Course Descriptions

Certificate Applications 

Please download, complete, and submit the appropriate application below.

Basic Certificates:  

To download the 2012-2013 Application for the Short-Term Basic Certificates in your browser, click here OR right-click and click Save Target As.  In the Save As window, browse to the desired directory; click Save. When the download is complete, click Open.

Specialty Certificate Programs:

To download the 2012-2013 Application for the Specialty Certificates (Entry, Specialty, or Expert) in your browser, click here OR to save the file to your computer, right-click and click Save Target As. (If you are asked for a network password, click Cancel.) In the Save As window, browse to the desired directory; click Save. When the download is complete, click Open.

Certificate Application for all Business Disciplines:

Click here to download and complete the 2012-2013 Certiicate Application or right click and click Save Target As to save the Certificate Application to your computer. Submit this completed form and a copy of your most recent transcript to R. Britt Hastey, Business Dpeartment Chairperson, in AD 304 before 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2013. 

 

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Click here to see the LACC Schedule of Classes.

1 Computer Keyboarding 1 64 Office Administration Laboratory
2 Computer Keyboarding 2 79 Word Processing Applications
3 Computer Keyboarding 3 82 Microcomputer Software Survey in the Office
7 Machine Transcription    
9 Keyboarding Improvement*    
20 Medical Office Procedures 84 Word Processing
23 Legal Procedures 1 85 Spreadsheet
31 Business English 88 Desktop Publishing
32 Business Communications 93 Legal Document Production
33 Records Management and Filing 97 Introduction to the Internet
34 Business Terminology 98 Windows
43 Office Procedures 105 School-to-Work Portfolio
44 Medical Terminology 106 Adding and Calculating
46 Machine Transcription for Medical Secretaries 112 Web Page Design
47 Applied Office Practice    
49 Machine Transcription for Legal Secretaries 126 Medical Coding/Billing
       


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Of the students who receive a bachelor’s degree from UC or CSU, nearly 60% began their careers at a California community college. Nearly 60% of CSU bachelor’s degree holders and over 32% of UC bachelor’s degree holders began in our community colleges. Just as important, the percentages have been steadily increasing. The CSU percentage has changed from 51.2% (1988-989) to 59.9% (1997-98); and the UC percentage has changed from 19.5% (1988-89) to 32.2% (1997-98).

COMPUTER KEYBOARDING 1  (3 units)

CAOT 1

Advisory: Eligibility for ESL Level 6B and 6C.
Note: Students with ability to type 30 wpm accurately by touch should enroll in CAOT 2. Students who have completed a beginning typewriting/keyboarding course and have a skill below 20 wpm should enroll in CAOT 9.

Mastery of the keyboard (letters, numbers, and symbols) by touch on a microcomputer. Minimum speed at the end of course of 30 wpm accurately; formatting of letters, tables, reports, and memos using Microsoft Word. Return to top of page

 
COMPUTER KEYBOARDING 2  (3 units)

CAOT 2

Acceptable for Business 102A credit, CSULA.
Acceptable for credit, California State University

Prerequisite:  Ability to type 30 wpm or completion of CAOT 1.
Advisory: Eligibility for ESL Level 6B and 6C.

Students should enroll in CAOT 9 or CAOT 1 if they do not meet the requirements for CAOT 2.

Speed and accuracy development on a microcomputer; minimum speed at end of course of 40 wpm accurately by touch; formatting of advanced letters, tables, reports, and desktop published documents  using Microsoft Word. 

 
COMPUTER KEYBOARDING 3  (3 units)

CAOT 3



Acceptable for Business 102B credit, CSULA.
Acceptable for credit, California State University

Prerequisite: Completion of CAOT 2 and CAOT 84 or a training course in Microsoft Word. (Students who do not meet these prerequisites should enroll in either CAOT 2 or CAOT 9 and CAOT 84, Microsoft Word.)

Develops production skills in using advanced features of Microsoft Word to create properly formatted business documents. Includes composition at keyboard, decision making, and timed production of letters, tables, and reports. Develops minimum speed at end of course of 50 wpm.

 
MACHINE TRANSCRIPTION  (3 units)

CAOT 7

Prerequisite: CAOT 1 with a satisfactory grade or equivalent
Advisory: English 21/73 or equivalent.

Develops proficiency in operating transcribing machines, listening skills, transcription of mailable letters, memoranda, and manuscripts from machine dictation techniques and English usage.  Return to top of page

KEYBOARDING IMPROVEMENT (1 unit)

CAOT 9

Prerequisite: Ability to type 20 wpm.

Improves keyboarding procedures through continued emphasis on correct keyboarding techniques. Uses a computer to develop speed and accuracy through timed writings, corrective drills, May be taken concurrently with CAOT 1, 2, or 3. May be repeated twice.  Return to top of page

MEDICAL OFFICE PROCEDURES  (5 units)

CAOT 20

Prerequisites: CAOT 2 or 31 with a satisfactory grade or equivalent.
Advisory: CAOT 44. Five hours weekly.

This course develops proficiency in typing medical documents, case histories, history and physicals, medical reports. Additionally, students learn about medical ethics and sensitivity training for the medical office, privacy laws, telephone etiquette, medical filing, and handling of confidential documents, scheduling appointments in a variety of medical facilities and medical insurance.  Return to top of page

LEGAL PROCEDURES 1  (5 units)

CAOT 23

Prerequisite: CAOT 1 and CAOT 31 with satisfactory grades or better or equivalent.

Preparation of court pleadings and legal documents; knowledge of general law office procedures and specific procedures involved in litigation, family law, corporate law, and other specialties; development of attitudes and behaviors appropriate for the legal field. 

Web site for Legal Office Assistant Training. Return to top of page
BUSINESS ENGLISH (3 units)

CAOT 31

Prerequisite: English 28/73 with a satisfactory grade or better or equivalent.
Required of all CAOT majors.

Knowledge of English grammar and punctuation rules; practice in writing sentences and paragraphs. Return to top of page

BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS  (3 units)

CAOT 32

Prerequisite: CAOT 1 and 31 with a satisfactory grade or better or equivalent Credit is allowed for only one of the following courses: CAOT 32 or Supervision 12.

Applications of business communications, principles in writing a variety of business letters, interoffice memorandums, and a business report; improvement of general and business vocabularies.  Return to top of page

RECORDS MANAGEMENT AND FILING (2 units)

CAOT 33

Proficiency in applying basic filing principles to a variety of records using alphabetic, geographic, numeric and subject methods. Creation, storage, disposition, and preservation of all types of documents. An understanding of concepts of automated storage and retrieval. Includes database management personal computers.  Return to top of page

BUSINESS TERMINOLOGY (2 units)

CAOT 34

Correct definition, spelling, pronunciation, and effective usage of the general and specialized vocabulary used in modern business communications.  Return to top of page

OFFICE PROCEDURES (3 units)

CAOT 43

Prerequisite: CAOT 2 and CAOT 31 with satisfactory grades or better.

Three hours weekly. Comprehensive knowledge and application of office skills and procedures for the automated office; development of attitudes for success on the job.  Return to top of page

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY (3 units)

CAOT 44

This course develops an understanding of medical terminology through a study of word roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Emphasis is given to spelling, pronunciation, and definitions. Medical terminology for basic anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the body systems is also stressed. Current medical innovations/issues are discussed.  Return to top of page

MACHINE TRANSCRIPTION FOR MEDICAL SECRETARIES (3 units)

CAOT 46

Prerequisite(s): CAOT 2 or CAOT 31 with satisfactory grades or better or equivalent.
Advisory: CAOT 44 or equivalent.

This course develops proficiency in operating transcribing machines to accurately transcribe medical documents, including medical letters, charts, notes, history and physicals, reports from cassette tapes. Emphasis is given to spelling, proofreading, correct terminology, and abbreviations. Students simultaneously review anatomy and major body systems.  Return to top of page

APPLIED OFFICE PRACTICE (2 units; repeatable twice)

CAOT 47

Advisory: CAOT 1 with a satisfactory grade or better or equivalent and second semester standing.
Five hours weekly.

Practical experience in working in an office on campus and one hour lecture relating to office behavior, productivity, motivation, and interpersonal skills.   Return to top of page

MACHINE TRANSCRIPTION FOR LEGAL SECRETARIES (3 units)

CAOT 49

Prerequisite: CAOT 2 and 31 with satisfactory grades or better or equivalent.
Four hours weekly.

This course develops proficiency in operating transcribing machines to transcribe legal correspondence and documents, including court documents, from cassette tape.  Emphasis is placed on spelling, proofreading, formatting, and the meaning of legal terms.  Return to top of page

OFFICE ADMINISTRATION LABORATORY (1 unit)

CAOT 64

Co-requisite: CAOT 1.

