Computer Applications Systems

Oregon Coast Community College offers an associate degree and career pathway certificates within the Computer Applications and Office Systems Department. Associate degree programs may be completed in approximately two years. State- approved Career Pathway Certificates vary in length but are designed to be completed in less than one year. These certificates help students attain skills for targeted entry-level jobs in specific areas of computer applications, office systems, and web development. The credits earned will provide a convenient pathway for students who wish to continue to pursue the one-year certificates and two-year AAS degrees in the program.

Due to the rapid changes in employment opportunities, technological advances, and certifying agency regulations, these programs are subject to change.

Program Costs

Please see college website for program costs. Contact Student Services at 541-867-8503 to find out about Financial Aid eligibility.
Roadmap Link: http://oregon.ctepathways.org/c/version/2115/883 6.html

(CAS/OS) Administrative Assistant Certificates

Intended to meet business career needs for entry- level administrative assistants, secretaries, receptionists, file clerks, and data entry personnel. Workers in these positions may perform a wide variety of duties such as working with office technology to produce and file business documents, greeting the public, planning and scheduling, accounting, and creating web pages.

Admission Prerequisites

  • All programs of study in CAS/OS recommend placement in WR 115, RD 115, MTH 20 and keyboarding by touch or CAS 121. Additional skill requirements are specified in course descriptions. Placement examinations to assist students in selecting appropriate writing and mathematics courses are required prior to registration.

  • All courses in the degrees and certificates within the CAS/OS program must be completed with a grade of “C” or “P” or better.

Other Prerequisites

Students with questions about entry-level readiness should arrange to meet with a department advisor.

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

CAS 109 : Beginning Powerpoint

Introduces the basic features of Microsoft PowerPoint, producing multimedia slideshows for presentations to be delivered on a projection system, personal computer, or automated to run independently on a kiosk. Explores informational, educational, business, and personal presentations. Includes animations, transitions, and designs.

Credits

1

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

  • Use Microsoft PowerPoint to create personal and/or business on-screen presentations following current professional and/or industry standards.
  • Use critical thinking skills to independently design and create on-screen presentations.

CAS 110 : Introduction to Web Graphics

Introduces the creation of graphics for use on websites using industry-standard graphics editing software. Includes creating vector-based and pixel-based graphics, optimizing images for websites, selecting appropriate image file formats, and performing basic photo editing.

Credits

1

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Create and optimize graphics for use on websites.
  • Perform basic photo editing tasks.
  • Use critical thinking skills to appropriately select image file formats for a variety of applications.

CAS 111D : Beginning Website Creation: Dreamweaver

Introduces basic elements of website creation using Adobe Dreamweaver. Includes web terminology, basic HTML, uploading pages to a server (FTP), site management, tables, layout, stylesheets (CSS), rollovers, optimizing graphics, and accessibility.

Credits

3

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

  • Use Adobe Dreamweaver to create personal and/or business websites following current professional  and/or industry standards.
  • Use critical thinking skills to design and create a basic, multi-page website.
  • Use Adobe Dreamweaver and a stand-alone FTP program to upload files to a web server.
  • Be prepared to pursue future courses in website development and design.

CAS 121 : Beginning Keyboarding

Covers the skills necessary to touch type on the computer keyboard using correct techniques. Includes the development of speed and accuracy. Covers the production of basic business and academic documents.

Credits

3

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Keyboard by touch the alphabetic computer keyboard.
  • Use critical thinking skills to apply proper formatting to business and academic documents following professional and industry standards.

CAS 122 : Keyboarding for Speed and Accuracy

Develops confidence, endurance, and control for accurate keyboarding while increasing keyboarding speed. Develops ability to proofread documents accurately and efficiently.

Credits

3

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Keyboard by touch with increased accuracy and speed following current professional and/or industry standards.
  • Use critical thinking skills to apply proofreading techniques to business documents.
  • Use feedback/guidance from the instructor and classmates to incorporate methods to improve speed and accuracy levels and assess their effectiveness on individual skill development.

CAS 123 : Professional Document Formatting

Covers formatting, proofreading, and editing to produce business documents such as professional reports, meeting & events materials, and business letters utilizing a variety of software technologies. Focuses on improving and increasing speed and accuracy of keyboarding skills for document production.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Instructor permission also accepted.

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Use appropriate software to quickly and accurately produce business documents following professional industry standards.
  • Use critical thinking skills to analyze information for production of business documents, and determine and integrate software technologies for the formatting structure best suited to convey information in a professional manner.

CAS 133 : Basic Computer Skills/Microsoft Office

Introduces the basic features of Microsoft Office, Windows basics, and file management. Develops familiarity with Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, email, and Internet basics. Covers components of the Internet and Computing Core (IC3) program content.

Credits

4

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Recognize when to use each of the Microsoft Office programs to create professional and academic documents.
  • Use Microsoft Office programs to create personal, academic and business documents following current professional and/or industry standards.
  • Apply skills and concepts for basic use of computer hardware, software, networks, and the Internet in the workplace and in future coursework as identified by the internationally accepted Internet and Computing Core (IC3) standards.

