South Suburban College
South Suburban College

Office Administration and Technology Courses

Numbers in parenthesis are credit hours/semester and actual hours/week in class.

Where special course fees are required in addition to tuition, they are noted at the end of the individual course description. These fees are subject to change without prior notice.


OAT 100 - Basic Keyboarding Skills (1.5, 2)

Development of basic touch keyboarding skills for persons who will be using computer terminals for processing information.  Fee.

OAT 101 - Document Formatting I (3, 4)

Using the computer, the student with previous keyboarding/typing instruction will, by touch, review the numbers and symbols and will drill to improve speed and accuracy. Language arts skills, centering, business correspondence, reports, and tables will be introduced.  Fee.

OAT 104 - Keyboard Skill Building (3, 4)

Prerequisite: Ability to type by touch, cannot be taken concurrently with OAT 106

This course will help to improve accuracy and increase speed at the computer keyboard using a diagnostic approach of error analysis. Corrective methods will be used based on individuals particular keyboarding needs. Ability to keyboard by touch is necessary prior to enrolling in this course. Online students must have their own access to the appropriate hardware including a printer.  Fee.

OAT 106 - Keyboard Skill Building (1.5, 2)

Prerequisite: Ability to type by touch cannot be taken concurrently with 104

This course will continue to improve accuracy and increase speed at the computer keyboard using a diagnostic approach of error-analysis. Corrective methods will be used based on individuals particular keyboarding needs. Online students must have their own access to the appropriate hardware including a printer.  Fee.

OAT 114 - Continuous Voice Input [Dragon Naturally Speaking] (1, 1.5)

Students will learn to use continuous voice recognition software as an input device by setting up a user file, configuring a microphone, saving the settings, and dictating commands and data.  Fee.

OAT 115 - Outlook (1, 1.5)

Students will learn to use a desktop information management application, Outlook, to manage and integrate Outlook components and integrate Outlook with other Office applications.  Fee.

OAT 128 - Word 2013 (3, 4)

Prerequisite: MIS 101, MIS 110 and OAT 101 recommended

*Excellent preparation for the MCAS EXAM. This course is designed to provide students with instruction in the beginning and advanced functions of Microsoft Word including creating, editing, storing, enhancing, merging and printing documents as well as creating headers, footers, footnotes, endnotes, tables, charts, macros and adding images. Working with styles, creating fill-in forms, and sorting is also covered. Previous keyboard experience necessary. Online students must have an Internet connection, be familiar with downloading and uploading files, and have access to current version of Microsoft Office, including Word, Access and Excel.  Fee.

OAT 132 - Access 2013 (3, 4)

Prerequisite: MIS 101, MIS 110 recommended

*Excellent preparation for the MCAS EXAM. This computer application course introduces the following database functions: create, edit, sort, index, and print a data file or table; develop queries to extract information from the file, design and generate reports including derived columns and calculations, design graphs using Graph Wizard; link files by relating one file to another; and write macros. Previous keyboard/typing instruction is necessary to create business letters, business reports, memorandums, tables, etc. Online students must have an Internet connection, be familiar with downloading and uploading files, and have access to current version of Microsoft Office, including Word, Access and Excel.  Fee.

OAT 133 - Adobe Acrobat (3, 4)

Prerequisite: MIS 101 recommended

This course will teach students how to use Adobe Acrobat 8.0 Professional to create and modify PDF documents, create bookmarks and links, apply document security and digital signatures, initiate and manage reviews, create interactive PDF forms, and prepare PDF documents for professional print production.  Fee.

OAT 143 - Excel 2013 (3, 4)

Prerequisite: MIS 101, MIS 110 recommended

*Excellent preparation for the MOUS EXAM.

This course is designed to provide students with instruction in the basic as well as advanced features of Microsoft Excel, including the design and development of spreadsheets, creating charts, creating macros, working with lists, data tables, and scenarios, integrating with other Windows programs and the World Wide Web, and importing data into Excel. Ability to keyboard will be necessary to input text and numeric data. A knowledge of basics in accounting and/or business, though not required, would be helpful. Online students must have an Internet connection, be familiar with downloading and uploading files, and have access to current version of Microsoft Office, including Word, Access and Excel.

