Business Technology

Business Technology (BUSTEC)

BUSTEC 102 Computer Keyboarding 10-Key

  • Units:1
  • Hours:9 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.

This course introduces the numeric keypad and develops the ability to key information into a computer with speed and accuracy. Simulated employment tests based on industry standards are included. Students are required to have access to a computer with a 10-key key pad, the Internet, and an active Los Rios e-mail account.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate proficiency on a numeric keypad by touch at a rate of 8,000+ or more keystrokes an hour with 98 percent accuracy.
  • apply data entry techniques of 10-key operation to a variety of job-related tasks and employment tests.
  • examine business documents and select the correct information for alpha/numeric input.

BUSTEC 110 Business Procedures for Professional Success

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:BUS 100, BUSTEC 307, or ENGWR 101
  • C-ID:C-ID BSOT 100X

This course prepares students to perform various information processing procedures and problem solving tasks required to support both today’s office systems and those of the future. Students learn critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, supervision skills, office procedures, and information processing technologies to manage their work, as well as necessary attributes of an office professional. These skills will provide the background for advancement to supervision and management positions. Primary emphasis is on processing documents using introductory skills in word processing, spreadsheets, presentation graphics, and e-mail. Also included are managing information storage and retrieval, and coordinating office communications, to improve the efficiency of office functions.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • solve business problems involving decision-making and critical thinking.
  • communicate effectively both orally and in writing as a member of a business team.
  • use operating systems and application software to perform business tasks.
  • apply business procedures for the use and operation of business technologies.

BUSTEC 126 Outlook: Basics

  • Units:1
  • Hours:18 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:BUSTEC 360
  • C-ID:C-ID BSOT 106X

This course introduces Microsoft Outlook, the industry-leading personal information management software. Topics include understanding and navigating the Outlook environment, creating and sending email, using email special features, managing Outlook contacts, using an electronic calendar, and creating tasks and to-do items.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • send and receive email utilizing the special features of Outlook.
  • create and modify contacts in an address book.
  • create and organize Outlook calendar items.
  • incorporate tasks and to-do items into the personal information management software.
  • distinguish between Outlook in an Exchange environment and a stand-alone environment.
  • identify the potential risks associated with the use of email.

BUSTEC 307 Computer Keyboarding and Formatting

  • Units:3
  • Hours:44 hours LEC; 30 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • General Education:AA/AS Area III(b)

This intensive introductory computer-keyboard course emphasizes operating alphabetic, numeric, and symbol keys by touch. It includes computer-keyboarding techniques, speed-and-accuracy development, proofreading proficiency, and the use of essential computer-keyboarding information. Students will learn basic word processing skills. Students will need access to a computer, the Internet, and an active Los Rios e-mail account. This course is not open to students who have previously completed BUSTEC 307.1.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • apply ergonomic principles required to maintain posture, hand positions, and avoid eyestrain.
  • demonstrate the proper use of alphabetic, numeric, and symbol keys while using features of a current office word processing program.
  • demonstrate the ability to type at least 24 words per minute with no more than three errors on a three-minute timed test.
  • create and edit documents and reports using appropriate word processing functions, including working with envelopes, business reports, and academic reports.

BUSTEC 308 Advanced Computer Keyboarding and Formatting

  • Units:3
  • Hours:44 hours LEC; 30 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:BUSTEC 307 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU

This course is an advanced keyboarding and formatting course. There will be an emphasis on application of the following formatting concepts: horizontal and vertical centering, business letter styles, memorandums, tables, and reports. This course also builds upon current computer-keyboard skills and stresses speed and accuracy keyboarding techniques. Students must have access to a computer with Internet access and active email account.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate increased typing speed of 2-6 words per minute on a 5-minute timed writing with less than 5 errors.
  • demonstrate the proper use of computer-keyboard equipment, technical concepts, and proofreading symbols using an office-level word processing program.
  • evaluate and edit documents for formatting, keyboarding accuracy, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • create and edit documents and reports using appropriate word processing functions, including multiple-column tables with main, secondary, and column headings, source notes, side headings, references, page numbering, and a title page.

