Information Processor Certificate

Last updated 5/29/2014

Certificate Code: 5869

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


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

Information processing students develop strong keyboarding skills. Potential students should like to process documents on the computer. Students acquire excellent communication and proofreading skills. The curriculum includes machine transcription, records management, data entry, and the current MS Windows software applications for spreadsheet development and word processing. In the classroom, they will have many opportunities for working with teams, which is consistent with today’s business environment.

Graduates will be qualified to work in a variety of information processing positions. They will have knowledge of the latest technology and software applications employed in offices. Good entry-level job opportunities are available for people trained in information processing.

Information Processor Certificate
Certificate Code: 5869
Course of Study Outline
Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
BE 106 — Records Management - fall only (3)
BE 110 — Data Entry Applications - fall only (2)
BE 145 A,B,C — Information Processing  or  (3)
BE 145 — Information Processing
BE 160 — Machine Transcription - fall only (3)
BE 248 — Desktop Publishing - fall only  or  (3)
BE 248 A,B,C — Desktop Publishing I, II, III - fall only
BA 160 — Business Math I (3)

Second Semester
BE 100 — Work Environment Orientation (2)
*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 180 — Business Communications (4)
COMM 105 — Essentials of English (3)

Minimum total hours required for certificate (35)

* Students should look at the Assessment and Orientation.

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 success in the business education curricula.

BE 106 Records Management
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Management of records using ARMA rules. Emphasis is on current business practices, systems, supplies, and computers in records control, retrieval, disposal, and database management.

BE 110 Data Entry Applications
2 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Designed to teach data entry skills, to help the student develop dexterity and accuracy in keyboarding alphabetic and alphanumeric characters, and to help the student become familiar with common data entry procedures, including voice input.

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 160 Machine Transcription
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: BE 141 “C” or better or instructor consent.
Development of machine transcription and proofreading skills using computer word processing software.

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 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.

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.


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Information Processor Certificate