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Business and Information Technology Education
Foundations for the Legal Office
This course will provide students with a strong foundation for placement in the Legal Office Procedures course. It includes entry-level skills for working in any office.
Jaclyn Arnold
(405) 743-5419
Fundamentals of Technology or Business and Computer Technology
-Demonstrate the use of proper written English in all legal documentation.
-Demonstrate appropriate grammar and word usage when drafting legal documents.
-Demonstrate appropriate punctuation when drafting legal documents.
-Demonstrate appropriate number usage when drafting legal documents.
-Demonstrate appropriate capitalization when drafting legal documents.
-Demonstrate appropriate spelling when drafting legal documents.
-Demonstrate good composition and expression when drafting legal documents.

-Start Word; exit word.
-Identify components of the Word document window, including Toolbars.
-Save a new document; save an existing document with a new name; open a new document window.
-Print a document; use Print Preview.
-Use Word Count.
-E-mail documents from within software.
-Use Research Task Pane.
-Display formatting marks.
-Create documents with Wizards.
-Use Smart Tags.
-Modify the Document Summary.
-Enter and format text.
-Check spelling and grammar while typing.
-Format characters (font attributes).
-Use Click and Type.
-Use AutoCorrect feature.
-Create footnotes.
-Modify styles.
-Move and copy text; collect and paste using Clipboard.
-Find/insert synonyms.
-AutoFormat while typing text.
-Clear formatting.
-Insert current date into a document.
-Add borders to paragraphs.
-Format paragraphs (alignment, first-line indent, hanging indent, line spacing).
-Sort paragraphs.
-Set custom tabs using the ruler and tabs dialog box.
-Add borders to paragraphs.
-Bullet a list.
-Use Page Setup to change margins.
-Insert page numbers in headers/footers.
-Work with automatic page breaks; enter manual page breaks; enter line breaks; enter non-breaking spaces.
-Use GoTo.
-Find/replace text.
-Create and print envelopes and labels.
-Bullet a list.
-Create a table with the Insert Table button; resize table columns; change table alignment.
-Enter data in a table.
-Insert, resize, move graphics.
-Insert symbols.
-Create and navigate to hyperlinks.

-Start and Exit Excel.
-Identify components of the Excel worksheet window, including cells, worksheets, Toolbars, the Formula bar, and the Status bar.
-Save and print a worksheet and a workbook; save a workbook with same file name or with a different name; open a new workbook.
-Select a cell; enter text, formulas, and functions into cells; correct errors while typing data into cells and after entering data into cells.
-Use AutoCorrect.
-Use AutoFormat.
-Use the Name Box to select a cell.
-Change the view of the worksheet.
-Use Undo.
-Clear a cell or range of cells; clear an entire worksheet.
-Use the Excel Help system.
-Use Smart Tags and Option Buttons.
-Check Spelling in single and multiple worksheets.
-Use Drag/Drop and Cut/Paste.
-Format a worksheet (font attributes, background colors, borders, wrap text, rotate text, drop shadow).
-Apply different formats to numbers.
-Format adjacent cells; format nonadjacent cells.
-Change column widths and row heights.
-Insert and delete rows, columns, single cells or a range of cells.
-Freeze portions of a worksheet; split the worksheet window into panes.
-Use Format Painter.
-Name sheets, reorder sheets, and apply color to sheet tabs.
-E-mail a workbook from within Excel.
-Use AutoCalculate.
-Understand and apply the order of operations when creating formulas.
-Enter formulas using different methods (point mode, fill handle, keyboard).
-Use AutoSum, AVERAGE, MAX, and MIN functions.
-Create formulas; verify formulas using Range Finder.
-Display System Date.
-Understand and apply absolute and relative cell referencing in formulas/functions.
-Understand and apply the IF Function.
-Analyze data in a worksheet by changing values.
-Understand and apply Goal Seek.
-Apply Conditional Formatting.
-Create a series using the Fill Handle.
-Add a chart to a worksheet or on a separate chart sheet; format various aspects of charts.

