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Computer Applications and Office Systems

The Computer Applications and Office Systems (CAS/OS) program prepares students for careers in administrative support. Many students take our courses to improve their current job skills or to learn new skills to move into a new career.

Courses in CAS/OS are intended to meet business career needs for:

  • administrative assistants
  • secretaries, receptionists
  • file clerks and data entry personnel
  • web creation

Workers in these positions may perform a wide variety of duties as:

  • working with modern office technology to produce and file business documents
  • greeting the public
  • planning and scheduling
  • accounting
  • creating web pages

All CAS/OS courses are offered yearly with many offered every term. Courses are offered on campus, as hybrid (on ground and online) and online. Check the term schedule to see when the courses you want are offered.

Open Educational Resources for CAOS

Classes

Course Name Credits Description
CAS 103 Introduction to Windows 1

Introduces the Microsoft Windows operating system on Personal Computers. Includes file management, basic word processing, using the mouse with Windows, other Accessories, and some basic features of the Control Panel and System Tools. Recommended: Placement into RD 115 and WR 115. Audit available.

CAS 104 Basic Internet Skills 1

Introduces web terminology, web browsers, search techniques, and communication tools. Audit available.

CAS 109 Beginning PowerPoint 1

Introduces the basic features of Microsoft PowerPoint, producing multimedia slideshows for presentations to be delivered on a projection system, personal computer, or automated to run independently on a kiosk. Explores informational, educational, business, and personal presentations. Includes animations, transitions, and designs. Recommended: Placement into RD 115 and WR 115. Audit available.

CAS 110 Introduction to Web Graphics Using Fireworks 1

Introduces the basic features of Adobe Fireworks. Includes basic drawing and photo manipulation tools and creation of graphics for websites. Recommended: CAS 111D; placement into RD 115 and WR 115. Audit available.

CAS 111D Beginning Web Site Creation: Dreamweaver 3

Introduces basic elements of website creation using Adobe Dreamweaver. Includes web terminology, basic HTML, uploading pages to a server (FTP), site management, tables, layout, stylesheets (CSS), rollovers, optimizing graphics, and accessibility. Recommended: CAS 133 or equivalent file management and word processing experience; placement into RD 115 and WR 115. Audit available.

CAS 121 Beginning Keyboarding 3

Introduces alphabetic portion of computer keyboard by touch. Uses the numeric portion of the keyboard. Develops and improves basic keyboarding techniques to increase speed and accuracy. Involves production of basic business and academic documents using a word processor. Recommended: Placement into RD 90 and WR 90 or above. Audit available.

CAS 121A Beginning Keyboarding 1

Introduces the alphabetic portion of computer keyboard by touch. Develops and improves basic keyboarding techniques. Recommended: Placement into RD 90 and WR 90 or above. Audit available.

CAS 122 Keyboarding for Speed and Accuracy 3

Develops confidence, endurance, and control for accurate keyboarding while increasing keyboarding speed. Develops ability to proofread documents accurately and efficiently. Keying by touch is essential. Recommended: Placement into RD 90 and WR 90 or above. Audit available.

CAS 123 Production Keyboarding 3

Develops rapid keyboarding and accurate proofreading of business letters, memos, reports, and tables. Improves and increases speed and accuracy of keyboarding skills. Recommended: Placement into RD 115 and WR 115 or higher, OS 220, and keying 45 wpm by touch. Prerequisite: CAS 216 or instructor permission. Audit available.

CAS 133 Basic Computer Skills/Microsoft Office 4

Introduces the basic features of Microsoft Office, Windows basics, and file management. Develops familiarity with Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, email, and Internet basics. Covers components of the Internet and Computing Core (IC3) program content. Recommended: RD 115 and WR 115. Keyboarding by touch recommended. Audit available.

CAS 140 Beginning Access 3

Introduces the basics features of Microsoft Access. Covers beginning database management concepts including tables, forms, reports, queries, and basic macros. Stresses a working knowledge of database management vocabulary. Emphasizes efficient use of Access toolbars and menus. Discusses database design issues. Recommended: Placement into RD 115 and WR 115. Audit available.

CAS 170 Beginning Excel 3

Introduces the basic features of Microsoft Excel and spreadsheet concepts to design and create accurate professional worksheets for use in business and industry, and academic environments. Includes entering data, creating formulas, professional formatting, creating charts, creating, sorting, and filtering lists, creating and using templates, and working with functions. Focuses on ways to ensure accuracy including proofreading techniques and critical thinking to determine what data to present and how to present it. Recommended: Placement into RD 115, WR 115 and MTH 20. Audit available.

CAS 171 Intermediate Excel 3

Introduces advanced features of Excel to design and create accurate, professional worksheets for use in business and industry. Includes financial, logical, statistical, lookup, and database functions; pivot tables; "what-if" analysis with data tables; importing data; complex graphs; macros; and solver features. Focuses on ways to ensure accuracy including proofreading techniques and critical thinking to determine what data to present and how to present it. Prerequisite: CAS 170 or instructor permission. Audit available.

