Computer Office Assistant
COMPUTER KEYBOARDING 1 (3 units)
COA 101 Mastery of the keyboard (letters, numbers, and symbols) by touch on a microcomputer. Minimum speed at the end of course of 30 wpm accurately; formatting of letters, tables, reports, and memos using Microsoft Word
COMPUTER KEYBOARDING 2 (3 units)
COA 102 Prerequisite: Ability to type 30 wpm or completion of COA 101.
Students should enroll in COA 109 or COA 101 if they do not meet the requirements for COA102.
Speed and accuracy development on a microcomputer; minimum speed at end of course of 40 wpm accurately by touch; formatting of advanced letters, tables, reports, and desktop published documents using Microsoft Word. COMPUTER KEYBOARDING 3 (3 units)
COA 103 Prerequisite: Completion of COA 102 and COA 184
Develops production skills in using advanced features of Microsoft Word to create properly formatted business documents. Includes composition at keyboard, decision making, and timed production of letters, tables, and reports. Develops minimum speed at end of course of 50 wpm.
MACHINE TRANSCRIPTION (3 units)
COA 107 Prerequisite: COA 101 with a satisfactory grade or equivalent
Develops proficiency in operating transcribing machines, listening skills, transcription of mailable letters, memoranda, and manuscripts from machine dictation techniques and English usage.
KEYBOARDING IMPROVEMENT (1 unit)
COA 109 Prerequisite: Ability to type 20 wpm.
Improves keyboarding procedures through continued emphasis on correct keyboarding techniques. Uses a computer to develop speed and accuracy through timed writings, corrective drills, May be taken concurrently with COA 101, 102, or 103. May be repeated twice.
MEDICAL OFFICE PROCEDURES (5 units)
COA 120 COA 102 or COA131 with a satisfactory grade or equivalent.
This course develops proficiency in typing medical documents, case histories, history and physicals,
medical reports. Additionally, students learn about medical ethics and sensitivity training for the
medical office, privacy laws, telephone etiquette, medical filing, and handling of confidential
documents, scheduling appointments in a variety of medical facilities and medical insurance.
LEGAL PROCEDURES 1 (5 units)
COA 123 Prerequisite: COA 101 and COA131 with satisfactory grades or better or equivalent.
Preparation of court pleadings and legal documents; knowledge of general law office procedures and specific procedures involved in litigation, family law, corporate law, and other specialties; development of attitudes and behaviors appropriate for the legal field.
BUSINESS ENGLISH (3 units)
COA 131 Required of all COA majors.
Knowledge of English grammar and punctuation rules; practice in writing sentences and paragraphs.
BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS (3 units)
COA 132 Prerequisite: COA 101 and COA 131 with a satisfactory grade or better or equivalent
Applications of business communications, principles in writing a variety of business letters, interoffice memorandums, and a business report; improvement of general and business vocabularies
RECORDS MANAGEMENT AND FILING (2 units)
COA 133 Proficiency in applying basic filing principles to a variety of records using alphabetic, geographic, numeric and subject methods. Creation, storage, disposition, and preservation of all types of documents. An understanding of concepts of automated storage and retrieval. Includes database management personal computers.
BUSINESS TERMINOLOGY (2 units)
COA 134 Correct definition, spelling, pronunciation, and effective usage of the general and specialized vocabulary used in modern business communications.
OFFICE PROCEDURES (3 units)
COA 143 Prerequisite: COA 102 and COA 131 with satisfactory grades or better.
Three hours weekly. Comprehensive knowledge and application of office skills and procedures for the automated office; development of attitudes for success on the job.
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY (3 units)
COA 144 This course develops an understanding of medical terminology through a study of word roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Emphasis is given to spelling, pronunciation, and definitions. Medical terminology for basic anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the body systems is also stressed. Current medical innovations/issues are discussed.
MACHINE TRANSCRIPTION FOR MEDICAL SECRETARIES (3 units)
COA 146 Prerequisite: COA 102 or COA 131 with satisfactory grades or better.
This course develops proficiency in operating transcribing machines to accurately transcribe medical documents, including medical letters, charts, notes, history and physicals, reports from cassette tapes. Emphasis is given to spelling, proofreading, correct terminology, and abbreviations. Students simultaneously review anatomy and major body systems.
APPLIED OFFICE PRACTICE (2 units; repeatable twice)
COA 147 Advisory: COA 101 with a satisfactory grade or better
Practical experience in working in an office on campus and one hour lecture relating to office behavior, productivity, motivation, and interpersonal skills.
