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Office Technology: Administrative Professional

Degree Offered: Associate in Applied Science

Credits Required: 61/62 (2016-2017 Academic Year)

This workplace program provides students with skills in the Microsoft Office Suite. Students will sit for Microsoft Office Certification exams upon completion of each course. Earning a Microsoft Office Specialist Certificate allows individuals to validate essential software application skills required in all occupations and will train students to become proficient computer users in Microsoft Office.

Students will participate in hands-on, real life work situations in order to become a skilled office professional upon graduation. Studies will range from office procedures to developing expertise in Internet, e-mail, and Microsoft Office software. Additional coursework integrates Microsoft Office applications into projects and the students will gain experience through an internship.

Students completing required courses will be eligible to take to the exam for Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification, the globally recognized standard for desktop skills with the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook).

Graduates of the program can work as: administrative assistants, executive secretaries, office managers, administrative support, project coordinators, and receptionists.

Curriculum - 1st Year

First Semester - 16 Credits

CodeTitleCredits
BUSC 105Professional Relations 3.00
OFFT 101Keyboarding Introduction 1.00
OFFT 110Internet For Office 3.00
OFFT 120Microsoft Word-MOS Expert Cert. 3.00
OFFT 125Microsoft Excel-MOS Expert Cert 3.00
WRIT 101English Composition 3.00

Second Semester - 15 Credits

CodeTitleCredits
BUSC 120Social Media 3.00
BUSC 220Team Development 3.00
OFFT 155Office Procedures 3.00
OFFT 170Microsoft Outlook-MOS Certificatio 3.00
LITR 210Concepts of Literature 3.00
 OR 
WRIT 103Writing For Business/Tech 3.00

Curriculum - 2nd Year

Third Semester - 15 Credits

CodeTitleCredits
BUSM 260Project Management 3.00
BUSC 205Leadership 3.00
PSYC 101General Psychology 3.00
OFFT 130Microsoft Access-MOS Expert Cert 3.00
MATH 110Mathematics of Business 3.00
 OR 
MATH 126Statistics 4.00
 OR 
 TAOC Category Three 
 OR 
BIOL 110Human Ecology & Heredity 3.00
 OR 
CHEM 105Principles of Biological Chemistry 3.00
 OR 
PHYS 110Introduction to Astronomy 3.00
 OR 
 TAOC Category Four 

Fourth Semester - 15 Credits

CodeTitleCredits
BUSH 230Event and Media Planning 3.00
OFFT 175Microsoft Powerpoint-MOS Certifica 3.00
OFFT 190Microsoft Publisher/OneNote Cert 3.00
OFFT 205Microsoft Office Applications Advan 3.00
OFFT 250Office Technology Internship 3.00
 OR 
BUSC 110Interpersonal Communications 3.00

Course Descriptions

BUSC 105 - Professional Relations

Provides an overview of general principles of human behavior for understanding the job behavior of the individual employee. The individual’s goal of personal satisfaction and productivity on the job are profiled in the following professional development themes: self-understanding; methods of motivation; the contribution of goal setting on both work and personal life; decision-making skills; job stress and burnout; managing job conflict; developing effective working relationships; adjusting to organizational life; dealing with counterproductive people; working within a group; leadership and influence; and improving personal productivity. 3-0-3

OFFT 101 - Keyboarding Introduction

This course affords the student the opportunity to build keyboarding speed and to improve accuracy. Proofreading and advanced formatting skills are also emphasized. 0-2-1

OFFT 110 - Internet For Office

This course is an introduction of the utilization to the Internet and World Wide Web access for solving common office problems. Students will gain experience in the use of browsers and search engines to research, locate, and retrieve information necessary to efficiently operate an office. 2-2-3

OFFT 120 - Microsoft Word-MOS Expert Cert.

This course is a comprehensive introduction to Microsoft Word. The student will learn how to edit and format documents, work with tables, add graphics, create Web pages, merge documents, create charts and forms, and customize Word. At completion of the course, the student will be eligible for the MOS Expert Certification Exam. 2-2-3

OFFT 125 - Microsoft Excel-MOS Expert Cert

The student will learn how to create worksheets, work with charts, pivot tables and use 'what if' analysis. At completion of the course, the student will be eligible for the MOS Expert Certification exam. 2-2-3

WRIT 101 - English Composition

Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. 3-0-3 Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director.

BUSC 120 - Social Media

Human social behavior is evolving from face-to-face to cyberspace via social communities and networks. This course will provide answers to the questions pertaining to how media, technology, and sociality have affected business and visual communications, marketing, and advertising. Students will explore the use of various social media -- web forums, blogs, wikis, chat, instant messaging, virtual worlds, twitter, flikr, YouTube, and more -- as methods to engage and connect with the consumer. Individuals will develop personal multimedia learning journals and small groups will use social media to produce and present final projects. 3-0-3

BUSC 220 - Team Development

This course provides the student with the understanding and the skill necessary to communicate effectively in any group situation. Specifically, the course will prepare the student for intensive team and group interaction that he/she will experience in both personal and career scenarios. It will also provide a firm foundation of team-oriented knowledge, experience in developing group problem solving skills, and a resource for future use. 3-0-3

OFFT 155 - Office Procedures

The integrated office of today requires the planning, implementation, and evaluation of various projects and activities. This course will provide students the opportunity through simulations to manage a series of typical office projects. 2-2-3

OFFT 170 - Microsoft Outlook-MOS Certificatio

This course is a comprehensive introduction to Microsoft Outlook 2002. The course includes email communications; scheduling; and managing, integrating, and customizing Outlook with the Internet. At completion of this course, the student will be eligible for the MOS Certification Exam. 2-2-3

LITR 210 - Concepts of Literature

This course introduces students to the three major forms of literary expression: fiction, poetry, and drama. Significant works from each form will be analyzed to reveal creative techniques, how they represent an author’s time, and how they reflect today’s human condition. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department.

