Administrative Office Specialist (Ad Sec)

60 credit Associate of Applied Science program

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Program Description:
This program is designed to prepare the student for employment as an Administrative Office Specialist. Administrative Office Specialists may perform duties such as preparing correspondence, filing, calendar scheduling, handling mail, and computerized applications. In addition, they may be asked to assume responsibility for composing and dictating letters, recording meeting minutes, collecting data and performing research, generating reports, maintaining budgets and other accounting applications, and supervisory duties.

Program outcomes include:
• The program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and ability to: plan and produce professional written business correspondence using correct English and proofreading skills.
• Plan and deliver verbal presentations using correct English skills.
• Demonstrate keyboarding production proficiency.
• Apply ARMA indexing and filing procedures and rules.
• Transcribe various types of material into mailable documents using correct English skills.
• Exhibit ethical behavior, positive self-image, and professional conduct.
• Utilize computer productivity software for business applications.
• Develop a job search plan, appropriate documents, and exhibit appropriate interview skills.
• Apply learned program skills and knowledge to work or simulated situations.
• Analyze and record business transactions, generate reports, and prepare financial statements.
• Demonstrate coordinating and supervisory responsibilities.
• Utilize computer productivity software with desktop publishing applications.

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Required Courses:
Course IDCreditsNameDescription
ADSC14154Keyboarding IThis course is designed for the beginning Administrative Support student. The objective of the course is to teach proper typing techniques; to build speed and accuracy; and to utilize a professional word processing system for business applications, such as document storage and retrieval, editing, and document distribution. (Prerequisites: ADSC1710 or equivalent or instructor's consent) (3 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC14164Keyboarding IIThis course is designed for Administrative Support career students as a continuation of skill development started in Keyboarding I. Students will continue the development of keyboarding speed and accuracy and proofreading skills as well as the development of advanced formatting skills. (Prerequisites: ADSC1415 and the ability to keyboard at 40 net wpm) (3 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC14203Business CommunicationsThis course covers the development of business communication skills and applying them along with proofreading skills, when creating business documents such as letters, memos, and informal reports. (Prerequisites: College-level reading and writing, keyboarding/word processing ability or concurrent enrollment in a keyboarding course) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/ 0 hrs OJT)
ADSC14213Business PresentationsThis course covers development of business communication skills in the following areas: one-to-one communications, small- and large-group presentations, business telephone usage, voice-mail techniques, conducting business meetings, listening skills, and the use of presentation software for enhancing business presentations. (Prerequisites: ADSC1420, ADSC1430, or ADSC1719; concurrent enrollment in either of these courses or instructor's consent) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC14222Business Vocabulary/ProofreadingThis course aids in the mastery of business vocabulary and spelling skills and their application in proofreading business documents. (Prerequisites: READ0465 and ENGL0460 or concurrent enrollment) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC14303Microsoft OfficeAn introductory course, in the basics of computer technology, using business application software. Through hands-on use students will learn fundamental concepts of word processing, spreadsheets, database, and presentation graphics and how they integrate. (Prerequisites: READ0465 and ENGL0460 or concurrent enrollment; ability to type a minimum of 20 wpm) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC14313Microsoft Office AdvancedAn advanced course in the use of business application software. Students will learn additional advanced concepts of word processing, spreadsheets, database, and presentation graphics and how they integrate. (Prerequisites: ADSC1430) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC14322Office CapstoneThis is a capstone course designed to integrate and reinforce skills and knowledge learned in previous courses. Through the use of simulations, students will experience daily routines, make decisions, set priorities, deal with work pressure, develop interpersonal relationships, and become aware of work quality and quantity requirements while utilizing a variety of software. Project emphasis should develop an awareness of workflow. Students will prepare a program portfolio reflecting their personal and academic development throughout their college experience. (Prerequisites: ADSC1430, College-level reading and writing) (0 hrs lec/4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC14403General Office ProceduresThis course covers topics that develop skill in performing typical office tasks: Telephone techniques, telecommunications, mailing, calendaring, meeting arrangements, travel arrangements, office equipment and supplies, time management, stress management, ergonomics and office safety, reprographics, and indexing and filing. (Prerequisites: ADSC1415, equivalent, or concurrent enrollment in ADSC1415) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC14412BookkeepingThis course covers the basic accounting cycle for service and merchandising businesses. Topics include the analysis of business transactions, recording transactions in a variety of journals, and the preparation of financial reports with manual and computerized applications. (Prerequisites: None) (1 hr lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC14422Records ManagementThis course is an introduction to the procedures for managing document/records storage systems. Applications include manual and/or electronic storage and retrieval. Topics include records control