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Course Descriptions

BCT 100     2 credits
Basic Computer Keyboarding

For students with little or no keyboarding experience and not majoring in business computer technology. Basic computer operations. Alphabet, number and symbol keyboarding and basic numeric keypad. Emphasis on techniques, accuracy and speed development.

BCT 102     1 credit
Keyboarding Series

Develops and reinforces touch-type keyboarding skills through a variety of speed and accuracy drills, writings and games. Complete "real-life" simulations as well as instruction on the numeric 10-key pad. Strive to reach the industry standard of 50 wpm in 5-minute writing. Prerequisites: computer skills.

BCT 103     1 credit
Computer Hardware Overview

Introductory exploration of computer hardware - what is in the box? Includes discussion of relationships between processor speed, memory and hard drive space as well as current storage options. This course provides the basic information to make a computer purchase decision. Part 1 of BCT 105 equivalency. Prerequisites: keyboarding skills, BCT 100, 101, 102 or instructor's signature.

BCT 104     1 credit
Operating Systems Overview

Use the basic functions in Windows to display files and computer status information, organize drives, files or folders efficiently, use the help function and locate information. Discussions will include variations found on Mac and Linux systems as well as expectations for new systems. Part 2 of BCT 105 equivalency. Prerequisites: BCT 101 and 103 or instructor's signature.

BCT 105     5 credits
Computer Applications

Survey course introduces the operation and basic applications of microcomputers using Windows software. Basic concepts of hardware, software, operating systems, the Internet, word processing, spreadsheets and database applications are included. Prerequisites: keyboarding skills, BCT 100, 101 or 102 or instructor's signature.

BCT 106     1 credit
Getting Started with Word Processing

Use basic Word functions to enter, edit, cut, copy, paste and reorganize text. Documents will be enhanced with graphics and tables. Use Word tools including spell checker, grammar checker, page layout, and references. Flyers, letters, template resumes and research papers will be produced. Part 3 of BCT 105 equivalency. Prerequisites: BCT 101 and 104 or instructor's signature.

BCT 107     1 credit
Getting Started with Spreadsheets

Use basic Excel functions to enter, edit, cut, copy, paste and reorganize text and data and create simple formula. Spreadsheets will be enhanced with formatting and charts. Part 4 of BCT 105 equivalency. Prerequisites: BCT 101 and 106 or instructor's signature.

BCT 108     1 credit
Getting Started with Database

Use Microsoft Access to create a database and add basic elements such as tables, queries, forms and reports. Examine the features of built-in wizards. Either this course or BCT 109 is Part 5 of BCT 105 equivalency. Prerequisites: BCT 101 and 107 or instructor's signature.

BCT 109     1 credit
Getting Started with Presentation Graphics

Use presentation graphics software to create and view presentations. Enhance the presentation with pictures, shapes, SmartArt, tables and charts. Apply transitions. Either this course or BCT 108 is Part 5 of BCT 105 equivalency. Prerequisites: BCT 101 and 106 or instructor's signature.

BCT 112     2 credits
Records Management

Records management emphasizes principles and practices of effective management for both manual indexing and automated records systems. The manual indexing systems concept covers all standard indexing rules published by the Association of Records Managers and Administrators. Automated records systems provide the opportunity to work with computer databases encountered in business. Prerequisites: basic keyboarding skills.

BCT 115     2 credits
Resume and Interview

Designed to promote student success in obtaining employment. Includes preparation of job search documents and participation in individual and group interviews. Prerequisites: highly recommended that students enrolling in this class have basic computer and word processing skills.

BCT 116     3 credits
Professional Work Relations

Study of technical and interpersonal skills desired in a changing workplace environment, including leadership, teamwork and employers' expectations. The focus is on real-world tools for problem solving in a simulated workplace.

BCT 118     5 credits
Customer Service

Apply office and customer service skills during a 75-hour practicum at an area business. Learn skills in verbal and nonverbal communication, positive attitudes, listening, professional telephone techniques and conflict management. Learn and apply standard office procedures and the use of office machines.

BCT 120     5 credits
Word Processing

Uses a full-featured Windows word processing program to create personal and professional documents. Editing concepts and formatting techniques are used to create office documents such as memos, letters, reports and tables. May be repeated with different software. Prerequisites: Keyboarding skills, BCT 100, 101, 102 and 105 or instructor's signature.

BCT 125     2 credits
Internet Use

Introduction to Internet basics, Web vocabulary, use of major search engines, evaluating websites and developing research skills. Designed to prepare students to research e-topics and conduct business activities. Discover how to search for specialized databases, resources and libraries. Look at current trends. Prerequisites: BCT 105 or instructor's signature.

BCT 128     5 credits
Business Math

Practical applications in the various fields of business, including a review of basic math fundamentals. Financial calculations, buying and selling goods, simple and compound interest, taxes, lending and problem solving strategies are presented. Prerequisites: MATH 097 or MATH 093 or equivalent.

BCT 130     5 credits
Spreadsheets

A Windows spreadsheet program is used to organize and analyze data, perform numerical calculations, and illustrate relationships in numerical data with charts. Formulas, functions, graphics, 3-D References, auditing tools, consolidating and linking workbooks, and what-if analysis. May be repeated with different software. Prerequisites: MATH 097 or MATH 093, BCT 105 or instructor's signature.

