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General Catalog 2006-2007

Programs and Courses

Business and Personal Computers

General Information

For Information: Bill Stewart
Phone: 623.845.3250

Student Goals: Personal, Career-related

These open entry/open exit and traditional structured courses develop skills in using IBM and/or Macintosh microcomputers and their related software. Students take these courses:

  • For Personal Development of microcomputer skills. Beginning courses are available, such as BPC101 (introductory), 110 (computer operations), 111 (keyboarding), 114 (spreadsheets), 117 (databases), and 128 (desktop publishing). Students may wish to continue in more advanced courses.
  • To Prepare for or Enhance Employment. Both an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree program and a Certificate of Completion program are available. With proper choices, a student who completes the Certificate may apply all those courses toward the Associate Degree program. For either program, students should consult with a department advisor to plan their academic schedules.

Note: Required courses may not be available every semester, students, degree seeking or transfer, should consult with a department advisor in planning their academic schedule in order to complete degree requirements in an expedient manner.

For more information and course availability on the Business and Personal Computers program, visit us on the web at:
http://www.gc.maricopa.edu/business/index-cis.htm

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Microcomputer Business Applications
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) / 66-71 credits

Program Description: The program for the AAS degree in Microcomputer Business Applications consists of 64 credits in courses which can be completed within 2 years. The program includes courses in the following microcomputer areas: general usage and application, operating systems, word processing, database, and spreadsheets. Other skills which are integrated with the microcomputer training are Accounting, English, Math (including statistics), and business systems analysis and design. As many of the courses as possible are offered in the open entry/open exit format, to enable students to enter and complete the program in a timely and flexible manner.

Required Courses: (30-32 credits)

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for each course listed in the Required Courses category. (+) indicates course prerequisities

   ACC111 Accounting Principles I (3) or
   ACC211 Financial Accounting (3)
   BPC110 Computer Usage and Applications (3) or
   BPC/CIS114AE Excel: Level I (1) and
   BPC/OAS135DK Word: Level I (2) and
   BPC/CIS118AB PowerPoint: Level I (1)
+ BPC/CIS114BE Excel: Level II
   BPC/CIS117DM Microsoft Access: Database Management (3) or
   BPC/CIS117AM Database Management:
                                 Microsoft Access: Level I (1) and
+ BPC/CIS117BM Database Management:
                                  Microsoft Access: Level II (1) and
+ BPC/CIS117CM Database Management:
                                  Microsoft Access: Level III (1)
+ BPC/CIS118BB PowerPoint: Level II
   BPC/CIS120 Microcomputer Graphics (Any module)    BPC/CIS121AE Windows Operating System: Level I
+ BPC/CIS217 Advanced Database
                           Management Software (Any module) (3) or
+ CIS164AG Oracle: Data Modeling and
                        Relational Database Design (2)
+ BPC/OAS235DK Word: Level II
   CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems
   CIS133DA Internet/Web Development Level I
+ CIS225AB Object-Oriented Analysis and Design
+ GBS233 Business Communication
   OAS101AA Computer Typing I: Keyboard Mastery (1) or
   (Note: equivalent typing skills)

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Restricted Electives: (11-14 credits)

Students must select courses from any combination of the following prefixes for a total of 11-12 credits:

+ ACC Any Accounting course
+ BPC Any Business and Personal Computer course
+ CIS Any Computer Information Systems course
+ GBS Any General Business course
+ MGT Any Management course
+ OAS Any Office Automation Systems course

General Education Requirements: (25 credits)

Core: (15 credits)
First-Year Composition: 6

+ ENG101 First-Year Composition (3) and
+ ENG111 Technical Writing (3)
   (ENG 102 is acceptable if ENG 111 is not available)
Oral Communication: 3
   COM100 Introduction to Human Communication (3) or
   COM110 Interpersonal Communication (3) or
+ COM225 Public Speaking (3) or
+ COM230 Small Group Communication (3)
Critical Reading: 3
+ CRE101 Critical and Evaluative Reading I (3) or
+ CRE111 Critical Reading for Business and Industry (3)
Mathematics: 3
+ MAT122 Intermediate Algebra (3) or
   Equivalent

Distribution: (10 credits)
Humanities and Fine Arts: 3

Any approved course, see here.
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3
SBU200 Society and Business (3)
Natural Sciences: 4
Any approved course, see here.

