ABT Administrative Assistant


What you'll learn

Semester 1

ABTA 100 Financial Records

Provides a basic understanding of the accounting process for use in the business office. The student will practice the application of basic accounting principles in a manual format. Also the student will learn and practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and the use of the percent key using a standard business calculator. Common business applications will be covered as well as speed and accuracy drills.
2.5 CR / (5,0)

ABTA 105 Business Communications I

This course introduces students to effective communication skills including listening, comprehending, and participating in oral communications. Students will develop a comprehensive business vocabulary; read rapidly and comprehend what is read. They will produce error-free communications by proofreading and editing while mastering the principles of grammar, punctuation, and style. Students will also learn the techniques for planning, organizing, and writing dynamic messages.
2.5 CR / (4,1)

ABTA 110 Human Relations I

This course helps students develop an understanding of human relations, self - esteem, teamwork skills, a customer - focused attitude, an organizational effectiveness plan, and interpersonal communication skills. All jobs have a human relations responsibility. Accordingly, one must strive to develop interpersonal skills that will have a positi ve influence on relationships. This course explores strategies and techniques to positively influence interpersonal relationships in a professional environment
1 CR / (2,0)

ABTA 115 Office Procedures

This course introduces the student to a variety of office procedures including banking and financial management, planning meetings and conferences, postal services, reprographics, telephone and telecommunications, and travel arrangements. This course will also provide students with basic training in file management to meet the entry - level file management needs of a business. Students will learn to manage administrative assistant responsibilities professionally and exhibit a positive and cooperative attitude. Students will use critical thinking skills to analyze their projects in order to produce work of acceptable business quality.
1.5 CR / (2,1)

ABTA 120 Word Processing/Document Production Levels I, II, and III

This course combines a beginner and/or refresher course in basic keyboarding skills with an introduction to the basic document formatting functions of a word processing software program. In addition, the course will cover intermediate and advanced functio ns of a word processing software program and advanced formatting techniques. Throughout the course, the student will continue to develop speed and accuracy in keyboarding skills.

Prerequisites: Minimum keyboarding speed of 20 net words per minute.
5 CR / (0,10)

ABTA 125 Microcomputer Applications I

This course provides working - level computer literacy through extensive hands - on experience with microcomputer applications, as well a s in - class discussions of typical uses. The experience provides the confidence to make a comfortable adjustment to whatever computer tools are available in the workplace.
2.5 CR / (0,5)

Semester 2

ABTA 150 Computerized Bookkeeping

In the field of accounting, employers require a sound understanding of accounting principles, as well as general computer lite racy s kills. In this course, the student will be taught to transfer manual bookkeeping skills to an automated accounting program. On completi on of this course, the student can maintain a set of computerized books up to year - end
1.5 CR / (0,3)

ABTA 155 Business Communications II

This course is a continuation of ABTA - 105 Business Communications I. Emphasis will be placed on applying the techniques of planning and organizing to writing a variety of communications; for example, request letters, order letters, sales letters, memos, emails, etc. The application of oral communication skills to formal speeches and informal talks will form an important component of this course. In addition, job search skills such as designing a resume, writing a letter of application, and partic ipating in effecti ve interviews will be acquired.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of ABTA-105

2.5 CR / (1,4)

ABTA 160 Human Relations II

This course builds on the foundational skil ls explored in Human Relations I by further developing key concepts to enhance interpersonal relations in the workplace. Students will continue to explore generic competencies that are highly valued by organizations including verbal skills , teamwork, group problem - solving, cross - cultural and diversity awareness, self - motivation, business etiquette and ethical behaviour. Special attention is given to functional strategies for the workplace such as managing conflict, utilizing leadership skil ls and assisting the public as well as practical workplace knowledge such as management styles and diffe ring organizational structures.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of ABTA-110
3 CR / (0,6)

ABTA 165 Office Simulations in the Electronic Office

Using information from various reference materials, the student will acquire and apply keyboarding, word processing and business knowledge and skills to simulate office environments. This course polishes administrative skills and provides realistic office experiences. Skills developed will include editing, proofreading composition, machine transcription, computational skills, etc. In addition, the student will gain experience working as part of a team

Prerequisites: ABTA - 100, ABTA - 105, ABTA - 110, ABTA - 115, ABTA - 120, ABTA - 125
Corequisites: ABTA - 150, ABTA - 155, ABTA - 160, ABTA - 170, ABTA - 175

3 CR / (0,6)

ABTA 170 Desktop Publishing 

This course will cover the process of blending and assembling text and graphic images to create professional - looking publications such as flyers, newsletters, brochures, and business forms. The learner will produce visually attractive printed material to enhance communications wit h others. Learning will include the use of desktop publishing and presentation graphics software

Prerequisite: ABTA 120
2 CR / (0,5)

ABTA 175 Microcomputer Applications II

This advanced microcomputer applications course is designed to initially reinforce Windows environment features and to then provide the opportunity to learn the more advanced features of spreadsheet, database and word processing programs. The course also includes instruction in using the object linking and embedding features of these programs and provides practice in researching data on the Internet for production of and inclusion in documents.

Prerequisites: ABTA 125
2.5 CR / (0,5)

ABTA 180 Work Experience

As an integral part of the learning experience, practicum placement weaves together the various knowledge strands to which the student has been exposed. The practicum deepens the student’s understanding of classroom experience and is a bridge for the student between the academic present and the professional future. The practicum is a three-way partnership among the College, the student, and a host employer where practical experience is gained in an actual office environment.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: Successful completion of or current enrolment in, with a minimum grade of “C”, all courses in the Administrative Assistant certificate program.
3 CR / (0,6)

ABT - Administrative Assistant Certificate

  • Credential: Certificate
  • Type: Full-time
  • Campus: Mackenzie, Prince George, Vanderhoof, and Quesnel (on a rotating basis)
  • Fees: $4,505
These fees are an estimate.