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Sofware Systems Design

Program Overview

Specialized in Software System Design and be one of a select group of Ontario students to receive a four-year bachelor’s degree in Applied Information Sciences. North America has a critical need for highly specialized software designer.

The only its kind in the province, the program has a unique focus on system design, a blend of technology and business subjects as well as industry placement. It also provides specialization in mobile application development or service-oriented architecture and cloud computing. The program places emphasis on advanced software standards and management.

Software Systems Design includes three software development projects. These real-world business applications will require students to utilize all the technical, systems and business skills acquired during their studies to build higher quality software.

Since 2010, the Software Systems Design program is a fully Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) ISTAC accredited program. Graduates from the program are eligible to apply for certified membership to CIPS.




  • The state-of-the-art laboratories are specially engineered for the curriculum

  • You can specialize in mobile application development or service oriented architecture and cloud computing

  • Small classes ensure individual attention

  • Highly qualified full-time faculty has industry experience

  • There is a focus on diversity, equity and a safe learning environment

  • The program includes a work team during summer between second and third year

  • If you have a Computer Programmer /Analysts diploma from an Ontario community college or similar program from another college/ university, you may be eligible to obtain this bachelor degree Applied Information Sciences in two years.


Semester 1

   Fundamentals and Business and Management

   English and Communication Skills

   Logic and Problem –solving Strategies  

   Computer Architecture

   Software Development Programming    Fundamentals

   Website Design and Development


Semester 2

   Financial Analysis


   Discrete Mathematics 1

   Operating Systems Fundamentals

   Science & Technology in Society

   Object Oriented Programming


Semester 3

   Marketing of Services

   Statistics & Research Methods

   Applied Ethics

   Data Structure and Algorithms

   Systems Analysis & Design

   Database Design and Modeling


Semester 4

   Employment Preplacement

   Liberal Studies Elective

   Data Communications and Networks

   Logical Self Defense

   Database Driven Websites

   Object Oriented Analysis & Design

   Internet Programming

   Work Team


Semester 5

   Project Management 1

   Liberal Studies Elective

   Software Standards, Testing & Maintenance

   Database Programming

   Computer and Human Interaction

  Software Design Patterns


Semester 6

   Entrepreneurship in the New Economy

   Discrete Mathematics 2

   Technical Writing and Documentation

   Programming for Network Systems

   Software Development Project 1

  Architecting Database Solutions


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Semester 7

   Project Management 2

   Technical Elective

   Liberal Studies Elective

   Software Development Project 2

   Software Quality assurance

   Emerging Technologies


Technical Electives:

   Service Oriented Architecture 1

   Mobile Applications Development 1


Semester 8

   Business Consulting

   Technical Elective

   Liberal Studies Elective

   Software Development Project 3

   Cryptography and Information Security


Technical Electives:

   Service Oriented Architecture 2

   Mobile Applications Development 2



Your choice of the following Liberal studies elective (please note that not all elective courses will be offered each semester):

Liberal Studies Electives

   Calculus with Applications

   Chemistry of Pollutants: Impacts & Solutions

   Philosophy: Ethical Reasoning for Today’s  World

   Science & Technology in Society

   Ethics for a Plural World

   Logical Self Defense

   Political and Contemporary Issues

   Psychology: The Science of Behaviour

   Social Psychology

   Consumer Psychology

   Principles of Human Behaviour

   Caribbean Studies

   Popular Culture

   Sociology of Deviance

   Human Geography: Migration and Globalization


The curriculum presented here covers subject matter that is dynamic in nature and will be revised as appropriate to assure it retains its currency. Internal curriculum review is ongoing. As well, PEQAB (the Post-secondary Education Quality Assessment Board) has a well-established review process. The same rigorous external review process that was used to obtain degree approval will be used to review the program again every five years.

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