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Microcomputer Applications Certificate / 27-31 credits

Program Description: The program for the CCL in Microcomputer Applications consists of 27-31 credits, which can be completed in 2 semesters. The program includes courses in the following microcomputer areas: general usage and applications, operating systems, word processing, database, and spreadsheets. Other business skills, which are integrated with the microcomputer training, are accounting, business calculations and English. As many of the courses as possible are offered in the open entry/open exit format to enable students to enter and complete the program in a timely and flexible manner. Upon completion, students should be able to operate a microcomputer and use a variety of software in a professional manner.

Required Courses: (20-23 credits)

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for each course listed in the Required Courses category. Students must obtain a satisfactory score on math placement test to enroll in MAT120, MAT121, or MAT122. (+) indicates course prerequisities.

   ACC111 Accounting Principles I
   BPC/OAS111AA Computer Keyboarding I (1) or
   OAS101AA Computer Typing I: Keyboard Mastery (1) or
                         Equivalent typing skills
   BPC110 Computer Usage and Applications (3) or
   BPC/CIS114AE Excel: Level I (1) and
   BPC/OAS135DK Word: Level I (2) and
   BPC/CIS118AB PowerPoint: Level I (1)
   BPC/CIS117DM Microsoft Access: Database Management (3) or
   BPC/CIS117AM Database Management:
                                 Microsoft Access - Level I (1) and
+ BPC/CIS117BM Database Management:
                                 Microsoft Access - Level II (1) and
+ BPC/CIS117CM Database Management:
                                 Microsoft Access - Level III (1)
   BPC/CIS121AE Windows Operating System: Level I
   BPC/CIS133DA Internet/Web Development Level I
   GBS131 Business Calculations (3) or
+ MAT120 Intermediate Algebra (5) or
+ MAT121 Intermediate Algebra (4) or
+ MAT122 Intermediate Algebra (3)
   OAS108 Business English (3) or
+ ENG101 First-Year Composition (3)
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Restricted Electives: (7-8 credits)

Students must select courses from any combination of the following prefixes for a total of 7-8 credits:

+ ACC Any Accounting course
+ BPC Any Business and Personal Computer course
+ CIS Any Computer Information Systems course
+ GBS Any General Business course
+ MGT Any Management course
+ OAS Any Office Automation Systems course

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Course Descriptions

Course Availability: (F) Fall, (S) Spring, (D) Day, (E) Evening, (Su1) Summer 1, (Su2) Summer 2, (O) Occasionally, (+) indicates course prerequisities

Business-Personal Computers (BPC)

BPC005
Brief Introduction to Computers / .25 credit .25 period

Introductory course in fundamentals of computers, including hardware components, operating system characteristics, and basic software applications. Prerequisites: None.

BPC100AA
Business-Personal Computers / I .5 credit .5 period

Introduction to the use of personal computers in the business environment. Computer hardware components, operating system functions and concepts. Running application software. Prerequisites: None.

BPC100AB
Business-Personal Computers II / .5 credit .50 period

Use the personal computer to create, store and retrieve information. Procedures for running and using business application software to produce documents and spreadsheets. Prerequisites: BPC100AA or permission of instructor.

BPC101AC
Introduction to Handheld Devices / 1 credit 1 period

Using, configuring, and personalizing common digital handheld devices, such as Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) and phones. Prerequisites: None.

BPC101AA
Introduction to Microcomputers I: IBM / 1 credit 2 periods

Microcomputer software applications for the IBM personal computer, including electronic spreadsheet and word processing, keyboarding review, and a desktop environment. Prerequisites: None.

BPC101AB
Introduction to Microcomputers I: Macintosh / 1 credit 2 periods

Microcomputer software applications for the Macintosh personal computer, including electronic spreadsheet and word processing, keyboarding review, and a desktop environment. Prerequisites: None.

BPC101BA
Introduction to Microcomputers II: IBM / 1 credit 1 period

Microcomputer software applications for the IBM personal computer, including database management, computer graphics, electronic spreadsheet, word processing, and operating system commands. Prerequisites: BPC101AA.

BPC101BB
Introduction to Microcomputers II: Macintosh / 1 credit 1 period

Microcomputer software applications for the Macintosh personal computer, including database management, computer graphics, electronic spreadsheet, word processing, and operating system commands. Prerequisites: BPC101AB.

BPC101CA
Introduction to Microcomputers III: IBM / 1 credit 1 period

Individualized advanced applications of software selected to solve specific problems on the IBM. Prerequisites: BPC101BA or permission of instructor.

