Business Information Technology Certificate

Last updated 5/20/2015

Certificate Code 5678

Program Contacts:
QC Campus

Melette Pearce, 309-796-5325, pearcem@bhc.edu
East Campus
East Campus Advising, 309-854-1709


The Business Information Technology Certificate is offered only at the Quad-Cities Campus.

Students gain skill in using current MS Windows applications; the curriculum also builds proficiency in spreadsheet design, database design, Internet research, presentation graphics, data entry, computer keyboarding, and Web page development. The student will gain experience in PC office applications.

Students completing the program may be employed in entry-level office positions because they have strong computer skills. This certificate can be completed in one year.

Business Information Technology Certificate
Certificate Code 5678
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 I (3)
BE 145 A,B,C — Microsoft Word I, II, III or (3)
BE 145 — Microsoft Word
BA 160 — Business Math I (3)
COMM 105 — Essentials of English (3)

Second Semester
BE 142 — Computerized Keyboarding II – spring only (3)
BE 144 — Concepts of Information Processing – spring only (3)
BE 146 — Excel for Business – spring only (3)
BE 163 — Presentation Graphics (1)
BE 264 — Microsoft Access (3)
ITS 116 — Computer Hardware (3)

Minimum total hours required for certificate (32)

The Business Information Technology Certificate is based upon a “ladder” concept so that students may exit the program after 32 hours or continue to pursue the Business Information Technology Associate in Applied Science degree. The certificate consists of the first two semesters of the degree.

Courses for this program include: »

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 the business work environment 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 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 Microsoft Word
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Students learn word processing software most commonly found in area offices.

BE 145A Microsoft Word 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 Microsoft Word 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 Microsoft Word 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 Microsoft Excel
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 264 Microsoft Access
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Use of current spreadsheet software on microcomputers.

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.

ITS 116 Computer Hardware
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
This course is an introduction to computer 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.


Gainful Employment

Gainful employment is one important measure that students and parents should pay attention to as they examine colleges and programs. All non-degree programs must be designed to lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation in order to be deemed eligible for federal student aid. These programs are generally less than 2 years in length and result in a certificate.

Business Information Technology Certificate