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Business Information Technology AAS

Last updated 4/3/2014

Associate in Applied Science Code 9365

Program Contacts:
QC Campus

Melette Pearce, 309-796-5325, pearcem@bhc.edu
East Campus
Wendy Smith, 309-854-1713, smithw@bhc.edu


This degree is offered only at the Quad-Cities Campus.

Students acquire proficiency working with computer technology and managing business information processing needs. The student in this program combines business application knowledge to computer processes by attaining proficiency with current MS Windows software applications, Internet and web page work, business correspondence, presentation graphics, database management, microcomputer hardware, basic computer networks, management of copy centers, desktop publishing, and office management.

Students complete a one-semester internship before graduation. Graduates will be qualified for careers such as: software trainers, technical support, software installers and maintenance, PC sales support staff; PC operators using current software applications, desktop publishing designer, technical systems analysts, and system troubleshooters. Today’s need for a broad knowledge of computer technology in the business sector assure these students a variety of employment opportunities.

Business Information Technology AAS
Associate in Applied Science Code 9365
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)

First Semester
BE 100 — Work Environment Orientation (2)
BE 120 — Technology Tools - fall only (2)
BE 141 — Computerized Keyboarding (3)
BE 145 A,B,C — Information Processing I, II, III  or  (3)
BE 145 — Information Processing
BA 160 — Business Math I (3)
COMM 105 — Essentials of English (3)

Second Semester
BE 142 — Computerized Keyboarding - spring only (3)
BE 144 — Concepts of Information Processing - spring only (3)
BE 146 — Excel for Business - spring only (3)
BE 163 — Presentation Graphics (Power Point) (1)
BE 264 — Introduction to Database Management (3)
COER 116 — Microcomputer Hardware (3)

Third Semester
BE 170 — Beginning Web Page Development - fall only (3)
*BE 180 — Business Communications (4)
BE 248 — Desktop Publishing - fall only  or  (3)
BE 248 A,B,C — Desktop Publishing I, II, III - fall only
BA 110 — Introduction to Business (3)
SPEC 114 — Interpersonal Communication  or  (3)
SPEC 175 — Intercultural Communications

Fourth Semester
BE 171 — Web Software Development Tools - spring only (3)
BE 247 — Advanced Information Processing - spring only (3)
BE 260 — Office Management - spring only (3)
BE 261 — Seminar (1)
BE 265 — Internship (3)
NETW 120 — Basic Computer Networks (3)

Minimum total hours required for degree (64)

*Students should look at Assessment and Orientation.

Courses for this program include: »

BA 110 Introduction to Business
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Basic course introducing major kinds of business organizations and forms of ownership. Study of vocabulary and functions of activities such as financing, marketing, management, personnel administration, and international business.

BA 160 Business Math I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: A minimum score of 32 on COMPASS pre-algebra test or a minimum score of 22 on ACT math.
A short review of basic math concepts and their application to actual business problems. Covers insurance, interest calculations, merchandising discounts, taxes, dividends and basic statistical measures.

BE 100 Work Environment Orientation
2 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
This course is intended to introduce the facts, skills, strengths, and career goals necessary for success in the business education curricula.

BE 120 Technology Tools
2 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
This course will allow students hands-on knowledge of technology tools and digital imaging currently used in the business.

BE 141 Computerized Keyboarding I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Keyboard mastery and document formatting using a current word processing software package.

BE 142 Computerized Keyboarding II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: BE 145 “C” or better or BE 145A, BE 145B, and BE 145C “C” or better or instructor consent.
Speed and accuracy building in producing business documents.

BE 144 Concepts of Information Processing
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Introduction to information processing history and current emphasis on current terminology. An understanding of why computers are essential components in the business world and society. Hands-on activities with use of the World Wide Web as a media of the latest information.

BE 145 Information Processing
1-3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: BE 141 “C” or better or instructor consent.
Students learn word processing software most commonly found in area offices. This course is equivalent to BE 145A, 145B, and 145C.

