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Office Administration - Executive (Part-time)

Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
Program Code:
1096
School:
Business and Hospitality

About the Program

All businesses, big and small, require someone to be responsible for administrative tasks that support the office environment. Employers want office administrators with exceptional computer skills, the ability to communicate professionally with their clients, and the expertise to keep the office running smoothly.

Students will further develop their technical, communication and interpersonal skills that will enable them to take on additional responsibilities in the office team. The unique experience of managing the Office Admin Skills Lab enables second-year students to enhance their marketable skills.

At the end of the program students will have the opportunity to showcase their skills by participating in a work placement position in a local business.

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 7 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates will find employment in a variety of office settings working as an administrative assistant. It is expected that graduates of this two-year diploma program would obtain higher level administrative positions than that of the one-year program and increased opportunities for advancement. Employment opportunities might include office manager/supervisor, customer service representative, bookkeeper, accounting clerk or office/administrative assistant.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Program Related Resources

Program Outcomes

Program Courses

Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.

Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
ACCT1060 Bookkeeping for Office Settings
Description: This course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals of bookkeeping. Topics include bookkeeping terminology, various journals including cash payments, cash receipts, sales and purchases, general adjustments, financial statements.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
ACCT2190 Financial Applications In Business
Description: Through the use of case studies and exercises, students become familiar with the practical aspects of the general accounting function in business. These applications, drawn from manual and computerized systems, include general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll administration and HST/GST. The Simply Accounting software package is used to illustrate computerized accounting systems.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ACCT1060
CoRequisites:
Closed
ADMN1115 Keyboarding I
Description: The purpose of this course is to expand the student's touch typing techniques (type without looking at the keys) in order to build keyboarding speed and accuracy. On completion of the course, students must demonstrate the ability to touch type at a minimum of 45 net words per minute on two five minute-timed writing tests with an accuracy rate of 92 percent. New material will be used for all timed writing tests.
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites: ADMN1300 or ADMN1305
CoRequisites:
Details
ADMN1305 Document Processing
Description: In this course, students will develop and apply touch typing skills to the preparation of business documents typically used in an office environment. Using a web-based software program, students will apply touch typing skills to the production of a variety of business-related documents including business letters, memos, and E-mail messages according to specific content, layout and formatting guidelines. Students will be expected to organize work and produce correctly formatted and accurate work within a specified timeframe.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
ADMN2000 Keyboarding II
Description: The purpose of this course is to expand the student's touch typing techniques (type without looking at the keys) in order to build keyboarding speed and accuracy. On completion of the course, students must demonstrate the ability to touch type at a minimum of 50 net words per minute on two five minute-timed writing tests with an accuracy rate of 92 percent. New material will be used for all timed writing tests.
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites: ADMN1115
CoRequisites:
Waitlist
ADMN2085 Keyboarding III
Description: The purpose of this course is to expand the student's touch typing techniques (type without looking at the keys) in order to build keyboarding speed and accuracy. On completion of the course, students must demonstrate the ability to touch type at a minimum of 55 net words per minute on two five minute-timed writing tests with an accuracy rate of 92 percent. New material will be used for all timed writing tests.
Hours: 12
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites: ADMN2000
CoRequisites:
Details
ADMN2170 Administrative Procedures and Supervisory Practices
Description: This course focuses on developing effective administrative procedures by exploring management theories and functions and supervisory leadership skills. Using a case study approach, students will assess effective performance appraisals, organizational structures, and positive discipline techniques necessary to perform administrative duties such as training and supervising others. Students will also gain a theoretical and practical understanding of workplace rights and responsibilities.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
ADMN2190 Office Procedures II
Description: The course is an office simulation designed for advanced office administration procedures. Students will apply their office skills, business formats and software applications learned to date to a variety of typical office-related documents and activities.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: COMP1355, BUS1090 or BUS1095 or BUS1390, COMP1050
CoRequisites:
Closed
ADMN2200 Technical Support Training
