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  • Objectives
    The Administrative Assistant Online Certificate Program introduces students to both theory and practice in business and office administration skills. Students will acquire the technical, administrative and human relations skills required in today’s office environments.
  • Academic Title
    Certificate in the ABT - Administrative Assistant Online Program
  • Course description
    Required Courses    Course Credits
    • ABTO 100    Online Learner Success    0.00
    • ABTO 102    Administrative Procedures    1.50
    • ABTO 103    Records Management    1.50
    • ABTO 111    Word Processing I    1.50
    • ABTO 113    Word Processing II    1.50
    • ABTO 114    Spreadsheets I    1.50
    • ABTO 115    Database    1.50
    • ABTO 116    Presentation Software    0.75
    • ABTO 117    Outlook    0.75
    • ABTO 120    Business English    3.00
    • ABTO 121    Business Communications    3.00
    • ABTO 130    Business Calculators and Mathematics    1.50
    • ABTO 131    Accounting Level I    3.00
    • ABTO 140    Human Relations    1.50
    • ABTO 141    Job Search    1.50
    Choose 1.50 credits from the following list:    1.50
    • ABTO 110    Keyboarding I    1.50
    • ABTO 112    Keyboarding II    1.50
    Choose 10.50 credits of electives:    10.50
    • ABTO 118    Desktop Publishing    1.50
    • ABTO 122    Website Design and Maintenance    1.50
    • ABTO 123    Transcription    1.50
    • ABTO 132    Accounting Level II    3.00
    • ABTO 133    Spreadsheets II    1.50
    • ABTO 134    Computerized Accounting    3.00
    • ABTO 142    Integrated Projects - Administrative    1.50
    Total Program Credits    36.00

    ABTO 100    Online Learner Success
    0.00 credits    (5,0,0) hrs    02 wks
    This course prepares the learner to be successful in the online environment. Through instruction, tutorials, small group experiences, and ongoing self-assessment the learner will be provided with an opportunity to adopt methods which will enhance his/her success in the online environment.
    Note: ABTO 120 is recommended as a prerequisite.

    ABTO 101    Computers and the Internet
    1.50 credits    (4,3,0) hrs    08 wks
    Prerequisite: ABTO 100 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    This course has been designed to give the learner a basic introduction to the Internet, computers and an operating system. Students will learn essential terms and concepts; how to work competently in a Windows environment; and effective file and disk management for Windows and the Web browser.

    ABTO 102    Administrative Procedures
    1.50 credits    (2,1,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: ABTO 100 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    The dynamic office of today requires that office worker's demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, think critically, apply problem-solving skills and work effectively with other members of the office team. The rapid pace of change in the office of today demands that office workers have the ability to develop new skills and understand new processes as job evolve. In this course, students will master essential organizational skills and develop efficient office practices in preparation for entry into the contemporary office.
    Note: ABTO 101 and 111 are recommended as prerequisites or co-requisites.

    ABTO 103    Records Management
    1.50 credits    (4,5,0) hrs    08 wks
    Prerequisite: ABTO 100 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    Technology continues to change the role played by today's office worker. This course will provide the student with the knowledge, skills and abilities to face these challenges and new responsibilities in dealing with both manual and electronic files.
    Note: ABTO 111 is recommended as a prerequisite or co-requisite.

    ABTO 110    Keyboarding I
    1.50 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    08 wks
    Prerequisite: ABTO 100 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    This introductory course is designed to give the learner the ability to keyboard accurately and proficiently using the touch method, proofread quickly and accurately, and key at a speed of 25 net words per minute.

    ABTO 111    Word Processing I
    1.50 credits    (4,2.5,0) hrs    08 wks
    Prerequisite: ABTO 100 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    This course is designed to teach the student the basic functions of a word processing program required in the preparation of correctly formatted business documents such as letters and memoranda. Although Microsoft Word 2000 is used to complete this course, many of the skills obtained are generic and transferable to other word processing software programs.

    ABTO 112    Keyboarding II
    1.50 credits    (4,5,0) hrs    08 wks
    Prerequisite: ABTO 100 is a prerequisite or co-requisite and ABTO 110
    Keyboarding II is an individualized course designed to improve accuracy and speed.

    ABTO 113    Word Processing II
    1.50 credits    (4,2.5,0) hrs    08 wks
    Prerequisite: ABTO 100 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    Word Processing II is a continuation of Word Processing 1. This course will cover additional instruction and practice with letter styles, tables, charts and reports, plus many advanced features such as merging, macros, outlines, graphics and styles.
    Note: ABTO 110 and 111 are recommended as prerequisites or co-requisites.

    ABTO 114    Spreadsheets I
    1.50 credits    (4,2,0) hrs    08 wks
    Prerequisite: ABTO 100 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    Using Microsoft Excel, the student will acquire a working knowledge of electronic spreadsheets in this course.

    ABTO 115    Database
    1.50 credits    (4,2.5,0) hrs    08 wks
    Prerequisite: ABTO 100 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    Using Microsoft Access, the student will acquire a working knowledge of electronic database management systems in this course.

    ABTO 116    Presentation Software
    0.75 credits    (16,4,0) hrs    01 wks
    Prerequisite: ABTO 100 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    Using PowerPoint 2000 Presentation software, the student will apply appropriate design concepts to present data and information in a colourful and well-organized format. Students will learn how to use design templates, apply various attributes and include a variety of objects to create, modify, save and deliver professional presentations.

