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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 103W Introduction to Computers: Using Windows 1

Introduces the computer, including the use of Moodle, Internet, Email, cloud computing, and Google Drive (or similar). Explores the fundamentals of the Windows (PC) operating system, including basic computer operating system functions such as: file structure, accessories, control panel, and system tools. Develops basic computer vocabulary, and includes open-ended projects in which newly learned skills are applied. Recommended CAS 121 or equivalent keyboarding skills. Prerequisites: 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 Digital Presentations 1

Introduces the fundamentals of digital presentations. Covers creating and modifying presentations, customizing color schemes, adding graphics, animations, transitions, and designs. Introduces basic design principles for digital presentations. Prerequisites: CAS 121 or equivalent typing skills. Audit available.

CAS 110 Introduction to Web Graphics - Adobe Fireworks 1

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

CAS 121 Beginning Keyboarding 3

Introduces alphabetic and numeric portions of computer keyboard by touch. Develops and improves basic keyboarding techniques to increase speed and accuracy. Includes production of basic business documents using a word processor. Recommended: Placement into RD 90 and WR 90; CAS 103, CAS 104. Audit available.

CAS 121A Beginning Keyboarding 1

Introduces alphabetic and basic punctuation portion of computer keyboard by touch. Develops and improves basic keyboarding techniques. Introduces professional business document functions. Recommended: placement into RD 90 and WR 90; CAS 103, CAS 104. Audit available.

CAS 122 Keyboarding for Speed and Accuracy 3

Develops confidence, endurance, and control for accurate keyboarding while increasing touch keyboarding speed. Develops ability to proofread and edit accurately and efficiently to produce error free documents. Prerequisites: CAS 121 or CAS 121A; placement into RD 90 and WR 90. Recommended: CAS 103, CAS 104 and keying 24 wpm by touch.Audit available.

CAS 123 Production Keyboarding 3

Builds on keyboarding skills in producing professional business documents. Improves and increases speed and accuracy in timed writings and document processing. Recommended: OS 220, CAS 122 and keying 40 wpm by touch. Prerequisite: CAS 216 or instructor permission. Audit available.

CAS 133 Intro to Office Software 4

Introduces the basic features of word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. Also introduces computer operating system basics, and file management, Internet and email. Recommended: RD 115, WR 115 and CAS 121 or keyboarding by touch. Audit available.

CAS 140 Beginning Databases 4

Covers database fundamentals, basic skills for designing and manipulating a database and beginning database management concepts including tables, forms, reports, and queries. Stresses a working knowledge of database management vocabulary. Introduces the basic features of database application software. Recommended: Placement into RD 115 and WR 115 or higher. Audit available.

CAS 170 Beginning Spreadsheets using Excel 3

Introduces the basic features of spreadsheet concepts to design and create accurate professional worksheets for use in business and industry. 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 Spreadsheets using Excel 3

Introduces advanced spreadsheet features in the 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 216 Beginning Word 3

Introduces basic Microsoft Word program elements and tools 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, sharing documents in a collaborative environment; and produce merged copy. Recommended: Placement into RD 115 and WR 115; CAS 103 or CAS 104; keyboarding 25 words per minute or CAS 122. Audit available.

CAS 217 Intermediate Word 3

Introduces intermediate and advanced features of Microsoft Word text documents enhancement through special formatting features such as graphic lines and images; create and format advanced tables and formatting themes and styles; work with headers and footers in multi-page documents; use advanced merge; create documents with columns; and create and use fill-in forms. Includes integrated documents with Excel, PowerPoint, and web-based applications. Develops the management and editing of documents in an online collaborative work environment. Recommended: Placement into RD 115 and WR 115. Prerequisite: CAS 216 or instructor permission. Audit available.

CAS 231 Desktop Publishing 3

Introduces software, tools and techniques to design and create effective publications that combine text, graphics, illustrations, and/or photographs. Covers the processes to create, import, and manipulate text, graphics, and/or templates through software program tools and features. Includes practice in many of the following types of publications: announcements, fliers, newsletters, brochures, and/or web pages. Recommended: Placement into RD 115 and WR 115; prior knowledge and use of computer technology; CAS 121 or equivalent typing skills. 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

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
Grace Windsheimer Grace Windsheimer
Computer Applications/Office Systems Instructor
Department Chair
gwindsheimer@cgcc.edu
Andrea Ware Computer Applications/Office Systems Instructor / Writing & Literature aware@cgcc.edu
Siri Olson Siri Olson Computer Applications/Office Systems Instructor solson@cgcc.edu
Carol Jordan Computer Applications/Office Systems Instructor caroljordan@cgcc.edu
Linda Hughitt Linda Hughitt Computer Applications/Office Systems Instructor lhughitt@cgcc.edu
Candy Gruner
Computer Applications/Office Systems Instructor
Renewable Energy Technology Instructor
cgruner@cgcc.edu
Eric Greene Eric Greene Computer Applications/Office Systems Instructor egreene@cgcc.edu
Ushasi Ghosh Computer Information Systems Instructor ughosh@cgcc.edu