Course Descriptions

ACT 101

  • Fundamentals of Accounting I
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Students are introduced to accounting terminology and general theoretical principles. The major focus of the course is on the accounting cycle and the communication of financial information to decision-makers.

ACT 102

  • Fundamentals of Accounting II
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Basic financial accounting concepts and methods are expanded to include accounting for partnerships and corporations. Prerequisite: ACT 101.

ACT 279

  • Computerized Accounting Systems
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Accounting concepts and principles are applied using computerized accounting systems.

OST 101

  • Keyboard and Introduction to Document Formatting
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Develops skill in operating a keyboard by touch and to develop an introductory level of skill producing standard business documents using a word processing program with speed and accuracy.

OST 105

  • Introduction to Information Systems
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Introduces and familiarizes students with essential computer concepts and terminology including operating systems software, multitasking concepts, disk and file management and telecommunications. Teaches basic competencies in word processing, electronic spreadsheets, presentations, databases and online skills including networking, electronic mail, Web browsing, and Internet research.

OST 108

  • Editing Skills for Office Professionals
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: A hands-on approach to editing business documents. Applies proper placement and structure of business documents. Reviews principles of grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, spelling, word and number usage, and proofreading rules.

OST 109

  • Legal Terminology
  • Credits: 3
  • Introduces the judicial system (discovery, trail, and appellate processes), civil law, criminal law, legal terminology and legal citations commonly used in the legal field. Includes terms and how to use them in legal context.

OST 110

  • Document Formatting and Word Processing
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Provides experience in word processing including the mastery of touch typing with speed and accuracy using industry standard software.

OST 112

  • Financial Management
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Designed to teach students fundamental principles and concepts including: financial markets, futures, bonds, commodities, interest rates, and taxes. The primary emphasis is short and long term financial planning along with interpretation of financial information. Careers in the financial industry discussed.

OST 113

  • Speedbuilding
  • Credits:1
  • Description: Presents techniques for increased keyboarding speed and accuracy.

OST 130

  • Typography
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Introduces the principles of typography, type basics, type aesthetics, how to design with type, parameters of type and how they can be used to produce quality type. Utilizes advanced commands and pagination composition skills, Studies grids, file management and other options such as design standards with business publications.

OST 150

  • Transcription and Office Technology
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Produce usable business documents from machine dictation using word processing software, with emphasis on spelling, punctation, and grammar. Proofreading and editing applications stress the importance of accuracy and quality of document creation and production. Demonstration of office machines will be incorporated. Lecture: 3 hours. Prerequisite: ENG 101 or Permission of Instructor and OST 110.

OST 160

  • Records and Database Management
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Presents aspects of the management of records from creation to disposal, using database software to create and edit files and prepare reports.

OST 210

  • Advanced Word Processing Application
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Uses advanced features of a current word processing software to format and produce documents utilized in an office. Lecture: 3 hours.

OST 213

  • Business Calculations for the Office Professional
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Applies skills required for the performance of business tasks: use of numeric keypad to compute payroll, markup/markdown, purchases, loans, discounts, stock and bond transactions; and other business applications.

OST 215

  • Office Procedures
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Studies the practices and procedures of current office concepts with emphasis given to the electronic office including: job application procedures, human relations in the office, business ethics, decision-making skills, travel and meeting arrangements, time and stress management, incoming/outgoing mail processes, and telephone procedures.

OST 220

  • Administrative Office Simulations
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Applies administrative procedures office simulations to include organizing, communicating, scheduling, and analyzing. Emphasizes productivity, efficiency, accuracy, and problem solving. Uses technology to research information on the Internet and send and receive e-mail. Continues to develop speed and accuracy. Prerequisite: OST 215 and OST 240 or consent of instructor.

OST 221

  • Legal Office Simulation
  • Credits: 3
  • Applies classroom experiences and skills in a simulated legal office environment.

OST 225

  • Introduction To Desktop Publishing
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Uses desktop publishing software to design and produce high resolution publications such as flyers, brochures, business forms, and newsletters. Introduces basic design techniques, type and graphics layout, and related terminology.

OST 235

  • Business Communications Technology
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Presents aspects of communications technology used in the global business environment, including presentations software; a basic understanding of voice recognition software; planning and composition of written, oral, and electronic communications; grammar, punctuation, and spelling; and principles of proofreading, both manual and electronic.

OST 240

  • Software Integration
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Expands computer skills through the use of spreadsheet, database management, word processing, and presentation software for the integration of information.

OST 250

  • Advanced Desktop Publishing
  • Credits: 3
    • Description: Provides advanced techniques in electronic publishing design, layout, composition and paste-up. Prerequisite: OST 225 or consent of Instructor.

OST 255

  • Introduction to Business Graphics
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Provides instruction in the process of image-editing including how to create original artwork, manipulate color, enhance artwork, graphics and retouch photographs and clipart used in desktop publishing programs.

OST 272

  • Presentation Graphics
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Uses industry standard software to create business presentations, business graphics, transparencies, and slides. Applies editing, formatting, page layout and design, and paste-up techniques for clarity and impact.

OST 275

  • Office Management
  • Credits: 3
  • Description: Management principles and techniques and their applications to the modern business office are included. Emphasis is on information systems and the role of managerial personnel. Lecture: 3 hours.

OST 295

  • Office Systems Technology Internship
  • Credits: 1 - 3
  • Description: Provides the opportunity to apply acquired occupational skills in a realistic setting, enhancing the transition from school to work. Requires approval of OST advisor.