Regulations amended, effective September 1, 2017.
The University Certificate in Computing and Information Systems is designed to provide a solid educational base in computing and information systems. Graduates may use the credits in their future program studies if they wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Computing and Information Systems.
During this university certificate program, students will acquire essential computer programming skills by taking COMP 268 and COMP 272, as well as web development skills by taking COMP 266. Students will comprehend the theories and technologies of computer operating systems, computer networks, system analysis and design, as well as database management. In addition, by completing certain elective courses offered in the program, graduates will gain specialized skills in different IT areas such as database management, system administration, computer programming, or web development.
Refer to the SCIS website for course listings of the various specializations, or consult with the program director for advice.
Students are strongly encouraged to register in ENGL 255 or ADMN 233 early in their program. For further information, refer to English Writing Skills Requirement.
All courses in the program are delivered though online and distance learning in an individualized study mode in order for students to be able to complete the courses and certificate while employed full time. Contact the School of Computing and Information Systems for more information.
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. 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.
|Total credits in the program||33|
|Residency requirement. A minimum of 18 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University||18|
|Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits||6|
Required Courses (27 credits)
|COMP 200||Introduction to Computing and Information Systems||(3)|
|COMP 268||Introduction to Computer Programming (Java)||(3)|
|COMP 266|| Introduction
to Web Programming
|COMP 272||Data Structures and Algorithms|
|COMP 314||Operating Systems||(3)|
|COMP 347||Computer Networks||(3)|
|COMP 361||Systems Analysis and Design||(3)|
|COMP 378||Introduction to Database Management||(3)|
|ENGL 255|| Introductory
|ADMN 233||Writing in Organizations|
Notes: MATH 209 may be replaced with a 200-level 3-credit course in Science upon the approval of the program director. MATH 270 (Linear Algebra I) can be used as an alternative course to meet the MATH 209 (Finite Mathematics) requirement.*
*This regulation change (allowing MATH 270) was approved at GFC #50 (Aug. 28, 2019), and grandfathered effective Sept. 1, 2017 to December 31, 2019.
Electives (6 credits)
|Senior (300/400) level Computer Science (COMP) or Computers and Management Information Systems (CMIS) credits||(6)|
Students will be exempted* from the English Writing Skills Requirement (ENGL 255) if they have met one of the following criteria:
* Note: The exemption must be replaced with a 3-credit course in any discipline at the junior/senior (200 to 400) level.
Information effective Sept. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2018.
Updated March 03 2020 by laurab