CAS 206 Web Design with HTML 4

Introduces Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) using HTML5 standards. Presents the foundation for future web design course work and career opportunities: hand coding of basic HTML; links, lists, tables, and forms: web graphics and colors; accessibility; best practices; and an introduction to Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Includes creating a multi-page website and uploading the site using File Transfer Protocol (FTP). CAS 133 recommended if lacking strong file management skills. Audit available.

CAS 213 Cascading Style Sheets

Introduces the use of external Cascading Stylesheets (CSS) to format web pages that comply with industry and accessibility standards, work in multiple browsers, and adapt to a variety of screen display sizes. Includes established CSS terminology as well as CSS3 innovations, applying graceful degradation and progressive enhancement to provide improved aesthetics and usability for the web user. Prerequisite CAS 206.  Audit available.

CAS 215 JavaScript and jQuery 4

Introduces JavaScript for writing client-side scripts for creating dynamic (interactive) web pages. Explores ways to make a web site come alive with a variety of interactive effects such as displaying and hiding text or images, filling out form fields automatically, and creating interactive maps or calendar. Uses jQuery, an extensive, feature-rich library to make JavaScript more accessible to the novice web designer. Prerequisite: CAS 213. Audit available.

CAS 216 Beginning Word 3

Introduces the basics of Microsoft Word to create, edit, and print documents such as letters, memos, and manuscripts; produce multi-page documents; use headers and footers; become familiar with the program's writing tools and basics of enhancing documents; and produce merged copy. Recommended: Placement into RD 115 and WR 115; keyboarding 25 words per minute. Audit available.

CAS 217 Intermediate Word 3

Introduces intermediate and advanced features of Microsoft Word to enhance documents through special formatting features such as graphic lines and images, Word Art, and clipart; work with headers and footers in multi-page documents; create and format tables; use advanced merge; create documents with newspaper columns; and create and use fill-in forms. Recommended: Placement into RD 115 and WR 115. Prerequisite: CAS 216 or instructor permission. Audit available.

CAS 231 Publisher 3

Introduces Microsoft Publisher to design and create effective publications that combine text graphics, illustrations, and/or photographs such as announcements, fliers, advertisements, and reports. Covers the processes to create, import, and manipulate text, graphics, and/or templates through program tools and features. Recommended: Placement into RD 115 and WR 115; prior knowledge and use of Windows technology. Audit available.

CAS 246 Integrated Computer Projects 4

Builds upon previous computer and business knowledge to create individual and group projects using software found in today's workplace. Uses integrated software (i.e. MS Office) and current technology to further develop professional software skills. Prerequisite: CAS 216 and CAS 170 or instructor permission. Recommended: CAS 109, CAS 140, CAS 171, and CAS 217. Audit available.

OS 131 10-key on Calculators 1

Develops 10-key skills by touch. Recommended: Placement into RD 115, WR 115, and MTH 20.

OS 220 Business Editing Skills 4

Develops skills necessary for editing, transcribing, and writing memos, letters and email. Emphasis: punctuation, capitalization, spelling, grammar, and word use. Recommended: Placement into WR 121, keyboard by touch. Prerequisites: Placement into CAS 216 or instructor permission. Audit available.

OS 240 Filing and Records Management 4

Develop skills for indexing, coding, and cross-referencing documents to be filed. Includes requisitions and charge-outs, records transfer, various filing systems, and an overall view of the role of records management in business including electronic and image records. Recommended: RD 115, WR 115; and CAS 133 or CAS 140. Audit available.

OS 245 Office Systems and Procedures 4

Develops the skills of an administrative professional for current business practices. Uses computer technology for tasks such as scheduling, email, and faxing. Develops communication, organization and prioritizing skills, telephone techniques, problem solving, and analytical abilities. Analyzes current trends in workplace ethics and the multi-cultural workplace. Develops workplace readiness and applies job search skills for current job market. Prerequisites: CAS 216 and OS 220. Audit available.

OS 280F Cooperative Education: Administrative Assistant 1

Provides field experience for the administrative assistant student. Recommended: RD 115, WR 115 and satisfactory progress through at least 15 credit hours of CAS/OS courses, or instructor permission required. Audit available.

OS 280G Cooperative Education: Administrative Assistant Seminar 1

Supplements the work experience portion of cooperative education and the student's on-campus program through feedback sessions and instruction in job-related area. Prerequisite/concurrent: OS 280F. Recommend: RD 115, WR 115 and satisfactory progress through at least 15 credit hours of CAS/OS courses, or instructor permission required. Audit available.

Faculty and Staff

Namesort icon Title Email Phone
Eric Greene Eric Greene Computer Applications/Office Systems Instructor egreene@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Patrick Hawke Computer Applications/Office Systems Instructor phawke@cgcc.edu
Linda Hughitt Linda Hughitt Computer Applications/Office Systems Instructor lhughitt@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Carol Jordan Computer Applications/Office Systems Instructor caroljordan@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Siri Olson Siri Olson Computer Applications Instructor solson@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6034
Pam Ritzenthaler Pam Ritzenthaler Business Management Instructor pritzenthaler@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Andrea Ware Writing & Computer Applications/Office Systems Instructor aware@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Grace Windsheimer Grace Windsheimer
Computer Applications/Office Systems Instructor
Department Chair
gwindsheimer@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6034