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Administrative Support Technology (AST)

AST 101 Keyboarding I (3 cr.) Teaches the alpha/numeric keyboard with emphasis on correct techniques, speed, and accuracy. Teaches formatting of basic personal and business correspondence, reports, and tabulation. Lecture 3 hours per week.

AST 102 Keyboarding II (3 cr.) Develops keyboarding and document production skills with emphasis on preparation of specialized business documents. Continues skill-building for speed and accuracy. Prerequisite: AST 101. Lecture 3 hours per week.

AST 107 Editing/Proofreading Skills (3 cr.) Develops skills essential to creating and editing business documents. Covers grammar, spelling, diction, punctuation, capitalization, and other usage problems. Lecture 3 hours per week.

AST 137 Records Management (3 cr.) Teaches filing and records management procedures for hard copy, electronic, and micrographic systems. Identifies equipment, supplies, and solutions to records management problems. Lecture 3 hours per week.

AST 141 Word Processing I (3 cr.) Teaches creating and editing documents, including line and page layouts, columns, fonts, search/replace, cut/paste, spell/thesaurus, and advanced editing and formatting features of word processing software. Prerequisite: AST 101 or Instructor’s permission. Lecture 3 hours per week.

AST 205 Business Communications (3 cr.) Teaches techniques of oral and written communications.  Emphasizes writing and presenting business-related materials. Lecture 3 hours per week.

AST 243 Office Administration I (3 cr.) Develops an understanding of the administrative support role and the skills necessary to provide organizational and technical support in a contemporary office setting. Emphasizes the development of critical thinking, problem-solving, and job performance skills in a business office environment. Prerequisite: AST 102. Lecture 3 hour per week.

AST 244 Office Administration II (3 cr.) Enhances skills necessary to provide organizational and technical support in a contemporary office setting. Emphasizes administrative and supervisory role of the office professional. Includes travel and meeting planning, office budgeting and financial procedures, international issues, and career development. Teaches management and the management functions of planning, leading, and controlling. Prerequisite: AST 243 or equivalent. Lecture 3 hours per week.

AST 245 Medical Machine Transcription (3 cr.) Develops machine transcription skills, integrating operation of transcribing equipment with understanding of medical terminology. Emphasizes dictation techniques and accurate transcription of medical documents in prescribed formats. Prerequisites: AST 102 or equivalent, AST 107 and HLT 141.  Lecture 3 hours per week.

AST 253 Advanced Desktop Publishing I (3 cr.) Introduces specific desktop publishing software. Teaches document layout and design, fonts, type styles, style sheets, and graphics. Prerequisite: AST 101 or equivalent and experience in using a word processing package. Lecture 3 hours per week.