    ABTO 117    Outlook
    0.75 credits    (0,0,15) hrs    wks
    Prerequisite: ABTO 100
    This course is an introduction to Outlook, including hands-on training in the use of e-mail for on-line communications, calendar for managing important dates and appointments, and contacts for the creation and maintenance of an address database.
    Note: Recommended pre-requisite: ABTO 113 and 40 wpm keyboarding speed.

    ABTO 118    Desktop Publishing
    1.50 credits    (0,0,3) hrs    10 wks
    Prerequisite: ABTO 100
    This course is a study of desktop publishing functions; elements of page design and organizational tools; and process, planning, design, and production. Students will apply word processing and desktop publishing software and skills, as well as integration elements, to produce publications such as letterheads, flyers, brochures, business forms, web pages, and newsletters.
    Note: Recommended pre-requisite: ABTO 113 and 40 wpm keyboarding speed.

    ABTO 120    Business English
    3.00 credits    (4,2,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: ABTO 100 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    Employers continually report that job applicants with appropriate language skills are hard to find. This course focuses on correct English usage in a business environment and provides a comprehensive review of grammar, punctuation, and style as well as business spelling and vocabulary development.

    ABTO 121    Business Communications
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: ABTO 100 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    Using accepted writing techniques, you will plan, organize and write correct and effective "reader friendly" business documents appropriate for use in today's global business environment. You will acquire a practical knowledge of how to write business letters, reports, memos, and electronic messages.

    ABTO 122    Website Design and Maintenance
    1.50 credits    (0,0,3) hrs    10 wks
    Prerequisite: ABTO 100 and 111 are prerequisites or corequisites
    This course will provide the student with the skills required to design and create a Website and to complete routine Website maintenance and updates.

    ABTO 123    Transcription
    1.50 credits    (0,0,5) hrs    06 wks
    Prerequisite: ABTO 100 and 111 are prerequisites or corequisites
    This hands-on course, using a student's keyboarding, computer, grammar and wordprocessing skills, will provide the student with the skills required to transcribe a variety of business documents from digital audio files.

    ABTO 130    Business Calculators and Mathematics
    1.50 credits    (4,2,0) hrs    08 wks
    Prerequisite: ABTO 100 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    Good math skills are a valuable tool in today's business environment. They are required for applications such as accounting, electronic spreadsheets, database management, and office procedures. This course will provide the learner with an opportunity to develop necessary numeracy skills in order to function effectively in an entry-level office support position.

    ABTO 131    Accounting Level I
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: ABTO 100 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    This course is an introduction to manual accounting. Emphasis will be placed on fundamental accounting principles and their application in day-to-day business situations.

    ABTO 132    Accounting Level II
    3.00 credits    (4,2,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: ABTO 100 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    Accounting II is an intermediate level manual accounting course. The course, presented in the context of a merchandising business, provides the learner with additional knowledge and skills to deal with common manual accounting systems for sales, purchases, taxes, inventory and payroll. Specialized journals, combined journals, year-end procedures and worksheets, GST/PST, bad debts and merchandise inventory as well as payroll concepts and principles, tax responsibilities and annual reporting will be included. Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to prepare detailed financial statements including a classified balance sheet and an income statement with a cost of goods sold section.
    Note: ABTO 130 and 131 are recommended as prerequisites or co-requisites.

    ABTO 133    Spreadsheets II
    1.50 credits    (2,1.33,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: ABTO 100 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    Using Microsoft Excel, the student will acquire an advanced knowledge of electronic spreadsheets in this course. They will learn to use advanced spreadsheet functions, including using formulas, performing calculations, filtering and formatting data, creating integrated documents, and developing a custom Excel application commonly occurring in today's workplace.
    Note: This course is a continuation of ABTO 114.
    Note: ABTO 101, 114 and 130 are recommended as prerequisites or co-requisites.

    ABTO 134    Computerized Accounting
    3.00 credits    (4,1,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: ABTO 100, 131 and 132 are prerequisites or co-requisites
    This course introduces you to the integrated computerized accounting system using Simply Accounting for Windows. Upon completion, the learner will be able to establish company records, maintain daily transactions using the general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, inventory, account reconciliation and payroll features, and create financial statements.

    ABTO 140    Human Relations
    1.50 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    08 wks
    Prerequisite: ABTO 100 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    This course concentrates on personal and professional development skills needed by workers in today's workplace. Self-examination and assessment, teamwork, client relations, effective communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills, together with an understanding of business ethics, are included in this course.

    ABTO 141    Job Search
    1.50 credits    (2,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: ABTO 100 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    To develop effective job search strategies for today's competitive and changing job market. Topics include self-assessment, employability skill testing, job search strategies and research, using the Internet for job search and career planning, networking, resumes, employment-related communications, application forms, portfolios and interviews.
    Note: Keyboarding speed of 20 net words per minute.

    ABTO 142    Integrated Projects - Administrative
    1.50 credits    (0,0,30) hrs    wks
    Prerequisite: ABTO 100
    Office Simulation is a capstone course that helps learners extend their word processing, spreadsheet, database, desktop publishing and presentation software knowledge by completing a variety of practical, integrated projects. Learners will also develop decision-making, prioritizing, and other administrative skills.
    Note: Recommended pre-requisite: ABTO 102, 113, 114, 115, 116, 118, 120 and 40 wpm keyboarding speed.

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