Information Processing Assistant

36 credit Diploma program


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Program Description:
This program is designed to prepare the student for employment as an Information Processing Assistant utilizing word processing skills. Information Processing Assistants perform a full range of office tasks. They may handle incoming and outgoing mail, type documents and forms, transcribe business documents from dictation, file and retrieve records, handle telephone calls, and make travel arrangements. They use a wide variety of office equipment including microcomputers, transcribing machines, calculators, and photocopiers.

Program outcomes include:
• 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.

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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)

Other Course Requirements:

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

• 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 be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

• 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 be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

Required Pre-technical Course:
• ADSC1710 - If student types less than 20 wpm