The general objective of the Computer Application Specialist diploma program is to prepare graduates to utilize Microsoft Office products in the workplace for tasks such as word processing, maintaining spreadsheets and databases, and utilizing email software and communications. Students in this program will also have the opportunity to become a Microsoft Office Specialist in Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint and Access.
Curriculum 63.3 credit hours
Normal program length: 12 months (day) 15 months (night)
|Course No.||Subject Title||Credit Hrs|
|CED-303||Job Readiness – Resumes||2.4|
|CED-304||Job Readiness – Interviews||2.4|
|CPT-101||Introduction to Computers||2.1|
|ENG-204||Business English I||2.4|
|ENG-205||Business English II||2.4|
|GED||General Education Courses||7.2|
CED 110 – CRITICAL THINKING (2.4 Credits) This course is designed to aid students in the transition to college academia. This course will strengthen general study skills, cultivate personal motivation, teach prioritizing skills, assist in discovering learning styles as well as empower your understanding. Prerequisite: None.
CED 303 – JOB READINESS – RESUMES (2.4 Credits) A course designed to help students develop good job search skills, inclusive of learning job search techniques, and resume’ preparation. This course is taken during the student’s last quarter of coursework. Prerequisite: None,
CED 304 – JOB READINESS – INTERVIEWS (2.4 Credits) A course designed to help students learn how to get an interview, the best answers for interview questions. This course is taken during the student’s last quarter of coursework. Prerequisite: None.
CPT 101 – INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS (2.1 Credits) This course is designed to provide an introduction to computers and information processing. Students will learn what a computer is, how it functions, the parts of a computer, and the differences that exist between hardware, software, operating systems and application programs. Upon completion of this course, students will be proficient with the mouse, keyboard, Windows manipulation, basic operations and opening and saving files. Prerequisite: None.
CPT 201 – WORD I (2.1 Credits) This course introduces the features of Microsoft Word 2013 with emphasis on hands-on training. Topics include Understanding Word, Basic Editing, Character Formatting, Paragraph Formatting, and Managing Text Flow. Prerequisite: CPT 101.
CPT 202 – WORD II (2.1 Credits) This course continues the study of Microsoft Word 2013 required to pass the Microsoft Office Specialist core exam. Prerequisite: CPT 201.
CPT 301 – EXCEL I (2.1 Credits) This course introduces the student to the use of electronic spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel 2013. The course will include Overview, Working with Microsoft Excel 2013, Using office Backstage, Using Basic Formulas, and using Functions. Prerequisite: CPT 101.
CPT 302 – EXCEL II (2.1 Credits) Advanced features of Excel 2013 are covered with an intense emphasis on mastering skill sets necessary to pass the Microsoft Office Specialist core exam. Prerequisite: CPT 301.
CPT 401 – ACCESS (4.2 Credits) This course studies database design and management utilizing Microsoft Access 2013. Course includes designing a database; access, searching, and updating files; and designing and producing printed reports. Advanced topics covered include creating sub forms, building relational databases, maintaining data integrity, and utilizing web capabilities. All skill sets covered on the Microsoft Office Specialist core exam will be presented. Prerequisite: CPT 101.
CPT 402 – POWERPOINT (4.2 Credits) The content covers all skill sets covered on the Microsoft Office Specialist core exam for PowerPoint 2013. The student will learn about presentation graphics for business and design techniques for visual presentations. Prerequisite: CPT 101.
CPT 403 – OUTLOOK (2.1 Credits) This course focuses on working with Microsoft Outlook 2013. Students learn to work with the e-mail and faxing services, as well as managing contacts. This course prepares the student for the Microsoft Office Specialist core exam for Outlook 2013. Prerequisite: CPT 101.
CPT 404 – DESKTOP PUBLISHING (2.1 Credits) This course is designed to present an overview of desktop publishing and to train students in a major desktop publishing program. Students will learn the page layout skills needed to produce newsletters, brochures, flyers, and reports on the computer. Prerequisite: CPT 101.
CPT 405 – ADVANCED WORD (2.1 Credits) This course focuses on mastering the most advanced features of Microsoft Word 2013 required to pass the Microsoft Office Specialist Expert certification exam, utilizing hands-on training. Prerequisite: CPT 202.
CPT 406 – ADVANCED EXCEL (2.1 Credits) This course prepares the student for the Microsoft Office Specialist Expert certification exam using Excel 2013. The most advanced features will be covered, including auditing worksheets, extracting data, data validation, creating macros, and editing macros. Prerequisite: CPT 302.
ENG 204 – BUSINESS ENGLISH I (2.4 Credits) This course is designed to enable students to use the basic rules of English in their writing and in their speech. It will also assist students in reviewing the basic principles of English grammar, learning the fundamentals of the English language, reviewing the basics of modern English usage, and expressing themselves effectively in oral or written communication. Prerequisite: None.
ENG 205 – BUSINESS ENGLISH II (2.4 Credits) This course is a continuation of Business English I, with a focus on verb usage, vocabulary, and oral communication. Prerequisite: ENG 204.