BUSTEC 331 Exploring Computer Environments and the Internet

  • Units:1
  • Hours:18 hours LEC; 18 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU

The course focuses on the most common hardware components used in personal computers, file management, and the Internet. Topics include the basic components of a computer system, file management principles, and Internet fundamentals. This course meets requirements for several FLC Business certificates and degrees. Students should have access to a computer and the Internet. They should have an active Los Rios e-mail account. They should have some computer media to store data files such as a USB drive. This class is not open to students who have previously taken CISC 308.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • list basic computer hardware components and discuss how computers work.
  • effectively utilize the graphical user interface to work effectively with the operating system and application programs.
  • locate files, folders and data on various computer media.
  • manage files and folders through copy, move, delete, and rename features of the operating system.
  • discuss basic Internet and computer operating system concepts using appropriate terminology.
  • demonstrate use of efficient Internet search techniques using search engines and subject directories.

BUSTEC 332 Integrated Business Projects

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:BUSTEC 360 or 363
  • Transferable:CSU
  • General Education:AA/AS Area III(b)

This course integrates office administration skills and procedures using a suite of computer applications. Course content integrates word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, and communication software to create, format, revise, share, and maintain business documents and data. Hands-on business projects are based on current office systems and incorporate problem-solving skills and real world business simulations. Students are required to have a USB (thumb drive) memory stick. This class is not open to students who have completed BUSTEC 120.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • describe the concepts and theories of integrating software functions.
  • integrate the use of word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, and electronic communication software to create, format, revise, share and maintain business documents and data.
  • analyze the purpose of a business project and select software to complete the project.
  • organize and manage electronic files.

BUSTEC 333 Exploring Word Processing and Presentation Software

  • Units:1
  • Hours:18 hours LEC; 18 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:CISC 300
  • Transferable:CSU

This course introduces the student to word processing and presentation software. The basic features and skills of creating, editing, formatting, inserting tables and graphics, and enhancing word-processed documents and graphic presentations are covered. Students should have access to a computer, the Internet, and some computer media such as a USB drive to store data files. Students must have an active Los Rios e-mail account. This course is not open to students who have completed CISA 308.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • utilize efficient techniques in creating and formatting typical business documents.
  • analyze document requirements and use appropriate features when creating business documents that require the integration of text, charts, and/or graphics for distribution or presentation.
  • manipulate data by using various features such as cut, copy, paste, and sort.
  • format documents using basic editing features such as setting margins, inserting headers and footers and choosing page orientation in addition to applying attributes that adjust the style, size, and appearance of characters.
  • convert text, table, and chart data between applications.
  • evaluate and analyze appropriate layout and design of documents for specific audiences.

BUSTEC 360 Word Processing Beyond the Essentials

  • Units:2
  • Hours:30 hours LEC; 18 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:BUSTEC 307 and CISC 300
  • Transferable:CSU

This course is designed to introduce students to the use of word processing programs. The course includes basic word processing operations: creating, editing, formatting, saving, retrieving, and printing text documents. In addition, this course includes desktop publishing techniques using word processing software, newsletter production, macro editing, complex document styles and commands, importing, linking and merging data from other applications into a word processing document. Students should have access to a computer, the Internet, and some computer media such as a USB drive to store data files. Students must have an active Los Rios e-mail account. This course is not open to students who have completed CISA 300.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • analyze appropriate layout and design of document requirements for specific audiences.
  • create business documents that require the integration of text, charts, and/or graphics for distribution or presentation.
  • design strategies for merging and integrating source data from different applications.
  • plan and execute strategies for working with multiple documents, templates, macros, and techniques for using and editing pre-designed styles from the Style Gallery.
  • solve errors in document formatting and printer faults by changing options and preferences.

