Undergraduate Programs
University Certificate in Computing and Information Systems
Regulations amended, effective September 1, 2004

Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

The University Certificate in Computing and Information Systems is designed to provide a solid educational base in information systems, to be the equivalent of a minor in Information Systems, and to qualify students for employment opportunities.

The programming language requirements for new students of the program are COMP 266 and COMP 268 (Java) or COMP 268 and COMP 272 (Java), as noted below. Those already in a program may graduate with other combinations of programming language(s) in introductory programming and data structures. Refer to the Web site for descriptions of the various acceptable and suitable combinations.

By completing different combination of courses as noted below, graduates can specialize in different IT areas such as database management, system administration, computer programming, or Web development. Moreover, graduates may use the credits in their future program studies if they wish to pursue a bachelor degree.

Students who have not yet completed an acceptable combination, should consult with the Program Director to determine which course(s) they should take that will satisfy the requirements. Some courses will begin to specify Java as a prerequisite, but usually allow other possibilities.

Students are recommended to take no more than three COMP courses
simultaneously while completing the certificate.

Athabasca University advisors have developed a Program Plan to assist you, or you can email Advising Services. The University has also developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.

  Total credits in the program
  Required credits 33
  Through Athabasca University (residency requirements) 18
  General certificate regulations  
  Required Courses (33 credits)
COMP 200 Introduction to Computing and Information Systems
       COMP 266 Introduction to Web Programming
       COMP 268

Introduction to Computer Programming (Java)

       COMP 268

Introduction to Computer Programming (Java)

       COMP 272 Data Structures and Algorithms (Java) (6)
COMP 314 Computer Organization (3)
COMP 315 Advanced Operating Systems (3)
COMP 347 Computer Networks I (3)
COMP 361 Systems Analysis and Design (3)
COMP 378 Introduction to Database Management (3)
ENGL 255 Introductory Composition
ADMN 233 Writing in Organizations (3)
MATH 209 Finite Mathematics (3)
  One 300-level COMP or CMIS course (3)

*This provides students the option to take (COMP 266 followed by COMP 268) OR (COMP 268 followed by COMP 272).

Students who wish to specialize in System Administration should take COMP 266, COMP 268, COMP 315, COMP 365, and COMP 374.

Students who wish to specialize in Database Management should take COMP 315, COMP 378, and COMP 418 after either COMP 266 and COMP 268, or COMP 268 and COMP 272.

Students who wish to specialize in Web site development should take COMP 266, COMP 268, COMP 308, COMP 378, and COMP 466.

Students who wish to specialize in Computer Programming should take COMP 268, COMP 272, COMP 308, COMP 378, and COMP 489


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