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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 108 - Telephone Techniques
Provides guidelines and techniques for communicating effectively on the telephone and for handling telephone problems efficiently, pleasantly, and constructively.
Lecture 1 hour 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 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 150 - Desktop Publishing I (Specify Software)
Presents desktop publishing features including page layout and design, font selection, and use of graphic images.
Lecture 1 hour per week.
1 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 155 - Intro. to Desktop Infor. Management (Specify Software)
Teaches desktop information management to organize schedules through the calendar. Students learn how to manage electronic messages, appointments, contacts, tasks, and files. Students prepare for Core Microsoft Outlook MOS Exam.
Lecture 1 hour per week.
1 credits
AST 160 - Learning the Internet for Business
Introduces students to basic Internet terminology and services including e-mail, www browsing, search engines, and other services. Provides an introduction to electronic commerce in an office environment.
Lecture 1 hour per week.
1 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 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 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 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 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 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