Description: Master the techniques of developing effective training presentations including identifying client needs and corresponding teaching objectives, as well as displaying confident body language, strong vocal projection, and a vibrant personal connection with the audience. Students will then apply technical writing skills to the development of software training resources to deliver as part of a training session.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: COMM1085 or COMM1500, COMP1080 or COMP1084, COMP1050, COMP2120
CoRequisites:
Closed
BUS1095 Office Procedures I
Description: This course will focus on the skills required to be a productive member of an office team. Students will develop the necessary skills to behave ethically, communicate, manage information, assist in the preparation of meetings and make travel arrangements within an office environment.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: ADMN1300 or ADMN1305, COMP1070
CoRequisites:
Closed
CDEV2150 Career Planning
Description: This course emphasizes the knowledge, skills, behaviours, and activities required in order to identify appropriate, career-related employment opportunities. The focus of the course is a typical job search process for entry-level roles. Students will learn to evaluate their skills through self-assessment, complete research about job opportunities, and develop self-marketing techniques. The development and effective use of cover letters, resumes, and outlining achievements will aid career decision making. Mock interviews will provide the student with interview experience as well as feedback on their strengths and areas to be improved.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills
Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
COMM1141 Interpersonal Communications Skills
Description: This course will help students develop skills needed to interrelate with others in a variety of workplace situations and social settings. With the assistance of self-assessment and feedback instruments, students will be able to build on individual strengths and overcome weakness in their ability to communicate effectively one-on-one and in group settings. Although the course will incorporate relevant communication theories, the focus will be on developing the ability to present oneself effectively in the majority of managerial roles (e.g. managing conflict, instructing, seminar leader, counselor, team member). The course will also focus on managing ones image to maximize career potential.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
COMM1410 Fundamentals for Effective Written Communication
Description: This course is designed to help students acquire accuracy and clarity in written communication for business workplace settings. The course will also help students develop writing skills that reinforce the use of correct grammar and mechanics. Emphasis will be placed on applying correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling to a variety of business-related documents.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
COMP1050 Advanced Word Processing
Description: This course is designed to build on concepts in Word Processing (COMP1070 or 60165600) and will cover merging documents, collaborating with others using revisions, creating web pages and templates, recording, editing and running macros, creating on-screen forms, working with master documents to create and manage long documents and integrating Microsoft Word with other programs and the World Wide Web.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: COMP1070
CoRequisites:
Closed
COMP1060 Advanced Spreadsheets
Description: Building on concepts in Spreadsheets, this course covers advanced formula creation and examines Microsoft Excel's analysis tools. Students participate in hands-on training activities including the creation of advanced formulas and templates to validate data entry and importing data into Excel. A variety of analysis tools will also be explored.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: COMP1080
CoRequisites:
Details
COMP1070 Word Processing
Description: Students gain hands-on experience with Microsoft Word creating an assortment of business-related documents including letters, memos, envelopes, newsletters, tables and multi-page reports. A variety of software features will be explored including: page setup features, graphics manipulation, columns, styles, outlines, tables of contents and templates. In addition, students will be introduced to the Windows operating system to master proficiency in various file management tasks.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
COMP1080 Spreadsheets
Description: Students gain hands-on experience using Microsoft Excel creating an assortment of spreadsheet documents. A variety of software features will be explored including: worksheet, chart and database features; multi-sheet workbook options; functions, formulas and 3-D formulas and a variety of formatting tools.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
COMP1355 Presentation Software
Description: This course focuses on tools and techniques for creating professional business presentations. Students will demonstrate proficiency using presentation and desktop publishing software. Students will use presentation software to create effective slide presentations that incorporate text, graphics, sound and other multi-media effects. Students will use desktop publishing software to design and produce professional, quality documents that combine text, graphics, illustrations, and photographs.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
COMP2120 Database Management
Description: In this course, students will gain hands-on experience with Microsoft Access. A variety of software features will be explored to create and maintain; tables, queries, forms and reports. In addition, students will develop functional skills to design an automated user interface.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
COMP2130 Applications Software
Description: In the first part of this simulated project, students will start their own small business as a Virtual Admin Assistant and will develop marketing, promotional and business start-up documents. They will further develop and reinforce their skills using the software integration features of Microsoft Office while working for a fictitious client.

