Office Administration and Technology - Bookkeeping Certificate
Part-time, online, nine months—starts every September and finishes by May.
Part-time means that you should schedule 20 hours per week for assignments and studying.
Learn Bookkeeping fundaments and much more! Understand the full bookkeeping cycle from set-up and beyond. Get first hand experience with accounting software and payroll administration. Build your communication, teamwork and presentation skills.
Through hands-on practical experience, you will learn:
- Proficient, touch typing
- Computer applications such as Word and Excel
- Professional document production
- Interpersonal and professional communication skills
- Accounting concepts and procedures
- The accounting cycle
- To create and modify accounting records
- To prepare and analyze financial statements
- payroll fundamentals
- Sage (Simply Accounting) software
- Employability skills
In addition to meeting the general entrance requirements for admission to Selkirk College, applicants must meet the following Office Administration and Technology Program requirements:
Office Administration and Technology Certificate (Office Assistant and Bookkeeping Concentrations):
- English Studies 11 with a minimum of 60% or higher, or equivalent
- For international applicants, IELTS 6.0 overall band score with no band below 5.5, or equivalent on other internationally recognized English Language Proficiency Tests
- Any Math 10 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 60%
NOTE: Students that do not meet all admission requirements may complete the College Readiness Tool (CRT) to confirm required math and English levels.
The deadline for receiving required documentation is stated in the student’s admissions letter.
An interview (in person or by telephone) with the program coordinator (or designate) may be required before entry to the program.
Where space permits, students may be admitted up to the end of the first week of the course. Admission beyond this point will only be possible with the approval of the instructor(s) involved.
The minimal requirement for graduation is a cumulative program GPA of 2.67 or equivalent standard.
OTEC100 - Online Learner Success
OTEC 100 Online Learner Success (OLS) provides students with a working knowledge of the Moodle online learning platform utilized by all Selkirk College online courses. Students submit assignments, discussion postings, emails, and quizzes to gain experience in working in an online classroom environment. This course is essential for student success in online studies.
OTEC110 - Keyboarding I
OTEC 110 Keyboarding I provides students with the necessary techniques to keyboard accurately at a minimum of 35 net words per minute using the alpha and numeric keyboard. Starting with finger placement, students learn how to type alphabetic keys, numbers, punctuation and symbols quickly, accurately, and without looking at a keyboard. This course or the equivalent skill is essential for those interested in an office career and for subsequent computer courses where keyboarding is required.
OTEC111 - Keyboarding II
OTEC 111 Keyboarding II is an advanced keyboarding course designed to increase keying speed and accuracy to a minimum of 50 net words per minute on a five minute timing. Students cover the alphabetic and punctuation keys, keyboard numbers, and symbols. Keyboarding software provides immediate feedback and records results. Lessons must be completed successfully within the required accuracy goals before advancement. This course or the equivalent skill is essential for those interested in advancing in an office career.
OTEC115 - Administrative Computer Applications
OTEC 115 Administrative Computer Applications introduces essential computer skills required in any office career. Students learn terminology and how to use popular computer applications utilizing the Windows operating system. File Explorer, Windows Accessories, web browser basics, web navigation and research, internet security, blogs and social media are covered. Students also learn email etiquette and how to use Microsoft Outlook for composing, sending and receiving email messages, managing contacts, task creation, and calendar scheduling.
OTEC120 - Business Math and Calculators
OTEC 120 Business Math and Calculators teaches the touch method of calculator use, explains common calculator features, and emphasizes business and personal problem solving. Multiplication, division, the memory function, decimals, fractions, percentages and discounts are all introduced as well as the metric system and conversions. Students use practice drills throughout the course to enhance speed and accuracy.
OTEC135 - Business Communications
OTEC 135 Business Communications is designed to teach students how to plan, organize, and write accurate and effective reader-friendly business documents appropriate for use in today's global business environment. Design and strategies are covered for various business letters, memos, reports, proposals and electronic messages. A situational focus groups business communications into three categories: daily, persuasive, and negative. Practicing techniques for all three, students learn to communicate and respond effectively and professionally in a variety of workplace situations.
OTEC150 - Word Processing I
OTEC 150 Word Processing I is designed to teach students basic functions of a word processing program as well as how to properly format business documents including letters and memorandums. Business standards in all documents are upheld throughout the course. Microsoft Word software is utilized as the learning platform; however, skills can be transferred to most word processing programs.
OTEC153 - Spreadsheets
OTEC162 - Employability Skills
OTEC 162 Employability Skills will help students develop successful job search strategies for today's competitive and changing job market. Topics include self-assessment, workplace skills, creating on online presence, job search strategies and research, using the Internet for job search and career planning, networking, resumes, employment-related communications, application forms, portfolios, and interviews. Students also explore the role of human resources, occupational health & safety, employment standards, and Worksafe BC.
OTEC170 - Bookkeeping I
OTEC 170 Bookkeeping I provides students with an introduction to manual accounting. Emphasis is placed on fundamental accounting principles and their application in day-to-day business situations. This course is based on a service business organized as a sole proprietorship. Students cover basic bookkeeping skills including double-entry general journal entries, posting to the general ledger, preparing a trial balance, recording adjustments in a ten-column worksheet, producing period-end financial statements, closing the temporary accounts, maintaining petty cash, and preparing bank reconciliations.
OTEC171 - Payroll
OTEC 171 Payroll is an introduction to payroll procedures and employer responsibilities with regards to deductions and submissions. Students will practice manual payroll calculation and preparation. Topics of study include calculating employees' earnings and deductions, calculating employer payroll expenses, recording and remitting employees' deductions, and employers' annual responsibilities for filing the T4 summary form.
OTEC172 - Bookkeeping II
OTEC 172 Bookkeeping II is an intermediate approach to manual accounting. Students will gain additional knowledge in common accounting systems including sales, purchases, taxes, and inventory. The concepts will be presented in the context of a merchandising business. Topics of study include specialized journals, combined journals, merchandise inventory, HST/GST/PST, year-end procedures and worksheets, and annual reporting. Financial statements will be prepared in detail including a classified balance sheet, an income statement with a cost of goods sold section, and a statement of owner's equity.
OTEC175 - Computerized Accounting
OTEC 175 Computerized Accounting introduces students to an integrated computerized accounting system using Sage 50 Accounting for Windows. Utilizing business scenarios, students will establish company records; maintain daily transactions using the general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, inventory, and payroll features; and create financial statements.
OTEC181 - Capstone: Bookkeeping
OTEC 181 Capstone: Bookkeeping helps students extend their accounting, word processing and database, and spreadsheet software knowledge by completing a variety of practical, integrated projects. Students will also further develop decision-making, prioritizing, organizing, and other administrative skills.
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