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.

Classes

CAS 121: Beginning Keyboarding

Credits 3

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.

CAS 122: Keyboarding for Speed and Accuracy

Credits 3

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

CAS 133: Basic Computer Skills/Microsoft Office

Credits 4

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.

CAS 170: Beginning Excel

Credits 4

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. Introduction of pivot tables to summarize data.

Addendum to Course Description

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

CAS 171: Intermediate Excel

Credits 3

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.

CAS 216: Beginning Word

Credits 3

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.

CAS 217: Intermediate Word

Credits 3

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.