Academic Catalogs

Software Development, Certificate of Achievement

Banner code: 2_CN_CSSD
Control number: 19851
Financial aid: Eligible 

The Software Development program at Golden West College is designed to provide formal training for individuals who seek entry into the rapidly growing fields of computer software engineering, systems analysis, application development, and systems software. Students utilize the latest tools to learn programming languages, algorithms, operating system environments, and web-based multi-user application architectures. Classes are conducted in smart classrooms with the latest instructional tools. Sizable projects are undertaken in each class providing the students with an opportunity to add the projects to their portfolios, and knowledge to their skill sets.

Students can apply the skills they learn through this program, to: general computing (corporate applications, databases, web applications); entertainment media development (3-D computer animation for video games and movies); engineering applications (computer-aided manufacturing, robotics, and product simulations); and emerging technologies (artificial intelligence, urban simulation, augmented reality, and biotechnology process simulation).

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Understand computer programming using Microsoft programming languages and operating systems environments.
  2. Design and build single-user applications.
  3. Design and build multi-user web-based applications.
  4. Design and build single-user database environments.
  5. Design and build multi-user database environments.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

This certificate goes through the State approval process and requires a minimum of 12 units of coursework in a particular academic or occupational area. The certificate programs normally include only those courses which have a direct bearing upon specialized occupational competency since the objective of earning the career certificate is immediate employment in a specialized area. Upon successful completion of the program and completing the application, the student will receive the certificate and be recognized at the graduation ceremony. In order to earn a Certificate of Achievement all courses that apply to the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” in each course unless otherwise stated. A minimum of 12 units in residence at GWC is required, and 50 percent of the certificate program must be completed at GWC.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
CS G175C++ Programming4
CS G102Computer Software Development, Introduction4
CS G189Data Structures With C++4
CS G178Visual C# .Net4
CS G196Web Programming With .NET4
Total Units20

Recommended Program Sequence

These sequences are general maps for students to finish all requirements for the Certificate. There may be advisories or time requirements that students may want to consider before following these maps. Students are advised to meet with a GWC Counselor for alternate sequencing.

Year 1: 

Course Title Units
Semester 1
CS G102Computer Software Development, Introduction4
Units4
Course Title Units
Semester 2
CS G175C++ Programming4
Units4

Year 2:

Course Title Units
Semester 3
CS G189Data Structures With C++4
CS G178Visual C# .Net4
Units8
Course Title Units
Semester 4
CS G153Java Programming, Introduction4
Units4