Administrative Support Technology Courses

NAST-140 - Essential Document Production

This course is for students with little or no knowledge of word processing software, limited keyboarding experience, and those that have a minimum of 20 net words per minute. Emphasis is on keyboarding skill development as well as an introduction to basic word processing skills. Students key and format business correspondence, reports, and tables. The expectation is to exit this course with a 30 net words per minute typing proficiency for five minutes. (NTID Supported Students.) Lab, Lecture 5, Credits 3 (Fall, Spring)

NAST-150 - Advanced Document Production

This course focuses on effective management of document production activities by selecting an appropriate format or template, applying graphic enhancements as needed, and saving the document in an appropriate business format. Business correspondence, newsletters, tables, forms and reports will be produced using word processing software. Emphasis is on the mastery of basic skills and their application to a variety of realistic office document production projects. Typing skill development continues with an expected exit speed to 40+ net words per minute for five minutes. (Prerequisite: This class is restricted to NTID supported students who have completed NAST-140 or equivalent course.) Lab, Lecture 5, Credits 3 (Fall, Spring)

NAST-160 - Spreadsheet Applications for Business

Emphasis will be on creating, formatting, and enhancing worksheets; creating and applying formulas and functions; building and formatting charts; using What-If analysis and creating templates. Upon completion, students will be able to design and enhance basic spreadsheets. (NTID Supported Students.) Lec/Lab 5, Credits 3 (Fall, Spring)

NAST-199 - Independent Study: Administrative Support Technology/Business Technology

The description for each Independent Study request will be specified in each student's proposal. (Enrollment in this course requires permission from the department offering the course.) Ind Study, Credits 1 - 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer)

NAST-210 - Essentials of Business Communication

This is a course in the essentials of business communication for today's fast-paced global environment. Emphasis will be on the message and the modes of communication used in the business environment. Participants will engage in effective communication skills through writings (traditional and electronic), face-to-face interactions, and team presentations. Course content will also include emphasis on non-grammar language applications in business communication. (NTID Supported Students.) Lab, Lecture 4, Credits 3 (Fall, Spring)

NAST-215 - Integrated Document Production

The course further develops student skills in integrated document formatting and applications using various types of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, slide presentations, and electronic office procedures. Through business simulations, students will have an opportunity to incorporate their speed/accuracy and production skills with communication, information and file management skills. The expectation is to exit this course with a 50 net words per minute proficiency for a five-minute timing. (Prerequisite: This class is restricted to NTID supported students who have completed NAST-150 or equivalent course.) Lab, Lecture 4, Credits 3 (Fall, Spring)

NAST-220 - Database Applications for Business

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of a database management system for creating, maintaining, manipulating, retrieving, and printing business data. Students will learn to create various forms and design reports for storing and displaying data. In addition, the student will create switchboard systems and allow users to view data in multiple dimensions. Students will also learn to save database objects in HTML format so they can be viewed by a browser and imported or exported in XML format. (NTID Supported Students.) Lab, Lecture 4, Credits 3 (Fall, Spring)

NAST-225 - Business Graphics

This course provides students with a basic knowledge of business graphics on a windows platform. Students will be introduced to basic design principles and develop the ability to choose, modify and effectively use appropriate graphics for a variety of business communication formats. Students will be required to produce an e-portfolio to document the skills learned in the AST program. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students who have completed NAST-215 or (0804-291 and 0804-302) or or equivalent course.) Lec/Lab 4, Credits 3 (Fall, Spring)

NAST-230 - Desktop Publishing for Business

This course focuses on conceptual and technical approaches to desktop publishing and graphic design as applied to business communications. Emphasis is placed on the use of design principles related to color, space, text and images in preparation of digital design layouts. Students will be required to enhance their AST e-portfolio using desktop publishing and web design skills acquired in this course. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students who have completed NAST-225 or equivalent course.) Lab, Lecture 4, Credits 3 (Fall, Spring)

NAST-240 - Administrative Support Technology Seminar

This course provides students with an opportunity to prepare for employment through a formal mentoring experience, team presentation, and guest presentations. Topics for discussion are project management, assertiveness training, leadership styles, effective one-on-one interpersonal and electronic communication, protocol for working with an interpreter, and lifelong learning as necessary for job success. Through weekly meetings with their mentors, students will share responsibility for interactions, establish a learning relationship, increase self-direction, and gain a greater understanding of the workplace. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students who have completed NAST-210 or (0806-101 and 0804-110) or equivalent course.) Lab, Lecture 4, Credits 3 (Spring)

NAST-241 - Preparation for Microsoft Word Certification

This course is intended to prepare students to take a certification exam for Microsoft Word. The exam tests proficiency through hands-on assessment in simulated Microsoft Office Word applications. Skill sets include creating and customizing documents, formatting content, working with visual content, organizing content, reviewing documents, and sharing and securing content. (Prerequisite: This class is restricted to NTID supported students who have completed NAST-150 or equivalent course.) Lab 2, Credits 1 (Fall, Spring)

NAST-242 - Preparation for Microsoft PowerPoint Certification

This course is intended to prepare students to take a certification exam for Microsoft PowerPoint. The exam tests proficiency through hands-on assessment in simulated Microsoft Office PowerPoint applications. Skill sets include: Creating and formatting presentations, creating and formatting slide content, working with visual content, and collaborating on and delivering presentations. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students who have completed NAST-225 or equivalent course.) Lab 2, Credits 1 (Fall, Spring)

NAST-243 - Preparation for Microsoft Excel Certification

This course is intended to prepare students for Microsoft Excel certification. The exam tests proficiency through hands-on assessment in simulated Microsoft Office Excel applications. Skill sets include: creating and manipulating data, formatting data and content, creating and modifying formulas, presenting data visually, and collaborating and securing data. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students who have completed NAST-215 or (0804-291 and 0804-302) or or equivalent course.) Lab 2, Credits 1 (Fall, Spring)

NAST-244 - Preparation for Microsoft Access Certification

This course is intended to prepare students to take a certification exam for Microsoft Access. The exam tests proficiency through hands-on assessment in simulated Microsoft Office Access applications. Skill sets include: structuring a database, creating and formatting database elements, entering and modifying data, creating and modifying queries, presenting and sharing data, and managing and maintaining databases. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students who have completed NAST-220 or equivalent course.) Lab 2, Credits 1 (Fall, Spring)

NAST-289 - Special Topics: Administrative Support Technology/Business Technology

The description for each Special Topics request will be specified in each course proposal. (NTID Supported Students.) Lecture, Credits 1 - 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer)

NAST-299 - Co-op: Administrative Support Technology

Designed to give the student an opportunity to gain work experience, to apply what has been learned and to self-evaluate personal and communication skills. Placement assistance is provided to help the student find a job related to his/her field of study. One co-op experience is required for graduation. CO OP, Credits 0 (Fall, Spring, Summer)