Business Computer Applications

Business computer application (BCA) courses teach individuals how to use standard software and programs found in everyday businesses. Classes cover ways to input, review, design and present information that improves productivity and efficiency. Whether you are looking for a degree or just want to upgrade your skills, the BCA curriculum has something for everyone.

Degrees and Certificates

Administrative Assistant Associate in Science

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply communications skills professionally to work effectively with diverse business groups—in writing and verbally. Use appropriate language, terminology, non-verbal expression, interpersonal skills and ethics consistent with the work environment.
  2. Research, analyze, organize, evaluate, store, retrieve and disseminate accurate, detailed business data and communications. Solve basic business calculations involving areas such as payroll, inventory, budgeting, and banking.
  3. Demonstrate the self-discipline, organization and soft skills necessary to confidently complete work independently, accurately, to specifications and on time—and to professionally present their work both orally and in writing.
  4. Competently use office technologies and resources in creating, storing, retrieving and distributing business-quality documents and presentations.
Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
Required Courses
BCA 15Business Computer Applications - Beginning3
BCA 17Business Computer Applications - Advanced3
BCA 20Computer Calculation1.5
BCA 33AIntroduction to Microsoft Excel1
BCA 34Advanced Microsoft Excel1
BCA 41Windows1
BCA 60Computer Keyboarding3
BCA 62Beginning Word Processing3
BCA 63Advanced Word Processing3
BCA 68Digital Records Management3
GNBUS 21Business Communications3
GNBUS 52Business English3
GNBUS 56Business Mathematics3
GNBUS 72General Office Procedures3
Total units for degree
34.5
Business Computer Applications Associate in Science

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  1. The student will use multiple computer applications to solve business problems.
  2. The student will correctly use existing data and a broad range of computer application skills to solve unique functional area problems.
  3. The student will be able to correctly identify current trends of technology used in business applications
Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
Required Courses for Major
ACCT 3Computerized Accounting3
ACCT 10A
or ACCT 1L
General Accounting
or Principles of Accounting - Financial
4
4.5
BCA 15Business Computer Applications - Beginning3
BCA 17Business Computer Applications - Advanced3
BCA 37AIntroduction to Access1
BCA 37BAdvanced Access1
BCA 41Windows1
GNBUS 56Business Mathematics3
Total Units for degree major
19-19.5
Additional Recommended Courses
BCA 23Microsoft Outlook1
BCA 25Desktop Publishing2
BCA 42Internet Literacy and Safety1
GNBUS 10Introduction to Global Business3
Clerical Assistant Certificate of Training
Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
Required Courses
BCA 15Business Computer Applications - Beginning3
BCA 20Computer Calculation1.5
BCA 41Windows1
BCA 60Computer Keyboarding3
BCA 62Beginning Word Processing3
BCA 68Digital Records Management3
GNBUS 72General Office Procedures3
Total units for certificate
17.5
Administrative Assistant Certificate of Achievement

Students earning an Administrative Assistant Certificate will complete a variety of core courses preparing them for the growing demands of the 21st Century workplace. After receiving this certificate, a student could choose to complete of a few more classes and Woodland Community College’s general education requirements to qualify for the Administrative Assistant Associate in Science degree.

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
Required Courses
BCA 15Business Computer Applications - Beginning3
BCA 17Business Computer Applications - Advanced3
BCA 20Computer Calculation1.5
BCA 41Windows1
BCA 60Computer Keyboarding3
BCA 62Beginning Word Processing3
BCA 68Digital Records Management3
GNBUS 52Business English3
GNBUS 56Business Mathematics3
GNBUS 72General Office Procedures3
Total units for certificate
26.5

Courses

BCA 1 – Business Information Systems
Examination of information systems in business. Focus on information systems, database management systems, networking, e-commerce, ethics and security, computer systems hardware and software components. Application of these concepts and methods through projects developing computer-based solutions to business problems. (C,L)

BCA 15 – Business Computer Applications – Beginning
Develop beginning to intermediate skills using the Microsoft Office Suite. Basic features of Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint are covered. Hands-on activities will focus on creating simple, integrated documents for business, personal and academic purposes. Typing skills are advised. (C)

BCA 17 – Business Computer Applications – Advanced
Develop an intermediate/advanced level of skills using the Microsoft Office Suite. Advanced features of Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint are covered along with how to use Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) to create integrated Office documents. Prior experience using Windows, the internet, and MS Office Suite is assumed. (C,L,M)

