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Office Administration


OADM 110-90 hours
Communications I

This course includes recognizing and identifying parts of speech, applying grammar and punctuation rules, understanding and using business vocabulary and summarizing written material. Students with credit for ABT 110 cannot take this module for further credit. Prior Learning Assessment: Challenge Exam available.

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 111-60 hours
Letter Writing

Learners study the principles of effective business writing in order to compose clear, concise, and effective correspondence. Learners compose memos, emails, letters, reports and proposals for a variety of audiences and situations.

Prerequisites:

  • OADM 110
  • OADM 128

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 127-60 hours
Administrative Assistant Simulation

Learners extend and apply word processing, spreadsheet, database, desktop publishing, and presentation software knowledge by completing a variety of practical, integrated projects. In this capstone course, learners also develop decision-making, prioritizing, and other administrative skills.

Prerequisites:

  • OADM 111
  • OADM 128
  • OADM 129
  • OADM 152
  • OADM 165
  • OADM 168
  • OADM 169
  • OADM 171
  • OADM 174
  • OADM 180
  • OADM 181
  • keyboarding speed of 40 net words per minute (nwpm)

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 128-75 hours
Word Processing I

This course introduces word processing software. Learners key, format, proof, and edit business documents from text and speech. Prior Learning Assessment is an exam that includes both theory and practical components. Students with credit for OADM 175 or both OADO 175 and OADO 176 cannot take this course for further credit.

Prerequisites:

  • OADM 167 or OADO 167

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 129-75 hours
Word Processing II

This course is a continuation of the study of common word processing functions used to produce, edit, revise, format, organize, and transmit professional documents. Learners also identify, set up and operate transcription equipment to transcribe business documents. Students with credit for OADM 175 or both OADO 175 and OADO 176 cannot take this course for further credit.

Prerequisites:

  • OADM 128

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 130-60 hours
Business Math and Calculators

This course presents two essential skills for business students: number literacy and the ability to operate electronic calculators. Upon completion of this course the student will demonstrate proficiency in manipulating numbers for business application. The student will also demonstrate competency in touch control of an electronic calculator and full utilization of special features of electronic calculators to solve business problems. Students with credit for ABT 130 cannot take this module for further credit. Prior Learning Assessment: Challenge Exam

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 132-15 hours
Organizational Software

In this course the student will learn how to utilize all of the functions of the MS Outlook program. The student will learn to effectively use functions and special features of MS Outlook and to apply problem solving techniques while working through practical assignments.

Prerequisites:

  • OADM 167

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 135-30 hours
Records Management

This course will introduce alphabetic, subject, geographic, numeric, and electronic filing systems as well as records management procedures, terminology, supplies and equipment.

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 136-60 hours
Office Procedures

Upon completion of the Office Procedures course, the students will be able to effectively handle business telephone, postal, and shipping systems; complete basic business forms; manage work, time, and resources efficiently; perform reception duties; prepare for and document business meetings; and make travel arrangements.

Prerequisites:

  • OADM 128

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 142-45 hours
Payroll Accounting

Payroll accounting includes computing earnings, calculating deductions, recording and maintaining payroll records and disbursing cash payments. Upon completion of this course, the student will possess the skills necessary to complete all payroll functions for small to medium businesses, including journalizing payroll entries, issuing payments, managing payroll benefits and reporting to CRA, HRDC and Work Safe BC. Students with credit for ABT 142 cannot take this module for further credit.

Prerequisites:

  • OADM 143

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 143-90 hours
Accounting I

Learners study and apply basic accrual accounting theory to the analysis and recording of business transactions. Learners demonstrate the ability to journalize and post business transactions; prepare trial balance, income statements, and balance sheets for service businesses; reconcile bank accounts; and manage petty cash funds.

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 144-60 hours
Accounting II

The course is a continuation of OADM 143 Accounting I. Topics include accounting for payables, receivables, and sales taxes; creating and analyzing budgets and financial statements for corporations and partnerships. Students with credit for OADM 140 or OADO 140 cannot take this course for further credit.

Prerequisites:

  • OADM 143

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 145-45 hours
Essential Office Skills

This course introduces essential skills for the accounting office including customer service, communication, records management, documentation, and time management.

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 152-60 hours
Accounting Software I

Learners create company files, record transactions in the General, Receivable, Payroll, Inventory and Job Costing ledgers, and print month-end statements using a computerized accounting program. Learners use different software in OADM 152 and OADM 155.

Prerequisites:

  • OADM 143

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 155-60 hours
Accounting Software II

Learners create company files, record transactions in the General, Receivable, Payroll, Inventory and Job Costing ledgers, and print month-end statements using a computerized accounting program. Learners use different software in OADM 152 and OADM 155.

