Computing & Computer Electronics
Although computers on the desktop are becoming an everyday commodity, on a per
unit basis there are significantly more computers embedded in personal, commercial,
and industrial systems. Graduates of the unique Computing and Computer Electronics
program succeed in the traditional computer environment, in the hardware software
co-design arena, and in the embedded system venue. More than 90% of Laurierís
Computing & Computer Electronics graduates immediately enter the workforce
while the remainder go to graduate studies in computer science, computer engineering,
or electrical engineering.
- E-Commerce Specialist, Corporate Express, Mississauga
- Hardware Designer, Kaparel Corporation,Waterloo
- Junior Software Engineer, Spar Aerospace, Brampton
- Implementation Consultant, Desire2Learn, Waterloo
- Applications Engineer, Interautomation, Oakville
- Software Developer, EMJ Data Systems, Guelph
Hands-on ExperienceHands-on experience is pivotal to a studentís understanding of computing, electronics and communication fundamentals. Computing, electronics, and communications courses make extensive use of laboratory components where students apply concepts learned in the lectures.
All computer electronics courses have a design project. Introductory projects have included security systems, embedded systems such as fitness monitors, algorithm animation on a Palm, reaction timers for the physics lab, instrumentation for physics experiments, traffic control systems, and autonomous robots. Projects culminate in the design of a microcontroller and its implementation in a control application or embedded system.
All full-time honours students in Computing & Computer Electronics may apply for the Co-op option. Admission to this limited-enrolment option is competitive and is based on academic record, recent work and volunteer experience, extracurricular activities and interview performance. Computing & Computer Electronics students complete two work terms of at least 10 weeks each, usually in the summers following their second and third years.
Professional Experience Program
All full-time honours students in the Computing & Computer Electronics program may apply for the Professional Experience Program (PEP). Admission to this limited-enrolment option is competitive and is based on academic record, recent work and volunteer experience, extracurricular activities and interview performance. PEP students complete one 12 to 16 month work term after their third year of study. The extended continuous work term allows Professional Experience Program participants to engage in a project of reasonable complexity and see it to completion.
Sample Schedule: Computing & Computer Electronics with Professional Experience Program
||Fall Term||Winter Term||Summer Term|
|Year 1|| Introduction to Programming
Intro to Differential & Integral Calculus
Introductory Linear Algebra
Intro to Object-Oriented Programming
|Year 3||Software Engineering
Electronics Laboratory II
Digital Systems Design
Data Communications & Networks
one elective course
Microprocessor Systems & Interfacing
|PEP Work term|
|Year 4||PEP Work term||PEP Work term||PEP Work term|
|Year 5||Analog Electronics II
one electronics elective course
one physics elective course
two elective courses
|Selected Topics in Computer Hardware
one computing elective course
two elective courses