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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 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 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 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 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 242 - Medical Insurance and Coding
Teaches coding for medical services rendered within a medical office setting utilizing current coding books for maximum reimbursement.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 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 295 - 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 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