Students of the Diploma in Computing Science program enjoying class

Diploma in Computing Science

  • Program Length 
    2 Years
  • Credential 
    Diploma
  • Location Offered 
    Nanaimo

The Program

This program is designed to prepare students for a career as a computer programmer/programmer analyst. The program emphasizes programming skills, program design techniques as well as database and systems analysis skills. The program includes electives, and recommends students take business courses that will be of use in the computing industry. The program is designed in accordance with the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) accreditation standards.

Students who complete the diploma program will be able to complete VIU’s Bachelor of Science, Major in Computer Science with an additional two years of full-time study.

Program Outline

The program consists of 63 course credits. Students will normally complete the courses in the table identified as “First Year” before enrolling in any of the courses listed in the table identified as “Second Year.”

Students are required to complete all of the courses listed in all three tables, but the courses in the third table can be completed at any time. Normally, students complete two of these courses in First Year, and the other three in the following year.

Year 1

Credits

CSCI 112 - (Applications Programming)

3

CSCI 115 - (Web Page Techniques)

3

CSCI 160 - (Computing Science I)

4

CSCI 161 - (Computing Science II)

4

CSCI 162 - (Topics in Computing Science)

4

CSCI 251 - (Systems and Networks)

3

MATH 121 - (Calculus I)

3

MATH 123 - (Logic and Foundations)

3

Additional required courses (see below)

6

Total Credits

33

Year 2

Credits

CSCI 260 - (Data Structures)

3

CSCI 265 - (Software Engineering)

3

CSCI 310 - (Intro to Human-Computer Interaction)

3

CSCI 331 - (Object Oriented Programming)

3

CSCI 370 - (Database Systems)

3

CSCI 375 - (Intro to Systems Analysis)

3

CSCI 400 - (Computers and Society)

3

Additional required courses (see below)

3

Total Credits

30

Additional Required Courses

Credits

In addition to the above courses, students must complete the following courses. The courses can be completed at any time, but must be completed before the diploma is awarded.

ENGL 115 - (University Writing and Research)

3

ENGL 204 - (Business and Technical Writing)

3

Computing Science Elective (200-level or above)*

3

Electives**

6

* Students intending on continuing into the B.Sc. Major in Computing Science should take CSCI 261 - (Computer Architecture & Assembly Language)

** Recommended electives include ACCT 100 - (Financial Accounting I), MGMT 192 - (Principles of Management), MGMT 292 - (Organizational Behaviour)

Completion Requirements

Grades for individual courses are awarded as described in the Grading Scale section of this Calendar. All students taking a full course load will normally progress from one semester to the next, providing a satisfactory standing in all courses is attained.

  • “D” or “F” grade: students will not be allowed to register in a sequential course if they have been awarded a “D” or an “F” grade. All “D” and “F” grades must be upgraded before students are allowed to graduate from the program.
  • Students may accumulate no more than three “C-” grades. Students receiving more than three “C-” grades will be required to upgrade the relevant courses before a diploma is issued. Students with four “C-” grades may be permitted to upgrade one of these with permission of the Computing Science department Chair.
  • Students must have a “C+” average in all Computing courses, and an overall “C” average to receive the diploma.
  • At least 50% of the credits towards the Diploma must be completed at VIU.
Updated 
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Admission Requirements

Notes on Admission

  • Applicants lacking admission requirements may take upgrading courses. Please check with an Advisor for details.
  • A minimum “B” grade in Pre-calculus 12 or Principles of Mathematics 12 is a prerequisite for the required Math courses.
  • Students may complete some of the courses before enrolling in the diploma program.
  • Enrolment in this program is limited. Students who meet or exceed the minimum admission requirements may not necessarily be admitted to the program.

Start Date and Application Deadline

The program starts in September and applications are accepted between the first business day in October and March 31. For further information regarding late applications and program contacts check the Program Availability List.

Career Opportunities

Many career opportunities are currently available in Computing Science. The provincial and federal governments predict a continuing shortage of trained computing professionals. For more details about expected trends in computing work, please visit the WorkBC website.

 

 

Domestic Fees | International Fees

Domestic Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year

Amount

Tuition (30 credits x $147.76 per credit)

4,432.80

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

177.31

Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.53 per credit)

195.90

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $19.43 per month)

155.44

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate yearly cost for books and supplies (Note: Books and supply costs vary depending on course load and course type)

1,300.00

Total

6,536.45

Notes

* The above table is an example of fees for 30 credits. Students taking more than, or less than, 30 credits should adjust the fee totals accordingly.

Science and Technology courses with a compulsory lab have a lab fee of $20.81 per course.

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

International Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year

Amount

Tuition (2 semesters x $7620 per semester)

15,240.00

Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $374.4 per semester)

748.80

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $19.43 per month)

155.44

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate yearly cost for books and supplies (Note: Books and supply costs vary depending on course load and course type)

1,300.00

Total

17,719.24

Notes

The above table is based on 15 credits or less per semester. Additional fees of $635.00 per credit will be applied if taking more than 15 credits per semester.

* The above table is an example of fees for 30 credits. Students taking more than, or less than, 30 credits should adjust the fee totals accordingly.

Science and Technology courses with a compulsory lab have a lab fee of $20.81 per course.

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Sunday, April 1, 2018
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