Administrative Professional - AAS

In nearly every business, the office is the heart of the operations. Accounting, payroll, H/R, customer services all start in the office. Your SCC Administrative Assistant degree opens doors to all sorts of career possibilities and prepares you to provide high-level administrative support in an office environment.

SCC’s Administrative Professional programs are designed to prepare students for employment in various office positions. Students in the Administrative Professional programs earn an Associate of Applied Science degree. 

An extra-curricular activity for students in the Administrative Professional program is the Business Professionals of America. This organization provides students with leadership training, field trips, and competitive opportunities with other clubs throughout the state and nation. 

SCC’s Administrative Professional programs prepare students to provide high-level administrative support by conducting research, preparing statistical reports, handling information requests, and performing clerical functions such as preparing correspondence, receiving visitors, arranging conference calls, and scheduling meetings. 

SCC offers two different specializations- Administrative Professional and Administrative Legal Professional. 

For specific information regarding program rules and expectations, please see the program handbook. View The Program Handbook

Curriculum Sequence

Fall Semester I Course Title Credit
ADM-117 KEYBOARDING AND DOCUMENT PRODUCTION 3
ADM-162 OFFICE PROCEDURES 3
CSC-110 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS 3
ENG-131 BUSINESS ENGLISH 3
Take 1 of these courses:
ACC-111 INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING 3
ACC-131 PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING I 4
TOTAL 15-16
Spring Semester I Course Title Credit
ADM-120 ADVANCED DOCUMENT PRODUCTION 3
ADM-171 RECORDS MANAGEMENT 2
BUS-121 BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS 3
Take 1 of these courses:
BIO-105 INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY 4
MAT-110 MATH FOR LIBERAL ARTS 3
MAT-702 INTRODUCTION TO MATH APPLICATIONS 3
MAT-772 APPLIED MATH (ONLINE ONLY) 3
PHS-151 INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY 3
PHS-165 INTRODUCTION TO METEOROLOGY 3
PHS-185 INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SCIENCE 3
Take 1 of these courses:
SPC-101 FUNDAMENTALS OF ORAL COMMUNICATION 3
SPC-112 PUBLIC SPEAKING 3
Take 1 of these courses:
BUS-102 INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS 3
BUS-185 BUSINESS LAW I 3
FIN-121 PERSONAL FINANCE (ONLINE ONLY) 3
MGT-130 PRINCIPLES OF SUPERVISION 3
MGT-170 HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT 3
MKT-110 PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING 3
MKT-160 PRINCIPLES OF RETAILING 3
SMM-108 SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT 3
TOTAL 17-18
Fall Semester II Course Title Credit
ACC-332 COMPUTER ACCOUNTING - QUICKBOOKS 2
ADM-133 BUSINESS MATH AND CALCULATORS 3
ADM-149 TRANSCRIPTION 3
ADM-230 INTEGRATED OFFICE PROJECTS 3
BUS-180 BUSINESS ETHICS 3
MGT-101 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT 3
TOTAL 17
Spring Semester II Course Title Credit
ADM-235 ADVANCED INTEGRATED OFFICE PROJECTS 3
BUS-290 EMPLOYMENT SEARCH/WORKPLACE SUCCESS 1
BUS-932 BUSINESS INTERNSHIP 4
Take 1 of these courses:
PSY-102 HUMAN AND WORK RELATIONS 3
PSY-111 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY 3
SOC-110 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY 3
SOC-114 CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN THE WORKPLACE 3
Take 1 of these courses:
BUS-102 INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS 3
BUS-185 BUSINESS LAW I 3
FIN-121 PERSONAL FINANCE (ONLINE ONLY) 3
MGT-130 PRINCIPLES OF SUPERVISION 3
MGT-170 HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT 3
MKT-110 PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING 3
MKT-160 PRINCIPLES OF RETAILING 3
SMM-108 SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT 3
TOTAL 14

ACC-111 - INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

An introduction to financial accounting theory and practice, with an emphasis on the accounting cycle and computer application thereof.  This course is designed for non-business majors.

