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Academic Certificate Program in Word Processing

Division of Business — Curriculum Code: 3034

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Academic Certificate

 

Why major in Word Processing?

This certificate program is designed to prepare individuals for entry into and/or advancement in administrative support positions requiring computer technology proficiency. Word processors, typists, and data entry personnel are needed to help organizations process a rapidly growing amount of information. Included in this program are courses in state-of-the-art word processing, spreadsheet, database, and desktop publishing software applications. The skills developed in these courses are complemented by courses in business communications, college composition, and office management.

If I major in Word Processing, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

While the program is not designed for transfer to a baccalaureate program, the student may apply these credits toward an associate’s degree in Business Administration: Office Administration & Computer Technology Option. Consult your academic advisor for more information.

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 courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major.

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

If you do not need developmental course work and if you register for an average of 12 credits each semester, you can complete the academic certificate in three semesters.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3222 or Enrollment Services at (973) 877-3100.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with highly technical material, plan and type complicated statistical tables, combine and rearrange materials from different sources, and prepare templates and master copies;
  • Effectively utilize advanced features of state-of-the-art software applications including word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations packages to prepare a wide variety of business documents;
  • Demonstrate proficient proofreading and editing skills including the ability to use correct grammar, punctuation, and proofreaders’ marks; and
  • Demonstrate an acceptable level of speed and accuracy in keyboarding and an acceptable level of formatting skills to produce and/or edit a variety of office documents efficiently and accurately.

 

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

(6 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (3 credits)

ENG 101 (one 3-credit course)

Technological Competency (3 credits)

CIS 131 (one 3-credit course)

 

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

(21 credits)

OCT 106 Keyboarding and Formatting I (3 credits)
OCT 107 Document Publication and Design (3 credits)
OCT 121 Business Communications (3 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)
OCT 290 OCT Internship or Elective approved by OCT Advisor (one 3-credit course)

 

ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

(9 credits)

CIS 135 Microcomputer Spreadsheets or CIS 137 Microcomputer Databases (3 credits)
CIS 136 Desktop Publishing or CIS 139 Multimedia Concepts (one 3-credit course)
BUS 101 Business Organization and Management, BUS 141 Business Mathematics, or BUS 204 Introduction to Organizational Behavior in Business (one 3-credit course)

Total Credits Required for Academic Certificate: 36

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES:

 

First Semester
OCT 106 Keyboarding and Formatting I (3 credits)
OCT 121 Business Communications (3 credits)
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
CIS 131 Microcomputers in Business (3 credits)

Second Semester
OCT 107 Document Publication and Design (3 credits)
OCT 250 Word/Information Processing Application I (3 credits)
CIS 135 Microcomputer Spreadsheets OR CIS 137 Microcomputer Databases (3 credits)
BUS 101 Business Organization and Management, BUS 141 Business Mathematics, OR BUS 204 Introduction to Organizational Behavior in Business (3 credits)

Third Semester
CIS 136 Desktop Publishing (3 credits) OR CIS 139 Multimedia Concepts (3 credits)
OCT 210 Office Systems Management (3 credits)
OCT 251 Word/Information Processing Applications II (3 credits)
OCT 290 Internship OR Elective approved by OCT Advisor (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.