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Applied Electronics Design

Applied Electronics Design

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:AED
Duration:2 Semesters (8 Months)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Description

The Applied Electronics Design program is a career-focused supplement to your existing postsecondary education or relevant work experience in electrical/electronics engineering.

You'll learn the fundamental design and product development concepts necessary to enhance your understanding of electronic product design, and develop practical skills implementing those concepts. Your courses will deepen your understanding of both analog and digital engineering principles as applied in modern electronics-based product engineering.

Focusing on the emergence of "Internet of Things" (IoT) connectivity as a ubiquitous technical requirement, your studies will include treatment of the following design fundamentals: embedded ARM microcontroller programming, Linux, Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design, Applications Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) development, Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) programming, Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and the use of electro-mechanical design tools.

You'll use industry-standard software and hardware tools while learning current industry design methodology. This knowledge and experience will help you graduate as a job-ready professional.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario university or college degree or three-year college diploma or equivalent, in Electrical Engineering or electronics-related discipline.
  • Applicants with an equivalent combination of partial post-secondary and/or significant relevant work experience may be considered. A résumé and references must be provided and all previous post-secondary study must be disclosed.
  • English proficiency at the postsecondary level.
  • Note: to be considered for admission, credential or work experience must include:
    • AC/DC circuits and familiarity with semiconductors
    • Use of typical electronics lab instrumentation and tools
    • IT basics, including operating system and networking concepts
    • Fundamentals of digital logic design (VHDL or Verilog)
    • C programming with some exposure to microcontroller programming


  • Although not required for admission, a home computer or laptop with Internet service is recommended for your success in the program.



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Your Career

Automated highways, self-monitoring homes, remote surgery. Today the connectedness of everything is in its infancy, but there is no doubt as to where it is all going: the Internet of Things (IoT) is the future. Enter the world of the future, today. Become a part of the team that designs, develops and implements IoT: from specialized ASIC's and FPGA's, through custom embedded controllers with fine-tuned signal processing, circuit board and mechanical packaging, to the touch-screen web interface on a mobile device. Seneca's graduate certificate in Applied Electronics Design has it all. Join us today, and help shape tomorrow.

Co-operative Education Option

The co-op model for this program includes a four-month work term following the second academic semester. You may apply for co-op at the end of your first semester. To be eligible for co-op you must:

  • maintain at least a 3.0 (grade of B) academic grade point average while managing a full course load, and
  • demonstrate workplace-ready communication proficiency by passing an assessment of your English language written, verbal and listening comprehension skills

For more information, please visit


  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC)
  • Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)
  • York Technology Association (YTA)
  • Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT)

Transfer Credit/Pathways

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2016/2017 Academic Year

Semester 1
AED701 Embedded Microcontroller Programming and Interfacing
AED702 Introduction to ASIC Development Principles
AED704 Advanced Field Programmable Gate Arrays
AED714 Wireless Connectivity for Embedded Devices
EMD701 Electro-Mechanical Design I
Semester 2
AED707 Intro to Real-Time DSP Programming and System Design
AED710 Introductory Mixed Mode ASIC Design Concepts
AED713 Printed Circuit Board Design
AED715 Integrative Project
AED716 Applied AutoCAD for Electronics
Co-op Work Term
CPP100 Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only)
CWT100 Co-op Work Term (co-op option only)

2015/2016 Academic Year

Semester 1
AED701 C Based Real-Time Microprocessor Systems
AED702 Introduction to ASIC Development Principles
AED704 Advanced Field Programmable Gate Arrays
AED705 Statistics and Quality Management for Technology
EMD701 Electro-Mechanical Design I
Semester 2
AED707 Intro to Real-Time DSP Programming and System Design
AED709 Safety Certification and Approvals
AED710 Introductory Mixed Mode ASIC Design Concepts
AED712 3G and 4G Wireless Communications Systems
AED713 Printed Circuit Board Design
Co-op Work Term
CPP100 Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only)
CWT100 Co-op Work Term (co-op option only)

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Angelie Ramirez
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22058
International Admissions Advisor: International Admissions
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22364
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Mizhi Wang
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22468
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: Diana Samuel-De Roché
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22765
Co-op Coordinator: Krista Lonergan
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26833
Program Chair: Romel Cipriani
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22446
Additional Contacts:
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