Computer Applications for Business
Program Coordinator: Doris Gronseth, 847-376-7055 or email@example.com
The Computer Applications for Business curriculum provides education and workplace training for today and for the future. Courses are designed for students who will be working in a variety of business environments. The curriculum also supports other departments throughout the college by offering courses that develop students’ software expertise.
Courses enhance business productivity by developing and improving supervisory, human relations and business communications skills. In addition, the Computer Applications for Business curriculum helps students compete in our fast-changing world by offering courses in software packages used in today’s global business environment.
Oakton offers the A.A.S. degree with emphasis in either Creative Software or Office Technology. In addition, the following certificate programs are offered: Administrative Assistant; Creative Software Advanced Specialist; Creative Software Specialist; Creative Software User; Executive Administrative Professional; Microsoft Office Advanced Specialist; Microsoft Office Specialist; Microsoft Office User; General Office; Operational Software Specialist, Presentation Software Specialist, Reporting System Software Specialist, and Office Assistant.
Other certificates include courses in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint, as well as the Windows operating system.
- Computer Applications for Business A.A.S.
- Administrative Assistant Certificate
- Creative Software Advanced Specialist Certificate
- Creative Software Specialist Certificate
- Creative Software User Certificate
- Executive Administrative Professional Certificate
- General Office Certificate
- Microsoft Office Advanced Specialist Certificate
- Microsoft Office Specialist Certificate
- Microsoft Office User Certificate
- Office Assistant Certificate
- Operational Software Specialist Certificate
- Presentation Software Specialist Certificate
- Reporting System Software Specialist Certificate
Computer Applications for Business Courses
This course allows the beginning student to master proper keyboarding techniques and develop minimum 18 words per minute speed and accuracy.
Course provides an interactive and engaging approach for skill building, business document formatting, and improving your speed and accuracy while building a marketable skill set. This course will also focus on the following: document design skills, word processing skills, and communication skills.
This is a course designed to increase your keyboarding speed as well as improve your keyboarding accuracy by diagnosing your weaknesses and prescribing individualized corrective practice.
Course presents basic Windows skills necessary to be successful in learning other Windows-based applications. Content includes understanding of Windows environment, hands-on use of both keyboard and mouse to control computer applications, perform file operations efficiently, transfer data between applications, run multiple applications simultaneously, virus check a disk and do simple troubleshooting.
This course offers instruction in the use of Microsoft Word for creating, editing, and formatting a variety of personal and/or business documents. Through instruction and hands-on-application students create professional looking documents.
Course introduces Microsoft PowerPoint program. Content includes in planning, composing and creating complete desktop presentations are creation of slides consisting of words, diagrams, pictures, charts, graphs and other images produced on computer, note pages and audience handout pages. Specialized drawing tools and built-in word processor used to create professional presentations.
Course introduces the Adobe Acrobat program to design and navigate Portable Document Format (PDF) documents. Content includes designing, editing and enhancing PDF documents, adding security, and working with forms.
This course offers instruction in the use of Microsoft Excel for planning, designing, and developing Workbooks. It prepares students to use Excel for the development of spreadsheets using simple and complex formulas and functions, charts, and tables. Additionally, students will learn to create and use PivotTables, Pivot-Charts, manage multiple worksheets and workbooks, and utilize what-if analysis.
Comprehensive course covers the tools used in Microsoft Access to create and maintain relational databases. Content includes database design, creating and modifying tables, queries, forms, and reports. Macros, Visual Basic for Applications, and interface design and development will be introduced.
Comprehensive course covering the features and applications of Microsoft Visio. This software creates graphical diagrams to communicate information that supplements text and numbers within business and technical documents.
Course introduces the components of desktop publishing as used in the modern office, including hardware, software, graphics, typography and design. Content includes the relationship between concepts and applications. Students will be exposed to Creative Software applications.
Course introduces desktop publishing program to create and format documents, using desktop publishing technology. Content includes hands-on production of quality documents such as newsletters, brochures, and flyers suitable for publication.
Course introduces Adobe Photoshop, image editing program. Content includes producing high-quality digital images and manipulating scanned images, as well as outputting color separations and halftones. Practical exercises with tools to demonstrate capabilities of the Photoshop program.
Course introduces Adobe Illustrator, industry standard tool for graphic designers and technical illustrators. Content includes various features of object-based drawing application; practical exercises in basics of object manipulation including reflecting, shearing and blending; additional content includes subtleties of layering and Bezier’ curves toward creating professional, computer-based illustrations.
Course provides a dynamic and integrated approach to the ever-changing demands and responsibilities of the office professional in today’s global job market. It is designed for the student who would like to develop the essential soft skills and hard skills needed in office administration for a wide range of industries and companies. Emphasis is placed on integrating skills using appropriate software applications and developing critical-thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and decision-making skills in real-life applications.
Course is an overview of data communication and networks. It covers the development of essential soft skills and hard skills needed to work effectively with network administrators, network installers, and network designers. Emphasis is placed on the basic features, operations, and limitations of different types of computer networks.
Course develops strategies for effective communication in business. Content includes skills to plan, organize and develop business correspondence, reports, presentations and visual enhancements; edit and critique business documents; establish oral communication techniques for business situations; conduct meetings; develop dictation skills; create graphics through electronic media; and refine listening techniques.
Course reinforces word processing and desktop publishing concepts through instruction and exercises in which students create business-quality documents. Exercises are designed to build proficiency in the desktop publishing features in Word and to develop skills in critical thinking, decision making, and creativity. Based on real-life situations, students plan, design, and evaluate business and personal documents for publication. This course is designed for majors in Computer Applications for Business (CAB) and for those who wish to expand their word processing and desktop publishing skills.
This course is a continuation of Electronic Spreadsheeting Using Excel (CAB135). Students will learn advanced Excel techniques such as developing customized Excel applications including automating tasks with macros, using advanced functions, using advanced filtering techniques, using what-if analysis tools, and connecting to external data.
Course consists of direct work experience in a computer applications-related environment at an approved business or industrial firm applying knowledge and skills learned to their daily assigned responsibilities. The student will meet with a Computer Applications for Business instructor who will evaluate their on-the-job technical skills. Arrangements for the work experience will be made in conjunction with the CAB coordinator. In addition, the student will discuss work-related situations with the instructor.
This is a capstone class in which the student uses current illustration and design software packages to create various professional modes of output. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator are used along with Adobe InDesign.
Course designed to meet the needs for specialized instruction in current office automation topics. Topics will be identified for each section of course. May be repeated up to three times on different topics for a maximum of nine semester credit hours. Prerequisite may vary by topic.