BE 145A Information Processing I
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Students learn word processing software most commonly found in area offices.

BE 145B Information Processing II
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Students learn word processing software most commonly found in area offices.

BE 145C Information Processing III
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Students learn word processing software most commonly found in area offices.

BE 146 Excel for Business
1-3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Use of current spreadsheet software on microcomputers.

BE 163 Presentation Graphics
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Includes features of current Windows-based presentation graphics software.

BE 170 Beginning Web Page Development
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
This course will teach Internet use and research skills. It will also introduce web page design, including basic HTML code, basic graphic manipulation, posting a web page on the Internet using FTP, web page server options, and website design techniques.

BE 171 Web Software Development Tools
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
This course will provide the students with an understanding of HTML/XHTML code. It will also include the use of an HTML editor such as Adobe Dreamweaver and/or other current editing software. Students in this course will be able to design, post, and make changes to web sites using the software application.

BE 180 Business Communications
4 cr. hrs.;
4 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: See assessment and placement guide.
Techniques of effective written communications for business. This will include psychology of communicating with customer service emphasis, focus on international communications, and accuracy and conciseness needed for in-house e-mail.

BE 247 Advanced Information Processing Applications
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: BE 145 or BE 145A, B, and C or instructor consent.
Use of current software that can be integrated to perform applications which may include word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation programs.

BE 248 Desktop Publishing
1-3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: BE 145 “C” or better or BE 145A, B, and C “C” or better or instructor consent.
Use of current software to produce a variety of documents incorporating desktop publishing features and principles of layout and design.

BE 248A Desktop Publishing I
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: BE 145 “C” or better or BE 145A, B, and C or instructor consent.
Use of current software to produce a variety of documents incorporating desktop publishing features and principles of layout and design.

BE 248B Desktop Publishing II
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: BE 145 “C” or better or BE 145A, B and C or instructor consent.
Use of current software to produce a variety of documents incorporating desktop publishing features and principles of layout and design.

BE 248C Desktop Publishing III
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: BE 145 “C” or better or BE 145A, B and C or instructor consent.
Use of current software to produce a variety of documents incorporating desktop publishing features and principles of layout and design.

BE 260 Office Management
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Study of information management and work flow. Principles of management as applied to the business office. Keyboarding is not required.

BE 261 Seminar
1 cr. hr.;
2 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in BE 265 and instructor consent.
Discussion of internship activities.

BE 264 Introduction to Database Management
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: BE 145 “C” or better; or BE 145A, B, and C “C” or better; or CS 100 “C” or better; or instructor consent.
Features of current Windows based database management software. Project work necessary to business database use.

BE 265 Internship
3 cr. hrs;
40 lab hrs (5 hrs work per week per credit hour).
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in BE 261 and instructor consent.
Supervised field program providing work experience in offices for students enrolled in office careers.

COER 116 Microcomputer Hardware
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
This course is an introduction to microcomputer hardware components, from a technician’s perspective. Content includes motherboard, CPU, memory, storage devices, and I/O devices, etc. Emphasis is on installation and repair, as well as hardware/software interaction. Not an A+ Certification prep course, but provides a foundation for future pursuit of this credential.

COMM 105 Essentials of English
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Reviews grammar, punctuation, usage and sentence structure and organizational principles of writing through a variety of tasks. COMM 105 is a required course in several career curricula.

NETW 120 Basic Computer Networks
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
An introductory course in networking for the technical student. Includes basic network hardware, software, troubleshooting, and maintenance.

SPEC 114 Interpersonal Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Examines skills needed in informal face-to-face communication; emphasizes self-concept and interaction with others.

SPEC 175 Intercultural Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Promotes awareness, knowledge, and skills for communicating among persons of differing cultural backgrounds. Focuses on cultures with whom U.S. Americans interact.