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Please Note: Courses effective Fall 2014; for earlier terms, please refer to the appropriate class schedule.

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*IAI (Illinois Articulation Agreement) - An agreement among participating Illinois colleges and universities to help Illinois college students transfer credit as easily as possible. See an advisor in the Advising and Counseling for additional information, or read about the IAI at www.iTransfer.org.

Computer Apps for Business

CAB102 - Basic Keyboarding
This course allows the beginning student to master proper keyboarding techniques and develop minimum 18 words per minute speed and accuracy.
1 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 1)
Fee: $15

CAB104 - Skill Building and Formatting
Course provides an interactive and engaging approach for skill building, business document formatting, and improving your speed and accuracy while building a marketable skill set. This course will also focus on the following: document design skills, word processing skills, and communication skills.Prerequisite: Recommend: CAB 125 and keyboarding of 20 wpm.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $45

CAB106 - Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy Development
This is a course designed to increase your keyboarding speed as well as improve your keyboarding accuracy by diagnosing your weaknesses and prescribing individualized corrective practice.Prerequisite: Keyboarding of a minimum of 20 wpm (without looking at the keyboard).
1 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 1)
Fee: $15

CAB110 - Windows Fundamentals
Course presents basic Windows skills necessary to be successful in learning other Windows-based applications. Content includes understanding of Windows environment, hands-on use of both keyboard and mouse to control computer applications, perform file operations efficiently, transfer data between applications, run multiple applications simultaneously, virus check a disk and do simple troubleshooting.
1 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 1)
Fee: $15

CAB125 - Word Processing Using Word
Course offers a comprehensive coverage of word processing using Microsoft Word. Hands-on applications reinforce features and skills learned in the course. It also prepares students to use Microsoft Word as a marketable skill in a work environment or for personal use. Credit cannot be received in both CAB 125 and any of CAB 120, CAB 122, or CAB 123.Recommended: CAB 110 or general knowledge of Windows; and the ability to key 20 wpm or consent of the instructor.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $30

CAB128 - Word Application Specialist Certification Preparation
Course offers an intensive review of the methods and techniques which should be on the Microsoft Application Specialist Certification Exam for Microsoft Word. This will include taking actual sample exam questions under both an untimed and timed environment. Prerequisite: Recent completion of CAB 125 or consent of instructor.
1 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 1)
Fee: $15

CAB130 - Presentation Software Using PowerPoint
Course introduces Microsoft PowerPoint program. Content includes in planning, composing and creating complete desktop presentations are creation of slides consisting of words, diagrams, pictures, charts, graphs and other images produced on computer, note pages and audience handout pages. Specialized drawing tools and built-in word processor used to create professional presentations. Recommended: Hands-on experience using Windows software.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 2)
Fee: $30

CAB132 - Adobe Acrobat PDF
Course introduces the Adobe Acrobat program. Content includes the fundamental concepts and features of Portable Document Format (PDF), designing and viewing PDF presentations, enhancing and editing PDF documents, adding digital signatures and security, working with forms, and PDF portfolios. Recommended: Hands-on computer experience and the use of a computer operating system.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 1)
Fee: $30

CAB135 - Electronic Spreadsheeting Using Excel
Course introduces Microsoft Excel. Topics focus on business applications and problem solving.Recommended: MAT 060, and hands-on experience using Windows software.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 1)
Fee: $15

CAB138 - Application Specialist Certification Preparation
Course offers an intensive review of the methods and techniques which should be on the Microsoft Application Specialist Certification Exam for Microsoft Excel. This will include taking actual sample exam questions under both an untimed and timed environment. Prerequisite: Recent completion of CAB 135 or consent of instructor.
1 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 1)
Fee: $15

CAB140 - Database Application Using Access
Course offers hands-on instruction in using Microsoft Access, a relational database management software package, used primarily on personal computers. Content includes database design and creating and modifying tables, queries,forms, reports. Macros, Visual Basic for Applications, and interface development will be introduced. Recommended: Introductory microcomputer coursework or comparable work experience.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $30

CAB150 - Visio Fundamentals
Comprehensive course covering the features and applications of Microsoft Visio. This software creates graphical diagrams to communicate information that supplements text and numbers within business and technical documents.Prerequisite: Computer experience using software that runs in Microsoft Windows.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 1)
Fee: $15

CAB160 - Desktop Publishing Concepts and Procedures
Course introduces the components of desktop publishing as used in the modern office, including hardware, software, graphics, typography and design. Content includes the relationship between concepts and applications.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $45

CAB165 - Desktop Publishing Using InDesign
Course introduces desktop publishing program to create and format documents, using desktop publishing technology. Content includes hands-on production of quality documents such as newsletters, brochures, and flyers suitable for publication. Recommended: Keyboarding skill 20 wpm and knowledge of and ability to fully use word processing software.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 3)
Fee: $45

CAB170 - Adobe Dreamweaver
Course introduces a popular HTML editor. Content includes learning how to lay out Web pages using AP elements, tables, style sheets, rollovers and forms; building a Web site and learning how to upload files to a remote server; introduction to the DHTML and animation capabilities of the Web authoring software.Recommended: General knowledge of basic HTML.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $25

CAB172 - Adobe Photoshop
Course introduces Adobe Photoshop, image editing program. Content includes producing high-quality digital images and manipulating scanned images, as well as outputting color separations and halftones. Practical exercises with tools to demonstrate capabilities of the Photoshop program. Recommended: Hands-on experience using Windows software.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 3)
Fee: $45

