Degree Programs

Administrative Assistant AAS

64-65

This program prepares students to meet the growing need for office technology skills in business, industry, and government. The program is designed to provide students with the necessary background in word processing, databases, spreadsheets, business communications, and office administration for positions in technologically advanced offices. One High School Mathematics Course or its equivalent is recommended.
Goals & Outcomes
Goal 1 To prepare the students for positions in technologically advanced offices or transfer to another degree program
  • Graduates seeking a job secure a position in technologically advanced offices within two years
  • Graduates seeking further education transfer to a higher education institution
Goal 2 To prepare the students to interact effectively within a diverse business population
  • Students will interact effectively within a diverse student population by completing collaborative projects
Goal 3 To prepare the student to communicate effectively
  • Students will communicate appropriately with instructors and peers through written or oral assignments
  • Students will visually and graphically communicate through presentations and/or projects
Goal 4 To train students to solve business problems
  • Students will demonstrate the use of computers as a problem solving tool
  • Students will analyze and solve case studies
Goal 5 To introduce students to a variety of international business scenarios
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of world-wide issues related to business
  • Students shall investigate various international issues through the use of media
Goal 6 To prepare the student with the skills and knowledge needed to create effective office documents
  • Students shall demonstrate the ability to use word processing, business communications and presentation software
  • Students shall demonstrate the ability to use database and spreadsheet software
Goal 7 To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy
  • Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology
  • Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information
First Semester
1.0
ED100 College Seminar
This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
AA111 Keyboarding - Basic
This course introduces proper computer keyboarding techniques, builds speed and accuracy, and provides practice in formatting personal and business documents. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
IS101 Computer Apps & Concepts 1
This course provides knowledge of relevant computer skills and a solid foundation in the terminology and concepts of computer technology. Experience is provided with a variety of microcomputer software applications, including word processing, electronic spreadsheets, graphics, file management, and integrated software. Concepts and terms focus on preparing for a technologically oriented society and using the computer as a tool for productivity, research, and communication. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
EN101 English 1:Composition
This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS050 Developmental Reading, DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or DS080 Study Reading), or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading, and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
BM129 Business Math
This course reviews basic arithmetic processes to develop speed and accuracy in working with decimals, fractions, and percentages. Calculators are used to solve business problems, including simple and compound interest, discounting promissory notes, present value, installment purchases, and mortgages. Retail mathematics covers the areas of purchase and cash discounts, trade discounts, and markup of merchandise. Topics may also include the mathematics of sales and property taxes and payroll. Problem-solving exercises are completed through applications and exercises. Prerequisite: An appropriate Mathematics Placement test result or MA045 Basic Math Skills or MA050 Introductory Mathematics. See when this course is offered ...
Tier 1 Social Science 3cr.
PE Physical Education .5 cr
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance.
Second Semester
3.0
AA106 Business Communications
This course covers the fundamental principles of effective business correspondence, report writing, and oral communications. These principles are applied first to sentences and paragraphs, and then to specific types of business communications. It includes a review of spelling, vocabulary, punctuation, grammar, and composition as necessary. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
AA112 Keyboarding - Intermediate
This course concentrates on increasing keyboarding speed and accuracy, and providing practice on more advanced word processing and desktop publishing projects. Prerequisite: AA111 Keyboarding - Basic See when this course is offered ...
3.0
EN102 English 2:Idea&Values Lit
This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
IS130 Dsktop Publishing - Business
This course introduces the principles of desktop publishing in a business environment. Professional quality business documents are designed and produced that combine text, graphics, illustrations, and photographs in documents such as letterheads, business cards, flyers, brochures, promotional documents, and newsletters. Prerequisite: IS101 Computer Applications & Concepts 1 or IS100 Introduction to Computer Applications & Concepts. See when this course is offered ...
Tier 1 Mathematics 3-4 cr.
PE Physical Education .5 cr
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance.
Third Semester
3.0
AA208 Office Administration
This course introduces the scope and responsibilities of administrative office management. Topics include information management as it relates to planning, organizing, operating, and controlling office operations, management leadership and human relations factors, salary administration, labor management relations, and office personnel problems and practices. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
AA214 Keyboarding-Advanced
This course covers advanced word processing and desktop publishing skills. Decision-making, editing, abstracting information, setting priorities, and maintaining a smooth workflow are emphasized. Government, medical, legal, and business documents are keyboarded. Prerequisite: AA112 Keyboarding - Intermediate. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
IS200 Spreadsht Concpts & Apps
This course expands the knowledge of those already familiar with the basic elements of electronic spreadsheets. It examines the various uses for a spreadsheet in business. Intermediate and advanced spreadsheet techniques are examined, including the power of functions, formatting, analytical graphics, and macros. Prerequisites: IS101 Computer Applications & Concepts 1 or IS100 Introduction to Computer Applications & Concepts; and a Mathematics Placement test result appropriate for MA110 Elementary Statistics or MA115 Intermediate Mathematics, or completion of MA045 Basic Math Skills or MA050 Introductory Mathematics. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
IS210 Database Design & Mngmnt
This course enhances knowledge of database concepts with a focus on designing and structuring databases to meet the objectives of management. Database management systems are used, along with query capabilities and report generation. Prerequisite: IS101 Computer Applications & Concepts 1 or IS102 Computer Applications & Concepts 2 or IS100 Introduction to Computer Applications & Concepts. See when this course is offered ...
Tier 1 Natural Science 4cr
PE Physical Education .5 cr
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance.
Fourth Semester
3.0
AA203 Machine Transcription
This course provides intensive training in the transcription of letters, memoranda, and reports, using various types of equipment and instructional materials. Emphasis is on mailable transcripts and production work. Prerequisite: AA112 Keyboarding - Intermediate. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
BM254 Human Resources Mgmt
This course introduces the functions involved with managing the human resources within an organization. Topics include job design and analysis, recruitment and selection, performance appraisals, training, compensation administration, benefits, and employee rights. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
IS140 Electrnc Bus Presntatns
This course focuses on the development and delivery of effective electronic presentations. Business presentations are prepared, organized, and delivered using presentation graphics packages. Topics include supporting material, outlining, appropriate use of visual materials, and elements of interpersonal communication in business performance reports, training workshops, and sales presentations. Techniques include linking and embedding objects from spreadsheets, charts,word processing documents, and databases. Prerequisites: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading, and IS101 Computer Applications & Concepts 1 or IS100 Introduction to Computer Applications & Concepts. See when this course is offered ...
Restricted Electives
Students will select from a number of electives offered from the Center for Social Sciences, Business, and Information Sciences or the Center for Arts and Humanities. BM294 Business Internship substitutes for 2 restricted electives.
Tier 2 General Education Elective 3cr.
PE Physical Education .5 cr
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance.


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