• Office Software Specialist Curriculum

  • One-Year Certificate

    Catalog Year 2018-2019

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    Office software specialists work in all types of businesses as technicians in a variety of software applications that may include word processing, presentations, database, spreadsheet and electronic communications. The ideal candidate must have the ability to work independently as well as being a contributing, collaborative team member. These professionals produce and organize quality publications from handwritten, printed or electronic material. Students who want to be on the cutting edge of technology have an opportunity to thrive in this field.

    Students will be trained in Microsoft applications using Microsoft-approved textbooks that cover the required objectives on the Microsoft Office Specialist exams. Students will become prepared to take Microsoft Office Specialist exams indicating that they have an understanding of the core and possibly the expert features in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook in Microsoft Office software programs. By passing one or more certification exams, students can demonstrate proficiency in a given Microsoft Office application to employers.

    The outlook for jobs in this field of software applications is excellent. Specialists are in high demand with opportunities for advancement. They possess problem-solving and technical skills that prepare them for today’s challenges.

    For further advising assistance, students are highly encouraged to follow the Web link “Additional Program Information” found on this program’s Web page at Career and Technical Programs by Subject..

    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 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
    • Evaluate the validity of a website when using the Internet for information searches
    • Organize records with both manual and electronic filing methods
    • Create effective spreadsheets that communicate financial and other business information

    Note: Basic keyboarding skills are required before beginning the program.

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BA101 Introduction to Business 4
    BA131 Introduction to Business Computing 4
    BT101 Office Careers Survey 1
    BT110 Business Editing 3
    BT116 Communication Technologies 3
    BT121 Keyboarding Principles 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 Training 3
    BT210ZAB Access - Level II 1
    BT210ZPB PowerPoint - Level II 1

    Quantitative Reasoning I or 
    MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher)

    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BT126 Microsoft Word Simulation 3
    BT210ZEB Excel - Level II 1
    BT210ZEC Excel - Level III 1
    BT210ZIO Internet for the Business Professional 2
    MO214 Building a Professional Portfolio or
    HD209RES Developing Your Resume
    PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations 3
    WR121 English Composition 4
    Total Credits: 51-53

    Additional Coursework
    Students may choose to earn the Office Assistant certificate or expand employment opportunities further by taking additional coursework in the associate degree program.