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Computer Information Systems: Diploma


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.

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.

Year 1

One of:
  BUQU 1130 Business Mathematics 3 credits
  MATH 1140 Calculus I (Business Applications) 3 credits
One of:
  BUQU 1230 Business Statistics 3 credits
  MATH 1115 Statistics 1 3 credits
  MATH 2341 Introduction to Statistics for Business 4 credits
All of:
  INFO 1111 Introduction to Computer Hardware and Software 3 credits
  INFO 1112 Principles of Program Structure and Design I 3 credits
  INFO 1113 Systems Analysis and Design 3 credits
  INFO 1211 Operating Systems Principles And Applications 3 credits
  INFO 1212 Networking Technologies I 3 credits
  INFO 1213 Web Application Development 3 credits
  INFO 1214 Discrete Mathematics for Information Technology 3 credits
  PHIL 1150 Introduction to Formal Logic 3 credits

Year 2

All of:
  BUSI 1110 Fundamentals of Business in Canada 3 credits
  CMNS 1140 Introduction to Professional Communication 3 credits
  ENGL 1100 Introduction to University Writing 3 credits
  INFO 2311 Networking Technologies II 3 credits
  INFO 2312 Database Management Systems 3 credits
  INFO 2313 Object-Oriented Programming 3 credits
  INFO 2315 Data Structure 3 credits
  INFO 2411 Foundations of Computer Security 3 credits
  INFO 2413 System Development Project 3 credits
  INFO 2416 Server Operating Systems 3 credits

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 but may also be available part-time over an 8 month continuous (parallel) placement. 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 enrolment 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 1101 Job Search Techniques 1 credit
  COOP 1150 Co-op Work Semester 1 9 credits
  COOP 2150 Co-op Work Semester 2 9 credits
Note: These COOP courses must be completed sequentially. COOP 1150, or 2150 may be taken part-time over two consecutive semesters as COOP 1150A/1150B, or COOP 2150A/2150B.

Additional Requirements

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

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.

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.

At a Glance

School of Business

Program Type:

  • Undergraduate

Credential Granted:

  • Diploma

Offered At:

  • KPU Surrey  Surrey

Start Date(s):

  • Fall Intake (September)  September
  • Spring Intake (January)  January
  • Summer Intake (May)  May

Intake Type:

  • Open Intake  Open intake


  • Full-time  Full-time
  • Part-time  Part-time
  • Co-op  Co-op

Minimum Credits Required:

  • 60

Instructional Cycle:

  • Semester-based

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2015

How to Declare:

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 16-Feb-2017

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