BIR Training Center: Office Support (Quickbooks and Microsoft Office) School Courses in Chicago
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Accounting and Office Administration Curriculum

ABC 100 Office Communication and Administration

In this course, students acquire communication and administrative skills needed for the business setting. Students develop administrative skills by using current Microsoft Office software applications such as Word and PowerPoint, and office machines such as the scanner and copier. Modern workplace e-tools—email, online calendar and web business scheduling are further enhanced in this course. Students learn communication skills including how to handle business phone class and inquiries and how to write business correspondence such as memos, reports, and proposals. The course also incorporates business writing techniques including drafting, revising, and proofreading, as well as an overview of grammar, mechanics, structure, and formatting.
Prerequisite: CIT 102

ABM 100 Mathematics and Computation Review

The goal of this course is to provide students with a review of mathematical concepts. Students will review operations with fractions and decimals, and concentrate on percentages, ratios, proportions, and conversion between the US conventional and metric systems of measurement. Estimation, rounding, and problem solving strategies, including industry-related word problems, will be covered in this course. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to apply the content of the Mathematics and Computation Review course in their respective fields of study and future workplaces.
Prerequisite: Placement or ABM 090

CIT 102 Computer Productivity Tools and Keyboarding

This course teaches students to use the operating system, navigate the Internet, use web-based e-mail, use Outlook e-mail, calendars, create and edit documents in Microsoft Word, and develop and deliver presentations in PowerPoint. Students will also be working on their keyboarding and alpha/numerical data entry skills. This course includes lab work that focuses on hand placement, accuracy, and speed. At the conclusion of this course, students will work through several projects which helps them apply the skills they have learned to the workplace.
Prerequisite: None

CIT 100 Business Productivity Tools

This course teaches students how to analyze data and make business decisions using Microsoft Excel. Students will become familiar with the different elements of a spreadsheet and learn their way around the Excel program. After learning Excel basics, students will move on to develop their worksheets to include more complex formulas, functions, and charts. At the conclusion of this course, students will work through comprehensive projects to help them apply the skills that they have learned throughout the course. This course is intended to help students prepare for Microsoft Office Specialist Certification-Excel. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: create worksheets, analyze data, create a complex formula, format a worksheet, create and format various charts, use formulas and functions to help analyze worksheet data, and analyze and manipulate date in a table structure.
Prerequisite: CIT 102

COS 100 Financial Accounting I

This course provides an introduction to the concepts and uses of financial accounting information in a business environment and its role in the economic decision-making process.  Primary areas of study include the flow of business transactions through the accounting cycle, analysis of the effects of business transactions on the accounting equation, practical application of how to process source documents which includes journalizing and posting the transactions in the appropriate accounts, reconciling a bank statement and processing payroll transactions.  Excel skills learned in CIT100 will continue to be utilized on various Accounting projects.  Students will use a ten key calculator to build their ten-key speed and accuracy.  This course along with COS150 & COS200 helps build a foundation of accounting knowledge.

Prerequisites: ABM 100 and CIT 100

COS 150 Accounting Software Application

In this course, students apply the accounting concepts taught in COS 100 to an automated accounting system, such as QuickBooks, to quickly produce data. Topics include: sales and other customer transactions (accounts receivable), managing expenses (accounts payable), bank reconciliations, reports and graphs, inventory transactions, reimbursable expenses and time, payroll, and preparation of an income statement and a balance sheet.
Prerequisites: COS 100

COS 200 Financial Accounting II

Building upon concepts and skills taught in COS100 and COS150, this course teaches concepts and applications for a merchandising business including sales and purchasing transactions. Students will have hands-on experience processing various source documents (e.g. invoices, timesheets, deposit slips, etc.) by working through an accounting set. Using an automated accounting system, such as QuickBooks, they will record and report transactions to complete the accounting cycle.
Prerequisites: COS 150

COS 310 Career Development

Topics include industry-specific job market, industry overview, and employment correspondence, such as job applications, resumes, cover and follow-up letters, recommendations, and as well as references. In addition to classroom activities this course includes field assignments, job fair participation, and other hiring and placement events.
Prerequisites: Completion of all courses in a program of study.


Classification of Instructional Programs and Standard Occupational Classification

The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) categorizes this program as:

  • Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping (CIP code-52.0302)
  • General Office Occupations and Clerical Services (CIP code 52.0408)

The Standard Occupational Classifications (SOC) for Accounting and Office
Administration are:

  • Bookkeeping, Accounting, & Auditing Clerks (SOC code 43-3031)
  • Payroll & Timekeeping Clerks (SOC code 43-3051)
  • Office Clerks, General (SOC code 43-9061)