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AST 80 - Basic Keyboarding I
Introduces students to the basic operation of the microcomputer with the focus on the development of keyboarding skills using basic keyboarding by touch.
Lecture 1-2 hours per week.
1-2 credits
AST 85 - Office Procedures I
Introduces students to the general office procedures of telephone techniques, reprographics, social interactions in the office, and other general office correspondence. Utilizes the microcomputer for all business correspondence and related documents.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
AST 95 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
AST 101 - Keyboarding I
Teaches the alpha/numeric keyboard with emphasis on correct techniques, speed, and accuracy. Teaches formatting of basic personal and business correspondence, reports and tabulation. A laboratory co-requisite (AST 103) may be required.
Lecture 2-4 hours per week.
2-4 credits
AST 102 - Keyboarding II
Develops keyboarding and document production skills with emphasis on preparation of specialized business documents. Continues skill-building for speed and accuracy. Prerequisite AST 101. A laboratory co-requisite (AST 104) may be required.
Lecture 2-4 hours per week.
2-4 credits
AST 107 - Editing/Proofreading Skills
Develops skills essential to creating and editing business documents. Covers grammar, spelling, diction, punctuation, capitalization, and other usage problems.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
AST 113 - Keyboarding for Speed and Accuracy
Focuses on improving keyboarding speed and accuracy through assigned exercises that diagnose problem areas. Emphasizes increased productivity through improved speed and accuracy. Prerequisite AST 101 or equivalent.
Lecture 0-1 hours. Laboratory 0-2 hours. Total 1-2 hours per week.
1 credits
AST 114 - Keyboarding for Information Processing
Teaches the alphabetic and numeric keys: develops correct techniques and competency in the use of computer keyboards. May include basic correspondence and report formats. A laboratory co-requisite (AST 115) may be required.
Lecture 1-2 hours per week.
1-2 credits
AST 115 - Keyboarding for Information Processing Laboratory
Provides supplemental instruction in AST 114. Should be taken concurrently with AST 114, in appropriate curricula, as identified by the college.
Laboratory 2 hours per week.
1 credits
AST 117 - Keyboarding for Computer Usage
Teaches the alphabetic keyboard and 10-key pad. Develops correct keying techniques.
Lecture 1 hour per week.
1 credits
AST 132 - Word Processing I (Specify Software)
Introduces students to a word processing program to create, edit, save and print documents.
Lecture 1 hour per week.
1 credits
AST 133 - Word Processing II (Specify Software)
Presents formatting and editing features of a word processing program.
Lecture 1 hour per week.
1 credits
AST 134 - Word Processing III (Specify Software)
Continues work with formatting features and text enhancements of a word processing program.
Lecture 1 hour per week.
1 credits
AST 137 - Records Management
Teaches filing and records management procedures for hard copy, electronic, and micrographic systems. Identifies equipment, supplies, and solutions to records management problems.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
AST 141 - Word Processing (Specify Software)
Teaches creating and editing documents, including line and page layouts, columns, fonts, search/replace, cut/paste, spell/thesaurus, and advanced editing and formatting features of word processing software. Prerequisite AST 101 or equivalent. A laboratory co-requisite (AST 144) may be required.
Lecture 2-4 hours per week.
2-4 credits
AST 147 - Introduction to Presentation Software (Spcify Software)
Introduces presentation options including slides, transparencies, and other forms of presentations.
Lecture 1-2 hours per week.
1-2 credits
AST 154 - Voice Recognition Applications
Teaches the computer user to use the voice as an input device to compose documents and to give commands directly to the computer.
Lecture 1-2 hours per week.
1-2 credits
AST 171 - Introduction to Call Center Services
Introduces concepts and skills needed to be an effective customer service representative for a telephone service operation. Covers call center theory and technology, interpersonal communication skills, customer relations attitudes, telecommunications techniques, and professional procedures to handle a variety of customer service sales requests.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
AST 190 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
AST 195 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
AST 197 - Cooperative Education
Supervises in on-the-job training for pay in approved business, industrial and service firms, coordinated by the college's cooperative education office. Is applicable to all occupational- technical curricula at the discretion of the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
AST 201 - Keyboarding III
Develops decision-making skills, speed, and accuracy in production keying. Applies word processing skills in creating specialized business documents. Prerequisite AST 102. A laboratory co-requisite (AST 202) may be required.
Lecture 2-4 hours per week.
2-4 credits
AST 205 - Business Communications
Teaches techniques of oral and written communications. Emphasizes writing and presenting business-related materials.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
AST 232 - Microcomputer Office Applications
Teaches production of business documents using word processing, databases, and spreadsheets. Emphasizes document production to meet business and industry standard. Prerequisite AST 101 or equivalent. A laboratory co-requisite (AST 233) may be required.
Lecture 2-4 hours per week.
2-4 credits
AST 234 - Records and Database Management
Teaches filing and records management procedures using microcomputer database software. Incorporates both manual and electronic methods for managing information. A laboratory co-requisite (AST 235) may be required.
Lecture 2-4 hours per week.
2-4 credits
AST 238 - Word Processing Advanced Operations
Teaches advanced word processing features including working with merge files, macros, and graphics; develops competence in the production of complex documents. A laboratory co-requisite (AST 239) may be required.
Lecture 2-4 hours per week.
2-4 credits
AST 240 - Machine Transcription
Develops proficiency in the use of transcribing equipment to produce business documents. Emphasizes listening techniques, business English, and proper formatting. Includes production rates and mailable copy requirements. A laboratory co-requisite (AST 241) may be required. Co-requisite AST 102 or equivalent.
Lecture 2-4 hours per week.
2-4 credits
AST 243 - Office Administration I
Develops an understanding of the administrative support role and the skills necessary to provide organizational and technical support in a contemporary office setting. Emphasizes the development of critical-thinking, problem-solving, and job performance skills in a business office environment. Prerequisite AST 101.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
AST 244 - Office Administration II
Enhances skills necessary to provide organizational and technical support in a contemporary office setting. Emphasizes administrative and supervisory role of the office professional. Includes travel and meeting planning, office budgeting and financial procedures, international issues, and career development. Prerequisite AST 243 or equivalent.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
AST 245 - Medical Machine Transcription
Develops machine transcription skills, integrating operation of transcribing equipment with understanding of medical terminology. Emphasizes dictation techniques and accurate transcription of medical documents in prescribed formats. Prerequisite AST 102 or equivalent. A laboratory co-requisite (AST 246) may be required.
Lecture 2-4 hours per week.
2-4 credits
AST 260 - Presentation Software (Specify Software)
Teaches creation of slides including use of text, clip art, and graphs. Includes techniques for enhancing presentations with on-screen slide show as well as printing to transparencies and hand-outs. Incorporates use of sound and video clips. A laboratory co-requisite (AST 261) may be required.
Lecture 2-4 hours per week.
2-4 credits
AST 271 - Medical Office Procedures I
Covers medical office procedures, records management, preparation of medical reports, and other medical documents. Co-requisite AST 102 or equivalent.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
AST 290 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
AST 297 - Cooperative Education
Supervises in on-the-job training for pay in approved business, industrial and service firms, coordinated by the college's cooperative education office. Is applicable to all occupational- technical curricula at the discretion of the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
AST 299 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits