SRJC Course Outlines

1/25/2022 5:52:37 AMBOT 59.5 Course Outline as of Fall 2000

New Course (First Version)

Discipline and Nbr:  BOT 59.5Title:  CREATING VIRTUAL OFFICE  
Full Title:  Creating a Virtual Office
Last Reviewed:3/28/2011

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled014 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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There has been an increase in interest in using technology to work from home--telecommuting. Individuals may choose to work outside of their corporate/business office or may be entrepreneurs who wish to be self-employed. This course will explore issues that should be addressed when creating a virtual office. Topics will include managing your time, customizing your workplace, evaluating and buying technology, communicating with technology, and business ethics.  The course is a requirement of the Business Office Technology Department's Virtual Assistant Certificate Program.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Explore telecommuting--using technology to work from home.  Topics covered: Managing your time, customizing your workplace, evaluating & buying technology, communicating with technology, and demonstrating business ethics.  Course is a requirement for the Virtual Assistant Certificate program.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2000Inactive:Fall 2014
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Students will:
1.  Examine the evolution of the virtual office
2.  Define terms that relate to telecommuting or virtual environments
3.  Assess the skills and work habits for a virtual environment
4.  Identify types of employment that lend themselves to virtual work
5.  List ways to manage personal and business life
6.  Design a virtual office for efficiency and comfort
7.  Evaluate technology needed for a virtual office
8.  Identify effective communication tools and techniques
9.  Discuss business ethics

Topics and Scope
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1.  Evolution of the virtual office
   a.  Mainstreaming of technology
   b.  Types of virtual offices
       1)  Home offices
       2)  Telecommuting centers
       3)  Mobile offices
       4)  Hoteling
2.  Working for a business/corporation
   a.  Costs and benefits of telecommuting
   b.  Identify telecommuting tasks within the corporation
   c.  Common objections to telecommuting
   d.  Selling telecommuting to management
3.  Working for yourself
   a.  Researching business ideas
   b.  Home-based franchises
   c.  Creating a new business
4.  Assessing skills and work habits
   a.  Time management skills
   b.  Ability to deal with challenges
   c.  Dealing with distractions
   d.  Motivation
   e.  Balancing work and personal life
   f.  Psychological issues of working alone
5.  The emerging field of virtual assistants
   a.  Driving forces
   b.  Professional organizations
   c.  Samples of internet web sites
   d.  Articles and testimoniums
6.  Personal and business life
   a.  Creating structureserving and creating balance
   b.  Common distractions
   c.  Avoiding overworkt in a virtual office
   d.  Managing stresssical space
   e.  Techniques for preserving and creating balance
   f.  Time management
7.  Efficiency and comfort in a virtual office
   a.  Identifying physical space
   b.  Equipment placement
   c.  Organizing systems
   d.  Home office ergonomics
8.  Virtual office technologys
   a.  Computers and services
   b.  Printers and copiers
   c.  Fax machine
   d.  Multi-function systems
   e.  Telephone and services
   f.  Personal communicators
   g.  Renting or leasing technology
9.  Communication tools and techniques
   a.  Telephone techniques
   b.  Video conferencing
   c.  Cellular phones
   d.  Fax machines
   e.  Email
   f.  Groupware
10. Discuss business ethics
   a.  Ethical principles
   b.  Adopting a code of ethics
   c.  Exploration of ethical issues
   d.  Contractual obligations
   e.  Individual responsibility and accountability

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Reading assignments from textbook, printed resource materials, and
 Internet Web sites
Research course topics on the Internet
Individual and group activities applying effective communication skills
Writing a variety of reports from one-page documents to research-based

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
30 - 70%
Written homework, Reading reports, Term papers, Projects
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 30%
Homework problems, Quizzes, Exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 20%
Class performances
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
5 - 10%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 10%
Attendance and participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Bredin, Alice.  The Virtual Office Survival Handbook.  John Wiley &
 Sons, 1996.
Struck, Nancy.  Working Smarter From Home.  Crisp Publications, 1995.
Shaw, Lisa.  Telecommute:  Go to Work Without Leaving Home.  John Wiley
 & Sons, 1996.

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