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Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration: Office Administration and Computer Technology Option

Division of Business — Curriculum Code: 2014

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree

 

Why major in Office Administration and Computer Technology?

The Office Administration & Computer Technology option is designed to prepare highly qualified office professionals needed in today’s high-tech office environment. The program provides a broad background in office management, business, communication, computer technology, and interpersonal skills. Combined with a broad selection of liberal arts courses, this program will prepare graduates for a wide variety of positions such as administrative assistant, administrative office manager, administrative receptionist, desktop publishing graphics specialist, executive assistant, office specialist, office coordinator, information specialist, administrative technology specialist, and related administrative support positions.

If I major in Office Administration & Computer Technology, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

The Associate in Applied Science Degree was developed to provide training for entry- to mid-level administrative support positions; however, four-year colleges will apply many of the courses you have taken toward a bachelor’s degree.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental course work in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major. Other prerequisites may also apply such as CIS 107 Computer Literacy and OCT 105 Microcomputer Keyboarding and Document Processing (or demonstrated computer and keyboard literacy).

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental course work and you register for an average of 16 credits each semester, you can complete the degree in two years. You can shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer sessions.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3222.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and perform a variety of administrative and clerical responsibilities;
  • Effectively utilize computer applications to word process, create and manage spreadsheet applications, manage personal information, develop professional presentations, and conduct internet research;
  • Demonstrate an acceptable level of speed and accuracy in keyboarding and the ability to correctly apply standard document formats; and
  • Demonstrate proficient proofreading and editing skills including the ability to use correct grammar, punctuation, and proofreaders’ marks.

 

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

(21 – 22 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (6 credits)

ENG 101 and ENG 102 (two 3-credit courses)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills/Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (3 – 4 credits)

Choose one math course or one lab science course from the following:

Math: MTH 100, MTH 101, MTH 103, MTH 109, MTH 113, MTH 114, MTH 119, MTH 120, MTH 121, MTH 122, MTH 127, MTH 136, MTH 213, MTH 221, MTH 222, or MTH 239 (zero or one 3- or 4-credit course)

Science: BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 103, BIO 104, BIO 121, BIO 122; CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 103, CHM 104; PHY 101, PHY 102, PHY 103, PHY 104, PHY 113, or PHY 114 (zero or one 4-credit course)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)

Choose two of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105; ECO 101, ECO 102; POL 101, POL 104; PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219; SOC 101 or SOC 108 (two 3-credit courses)

Humanistic Perspective (3 credits)

Choose one of the following art or music courses: ART 100, ART 101, ART 102; MUS 100, MUS 108, MUS 109, or MUS 117 (one 3-credit course)

Historical Perspective (3 credits)

Choose one of the following history courses: HST 101, HST 102, HST 111, HST 112, HST 121, HST 122, HST 131, HST 132, HST 134, HST 135, HST 136, HST 137, HST 161 or HST 162 (one 3-credit course)

 

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

(23 credits)

OCT 106 Keyboarding and Formatting I (3 credits)
OCT 107 Document Publication and Design (3 credits)
OCT 121 Business Communication (3 credits)
OCT 122 Outlook Management (2 credits)
OCT 210 Office Systems Management (3 credits)
OCT 250 Word/Information Processing Applications I (3 credits)
OCT 251 Word/Information Processing Applications II (3 credits) or OCT 290 Office Administration and Computer Technology Internship (one 3-credit course)
OCT 252 Administrative Office Simulation (3 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

(20 credits)

ACC 101 Principles of Accounting I – Financial (4 credits)
ACC 102 Principles of Accounting II – Managerial (4 credits)
BUS 101 Business Organization and Management (3 credits)
BUS 141 Business Mathematics (3 credits)
CIS 135 Microcomputer Spreadsheets (3 credits)
CIS 136 Desktop Publishing (3 credits)
Total Credits Required for Degree: 64 – 65

 

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES:

 

First Semester
OCT 106 Keyboarding and Formatting I (3 credits)
OCT 121 Business Communication (3 credits)
OCT 250 Word/Information Processing Applications I (3 credits)
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)

Second Semester
OCT 107 Document Publication and Design (3 credits)
OCT 251 Word/Information Processing Applications II (3 credits) OR OCT 290 Office Administration and Computer Technology Internship (3 credits)
OCT 122 Outlook Management (2 credits)
ENG 102 College Composition II (3 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)

Third Semester
ACC 101 Principles Of Accounting I – Financial (4 credits)
BUS 101 Business Organization and Management (3 credits)
CIS 135 Microcomputer Spreadsheets (3 credits)
CIS 136 Desktop Publishing (3 credits)
Math/Lab Science requirement (3 or 4 credits)

Fourth Semester
OCT 210 Office Systems Management (3 credits)
OCT 252 Administrative Office Simulation (3 credits)
ACC 102 Principles of Accounting II – Managerial (4 credits)
BUS 141 Business Mathematics (3 credits)
Art or music requirement (3 credits)

 

NOTES:
(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, writing, and mathematics as well as other pre- and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.