 Fee.

OAT 155 - PowerPoint 2013 (3, 4)

Prerequisite: MIS 101, MIS 110 recommended

*Excellent preparation for the MOUS EXAM. This course is designed to provide students with instruction in the basic as well as advanced features of Microsoft PowerPoint, producing a quality, professional slide presentation to be used as overhead transparencies, an electronic presentation using a projection device attached to a personal computer, 35 mm slides, or run as a virtual presentation on the Internet. Students will learn to design presentations enhanced with graphics and sound as well as video clips. Keyboarding ability is necessary for entering text. Online students must have an Internet connection, be familiar with downloading and uploading files, and have access to current version of Microsoft Office, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel.  Fee.

OAT 170 - Business English (3, 4)

Prerequisite: English 098 or exempt by Placement test

This course covers English fundamentals, sentence structure, punctuation, business vocabulary and spelling. Online students must have access to an Internet connection.  Fee.

OAT 171 - Legal Terminology and Documents (3, 3)

This course covers the legal vocabulary necessary for a career as a court reporter or legal secretary. Emphasis is on civil and criminal procedures as well as client and court documents. Latin and other foreign legal terminology and legal research are also covered.

OAT 172 - Business Communication (3, 4)

Prerequisite: ENG 098 or exempt by Placement test; OAT 170 recommended

Effective communication is studied with an emphasis on using written communication in a business environment. Activities include memos, letters, reports, resumes, and electronic mail. Proper spelling, punctuation, document formatting, and grammar are stressed. Online student must have access to an Internet connection and Word 2010 or higher.  Fee.

OAT 173 - Internet Applications (3, 4)

This comprehensive course teaches the Internet Explorer browser and how to find information on the Internet using hyperlinks, search engines, e-mail, FTP, listservers, chat, and conferencing. Students will also learn how to create web pages using Composer and HTML.  Fee.

OAT 177 - Dreamweaver (3, 4)

Prerequisite: MIS 110 recommended

This course is designed to present more sophisticated tools to enhance web pages. Students will create web pages that incorporate forms, tables, frames, image maps, original animated graphics, and style sheets.  Fee.

OAT 201 - Administrative Support Procedures (3, 3)

Prerequisite: OAT 128 Word Processing for Windows and OAT202 Document Formatting II

This course provides development of knowledge and skills that will be demanded on the job as well as communication and human relations skills necessary for a changing work environment. Concepts covered will include how to succeed in a diverse office environment, process technological information, communicate effectively, manage information, make travel and conference arrangements, begin and move ahead in a career as an administrative assistant. Students are provided an opportunity to apply what they have learned through the use of hands-on and records management simulations.  Fee.

OAT 202 - Document Formatting II (3, 4)

Prerequisite: OAT 128 with a minimum grade of "C"

Students use the microcomputer and current word processing software to further develop keyboarding skills. This course also emphasizes the production of a wide range of typical business correspondence, tables, reports and forms from non-arranged and rough-draft sources based on current office practices. Online students must have their own access to an Internet connection, access to the appropriate hardware and software including Word 2013.  Fee.

OAT 231 - Administrative Support Internship (3, Arranged)

Prerequisite: 2.0 Grade Point Average and consent of instructor

This course provides students an opportunity to receive college credit by being employed in an administrative support position. Students are expected to login once a week to participate in online learning activities.

OAT 232 - Administrative Support Internship (3, Arranged)

Prerequisite: OAT 231, 2.0 Grade Point Average and consent of instructor

This course provides students an opportunity to receive college credit by being employed at a business establishment. One-hour specialized seminars are held once a week to provide students with needed information to help prepare them for a successful career in the work environment.

OAT 296 - Special Topics in Office Administration & Technology (Variable, 1-8)

This course addresses the rapid changes in the Office Administration and Technology (OAT) field by presenting leading edge subjects. The subject matter or topics will vary depending on changes in the industry.  Fee.

Unless otherwise indicated, all OAT courses are offered during fall and spring semesters. Students registering for online courses need to have the appropriate software, hardware, an Internet connection and know how to e-mail with attachments, download files and unzip them. For more information about this program, contact 708-596-2000 ext. 2664.

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