Course Recommendations for Administrative Assistant at Riverland Community College - Riverland

Administrative Assistant

Program Notes

Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements:

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An Accuplacer score of 60 is recommended.

Assessment Results and Prerequisites

Students admitted into Riverland Community College program may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.

Required Core Courses (38 credits)

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BUSO1616
Keyboarding II

This course further develops keyboarding skills using correct keyboarding posture and technique with a strong emphasis on speed, accuracy, and proofreading. Advanced formatting and production of various business documents utilizing word processing software will be included. This course is part of the Associate in Applied Science Administrative Assistant and Medical Administrative Assistant degrees which are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Prerequisite: 40 words per minute (wpm) at 97% accuracy. (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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BUSO1620
Introduction to Computer

This course covers basic information about computer hardware and the use of computer software as a business productivity tool, as well as for personal use. Topics covered include the operating system and desktop environment; file and folder management; introduction to spreadsheet procedures; introduction to database creation and file management, fundamental word processing concepts, and presentation graphics. Some basic computer literacy will be covered, such as e-mail etiquette, ethical computing, document attachment to e-mail and use of digital files. This course is part of the Associate in Applied Science Administrative Assistant and Medical Administrative Assistant degrees which are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). (2 Cr - 1 lect, 1 lab)

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BUSO1625
Business Communication I

This course is designed to provide an in depth study of business English skills through review and use of many practice applications of grammar usage, punctuation, capitalization, numbers, abbreviations, spelling improvement, writing skills, editing skills, and business vocabulary skills development. The business world demands that its participants communicate effectively both verbally and nonverbally. No business person can communicate effectively without knowledge of the basic rules of grammar, punctuation, and capitalization. Emphasis is placed on using the Gregg Reference Manual and other reference resources for developing proofreading and editing skills. This course is part of the Associate in Applied Science Administrative Assistant and Medical Administrative Assistant degrees which are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Prerequisites: GSCM 1510 or instructor approval. (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)

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BUSO1648
Word Processing (Word)

This course utilizes Microsoft Word software perform information processing applications. Topics include document creation, editing, storage, and retrieval; preparation of common business documents such as memos, letters, envelopes, and reports; character, line and page formatting; cutting, copying, and moving text; finding and replacing text; creating and executing macros; creating and utilizing templates; inserting graphics; utilizing columns; creating tables; sorting and selecting specific text; utilizing styles; utilizing speller, thesaurus, and grammar checking; and effective file management and maintenance. Accurate proofreading is emphasized. This course is part of the Associate in Applied Science Administrative Assistant and Medical Administrative Assistant degrees which are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Co-requisite: Keyboarding I or typing skills. Keyboarding skills promote success in this course. (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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BUSO1651
Current Office Technologies

This course introduces the student to current technologies and tasks that increase work quality and productivity in changing office environments.  Topics include voice recognition, digital transcription, cloud computing (including securing information), editing pdf files, and accessing information through the Internet.  This course is part of the Associate in Applied Science Administrative Assistant degree which are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).  Co-requisite: BUSO 1620, or BUSA 1065, or instructor’s approval. BUSA 1002 may also be helpful with or before this course.  Although BUSO 1651 and BUSO 1620 may be taken concurrently, it is recommended that students complete BUSO 1620 prior to taking BUSO 1651.
(3 Cr – 2 lect, 1 lab)

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BUSO1655
Customer Relationship Management

This course is designed to focus on the importance of customer service and client information management for office professionals.  Focus will be given to tools, techniques, and applications to assist in identifying potential clients and opportunities for service improvement while managing and inputting client data.  Topics include problem-solving, promoting a positive service culture, projecting a professional image, communicating with customers, handling complaints, and working with culturally-diverse clients.  This course is part of the Associate in Applied Science Administrative Assistant degree which are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Co-requisite: BUSO 1620, or BUSA 1060, or instructor’s approval. BUSA 1002 may also be taken concurrently, it is recommended that students complete BUSA 1620 prior to taking BUSO 1655.
(3 Cr – 2 lect, 1 lab)

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BUSO2634
Database Concepts and Applications

This course emphasizes concepts and theories which underlie database management systems.  Topics include designing a database structure, data entry, editing, arranging, and retrieval along with report and query creation and generation.  This course is part of the Associate in Applied Science Administrative Assistant degree which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).  Co-requisite:  BUSO 1620, or BUSA 1065, or instructor’s approval. BUSA 1002 may also be helpful with or before this course.  Although BUSO 2634 and BUSO 1620 may be taken concurrently, it is recommended that students complete BUSO 1620 prior to taking BUSO 2634.    
 (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab) 

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BUSO2637
Spreadsheet Cpts/Apps

