West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

Computer Applications

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Computer Application Courses Fall 2014

CA010D - Computer Keyboarding (3 units)

Online

Students have the opportunity to learn the touch system of keyboarding, and improve their basic keyboarding techniques to develop speed and accuracy. Techniques of document preparation including formatting for business letters, memoranda, statistical table, and reports are covered. Pass/No Pass Option


CA 031B - Beginning Word Processing, Microsoft Word

Weekend 11/01/14 and 11/08/14

The software program MS Word is taught in this course. Students have the opportunity to learn the syntax and structure of the software and basic operating procedures. Specific topics to be included are: an overview of function key commands, cursor movement, basic input and editing procedures file handling, line and page format features, basic file management, and simple document formatting. Pass/No Pass Only.


CA 33 - Beginning Office Computing (3 units)

Acceptable for credit: California State University
Online

This course introduces students to the Windows operating system. Students have the opportunity to learn basic Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


CA 041 - Desktop Publishing - Adobe InDesign

Acceptable for credit: California State University
Online

This course focuses on the uses of Adobe InDesign for document layout and design. Students have the opportunity to learn how to integrate text, graphics, and photographs to create a variety of professional quality finished documents for practical and business use. Design principles and techniques for kerning, tracking, alignment, using templates, and using style palettes are also covered. Pass/No Pass Option


CA 62B - Beginning Spreadsheets - Microsoft Excel (1 unit)

Weekend 10/18/14 and 10/25/14

This course provides the students with the opportunity to learn the capabilities of a spreadsheet program. Students create spreadsheet formats, enter text data and formula expressions; store, retrieve, copy and print spreadsheets. Creating graphic representations of data and an introduction to macro capabilities are covered.


CA 062G - Excelling with Excel (3 units)

Online

This course provides the students with the opportunity to learn the capabilities of a spreadsheet program. Students create spreadsheet formats, enter text data and formula expressions by storing, retrieving, copying and printing spreadsheets. Creating graphic representations of data and an introduced to macro capabilities is also covered.


CA 064 - Adobe Acrobat and PDF (1 Unit)

Online

This course focuses on using Adobe Acrobat to convert Microsoft documents to the PDF format. PDF files are enhanced with bookmarks, thumbnails, and links. Digital forms and web documents are converted to PDF format.


CA 066 - Beginning Photoshop Elements (1 Unit)

Weekend 10/11/14 and 10/18/14

This is an introductory course in photographic image enhancement and manipulation using Adobe Photoshop Elements. This course focuses on the tools and methodologies employed to change, alter, composite, and adjust photographic images. Emphasis is placed on learning the tools, menus, pallets and functions. This course is suited for small business applications, amateur photographers, and hobbyists. Pass/No Pass Only


CA 066A - Photoshop Elements 2 (1 Unit)

Weekend 11/01/14 and 11/08/14

This course goes beyond the basics of Adobe Photoshop Elements to include intermediate features. Areas covered include tips and techniques, retouching faces, creating snappier outside shots and product shots, making composites and panoramas, being more creative with type, and working with web and print output. Pass/No Pass Only


CA 070  - Using Microsoft Windows (1 units)

Weekend 9/13/14 and 19/20/14

This course introduces students to Microsoft Access, a database program, database concepts, terminology and applications. Students have the opportunity to learn how to define and construct basic forms and reports. Students also have the opportunity to use the Base file management program and receive instruction on how to create and manage database files. Emphasis is on techniques that promote operational efficiency, effective design and proper management of database files. Advanced features of the program are emphasized.


CA 96I - Creating Webpages with Dreamweaver (1 unit)

Weekend 9/13/14 and 19/20/14

Students have the opportunity to create dynamic web sites using Dreamweaver software and/or sites that offer web design services. This class focuses on the home computer user.


Flexible Schedule Options

The Computer Applications program offers students a variety of schedule options so that classes can be taken at optimal times for students' busy lives. Please refer to the Schedule of Classes to see when courses are offered.

  • Traditional courses: Our courses are offered during the day in regular classroom or computer labs. For students who are able to attend daytime classes, this is an ideal situation that ensures easy access to our faculty, the library, labs, and other campus resources and activities.

  • Evening & weekend courses: Some of our courses are scheduled on week nights or weekend days in order to accommodate the hectic schedules of working professionals.

  • Online courses: Our faculty members offer some of our classes in a distance learning format via our college's      course management tool Angel. As a part of their virtual classrooms, students are able to read lessons, participate in discussions, and submit homework assignments. Our Instructors can also be reached by phone or during their       office hours.

  • Hybrid courses (traditional and online): For many students, hybrid courses offer the best of both worlds. Students attend classroom sessions in a traditional classroom for part of the semester, and they also work with their Instructor and other students via Angel for additional computer based work.

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