CAS 137 : Basic Web Design Skills/Adobe

Introduces the basic features of Adobe Creative Cloud software including Bridge, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, and Acrobat. Includes using the software to edit photos, create basic websites, design web graphics, and organize web projects.

Credits

3

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Recognize when to use each of the Adobe Creative Cloud programs to create standards-based web graphics and web pages.
  • Use web authoring software to create a simple, multi-page website.
  • Use basic image editing techniques to design and perfect images.
  • Use critical thinking skills to create a project that integrates the various software programs.

CAS 140 : Beginning Access

Introduces the basic features of Microsoft Access. Covers beginning database management concepts including tables, forms, reports, queries, and basic macros. Stresses a working knowledge of database management vocabulary. Emphasizes efficient use of Access toolbars and menus. Discusses database design issues.

Credits

3

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

  • Use Microsoft Access to create personal and/or business databases following current professional and/or industry standards.
  • Use critical thinking skills to design and create database objects.
  • Communicate in a business setting using database management vocabulary.

CAS 170 : Beginning Excel

Introduces the basic features of Microsoft Excel and spreadsheet concepts to design and create accurate professional worksheets for use in business and industry, and academic environments. Includes entering data; creating formulas; professional formatting; creating charts; creating, sorting, and filtering tables; creating and using templates; and working with functions. Focuses on ways to ensure accuracy including proofreading techniques and critical thinking to determine what data to present and how to present it.

A major goal is to develop better computation skills. Improved critical thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving skills will also be emphasized.

Credits

3

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Use Microsoft Excel to create personal and/or business spreadsheets following current professional and/or industry standards.
  • Use critical thinking skills to design and create spreadsheets.
  • Communicate in a business setting using spreadsheet vocabulary.

CAS 171 : Intermediate Excel

Introduces advanced features of Excel to design and create accurate, professional worksheets for use in business and industry. Includes financial, logical, lookup, data analysis and database functions; pivot tables; "what-if" analysis with data tables; importing data; complex graphs; and macros; and solver features. Focuses on ways to ensure accuracy including proofreading techniques and critical thinking to determine what data to present and how to present it.

A major goal is to develop better computation skills. Improved spreadsheet design through critical thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving is also emphasized.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Instructor permission also accepted.

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Apply critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision making skills to independently design and create complex Excel spreadsheets following current professional and/or industry standards.
  • Organize, manipulate, and analyze data using Excel data analysis tools.
  • Communicate in a business setting using spreadsheet vocabulary.

CAS 216 : Beginning Word

Introduces the basics of Microsoft Word to create, edit, and print documents such as letters, memos, and manuscripts; produce multi-page documents; use headers and footers; become familiar with the program's writing tools and basics of enhancing documents; and produce merged copy.

This course is presented in a hands-on lecture/lab format. Other methods such as instructional work sheets, videotapes, demonstrations, or one-on-one instruction may be used. Out-of-class preparation will be required.

Credits

3

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

  • Use Microsoft Word to create personal and/or business documents following current professional and/or industry standards.
  • Use critical thinking skills to independently design and create word processed documents.
  • Communicate in a business setting using word processing vocabulary
  • Be prepared for intermediate level Word course.

CAS 217 : Intermediate Word

Introduces additional concepts of Microsoft Word to enhance documents through advanced features. Includes working with images; creating/using styles; formatting multi-page documents using advanced features of headers/footers and section breaks; integrating software to create and format tables and charts; using advanced mail merge; creating documents with columns; creating and using fill-in forms.

This course is presented in a hands-on lecture/lab format. Other methods such as instructional work sheets, videotapes, demonstrations, or one-on-one instruction may be used. Out-of-class preparation will be required.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Instructor permission also accepted.

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Use advanced features of Word to efficiently produce documents.
  • Create, analyze, and critique documents to meet professional and industry standards.

CAS 231 : Publisher

Introduces Microsoft Publisher to design and create effective publications that combine text graphics, illustrations, and/or photographs such as announcements, fliers, advertisements, and reports. Covers the processes to create, import, and manipulate text, graphics, and/or templates through program tools and features.

Credits

3

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

  • Use Microsoft Publisher to create personal and/or business publications following current professional and/or industry standards.
  • Use critical thinking skills to independently design and create publications.

CAS 232 : Desktop Publishing: InDesign

Introduces Adobe InDesign, a desktop publishing software, to design and create effective publications such as announcements, fliers, advertisements, and reports. Covers the processes to create, import, and manipulate text and/or graphics through use of software features.

Credits

3

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

  • Use Adobe InDesign to create personal and/or business publications following current professional and/or industry standards.
  • Use critical thinking skills to independently design and create publications.

CAS 246 : Integrated Computer Projects

Builds upon previous computer and business knowledge to create individual and group projects using software found in today's workplace. Uses integrated software (i.e. MS Office) and current technology to further develop professional software skills.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Instructor permission also accepted.

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

  • Integrate various software applications to plan, create, and present projects following current professional and/or industry standards.
  • Use critical thinking skills to solve unfamiliar business-related problems through the integration of various computer software applications.