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Office Administration - General (Part-time)

Credential:
Ontario College Certificate
Program Code:
1095
School:
Business and Hospitality

About the Program

Today's office is a dynamic place to work with global networking, communication and work flows becoming increasingly complex and challenging. In order to ensure the efficiency of the organization, employers depend on office administrators to provide effective clerical support to all levels of management. They need staff with exceptional computer skills and organizational skills and specific business skills such as bookkeeping, customer service and document processing.
Students will develop the necessary technical, organizational and interpersonal skills that will enhance their role as an effective member of the office team. With a wide variety of hands-on practical experience and creative thinking skills, graduates of this program are fully trained to meet the demands of today's challenging work environment.

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 5 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 entry-level employment opportunities in a variety of office settings working as an administrative assistant.

Opportunities might include receptionist, customer service representative, data entry clerk, bookkeeper, accounting clerk or office assistant.

100% of 2006-2007 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation.

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:
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:
Details
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: 45
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:
Details
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:
Closed
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:
Details
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
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:
Details
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

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
Online equivalent: OLRN2050
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

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.

Disclaimer

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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Program Contact

Melissa Humphries, mhumphries@conestogac.on.ca, 519-748-5220 ext. 3764

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