Laboratory class which provides opportunity for students enrolled in CAOT classes to have additional time on the computers to work with all of the software that is offered in the Department. Students must attend a minimum of 32 class hours per semester Credit/No Credit. Click here for details.  Return to top of page

MICROCOMPUTER OFFICE APPLICATIONS: WORD PROCESSING APPLICATIONS (3 units)

CAOT 79

Prerequisite: Two modules of CAOT 82, CAOT 84, CAOT 31 with satisfactory grades or better or equivalent.

Further develops skill in preparing a variety of business documents on a personal computer. Covers formats for letters, memos, reports, tables, outlines, form documents, graphics, desktop publishing, and merged documents. Return to top of page

MICROCOMPUTER SOFTWARE SURVEY IN THE OFFICE (3 units)

CAOT 82

Acceptable for credit, California State University

Prerequisite:  CAOT 1 and CAOT 98 with satisfactory grades or better or equivalent.

Introduces students to the use of the microcomputer and commercially available software used in business office. Course provides hands-on introduction to word processing, database, spreadsheet, graphics, desktop publishing and presentation design software. Return to top of page

 

 

 
WORD PROCESSING (3 units; repeatable twice)

CAOT 84


Acceptable for credit, California State University

Prerequisites: Eligibility for ESL Level 6 and the ability to type 30 wpm accurately by touch.

Use basic and advanced commands in Microsoft Word or other word processing software, to create, format, edit, save, and print documents including letters, tables, reports, and merge documents. Use desktop publishing features to create newsletters, brochures, fliers, and resumes.  Return to top of page

Professor Morimoto maintains a course Web site for CAOT 84 Online.
SPREADSHEET (3 units)

CAOT 85

Presents office spreadsheet applications using a PC and spreadsheet application software, such as Excel. Students are taught to create, edit, format, and print worksheets; construct graphs; build data bases that utilize the data table function.  Return to top of page

 
DESKTOP PUBLISHING (3 units; repeatable twice)

CAOT 88

Provides information and hands on training using a personal computer, laser printers and various desktop publishing software including Page Maker and Ventura. Includes producing camera ready, near typeset quality reports, newsletters, business forms, and presentations.  Return to top of page
LEGAL DOCUMENT PRODUCTION (3 units)

CAOT 93

Prerequisite:  CAOT 1 and CAOT 84 with satisfactory grades or better or equivalent. 

This course is designed to link the academic knowledge of law and  skills of word processing  to result in the production of legal documents.  Return to top of page

Web site for Legal Office Assistant Training.
INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERNET (3 units)

CAOT 97

Advisory: Knowledge of Windows and word processing is required. Students who enroll in the course must attend 3 lab hours per week.

The course provides hand-on access to Internet, the worldwide Computer Network. The course emphasizes electronic mail, file transfer protocol, newsgroups, web page design and other services and utilities. Return to top of page

INTRODUCTION TO WINDOWS FOR CAOT (3 units)

CAOT 98

This course is designed to prepare students to work in the Windows environment. The course emphasis the features of Windows, including changing and creating icons, opening and closing Windows and other applications, responding to dialog boxes, and working with directories.  Return to top of page

SCHOOL-TO-WORK PORTFOLIO (2 units)

CAOT 105

Prerequisite: CAOT 31 or English 28/31 with satisfactory grades or better or equivalent.

Course includes preparation of a comprehensive professional portfolio that contains a résumé, cover letter, application for employment, reference letters, and personal achievement. The course will also include career planning, networking with business and industry, and job search using the Internet and other resources.  Return to top of page

ADDING AND CALCULATING MACHINES (3 units)

CAOT 106

Prerequisite: Math 105 or Business 38.

This course uses application software to develop proficiency in the operation of the computer's ten-key pad by touch.  Return to top of page

WEB PAGE DESIGN (3 units)

CAOT 112

Acceptable for credit, California State University

Advisory: CAOT 98 or equivalent.

This course is designed to help students learn the most important topics of Web page design. The course emphasizes creating a new web site, integrating a database using Microsoft Office components, styles and working with HTML codes.  Return to top of page

   

 

 

MEDICAL CODING/BILLING

CAOT 126

Prerequisite: CAOT 44, Medical Terminology

Introduction to the medical codes used for diagnostic and procedural data in medical billing. Introduction to medical billing forms and procedures required by Medicare and private medical insurance companies will also be covered.  Return to top of page