Prerequisites:

  • OADM 143

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 156-30 hours
Accounting/Bookkeeping Simulation

In this capstone course learners extend and apply spreadsheet, manual and computerized accounting knowledge by completing a variety of practical, integrated projects.

Prerequisites:

  • OADM 142
  • OADM 144
  • OADM 152
  • OADM 155
  • OADM 169 or OADM 169A
  • OADM 169B
  • OADM 181

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 160-30 hours
Computer Essentials


OADM 161-30 hours
Database 1

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 162-30 hours
Database 2

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 163-30 hours
Introductory Spreadsheets


OADM 164-30 hours
Advanced Spreadsheets


OADM 165-30 hours
Presentation Graphics

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will understand how to create a slide presentation and enhance it with graphs, tables, embedded visuals, builds, and transitions. Students will also learn how to plan and organize presentation content, evaluate the content, and to design an effective slide show. Students with credit for ABT 165 cannot take this course for further credit.

Prerequisites:

  • OADM 167

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 166-30 hours
Internet

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 167-30 hours
Computer Essentials and the Internet

Learners study correct computer terminology and ethical business uses of current social media. Learners manage electronic files in a networked or cloud environment, navigate the Internet, conduct basic research necessary in a business office, communicate with others using online tools, and become familiar with an online learning management system.

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 168-45 hours
Database

Learners study basic and advanced database functions using Microsoft Access. Learners demonstrate the ability to create and modify a database; sort, index and query a database; to use a database to print labels and simple reports and to create complex queries and reports.

Prerequisites:

  • OADM 167

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 169-60 hours
Spreadsheets

This course includes spreadsheet terminology, concepts, commands, functions and capabilities of Microsoft Excel. Learners create professional, attractive, multi-tabbed workbooks that include formulas, charts, graphics, maps, and macros. Learners manage spreadsheet templates, combine multiple worksheets and workbooks, and work with data lists and queries.

Prerequisites:

  • OADM 167
  • OADM 130

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 169A-30 hours
Spreadsheet I

This course includes spreadsheet terminology, concepts, commands, functions and capabilities of Microsoft Excel. The student will be able to create professional, attractive, multi-tabbed workbooks that include formulas and graphics. Students with credit for OADM 169 cannot take OADM 169A for additional credit.

Prerequisites:

  • OADM 130
  • OADM 167 or OADM 145

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 169B-30 hours
Spreadsheets II

This course is a continuation of OADM 169A Spreadsheets I that includes spreadsheet advanced functions and capabilities of Microsoft Excel. The student will be able to create professional, attractive, multi-tabbed workbooks that include formulas, charts, graphics, maps, and macros. They will also be able to manage spreadsheet templates, combine multiple worksheets and workbooks, and work with data tables, queries, and pivot tables. Students with credit for OADM 169 cannot take OADM 169B for additional credit.

Prerequisites:

  • OADM 169A

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 171-45 hours
Desktop Publishing

This course introduces desktop publishing software. Students will plan, design, and produce business-quality publications such as web pages, letterhead, flyers, brochures, forms, and newsletters.

Prerequisites:

  • OADM 128

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 174-30 hours
Keyboarding

This course focuses on keyboarding technique, accuracy, and speed. Students will learn to touch type accurately to a minimum of 40 net words per minute.

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 180-30 hours
Self-Management Skills

This 30-hour course will help the student discover strategies for personal, educational and professional success. This course will identify critical academic, personal management and teamwork skills required by the Canadian workforce. Topics include stress management, interpersonal relationships, leadership skills, problem solving, conflict resolution and working effectively as a member of a group. Students with credit for ABT 180 cannot take this course for further credit.

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 181-30 hours
Job Search Techniques

This course provides learners with skills to identify attitudes and behaviours that will lead to career success. Students will master effective job search techniques and understand the importance of matching skills and abilities with employer's needs. Students will complete pre-employment skills inventories, assess and access job markets, prepare a professional resume, write employment correspondence, and practice employment interview techniques. Prior Learning Assessment: Students interested in receiving PLA for this course should contact the department chair for more information. Students with credit for ABT 181 cannot take this course for further credit.

Prerequisites:

  • OADM 128 or OADM 145

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 182-90 hours
Office Practicum

Learners participate in a three-week practicum in a business office to apply skills and knowledge acquired in course work. Learners assist with the business’s day-to-day operations and learn industry-specific concepts and procedures.