BUSTEC 361 Intermediate Word Processing

  • Units:1
  • Hours:18 hours LEC; 18 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:BUSTEC 360 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU
  • C-ID:C-ID BSOT 121X

This course is designed to build upon previous training in the use of word processing. The course covers intermediate to advanced word processing features, such as styles, macros, outlines, document notations, forms, charts, and mail merge. Also covered are integrating word processing with other applications and creating documents for the use on the Internet, i.e. web pages and e-mail attachments. Students should have access to a computer, the Internet, and some computer media such as a USB drive to store data files. Students must have an active Los Rios e-mail account. This class is not open to students who have previously taken CISA 301.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • create newsletters, fliers, web pages, templates, and other documents using a variety of word processing features.
  • create boilerplate documents, labels, and envelopes by merging data source files with the appropriate document, label, or envelope.
  • describe and use the controls, which are necessary to create, modify, share, and protect forms and charts.

BUSTEC 363 Introduction to Electronic Spreadsheets

  • Units:1
  • Hours:18 hours LEC; 18 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:CISC 300 and MATH 20
  • Transferable:CSU
  • C-ID:C-ID BSOT 112X

This course is designed to introduce the student to the use of spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel. The course will include designing a spreadsheet, developing formulas for accurate automatic calculations, using spreadsheet functions, producing charts, and developing "what-if" models based upon relative and absolute cell referencing. Students will apply mathematical concepts and skills. Students should have access to a computer, the Internet, and some computer media such as a USB drive to store data files. Students must have an active Los Rios e-mail account. This course is not open to students who have taken CISA 310.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • create accurate spreadsheets efficiently using text labels, number values, formulas, and functions.
  • audit underlying mathematical formulas or functions for validity and accuracy using formula view.
  • produce valid and effective formulas which automatically calculate accurate results from varied data by using cell referencing and functions efficiently.
  • select appropriate ranges of data which can then be used to produce charts of various types which graphically portray numerical data in the form of percentages, trends, or comparisons.
  • create summary and subtotal reports.

BUSTEC 364 Intermediate Electronic Spreadsheets

  • Units:1
  • Hours:18 hours LEC; 18 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:BUSTEC 363 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU
  • C-ID:C-ID BSOT 122X

This course will extend the capabilities of students who have started to use electronic spreadsheet software. Topics and laboratory assignments will include using multiple worksheets and workbooks, web tools, scenario management, goal seek, solver, imported data, and the lookup function. Students should have access to a computer, the Internet, and some computer media such as a USB drive to store data files. Students must have an active Los Rios e-mail account. This class is not open to students who have previously taken CISA 311.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate a familiarity with the creation of pivot tables, pivot charts, outlines, and subtotals to arrange data in different ways and ensure the accuracy and robustness of the final product.
  • use 'what-if' analysis functions to find answers to complex problems by using one and two-variable tables, seeking a goal, running a Solver, and using a Scenario Manager to create various scenarios.
  • demonstrate a familiarity with more complex functions such as VLOOKUP, MATCH, use AND/OR in nested IF formulas, and be familiar with database functions such as DAVERAGE.
  • ensure correct data entry through data validation techniques.
  • apply multiple worksheets and workbook capabilities of the software to link or import data from other spreadsheets or database files.

BUSTEC 498 Work Experience in Business Technology

  • Units:1 - 4
  • Hours:60 - 300 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:ENGWR 101 or ESLW 320
  • Transferable:CSU
  • General Education:AA/AS Area III(b)

This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment or advancement within the field of Business Technology. Course content will include understanding the application of education to the workforce; completing required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. During the semester, the student is required to attend orientation. Students must complete 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of related unpaid work experience, for one unit. An additional 75 hours of related paid work experience or 60 hours of related unpaid work experience is required for each additional unit. The course may be taken for a maximum of 16 units. Students should have access to a computer, the Internet, and some computer media such as a USB drive to store data files. Online students must have an email account. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • identify competencies for effective and competitive workforce performance as written in the minimum three (3) learning objectives created by the student and his/her employer or work site supervisor at the start of the semester.
  • manage personal career plans and decision making using industry & workforce information and online resources.
  • behave professionally and ethically, exhibiting adaptability, initiative, self-awareness and self-management as needed.
  • exhibit effective communication, collaboration, leadership skills at work, with consideration to workplace dynamics and social and diversity awareness.
  • demonstrate critical and creative thinking skills as they apply to the workplace.