Students will draw on skills they have mastered throughout the program to complete the tasks assigned both for their business and their client. In addition, they will develop functional skills using web-authoring software to create their own website. The activities completed are intended to challenge creative abilities, critical thinking, time management and proofreading skills, while exploring entrepreneurial opportunities in an Office Administration role.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: COMP1060, COMP2120, COMP1355
CoRequisites:
Closed
FPLT2010 Field Placement (Office Administration Executive)
Description: This practical course provides the opportunity to work within an office environment to consolidate theories and skills gained throughout the program. The student is required to source his/her own field placement with guidance from faculty. Students must successfully complete a minimum of 90 hours, as approved.
Hours: 90
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites: COMP1060, COMP2120, ADMN2190, ADMN2170
CoRequisites:
Details
MATH1820 Foundations of Business Math
Description: This course will provide the student with learning tools that will help them to improve basic arithmetic skills and to develop reasoning and problem solving skills. It is designed for students to help them bridge any existing gap between their current preparation and college level math.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
MGMT1090 Project and Event Coordination
Description: The goal of the course is to have real experience in using and adapting principles to coordinate a project and see it through each stage including the evaluation after the project is completed. A clear framework will be introduced on the how-to plan, promote, profit and deliver a successful event.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace
Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while employed. As well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their employers.
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
PSYC1140 Positive Psychology
Description: Positive psychology represents an enquiry into how the scientific study of psychology can be applied to enhancing human strengths. The course will offer a comprehensive look at core human strengths such as happiness, flow, hope and optimism, emotional intelligence, creativity, self efficacy, wisdom and positive personal relationships. Students will be encouraged to evaluate the science for positive psychological principles. In addition, they will be provided with tools to better understand their own strengths with a goal of enhancing meaning in their personal and social lives. This course offers an opportunity to discover the psychology of human strengths and the opportunity to develop those strengths that we deem important in our own lives.
The course will involve a mix of class discussion, seminars, self-evaluation assignments and exercises that promote positive psychological growth.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 72 Hours

Annual Delivery Schedule

Level One
Course Code Course Title Fall Winter Spring
ADMN1305 Document Processing
No established online equivalent
X X
COMM1410 Fundamentals of Effective Written Communication
Online equivalent: OLRN1042
X
COMP1070 Word Processing
No established online equivalent
X
COMP1080 Spreadsheets
Online equivalent: OLRN1293
X
COMP1355 Presentation Software
Online equivalent: COMP1022
X
MATH1820 Foundations of Business Math
Online equivalent: OLRN1158
X
PSYC1140 Positive Psychology
No established online equivalent
X
Level Two
Course Code Course Title Fall Winter Spring
ACCT1060 Bookkeeping for Office Settings
Online equivalent: OLRN1715
X
ADMN1115 Keyboarding 1
No established online equivalent
X X X
BUS1095 Office Procedures I
Pre-requisites: COMP1070 and ADMN1305
X
CDEV2150 Career Planning
No established online equivalent
X
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills
Online equivalent: OLRN1250
X X X
COMP1050 Advanced Word Processing
No established online equivalent
Pre-requisite: COMP1070
X
COMP1060 Advanced Spreadsheets
Online equivalent: OLRN1303
Pre-requisite: COMP1080
X
Level Three
Course Code Course Title Fall Winter Spring
ACCT2190 Financial Applications in Business
No established online equivalent
Pre-requisite: ACCT1060
X
ADMN2000 Keyboarding II
No established online equivalent
X X X
ADMN2170 Administrative Procedures & Supervisory Practices
No established online equivalent
X
ADMN2190 Office Procedures II
No established online equivalent
Pre-requisites: COMP1050, BUS1095, and COMP1355
X
COMM1141 Interpersonal Communication Skills
No established online equivalent
X X
COMP2120 Database Management
No established online equivalent
X
Level Four
Course Code Course Title Fall Winter Spring
ADMN2085 Keyboarding III
No established online equivalent
X X X
ADMN2200 Technical Support Training
No established online equivalent
Pre-requisites: COMP1080, COMP2120, COMP1050, and COMM1085
X
FPLT2010 Field Placement
No established online equivalent
Pre-requisites: COMP2120, ADMN2190, ADMN2170, and COMP1060
X
COMP2130 Applications Software
No established online equivalent
Pre-requisites: COMP1060, COMP1050, COMP1355 , and COMP2120
X
MGMT1090 Project & Event Coordination
Online equivalent: OLRN1510
X
OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace
No established classroom equivalent
X X X
Elective: General Education
Minimum of 42 hours from Continuing Education offerings in the Applied Arts/Liberal Studies/Communications category. Courses may vary.
X X X

Important Notes: Unless a pre-requisite is stated, courses can be taken in any order, regardless of level. This schedule is for planning purposes only and is subject to change. It is based on the Fall 2017 academic year. If you applied to the program prior to September 2017 you should refer to your student portal to ensure the above courses are required to complete your program design.

Offerings are subject to change without notice.

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The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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