The Expert Guide to Sheridan College's Applied Computing Programs

Sheridan’s School of Applied Computing in the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology (FAST) offers 11 excellent programs covering the whole spectrum of computing. With so many great choices the biggest problem for applicants is which of 11 seemingly similar program they should choose. The differences appear to be subtle but can be very significant. This post is an attempt to summarize our programs and help applicants to find the best program for them.  For an even quicker graphical summary, please refer to the following diagram.

The School of Applied Computing offers programs that cover different credentials including: 2-year Diplomas, 3-year Advanced Diplomas, 4-year Degrees and 1-year Graduate Certificates. It is often useful to consider our programs by credential level.

2-Year Diplomas

There are three, 2-year Diploma programs in the School of Applied Computing. All of these programs cover key Computer Science fundamentals in operating systems, networking, programming, databases and systems analysis. They also provide students with the soft skills that employers typically want, including communication and presentation skills. The three programs are as follows:

This program is a favorite of mature students with prior credentials.  The strengths of this program include:
This program is similar to the Computer Programmer (CP) program and shares many of the same course in web development, Java and C# programming.  The strengths of this program include:
This program is great for students who are interested in working in the Information Technology sector but do not want to focus as much on Math and programming. The strengths of this program include:
  • Heavy focus on skills needed for industry including Microsoft Office, C# programming, Networking, and communication skills.
  • Extensive coverage of support for PCs, Networking and Mobile devices
  • Provides 2 co-op semesters (total of 8 months)

Please note that currently this program does NOT provide pathways into our Advanced Diploma or Degree programs.

3-Year Advanced Diplomas

There are three, 3-year Advanced Diploma programs in the School of Applied Computing. All of these programs provide deep coverage of key Computer Science fundamentals in operating systems, networking, programming, databases and systems analysis. They also provide students with the soft skills that employers typically want including communication and presentation skills. Most importantly for many students is that all of these programs provide students with an opportunity for 3 semesters (total of 12 months) of co-op work experience. The three programs are as follows:

Computer Systems Technology – Systems Analyst (SA)

The big sister of the Computer Programmer (CP) program.  The strengths of this program include:

Computer Systems Technology – Software Development and Network Engineering (SDNE)

The big sister of the Computer Systems Technician – Software Engineering (SE) program. This program is similar to the Computer Systems Technology – Systems Analyst (SA) program and shares many of the same courses in web development, Java and C# programming.  The strengths of this program include:

This program is great for students who are interested in working in the design and configuration of advanced communication networks. The strengths of this program include:
  • Offering up to 12 months of co-op work experience
  • Providing a solid Computer Science core
  • Providing advanced coverage of networking design and configuration
  • Providing extensive access to an advanced networking lab with state of the art lab equipment
  • Providing a good pathway into the 3rd year of our Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences (Information Security) (BAISc) program

4-Year Bachelor’s Degrees

There are three, 4-year Bachelor’s Degree programs in the School of Applied Computing which cover highly sought after and rapidly growing fields of computing. All of these programs provide deep coverage of key Computer Science fundamentals in mathematics, operating systems, networking, programming, databases and systems analysis. They also provide students with a degree credential which can help with their career progression. Most importantly for many students is that all of these programs provide students with an opportunity for 3 semesters (total of 12 months) of co-op work experience. The three programs are as follows:

Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences (Information Security) (BAISc)

This program is great for students interested in stopping hackers from accessing critical and sensitive data. The strengths of this program include:

  • Offering up to 12 months of co-op work experience including an 8 month security focused paid internship
  • Specialized knowledge in a high demand and rapidly growing field
  • Excellent reputation as demonstrated by receiving the 2014 Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) Gold Medal Program Excellence Award .