BPC102AD
Using Windows: Level I / .5 credit .5 period

Basic commands and methods associated with the Windows operating systems. Prerequisites: None.

BPC102BD
Using Windows: Level II / .5 credit .5 period

Advanced commands and methods of the Windows operating system. Prerequisites: BPC102AD or permission of instructor.

BPC106AH
MS Outlook: Level I / .5 credit .5 period

Messaging and word processing functions of a Microsoft Outlook electronic work state. Prerequisites: None.

BPC106BH
Microsoft Outlook: Level II / .5 credit .5 period

Microsoft Outlook features including sort, filter and group items; templates and forms; information sharing by public folders and Net Folders; share and fax contacts; and record activities in the Journal. Outlook environment customization also covered. Prerequisites: BPC106AH or permission of instructor.

BPC110
Computer Usage and Application / 3 credits 4 periods

Introduction to business and personal computer operations and usage. Software applications for analyzing and solving business problems including word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphics. Prerequisites: None.

BPC111AA
Computer Keyboarding I / 1 credit 1.7 periods

Mastery of essential microcomputer keyboarding skills. Emphasis on touch typing of alphabetic and numeric keys and symbols. Prerequisites: None.

BPC113
Micro-Alphabetic Indexing / 1 credit 1.7 periods

Mastery of essential microcomputer filing skills. Emphasis on indexing and alphabetizing individual and business names; subject, geographic, and numeric methods; and cross-referencing. Prerequisites: None.

BPC128
Introduction to Desktop Publishing / 1 credit 2 periods

Presents basic concepts of commercially prepared software used to do desktop publishing. Incorporates a combination of narrative and pictorial/ graphic creation and presentation, including set up, text entry, graphic generation, text and graphic merging, and other computer-based functions. Prerequisites: None.

BPC135DK
Word: Level I / 2 credits 2 periods

Using Word word processing software to create and name files, edit text, format, and print a variety of documents. Prerequisites: The ability to use a keyboard at a minimum of 24 w.p.m. or permission of instructor. (F,S,Su1,Su2)

BPC138AA
Windows Desktop Design & Publishing / 3 credits 4 periods

Use of Windows based microcomputers and appropriate commercial software package to compose and print textual and graphic materials of high quality. Includes overview of micro operating system, work processing of copy, use of graphics programs, layout of design elements, and printing alternatives. Prerequisites: CIS105 or BPC110 or permission of instructor.

BPC138AB
Macintosh Desktop Design & Publishing / 3 credits 4 periods

Use of Macintosh based microcomputers and appropriate commercial software packages to compose and print textual and graphic materials of high quality. Includes overview of micro operating system, word processing of copy, use of graphics programs, layout of design elements, and printing alternatives. Prerequisites: CIS105 or BPC110 or permission of instructor.

BPC170
Computer Maintenance I: A+ Prep / 3 credits 4 periods

Technical aspects of the microcomputer, including system setup (hardware and software) and basic troubleshooting. Emphasis on basic troubleshooting, use of tools, hardware components and hardware/software interfacing. Prerequisites: CIS105 and BPC121AB or permission of instructor.

BPC235DD
WordPerfect: Level II / 2 credits 2 periods

Using WordPerfect word processing software features such as math, columns, macros, styles, graphics, sort, outlines, and table of contents. Prerequisites: BPC/OAS135DD or permission of instructor.

BPC210
Advanced Computer Usage and Applications / 3 credits 4 periods

Advanced application of software for business and personal computers including word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation. Includes integration of applications and Internet. Prerequisites: BPC110, or permission of instructor.

BPC270
Microcomputer Maintenance II / 3 credits 4 periods

Advanced technical aspects of maintaining and servicing microcomputers. Emphasis placed on installation, periodic maintenance, diagnosis, and/or problem resolution of power system, motherboard, memory, storage devices, and network interface cards. Extensive use of software diagnostic and utility tools. Prerequisites: BPC170 with grade of C or better, or permission of instructor.

BPC298
Special Projects / 1-3 credits

Organized and tailored around the interests and needs of the individual student. Structured to provide an atmosphere of individualized research and study paralleled by professional expertise and guidance. Professional-type facilities and equipment available for student use. Allows the best aspects of independent study and individualized learning to be combined to maximize student development. Prerequisites: Permission of Program Director or instructor.

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