OAS Course Descriptions

OAS 101 KEYBOARDING AND DOCUMENT PROCESSING - BASIC
Instruction in keyboard and machine control techniques with the objectives of developing a mastery of the keyboard and skill in producing basic business letters, manuscripts and tabulations. Enrollment in the first module of two credits includes keyboard and basic letter writing only; enrollment in the last module of two credits includes business letters, manuscripts, and tabulations only; and enrollment in four credits includes the entire course.
4-8 lab/week
Credit: 4 semester hours

OAS 102 DOCUMENT PROCESSING - INTERMEDIATE
Designed for those who wish to acquire additional knowledge and skill for vocational use of the microcomputer for document production. Emphasis is placed on intensive skill building in the areas of speed and accuracy. Skill is development in letter-style variations. Creation of documents from rough draft copy, business source-paper forms, manuscript and statistical tabulation problems are included. Composition at the keyboard is also introduced.
Prerequisites: OAS 101 or equivalent.
2-4-6-8- lab/week
Credit: 1-2-3-4 semester hours

OAS 111 MACHINE TRANSCRIPTION
Designed to build secretarial skills through the use of office dictation equipment. Spelling, punctuation, grammar, proofreading, editing and composing are stressed using realistic job experiences. Letters and other materials must be transcribed at a speed that would be acceptable in an office situation.
Prerequisite: OAS 101
2-4-6 lab/week
Credit: 1-2-3 semester hours

OAS 112 LEGAL TRANSCRIPTION
An introductory course designed to enable office workers to effectively deal with legal terminology and forms. All assignments will be typed from dictation presented on a transcribing unit. Areas of study in the course include: 1) general law, 2) corporate law, 3) litigation, 4) real estate, and 5) wills and estates.
Prerequisite: OAS 101
6 lab/week
Credit: 3 semester hours

OAS 113 MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION
An introductory course designed to enable office workers to deal effectively with medical terminology and forms. All assignments will be typed from dictation presented on a transcribing unit.
Prerequisite: OAS 101
6 lab/week
Credit: 3 semester hours

OAS 120 SHORTHAND BRUSHUP (Vocational Skills)
A review of Gregg (Series 90) or Speedwriting Shorthand. Development of skill in writing shorthand from dictation of familiar as well as new material.
Prerequisite: OAS 101 and minimum shorthand speed of 50 words per minute.
2 lab/week
Credit: 1 semester hour

OAS 121 BEGINNING SHORTHAND
An introduction to Speedwriting Shorthand, including mastery of shorthand theory and fundamentals, brief forms, and simple phrasing. Development of skill in writing shorthand from familiar as well as new material. (Traditional Classroom).
Prerequisite: OAS 101
2 lec, 2 lab/week
Credit: 3 semester hours

OAS 122 INTERMEDIATE SHORTHAND
Introduction to formal shorthand dictation and transcription and development of these skills sufficiently that a student is able to take dictation at rates from 60 to 100 words per minute and transcribe the notes on the typewriter in mailable copy form at a reasonable rate of transcription speed. Emphasis is placed upon spelling, punctuation and letter format required in mailable copy transcriptions.
Prerequisites: OAS 121 or minimumshorthand speed of 60 words per minute.
2-4-6-8 lab/week
Credit: 1-2-3 semester hours

OAS 141 WORD PROCESSING WITH MICROCOMPUTERS
This course will familiarize the user with Microsoft Word for word processing. Course emphasis will include document creation, document deleting and document printing.
Prerequisite: OAS 101
4 lab/week
Credit: 2 semester hours

OAS 201 DOCUMENT PROCESSING - ADVANCED
Instruction in the development of proficiency in production of office documents. Content includes production of technical and statistical reports, complex tabulations, basic legal documents; and advanced composition using the microcomputer with word processing software.
Prerequisite: OAS 102
2-4-6-8 lab/week
Credit: 1-2-3-4 semester hours

OAS 213 ADVANCED MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION
An advanced course to enable office workers to work effectively with medical terminology and forms. All assignments will be typed from dictation presented on a transcribing unit. Medical specialties will be covered in this course. Prerequisite: OAS 113
6 lab/week
Credit: 3 semester hours

OAS 221 ADVANCED SHORTHAND
Dictation and transcription course with emphasis on speed building through the use of shorthand shortcuts. Intensive drill on letter format, principles of English mechanics, vocabulary building and proficiency in mailable-copy transcription.
Prerequisite: OAS 122 or minimum shorthand speed of 80 words per minute with 97% accuracy.
2-4-6 lab/week
Credit: 1-2-3 semester hours

OAS 231 CALCULATING MACHINES
An introduction to the basic operating techniques of electronic calculators. Professional skill in machine operation will be developed through systematic practice.
Prerequisites: ACC 100 and BUS 106.
2-4-6 lab/week
Credit: 1-2-3 semester hours

OAS 241 WORD PROCESSING CONCEPTS
Introduces principles of word processing. Emphasis is on office practices, organizational structure, role of the office worker and career opportunities.
Prerequisite: OAS 101 and concurrent registration with OAS 242.
2 lec/week
Credit: 2 semester hours

OAS 242 WORD PROCESSING PRACTICUM
Instruction in the operation of word processing equipment. Programmed instruction is used throughout the course which provides students with learning and practical opportunities that apply to mastery of the equipment in simulated business situation.
Prerequisite: OAS 101 and concurrent registration with OAS 241.
2 lab/week
Credit: 1 semester hour

OAS 243 ELECTRONIC OFFICE PROCEDURES
The course will explore and familiarize the students with procedures in the automated office. Areas of study include computerized procedures, word processing, spreadsheet, electronic database, and the interaction of all of these processes.
Prerequisite: OAS 101 2 lec, 2 lab/week
Credit: 3 semester hours

OAS 251 OFFICE METHODS
Methods, procedures and office routines employed in the various types of business offices. An examination of office ethics, the function and responsibility of the office employee, telephone usage and etiquette and receptionist techniques. The role of the office worker in data processing is discussed. Emphasis on the control of office systems which facilitate the creation, usage, storage, disposal and preservation of business records.
Prerequisite: OAS 101
3 lec/week
Credit: 3 semester hours

OAS 270 CASE STUDIES/PROBLEMS IN OFFICE SYSTEMS
Application of office occupation principles to specific problems through case studies, simulation, special class projects or problem-solving procedures. No topic/problem can be offered more than twice in three years. (Topic to be listed on the student's permanent academic record.)
1-6 lec/week
Credits: 1-2-3-4-5-6 semester hours

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