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Courses - January 2023

Level 1

Course Details

Document Processing
ADMN1305

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:
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College Reading & Writing Skills
COMM1085

Description:

This course introduces students to the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse a variety of texts and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising to produce writing that meets the expectations of selected audiences and purposes. The course prepares students for college-level writing tasks, research, and documentation by asking them to produce clear, informed, and purposeful documents relevant to both academic and professional contexts.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Spreadsheets
COMP1080

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:
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Presentation Software
COMP1355

Description:

Students will develop proficiency using presentation software tools in this course. Students will learn how to create, design, and present business materials and presentations using a wide variety of editing and formatting features, sophisticated visual elements, sound, video, templates, interactive graphics and more. Emphasis will be placed on creating effective designs.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Word Processing
COMP1913

Description:

Students gain hands-on experience with the most current word processing software, creating an assortment of business-related documents typically found in today’s office environment. A wide range of software features will be explored and implemented to ensure efficiency in document production and proper formatting procedures. Proofreading skills will be emphasized to ensure accuracy. In addition, students will be introduced to the Windows operating system and will employ effective file management techniques.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Conestoga 101
CON0101

Description:

This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.

  • Hours: 1
  • Credits: 0
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Foundations of Business Math
MATH1820

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:
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Electives: General Education
Student must pass 1 Course(s), selected in the Student Portal from available course options

Level 2

Course Details

Legal Office Procedures
BUS1395

Description:

This course focuses on the skills required to be a productive member of an office team in a legal environment. Students develop the necessary skills to work effectively in an office by applying time management skills to increase productivity and effectiveness, develop strong customer service skills and telephone technique, manage scheduling, use E-mail and voice mail effectively, manage files and folders, and prepare correspondence and documents common to a legal office. Emphasis will be placed on the theory of office procedures and the production of legal-related documents in a simulated office environment.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites: ADMN1300 OR ADMN1305 AND COMP1070 OR COMP1913 OR LAW1230
  • CoRequisites:

Legal Office Applications
BUS2210

Description:

This course focuses on the practical hands-on office management and responsibilities of a legal assistant, in conjunction with the day-to-day running of a legal practice. In addition to preparing accounts and related financial documentation, students will demonstrate proficiency in the use of a variety of legal software programs, including: LexisNexis PCLaw, Teraview, Divorce Mate, Will Builder, Estate-A-Base, Conveyancer, ACL5 and Fast Company. Emphasis will be placed on the application of office procedures within the following areas of law: Family, Wills & Estates, Real Estate, Litigation and Corporate, as well as the production of Small Claims Court and office-related documents in a simulated legal office environment.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: ADMN1300 OR ADMN1305 AND COMP1070 OR COMP1913 OR LAW1230
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Career Success
CDEV1830

Description:

This course focuses on the skills needed to conduct a successful job search. Students will explore the labour market and identify trends that may impact their future careers. They will develop skills for an effective job search including networking, self-marketing documents and tools as well as interview skills. Mock interviews will provide the opportunity for practice, feedback and reflection as students prepare for future interviews. Students will develop a personalized job search plan to support their future careers.

  • Hours: 28
  • Credits: 2
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Fundamentals for Effective Written Communication
COMM1410

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:
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Advanced Word Processing
COMP1908

Description:

Building on concepts and functions developed in Word Processing, students will demonstrate mastery of advanced features of the most current word processing software to create and enhance error-free business-related documents. Proofreading and file management skills will be emphasized.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites: COMP1070 OR COMP1913
  • CoRequisites:

Litigation I
LAW1540

Description:

Students are presented with the role and responsibilities of a legal assistant in a civil litigation practice in this “hands-on course.” Students are introduced to the Ontario court system and the legislation that applies to the preparation of court documents in the Superior Court of Justice. Students will become familiar with the terminology, formatting requirements and procedural requirements of the Rules of Civil Procedure as they produce and process court documents.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: ADMN1300 OR ADMN1305 AND COMP1070 OR COMP1913 OR LAW1230
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Level 3

Course Details

Legal Office Communications
ADMN2220

Description:

Using dictated material and digital transcription software, students develop knowledge of legal terminology and proficiency in language literacy to develop skills in transcribing correspondence and legal documents. The transcription material is designed to capture a general law office practice in operation. Students also develop composition and oral communication skills in response to law office simulations. Emphasis is placed on the structure of business communication and the rules of grammar.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: ADMN1305 AND BUS1395
  • CoRequisites:

Organizational Behaviour
BUS1021

Description:

