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Business Technology (BUSTEC) Courses

BUSTEC 102 Computer Keyboarding 10-Key

  • Units:1
  • Hours:9 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

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
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

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
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course introduces Microsoft Outlook, the industry-leading personal information management software. Topics include understanding and navigating the Outlook environment, managing Outlook settings and processes, managing messages, managing schedules, and managing contacts and tasks. This comprehensive course prepares students to take the Microsoft Office Specialist Outlook Associate certification exam.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • manage Outlook settings and processes.
  • manage messages.
  • manage schedules, including appointments, meetings, and events.
  • create and manage contacts.
  • create and manage tasks.

BUSTEC 299 Experimental Offering in Business Technology

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course is designed to provide training needed for today's workforce. This course teaches skills that employers from across the nation have identified as the key skills workers must master for businesses to increase their competitiveness. These eight categories include: navigating technology at work, time management, organization skills, effective listening, valuing diversity, interpersonal communications, value-added service, and using creativity and innovation. This course utilizes skill building activities including role playing and critical thinking to teach these valuable skills.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • review and demonstrate the ability to use computer-based technology.
  • demonstrate the use of time management, workplace organization, delegation and business attitude and professionalism.
  • examine and demonstrate the ability to deliver clear verbal and non-verbal communication.
  • exercise awareness of culture-based as well as non-culture-based behavior and language.
  • demonstrate the ability to improve verbal communication skills including effective listening.
  • demonstrate effective teamwork and the ability to utilize the concepts of problem solving and interpersonal skills in the workplace.
  • demonstrate effective customer service skills.
  • implement the use of creativity and innovation in development of new ideas.

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)
  • C-ID:C-ID BSOT 110X; C-ID BSOT 120X
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

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
  • C-ID:C-ID BSOT 130X
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

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 309 Computer Familiarization

  • Units:1
  • Hours:18 hours LEC; 18 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • General Education:AA/AS Area III(b)
  • C-ID:C-ID BSOT 105X
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This is an introductory course to provide general knowledge on topics such as how computers work, computer terminology, and the impact of computers on society and the work environment. Beginning level hands-on instruction using an operating system, word processing software, spreadsheet software, and the Internet will be emphasized. Students will be reading and interpreting written and oral instructions of a technical nature. Students with limited computer knowledge should take this course in-class, not on-line. Students should have access to a computer with internet and an active Los Rios e-mail account. They should have computer media to store data files such as a USB drive. This course is not open to students who have previously taken CISC 300.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • identify the components of computer hardware by describing and stating the purpose and capabilities of the various hardware devices such as system case, power supply, disk drives, monitor, motherboard, printer, mouse, keyboard, and various ports.
  • describe the differences between operating system, application, and utility software in respect to what each program does in relationship to a computer system.
  • describe and show the use basic Windows operating system commands to prepare storage media, view, copy, move and erase files and folders.
  • create, save, and print simple word processing documents using basic editing and formatting techniques.
  • design, create, preview, save, and print simple spreadsheets using basic data entry, editing, and formatting techniques.

BUSTEC 331 Exploring Computer Environments and the Internet

  • Units:1
  • Hours:18 hours LEC; 18 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

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)
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

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
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

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
  • C-ID:C-ID BSOT 121X; C-ID BSOT 111X
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course is designed to provide industry entry-level competency in word processing. In this course students will learn word processing operations: creating, editing, formatting, saving, retrieving, and printing text documents. In addition, this course will provide students with a competency in managing documents, inserting and formatting text, paragraphs, and sections, managing tables and lists, creating and managing references, inserting and formatting graphic elements, and document collaboration. 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. This comprehensive course prepares students to take the Microsoft Office Specialist Word Associate certification exam.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • manage documents.
  • insert and format text, paragraphs, and sections.
  • manage tables and lists.
  • create and manage references.
  • insert and format graphic elements.
  • manage document collaboration.

BUSTEC 361 Advanced 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; C-ID BSOT 131X
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course is designed to build upon previous training in the use of word processing. The course covers managing document options and settings, advanced editing and formatting features, and creating custom document elements. 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. This comprehensive course prepares students to take the Microsoft Office Specialist Word Expert certification exam.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • manage document options and settings.
  • use advanced editing and formatting features.
  • create custom document elements.
  • use advanced word processing features, such as forms, macros, and mail merge.

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
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course is designed to introduce the student to the use of spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel. After this course students will be able to manage worksheets and workbooks, manage data cells and ranges, design a spreadsheet, develop formulas for accurate automatic calculations, use spreadsheet functions, 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. Successful completion of BUSTEC 363 and BUSTEC 364 prepares students to take the Microsoft Office Specialist Excel Associate certification exam.

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.

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
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course will extend the capabilities of students who have started to use electronic spreadsheet software. Topics and laboratory assignments will include managing complex tables and table data, performing advanced operations by using formulas and functions, and managing charts. 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. Successful completion of BUSTEC 363 and BUSTEC 364 prepares students to take the Microsoft Office Specialist Excel Associate certification exam.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • manage complex tables and table data.
  • perform advanced operations by using formulas and functions.
  • create, modify, and format charts.

BUSTEC 366 Electronic Presentations

  • Units:2
  • Hours:31 hours LEC; 15 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course teaches students how to create and manage presentations, insert and format shapes and slides, create slide content, apply transitions and animations and manage multiple presentations. Upon completion, students will have electronic presentation competency at industry entry-level and will be able to create professional-grade sales presentations, employee training, instructional materials, and kiosk slideshows. This comprehensive course prepares students for the Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint Associate certification exam.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • create and manage presentations.
  • insert and format text, shapes, and images.
  • inset tables, charts, SmartArt, and media.
  • apply transitions and animations.
  • manage multiple presentations.

BUSTEC 367 Database and Records Management

  • Units:3
  • Hours:42 hours LEC; 36 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:CISC 300
  • Transferable:CSU
  • C-ID:C-ID BSOT 113X; C-ID BSOT 123X
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course introduces database management systems. Using the Microsoft Access application, students will design and implement practical database applications. Topics include such items as database and report design, data views and queries, and data maintenance. Students will also learn about the rules that have been established by the Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA), and how those rules are applied in real-world contexts. Principles and practices of effective records management for indexing, storage, and maintenance of various types of records are explored. This comprehensive course prepares students to take the Microsoft Office Specialist Access Expert certification exam. This course is not open to students who have previously completed CISA 320 or CISA 321.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • manage databases.
  • create and modify tables.
  • create and modify queries.
  • modify forms in a layout view.
  • modify reports in a layout view.
  • use alphabetic and numeric indexing rules.
  • describe the importance of database maintenance, reliability, accuracy, credibility, repair and backup.

BUSTEC 498 Work Experience in Business Technology

  • Units:1 - 4
  • Hours:60 - 300 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:ENGWR 101
  • Transferable:CSU
  • General Education:AA/AS Area III(b)
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

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.

BUSTEC 499 Experimental Offering in Business Technology

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021