Cooperative Education: Administrative Assistant

Course Number: OS 280F
Transcript Title: CE: Administrative Assistant
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: April 20, 2017
Total Credits: 1-5
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 150
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F, P-NP (default), audit
Repeats available for credit: 4


Satisfactory progress through at least 15 credit hours of CAS/OS courses, or instructor permission required.

Prerequisite / Concurrent


RD 115 and WR 115

Course Description

Provides field experience for the administrative assistant student. Student is responsible for arranging field experience site by start of term. Recommended: RD 115, WR 115. Prerequisites: Satisfactoryprogress through at least 15 credit hours of CAS/OS courses, or instructor permission. Prerequisite/concurrent: OS 280G. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, student will be able to:
  1. Meet work goals and objectives created between student and on-site supervisor.
  2. Perform tasks relative to an entry‐level administrative assistant office position utilizing acquired classroom skills.
  3. Communicate effectively with associated co‐workers, supervisors, and staff.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessments may include: timed performance tests, projects, open-ended assignments, journal reflections, self-assessment, professional plan, group projects, and assignments.

A Pass/No Pass grade will be issued for this class. Evaluation of student on-the-job performance will be based on the following:

  • Completion of student training plan objectives as certified by supervisor.
  • Supervisor evaluation.
  • Instructor/supervisor conference(s) reviewing student's performance on the job.
  • Satisfactory progress toward meeting goals developed in the cooperative education seminar (OS 280G).

Course Activities and Design

An appropriate trainee position must be obtained by the student and be approved by the instructor. The employing organization must agree to the objectives of the cooperative education program. The student will develop a training plan with guidance from the employing supervisor and instructor.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Setting job-related goals
  • Job search skills
  • On-the-job training

Competencies, Skills

  • Learn the importance of personal traits in performing effectively as an administrative assistant.
  • Develop and revise Training Agreement and Learning Objectives in collaboration with Site Supervisor and Instructor
  • Develop job-related goals & plan to achieve set goals
  • Apply the student training plan developed in the seminar (OS 280G).
  • Apply the evaluation instrument developed in the seminar to measure job performance.
  • Perform self-evaluation.

Department Notes

The student may enroll for 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 credits. The ratio of hours to credits will be determined by the current policies of the college and the Cooperative Education office. (30 hours of work equal one credit.) A total of 4 credits are required for the AAS. Credits may be completed a credit at a time over multiple terms.