This course emphasizes business concepts and applications using microcomputer spreadsheet software.  Topics include entering labels, values, formulae, and functions; moving, copying formatting, saving, and retrieving spreadsheet data; manipulating databases using delete, insert, sort, and extract functions; printing large and small spreadsheets; publishing spreadsheets on the Web; macros; and graphing.  Keyboarding skills support success in this course.  This course is part of the Associate in Applied Science Administrative Assistant degree which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).  Co-requisite: BUSO 1620, or BUSA 1065, or instructor’s approval. BUSA 1002 may also be helpful with or before this course.  Although BUSO 2637 and BUSO 1620 may be taken concurrently, it is recommended that students complete BUSO 1620 prior to taking BUSO 2637.    
 (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab) 

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BUSO2641
Applied Principles of Bookkeeping

This beginning level course introduces the basic bookkeeping cycle. Topics include transaction analysis and recording. The full range of journals, financial reports, and current bookkeeping applications, such as QuickBooks, will be used. BUSO 2606 may also be helpful with or before to this course. This course is part of the Associate in Applied Science Administrative Assistant degree which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)

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BUSO2644
Office Supervision and Management

This course emphasizes administrative office management skills, theories, methods, and techniques of supervision are emphasized. It also profiles real-world managers who offer globalization, organizational environments, diversity, leadership, human resource management, work ethics, practical information about human relations, goal setting, productivity, budgets, team building, motivation, delegation, appraisal, office technology, and working in management. Simulated office management experiences, projects, role playing, and case studies are included. This course is part of the Associate in Applied Science Administrative Assistant and Medical Administrative Assistant degrees which are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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BUSO2689
Multimedia Business Presentations

This course addresses preparation of graphics for visualization and presentation by various means: overheads, document camera, outlines, and computer-generated software graphics.  Students will utilize software input devices and printing techniques to create software presentations using basic-advanced techniques. This course also introduces basic concepts, techniques, design elements, and applications of desktop publishing.  This course is part of the Associate in Applied Science Administrative Assistant degree which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).  Co-requisite: BUSO 1620, or BUSA 1065, or instructor’s approval. BUSA 1002 may also be helpful with or before this course.  Although BUSO 2689 and BUSO 1620 may be taken concurrently, it is recommended that students complete BUSO 1620 prior to taking BUSO 2689.  

(3 Cr – 2 lect, 1 lab)

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BUSO2692
Productivity and Project Management

This course is designed to reinforce and build on time management principles learned in other program courses through introduction and application of additional productivity management tools.  The focus begins with individual productivity management and transitions to identifying, proposing, planning, and implementing a successful project. Relevant project management tools such as work breakdown structure, critical path method (CPM), Gantt charts, and current project management software will be utilized.  Focus will be given to communicating and working within project teams using a variety of communication methods while participating in project simulations. This course is recommended for second year students unless you are completing a one-year program. This course is part of the Associate in Applied Science Administrative Assistant degree which are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).  Co-requisite: BUSO 1620, or BUSA 1065, or instructor’s approval. BUSA 1002 may also be helpful with or before this course.  Although BUSO 2692 and BUSO 1620 may be taken concurrently, it is recommended that students complete BUSO 1620 prior to taking BUSO 2692.
(3 Cr – 2 lect, 1 lab)

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GSCL1270
Employment Search Skills

This course introduces students to a process of developing self-awareness when considering career opportunities and identifying career-related goals. Students conduct a job search, prepare a job application, resume, cover letter, a follow-up correspondence. The course includes preparation for job interviews. (1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)

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GSCM1510
Workplace Human Relations

This course examines interpersonal relationship skills in the work environment. Students evaluate individual strengths and weaknesses and assess and learn transferable skills. This course emphasizes employment-enhancing skills that include understanding and improving relationships and communication with co-workers, supervisors, subordinates, and customers. This survey course introduces concepts and methods for improvement of interpersonal relations. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)

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MnTC General Education Courses (15 credits)

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ENGL1101
Composition I (Goal 1 & 2) or ENGL1102

This is an introductory college writing course designed to help students develop effective writing skills for college level work.  Students learn to generate ideas and organize them into unified, coherent essays.  Methods of instruction vary, but most sections combine individual conferences and peer review with regular class meetings.  Prerequisites:  A grade of C or higher in ENGL 0960 or appropriate placement score.

MnTC (Goals 1/CM and Goal 2/CT); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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Electives(7)

  Course # Course Name Credits  
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Open Elective
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Customer Service Certificate Elective Contact Advisor for recommended classes
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Computer Application Certficate Electives Contact Advisor for recommended classes

Last Updated: February 17, 2021