BCT 150     5 credits
Database 1

Presents theory and application in the basic concepts and terminology of relational database management. Plan, design, build, modify and organize databases, tables, forms and reports. May be repeated with different software. Prerequisites: BCT 105, MATH 097 or MATH 093 or instructor's signature.

BCT 160     3 credits
Presentation Graphics

Use Windows presentation graphics software to create, present and collaborate on presentations; use enhanced multimedia capabilities to deliver presentations with more impact; search reference materials, Internet services and other sources while working in presentation graphics software. May be repeated with different software. Prerequisites: BCT 105 or instructor's signature.

BCT 170     2 credits
Microsoft Outlook

Use Microsoft Outlook to store, track and organize business and personal information. Topics include managing e-mail, calendar, tasks, notes, address book, message templates, mail merge, help, customizing Outlook and Web/Outlook integration. May be repeated with different software. Prerequisites: BCT 105 or instructor's signature.

BCT 200     5 credits
Operating Systems

Fundamentals of Windows operating system, computer hardware and software concepts. Windows desktop, Start menu, and file system to start Windows, run programs, organize files, and for system customization and maintenance. Windows Aero, Sidebar, Mail, Search, Photo Gallery, Mobility Center, Defender, Command Prompt are included. May be repeated with different software. Prerequisites: BCT 105 or equivalent.

BCT 205     5 credits
Business Communication

Provides learning and reinforcement in the art of communicating effectively in the business world. This is accomplished through planning, composing and evaluating written and/or oral communication and report writing. Current theories of communication, perception and cultural contexts will be used. Prerequisites: BCT 120 and ENGL 097 or placement score equivalent.

BCT 210     5 credits
Word Processing II

This course is designed for experienced Word users. It provides instruction in advanced word processing. Integrative learning is emphasized. Topics include advanced features of formatting and organizing content, collaborating on documents and customizing word processing software. May be repeated with different software. Prerequisites: keyboarding, BCT 120 or instructor's signature.

BCT 220     5 credits
Spreadsheets II

Create, format and audit workbooks at an advanced level using database functions, macros, templates, Web tools, multiple workbooks, workgroups, imported/exported data, data tables, scenario management, Solver and VBA. May be repeated with different software. Prerequisites: BCT 130 or instructor's signature.

BCT 230     5 credits
Database II

Advanced instruction in the theories and technical skills of database management systems; integrative learning is emphasized. Build relational databases and use advanced features and commands including VBA. May be repeated with different software. Prerequisites: BCT 205 or instructor's signature.

BCT 240     2 credits
Microsoft Publisher

Basic publishing skills for creating newsletters, brochures, business cards, postcards, flyers for print, e-mail and the Web. Create a publication from scratch or use available business or personal designs software. Create, manage, revise, and distribute publications and use digital technology to enhance their work. Prerequisites: BCT 105, BCT 120.

BCT 250     3 credits
Desktop Publishing

General desktop publishing concepts including basic typography, graphics, and classic design concepts will be applied to the planning and creation a variety of small single- and multiple-page publications. This class extends concepts presented in BCT 240 Microsoft Publisher. May be repeated with different software. Prerequisites: BCT 240 or instructor's signature.

BCT 251     3 credits
Web Publishing

Provides an introduction to Web-editing software Logic and layout for beginning Web page designers. Provides all the information necessary to plan effective and attractive Web pages. Included are helpful tips on how to make professional-looking Web pages. May be repeated with different software. Prerequisites: BCT 105 and BCT 125 or instructor's signature.

BCT 255     5 credits
Adobe Illustrator

Industry-standard computer illustration software will be used to produce graphic designs for business and artistic applications. Creative design strategies, arrangement of graphic elements and effective use of typography will be incorporated into print, Web and multimedia presentations. May be repeated with different software. Prerequisites: BCT 105 or instructor's signature.

BCT 260     5 credits
Adobe Photoshop

Transform simple snapshots into works of art through software manipulation such as cropping, color management and re-touching. Create dramatic special effects. Transport images from camera and scanners to printed photos ready for a frame. May be repeated with different software. Prerequisites: BCT 105 or instructor's signature.

BCT 270     5 credits
Microsoft Project

Introduction to project management using Microsoft Project. Topics include creating a plan, scheduling tasks and resources, establishing relationships and constraints, resolving conflicts and tracking progress. Projects will be created from scratch in addition to modifying existing plans. Project data will be filtered for reports. Prerequisites: BCT 130 or instructor's signature.

BCT 275     3 credits
Software Integrations

This project-oriented course will prepare students to utilize spreadsheet, database, presentation, publishing and word processing software to perform integrated tasks and functions. Complete projects and simulations that require integrating shared data and information between those programs. Prerequisites: BCT 105, 120, 130, 150, 160 or instructor's signature.

BCT 296     1-5 credits
Work Experience II

Designed to continue providing on-the-job practical field experience related to business computer technology. One credit is earned for each five hours of work experience per week. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

 


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