ACC-131 - PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING I

Lecture: 4

Credit: 4

This first course covering the principles of accounting introduces the basic terms, concepts, and procedures of the double-entry system of accounting. The course is intended for students who will major in accounting or have chosen a career which requires extensive use of accounting information. During the course, the focus will be on the completion of the accounting cycle, including the preparation of journal entries, posting to the ledger, and the preparation of adjusting entries, financial statements, and closing entries at the end of the accounting period. Specific attention will also be given to special journals and subsidiary ledgers, the information needed to account for merchandising businesses, and the special accounting procedures related to cash, receivables, payables, and systems of control. Prerequisite: A COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of 50 or higher, COMPASS Algebra score of 36 or higher, ACT Math score of 19 or higher, or equivalent AND COMPASS Reading score of 61 or higher, ACT Reading score of 15 or higher, or equivalent.

ADM-117 - KEYBOARDING AND DOCUMENT PRODUCTION

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

A fundamental course in developing keyboarding skills for business and personal use. Students use Microsoft Word to learn proper formatting of office letters and memos, business and academic reports, tables, newsletters, flyers and graphics. Proper keyboarding technique, accuracy and speed building are emphasized.

ADM-162 - OFFICE PROCEDURES

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Duties, responsibilities, and personal qualifications of the office worker are emphasized. Efficient work procedures in completing common office tasks, office environment and personal development are typical areas studied.

CSC-110 - INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course provides an introduction to computer concepts. The student will use the Windows operating system, presentation software, electronic spreadsheet software, database management software and word processing software. Microcomputer hardware and software as well as the processing concepts associated with each will be discussed. The course will also include information on file management, the Internet, virus protection, and e-mail basics as applicable to the academic world as well as the business environment. Lab time outside class is required to complete projects.

ENG-131 - BUSINESS ENGLISH

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course teaches the fundamentals of written communication with focus on the elements of effectively written business documents. The emphasis is on the development of writing skills through a) exercises in grammar, mechanics, usage, and spelling and b) application of these skills in a variety of written business documents. Prerequisites: Meet minimum placement test score requirement. No waivers.

ADM-120 - ADVANCED DOCUMENT PRODUCTION

Lecture: 1

Lab: 4

Credit: 3

Students use Microsoft Word to create office documents and apply advanced formatting and production techniques including mail merge, header/footer manipulation, report generation and custom formatting. Standard formats of advanced tables, agendas, minutes, itineraries, news releases, resumes and medical and legal documents are learned, and online collaboration is introduced. This class continues to emphasize proper keyboarding technique, accuracy and speed building.  Prerequisite: ADM-117.

ADM-171 - RECORDS MANAGEMENT

Lecture: 1

Lab: 2

Credit: 2

This course is designed to familiarize students with alphabetic, numeric, geographic and subject filing systems. Both manual and electronic systems will be utilized. Prerequisite: ADM-117 or CSC-110.

BUS-121 - BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Designed to help the student develop effective communication techniques necessary for general business messages. The course emphasizes application of these techniques through the composition and keyboarding of letters, memos, reports and some oral presentations. Prerequisite: the ability to keyboard class assignments in mailable form.

BIO-105 - INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY

Lecture: 3

Lab: 2

Credit: 4

Introductory Biology is a lecture and lab course designed for non-science majors or as a refresher course of those wishing to take higher-level biology courses. Topics include chemistry of life, molecular and cellular biology, genetics, evolution, plant, animal, and fungi classification, and ecology.

MAT-110 - MATH FOR LIBERAL ARTS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Math for Liberal Arts is a survey course for students who have little background in mathematics. Topics include survey of sets, numbers, algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics. This course is not intended for Mathematics and Science majors. Prerequisites: Meets minimum placement testing requirements.

MAT-702 - INTRODUCTION TO MATH APPLICATIONS

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course is offered to students who can profit from an applied course in mathematics and will prepare students who need to develop skills for MAT-704. It is designed as an introductory level algebra course recommended for students with one year of high school algebra. Emphasis is on the building of basic algebra skills and the application of these mathematical techniques. The course studies the relationship of geometry and algebra as they apply to various fields. This course will also cover whole numbers/decimals, integers, fractions/percents, direct measurement, basic geometric concepts/relationships, linear equations, and right-triangle trigonometry. Prerequisite:MAT-052 or meet minimum placement test requirement.

MAT-772 - APPLIED MATH (ONLINE ONLY)

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the mathematics necessary to function within technical careers and to become a more aware consumer. Topics include: review of arithmetic operations; measurement; metric system; fundamentals of geometry; introductory statistics and probability; graphs; and elementary algebra concepts with emphasis on applications.

PHS-151 - INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

A survey of astronomy including historical considerations, the solar system, the universe and special topics. Topics may include the laws, the methods, and current research. Each planet will be studied as well as major stars and galaxies. Special topics include: cosmology, cosmogony, nova, pulsars, quasars, relativity, space travel, black holes, and other space mysteries. Lab to include: experiments, observations, slides and movies.

