Diploma in Computer Information Systems


This 60-credit diploma program provides graduates with diverse computing knowledge to meet the computer and information system needs of organizations of all sizes.   The program is designed to provide graduates with a solid foundation in computer systems and user support, network administration, systems design and foundational programming.

Faculty's website: kpu.ca/business

Department's website: kpu.ca/business/computer-information-systems-diploma

Admission Requirements

The Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, apply to this program.

Declaration Requirements

Students intending to graduate with this School of Business diploma must declare the credential. At the time of declaration, the student must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • In good academic standing with the University
  • Completion of a minimum of 15 credits of undergraduate coursework.

Curricular Requirements

The diploma program requires a minimum of 60 credits of required courses. The diploma program with Co-operative Education requires an additional 19 credits of Co-op Education courses.

Note: BC Math 11 Foundations with a minimum grade of C+ (or an equivalent course) is a prerequisite for several INFO courses in Year 1. Consult an Academic Advisor to plan your course selections accordingly.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1Credits
BUQU 1130
Business Mathematics
or Calculus I (Business Applications)
Select one of the following: 3-4
Business Statistics  
Statistics I  
Introduction to Statistics for Business  
INFO 1111 Introduction to Computer Hardware and Software 3
INFO 1112 Principles of Program Structure and Design I 3
INFO 1113 Systems Analysis and Design 3
INFO 1211 Operating Systems Principles And Applications 3
INFO 1212 Networking Technologies I 3
INFO 1213 Web Application Development 3
INFO 1214 Discrete Mathematics for Information Technology 3
PHIL 1150 Introduction to Formal Logic 3
Year 2
BUSI 1110 Fundamentals of Business in Canada 3
CMNS 1140 Introduction to Professional Communication 3
ENGL 1100 Introduction to University Writing 3
INFO 2311 Networking Technologies II 3
INFO 2312 Database Management Systems 3
INFO 2313 Principles of Program Structure and Design II 3
INFO 2315 Data Structure 3
INFO 2411 Foundations of Computer Security 3
INFO 2413 System Development Project 3
INFO 2416 Server Operating Systems 3
 Total Credits60-61

Other Information

Students enrolled in this program are expected to have their own laptop computers.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Diploma in Computer Information Systems.

Co-operative Education

The Computer Information Systems diploma is offered with a Co-operative Education option. Co-operative Education gives a student the opportunity to apply the skills gained during academic study in paid, practical work experience semesters. Students can complete two work semesters while completing their diploma. Work terms generally occur full-time in separate 4 month work semesters. Work semesters alternate with academic study.

Students wishing to enter and participate in the Co-op Option must meet the following requirements:

Declaration and Entrance Requirements

  • Declaration into the Diploma in Computer Information Systems program.
  • Good Academic Standing
  • Maximum of 30 credits completed

Work Term and Program Continuance Requirements

Procedures for enrollment in Co-operative Education work terms are outlined in the COOP course descriptions. Conditions for continuance in the program are:

  • Successful completion of COOP 1101 prior to completing 30 credits
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Instructor Permission

Co-op Course Requirements

The Co-operative Education designation requires successful completion of the following courses:

COOP 1101Introduction to Professional and Career Readiness1
COOP 1150Co-op Work Semester 19
COOP 2150Co-op Work Semester 29
Total Credits19

Note: COOP courses must be completed in ascending numerical order. Contact the Co-op office for information about the possibility of part-time work terms. COOP courses may be used only to satisfy the Co-op designation and cannot be used to satisfy other curricular requirements of the program.

Additional Requirements

In addition to the requirements stated above, all Co-op students must satisfy the General Co-operative Education Requirements.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program with co-operative education, students are eligible to receive a Diploma in Computer Information Systems, Co-operative Education Option.

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