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Certificate in Information Technology

At York University’s IEP Bridging Program business you will complete three university level courses to ensure your soft skills are top notch. These courses provide a full overview and practice of communication, teamwork, cross-cultural problem solving, leadership and management skills within the Canadian context. The Object-Oriented Programming course provides the fundamental Java programming skills if you already have some training in other programming languages.

Program Structure

Step One

Jumpstart to Success

You will first complete an orientation session and then the language preparation program. You will be evaluated on English language skills and commitment to the program (attendance, participation, completion, adherence to assignment deadlines, etc.). Performance in this Jumpstart to Success course will determine if you continue in our Bridging Program.

Step Two

Foundations Skills

As an IEP candidate, you will be exposed to the Canadian business and cultural landscape through Foundations courses. The program will give you a full understanding and practice of teamwork, cross-cultural problem solving, communication, interpersonal, conflict resolution, leadership and management skills within the Canadian context.

IT professionals complete the following courses for a total of 9 credits:

This course increases the communicative competence of Internationally Educated Professionals (IEP) in both business writing and presentation skills, while increasing their ability to analyse and negotiate the Canadian landscape of their chosen profession. Direct instruction is combined with simulations, discussions and group activities to develop clear, accurate, effective oral and written communication. Course credit exclusion: AP/WRIT 3989 3.00. Note: Open only to Participants in the Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Professionals.

Provides an overview of the Canadian business environment and focuses on the development of management skills for Internationally Educated Professionals (IEP). Theoretical instruction is combined with case analyses and teamwork exercises to develop a comprehensive understanding of the course material. Open only to Participants in the Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Professionals in Business, Finance and Administration. Prerequisite: Score of 5.5 on YELT or equivalent. Course credit exclusions: AP/ADMS 1000 3.00, AP/ADMS 2400 3.00, AP/ADMS 3040 3.00, AP/ADMS 3930 3.00, AP/HRM 3440 3.00.

Provides the fundamental Java programming skills to Internationally Educated Professionals who already have some computer programming training in other programming languages. Java programming is today the most utilized software development tool in the Canadian industry. Presents an overview of Java-based object-oriented programming and covers class implementation, object-oriented design (with UML), graphics user interfaces, event programming and data structures. Course credit exclusions: AP/ITEC 1620 3.00, AP/ITEC 2610 3.00, LE/CSE 1020 3.00 (prior to Fall 2014), LE/CSE 1030 3.00 (prior to Fall 2014). PRIOR TO SUMMER 2013: Course credit exclusions: AP/ITEC 1620 3.00, AP/ITEC 2610 3.00, SC/CSE 1020 3.00, SC/CSE 1030 3.00.

Step Three

Specialized Skills (Streams)

The program also lets you take up to five advanced level university IT courses (15 credits) in your area of specialization. Through these specialized courses you will acquire up to date local professional knowledge and skills in your areas of expertise. You can choose from courses depending on your stream. Courses include web technologies, internet client service systems, system analysis and design, introduction to data analytics, data warehousing and business intelligence, web mining, business process management systems, ERP systems configuration, using and designing database systems, internet client server systems, building e-commerce systems, requirements management, software engineering, platform computing and computer network protocols and applications. New courses are being developed in applied artificial intelligence and enterprise architecture.

Enterprise Systems

Develop your skills for a career in business process management and enterprise systems.

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System Analysis

Develop your skills for a career in systems analysis and design. Apply rigorous theoretical ideas and practical concepts to solve IT problems.

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Big Data & Data Analytics

Develop a career in modern data analytics and big data, taking advanced courses in data mining, warehousing and applied artificial intelligence.

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I felt that I had all of the technical skills but it was difficult to get a call back. The program helped me to network with people who were in a similar situation.

— Marara Zerihun Abebe

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