Course Catalog : Subject Area




Administrative Support Technology Courses Offered @ TNCC

Course Description and Pre-requisites
AST 101 Keyboarding I
(3 credits) Must be taken in sequence. Teaches the alpha/numeric keyboard with emphasis on correct techniques, speed, and accuracy. Teaches formatting of basic personal and business correspondence, report, and tabulation. Lecture 3 hours per week.
AST 102 Keyboarding II
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): AST 101 with "C" or better or departmental approval. Develops keyboarding and document productions skills with emphasis on preparation of specialized business documents. Continues skill-building for speed and accuracy. Lecture 3 hours per week.
AST 107 Editing/Proofreading Skills
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): ENF 1 or ENF 2 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostics tests or equivalent. 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 117 Keyboarding for Computer Usage
(1 credit) Teaches the alphabetic keyboard and 10-key pad. Develops correct keying techniques. Lecture 1 hour per week.
AST 197 Cooperative Education in Admin. Support Tech.
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): Approval of Cooperative Education Coordinator. Supervised on-the-job training in approved business firms or governmental organizations is coordinated by the Cooperative Education coordinator. Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 ration. Variable hours.
AST 205 Business Communications
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): ENF 1 or ENF 2 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostics tests or equivalent. Teaches techniques of oral and written communications. Emphasizes writing and presenting business-related materials. Lecture 3 hours per week.
AST 230 Introduction to Office Technology
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): ENF 1 or ENF 2 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostics tests or equivalent. Introduces principles, methods, and techniques involved in office technology. Emphasizes the use of microcomputer equipment and software. Lecture 3 hours per week.
AST 232 Microcomputer Office Applications
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): AST 102 or ITE 115. Teaches production of business documents using word processing, databases, and spreadsheets. Emphasizes document production to meet business and industry standard. Lecture 3 hours per week.
AST 234 Records and Database Management
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): AST 101 or departmental approval. Teaches filing and records management procedures using microcomputer database software. Incorporates both manual and electronic methods for managing information. Lecture 3 hours per week.
AST 236 Specialized Software Applications
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): AST 101 or equivalent or AST 117 or departmental approval. Teaches specialized integrated software applications on the microcomputer. Emphasizes document production to meet business and industry standards. Lecture 3 hours per week.
AST 238 Word Processing - Advanced Operation
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): AST 102 with "C" or better. Teaches advanced word processing features including working with merge files, macros, and graphics; develops competence in the production of complex documents. Lecture 3 hours per week.
AST 242 Medical Insurance and Coding
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): HLT 143. Teaches coding for medical services rendered within a medical office setting utilizing current coding books for maximum reimbursement. Lecture 3 hours per week.
AST 243 Office Administration I
(3 credits) AST 243/244 must be taken in sequence. Prerequisite(s): AST 102 or departmental approval. 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. Lecture 3 hours per week.
AST 244 Office Administration II
(3 credits) AST 243/244 must be taken in sequence. Prerequisite(s): AST 243 or equivalent. 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. Lecture 3 hours per week.
AST 245 Medical Machine Transcription
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): AST 101 and HLT 143. 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. Lecture 3 hours per week.
AST 247 Legal Machine Transcription
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): AST 102 or equivalent. Develops machine transcription skills, integrating operation of transcribing equipment with understanding of legal terminology. Emphasizes dictation techniques and accurate transcription of legal documents in prescribed formats. Lecture 3 hours per week.
AST 253 Advanced Desktop Publishing I (Microsoft Publisher)
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): AST 101 or ITE 115 or ITE 119. Introduces specific desktop publishing software. Teaches document layout and design, fonts, type styles, style sheets, and graphics. Lecture 3 hours per week.
AST 254 Advanced Desktop Publishing II
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): AST 253 with a grade of "C" or better or departmental approval. Presents advanced features of desktop publishing software, culminating in the layout and design of complex multi-page documents. Lecture 3 hours per week.
AST 260 Presentation Software
(3 credits) Teaches creation of slides including use of text, clip art, and graphs. Includes techniques for enhancing presentations with on-screen slide show as well as printing to transparencies and hand-outs. Incorporates use of sound and video clips. Lecture 3 hours per week.
AST 271 Medical Office Procedures I
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): AST 101. Co-requisite(s): AST 102 or equivalent. Covers medical office procedures, records management, preparation of medical reports, and other medical documents. Lecture 3 hours per week.
AST 297 Coop Education in Admin. Support Tech.
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): Approval of Cooperative Education Coordinator. Supervised on-the-job training in approved business firms or governmental organizations. The work is coordinated by the Cooperative Education Coordinator. Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. Variable hours.
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