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Information Technology Specialist Certificate

Last updated 5/29/2014

Certificate Code: 5646

Program Contacts:
East Campus
Wendy Smith, 309-854-1713, smithw@bhc.edu
QC Campus
Amy Levins-Smith, 309-796-5329, smitha@bhc.edu


This certificate is offered only on the East Campus

The course work required for the Information Technology Specialist Certificate prepares students to collect, organize, input, format, and distribute information using computer technology found in a variety of office settings.

Certificate completers are qualified to process all forms of business information and to operate a variety of computer applications including the latest versions of word processing, database, spreadsheet, presentation, and electronic mail software. They are prepared to work as office support personnel in any business environment.

Information Technology Specialist Certificate
Certificate Code: 5646
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)

First Semester
BA 110 — Introduction to Business (3)
BA 160 — Business Math I (3)
BE 299 — Independent Study (1)
BE 141 — Computerized Keyboarding I (3)
COMM 105 — Essentials of English (3)
CS 100 — Introduction to Microcomputers (3)

Second Semester
BA 170 — Fundamentals of Accounting (3)
BA 171 — Fundamentals of Accounting Lab (1)
BA 247 — Business Management Internship (3)
BA 249 — Business Management Seminar (1)
*BE 180 — Business Communications (4)
BE 247 — Advanced Information Processing Applications - spring only (3)
BE 143 — Keyboarding Speed & Accuracy (2)

Minimum total hours required for certificate (33)

Students who complete the Information Technology Specialist Certificate may wish to pursue a degree in Business Management and Marketing at East Campus. Such students could apply the following Information Technology Specialty courses as electives toward the East Campus Business Management and Marketing Degree:
BE 141 — Computerized Keyboarding I
BE 143 — Keyboarding Speed & Accuracy
BE 247 — Advanced Information Processing Applications
BE 299 — Independent Study
COMM 105 — Essentials of English

*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.

BA 170 Fundamentals of Accounting I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Basic principles, procedures, and methods of accounting. Provides accounting theory and practice as applied to proprietorships and partnerships. Stresses use of accounting data in business decisions. With BA 180, is designed for two-year career program students desiring to enter business occupations, not for transfer to a four-year college.

BA 171 Fundamentals of Accounting Lab I
1 cr. hr.;
0 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in or previous completion of BA 170.
Basic principles, procedures, and methods of accounting. Provides accounting theory and practice as applied to proprietorships and partnerships. Stresses use of accounting data in business decisions. With BA170, BA180 and BA181 is designed for two-year carer program students desiring to enter business occupations.

BA 247 Business Management Internship
1-4 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hours; 5-20 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Department Chair consent.
A supervised work experience providing on-the-job training in a business firm for students enrolled in various business career curricula of the Department of Business and Office Technology Education (QCC) or Department of Business and Technology (EC).

BA 249 Business Management Seminar
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in BA 247.
Designed exclusively for Business Management and Marketing Interns enrolled in BA 247. Provides intensive review and evaluation of on-the-job experience.

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 143 Keyboarding Speed & Accuracy
2 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
For students who wish to increase keyboarding speed and improve accuracy.

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 299 Independent Study
1-4 cr. hrs.;
1-4 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: BE 141 “C” or better or instructor consent.
Designed to fit the needs of individual students or groups.

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.

CS 100 Introduction to Computers
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 1 lab hour per week.
Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or REA 093 “B” or better.
Introduction to computer concepts, computer applications, and the impact of computers on society. Applications include problem solving methods, word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphics software. Basic Algebra or equivalent is recommended.


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Information Technology Specialist Certificate