Your Curriculum

Administrative Office ProfessionalOffice Software Specialist
One-Year Certificate

Catalog Year 2015-2016

MHCC Faculty Advisers:
Robin Brush
: 503-491-7174 - Room AC2663
Robin.Brush@mhcc.edu
(Students with last name beginning A-F)

Brenda Houchen: 503-491-7431 - Room AC2661
Brenda.Houchen@mhcc.edu
(Students with last name beginning G-N)

Anna Johnson: 503-491-7686 - Room AC 2662
Anna.Johnson@mhcc.edu
(Students with last name beginning O-Z)

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..

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
  • Demonstrate competence in production of business documents
  • 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
First Quarter (Fall)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits  
BT101   Office Careers Survey
1
BT110   Business Editing
3
BT116   Communication Technologies
3
BT121B   Keyboard Formatting1, 2or BT121 Keyboarding Principles1, 2or
BT122 Professional Keyboarding1, 2  
2-3
BT210ZWP   Beginning Windows
1
BA101   Introduction to Business
4
BA131   Introduction to Business Computing2, 3  
4
18-19  
Second Quarter (Winter)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits  
BT111   Editing Techniques
3
BT118   Records and Information Management
3
BT122   Professional Keyboarding1, 4 or
BT123A Keyboarding Skill Development1, 4  
3
BT125   Microsoft Word Training3  
3
BT210ZAB   Access - Level II
1
BT210ZPB   PowerPoint - Level II
1
BT210ZIO   Internet for the Business Professional
1
15  
Third Quarter (Spring)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits  
BA285   Leadership and Human Relations
3
BT126   Microsoft Word Simulation3  
3
BT210ZEB   Excel - Level II
1
BBT210ZEC   Excel - Level III
1
MO214   Building a Professional Portfolio or
HD209RES Developing Your Resume
1
MTH065   Beginning Algebra II (or higher) 2, 4, ‡  
4
WR121   English Composition2  
4
17  
Total Credits 50-51  

1 Minimum typing skill level is required.
2 Students with no keyboarding and no formatting experience should select BT121; students able to touch type but with no formatting knowledge should select BT121B; students with touch type and formatting skills should select BT122.
3 See course description for prerequisite.
4 BT122 may not be repeated. Only students who complete BT122 in the first quarter may select BT123A
.5 A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematicscourse (or higher.)

Additional Coursework
In selecting additional coursework, the student should consult with the faculty adviser. Students may choose to earn the Office Software Specialist certificate or expand employment opportunities further by taking additional coursework in the associate degree program.

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