CPR101 - Computer Principles for Programmers

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Subject Title
Computer Principles for Programmers

Subject Description
This course provides the knowledge, skills, and techniques to succeed in a computer programming curriculum. Students learn how modern computer systems implement process control, multitasking, virtualization, file storage, and network communications. Students are also introduced to essential hardware and device concepts, operating system usage and interaction, and other introductory computer science topics for programmers. In addition, programmer-specific tools and services are discussed, such as version control, project management, and the software development process.

Credit Status
1 credit (3 units)
Required for CPA - Computer Programming and Analysis (Ontario College Advanced Diploma)
Required for CPD - Computer Programmer (Ontario College Diploma)

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the interaction among hardware, system software, and application software, to prepare for the task of computer programming.
  2. Perform a range of computer interaction tasks accurately, using both graphical and command-driven interfaces, to become a skilled computer user.
  3. Accurately define the functions and services in modern operating systems, to improve decision-making when using and programming a computer system.
  4. Complete a series of tasks that use and integrate the internet, virtualization, and cloud computing, to complement the capabilities of a network-attached computer/device.
  5. Assemble a collection of skills, techniques, and best practices to use as an effective software developer.
  6. Demonstrate how version control and project management techniques are used to improve the productivity and work quality of a computer programmer.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline
Current IT Industry News and Analysis - 15%
Networking Concepts - 15%
·         Connecting to Seneca computing environment
·         Networking devices and protocols
·         Internet and cloud computing
·         Virtualization
Operating System Concepts - 15%
·         Functions and types of an operating system
·         Introduction to hardware and devices
·         File system management
·         Windows architecture
Windows Operating System Usage - 30%
·         Windows functionality
·         Keyboard shortcuts for GUI and CLI
·         Introduction to number systems
Project Management - 15%
·         Project management overview
·         Software Development Life Cycle
·         Versioning and version tracking
·         Backups
·         Time management
Computer - 10%
·         Encryption
·         Security
·         Legal and privacy issues
·         Accessibility requirements

Mode of Instruction
In-Class lectures

It is the student's responsibility to save documents, articles and notes that the instructor has provided on BlackBoard or in class. Students will not be able to access BlackBoard as of the last day of the student’s class.

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material
A variety of online IT resources will be examined and discussed.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, tidy work. Written materials should be well organized and grammatically correct, with proper spelling and punctuation.


  • Students must retain a duplicate of all assignments
  • Computer assignments should be documented to the instructor's standards
  • Assignments must be handed in on the scheduled due date. Late assignments are penalized
  • For particulars, please obtain standards, dates, etc. from your instructor

Absenteeism and Tests
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism will impact on their ability to achieve satisfactory grades
  • If you miss a test, you must provide the reason in writing to the instructor prior to the next scheduled class. If your reason is accepted, you will be permitted to write a make-up test. Otherwise, you will be given a zero for the test. You must submit an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time of expected absence and the specific reason for your absence, or other appropriate documentation

Term Work and Final Exam
  • Students must attain a combined grade of at least 50% on term work and the final exam. Students must pass the final exam in order to pass the subject
  • For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:
Midterm test: 35%
Final Project: 35%
Exercises: 30%

Approved by: Sharon Estok