Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Course Descriptions

Fall Semester

ABTS 1100
Word Processing 1 (45 hours)
Campus
Students are provided hands-on opportunities to learn and apply the basic functions of a word processing program as well as the proper format of documents, such as letters and memoranda. Although this course uses Microsoft Word, many of the acquired skills are generic and can be transferred to most word processing packages.
Prerequisite: ABTS 1200 (and ABTS 1550 if taken online)

ABTS 1140
Keyboarding 2 (35 hours)
Campus
Students learn to key accurately and proficiently. The course builds on current keyboarding skills to enable students to reach a minimum of 50 net words per minute on a five-minute timing.
Prerequisite: ABTS 1550 if taken online

ABTS 1200
Introduction to Computers (30 hours)
Campus
This course has two sections, Windows and Internet. The Windows section is designed to provide students with an introduction to Microsoft Windows operating systems. Students learn to manipulate the Windows environment, use Windows Accessories, and use the Computer and Windows Explorer programs to manage files and folders. The Internet section is designed to provide students with an introduction to the Internet, including email basics and advanced features, web browser basics, web navigation, and web research.
Prerequisite: ABTS 1550 if taken online

ABTS 1210
Spreadsheets 1 (25 hours)
Campus
Students develop a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, by learning how to design, create, modify, and present professional-looking spreadsheets for use in today's workplace. Exercises include using formulas and built-in functions to solve mathematical problems, in addition to illustrating and presenting spreadsheet data in graphic form.
Prerequisite: ABTS 1200

ABTS 1230
Databases (31 hours)
Campus
Students are introduced to the Microsoft Access data management system, while they plan, design, and create a database to meet the information management needs of today's workplace. Terminology, database concepts, and features of relational databases are discussed and demonstrated as students use various commands and features to create tables, queries, forms, and reports. Students enter data, work with calculations, extract information, and generate and print reports.
Prerequisite: ABTS 1200

ABTS 1300
Business Communications 1 (67 hours)
Campus
Students focus on the correct English usage in a business environment, and are provided a comprehensive review of grammar, punctuation, and style, as well as business spelling and vocabulary development. The course materials are presented in small, easily manageable learning segments.
Prerequisite: ABTS 1550 if taken online

ABTS 1400
Financial Accounting (67 hours)
Campus
This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of financial accounting. Topics include the accounting cycle; adjusting entries; accounting for a merchandising business; sales taxes; subsidiary ledgers; cash; bank reconciliation; accounts and notes receivable; inventory; capital assets; current liabilities; long-term liabilities; corporate accounting; cash flow statement; and financial statement analysis.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Administrative Assistant Program

ABTS 1500
Human Relations (31 hours)
Campus
Students concentrate on developing the personal and professional development skills required in today's workplace. These skills include self-examination and assessment, development of effective communication skills, interpersonal skills, client relations, teamwork, problem solving, and an understanding of business ethics.
Prerequisite: ABTS 1550 if taken online

Winter Semester

ABTS 1110
Word Processing 2 (45 hours)
Campus
This course is a continuation of Word Processing 1. Students are provided additional instruction and practice with letter styles, tables, charts and reports. Advanced features of word processing software such as merge, macros, outlines, graphics, and styles are also demonstrated and applied.
Prerequisite: ABTS 1100

ABTS 1120
Desktop Publishing (50 hours)
Campus
This course is a study of desktop publishing functions, including the elements of page design and organizational tools, and the planning, drafting, and production process. Students apply word processing and desktop publishing software, as well as integration elements, to produce publications such as letterheads, flyers, brochures, business forms, and newsletters.
Prerequisite: ABTS 1110

ABTS 1140
Keyboarding 2 (35 hours)
Campus
Students learn to key accurately and proficiently. The course builds on current keyboarding skills to enable students to reach a minimum of 50 net words per minute on a five-minute timing.
Prerequisite: ABTS 1550 if taken online

ABTS 1220
Spreadsheets 2 (30 hours)
Campus
Students acquire a higher-level of proficiency by using Microsoft Excel to create electronic spreadsheets, for advanced applications in today's workplace. Exercises include using advanced functions and formulas, performing calculations, filtering and formatting data, and developing a custom Excel application. This course is a continuation of the material offered in ABTS 1210: Spreadsheets 1.
Prerequisite: ABTS 1210

ABTS 1240
Presentation Software (20 hours)
Campus
Using PowerPoint Presentation Software, students apply appropriate design concepts to present data and information in a colourful and well-organized format. Students are instructed in using design templates, applying various attributes and including a variety of objects to create, modify, save, and deliver presentations.
Prerequisite: ABTS 1200

ABTS 1250
Integrated Project (10 hours)
Campus
This is a capstone course in which students extend their word processing, spreadsheet, database, desktop publishing, and presentation software knowledge by completing a variety of practical, integrated projects. Decision-making, prioritizing, and other administrative skills are also developed.
Prerequisite: ABTS 1200, ABTS 1300, ABTS 1530, ABTS 1120, ABTS 1210, ABTS 1240, ABTS 1230, ABTS 1110 or concurrent with ABTS 1110

ABTS 1260
Website Maintenance and Design (30 hours)
Campus
This course provides students with the skills required to complete routine website maintenance and updates. Using a hands-on, practical approach, learners manipulate hypertext markup language (HTML), tags, tables, images, graphics, hyperlinks, special formatting, and forms using text and web authoring programs.
Prerequisite: ABTS 1100 and ABTS 1200

ABTS 1310
Business Communications 2 (50 hours)
Campus
Students learn how to plan, organize, and correctly write effective "reader friendly" business documents appropriate for use in today's global business environment. Students write business letters, memos, reports, and electronic messages.
Prerequisite: ABTS 1300

ABTS 1410
Computerized Accounting - Simply (69 hours)
Campus
Students are introduced to the integrated computerized accounting system using Simply Accounting for Windows. Upon completion, students are able to establish company records; maintain daily transactions using the general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, inventory, and payroll features; and create financial statements.Students begin each chapter with a set of learning objectives and company documents to be recorded. Detailed step-by-step recording procedures along with case problems are the principal learning activities. Additional materials and resources are available online.
Prerequisite: ABTS 1200 and ABTS 1400 or ABTS 1431

ABTS 1510
Job Search (21 hours)
Campus
Students are provided with techniques to develop successful job search strategies for today's competitive and changing job market. Topics include self-assessment, employability skill testing, job search strategies and research, using the Internet for job search and career planning, networking, resumes, employment-related communications, application forms, portfolios, and interviews.
Prerequisite: ABTS 1300, ABTS 1100

ABTS 1520
Practicum (40 hours)
Campus
During this 2 week practicum, students are provided the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge to meet the expectations of an employer in a real work situation. Students observe and learn daily office routines, and assist the host employer by performing tasks as required.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of all Applied Business Technology Administrative Assistant courses and a keyboarding speed of 40 wpm

ABTS 1530
Administrative Procedures (40 hours)
Campus
Today's dynamic office requires that workers demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, think critically, apply problem-solving skills, and work effectively with other members of the office team. The rapid pace of change demands that office workers have the ability to develop new skills and understand new processes as jobs evolve. In this course, learners master essential organizational skills and develop efficient office practices in preparation for entry into the contemporary office.
Prerequisite: Keyboarding speed minimum 25 wpm, ABTS 1300, ABTS 1100