PHS-165 - INTRODUCTION TO METEOROLOGY

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Introduction to atmospheric sciences and meteorology. Includes physical elements and process of weather, climatic types and regions, forecasting and associated activity.

PHS-185 - INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SCIENCE

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

An introduction to geologic processes that have generated and continue to alter the surface of the earth. Covers: major types of rocks and the rock cycle; rock deformation, weathering, transport and deposition by fluid agents; plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, orogeny; absolute and relative time and the geologic column. Includes segment on the history of geology.

SPC-101 - FUNDAMENTALS OF ORAL COMMUNICATION

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Explores communication in a variety of contexts including interpersonal relationships, the workplace, small groups, and public speaking. Emphasis on the application and practice of communication theories and skills, particularly public speaking.

SPC-112 - PUBLIC SPEAKING

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course examines both the theoretical and practical basis of speech communication, particularly public speaking. Emphasis is on speech preparation, organization, support, delivery, and audience analysis.

BUS-102 - INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

An overview of contemporary business principles touching on all the major functional areas of business and trends that are shaping today's business environment. Understanding the fundamental pillars of the business environment -- globalization, technology, and ethics -- is a crucial component in this course.

BUS-185 - BUSINESS LAW I

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

The legal environment of business. The study of contract requirements, personal property and bailments, as time permits.

FIN-121 - PERSONAL FINANCE (ONLINE ONLY)

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A study and evaluation of financial problems which individuals and families encounter within their personal affairs. The topics covered are budgeting, saving, consumer credit, personal insurance, renting or owning a home, investments, transportation and taxes.

MGT-130 - PRINCIPLES OF SUPERVISION

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course provides an overview of the principles involved in supervision, including planning, organizing, motivating, staffing and appraising. Also covered are interpersonal skills including communication, decision making, conflict and team work.

MGT-170 - HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course provides an overview of the principles involved in human resources management including strategy, legal environment, EEO, and job analysis and job design. Also covered are acquiring human resources, training and developing employees, compensation issues, and labor relations.

MKT-110 - PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This introductory class uses the managerial approach to study a market-directed system of marketing. The emphasis is on market strategy planning from the viewpoint of the marketing manager. The "4 Ps" -product, place, price, and promotion-provide the structure underlying the organization of this course.

MKT-160 - PRINCIPLES OF RETAILING

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Retailing organization, buying, selling, promotion, inventory control, pricing and location and layout.

SMM-108 - SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course explores the history of social networks and introduces students to social media for organizations. It provides students opportunities to implement the use of social media tools as part of a marketing strategy and work with social media analytic tools.

ACC-332 - COMPUTER ACCOUNTING - QUICKBOOKS

Lecture: 2

Credit: 2

This course is designed to apply the fundamental accounting principles in a computerized environment by using the text/workbook combined with computerized standard accounting software package. Also electronic spreadsheets will be explored. A prior knowledge of accounting is required and knowledge of Windows will be helpful. It is necessary that each student be able to set aside lab time to complete assignments, either in the computer labs or a similar computer with computerized standard accounting software package. Prerequisites: ACC-131 or ACC-142.

ADM-133 - BUSINESS MATH AND CALCULATORS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course will focus on the use of 10-key calculators to review arithmetic fundamentals and solve common business problems, including banking, payroll, weights and measurements, percentage, commissions, discounts, mark-ups, interest, borrowing by business, consumer credit, sales taxes, property taxes, income taxes, and insurance. Prerequisite:  Meet minimum test score requirements.

ADM-149 - TRANSCRIPTION

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

Designed for students in the Administrative Professional program to develop skills in transcribing various business documents. Prerequisites: ADM-120 and ENG-131.

ADM-230 - INTEGRATED OFFICE PROJECTS

Lecture: 1

Lab: 4

Credit: 3

This course is designed to enhance and reinforce software skills through project-based activities by extensive use of integrating applications. Students complete projects that represent what is required in an actual business environment. This class will develop teamwork, creativity, decision making and critical thinking skills as will be experienced in the office setting. Software used includes Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher and the Internet. Continued emphasis on proper keyboarding technique, accuracy and speed building. Prerequisites: ADM-120.

BUS-180 - BUSINESS ETHICS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course introduces philosophical ethical theory and its application to business decisions. It considers theories of economic justice, social responsibility of corporations, regulation, conflict of interest and obligations, ethics of advertising, product quality and safety, environmental responsibility, hiring practices and rights of employers and employees.

