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
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.
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