This program is great for students interested in building apps for the various app stores or for their companies. The strengths of this program include:

  • Graduates are eligible to apply to more than 20 graduate programs at Canadian and international universities
  • Specialized knowledge in a high demand and rapidly growing field
  • Offering up to 12 months of co-op work experience including an 8 month paid internship

Bachelor of Computing and Network Communications

This program is great for students who are interested in obtaining a degree credential and working in the design and configuration of communication networks. The strengths of this program include:

  • Offering up to 12 months of co-op work experience
  • Specialized knowledge in a high demand and rapidly growing field
  • Strong partnership with Brock University which leverages the strengths of both institutions

Graduate Certificates

The School of Applied Computing has two, 1-year Graduate Certificate programs. Both of these programs provide specialized skills and knowledge to students with relevant prior credentials. The two programs are as follows:

This program is great for “creators” who have both creative and computing skills.  The strengths of this program include:

  • Preparing students for the exciting industry of Interactive Media in only 8 months
  • Providing extensive access to an advanced lab with state of the art equipment
  • Providing an inherently cross disciplinary focus
  • Providing solid coverage of both the creative side and technical/computation side of the industry

This program is great for students interested in a career as a Game Programmer.  The strengths of this program include:

  • Preparing student for the exciting industry of Game Development in only 12 months
  • Providing extensive access to an advanced lab with state of the art equipment
  • Dedicating the final semester of the program to building an advanced game for student portfolios
  • Providing an opportunity to work with students in the Game Level Design program of the Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design (FAAD) to help improve the look and feel of games

Final Suggestions

  1. Younger students coming directly from High School should be looking towards a 3-year Advanced Diploma or 4-year Degree Program since they provide invaluable co-op work experience and better credentials for career progression.
  2. Mature students should consider the Computer Programmer (CP) program with its 16 month “fast track” option if they have prior work experience or a Graduate Diploma or Degree Program if they have a prior relevant academic credential
  3. Please visit us at our upcoming Open House event to be held on April 23rd or contact the School of Applied Computing to schedule a meeting with an Academic Advisor for more information
  4. Please consult the attached diagram for a quick summary of all of our Applied Computing programs. Please note that the arrows depict pathways between programs and credentials
  5. If you are considering a career in computing, give Sheridan’s 11 excellent programs in the School of Applied Computing a close look!

 

14 thoughts on “The Expert Guide to Sheridan College’s Applied Computing Programs

  1. Hi I’m curious to know if I will be getting job offers after I get the bachelor of applied computer science(mobile computing) as well as if there is discrimination between university computer science degree and collage applied computer degree.

    1. Software developers, particularly those in Mobile are in very high demand so I think that you would have excellent job prospects after graduation! The preference for university degrees will depend on the employers. For some, it will be a factor that they consider while others will focus more on whether your skills are a fit for the job and their organization. Good luck with whatever program you end up choosing!

  2. Thanks for a informative blog. I am looking for a 2yr diploma at Sheridan and I am changing careers, from a medical research background to IT. Is there a particular program that you would recommend as I would like to be work ready by the time I finish. Thx

    1. Beyond this post which captures most of my thoughts on your general options, I would suggest that you make an appointment to see an Academic Advisor to review your specific situation and select your best option. Good luck!

  3. Greetings,

    I have 2 years worth of credits from Waterloo Computer Science / Software Eng.

    Will any of these math/comp sci credits transfer over? If so, what would be the best choice for a transfer student. Would it be taking a 2 year program, then transfering to the 4 year degree course? Or enroll straight into the degree courses.

    Also is there anyone I can call to talk about this? Seems pretty confusing if I should transfer to the 4 year degree course or do the 2/3 year courses then transfer.

    1. It is generally faster to register into the degree program directly. You should be eligible for Advanced Standing on some courses depending on your grades in these courses. I suggest that you speak with an advisor. Good luck!

  4. If I enroll 4-year Degree Program in Computer Science, which university has affiliated to provide me the 4 Years degree. i.e York University, University of Toronto etc Or if I enroll 4 years Degree program and after one year apply in any University in Computer science department can I got the credit hours of one year and got a admission in 2nd year.

    Please advice

    1. This is very much dependent on the extent to which the two curriclums match and varies on a case by case basis. I suggest that you speak with an advisor. Good luck!

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