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Computer Business Applications

Certificates and Majors

This program provides students with skills in state-of-the-art computer business applications and fundamental business skills required in today’s business offices. Computer business applications include MS Windows, Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, financial applications such as QuickBooks Pro, and computer keyboarding. Fundamental business skills include proofreading, administrative business procedures, filing and records management.

The primary focus of the CBA program is to provide students the knowledge and skills to achieve certification at the college, national, and international levels. CBA offers students the option of majoring in Computer Business Applications, Administrative Assistant, and/or Legal Secretary/Assistant. CBA utilizes MS Certified Application Specialist Approved Courseware so that students can achieve national certification at the Specialist and Professional levels upon completion of the required CBA courses. Additionally, CBA offers certification exams for the International Association of Administrative Professional’s Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) and Certified Administrative Professional (CAP).

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MAJORS

Administrative Assistant

Course Listing (22.5-30.5 total units):

CBA G119 Administrative Business Procedures 3 Units
CBA G152 MS Windows 3 Units
CBA G181 OFFICE 4 Units

NOTE: Successful completion of the following 4 courses may be substituted for the CBA G181 requirement:
CBA G155 Word, Intro 2 Units
CBA G160 Excel, Intro 2 Units
CBA G165 Access, Intro 2 Units
CBA G170 PowerPoint, Intro 2 Units

CBA G117 Proofreading Skills 3 Units
CBA G183 OFFICE, Intermediate 4 Units

NOTE: Successful completion of the following 4 courses may be substituted for the CBA G183 requirement:
CBA G156 Word, Intermediate 2 Units
CBA G161 Excel, Intermediate 2 Units
CBA G166 Access, Intermediate 2 Units
CBA G171 PowerPoint, Intermediate 2 Units

CBA G149 Outlook, Introduction 2 Units
CBA G157 Word, Advanced 2 Units
CBA G190 Internet, Introduction 1.5 Units

Computer Business Applications

Course Listing (21.5-29.5 total units):

CBA G145 Introduction to Computers 1.5 Units
CBA G152 Windows 3.0 Units
CBA G181 OFFICE 4.0 Units

NOTE: Successful completion of the following 4 courses may be substituted for the CBA G181 requirement:
CBA G155 Word, Intro 2 Units
CBA G160 Excel, Intro 2 Units
CBA G165 Access, Intro 2 Units
CBA G170 PowerPoint, Intro 2 Units

CBA G149 Outlook, Introduction 2 Units
CBA G183 OFFICE, Intermediate 4 Units

NOTE: Successful completion of the following 4 courses may be substituted for the CBA G183 requirement:
CBA G156 Word, Intermediate 2 Units
CBA G161 Excel, Intermediate 2 Units
CBA G166 Access, Intermediate 2 Units
CBA G171 PowerPoint, Intermediate 2 Units

CBA G157 Word, Advanced 2 Units
CBA G190 Internet, Introduction 1.5 Units
CBA G120 QuickBooks Pro 2 Units
CBA G195 Acrobat, Introduction 1.5 Units

Legal Secretary/Assistant

Course Listing (23-24.5 total units):

Accounting G100 Accountingfor Small Business 3 Units
OR
Accounting G101 Financial Accounting 4 Units
Business G108 Legal Environment of Business
OR
Business G110 Business Law 3 Units
Comp Bus App G115 Filing & Records Mgmt 3 Units
Comp Bus App G117 Proofreading Skills 3 Units
Comp Bus App G150 Windows, Introduction 1.5 Units
Comp Bus App G181 MS Office 4 Units
Law C127** Legal Procedures 1 3 Units
Law C128** Legal Procedures 2 3 Units

**Offered at Coastline Coummunity College

Certificates of Achievement

Administrative Assistant

This certificate will provide the essential business and technology proficiency skills needed to gain entrance into top-level administrative assistant positions. The skills acquired with this certificate will prepare one for working closely with business, corporate, medical, scientific, and engineering management professionals by creating and/or assisting with written correspondence, reports, speeches, conference proceedings, technical material, and dealing with daily administrative processes. Students will become knowledgeable with administrative office procedures, proficient with filing and records skills, acquire proper proofreading skills, and become skillful using the Internet. Specialized duties include intermediate to advanced expertise in the Microsoft Office Suite such as generating business correspondence, presentations, spreadsheets, charts, coordinating calendars, travel arrangements, expense reports, and managing databases. Successful completion of this certificate will help students focus on and prepare for the core level of the Microsoft Office Specialist Exams (MOS), and the expert level MOS for Word.