MGT-101 - PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course provides an intensive examination of the basic fundamentals of organization and management underlying the solution to management problems.

ADM-235 - ADVANCED INTEGRATED OFFICE PROJECTS

Lecture: 1

Lab: 3

Credit: 3

An advanced course to integrate mastery level skills using Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, the Internet and voice recognition software. Students work in an office-style environment requiring self-discipline and resourcefulness to manage communications, create effective presentations, solve business problems, make financial decisions, manage data, conduct business research and manage schedules. Continued emphasis on proper keyboarding technique, accuracy and speed building. Prerequisites: ADM-230

BUS-290 - EMPLOYMENT SEARCH/WORKPLACE SUCCESS

Lecture: 1

Credit: 1

A discussion of field experience problems and study of new occupational information will be presented. An internship paper covering the experience will be submitted. Corequisite: BUS-932.

BUS-932 - BUSINESS INTERNSHIP

OJT: 14

Credit: 4

The Administrative Professional degree options offer, at certain stages of their curriculum, cooperative programs in which students may gain practical business experience. When the student has reached a predetermined level of proficiency, each student is placed at a training station for a predetermined number of contact hours where practical experience can supplement the classroom skill building. Placement will depend on student’s skill level and the availability of appropriate training firms.  Corequisite:  BUS-290.

PSY-102 - HUMAN AND WORK RELATIONS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This is a course that includes the understanding of the applications of psychological principles, theory, and research related to the work setting.

PSY-111 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A basic course in the understanding of behavior, designed to give the student a scientific background in the fundamental problems and techniques covered in the field of psychology.

SOC-110 - INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

An analysis of social organization (or the social order). This course deals with the nature of sociology as a science, the original nature of man, the socialization of the individual, the development of groups and group behavior, the nature of culture and culture patterns, the organization of institutions, the nature of social order, the organization of human stratification and examination of major social processes. Special emphasis is placed upon the American cultural patterns.

SOC-114 - CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN THE WORKPLACE

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Conflict Resolution in the Workplace will study conflict resolution theories and applications in the workplace. The course will provide students with the opportunity to develop their own effective interpersonal conflict resolution skills as well as skills needed to help employees resolve their conflicts with one another and the skills needed to negotiate contracts. Students will also be introduced to theories and skills needed to apply culturally sensitive principles to conflict resolution.

BUS-102 - INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

An overview of contemporary business principles touching on all the major functional areas of business and trends that are shaping today's business environment. Understanding the fundamental pillars of the business environment -- globalization, technology, and ethics -- is a crucial component in this course.

BUS-185 - BUSINESS LAW I

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

The legal environment of business. The study of contract requirements, personal property and bailments, as time permits.

FIN-121 - PERSONAL FINANCE (ONLINE ONLY)

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A study and evaluation of financial problems which individuals and families encounter within their personal affairs. The topics covered are budgeting, saving, consumer credit, personal insurance, renting or owning a home, investments, transportation and taxes.

MGT-130 - PRINCIPLES OF SUPERVISION

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course provides an overview of the principles involved in supervision, including planning, organizing, motivating, staffing and appraising. Also covered are interpersonal skills including communication, decision making, conflict and team work.

MGT-170 - HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course provides an overview of the principles involved in human resources management including strategy, legal environment, EEO, and job analysis and job design. Also covered are acquiring human resources, training and developing employees, compensation issues, and labor relations.

MKT-110 - PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This introductory class uses the managerial approach to study a market-directed system of marketing. The emphasis is on market strategy planning from the viewpoint of the marketing manager. The "4 Ps" -product, place, price, and promotion-provide the structure underlying the organization of this course.

MKT-160 - PRINCIPLES OF RETAILING

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Retailing organization, buying, selling, promotion, inventory control, pricing and location and layout.

SMM-108 - SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course explores the history of social networks and introduces students to social media for organizations. It provides students opportunities to implement the use of social media tools as part of a marketing strategy and work with social media analytic tools.

Trisha Hopper - Assistant Professor, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5212

Email: thopper@scciowa.edu
AA, Carl Sandburg college
BA, Western Illinois University

Carla Pilkington - Assistant Professor, (319) 208-5000 ext. 1986

Email: cpilkington@scciowa.edu
Diploma & AA, Southeastern Community College
BA, Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA
Additional study: UNI, Cedar Falls, IA

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