Computer Programming Information


Ontario College Diploma

Area Of Interest

Engineering Technology
Media Arts


2 years

Program Code



Distance Education
Rainy River (Fort Frances)

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Requirements to be Completed Before Attending Classes

In order to provide you with the greatest flexibility, we are asking that you come prepared to the first day of class with a laptop computer.

This program is a Windows only supported program. Please ensure your laptop has Microsoft Windows installed on it.

If you own a laptop purchased within the last 2 years, it should meet the minimum requirements.  Most students will find older laptops slow, when run next to newer more powerful devices.  Students will often purchase a new laptop at some point during the program.  In some cases students will use an older laptop in class and a more powerful desktop computer at home to meet the program need.

Minimum requirements:

  • Microsoft Windows
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Video card that supports a minimum display resolution of 720p (1280 by 720); recommended resolution of WXGA (1366 by 768) or higher
  • Dual-band WiFi-certified 802.11a/b/g/n – compliant adapter and an Ethernet (wired) network port
  • 250 GB hard drive (500 GB or more recommended)
  • Carrying case, network patch cable
  • A wired headset (mic and headphones)
  • A webcam (most new laptops have integrated webcams)

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Textbook Ordering

Textbooks (and other courseware materials) required for your program can be identified and ordered online by visiting the College Follett Bookstore website ... 


  1. Select Books > Textbooks & Course Materials
  2. Select your Term
  3. Select your Department: (enter the 2 character prefix for your course - i.e. AC)
  4. Select your Course (enter the 3 digit number of your course - i.e. 102)
  5. Select Your Code (enter the code for your section) (i.e. 1-7, 83, 84)

Completed book orders can be picked up at the College Bookstore, or alternatively they can be shipped to you for a fee.

Once you are officially "registered" into your program as a student (mid August, or late December), you can print your timetable and present it to College Follett Bookstore staff, who will assemble your textbook package for you. Or alternatively, once you are registered, you can also link directly using the Follett Discover tool in your Blackboard account (which you will be using for your courses):

  1. Sign into the Portal
  2. Launch your Blackboard application & click on Tools.
  3. Launch Follet Discover and select Purchase and choose from rentaluseddigital or new textbooks
  4. Select FREE instore pick-up, or ship directly to you.

CAUTION: textbook requirements are subject to change!
We recommend that students wait until they are officially "registered" into their program-of-study and have their official timetable, before ordering/purchasing textbooks. In addition, we recommend that students not open text book packages until after their first day of class to verify with their instructors that they have the right book and version required for the course.

If you have questions, you can phone the College Follett Bookstore at (807) 475-6225, or toll free at 1 877 295-3851.

Daniel Kaukinen

Program Coordinator
(807) 473-3728
Lianne Jackson

Lianne Jackson

Program Officer, Distance Education
(807) 475-6171