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COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS

Office Administration’s Computer Business Applications (CBA) department teaches a full range of state-of-the-art technology application courses from Introduction to Computers to intermediate/advanced skill levels of Microsoft Office. These hands-on courses, along with other computer technology courses and fundamental business skill courses, promote technology proficiency, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. Courses offered through CBA prepare students to succeed in any type of public, private, governmental, educational, health, manufacturing, and industrial employment environment that use state-of-the-art computer technology.

Program Highlights

  • The CBA program utilizes Microsoft Certified Application Specialist Approved Courseware so that students can take and achieve national certification at the Core and Expert levels upon completion of the required CBA courses.
  • Golden West College is a member of the Microsoft IT Academy and the department uses the curriculum to further reinforce those skills for students to acquire the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS) certification.
  • The Program offers certification for the Certified Business Professional bringing recognition to Golden West College as one of a few international testing sites in the State of California that offer the International Association of Administrative Professional Certified Professional Secretary and the Certified Administrative Professional Exams.

Business/Career & Technical Education Division

Chris Whiteside, Dean

For more information contact:
Michelle Neal

Division Coordinator
mneal@gwc.cccd.edu
714-895-8185

Associate in Arts degree in Computer Business Applications

Required courses |Semester at a Glance

Associate in Arts degree in Administrative Assistant

Required courses |Semester at a Glance


Associate in Arts degree in Computer Business Applications

The Computer Business Application major 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.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Identify and describe terminology relating to the operation of the computer; and effectively use a computer to process data, manage folders and files, customize the windows environment, work with hardware, printers, and various software.
  • Analyze spreadsheet data and create charts and graphs.
  • Manage large workbooks; use advanced sorting and filtering techniques; and create charts, diagrams, and templates in Excel.
  • Compose various business documents, such as letters, reports, manuscripts, and memorandums.
  • Build Word documents from reusable content and revise documents using Markup Tools.
  • Create templates and review, publish, and protect presentations in PowerPoint; apply advanced graphic techniques; enhance a presentation with audio and video; and deliver a presentation.
  • Create and manage a database.
  • Enhance Access tables, queries; and customize forms and reports.
  • Integrate information among the various applications to consolidate large amounts of data.
  • Customize and explore a personal information manager and e-mail programs.
  • Examine business accounting records and perform sound business decisions based on financial reports.
  • Research and evaluate topics on the Internet.
  • Focus and prepare for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Core Exams (Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word) and the MOS Expert Exam for Word.
Required courses

CBA G145 – Introduction to Computers – 2 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

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

Total units: 22-30


Semester at a Glance – Associate in Arts degree in Computer Business Applications

Semester 1
CBA G145 Introduction to Computers – 2 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

General Education – TBD

Semester 2
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

General Education – TBD

Semester 3
CBA G120 QuickBooks Pro – 2 units
CBA G157 Word, Advanced – 2 units
CBA G190 Internet, Intro – 1.5 units
CBA G195 Acrobat, Introduction – 1.5 units
General Education – TBD

Major Total: 22-30
GE Pattern GWC AA, CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 21-39 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units

* Offered only in Fall
** Offered only in Spring


Administrative Assistant – Associate in Arts Degree

The Administrative Assistant major provides 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.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply the principles of Standard English and apply them to written communication.
  • Sharpen proofreading skills by finding and correcting errors in business documents.
  • Effectively use a computer to process data, manage folders and files, customize the windows environment, and work with hardware, printers, and various software applications.
  • Analyze spreadsheet data and create charts and graphs.
  • Compose various business documents, such as letters, reports, manuscripts, and memorandums.
  • Create and manage a database.
  • Integrate information among the various applications to consolidate large amounts of data.
  • Customize and explore a personal information manager and e-mail programs.
  • Research topics and evaluate information on the Internet.
  • Focus and prepare for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Core Exams (Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word) and the MOS Expert Exam for Word.
Required courses

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

Note: the following four courses may be substituted for CBA G181
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: the following four courses may be substituted for CBA G183
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

Total units: 22.5-30.5


Semester at a Glance – Administrative Assistant – Associate in Arts Degree

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

General Education – TBD

Semester 2
CBA G117** Proofreading Skills – 3 units
CBA G149 Outlook, Intro – 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

General Education – TBD

Semester 3
CBA G157 Word, Advanced – 2 units
CBA G190 Internet, Intro – 1.5 units
General Education – TBD

Major Total: 22.5 – 30.5 units
GE Pattern GWC AA, CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 21-39 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units

