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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 81 - Basic Keyboarding II
Introduces students to basic business letter formats, simple tables, basic memo formats, and skill-building techniques. A laboratory co-requisite (AST 83) may be required.
Lecture 2-4 hours per week.
2-4 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 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 142 - Word Processing II (Specify Software)
Teaches advanced software applications. Prerequisite AST 141 or equivalent. A laboratory co-requisite (AST 145) may be required.
Lecture 2-4 hours per week.
2-4 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 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 215 - Medical Keyboarding
Develops decision-making skills, speed, and accuracy in preparation of medical documents with emphasis on meeting office requirements. Prerequisite AST 102. A laboratory co-requisite (AST 216) may be required.
Lecture 2-4 hours per week.
2-4 credits
AST 230 - Introduction to Office Technology
Introduces principles, methods, and techniques involved in office technology. Emphasizes the use of microcomputer equipment and software. A laboratory co-requisite (AST 231) may be required.
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 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 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 253 - Advanced Desktop Publishing I (Specify Software)
Introduces specific desktop publishing software. Teaches document layout and design, fonts, type styles, style sheets, and graphics. Prerequisite AST 101 or equivalent and experience in using a word processing package. A laboratory co-requisite (AST 255) may be required.
Lecture 2-4 hours per week.
2-4 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
AST 265 - Legal Office Procedures I
Introduces general office procedures used in law offices and courts. Co-requisite AST 102 or equivalent.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 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 298 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits