• Administrative Office Professional Curriculum

  • Statewide Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

    Catalog Year 2017-2018

    Market-driven and industry-validated, Administrative Office Professional (AOP) statewide degree program reflects the evolving responsibilities of administrative assistants. Office professionals are increasingly self-directed and technically proficient. The AOP program emphasizes project management; Internet/Intranet communications and research; document retrieval; customer service and public relations; the ability to take initiative, think logically, demonstrate problem-solving techniques and successfully interact with a variety of personalities.

    At MHCC, the program is designed for students who seek immediate employment in the wide-open field of administrative professionals by providing training for both first-time job seekers and experienced employees who wish to advance in their careers. The Administrative Office Professional program also allows students to choose an option in either Human Resources or Web to meet their career goals whether that is job-entry preparation, job advancement or college transfer.

    Program Outcomes
    At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

    • Apply standard English rules in clear, concise and effective business communications
    • Apply mathematical skills to accounting situations
    • Use business software applications to import graphics, charts and text into documents
    • Apply critical thinking and technology skills to select appropriate software to solve a business problem
    • Use communication software to set up and manage meetings
    • Demonstrate accuracy and skill in handling the telephone
    • Receive, interpret and follow both written and verbal instructions in a simulated office environment
    • Demonstrate competence in production of business documents
    • Transfer office skills to the workplace
    • Evaluate the validity of a website when using the Internet for information searches
    • Organize records with both manual and electronic filing methods
    • Identify career paths and advancement criteria typical of office occupations
    • Create effective spreadsheets that communicate financial and other business information

    Note: The course requirements for this program are subject to change each academic year. For MHCC certificate/degree requirements, a student must follow the program requirements the year the student is officially admitted to the program or the year the student is completing the program.

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BA131 Introduction to Business Computing2, 3 4
    BT101 Office Careers Survey 1
    BT110 Business Editing 3
    BT116 Communication Technologies 3
    BT121 Keyboarding Principles 3
    Health and Physical Education requirement‡ 3
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BT111 Editing Techniques 3
    BT118 Records and Information Management 3
    BT123A Keyboarding Skill Development 3
    BT125 Microsoft Word Training2 3
    MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher) 1,3, ‡ 4
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BA101 Introduction to Business 4
    BT122 Professional Keyboarding 3
    BT126 Microsoft Word Simulation2 3
    BT225 Document Processing2 3
    BT250 Procedures for the Office Team 3
    MO214 Building a Professional Portfolio or
    HD209RES Developing Your Resume
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BA211 Principles of Accounting I 4
    BT123B Keyboarding Skill Refinement 3
    BT210ZPB PowerPoint - Level II 1
    BT210ZEB Excel Level - II 1
    WR121 English Composition1 4
    Five Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BA177 Payroll Accounting and Payroll Tax Filing Requirements or
    BA212 Principles of Accounting II5
    BA205 Business Communications 4
    BA267 Business Project Management4 3
    BT210ZAB Access - Level II 1
    BT251 Integrated Office Systems2 3
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BA224 Human Resource Management 3
    BA226 Introduction to Business Law or
    HUM202 Age of Technology: Ethics in the Workplace
    BA228 Computer Accounting Applications 3
    BT210ZIO Internet for the Business Professional 1
    PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations 3
    WE280OP_ Cooperative Education Internship5 3
    Total Credits 94-96

    1Prerequisite for this course is not included in this curriculum. See course descriptions.
    2 Minimum typing skill level is required.
    3 A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.)
    4 Students may substitute BA265 for BA267. BA265 is offered fall term. Prerequisites for BA265 are BA131 and BA206
    5 Students may use any combination of WE280OPA, WE280OPB or WE280OPC to total three credits. Instructor and dean consent is required; check with instructor for the course number and credits appropriate to the internship assignment.

    ‡ See Associate of Applied Science degree requirements.