* Offered only in Fall
** Offered only in Spring

Computer Business Applications – Certificate of Achievement

Required courses | Semester at a Glance

Administrative Assistant – Certificate of Achievement

Required courses | Semester at a Glance

Microsoft Office – Certificate of Specialization

Required courses | Semester at a Glance


Computer Business Applications – Certificate of Achievement

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.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Effectively use a computer to process data, manage folders and files, customize the Windows environment, work with hardware, printers, and various software.
  • Analyze spreadsheet data and create charts and graphs.
  • Compose various business documents, such as letters, reports, manuscripts, and memorandums.
  • Create and manage a database.
  • Integrate information among the various applications to consolidate large amounts of data.
  • Customize and explore a personal information manager and e-mail program to integrate with other technologies such as OneNote, SharePoint Services, Mobile Service, and Really Simply Syndication (RSS) feeds and blogs.
  • Examine business accounting records and perform sound business decisions based on financial reports.
  • Research and evaluate topics on the Internet.
  • Focus, prepare for, and accomplish the Microsoft Certified Application Professional Certification
Required courses

CBA G145 – Introduction to Computers – 2 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

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                  

Total units: 22-30


Semester at a Glance – Computer Business Applications – Certificate of Achievement

Semester 1
CBA G145 Introduction to Computers – 2 units
CBA G152 Windows – 3 units
CBA G181 OFFICE – 4 units
CBA G149 Outlook, Intro – 2 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

Semester 2
CBA G183** OFFICE, Intermediate – 4 units
CBA G120 QuickBooks Pro – 2 units
CBA G157 Word, Advanced – 2 units
CBA G190 Internet, Intro – 1.5 units
CBA G195 Acrobat, Introduction – 1.5 units

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

Total units: 22-30

* Offered only in Fall
** Offered only in Spring


Administrative Assistant – Certificate Of Achievement

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.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Effectively use a computer to process data, manage folders and files, customize the Windows environment, work with hardware, printers, and various software.
  • Analyze spreadsheet data and create charts and graphs.
  • Compose various business documents, such as letters, reports, manuscripts, and memorandums.
  • Create and manage a database.
  • Integrate information among the various applications to consolidate large amounts of data.
  • Customize and explore a personal information manager and e-mail program to integrate with other technologies such as OneNote, SharePoint Services, Mobile Service, and Really Simply Syndication (RSS) feeds and blogs.
  • Examine business accounting records and perform sound business decisions based on financial reports.
  • Research and evaluate topics on the Internet.
  • Focus, prepare for, and accomplish the Microsoft Certified Application Professional Certification exam.
Required courses

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

Note: the following four courses may be substituted for CBA G181
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: the following four courses may be substituted for CBA G183
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 

Total units: 22.5-30.5


Semester at a Glance – Administrative Assistant – Certificate Of Achievement

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

Semester 2
CBA G117** Proofreading Skills – 3 units
CBA G149 Outlook, Intro – 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

Semester 3
CBA G157 Word, Advanced – 2 units
CBA G190 Internet, Intro – 1.5 units

Total units: 22.5 – 30.5

* Offered only in Fall
** Offered only in Spring


Microsoft Office – Certificate of Specialization

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, prepare for, and accomplish the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist exams. 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.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Describe how the Internet works.
  • Describe the differences between operating system software and application software.
  • Identify and describe the basics of the Windows operating system.
  • Compose, send, and manage incoming e-mail messages.
  • Create, edit, and format documents using MS Word.
  • Create and construct worksheets using formulas and functions and inserting charts using MS Excel.
  • Create tables, queries, forms, and reports using MS Access.
  • Create, edit, and format a presentation and apply transitions using MS PowerPoint.
Required courses

CBA G145 – Introduction to Computers – 2 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

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

Total units: 15


Semester at a Glance – Microsoft Office – Certificate of Specialization

Semester 1
CBA G145 Introduction to Computers – 2 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

Semester 2
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

Total: 15-23 units

* Offered only in Fall
** Offered only in Spring


Certified Business Professional: Cap Certificate Holders Option

Individuals who have passed the 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:

  • Supply evidence of CAP certification from IAAP to the Enrollment Center at Golden West College.
  • Meet with the GWC counselor for this area to complete a Course and Credit Selection Agreement following the appropriate Certified Business Professional curriculum.
  • Complete an application of eligibility.

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 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 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:

  • Supply evidence of PLS certification from NALS to the Enrollment Center at Golden West College.
  • Meet with the GWC counselor for this area to complete a Course and Credit Selection Agreement following the appropriate Certified Business Professional curriculum.
  • Complete an application of eligibility.