Required Courses Units
First Year
Semester 1

CBA G119 Administrative Business Procedures 3 Units
CBA G152 MS Windows 3 Units
CBA G181 OFFICE 4 Units

NOTE: Successful completion of the following 4 courses may be substituted for the CBA G181 requirement:
CBA G155 Word, Intro 2 Units
CBA G160 Excel, Intro 2 Units
CBA G165 Access, Intro 2 Units
CBA G170 PowerPoint, Intro 2 Units
Total Units 10-14

First Year
Semester 2

CBA G117 Proofreading Skills 3 Units
CBA G183 OFFICE, Intermediate 4 Units

NOTE: Successful completion of the following 4 courses may be substituted for the CBA G183 requirement:
CBA G156 Word, Intermediate 2 Units
CBA G161 Excel, Intermediate 2 Units
CBA G166 Access, Intermediate 2 Units
CBA G171 PowerPoint, Intermediate 2 Units

CBA G149 Outlook, Introduction 2 Units
Total Units 9-13

Second Year
Semester 1

CBA G157 Word, Advanced 2 Units
CBA G190 Internet, Introduction 1.5 Units
Total Units 3.5

Total Units Required 22.5 - 30.5

Computer Business Applications

This certificate will provide an introduction to computers and computer literacy as well as a working knowledge of the most frequently used computer business applications used in today’s businesses. Students will learn how to effectively use a computer to process data, manage folders and files, customize the Windows environment, work with hardware and printers; analyze spreadsheet data and create charts and graphs; compose various business documents, such as letters, reports, manuscripts, and memorandums and perform mail merge operations; create and manage a database; integrate information among the various applications; customize and explore a personal information manager and email program to integrate with other technologies; examine business accounting records and perform sound business decisions based on financial reports; and research and evaluate topics on the Internet. Successful completion of this certificate will help students focus on and prepare for the core level of the Microsoft Office Specialist Exams (MOS), and the expert level MOS for Word.

Required Courses Units
First Year
Semester 1

CBA G145 Introduction to Computers 1.5 Units
CBA G152 Windows 3.0 Units
CBA G181 OFFICE 4.0 Units

NOTE: Successful completion of the following 4 courses may be substituted for the CBA G181 requirement:
CBA G155 Word, Intro 2 Units
CBA G160 Excel, Intro 2 Units
CBA G165 Access, Intro 2 Units
CBA G170 PowerPoint, Intro 2 Units

CBA G149 Outlook, Introduction 2 Units
Total Units 10.5-14.5

First Year
Semester 2

CBA G183 OFFICE, Intermediate 4 Units

NOTE: Successful completion of the following 4 courses may be substituted for the CBA G183 requirement:
CBA G156 Word, Intermediate 2 Units
CBA G161 Excel, Intermediate 2 Units
CBA G166 Access, Intermediate 2 Units
CBA G171 PowerPoint, Intermediate 2 Units

CBA G157 Word, Advanced 2 Units
CBA G190 Internet, Introduction 1.5 Units
CBA G120 QuickBooks Pro 2 Units
CBA G195 Acrobat, Introduction 1.5 Units
Total Units 11-15

Total Units Required 21.5 - 29.5

Legal Secretary/Assistant

This certificate will provide the essential skills needed to gain employment in the court system, in a law office, or in a legal department of business or industry. Specialized duties will include performing highly specialized work requiring knowledge of technical terminology and procedures. This may include preparing correspondence and legal papers such as summons, complaints, motions, responses, and subpoenas under the supervision of an attorney or paralegal. Some of the courses in this certificate may not be available every semester, and two courses **LAW C127 and **LAW C128 are courses offered through Coastline Community College. It is strongly recommended that students possess correct touch-control keyboarding skills prior to enrolling in any of these courses. This course of study helps prepare students for the Professional Legal Secretary (PLS) exam administered through the National Association of Legal Secretaries (NALS). Students who successfully pass the Professional Legal Secretary (PLS) exam, may be awarded up to 30 units of course work toward the Associate in Arts Degree at Golden West College. (Refer to Certified Business Professional: Professional Legal Secretary Certificate Holders Option for more information.) Students are requested to check Advisories for all of the listed courses in this certificate.

Required Courses Units
First Year
Semester 1

Comp Bus App G150 Windows, Introduction 1.5
Comp Bus App G117 Proofreading Skills 3
Comp Bus App G181 MS Office 4
Total Units 8.5

First Year
Semester 2

Comp Bus App G115 Filing & Records Management 3
Business G110 Business Law 3
OR
Business G108 Legal Environment of Business
Law C127** Legal Procedures 1 3
Total Units 9

Second Year
Semester 1

Law C128** Legal Procedures 2 3
Accounting G100 Accounting for Small Business 3
OR
Accounting G101 Financial Accounting 4
Total Units 6-7
Total Units Required 23.5-24.5

**Offered at Coastline Community College

CERTIFIED BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL: CPS/CAP CERTIFICATE HOLDERS OPTION

Individuals who have passed the Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) and/or Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) exam administered by the Institute for Certification of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) may be awarded 30 units of course work toward the Associate in Arts Degree at Golden West College.
The 30 course credits (with units earned and a credit grade) awarded to Certified Professional Secretary and/or Certified Administrative Professional certificate holders will be recorded on the student’s transcript upon completion of the remaining Associate in Arts degree requirements at Golden West College and/or upon completion of the 12-unit residency requirement.