Prerequisites:

  • OADM 111
  • OADM 127
  • OADM 130
  • OADM 135
  • OADM 136
  • OADM 142
  • OADM 152
  • OADM 171
  • OADM 180
  • OADM 181
  • successful completion of all courses in the Administrative Assistant program

Also offered by Distance Education


OADM 183-90 hours
Practicum - Accounting

Learners participate in a three-week practicum in a business office to apply skills and knowledge acquired in course work. Learners assist with the business’s day-to-day operations and learn industry-specific concepts and procedures.

Prerequisites:

  • OADM 156


Sample Course Description - Credit Based

Sample Course Description - Hours Based

Not all centres offer all courses listed in the calendar and courses may vary each semester. Contact your local Okanagan College campus for up-to-date course offerings. 

Definitions for understanding course descriptions

Concurrent Registration: Compulsory registration for credit (audit registration is specifically precluded) in two or more courses at the same time even though one or more of the courses may have been previously successfully completed.

Corequisite: A course required to be taken at the same time as another course (audit registration is precluded) unless the course has been successfully completed before.

Prerequisite: A course that must be successfully completed before registration in a given course. Courses without a prerequisite statement indicate that no prerequisite is required for enrolment.

Second-year Standing: Second-year standing requires successful completion of a minimum of 24 credits at the 100 level or above.

Third-year Standing: Students will be granted third-year standing after completing 48 credits towards a diploma or degree program.

Fourth-year Standing: Students will be granted fourth-year standing after completing 78 credits towards a degree program.

Prerequisite Waiver: Students who wish to have the course prerequisite waived, as indicated in this calendar, must receive permission from the department offering the course. A prerequisite waiver form must be signed by the department and forwarded to the Registrar's Office.

Credit: A credit is an assigned unit of value granted for successful completion of a course, which are used for diploma, and degree graduation requirements and/or transfer credit to another institution.

Elective: A course freely chosen from a restricted list of all Okanagan College courses, which is used to fulfill credit requirements in addition to the courses specified in the program outline.

First-year Student (associate degree and diploma programs): A student who meets the admission requirements for a specific program; has applied and been formally admitted to that program; is registered in one or more courses which are identified as constituting the first-year requirements of that particular program; and has completed fewer than 80% of the credits or hours toward the first-year requirements of that program.

Second-year Student (associate degree and diploma programs): A student who meets the entrance requirements for a specific program; has applied and been formally admitted to that program; is registered in one or more of the courses which are identified as constituting the first-year or second-year requirements of that particular program; and has completed 80% or more of the credits or hours towards the first-year requirements of that program.

Full Course Load: For degree programs (years one to four), 15 credits per semester. For diploma and vocational programs, all courses listed in the program outline in this calendar on a semester basis.

Full-time Enrolment:

  • Associate of Arts or Associate of Science: nine credits 
  • Adult Academic and Career Preparation: three or more courses or 15 hours of instruction per week.
  • International Education: one ESL course
  • Business Administration diploma program: four or more courses
  • Business Administration certificate programs: four or more courses
  • Civil Engineering Technology: five or more courses
  • Computer Information Systems: four or more courses
  • Electronic Engineering Technology: five or more courses
  • Water Engineering Technology: five or more courses

This definition is for statistical and registration purposes only. Financial Aid recipients must comply with definitions required by Federal and Provincial guidelines.

Part-time Enrolment: Enrolment in any number of courses that is less than that indicated under the definition for Full-time Enrolment.

Registered Student: A registered student is one who has completed the admission and registration procedure and who has paid or made appropriate arrangements to pay the required fees.

Transfer Credit: Credit given by an institution for work successfully completed at a different institution.

University Transfer: Credit programs of study, generally arts and science courses, which are transferable toward degree programs at Okanagan College and other institutions.

Letter of Permission: A document issued by a dean which permits an Okanagan College student to take one or more courses at another institution to be used for credit toward an Okanagan College degree or diploma.

Transferability of Okanagan College courses: Students planning on transferring Okanagan College courses to another institution are encouraged to check the calendar of the institution to which they plan to transfer to determine the amount of transfer credit permitted in any chosen program.

Students should visit the online transfer guide at http://www.bctransferguide.ca/ for complete transfer information.

Sustainabilty and Courses at Okanagan College

Sustainability “incorporates economic and social change to protect the natural systems of the planet, so that current and future generations may maintain or improve their quality of life.”
                Sustainability definition, Okanagan College Strategic Plan 2010-2015
 
Sustainability-focused courses either concentrate on the concept of sustainability, including its social, economic, and environmental dimensions, or examine an issue or topic using sustainability as a lens.
 
Sustainability-related courses incorporate sustainability as a distinct course component or module or concentrate on a single sustainability principle or issue.

Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 12/08/2021