Using a personal computer in an office environment typically requires proficiency in using a Windows PC, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, reporting tools and an understanding of IT security.
ACA was designed for those who want an expert level understanding of using a Windows 10 PC and the most current versions of MS Office.
This program from BCIT Computing provides hands-on experience for personal computer users plus an introduction to web development.
Starting with Applied Computer Concepts, students learn to properly use a Windows 10 PC to manage files and protect data.
Microsoft Word or Excel and then PowerPoint, plus an Introduction to Web Development and Design and Applied IT Security Fundamentals completes the core required courses.
Graduates of this Applied Computer Applications (ACA) Associate Certificate may also choose to continue on to the Applied Web Development (AWD) Associate Certificate.
Note: Students looking to work toward the CSC and CST/PTS Diploma must complete ACIS and not ACA.
Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.
A minimum of 22 credits must be chosen from the 'Required and Elective' sections below. All courses must be completed successfully within a five-year period. We constantly update our curriculum to reflect market trends in the industry.
Our MS Office "COMP" courses are delivered by certified by Microsoft subject matter experts who use real world examples with hands-on exercises and significant homework.
Our credit courses are typically 12 lessons each, most courses are 12 or 6 weeks long with some as short as 2 weeks. We have offerings every term in Burnaby and the Downtown Campus.
Please Note: Compressed six-week courses are twice as much work in half the time. Attendance in every lesson is mandatory, missing even one day places students at risk for failure. Miss two days and you will have missed over 33% of the 6 week compressed course and you will have exceeded the 20% allowable.
Intensive two-week courses are not suited for most students as these sections include the same content as a twelve-week course. Students are in class for 3.5 hours every day and must allocate 3.5+ hours per day for labs and homework. It is unwise to attempt a two-week section if you have other course requirements. Attendance every day is mandatory.
Students may be prepared to challenge the MOS*, Microsoft Office Specialist exams at the Expert level in MS Word and MS Excel, should they want to pursue industry credentials.
*MOS, Microsoft Office Specialist MOS exams are available from a third party and may be obtained for an additional cost.
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