIX Systems Programming
VBA544 Visual Basic
WIN200 Basic Administration of Microsoft Windows 2000
WSA500 Web Services Architecture
XPR500 Extreme Programming

Note: Not all options will be offered every term, and offerings will be dependent on sufficient enrolment.

Contact Us

Computer Studies Website:
Email Information Contact:
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Angela Li
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22036
International Admissions Advisor: Susan Gao
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22365
Registration & Records Advisor:
Registration & Records Advisor: Cindy Cyrus
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33007
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinators: Ian Tipson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33233
Co-op Coordinator: Pat Harper
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33125
Program Chair: Mary-Lynn Manton
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33264
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