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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 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 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 140 - Introduction to Windows
Introduces students to Windows and provides basic concepts and commands necessary in the Windows environment.
Lecture 1-2 hours per week.
1-2 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 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 199 - 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
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 206 - Professional Development
Develops professional awareness in handling business and social situations. Emphasizes goal setting, critical thinking, decision-making, and employment skills.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 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 236 - Specialized Software Applications (Specify Software)
Teaches specialized integrated software application on the microcomputer. Emphasizes document production to meet business and industry standards. Prerequisite AST 101 or equivalent. A laboratory co-requisite (AST 237) 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 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 257 - WP Desktop Publishing (Specify Software)
Uses word processing software to teach advanced document preparation. Prerequisite AST 101 or equivalent and experience in using the specified word processing software. A laboratory co-requisite (AST 258) 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