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Business Office Technology

 

Associate Degree Program

Business Office Technology

Certificate Program

Business Software

 

There is a world of opportunity waiting for you. The options are limitless. Why? Because every business, no matter how small or large, needs people with computing skills. Business Office Technology offers a two-year degree and a one-year certificate that include comprehensive courses in a full range of in-demand computer applications.

 

Prospective students should call the Program Coordinator to setup an appointment to discuss your needs and this program. All current Business Office Technology degree and certificate students are urged to see the Program Coordinator at least once a semester to discuss their current progress and future needs. Doing so can result in the quickest path to graduation and reduce the chance of wasted time, effort and expense.

 

Business Office Technology Degree

 

This two-year program is designed to fast track students into a professional business career. Entry-level through management positions in today?s job market require both a solid foundation of business courses and extensive business software knowledge. This degree includes comprehensive courses on the Microsoft Office Suite plus other important software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access, plus Publisher and Crystal Reports. Successful completion of this program leads to an Associate in Science degree.

 

Description & Curriculum

Required Courses

BBG101

Introduction to Business

3

ENG101

Composition

3

ENG102

Literature & Composition

3

MAT121

Math Applications for Business (recommended) or MAT136 Intermediate Algebra

3-4

BOT111

Keyboarding for Information Processing1

3

BOT161

Business Practices & Technologies

3

BOT167

Business Computing Concepts

3

COM173

Public Speaking

3

BBG210

Business Communications

3

BOT264

Word for Business

3

BOT265

Excel for Business

3

BOT266

PowerPoint & Publisher for Business

3

BOT267

Access & Crystal Reports for Business

3

BOT296

Cooperative Work Experience A

3

Business elective 2

 

3

Liberal Arts elective 3

 

6

Humanities elective 3, 4

 

3-4

Science elective 3, 4

 

3

Social Science elective 3, 4

 

3

Open General elective 3

 

3

Program Total

 

63-66

 

1 Keyboarding for Information Processing notes:

There is no "test-out" for this course. Students who already know how to touch type accurately, can always improve their typing speed. A student?s goal should be to improve their typing speed (while retaining accuracy) by at least 20%. All students use the same grading scale with 40 wpm (5 error max), being an A.

2 Business elective notes:

Select an elective that you find interesting and beneficial to your career goals. The best way to do this is to wait until you complete BBG101, Introduction to Business, in which you will be exposed to many different aspects of business. This can guide your selection. In addition, below are recommended courses to meet this requirement: ACC113 Principles of Financial Accounting; BBG215 Global Business; BBG231 Business Law I; BFN201 Principles of Finance; BFN203 Investment Principles; BFN211 Money and Banking; BMG202 Principles of Management; BMG220 Human Resources Management; BMK106 Principles of Selling; BMK201 Principles of Marketing; HSP100 Introduction to the Hospitality Industry (Elective cannot be BBG114; Business Applications Software.)

3 Liberal Arts, Humanities, Science, Social Science and Open elective notes:

See the College Catalog under "Electives" for a description of these electives.

4 IDS notes:

All degree students must take an IDS (Interdisciplinary Studies) course to graduate. There are Humanities, Science and Social Sciences courses that fulfill the IDS requirement. See the College Catalog under "Interdisciplinary Studies" for a list of these courses.

A Cooperative Work Experience notes:

This course requires advanced planning. Be sure to see your coordinator one full semester prior to enrolling in this course.

 

 

Business Software Certificate

 

Description & Curriculum

This one-year program offers the quickest way to attain the skills necessary to function as a business software specialist, preparing students for both full and part-time positions available in the job market. Everyone from entry-level job seekers through managers looking to advance their careers needs a solid foundation in business computing. This certificate includes computer concepts, comprehensive courses on the entire Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Publisher) and additional business software such as Crystal Reports.

 

Students who decide to continue for the Associate degree in Business Office Technology will find almost all courses in the certificate program acceptable for the degree program.

 

Required Courses

ENG101

Composition

3

MAT121

Math Applications for Business (recommended) or MAT136 Intermediate Algebra

3-4

BOT111

Keyboarding for Information Processing 1

3

BOT161

Business Practices & Technologies

3

BOT167

Business Computing Concepts

3

BBG210

Business Communications

3

BOT264

Word for Business

3

BOT265

Excel for Business

3

BOT266

PowerPoint & Publisher for Business

3

BOT267

Access & Crystal Reports for Business

3

Program Total 

 

30-31

 

 

BOT Course Prerequisites, Descriptions & Notes

 

BOT111 Keyboarding for Information Processing

Prerequisite: ENG084 / ESL132 eligible. Note: Available online, in-class and as a hybrid. Typically available fall and spring semester.

This course first covers touch-typing techniques and emphasizes speed and accuracy. Most jobs require the ability to touch-type and have minimum requirements for speed. This course provides the student an opportunity to reach the fastest time (words per minute) possible within a one semester course. The course then covers document preparation using a word processing program. Students learn to create memos and letters. Touch-typing is invaluable to anyone using a computer.

 

BOT161 Business Practices & Technology

Prerequisite: Computer literate; ENG084 / ESL152 eligible. Note: Available spring semester, in-class.

This course covers a broad range of work responsibilities most often associated with today?s business environment. It emphasizes multi-tasking and collaborative work. Modules include newer technologies such as Internet research and technology trouble-shooting, as well as more traditional technologies and needs such as general office procedures, speedwriting, shorthand, machine transcription of medical and legal documents and correspondence. Teams of students create PowerPoint presentations on a business related topic, write the script, set up the equipment and give the presentation. Other software applications are used as well. This course prepares students for the typical business office environment.

 

BOT167 Business Computing Concepts

Prerequisite: Computer literate; ENG084 / ESL142 eligible. Note: Available spring semester as a hybrid.

Gain confidence using computers in a business environment. This course prepares students with little computing knowledge for courses such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access. It also benefits students who have already taken these courses but need more experience using hardware, software and electronic files in the business world. This course begins with the basics about managing hardware such as input devices, storage devices and printers and then covers software including the Windows environment, file management, utilities, trouble-shooting and other important topics. Real-world business situations are stressed throughout.

 

BOT264 Word for Business

Prerequisite: Computer literate; ENG101 eligible. Note: Typically available fall semester online and spring semester, in-class.

Word is the most popular word processing program used in business. While many students believe they know how to use this program, most use only a fraction of its full feature set. This course teaches introductory through advanced level features ? those features required by employers. Performing tasks in the most efficient manner possible is emphasized. Advanced topics include mail merge from various data sources, managing large documents and integrating text and graphics on the page. Students learn by lecture, demonstration and lab. All work is hands-on and real-world scenarios are emphasized. Successful completion of this course prepares students to use this program in a business environment.

 

BOT265 Excel for Business

Prerequisite: Computer literate; ENG084 / ESL152 eligible. Note: Available fall and spring semester, in-class.

Excel is the most popular spreadsheet program used in business. This course teaches introductory through advanced level features, preparing students for the demands of the typical business office. The semester is divided into three modules: Formulas, graphics and record management. Basic through advanced formula creation is covered thoroughly including financial, logical and date functions. Illustrating data as graphs is covered thoroughly including creating charts with various data sources. Record management includes sorting, finding, filtering, subtotaling, validating data and creating forms. Pivot tables are covered. Students learn by lecture, demonstration and lab. All work is hands-on and real-world scenarios are emphasized. Successful completion of this course prepares students to use this program in a business environment.

 

BOT266 PowerPoint & Publisher for Business

Prerequisite: Computer literate; ENG084 / ESL152 eligible. Note: Typically available fall semester, in-class.

PowerPoint is the most popular presentation program used in business. This course teaches introductory through advanced level features, preparing students for the demands of the typical business office. Students learn to create compelling multimedia slide shows in PowerPoint and then attractive flyers and brochures in Publisher. Approximately 75% of the semester is used to cover PowerPoint in great depth. The remaining 25% covers Publisher. Both programs integrate the use of text and graphics including digital photography, ClipArt, WordArt, SmartArt, graphs, tables, etc. Students learn by lecture, demonstration and lab. All work is hands-on and real-world scenarios are emphasized. Successful completion of this course prepares students to use this program in a business environment.

 

BOT267 Access & Crystal Reports for Business

Prerequisite: Knowledge of at least one other computer program; ENG101 eligible. Note: Available spring semester as a hybrid.

This course covers introductory through intermediate level features and functions of Access and Crystal Reports. Students learn to design and build simple Access databases from scratch, but emphasis is placed on creating forms and reports for large, existing databases, as is often required in the corporate world. Access is followed by Crystal Reports, which is used to create reports for many database programs including Oracle. Crystal Reports is the most popular report writing program. Students learn by lecture, demonstration and lab. All work is hands-on and real-world scenarios are emphasized. Successful completion of this course prepares students to use both programs in a business environment.