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 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 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.

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COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS G101 – 1 Unit
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Computer Keyboarding, Introduction, Part 1
(Same as: first third of Computer Business Applications G100)
A basic computer keyboard presentation using ‘touch’ techniques including an introduction to symbol-key reaches. This course assumes that the student has never had a formal keyboarding class or does not know ‘touch’ techniques. The student will learn some basic word processing concepts to make keyboarding quick and easy. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS G115 – 3 Units
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Filing & Records Management
This course is a comprehensive introduction to records management for both manual and computerized records systems. Emphasis will be placed on the efficient control of proper filing rules, along with the proper methods of storing, retrieving, and disposing of alphabet, subject, numeric, and geographic records; emphasis also placed on the principles governing filing and maintenance of paper, automated, and electronic imaging records. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS G117 – 3 Units
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Proofreading Skills
Advisories: Computer Business Applications G101 or keyboarding speed of 35 words a minute.
This course is designed to develop or improve proofreading skills for business or personal use, and includes units in proper use of the dictionary, proofreading for typographical errors, and proofreading for effective communication. This course also includes exercises in proofreading for errors in spelling, word division, format, capitalization, expression of numbers, punctuation, grammatical construction, and word usage. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS G119 – 3 Units
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Administrative Business Procedures
Advisories: Computer Business Applications G101 or keyboarding speed of 35 words a minute.
This course is designed to prepare a student for an entry-level office support position. Current office procedures will be stressed. Topics will include handling written correspondence, business records, and office equipment; making travel arrangements; using reference sources to prepare simple reports; and assisting with meeting and conference preparation. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU. May not be offered each semester.

COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS G120 – 2 Units
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QuickBooks Pro
QuickBooks Pro is a Business Accounting course designed to assist the student and entrepreneur interested in using the computer to keep accounting books in good order and in making sound business decisions based on financial reports. Business accounting records are set up to handle chart of accounts, merchandise, customers and receivables, vendors and payables, banking, and reports. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS G145 – 2 Units
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Introduction to Computers
This course provides a hands-on introduction to computer concepts and computer literacy. Students learn fundamental skills of computer hardware; identify and develop software application, Internet, and networking skills. Students will generate computer input and output using MS Word and Excel; identify and describe the importance of technology in the world we live in, and learn how to purchase or update computers. This course is designed for students who have no prior experience with computer concepts. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS G149 – 2 Units
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Outlook
Advisories: Proper keyboarding and basic computer skills are suggested.
This course will prepare students to use OUTLOOK to compose and send e-mail messages; work with incoming messages; use Outlook folders to organize the Inbox; and manage appointments, events, and meetings. Topics include managing the Outlook environment; creating and formatting Item Content; managing e-mail messages, Contacts, Calendar Objects; and working with Tasks, Notes, and Journal Entries. This course covers the skills needed to prepare for the OUTLOOK Core Microsoft Office Specialist Exam (MOS). Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS G152 – 3 Units
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MS Windows
Advisories: Computer Business Applications G145, or equivalent experience
This course provides a hands-on comprehensive introduction to the MS Windows environment. Students will learn fundamental skills of the Windows operating system such as file and folder organization and management; personalizing the Windows environment; managing Windows Media Center, Homegroups, Libraries, Windows Live Essentials, and Windows Touch; working with the Internet and E-mail; protecting the computer; searching for information and collaborating with others; connecting to network and mobile computing; maintaining hardware and software; and improving system performance. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS G155 – 2 Units
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WORD, Introduction
Advisories: Keyboarding experience would be helpful.
This course will prepare students to use WORD to create professional-looking documents for a variety of purposes and situations. Topics include sharing and maintaining documents; formatting content; applying page layout and reusable content; including illustrations and graphics in a document; proofreading documents; applying references and hyperlinks; performing mail merge operations. This course, together with CBA G156, reviews the skills needed to prepare for the Core Microsoft Office Specialist Exam (MOS). Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS G156 – 2 Units
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WORD, Intermediate
Advisories: Computer Business Applications G155
This course will prepare students to use intermediate and advanced features of WORD to create tables; insert graphics and create SmartArt and charts; apply and modify styles; create footnotes, endnotes, outlines, indexes, and tables of content; create comments and hyperlinks. Topics include using styles and creating multilevel lists and charts; creating web pages and using advanced proofing options; building documents from reusable content and revising documents using markup tools. This course, together with CBA G155, reviews the skills needed to prepare for the Core Microsoft Office Specialist Exam (MOS). Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS G157 – 2 Units
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WORD, Advanced
Advisories: Computer Business Applications G156
This course will prepare students to build on their knowledge of the basic and intermediate features of WORD to produce agendas, letterheads, envelopes, business cards, contact disk labels, calendars, flyers and announcements, brochures, and other specialty documents. Students will also work with templates, wizards, page layout, graphic features, Mail Merge, WordArt, and layout design to create desktop publishing documents. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS G160 – 2 Units
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EXCEL, Introduction
This course will prepare students to use EXCEL to create and edit professional-looking spreadsheets for a variety of purposes and situations. Topics include managing the worksheet and workbook environment; creating cell data; formatting cells and worksheets; applying formulas and functions; presenting data visually by creating charts; sharing worksheet data with other users; and analyzing and organizing data. This course, together with CBA G161, reviews the skills needed to prepare for the EXCEL Core Microsoft Office Specialist Exam (MOS). Proper keyboarding skills and basic computer skills suggested. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS G161 – 2 Units
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EXCEL, Intermediate
Advisories: Computer Business Applications G160
This course will prepare students to use intermediate to advanced features of EXCEL to audit and validate workbook data; consolidate data and link workbooks and worksheets; work with external data sources; create data tables, pivot tables, and pivot charts; use templates; and work with macros. Topics include using financial and lookup functions, define names, and validate data; managing large workbooks and using advanced sorting and filtering; and creating charts, diagrams, and templates. This course, together with CBA G160, reviews the skills needed to prepare for the EXCEL Core Microsoft Office Specialist Exam (MOS). Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS G165 – 2 Units
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ACCESS, Introduction
This course will prepare students to use MS Office ACCESS to design and create a database by creating tables, determining the Primary keys, any additional fields, and determining and implementing relationships between tables; and design and create queries, forms, and reports. Topics include managing the Access environment; building tables; building forms; creating and managing queries; and designing reports. This course, together with CBA G166, reviews the skills needed to prepare for the ACCESS Core Microsoft Office Specialist Exam (MOS). Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS G166 – 2 Units
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ACCESS, Intermediate
Advisories: Computer Business Applications G165 or equivalent experience
This course will prepare students to use intermediate to advanced skills of MS Office ACCESS. Topics include enhancing tables, queries, forms, and reports; building links, relationships, and indexes; designing and building advanced queries, forms, and reports; managing import and export specifications; using mail merge and advanced navigation techniques; using special controls and tools for check boxes, combo boxes, tab controls, and add hyperlinks; creating and editing macros and modules. This course, together with CBA G165, reviews the skills needed to prepare for the ACCESS Core Microsoft Office Specialist Exam (MOS). Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS G170 – 2 Units
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PowerPoint, Introduction
This course prepares students to use POWERPOINT to create and edit professional-looking presentations as well as enhance presentations with clip art, pictures, shapes, and Word Art. Topics include creating a slide presentation; working with graphical and multimedia elements; creating charts and tables; applying transitions and animations; collaborating on presentations; preparing presentations for delivery; and delivering presentations. This course, together with CBA G171, reviews the skills needed to prepare for the POWERPOINT Core Microsoft Office Specialist Exam (MOS). Proper keyboarding and basic computer skills are suggested. Eight-week course. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS G171 – 2 Units
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PowerPoint, Intermediate
Advisories: Computer Business Applications G170 or equivalent knowledge
This course prepares students to use POWERPOINT at the intermediate to advanced level. Topics include creating templates and reviewing, publishing, and protecting presentations; applying advanced graphic techniques and inserting audio and video; and delivering presentations. Students learn customizing colors and effects; layering and grouping techniques; animating and using multimedia effects; customizing themes and slide masters; preparing presentations for delivery and electronic distribution. This course, together with CBA G170, reviews the skills needed to prepare for the POWERPOINT Core Microsoft Office Specialist Exam (MOS). Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS G181 – 4 Units
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MS Office
Advisories: Proper keyboarding and basic computer skills are suggested.
This course covers computer business applications used in today’s businesses to create, edit, and format various documents, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations. Learn how to create professional-looking documents using WORD; develop and create spreadsheets with formulas and charts using EXCEL; create slide show presentations with multimedia effects using POWERPOINT; design, create, and organize data with tables, queries, forms, and reports using ACCESS; integrate files and data among WORD, EXCEL, ACCESS, and POWERPOINT. This course, together with CBA G183, reviews the skills needed to prepare for the Core Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exams for Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS G182 – 2 Units
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MS Office, Introduction
Advisories: Proper keyboarding skills and basic computer skills are suggested.
This course will help students transition to the commonly used features and functionality of the latest Microsoft Office suite of application software, as well as update their skills in file management techniques by searching for and locating files and folders. This course is designed for students who have worked with earlier versions of Microsoft Office applications, such as Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint, and who wish to upgrade their skills with the latest version. Topics include using the new user interface, contextual tabs, ribbons, and commonly used features and functions to create and edit Word documents, work with Excel spreadsheets, work with Access databases, and create and edit dynamic presentations in PowerPoint. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS G183 – 4 Units
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MS Office, Intermediate
Advisories: Computer Business Applications G181 or equivalent
This course covers computer business applications used in today’s businesses using intermediate to advanced features and functionality of Microsoft Office to create, edit, and format various business documents, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations. Students will learn how to use styles, lists, charts, web pages, advanced proofing options, and markup tools using WORD; use advanced functions, sorting, and filtering options, and create charts, diagrams, and templates using EXCEL; enhance tables, queries, forms, and reports using ACCESS; and apply advanced graphic, audio, and video techniques using POWERPOINT. This course, together with CBA G181, reviews the skills needed to prepare for the Core Microsoft Office Specialist Exams (MOS) for Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS G190 – 1.5 Units
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Internet, Introduction
This course provides hands-on experience using the most popular Internet browsers and email tools. Emphasis will be placed on topics related to searching the Web and downloading data, including search engines, digital rights management, online storage providers, Web-based collaboration services, working with email, and protecting a computer from viruses. Proper keyboarding skills and basic understanding of computer concepts is recommended prior to enrolling in this course. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS G195 – 1.5 Units
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Acrobat, Introduction
This course is designed for students who wish an introductory, hands-on experience with Adobe Acrobat software, which has become the essential tool for universal electronic document exchange. Students will learn to convert existing documents to an interactive multi-platform Portable Document Format (PDF) file that can be distributed electronically; to create Adobe PDF from Web pages; to use Acrobat Professional in the document review cycle; to put documents online; and to use Acrobat to fill out forms. With Adobe Acrobat students will be able to publish any document in PDF, preserving the exact look and content of the original and making its content available to any user who has downloaded the free Acrobat Reader computer program readily available on the Internet. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU. May not be offered each semester.

COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS G196 – 2 Units
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Overview of Web Design
This course presents an overview of the fundamentals of Web design including some of the broad concepts and practices necessary for good Web design. Students will briefly review the historical, technical, and practical aspects of Web design, and will be introduced to basic Web design concepts. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

Popular Career Options

Graduates have the ability to provide office support and work with word processing programs, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, databases and graphics. Job titles include:

  • Administrative secretary
  • Office manager
  • Management trainee
  • Sales representative
  • Spreadsheet technician

Employment Outlook and Salary Info

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics stated that administrative assistants would see a 12% growth in job openings between 2012 and 2022. The median annual wages for administrative assistants and secretaries, except legal, medical and executive, were $33,240 in May 2014. The largest employer of administrative assistants was elementary and secondary schools. The top paying industry was the postal service in 2012.

Continuing Education Information

Graduates of an associate’s degree program in business computer applications may wish to further their training by enrolling in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program. Some bachelor’s degree programs qualify individuals to earn the National Security Administration 4012 Security Certification and pursue management roles.

Business Information Worker

Business Information Worker Pathway Courses

In just two semesters, you will gain marketable skills to get hired or advance within your company.

  • Computer Keyboarding, Part I CBA G101
  • MS Windows CBA G152
  • Word, Introduction CBA G155
  • Excel, Introduction CBA G160
  • Outlook CBA G149
  • Introduction to Computers CBA G145
  • Customer Service MGMT G155
  • The Business Information Worker is a job readiness pathway or certificate for office workers, developed in conjunction with local employers.

Enrolled students are prepared in a broad range of entry-level office skills and applications which promote success in a variety of office environments.

With a solid foundation in Microsoft Windows and Office as well as strong digital and web literacy skills, the Business Information Worker brings efficiency and productivity to the workplace.

Completion of the Business Information Worker pathway also brings indispensable critical thinking, problem solving, and interpersonal skills to the workplace, essential components of the curriculum.

Go to the Doing What Matters for more information about the Business Information Worker program.

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FULL-TIME FACULTY

Barbara Hawksley
Professor, Computer Business Applications
A.A., Riverside Community College; B.V.Ed, California State University at San Bernardino; M.B.A. University of Redlands
bhawksley@gwc.cccd.edu