2013 - 2014 Combined Catalogs of the Colleges

Program: Business Office Systems and Support



BUSINESS OFFICE SYSTEMS AND SUPPORT -- ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT

(Level II Certificate)

Officially known as: Office Technology -- Administrative Support

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

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

Degree Plan Code: C2.BOSS.ADM.SUPP.08

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.

CREDIT HOURS

SEMESTER I

POFI 1301 Computer Application I 3
POFT 1301 Business English 3
POFT 1329 Beginning Keyboarding OR 3
POFT 2301 Intermediate Keyboarding (3)
POFI 1341 Computer Applications II OR 3
POFM 1302 Medical Software Applications (3)
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
15

SEMESTER II

POFT 1309 Administrative Office Procedures I OR 3
POFM 1317 Medical Administrative Support (3)
POFI 1349 Spreadsheets 3
POFI 2301 Word Processing 3
POFT 1325 Business Math Using Technology OR 3
POFT 1321 Business Math (3)
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
15

SEMESTER III

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)
POFI 2450 Databases OR 4
ITSW 1407 Introduction to Database OR (4)
POFT 1319 Records and Information Management (3)
POFI 2331 Desktop Publishing OR 3
POFI 2340 Advanced Word Processing OR (3)
ITSC 1315 Project Management Software (3)
+Elective 1-4
13-17
Minimum Hours Required 43-47

+Electives - must be selected from any 1-4 credit hour ACCT, ACNT, BMGT, BUSI, IMED, ITSC, ITSW, MRKG, POFI, or POFT course.

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 in Applied Sciences Degree)

Officially known as: Office Technology -- Executive Assistant

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

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

Degree Plan Code: AAS.BOSS.EXE.ASST.08

The Associate in Applied Sciences 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.

CREDIT HOURS

SEMESTER I

POFI 1301 Computer Applications I 3
POFT 1301 Business English 3
POFT 1329 Beginning Keyboarding OR 3
POFT 2301 Intermediate Keyboarding (3)
POFI 1341 Computer Applications II OR 3
POFM 1302 Medical Software Applications (3)
HIST 1301 History of the United States I 3
15

SEMESTER II

POFT 1309 Administrative Office Procedures I OR 3
POFM 1317 Medical Administrative Support (3)
POFI 2301 Word Processing 3
POFT 1328 Business Presentations 3
+Elective 3-4
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
15-16

SEMESTER III

POFT 2312 Business Correspondence and Communication 3
POFI 1349 Spreadsheets 3
POFT 1319 Records and Information Management 3
POFT 1321 Business Math AND 3
++Elective Natural Science 4
+++Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3
19

SEMESTER IV

POFI 2331 Desktop Publishing OR 3
POFI 2340 Advanced Word Processing OR (3)
ITSC 1315 Project Management Software (3)
POFI 2450 Databases OR 4
ITSW 1407 Introduction to Database (4)
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 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
13
Minimum Hours Required 62-63

+Elective - must be selected from any 3 or 4 credit hour ACCT, ACNT, BMGT, BUSI, IMED, ITSC, ITSW, MRKG, POFI, or POFT course.

++Natural Science Elective - must be selected 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 -- OFFICE ASSISTANT

(Level I Certificate)

Officially known as: Office Technology -- Office Assistant

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

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

Degree Plan Code: C1.BOSS.OFC.ASST.12

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.

CREDIT HOURS

SEMESTER I

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

+Elective - must be selected from any 3 or 4 credit hour ACCT, ACNT, BMGT, BUSI, IMED, ITSC, ITSW, MRKG, POFI or POFT course including but not limited to:

POFT 1325 Business Math Using Technology 3
POFT 1329 Beginning Keyboarding 3
POFT 1380 Cooperative Education - Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 3
POFT 1382 Cooperative Education - General Office Occupations and Clerical Services 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 I Certificate)

Officially known as: Office Technology -- Software Application Specialist

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

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

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.

CREDIT HOURS

SEMESTER I

POFI 2301 Word Processing 3
POFI 1349 Spreadsheets 3
POFI 2450 Databases OR 4
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)
16
Minimum Hours Required 16

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.

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BUSINESS OFFICE SYSTEMS AND SUPPORT -- VIRTUAL ASSISTANT

(Skills Achievement Award)

Officially known as: Office Technology -- Virtual Assistant

El Centro only

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

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.

CREDIT HOURS

SEMESTER I

BUSG 2309 Small Business/Entrepreneurship 3
POFI 1341 Computer Applications II 3
POFT 2312 Business Correspondence and Communication 3
MRKG 2312 e-Commerce Marketing 3
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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