WRIT 103 - Writing For Business/Tech

Designed to train the student in effective writing, this course aims to increase the student’s ability to write with unity, coherence, and logic. It provides additional study and practice in writing letters, proposals, manuals, and reports of a business or technical nature as well as in professional and contemporary research methods. Prerequisite: WRIT101 3-0-3

BUSM 260 - Project Management

This course covers the topics of contemporary project management utilizing contemporary project management methods. There are a variety of project types and sizes used to support learning that came from several companies, of various sizes, in many industries, to promote scalability and universality. Regardless of project, company, or industry size, project management techniques can be applied to any project. The topics covered include: project selection and prioritization, organizational capability (structure and culture), chartering, stakeholder analysis and planning, defining project scope, constructing work breakdown structures, scheduling, resourcing, and budgeting projects, project risk and quality planning, project kickoff, as well as leading and managing project teams and determining project progress and results. 3-0-3

BUSC 205 - Leadership

This course will provide a firm foundation of leadership theory, practical and applied knowledge, and experience in leading a team, task force, or activity and in developing communication and problem-solving skills, as well as a source for future use. This course provides the student with the understanding and the skills necessary to lead effectively in a variety of settings. Specifically, the course will prepare the student for leadership responsibilities in their professional, community service, or educational endeavors. The student will also acquire experience on how leadership is practiced and gain insights and information to enhance his or her leadership skills. 3-0-3

PSYC 101 - General Psychology

This course examines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and provides a survey of the major areas of psychology. Important topics and findings from psychology are reviewed. Topics include the role of science in the study of behavior, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, information processing, stress and health, social interaction, development, motivation, emotion and psychological disorders. 3-0-3

OFFT 130 - Microsoft Access-MOS Expert Cert

The student will learn how to work with tables, forms, and reports to create advanced forms; sub-forms and reports; data access and pages; and modules. Database maintenance and information sharing between programs is also included. At the completion of the course, the student will be eligible for the MOS Core Certification Exam. 2-2-3

MATH 110 - Mathematics of Business

The first part of the course reviews the mathematics fundamental not only to employment in business but also to intelligent participation in consumer life. Topics to be reviewed include fractions and decimals; ratio and proportion; units of measurement; and percentage. The second part of the course is devoted to business applications. Topics include trade and cash discounts; markup; simple interest; payroll; sales and property tax; and elementary statistical notions. 3-0-3

MATH 126 - Statistics

This course is an introduction to a field whose ideas and concepts pervade modern society and whose importance in business, technology, science and research in general is considerable and ever growing. The course consists of three parts, namely, descriptive statistics, probability and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: "C" or better in PREP021, appropriate placement score or high school records. 4-0-4

BIOL 110 - Human Ecology & Heredity

This course studies the interaction of man with his environment. Such topics as overpopulation, pollution, behavior, drugs, and evolution will be discussed in terms of how they affect the well being of man. Resource speakers and field trips will be an integral part of the course. No prior science background is necessary. 3-0-3

CHEM 105 - Principles of Biological Chemistry

This course introduces students to the compounds of carbon and the role that these compounds play in living organisms 3-0-3

PHYS 110 - Introduction to Astronomy

This is an introductory course in the concepts of Astronomy. Emphasis is geared toward the student who wishes to acquire a beginning knowledge of astronomical phenomena. Topics are approached on a qualitative basis by the use of videos, classroom discussions, demonstrations, the World Wide Web, and off-campus activities. 3-0-3

BUSH 230 - Event and Media Planning

This course introduces students to special event planning processes and techniques. Emphasis is on successful planning, organizing, identifying sponsors, marketing, implementing, and evaluating large scale events. 3-0-3

OFFT 175 - Microsoft Powerpoint-MOS Certifica

The student will learn how to edit and format presentations; modify objects; add graphics; create Web pages; enhance charts; link objects; and customize PowerPoint. At completion of the course, the student will be eligible for the MOS Certification Exam. 2-2-3

OFFT 190 - Microsoft Publisher/OneNote Cert

Microsoft Publisher and One Note 2013; comprehensive is intended for a 10-15 week period in a course that teaches Publisher and One Note 2013 as the primary component. No experience with a computer is assumed. Create desktop publishing material as well as notebooks with collaboration. 2-2-3

OFFT 205 - Microsoft Office Applications Advan

Office Applications will introduce high-quality work that requires analysis of customer needs, the development of solutions and assessment of technical skills and professional communication skills. Integration of productivity and system tools such as data import and export, file management and integration across platforms will be discussed. Pre-requisites: OFFT120, OFFT125, OFFT130. 2-2-3

OFFT 250 - Office Technology Internship

This course is designed to give Office Technology students on-the-job experience in various settings of the Administrative Assistant environment. Students enrolled in the course will have hands-on training using technology and facts learned in the Office Technology curriculum. 0-9-3

BUSC 110 - Interpersonal Communications

Provides an introduction to the communication process that occurs between people. Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to develop, maintain, and evaluate dyadic relationships through language, perception, self-disclosure, listening and nonverbal communication. Emphasis will be placed on building effective interpersonal relations in a business environment. 3-0-3