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Unique Pathways & Off-campus Education Dual Credit - Introduction to Computer Science

Dual Credit - Introduction to Computer Science

​The University of Calgary course Introduction to Computer Science for Multidisciplinary Studies (CPSC217) introduces problem solving, analysis and design of small-scale computational systems. Solutions will be implemented using the procedural programming language of Python. Python is a language popular across both STEM and not-STEM areas. Participation is encouraged for students with interests both in and beyond Computer Science.

See an example of the regular semester course outline for further information but note that the summer course runs slightly differently and will be discussed at the beginning of the course.

Program B​​en​​​​efits

  • Get a jump start on your post-secondary education while still in high school 
  • Build confidence through developing learning strategies and skills that support your learning transitions  
  • Learn about on-going opportunities and experience post-secondary learning  
  • Taught by U of C instructors with experience in student transitions to post-secondary educational experiences and environments ​

  • Cre​​dits- 5, 30 ​le​​​vel CTS
    3​ post-secondary credits

Student ​​Eli​​gibility

Open to CBE high school students who: 

  • Are in grades 11 or 12 as of June 2023 
  • Are a competent computer user, but may or may not have prior programming skills 
  • Have a strong interest in learning programming and are committed to this rigorous, condensed course format 
  • Are able to arrange their own transportation to and from the University of Calgary for the duration of the course 
  • Have completed the following pre-requisite course: 
    • Math 20-1 and be able to problem solve, think logically, and enjoy working with problems 
    • Have access to a laptop or desktop (no Chromebooks or iPads) at home for their independent homework. Windows, Mac, or Linux operation system required. 
    • Free software will need to be downloaded 


  • This course runs on a condensed time frame and should be considered a full-time job 
  • If enrolled in this course, students are not permitted to take other summer school courses due to the substantial time commitment to be successful.
  • Students must submit a personal learning schedule with their application (see application checklist for details).
  • Students should plan for a minimum of 15 hours of independent work time per week in addition to the 15 hours of instruction time (total 30 hours per week, minimum) 
  • Students will be expected to attend all lectures and tutorials and must clearly communicate with their CBE supervising teacher and University of Calgary instructor if any unexpected issues arise

Program​ Deliv​ery an​d Location

  • In-person 
  • University of Calgary (2500 University Dr NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4) 

Progra​​m D​​​ates

  • Summer | Friday, June 30 - Friday, July 28, 2023, Monday to Friday 
    • Note: No class on Monday, July 3, 2023 (Canada Day Holiday) ​
  • Program Times: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (breaks included) 
  • The final exam will be held on Friday, July 31, 2023
  • On-line Orientation Session (parents welcome) | Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at 6:00 pm ​​​​​
  • How to Apply​​

    1. Read through the course(s) you are interested in applying for
    2. You are highly encouraged to attend the Information Sessions either before or after you apply for the program(s) to ensure the program is a good fit for you
    3. Download and fill in the Dual Credit and Exploratory Program Application Form.
    4. Refer to the application checklist and ensure all items are complete
    5. Book an appointment with your Off-campus coordinator and/or guidance counselor to complete your application with signatures from all parties
    6. The school will submit the application to Unique Pathways on your behalf

    All applications must be received on or before Friday, May 26, 2023 at 1:00 PM.  ​An application does not guarantee a seat in the program

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    Dual Credit and Exploratory Program Application Form​​

    Apply now

    Unique Pathways invites students and guardians to save the date for an Information Sessions​ regarding details of your program(s) of interest. Follow the link to find out meeting dates, times and a link to the online Information Session.

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  • Program Partner​

    University of Calgary

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  • Application D​eadline:

    On or before Friday, May 26, 2023 at 1:00 PM

    Please talk to your home high school Off-campus ​Coordi​nator or Guidance Counsellor to start planning for future programs!

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