ENG 304 – BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS (4.8 Credits) This course is designed to prepare students to communicate and write properly with special emphasis on punctuating correctly, organizing information, proofreading, and composing different types of correspondence commonly used in business. Prerequisites: None.
MGT 503 – PERSONAL FINANCE (4.8 Credits) This course is designed to teach students the fundamentals of financial planning so they can make informed choices related to spending, saving, borrowing, and investing. Financial planning tools are used in a step-by-step approach to help students identify and evaluate choices as well as understand the consequences of decisions in terms of opportunity costs. Prerequisite: None.
OPD 202 – OFFICE PROCEDURES (4.8 Credits) This course is designed to prepare students for employment opportunities in today’s rapidly changing business environment. This course will help students acquire skills and knowledge of office procedures and equipment; apply skills and knowledge gained in other business courses; utilize time management principles, cost effective techniques, and decision-making skills in their work; develop personal characteristics, work attitudes, and communication skills essential for success on the job; and understand the interrelatedness of office systems, their procedures, equipment, and workers. Prerequisite: None.
SED 202 – KEYBOARDING (2.4 Credits) Students will develop correct technique for “touch typing” on the alphabetic keys while building speed and accuracy. Prerequisite: CPT-101
GENERAL EDUCATION (7.2 Credit Hours)
GED 201 – CREATIVE WRITING I (2.4 Credits) This course is designed to further develop basic reading and writing skills of students. Students will prepare lively and thought-provoking essays. The student will work through activity sets to help them read, understand and write about essay topics. Prerequisite: None.
GED 202 – CREATIVE WRITING II (2.4 Credits) This course is designed to help students understand writing as a process, rather than an end product. Students will acquire the background knowledge needed to engage thoughtfully with writing. As students work on various writing tasks, they will acquire strategies to be employed in future writing, whether personal or professional in nature. Prerequisite: None.
GED 304 – PSYCHOLOGY I (2.4 Credits) This course is an introduction to basic psychology, which is the study of behavior and its applications in human development. Psychology I focuses on psychology and science, consciousness, sleep, hypnosis, drugs, and memory. Prerequisite: None.
GED 305 – PSYCHOLOGY II (2.4 Credits) This course is an introduction to basic psychology, which is the study of behavior and its applications in human development. Psychology II focuses on personality theories and measurement, stress, health and coping, and psychological disorders. Prerequisite: None.
GED 310 – SOCIAL DYNAMICS (2.4 Credits) This course is an overview of specific areas of sociology and the study of human social interaction. Sociology I examines culture, socialization, social structure and deviance. Prerequisite: None.
GED 311 – SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS (2.4 Credits) This course is an overview of specific areas of sociology and the study of human social interaction. Sociology II looks at social stratification, global inequality, racial and ethnic inequality, sex and gender, and age inequality. Prerequisite: None.
GED 400 – EFFECTIVE SPEAKING I (2.4 Credits) This course is designed to teach the student the fundamentals of responsible and effective oral communication with a focus on planning, composing, and delivering informative speeches. Students will learn how to analyze an audience, select an appropriate topic, establish their credibility as a speaker, research and organize relevant material, and introduce/conclude a speech appropriately. Students will also learn and apply tips and tricks for controlling nervousness. Prerequisite: None.
GED 402 – EFFECTIVE SPEAKING II (2.4 Credits) This course is designed to teach the student the fundamentals of responsible and effective oral communication with a focus on planning, composing, and delivering persuasive speeches. Students will be introduced to the various ways of organizing persuasive presentations and which method is appropriate in a given circumstance. Students will learn the various fallacies that undercut persuasive presentation and how to avoid them. Additionally, students will learn the ethical obligations that are relevant when attempting to persuade others. Prerequisite: None.
GED 501 – INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS I (2.4 Credits) This course provides a solid academic introduction to the field of interpersonal communication and contains information about how to communicate more effectively on the job and in everyday life. Prerequisite: None.
GED 502 – INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS II (2.4 Credits) In this course, students develop in-depth insight into factors contributing to interpersonal communication knowledge and skills that enable students to communicate more effectively on the job and in everyday life. Topics include language barriers and bridges, nonverbal communication, listening, communication and relational dynamics, and managing interpersonal conflicts. Prerequisite: None.
GED 510 – MACROECONOMICS (2.4 Credits) In this course the student will be introduced to the basics of economics dealing with topics such as government spending, employment, money supply, banking, etc. The student will also learn how the U.S. evolved from an agricultural economy into the world’s economic superpower. Prerequisite: None.
GED 512 – MICROECONOMICS (2.4 Credits) This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic concepts of Microeconomics and how these concepts affect the individual units of the economy such as firms, households, individual markets, etc. The student will learn the history of the evolution of the American economy from an agricultural basis to becoming the world’s economic superpower. Students will be exposed to topics such as supply and demand, price elasticity, and the theory of consumer behavior. Prerequisite: None.