This course is a study of workplace behaviour at the individual, team and organizational level. The course explores theories of motivation, perceptions, emotions, team effectiveness, decision making, leadership, power, culture, and change. The concepts and application explored will guide students in their application of best practices to strengthen organizations and their overall effectiveness as global citizens.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Family Law
LAW2165

Description:

Students will be introduced to the role and responsibilities of a legal assistant employed in the field of family law in Ontario. Specialized terminology and statutes relevant to the practice of family law will be introduced. Emphasis will be placed on following appropriate procedures in the production of documentation. In addition to word processing software, students are introduced to current industry-related software to maintain client data and general legal documentation.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites: BUS1390 OR BUS1395 AND COMP1050 OR COMP1908 OR LAW1230
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Litigation II
LAW2360

Description:

In this practical simulation course, students continue to learn about their role and responsibilities within the adversarial system in Ontario. Students will apply procedural requirements of the Rules of Civil Procedure and use specialized automated legal software to produce and process the documentation required from the initial stages to disposition of civil legal proceedings.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: BUS1395 AND BUS2210 AND COMP1050 OR COMP1908 AND LAW1540
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Real Estate I
LAW2380

Description:

In this practical simulation course, students are introduced to types of land ownership and the land registration systems in Ontario. Using Teraview proprietary software students will access the Government of Ontario's land records database to examine title details and use the information to produce e-reg documents. Students will use legal proprietary software to assist them in processing a sale transaction to completion. Students will apply appropriate procedures and administrative skills to produce documents and correspondence that meet the standards of mailability and procedural requirements.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: BUS1395 AND BUS2210 AND COMP1050 OR COMP1908 OR LAW1230
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Safety in the Workplace
OHS1320

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 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:
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Electives: General Education
Student must pass 1 Course(s), selected in the Student Portal from available course options

Level 4

Course Details

Field Placement (Office Administration Legal)
FPLT2020

Description:

This practical course gives the student the opportunity to work within a legal 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 three-week field placement with a minimum of 90 hours during regular office hours, as approved. The placement will occur in the final year during the last three weeks of the semester.

  • Hours: 90
  • Credits: 6
  • Pre-Requisites: ADMN2220 AND BUS1390 OR BUS1395 AND BUS2210 AND LAW2160 OR LAW2165 AND LAW2360 AND LAW2380 AND OHS1320 AND OHS8320
  • CoRequisites: LAW2180 AND LAW2190 AND LAW2390

Corporate Law
LAW2180

Description:

The fundamentals of corporate and commercial law, including unincorporated forms of business ownership and incorporation of an Ontario business corporation are studied . Procedures related to incorporating a private Ontario Corporation, organizing and maintaining the Minute Book and attending to post-incorporation matters are also covered. Emphasis will be placed on following appropriate procedures in the production of documentation to complete documents related to corporate and commercial law. In addition to word processing software, students are introduced to current industry-related software to maintain client data and general legal documentation.

  • Hours: 36
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: BUS1395 AND COMP1050 OR COMP1908 OR LAW1230
  • CoRequisites:

Wills and Estates
LAW2190

Description:

Students will be introduced to the role and responsibilities of a legal assistant employed in the field of wills and estates. Specialized terminology and statutes relevant to the practice of wills and estates will be introduced. Emphasis will be placed on following appropriate procedures in the production of documentation. In addition to word processing software, students are introduced to current industry-related software to maintain client data and general legal documentation.

  • Hours: 45
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: BUS1395 AND COMP1050 OR COMP1908 OR LAW1230
  • CoRequisites:

Real Estate II
LAW2390

Description:

Students will expand skills learned in Real Estate I to complete residential purchase transactions. Students will use legal proprietary software to assist them in processing residential purchase transactions, including condominiums, to completion. Students will apply appropriate procedures and administrative skills to produce documents and correspondence that meet the standards of mailability and procedural requirements.

  • Hours: 45
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: LAW2380
  • CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must pass 1 Course(s), selected in the Student Portal from available course options

Program outcomes

  1. Conduct oneself professionally and adhere to relevant legislation, standards and codes of ethics.
  2. Manage the scheduling, coordination and organization of administrative tasks and workflow within specific deadlines and according to set priorities and procedures.
  3. Coordinate the collection, analysis, distribution and response to communications in the workplace to facilitate the flow of information.
  4. Operate and provide support to others related to the use of office equipment and technologies.
  5. Evaluate, establish and administer legal records management systems to ensure confidential, secure, accessible and organized electronic and paper records.
  6. Produce client account and billing records for legal services by compiling relevant information and using accounting software.
  7. Produce legal documentation for corporate, civil, family, real estate and wills and estates law using available technologies and applying industry standards.
  8. Use interpersonal and client service skills to respond to diversity and to support the goals of the organization.