2020 - 2021 Dallas College Catalog

2020 - 2021 Catalog
Program: Business Office Systems and Support

BUSINESS OFFICE SYSTEMS AND SUPPORT -- ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONAL

BUSINESS OFFICE SYSTEMS AND SUPPORT -- ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONAL

(Enhanced Skills Certificate)

El Centro campus only
  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Complete at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by Dallas College.

Degree Plan Code: ES.BOSS.ADMIN.PROF

This certificate is to provide students an opportunity to obtain certification as an IAAP Certified Administrative Professional. The IAAP (International Association of Administrative Professionals) Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) is an assessment-based professional certification for office management and business administrative professionals. It is the only recognized certification that encompasses the duties, responsibilities, and knowledge required of an administrative professional in the 21st Century. The student must complete the Business Office Systems and Support--Executive Assistant AAS degree before pursuing this award.

Upon completion of this enhanced skills certificate, students will be eligible to sit for the IAAP CAP certification exam.

Course Course Title Credit Hours
BMGT 1309 Information and Project Management 3
HRPO 2307 Organizational Behavior 3
ACNT 1303 Introduction to Accounting 1 3
POFT 2331 Administrative Project Solutions 3
Semester Total 12
Minimum Hours Required 12

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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BUSINESS OFFICE SYSTEMS AND SUPPORT -- ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST

(Level 2 Certificate)

Brookhaven, Eastfield, El Centro, North Lake, and Richland campus only

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Complete at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by Dallas College.

Degree Plan Code: C2.BOSS.ADM.SPEC.19

The Administrative Support Certificate prepares students for a successful career as an office professional. The Certificate is developed to the specifications of the local job market.

Course Course Title Credit Hours
POFI 1301 Computer Application 1 3
POFT 1301 Business English 3
POFT 1329 Beginning Keyboarding OR 3
POFT 2301 Intermediate Keyboarding # (3)
POFI 1341 Computer Applications 2 OR 3
POFM 1302 Medical Software Applications (3)
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking OR (3)
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication (3)
Semester Total 15
Course Course Title Credit Hours
POFT 1309 Administrative Office Procedures 1 OR 3
POFM 1317 Medical Administrative Support (3)
POFI 1349 Spreadsheets 3
POFI 2301 Word Processing 3
POFT 1321 Business Math 3
ENGL 1301 Composition 1 3
Semester Total 15
Course Course Title Credit Hours
POFT 2312 Business Correspondence and Communication 3
POFT 1380 Cooperative Education - Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General OR 3
POFT 1382 Cooperative Education - General Office Occupations and Clerical Services (3)
ITSW 1407 Introduction to Database # OR 4
POFT 1319 Records and Information Management 1 # (3)
POFI 2331 Desktop Publishing # OR 3
POFI 2340 Advanced Word Processing # OR (3)
ITSC 1315 Project Management Software (3)
+Elective Elective (one course) 3-4
Semester Total 15-17
Minimum Hours Required 45-47

# Students cannot duplicate these courses as a required course and as an elective course.

+Electives - must be selected from the following courses:

Course Course Title Credit Hours
ITSW 1407 Introduction to Database 4
POFI 2331 Desktop Publishing 3
POFI 2340 Advanced Word Processing 3
POFT 1319 Records and Information Management 1 3
POFT 1328 Business Presentations 3
POFT 2301 Intermediate Keyboarding 3

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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BUSINESS OFFICE SYSTEMS AND SUPPORT -- EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

(Associate of Applied Science Degree)

Brookhaven, Eastfield, El Centro, North Lake, and Richland campus only

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Complete at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by Dallas College.

Degree Plan Code: AAS.BOSS.EXE.ASST.19

The Associate of Applied Science Degree comprehensive curriculum is designed as an advanced level program to prepare students for executive assistant and computer support positions in an office environment. Students will use state-of-the-art technology to develop skills necessary to become a productive member of the business community. Topics include office management, human relations, records management, oral and written business communications, plus word processing, spreadsheets, database, presentation, and telecommunication applications.

Course Course Title Credit Hours
POFI 1104 Computer Fundamentals OR 1
POFT 1127 Introduction to Keyboarding (1)
POFI 1301 Computer Applications 1 3
POFT 1301 Business English 3
POFI 1341 Computer Applications 2 OR 3
POFM 1302 Medical Software Applications (3)
HIST 1301 United States History 1 3
++Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3
Semester Total 16
Course Course Title Credit Hours
POFT 1329 Beginning Keyboarding OR 3
POFT 2301 Intermediate Keyboarding (3)
POFT 1309 Administrative Office Procedures 1 OR 3
POFM 1317 Medical Administrative Support (3)
POFI 2301 Word Processing 3
POFT 1328 Business Presentations 3
ENGL 1301 Composition 1 3
Semester Total 15
Course Course Title Credit Hours
POFT 2312 Business Correspondence and Communication 3
POFI 1349 Spreadsheets 3
POFT 1319 Records and Information Management 1 3
ITSW 1407 Introduction to Database 4
POFI 2331 Desktop Publishing OR 3
POFI 2340 Advanced Word Processing OR (3)
ITSC 1315 Project Management Software (3)
Semester Total 16
Course Course Title Credit Hours
POFT 1380 Cooperative Education - Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General OR 3
POFT 1382 Cooperative Education - General Office Occupations and Clerical Services (3)
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking OR (3)
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication (3)
POFT 1321 Business Math AND 3
+Elective Natural Science 4
Semester Total 13
Minimum Hours Required 60

+Natural Science Elective - must be selected from any four-credit hour course from the AAS Core Options for Natural Science.

