Cerro Coso Community College

Business Office Technology Degree

Business Office Technology AS

The Business Office Technology AS Degree

  • Prepare students for challenging positions as administrative assistants and office managers through courses in communication, industry standard computer applications, business, office procedures, and bookkeeping in order to meet the needs of the technologically dynamic office.

You can use this to:

  • Earn a two-year Associates degree.
  • Enhance career opportunities in:
    • Office Assistant
    • Bookkeeper
    • Data Entry Operator
    • Filing Clerk
    • Inventory Clerk
    • Clerk I, II, III
    • Administrative Assistant
    • Receptionist
    • Front Office Professional
    • Payroll Clerk
    • Accounts Receivable Clerk
    • Accounts Payable Clerk
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  • To display business standards for efficiency, time management, and quality of work while projecting a professional image including ethical standards with respect to privacy, confidentiality, and personal behavior both independently and in group situations.
  • To apply fundamental principles of spelling, grammar, and punctuation to a wide variety of business communication messages, documents, and reports appropriate for the intended audience.
  • To select, apply, and adapt computer software tools such as word processing, spreadsheet, data base, accounting, presentation, and desktop publishing, to business related tasks and assess the logic of the results.
  • To analyze and record a variety of business financial transactions including but not limited to petty cash, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, and process through the accounting cycle from journalizing to financial statesments.
  • To apply standard records management procedures when establishing and maintaining systems to classify, organize, store, and retrieve hard copy and electronic files.
  • To demonstrate active listening skills to accurately condense and record verbal information, instructions, and ideas.

All the classes required for my Business Office Technology degree that I have taken help so much with my job as an office manager.

—Heather Martin, Student


Note: Some courses within the major may have a required prerequisite. If you feel you have equivalent knowledge and skills to those included in the prerequisite course through professional experience, licensure, or certification, you have the opportunity to submit a Prerequisite Challenge to be reviewed by the faculty chair. For the Prerequisite Challenge to be considered, you must submit documentation/verification to substantiate the basis for the challenge. Please consult a counselor for more information regarding Prerequisite Challenge.

Complete all of the following courses:

Advisory: MATH C040.

This course provides practice with a wide range of mathematical procedures used in various business applications. Students perform calculations both manually and using a calculator to solve problems in accounting, retail, finance, and taxation. Learners are required to access a printing calculator with features including round off/up key, decimal selector for 0 through 6 plus float memory keys and 10-12 digit keyboard. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: BSOT C070, MATH C040.

This course covers basic accounting concepts and procedures that are required to complete an accounting cycle. Account types, (assets, liabilities, equity, revenue, expenses) as well as procedures for bank reconciliations, petty cash, and payroll are introduced. Learners complete business transactions from day-to-day economic activities to closing entries and the preparation of year end documents such as a balance sheet, income statement, and statement of owner's equity. 36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Advisory: CSCI C070, ENGL C040.

This course provides the learner with a survey of skills and topics covered in the Business Office Technology Program certificates and degree program. Business English, an orientation to industry standard office software, entry level office procedures such as the role of a business information professional, the workplace environment, workplace communication, ethics, customer focus, and teamwork are covered. The focus is an introduction to skills that are relevant to success as an office clerk, administrative assistant, or office manager. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: CSCI C070, ENGL C040.

This hands-on computer course is designed to provide basic understanding of word processing concepts using Microsoft Word. Learners create, edit, and format documents including business letters, multiple-page reports, newsletters, and cover letters. Mail merge and desktop publishing are also introduced. This course begins preparation for the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam for Microsoft Word. 9 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

Advisory: CSCI C070, ENGL C040.

This hands-on computer course is designed to provide a basic understanding of spreadsheets. Spreadsheet design, creation, revision, formatting and printing are covered. The learner creates basic sales or expense reports, family budgets and basic business related spreadsheet documents using Microsoft Excel features and functions. This course begins preparation for the Microsoft Application Specialist certification exam for Excel. 9 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

Advisory: CSCI C070, ENGL C040.

This hands-on computer course provides a beginning understanding of the Microsoft Access database management program. Fundamental relational database design and management as well as building and editing basic tables, forms, queries, and reports are introduced. This course begins preparation for the core level Microsoft Access Office Specialist certification exam. 9 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

Advisory: CSCI C070.

This is a hands-on microcomputer course designed to provide basic understanding of Microsoft PowerPoint. Topics to be covered include planning, creating, editing, viewing, and printing PowerPoint presentations. This course prepares the student to take the core level Microsoft PowerPoint Office Users Specialist certification exam. 9 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

Advisory: CSCI C070.

This course introduces students to personal management software integrating electronic mail, contact information, task features, a journal, and scheduling with the calendar functions using Microsoft Outlook. 9 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

Advisory: BSOT C131, ENGL C040.

