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Course Content and Outcomes Guide for OS 280F Effective Summer 2021

Course Number:
OS 280F
Course Title:
Cooperative Education: Administrative Assistant
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Course Description

Provides field experience for the administrative assistant. Recommended: RD 115, WR 115 and satisfactory progress through at least 15 credit hours of CAS/OS courses, or instructor permission required. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

The student may enroll for 1, 2, 3 or 4 credits. The ratio of hours to credits will be determined by the current policies of the college and the Cooperative Education office. (30 hours of work equal one credit.)  A total of 4 credits are required for the AAS: Credits may be completed a credit at a time over multiple terms.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Successfully meet work goals and objectives created with their supervisor.
  2. Perform tasks related to an entry-level administrative assistant position utilizing acquired classroom skills.
  3. Communicate effectively with co-workers, supervisors, and staff.

Course Activities and Design

An appropriate trainee position must be obtained by the student and be approved by the teacher/coordinator. The employing organization must agree to the objectives of the cooperative education program. The student will develop a training plan with guidance from the employing supervisor and teacher/coordinator.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

A Pass/No Pass grade will be issued for this class. Evaluation of student on-the-job performance will be based on the following:

  • Completion of student training plan objectives as certified by supervisor.
  • Supervisor evaluation.
  • Coordinator/supervisor conference(s) reviewing student's performance on the job.
  • Satisfactory progress toward meeting learning objectives developed with the instructor and employer.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Setting job-related goals
  • Job search skills
  • On-the-job training

 Competencies, Skills

  • Become aware of the importance of personal traits in performing effectively as an administrative assistant.
  • Set and work toward job-related goals.
  • Meet training plan objectives.
  • Perform self-evaluation.