++Humanities/Fine Arts Elective - must be selected from the AAS Core Options for Humanities/Fine Arts.

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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BUSINESS OFFICE SYSTEMS AND SUPPORT -- BUSINESS OFFICE SPECIALIST

(Level 1 Certificate)

Brookhaven, Eastfield, El Centro, North Lake, and Richland campus only

  • Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
  • Complete at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by Dallas College.

Degree Plan Code: C1.BOSS.BUS.OFF.19

Upon satisfactory completion of the Office Assistant Certificate, students are prepared for entry-level positions requiring basic office skills. This certificate may be completed in one semester.

Course Course Title Credit Hours
POFI 1104 Computer Fundamentals OR 1
POFT 1127 Introduction to Keyboarding (1)
POFI 1301 Computer Applications 1 # OR 3
POFT 1319 Records and Information Management 1 (3)
POFT 1301 Business English 3
POFT 1309 Administrative Office Procedures 1 OR 3
POFM 1317 Medical Administrative Support (3)
POFI 1341 Computer Applications 2 # OR 3
POFI 2301 Word Processing # OR (3)
POFM 1302 Medical Software Applications (3)
+Elective Elective (one course) 3-4
Semester Total 16-17
Minimum Hours Required 16-17

# Students cannot duplicate these courses as a required course and as an elective course.

+Elective - must be selected from the following courses:

Course Course Title Credit Hours
ITSW 1407 Introduction to Database 4
POFI 1301 Computer Applications 1 3
POFI 1341 Computer Applications 2 3
POFI 1349 Spreadsheets 3
POFI 2301 Word Processing 3
POFT 1321 Business Math 3
POFT 1328 Business Presentations 3
POFT 1380 Cooperative Education-Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 3
POFT 1382 Cooperative Education-General Office Occupations and Clerical Services 3
POFT 2312 Business Correspondence and Communication 3

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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BUSINESS OFFICE SYSTEMS AND SUPPORT -- SOFTWARE APPLICATION SPECIALIST

(Level 1 Certificate)

Brookhaven, Eastfield, El Centro, North Lake, and Richland campus only

(Block Scheduling available on North Lake Campus)

  • Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
  • Complete at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by Dallas College.

Degree Plan Code: C1.BOSS.SFTWRE.08

The Software Application Specialist Certificate provides a benchmark for students to measure their computer skills using Microsoft Office software. Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certifications which provide students valuable credentials and a competitive edge is available for those who master required competencies.

Students who previously passed specific Microsoft Office Specialist exams will be eligible to receive credit for equivalent POFI courses. Consult the Business Office Systems and Support advisor for details.

Course Course Title Credit Hours
POFI 2301 Word Processing 3
POFI 1349 Spreadsheets 3
ITSW 1407 Introduction to Database 4
POFT 1328 Business Presentations 3
POFI 2331 Desktop Publishing OR 3
POFI 2340 Advanced Word Processing OR (3)
ITSC 1315 Project Management Software (3)
Semester Total 16
Minimum Hours Required 16

The Software Application Specialist Certificate will help to prepare students for individual Microsoft Office Specialist exams at a proficient level.

Students who previously passed specific Microsoft Office Specialist exams will be eligible to receive credit for equivalent POFI courses. Consult the Business Office Systems and Support advisor for details.

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BUSINESS OFFICE SYSTEMS AND SUPPORT -- VIRTUAL ASSISTANT

(Skills Achievement Award)

El Centro campus only
  • Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
  • Complete at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by Dallas College.

Degree Plan Code: SA.BOSS.VIRTUAL

The BOSS Virtual Assistant (VA) Skills Achievement Award will prepare students to become a virtual business owner utilizing business and technical support specialists. The award will address topics of managing a virtual business. A VBA is an entrepreneur/business providing administrative, creative, managerial, technical, business office, and/or personal support services in a virtual affiliation as well as building relationships/partnerships in the global industry. The VBAs use the most advanced means of communication, and the newest, most efficient and time-saving office products and work delivery methods, regardless of geographic boundaries. They typically work from their own homes, often on an on-going, contractual basis. Hence, the virtual assistant award will prepare students to become virtual business owners because of the independent nature of the services provided and the need:

  • To establish a plan to efficiently and effectively provide assistance to those who may need their services, and
  • To establish a personal business plan for handling the marketing, organizing, operating, and financing of their virtual business.

Students can obtain the VA skills achievement award as an "entry-career ladder" and can be encouraged to pursue other certificates and awards in the BOSS program or other programs in related fields. Courses in this award will assist students in preparing and obtaining certification in a Master Virtual Assistant (MVA) or Professional Virtual Assistant (PVA) from a credentialed virtual assistance association.

Course Course Title Credit Hours
BUSG 2309 Small Business/Entrepreneurship 3
POFT 2312 Business Correspondence and Communication 3
POFT 2331 Administrative Project Solutions 3
MRKG 2312 e-Commerce Marketing 3
Semester Total 12
Minimum Hours Required 12

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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