Learners in this course build on a basic keyboarding foundation with correct touch typing techniques, including alphabetic, numeric, and symbol keyboarding as well as 10- Key numeric keypad. Skill-building includes introductory formatting of documents using Microsoft Word. Successful completion of this class results in minimum keyboarding speed of 30 wpm net on a three minute timed writing. 9 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: BSOT C132

Learners in this course build on an intermediate keyboarding foundation with correct touch typing techniques, including alphabetic, numeric, and symbol keyboarding as well as 10-Key numeric keypad. Skill-building includes formatting of documents and individualized remedial drills. Successful completion of this class results in minimum net keyboarding speed of 45 wpm on a five-minute timed writing. 9 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

Advisory: CSCI C070.

This is a hands-on microcomputer course designed to provide basic understanding of Adobe Acrobat. Topics include creating portable document files (PDF), working with PDF files, as well as annotation and editing of files. 9 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

Advisory: BSOT C121.

This hands-on computer course is designed to provide an intermediate understanding of word processing concepts using Microsoft Word. Learners create, edit, and format documents including a business plan, form letters, mailing labels, and learn how to collaborate with others on the creation of complex documents. Features of templates, outlines, mail merge, and online distribution of web based documents are also included. This course continues preparation for the Microsoft Office Application Specialist certification exam for Microsoft Word. 9 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

Advisory: BSOT C123, ENGL C040.

This hands-on computer course is designed to provide an intermediate understanding of spreadsheets. Learn how to analyze data through list management, using Autofilter, sort and pivot table features. Work with multiple worksheets and workbooks, and then create a shared workbook, resolve conflicts, and track changes. Finally, plan and prepare an application using Excel's data validation feature and button creation using macros. This course completes topics required in preparation for Microsoft Application Specialist exam for Excel. 9 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: BSOT C070, C100, C132. Advisory: BSOT C127, C153, C161.

This course is designed to integrate and refine office skills. Students gain skills in communication, information processing, time management, ethics, records management, administrative procedures, customer service, and job searches. The course covers all aspects of the modern workplace, including team work, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: BSOT C125, ENGL C040.

This hands-on computer course provides an intermediate understanding of the Microsoft Access database management program. Advanced queries, table design, custom forms and reports are covered along with integrating Access with the web and other programs. This course continues the study of skills required to prepare for the Microsoft Application Specialist exam for Access. 9 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: BSOT C151

This hands-on computer course is designed to provide an advanced understanding of word processing concepts using Microsoft Word. Learners create a document template, apply advanced word processing features, import and run Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macros, create an onscreen forms and calculations with advanced table techniques, record macros, and work with long documents and subdocuments. This course completes preparation for the Microsoft Office Application Specialist certification exam for Microsoft Word. 9 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: BSOT C153

This hands-on computer course is designed to provide an advanced understanding of spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel. Data Tables, Scenario Management, using Solver, importing and exporting data, enhancing with Visual Basic for applications and modifying Excel default settings are covered. This course completes preparation for the Microsoft Application Specialist certification exam for Excel. 9 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: BSOT C155. Advisory: ENGL C040

This hands-on computer course provides an advanced understanding of Microsoft Access. Action queries, table relationship properties, and automating tasks with macros are covered. Visual Basic for Applications is introduced to enhance database construction and functionality. Managing with replication and synchronization as well securing with the user level Security Wizard is included. This course completes the study of skills required to prepare for the Microsoft Application Specialist exam for Access. 9 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

Advisory: BSOT C121, ENGL C070.

This course presents the principles and techniques of effective written and oral business communication. Students discuss, critique, and practice business-writing strategies to produce messages, letters, reports, and presentations, while developing critical thinking skills. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C040.

This course is designed for those with little or no computer experience. Learners practice file management, email, instant messaging, Internet browsing and searching. This course includes a brief introduction to industry standard word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation application programs. Computer terminology and identification of fundamental hardware and software applications is introduced. 9 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

Complete one of the following general education patterns:

The awarding of an Associate Degree at Cerro Coso Community College is intended to represent more than an accumulation of units. It is intended to lead students through patterns of learning experiences designed to develop certain capabilities and insights.

Please consult the Transfer Center or Counseling for more information regarding which classes will transfer to a four-year institution.

Students desiring transfer to the California State University system may conform to either (1) the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or (2) CSU General Education Certification.

Please consult the Transfer Center or Counseling for more information regarding which classes will transfer to a four-year institution.

IGETC is a series of courses that community college students can use to satisfy lower division general education requirements at any CSU or UC campus.

Please consult the Transfer Center or Counseling for more information regarding which classes will transfer to a four-year institution.

Campuses

All classes needed for this degree are available at the following campuses: CC Online

Pathway to Completion

Additionally, some of the general education courses needed to complete this major are available at all our locations.

See Counseling for specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

This degree requires 60.0 units and will likely take 4 semesters.

Approximate Total Costs

CA Residents

60.0 units

at $46 per unit

Equals $2,760 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $3,600* for books and supplies

Total cost $6,360 for 4 semesters

Non-residents

60.0 units

at $258 per unit

Equals $15,480 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $3,600* for books and supplies

Total cost $19,080 for 4 semesters

*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.

Need help? Financial Aid can help with fee waivers and scholarships and other aid. Make sure to fill out your FAFSA every January.

For general questions, contact:

Karen O'Connor
Business and Information Technology
Phone: (760) 384-6172
Email: koconnor@cerrocoso.edu

Counseling can provide specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

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