and retention, storage and retrieval devices, and records management issues and trends. (Prerequisites: ADSC1440, ADSC1511, ADSC1611, or instructor's consent) (1 hr lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC14522General TranscriptionThis course covers skill development in transcribing machine-dictated material into usable business documents. Emphasis will be placed on building transcription speed and accuracy; applying punctuation, grammar, and spelling rules; using reference materials; proofreading and correcting errors; and efficiently utilizing software and equipment. (Prerequisites: ADSC1420 or concurrent enrollment and ADSC1415 or concurrent enrollment) (0 hrs lec/4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC17152Word ProcessingThis course provides students with the opportunity to learn word processing for employment or home use and to utilize a microcomputer as a word processor. Students will learn to create, edit, format, save, print manage, and enhance documents. (Prerequisites: ADSC1710 or instructor's consent) (1 hr lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC17181Keyboarding DrillsThis course is designed to increase keyboarding speed and improve accuracy through personal goal setting, error analysis, and intensive corrective practice work. (Prerequisites: ADSC1415 or equivalent; 35 wpm) (0 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC24973Administrative Secretary InternshipThis course is designed to provide the student with purposeful occupational experience in the Administrative Secretary Careers field. Each internship is an individualized experience. A training plan is created for each student in conjunction with the training site to provide experience related to the skills and knowledge acquired in the program. One credit is equal to 48 hours of internship. (Prerequisites: Advisor's consent) (0 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/9 hrs OJT)
BUS14023Principles of ManagementThis course is designed to provide the student with an overview of basic and current management principles and practices. The course addresses managerial functions ranging from front-line supervisor positions to upper management levels. Trends in quality orientation, team building, and leadership are also included. (Prerequisites: None) (3 hrs lec/0 hours lab/0 hours OJT)
COMM11053Interpersonal CommunicationThis course provides opportunities for students to understand the process of human communication, to assess their strengths and weaknesses as communicators, and to assist them in solving problems of an interpersonal nature, and develop interaction skills for interpersonal settings. MTC goal areas: (1) Communication (Prerequisites: College-level reading and writing) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ENGL11063Composition IFirst semester college-level composition course focusing on writing expository prose using word processing as a tool for composing. Emphasis is on writing as a process, critical reading, developing a voice, and grammar review. Presupposes competency in Standard English. This course is required of all students working toward an AA degree. MTC goal areas: (1) Communication (Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of ENGL0460 and READ0465 with a grade of "C" or better or a score of 85.50 on the CPT Sentence Skills test and a score of 77.50 on the CPT Reading Comprehension test. Students who score below 85.50 on the Sentence Skills Test and 77.50 on the Reading Comprehension test will be required to withdraw from ENGL1106 and register for ENGL0450 or ENGL0460 as indicated by the placement score. Keyboarding skills: proficiency in Microsoft Word or equivalent word processing proficiency. May take a word processing course concurrently with ENGL1106.) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ENGL11093College Composition IISecond semester college-level composition course focusing on academic writing using primary and secondary sources, including basic research using print and electronic sources. Emphasis is on writing as a process, critical analysis, summarizing, research, logical argumentation, and MLA documentation. Presupposes competency in standard English. Required of all students working toward an AA or AS Degree, unless special exemption is granted. MTC goal areas: (1) Communication (Prerequisites: ENGL1106 with a grade of "C" or better) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
FYE10001Student Success SeminarThis course is mandatory* for students in their first semester at Lake Superior College. It provides a foundation for students to make a successful transition to college by: (1) creating a connection to the college community and resources, (2) introducing tools for academic success, and (3) developing personal, academic, and career goals. (Prerequisites: None) (1 hr lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT) *Exemptions: - Students who have not declared a degree or diploma - Students who are in a certificate or diploma program of fewer than 37 credits - Students in good academic standing who have earned 12 credits including an Introduction to College course - Students in good academic standing who have earned 24 college credits post high school

Other Course Requirements:
REQUIRED PRE-TECHNICAL COURSE (NOTE: IF STUDENT TYPES LESS THAN 20 WPM.)
ADSC1710 INTRODUCTION TO KEYBOARDING 1 CR


Pre-Program Requirements:
Successful entry into this program requires a specific level of skill in the areas of English and reading. Program entry will depend, in part, on meeting the prerequisites listed below:

English:
• A score of 86 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of ENGL0460 or its equivalent transfer course or higher.
• If required, ENGL0460 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.
Reading:
• A score of 78 or higher on the Reading Comprehension portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of READ0465 or its equivalent transfer course or higher.
• If required, READ0465 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

Required Pre-technical Course:
ADSC1710 (Note: If student types less than 20 wpm)

MN Transfer Curriculum:
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (15 CREDITS)
FYE 1000 INTRO TO COLLEGE 1 CR
COMM1105 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3 CR
ENGL1106 COLLEGE COMPOSITION I 3 CR
ENGL1109 COLLEGE COMPOSITION II 3 CR
GENERAL EDUCATION - OTHER (TWO ADDITIONAL GOAL AREAS) 5 CR