Office Administration

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This 35-week program prepares you for immediate employment in a constantly changing office environment. You will obtain the knowledge and skills required to gain employment in administrative support positions in business, government and non-governmental organizations.

The last component of the program is a three-week practicum placement aimed at providing on-the-job training, furthering your employment opportunities.

Career Potential
Employment opportunities are not limited to private businesses. The Alberta government, colleges, municipalities, settlement and band offices have all hired Office Administration graduates. Possible job opportunities are:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Receptionist
  • Records Management Assistant
  • Secretary

Admission Requirements
Grade 11 or equivalent with credit in:

  • English 20, 20-1 or 20-2 or 23 and
  • Math 10-C, 10-3, or Math 10 (Applied or Pure); Math 13, Math 24, Math 10-Prep (60%)
  • OR successful completion of basic skills admission tests (Nelson Denny and Business Math)

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Transferability
Graduates will be accepted into Year II of Office Administration programs at Grande Prairie Regional College, Keyano College, Lethbridge Community College, Bow Valley College, and e-campus Alberta.

What makes us different?
Our programs uniquely prepare students by allocating more instructional hours for the application of concepts that the big schools simply don't have time for. Our small class sizes, individual attention, and additional instructional hours, all contribute to student success and employability post-graduation. 

Office Administration is being offered in Cold Lake for the 2017-2018 Academic Year.

Office Administration

  • ACCOUNTING

    Course ID: ACCT101

    Name: ACCOUNTING

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    This course covers the full accounting cycle with emphasis on how to maintain basic accounts and records. An understanding of accounting procedures, terminology, and concepts is emphasized. In projects which simulate on-the-job conditions, students apply accounting principles in payroll and general accounting situations.

  • DOCUMENT FORMATTING I

    Course ID: BUSI107

    Name: DOCUMENT FORMATTING I

    Hours: 85

    Credits: 3

    Document Formatting I provides students with an opportunity to accurately create a variety of business communications. From creating a rough draft to creating a professionally formatted document, the course also sharpens skills in keyboarding, proofreading and accurately following instructions. Co-requisite - KEYB 136

  • DOCUMENT FORMATTING II

    Course ID: BUSI108

    Name: DOCUMENT FORMATTING II

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    Document Formatting II teaches students to extrapolate pertinent information and format it into a logically laid out business document through the use of tables and online forms. It also provides students with the opportunity to solve job-like examples by combining their cumulative knowledge of business document creation and proofreading skills. Prerequisite – BUSI 107, COMA 102 Co-requisite – KEYB 138

  • JOB SEARCH

    Course ID: BUSI113

    Name: JOB SEARCH

    Hours: 22

    Credits: 0.5

    Job Search assists students in identifying their skills, creating a resume, and preparing for, and participating in an interview. Prerequisites - COMA102, COMA123

  • HUMAN RELATIONS FOR BUSINESS

    Course ID: BUSI115

    Name: HUMAN RELATIONS FOR BUSINESS

    Hours: 22

    Credits: 0.5

    The course focuses on personality development for work. It is becoming increasingly evident that students require highly developed human relations skills to be successful in the workplace. The course is designed to teach students effective business and social behaviour skills.

  • INTEGRATED PROJECTS I

    Course ID: BUSI121

    Name: INTEGRATED PROJECTS I

    Hours: 22

    Credits: 1

    Integrated Projects I utilizes a series of projects to gain skills in application integration within the Microsoft Office Suite. Pre-requisite – COMA102, COMA111 Co-requisite – COMA115

  • INTEGRATED PROJECTS II

    Course ID: BUSI122

    Name: INTEGRATED PROJECTS II

    Hours: 22

    Credits: 1

    Integrated Projects II provides students with exposure to advanced integration of word processing, web page development and Internet applications. Prerequisite – BUSI 121

  • BUSINESS PRACTICUM

    Course ID: BUSI142

    Name: BUSINESS PRACTICUM

    Hours: 105

    Credits: 1.5

    The practicum provides an opportunity for Office Administration students to work in an office for four weeks and to apply the skills learned during the program to real situations. Placements are arranged by the Business Program instructors to provide the best experience possible. Business Program approval is required prior to placement. Prerequisite – OFFR 100, satisfactory progress in BUSI 108, and Business program approval.

  • WORD PROCESSING-INTRODUCTORY

    Course ID: COMA101

    Name: WORD PROCESSING-INTRODUCTORY

    Hours: 22

    Credits: 1

    Students are provided with an introduction to the use of computers for word processing with use of Microsoft Word. The topics covered in this course include creating and editing documents using wizards, working with tables, and formatting text with indents and tabs.

