PROGRAM AT-A-GLANCE
  • ontariocolleges.ca code: CFND
  • Program length: Two semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Certificate
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Business, IT & Management (BITM)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,851 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
    • Program intake status is Open Open: January 2018
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Waitlisted Waitlisted: September 2017
    • Program intake status is Closed Closed: January 2018
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Computer Foundations

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Computer Foundations

Computer Foundations

Does a career that provides you access to hundreds of computers, the ability to find and fix glitches and the opportunity to work with new computer programs excite you? This program provides students with a strong base of computer knowledge and the opportunity to gain advanced standing into the Computer Programmer, Computer Programmer Analyst, Computer Systems Technician, Computer Systems Technology and Computer Systems Technician – Transfer to UOIT Bachelor of Information Technology programs. Sample a variety of computer-related courses and discover your area of expertise.

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Program Description (Laptop program)

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program are required to purchase their own laptop. For specific hardware and software requirements for this program click here.

In today’s workplace, computer skills are a virtual necessity. Whether you’re working with numbers, designs or words, your knowledge of how to successfully navigate electronic technology can help you get your foot in the door when applying for that perfect job. This program provides the fundamental skills in computer technologies including programming languages, systems development, and operating systems that will open the door to pursuing additional certifications and/or diplomas.

The technical skills gained will benefit graduates both personally and professionally whether they choose to use the program as a starting point to a more advanced IT diploma or as a solid foundation in digital technology.

Students who enter the program with a previous educational credential can supplement their learning by adding a technical skillset providing them with a competitive advantage when entering the workforce.

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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 mathematics (C, M or U)
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Career Options

WHAT YOU COULD BE:

  • Call centre support clerks
  • Help desk technicians
  • Customer service representative
  • Technical support clerk

WHERE YOU COULD WORK:

  • Banks
  • Colleges and universities
  • Computer and network support companies
  • Government
  • Retail corporations
  • Software companies
  • Publishing companies
  • Telecommunications companies
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Course List & Descriptions

Semester 1

Semester 2

Courses and course descriptions are subject to change.

Please note:

Students taking the Computer Programmer stream will take elective courses Net Development I (NETD 2202) and Systems Development I (SYDE 2203) in semester two.

Students taking the Computer Systems stream will take elective courses Data Communications and Networking II (DCOM 2100) and Workstation Operating Systems (OSYS 2100) in semester two.

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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Tuition$2,851$12,622
Compulsory Ancillary

$1,141

$1,541
Program Incidental$350$350
Total Fees:$4,341$14,513

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Laptop Learning

Students enrolled in laptop programs will enjoy an exceptional learning experience through the use of technology. The advanced technical skills and knowledge that employers look for in graduates will provide students with a decided advantage when entering the workforce. Please pay close attention to the hardware and software requirements of your program as the requirements are not the same for all laptop programs.

How laptop learning works:

  • Review your specific program page for hardware and software requirements
  • Acquire your own laptop from a vendor of your choosing including all of the hardware and software components listed below

Please note: Some software may be included in tuition fees for some programs. Please ensure that you are required to buy software before making a purchase.

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Laptop Requirements

Minimum Recommended Hardware

  • Intel I7 or AMD A10 processor or better with chipset that must support virtualization
  • 16 GB of RAM
  • 1 TB hard drive
  • Ethernet Network Card
  • Wireless Network Card
  • One USB 3.0 port (two preferred)

Software Requirements

  • Windows 10 Professional Edition
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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

All courses in the Computer Foundations program are also included in the curriculum of the Computer Programmer, Computer Programmer Analyst, Computer Systems Technician, and Computer Systems Technology programs which will provide students with advanced standing. Students that receive a minimum GPA of 3.5 in first semester courses will be eligible to apply to the Computer Systems Technician – Transfer to UOIT Bachelor of Information Technology program. Graduates may choose to return to Durham College to complete any of these programs, using completed courses as equivalent academic credits.

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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PROGRAM AT-A-GLANCE
  • ontariocolleges.ca code: CFND
  • Program length: Two semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Certificate
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Business, IT & Management (BITM)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,851 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
    • Program intake status is Open Open: January 2018
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Waitlisted Waitlisted: September 2017
    • Program intake status is Closed Closed: January 2018
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