MACHINE TRANSCRIPTION FOR LEGAL SECRETARIES (3 units)
COA 149 Prerequisite: COA 102 and COA 131 with satisfactory grades or better.
This course develops proficiency in operating transcribing machines to transcribe legal correspondence and documents, including court documents, from cassette tape. Emphasis is placed on spelling, proofreading, formatting, and the meaning of legal terms
OFFICE ADMINISTRATION LABORATORY (1 unit)
COA 164 Co-requisite: COA 101
Laboratory class which provides opportunity for students enrolled in CAOT classes to have additional time on the computers to work with all of the software that is offered in the Department. Students must attend a minimum of 32 class hours per semester Credit/No Credit. Click here for details.
MICROCOMPUTER OFFICE APPLICATIONS: WORD PROCESSING APPLICATIONS (3 units)
COA 179 Prerequisite: COA 131 with satisfactory grades or better.
Further develops skill in preparing a variety of business documents on a personal computer. Covers formats for letters, memos, reports, tables, outlines, form documents, graphics, desktop publishing, and merged documents.
MICROCOMPUTER SOFTWARE SURVEY IN THE OFFICE (3 units)
COA 182 Prerequisite: COA 101 and COA 198 with satisfactory grades or better or equivalent.
Introduces students to the use of the microcomputer and commercially available software used in business office. Course provides hands-on introduction to word processing, database, spreadsheet, graphics, desktop publishing and presentation design software.
MICROCOMPUTER SOFTWARE SURVEY IN THE OFFICE (Word Processing and Spreadsheet) (1.5 units)
COA 182A Prerequisite: COA 101 and COA 198 with satisfactory grades or better or equivalent.
Introduces students to the use of the microcomputer and commercially available software used in business offices. Course provides hands-on introduction to word processing and spread sheet software.
MICROCOMPUTER SOFTWARE SURVEY IN THE OFFICE (Database and Presentation Design) (1.5 units)
COA 182B Prerequisite: COA 101 and COA 198 with satisfactory grades or better or equivalent.
Introduces students to the use of the microcomputer and commercially available software used in business offices. Course provides hands-on introduction to database and presentation design software.
WORD PROCESSING (3 units; repeatable twice)
COA 184 Prerequisites: The ability to type 30 wpm accurately by touch.
Use basic and advanced commands in Microsoft Word or other word processing software, to create, format, edit, save, and print documents including letters, tables, reports, and merge documents. Use desktop publishing features to create newsletters, brochures, fliers, and resumes.
SPREADSHEET (3 units)
COA 185 Presents office spreadsheet applications using a PC and spreadsheet application software, such as Excel. Students are taught to create, edit, format, and print worksheets; construct graphs; build data bases that utilize the data table function.
DESKTOP PUBLISHING (3 units; repeatable twice)
COA 188 Provides information and hands on training using a personal computer, laser printers and various desktop publishing software including Page Maker and Ventura. Includes producing camera ready, near typeset quality reports, newsletters, business forms, and presentations.
LEGAL DOCUMENT PRODUCTION (3 units)
COA 193 Prerequisite: COA 101 and COA 184 with satisfactory grades or better or equivalent.
This course is designed to link the academic knowledge of law and skills of word processing to result in the production of legal documents.
INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERNET (3 units)
COA 197 Advisory: Knowledge of Windows and word processing is required. Students who enroll in the course must attend 3 lab hours per week.
The course provides hand-on access to Internet, the worldwide Computer Network. The course emphasizes electronic mail, file transfer protocol, newsgroups, web page design and other services and utilities.
INTRODUCTION TO WINDOWS FOR CAOT (3 units)
COA 198 This course is designed to prepare students to work in the Windows environment. The course emphasis the features of Windows, including changing and creating icons, opening and closing Windows and other applications, responding to dialog boxes, and working with directories.
SCHOOL-TO-WORK PORTFOLIO (2 units)
COA 105 Prerequisite: COA 131 with satisfactory grades or better.
Course includes preparation of a comprehensive professional portfolio that contains a résumé, cover letter, application for employment, reference letters, and personal achievement. The course will also include career planning, networking with business and industry, and job search using the Internet and other resources.
ADDING AND CALCULATING MACHINES (3 units)
COA 106 This course uses application software to develop proficiency in the operation of the computer's ten-key pad by touch.
WEB PAGE DESIGN (3 units)
COA 112 Advisory: COA 198
This course is designed to help students learn the most important topics of Web page design. The course emphasizes creating a new web site, integrating a database using Microsoft Office components, styles and working with HTML codes.