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C/C++ Programming Language CLA: Programming Essentials in C

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

This course covers the basics of programming in the C programming language for entry-level IT and software development jobs. This course includes hands-on labs, quizzes and assessments to learn how to utilize the skills and knowledge gained on the course and interacts with some real-life programming tasks and situations. This course is aligned to C++ Institute ( C Programming Language Certified Associate (CLA) Certification

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Understand common computer programming concepts
  • Learn the syntax, semantics and basic data types of C
  • Apply programming skills using hands-on lab activities and by writing their own C programs
  • Develop logic-building skills and algorithmic thinking

This ONLINE instructor-led course includes hands-on practice activities, lab exercises to reinforce learning, quizzes, and chapter assessments, and pre-final and final tests to measure understanding. Students will need approximately six hours per week to complete all assignments. Interaction with classmates and alumni through our private community is very essential. Online lectures are organized in 4 hours a session each week from 6:00 pm to 10:00pm (Mountain Time). At the end of the course, students will work on a real-world project to demonstrate all programming skills. Students must have basic Microsoft Windows and Internet user skills and access to a computer with an Internet connection to access the online curriculum and assignments.


Office of the Registrar
11762 - 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta, T5G2R1, Canada

  • Program Type Occupational
  • Credential Type Certificate
  • Length 1 Year or Less

    32 hours  Evening, Online

    All of your course activity is done online and there is no requirement to be on campus. Your classes are scheduled for certain dates and times.

  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning Only
Admission Requirements

Technology requirements: • Access to a computer running Windows operating system with minimum 4GB of memory and have administrator rights to install application if needed. (Mac, Chromebook or tablets are not supported) • High speed internet connection for Cisco WebEx or Microsoft Teams online training/webinar • Microphone, speaker and webcam • Dual monitor display is highly recommended

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Updated January 25, 2023. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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