Eligibility Requirements:

Note: If the student has taken or wishes to take any of the core courses listed, the student may select other course units on the Course and Credit Selection Agreement to replace those units.

STUDENTS WHO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL SECRETARY AND/OR CERTIFIED ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONAL EXAMINATION WILL BE AWARDED 19 (Nineteen) UNITS OF CREDIT IN THE FOLLOWING COURSES. (THESE COURSES WILL ESTABLISH THE AREA OF EMPHASIS FOR THE AA DEGREE.)

Business G130 Intro to Business Writing 3 Units
Comp Bus App G117 Proofreading Skills 3 Units
Comp Bus App G119 Admin Business Procedures 3 Units
Management G111 Human Resource Management 3 Units
Accounting G100 Accounting for Small Business 3 Units
  OR
Accounting G101 Financial Accounting 4 Units
Business G110 Business Law 3 Units
  OR
Business G108 Legal Environment of Business 3 Units

AN ADDITIONAL 11 (Eleven) UNITS (FOR A TOTAL OF 30 UNITS) WILL BE AWARDED FROM AMONG THE LIST OF COURSES OUTLINED ON THE COURSE AND CREDIT SELECTION AGREEMENT, WHICH CAN BE OBTAINED IN THE COUNSELING OFFICE.

CERTIFIED BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL: PROFESSIONAL LEGAL SECRETARY CERTIFICATE HOLDERS OPTION

Individuals who have passed the Professional Legal Secretary (PLS) exam administered through the National Association of Legal Secretaries (NALS) may be awarded up to 30 units of course work toward the Associate in Arts Degree at Golden West College.
The 30 course credits (with units earned and a credit grade) awarded to Certified Professional Legal Secretary certificate holders will be recorded on the student’s transcript upon completion of the remaining Associate in Arts degree requirements at Golden West College and/or upon completion of the 12-unit residency requirement.

Eligibility Requirements:

Note: If the student has taken or wishes to take any of the core courses listed, the student may select other course units on the Course and Credit Selection Agreement to replace those units.

STUDENTS WHO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE PROFESSIONAL LEGAL SECRETARY EXAMINATION WILL BE AWARDED 18 (Eighteen) UNITS OF CREDIT IN THE FOLLOWING COURSES. (THESE COURSES WILL BE APPLIED TOWARD THE AREA OF EMPHASIS FOR THE AA DEGREE.)

Business G139 Business Communication 3 Units
Computer Science G101 Computer Literacy 3 Units
Management G110 Elements of Management 3 Units
Management G140 Organization and Professional
  Values/Ethics 2 Units
Accounting G100 Accounting for Small Business 3 Units
  OR
Accounting G101 Financial Accounting 4 Units
Business G108 Legal Environment of Business 3 Units
  OR
Business G110 Business Law 3 Units

AN ADDITIONAL 12 (Twelve) UNITS (FOR A TOTAL OF 30 UNITS) WILL BE AWARDED FROM AMONG THE LIST OF COURSES OUTLINED ON THE COURSE AND CREDIT SELECTION AGREEMENT, WHICH CAN BE OBTAINED IN THE COUNSELING OFFICE.

CERTIFICATES OF SPECIALIZATION

Microsoft Office

This certificate of specialization is designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of the Microsoft OFFICE Suite. Specialized duties include composing correspondence, creating spreadsheets, managing databases, and creating presentations. Integrating information among the various applications for dissemination to staff and clients is essential in running and operating an efficient business and/or organization. Successful completion of this certificate will help students focus on, and prepare for the Microsoft Office Specialist Exams (MOS). Successful completion of this certificate of specialization is a stepping stone for students wishing to continue with this course of study and achieve the Computer Business Applications Certificate of Achievement. Some of the courses in this certificate may not be available every semester. It is strongly recommended that students possess correct touch-control keyboarding skills prior to enrolling in any of these courses. Students are requested to check Advisories.

Required Courses Units
First Year
Semester 1

CBA G145 Introduction to Computers 1.5 Units
CBA G152 Windows 3 Units
CBA G181 OFFICE 4 Units

NOTE: Successful completion of the following 4 courses may be substituted for the CBA G181 requirement:
CBA G155 Word, Intro 2 Units
CBA G160 Excel, Intro 2 Units
CBA G165 Access, Intro 2 Units
CBA G170 PowerPoint, Intro 2 Units
Total Units 8.5-12.5

First Year
Semester 2

CBA G149 Microsoft Outlook 2 Units
CBA G183 OFFICE, Intermediate 4 Units

NOTE: Successful completion of the following 4 courses may be substituted for the CBA G183 requirement:
CBA G156 Word, Intermediate 2 Units
CBA G161 Excel, Intermediate 2 Units
CBA G166 Access, Intermediate 2 Units
CBA G171 PowerPoint, Intermediate 2 Units
Total Units 6-10

Total Units Required 14.5 - 22.5
Note: It is suggested that courses be taken in the order listed.