CAB175 - Adobe Illustrator
Course introduces Adobe Illustrator software, the industry standard for graphic designers and technical illustrators, marketing and sales. Content includes object-based drawing applications using practical exercises and includes reflecting, shearing and blending objects, drawing, layers, charting and web graphics to create professional, computer based illustrations.Prerequisite: Hands-on experience using Windows software.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 3)
Fee: $45

CAB178 - Adobe Flash
Course introduces Flash authoring environment and basic features and functions of the Flash application, to create high-impact Web sites. Content includes activities using the program’s tools and modifiers, color capabilities, text formatting; sound importing methods; bitmap optimization capabilities.Recommended: CIS 131
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $25

CAB180 - Administrative Office Management and Professional Development
Course provides a dynamic and integrated approach to the ever-changing demands and responsibilities of the office professional in today’s global job market. It is designed for the student who would like to develop the essential soft skills and hard skills needed in office administration for a wide range of industries and companies. Emphasis is placed on integrating skills using appropriate software applications and developing critical-thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and decision-making skills in real-life applications.Recommended: Basic computer coursework or comparable work experience.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
Fee: $25

CAB182 - Introduction to Business Telecommunications.
Course presents overview of telecommunications technology. Focus is on electronic mail and the Internet. Content includes careers in telecommunicationsand networking, topologies, transmission media, security, and real world applications used in industry. Recommended: Hands-on computer experience using software that runs in Windows.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 4; lab: 1)
Fee: $15

CAB184 - Communication Strategies
Course develops strategies for effective communication in business. Content includes skills to plan, organize and develop business correspondence, reports, presentations and visual enhancements; edit and critique business documents; establish oral communication techniques for business situations; conduct meetings; develop dictation skills; create graphics through electronic media; andrefine listening techniques. Prerequisite: EGL 101 or entry-level competency for EGL 101 on placement test.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
Fee: $15

CAB225 - Advanced Word Processing and Publishing
Course reinforces word processing and desktop publishing concepts through instruction and exercises in which students create business-quality documents. Exercises are designed to build proficiency in the desktop publishing features in Word and to develop skills in critical thinking, decision making, and creativity. Based on real-life situations, students plan, design, and evaluate business and personal documents for publication. This course is designed for majors in Computer Applications for Business (CAB) and for those who wish to expand their word processing and desktop publishing skills.Prerequisite: CAB125 or consent of instructor.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 1)
Fee: $45

CAB235 - Advanced Spreadsheeting Using Excel
This course is a continuation of Electronic Spreadsheeting Using Excel (CAB 135). Students will learn advanced Excel techniques using Microsoft Excel, such as interfacing with external data sources using XML, locating and resolving errors using Excel auditing tools, tracking and managing changes, and managing collaboration on workbooks. Prerequisite: CAB 135 or consent of instructor.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 1)
Fee: $15

CAB238 - Excel Expert Certification Preparation
Course offers an intensive review of the methods and techniques which should be on the Microsoft Expert Certification Exam for Excel. This will include taking actual sample exam questions under both an untimed and timed environment.Prerequisite: Recent completion of CAB 235 or consent of instructor.
1 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 1)
Fee: $15

CAB251 - Computer Applications for Business Internship
Course consists of direct work experience in a computer applications-related environment at an approved business or industrial firm applying knowledge and skills learned to their daily assigned responsibilities. The student will meet with aComputer Applications for Business instructor who will evaluate their on-the-job technical skills. Arrangements for the work experience will be made in conjunction with the CAB coordinator. In addition, the student will discuss work-related situations with the instructor. Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 15 credits in CIS, CAB, WWW, or CNS with a grade of C or better in each course and consent of instructor, department coordinator, or program chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 10)

CAB265 - Advanced Adobe InDesign
Course is project oriented using advanced InDesign techniques. Content includes design decisions, graphics creation, scaling and cropping, and typeface options and manipulations, as well as the creation of various types of publications. Focus is on coordination of all the components within the publishing process. Student will design, write and produce a major project, such as an annual report.Prequisite: CAB 165 with a minimum grade of C.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $45

CAB272 - Advanced Adobe Photoshop
Course continues Photoshop usage and image manipulation presented in CAB 172 (formerly CAS 217); focus is on final output. Content includes using Photoshop special effects and filter in projects; features available in Photoshop for Web site construction. Recommended: CAB 172.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 3)
Fee: $45

CAB275 - Advanced Adobe Illustrator
Course expands use of basic Illustrator tools to create projects common to commercial graphic art production. Content includes introduction to colormanagement, technical illustration, map making and charts, Web images, point of purchase. Focus is on building a portfolio using Adobe Illustrator asa tool. Recommended: CAB 175.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $45

CAB281 - Software for Graphic Design
This is a project oriented capstone class in which the student uses current illustration and design software packages to create various professional modes of output. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator are used along with Adobe InDesign.Prerequisite: CAB 165, CAB 172, and CAB 175 and with minimum grades of C in each.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $45

CAB290 - Topics in Computer Applications for Business
Course designed to meet the needs for specialized instruction in current office automation topics. Topics will be identified for each section of course. May be repeated up to three times on different topics for a maximum of nine semester credit hours. Prerequisite may vary by topic.
1-4 Credit Hours (lecture: 0-4; lab: 0-4)

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