Undergraduate Programs
University Certificate in Computing and Information Systems
Regulations amended, effective September 1, 2008

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 268 (Java) 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 website for descriptions of the various acceptable and suitable combinations.

By completing different combinations of courses described in the program, 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 of courses, 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. As you complete the certificate, we recommend that you take no more than three COMP courses simultaneously.

Program Plans

Our online program plans can assist you in selecting the courses needed to fulfill your program requirements.

Counselling Services offers an assessment website, "Mapping Your Future: Your Career and Athabasca University." Athabasca University has also developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.

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

  Program Structure  
  Total credits in the program
  Required credits 33
  Residency requirement. A minimum of 18 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University 18
  Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits 6
  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)
  And one 300-level Computer Science (COMP) or Computers and Management Information Systems (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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