  • WORD PROCESSING-INTERMEDIATE

    Course ID: COMA102

    Name: WORD PROCESSING-INTERMEDIATE

    Hours: 22

    Credits: 1

    Students continue with Word covering topics such as headers and footers, columns, mail merge, styles, macros, graphics and forms. Prerequisite – COMA 101

  • WORD PROCESSING-ADVANCED

    Course ID: COMA103

    Name: WORD PROCESSING-ADVANCED

    Hours: 22

    Credits: 1

    Students continue to learn more advanced features in Word such as creating brochures, working with long documents and advanced mail merging. Prerequisite – COMA 102

  • SPREADSHEETS-INTRODUCTORY

    Course ID: COMA111

    Name: SPREADSHEETS-INTRODUCTORY

    Hours: 22

    Credits: 1

    This course provides students with an introduction to spreadsheets using Excel. Topics examined include creating and editing a spreadsheet, saving, retrieving, printing, formats, copying, functions, formulas, and graphs.

  • SPREADSHEETS-INTERMEDIATE

    Course ID: COMA112

    Name: SPREADSHEETS-INTERMEDIATE

    Hours: 22

    Credits: 1

    This course continues with Excel, covering topics such as absolute versus relative references, working with large spreadsheets, and database functions. Prerequisite – COMA 111

  • SPREADSHEETS-ADVANCED

    Course ID: COMA113

    Name: SPREADSHEETS-ADVANCED

    Hours: 22

    Credits: 1

    Advanced Excel topics covered include macros, exporting, importing, and linking spreadsheets. Prerequisite – COMA 112

  • DATA BASE-INTRODUCTORY

    Course ID: COMA115

    Name: DATA BASE-INTRODUCTORY

    Hours: 22

    Credits: 1

    This course provides students with an introduction to databases using Access for Windows. Topics covered include creating a database, creating tables and graphs, entering information, and querying a database.

  • DATA BASE-INTERMEDIATE

    Course ID: COMA116

    Name: DATA BASE-INTERMEDIATE

    Hours: 22

    Credits: 1

    Students continue with Access, covering the following topics: maintaining a database, reports, group, creating and using forms. Prerequisite – COMA 115

  • INTRODUCTION TO OPERATING SYSTEM SOFTWARE

    Course ID: COMA145

    Name: INTRODUCTION TO OPERATING SYSTEM SOFTWARE

    Hours: 22

    Credits: 1

    This course introduces students to a Graphical User Interface (GUI) environment. It allows them to fully understand system software relating to program software and hardware. File management is emphasized.

  • BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS I

    Course ID: COMM123

    Name: BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS I

    Hours: 53

    Credits: 2

    Business Communications I reviews and develops skill in using standard English principles. Covered within this context is the proper use of grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary essential to anyone wishing to be a successful office worker. This course identifies common usage errors and demonstrates how to correct them.

  • KEYBOARDING

    Course ID: KEYB136

    Name: KEYBOARDING

    Hours: 22

    Credits: 0.5

    Students learn basic keyboarding skills in a Word environment.

  • KEYBOARDING

    Course ID: KEYB138

    Name: KEYBOARDING

    Hours: 44

    Credits: 1

    This course is concerned with proper workstation techniques and establishing keystroking patterns for keyboarding speed and accuracy. Pre-requisite - KEYB 136

  • BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS II

    Course ID: COMM124

    Name: BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS II

    Hours: 53

    Credits: 2

    Business Communications II reviews and extends skills in using standard English principles, including grammar, punctuation, vocabulary and spelling. Proofreading and editing for common usage and formatting errors in a variety of business documents are emphasized. Writing skills are introduced and applied to memos, letters, and other common business documents. Oral communication and presentations is also covered. Prerequisite – COMM 123

  • BUSINESS MATH

    Course ID: MATH115

    Name: BUSINESS MATH

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    MATH 115 provides a review of basic applications to prepare students to perform specific business math functions and develop speed and accuracy in fundamental mathematical processes.

  • OFFICE MANAGEMENT

    Course ID: OFFR100

    Name: OFFICE MANAGEMENT

    Hours: 53

    Credits: 3

    This course is comprised of many elements relating to office work, with the overall objective of learning to be an effective office worker. Concepts such as the handling of incoming/outgoing mail, filing, reception, phone techniques, and the operation of office machines are covered. Additional topics are covered as they relate to current demands on the modern office worker.

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