BCA 20 – Computer Calculation
Skill development in the operation of electronic calculator and computer 10-key as it applies to business operations. Functions include: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, memory, percentages, and interest calculations to solve typical business problems. Speed and accuracy by touch method emphasized. (C,M)

BCA 22A – Introduction To Microsoft Word
Overview of the basic features of Microsoft Word. Creating, editing, and saving documents; file management; basic text, paragraph, and page formatting; page numbering; printing options; tables and columns. Not open for credit to students with credit in BCA 15. (C,L)

BCA 22B – Advanced Microsoft Word
Overview of advanced features of Microsoft’s Word. Topics include advanced formatting, charts, forms, styles, graphics, borders, shading, drawing, macros, sort, and merging features. (C,L)

BCA 23 – Microsoft Outlook
Beginning and intermediate level features of Outlook. Create and manage e-mail communications within a network or over the Internet. Improve personal efficiency using calendar, tasks, contacts, notes, and journal features. (C,L,M)

BCA 25 – Desktop Publishing
Fundamentals of document design and layout with emphasis on the importance of visual communication in business documents such as newsletters, flyers and brochures. Use of advanced software features. Creation of a portfolio. Students should have intermediate level knowledge of Word. (C,L)

BCA 26 – Microsoft PowerPoint
Learn the basics of PowerPoint and more: create presentations, add visuals, include elements and data from other sources, modify master slides and timings. Customize, prepare for distribution and deliver presentations. Familiarity with keyboard recommended.

BCA 33A – Introduction To Microsoft Excel
Learn basic features of Microsoft Excel. Including: using the interface, working with text labels, values, formulas, functions, editing and formatting. Spreadsheets designed for decision-making, creating charts, list and data management. Hands-on coursework that focuses on business, academic and personal applications. (C,L,M)

BCA 34 – Advanced Microsoft Excel
Covers advanced features of Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software. These features include: Advanced formatting options, financial functions, 3-D formulas, and other advanced data functions. Hands-on exercises emphasizing business applications. (C,M)

BCA 37A – Introduction To Microsoft Access
Use Microsoft Access to develop simple to complex databases in a Windows environment. Design databases, sort and filter records, create input forms and custom-formatted reports. (C,L,M)

BCA 37B – Advanced Microsoft Access
Explore advanced capabilities of Access and build comprehensive knowledge of relational databases. Includes: creating multiple database tables; design and use forms and subforms to input data; use Query by Example (QBE) to extract data; create reports from related tables; and use macros to manipulate files. (C,L,M)

BCA 41 – Windows
Introduction to Windows environment and its capabilities. Use of Windows and its graphical user interface to communicate with personal computers. Apply Windows features, concepts, applications, and procedures including Outlook.

BCA 42 – Internet Literacy and Safety
Expose the student to a wide range of topics related to the Internet. Students will learn how to perform basic searches, work with email, manage and tune the web browser, and make the Internet a practical and functional part of everyday life. Designed to ease the fears of the novice and enhance the ability of the intermediate user. (C,L)

BCA 42B – Web Page Management and Design
Fundamentals of Web publishing utilizing web design and imaging software. The course will focus on HTML: design, coding, editing, and maintenance of web pages; emphasis on web page elements such as CSS, image editing, ADA design, and project management. Real-life informational and interactive presentations to include testing and maintenance of web sites on the World Wide Web. Not open to students with credit in IT 42B. (C)

BCA 57 – Introduction To Computers
Designed for the novice computer user or anyone thinking about purchasing a computer system. Introduction to the basics of hardware, software, operating systems and their uses, as well as presenting an overview of Word, Excel, Access, and the Internet.

BCA 60 – Computer Keyboarding
Acquire basic beginning level of keyboarding and document formatting skills.

BCA 62 – Beginning Word Processing
Introduction to basic word processing operations: create, edit, format and save business-quality documents that include tables, charts, graphics and WordArt. Learn essential file maintenance, printing and workflow principles. RECOMMENDED 20 wpm typing speed.

BCA 63 – Advanced Word Processing
Advanced word processing operations involving long and multi-part documents; academic citations and indexing; styles, themes and artistic page elements; tools for image branding and collaboration features.

BCA 68 – Digital Records Management
The Records Management course is designed to provide instruction and practice in indexing, coding, and managing records. Students will review records retention and transfer, control of requisitions and charge-outs, and selection of supplies and equipment. Students are introduced to using a computer database to apply records management principles. Electronic records, image records, and establishing a records and information management program are also discussed.

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