-Start and Exit Access.
-Identify components of the Access window, including Title Bar, Menu Bar, Toolbars, Taskbar, Status Bar, Database Window, Shortcut Menus and AutoCorrect.
-Use the Access Help system.
-Create and name a database.
-Apply validation rules (required field, range, default value, collection of legal values, format, saving rules, updating a table with validation rules, creating and using Lookup fields).
-Referential Integrity (understand relationships and specify referential integrity, cascade update/delete, use sub datasheets, find duplicate records, find unmatched records).
-Order records in tables (ascending, descending, using multiple fields).
-Creating and using Indexes (single-field and multiple-field indexes).
-Create and save a Table (define field names, field types, field properties, and descriptions).
-Add records to a Table.
-Close a Table; exit Access.
-Add additional Tables to a database; add records to the new Table.
-Preview and print the contents of a Table.
-Change the structure of a table (change field size, add a new field, delete a field, update the restructured database).
-Resize columns and format a datasheet.
-Create forms using the AutoForm option; add records using a form; switch between Form View and Datasheet View.
-Maintain a database: add, edit, delete, search for records.
-Switch between Views in a database.
-Filter Records (filter by selection, filter by form, advanced filter/sort).
-Create reports using the Report Wizard; view a report; print a report.
-Create and run Select queries.
-Display all fields.
-Display selected fields.
-Run a query; print the results; clear the design grid.
-Save and close a query.
-Use various types of data in criteria (text, numeric, comparison operators, wildcards, AND criteria, OR criteria, AND/OR criteria).
-Sort data in queries (omit duplicates, sort on multiple keys, Top-Values).
-Join Tables in queries (change Join properties; restrict records in a Join).
-Create calculated fields in queries.
-Change format and caption.
-Use grouping and calculate statistics (sum, average, max, min, count).
-Use criteria in calculating statistics.
-Create Crosstab queries.
-Process Mass Changes (update queries, delete queries, append queries, make-table queries).

-Start PowerPoint; exit PowerPoint.
-Identify components of the PowerPoint window including Views, Placeholders, Text Areas, Mouse Pointer, Scroll Bars, Status Bar, Menu Bar, Standard Toolbar, Formatting Toolbar, and Drawing Toolbar.
-Create presentations in Slide Layout view and in Outline view.
-Choose and apply Design Templates.
-Check a presentation for spelling and consistency.
-Use the PowerPoint Help system.
-Save a presentation; save a presentation with a new name.
-Use Smart Tags.
-Use Automatic Layout Options to undo a layout change.
-Create a folder and save a presentation.
-Delete slides; hide slides.
-Add speaker notes; print speaker notes.
-Create slides using various slide layouts.
-End a slide show with a black slide.
-Add headers and footers to Outline pages.
-Enter text on slides; correct errors (delete text, replace text).
-Format text (font, font attributes).
-Add/delete slides in a presentation.
-Create slides with single-level and multi-level bulleted lists.
-Change the font and font attributes.
-Find and replace text.
-Use the thesaurus to find synonyms.
-Insert ClipArt with/without a Content Placeholder; move, resize ClipArt; animate ClipArt.
-Animate ClipArt.
-Apply Animation Schemes to a slide show.
-Insert a Clip into a content placeholder.
-Size and move clips; ungroup and ungroup a clip.
-Insert a basic table; enter data in the table; format a table cell.
-Create an Organization Chart Diagram with multiple levels; scale organization chart.
-Add text to various levels in the organization chart.
-Change the shape layout (organization chart).
-Select a WordArt Style; enter WordArt text; format WordArt.
-Display grids and guides and position a WordArt object; hide guides.
-Add a sound effect.
-Add an action button and apply action settings; run a slide show with an action button.
-Scale an action button; format an action button.
-Display guides and position an action button; rotate an action button.
-Add a slide transition effect to a slide show.
-Change the slide layout.
-Change the color of a PowerPoint object.
-Display the Slide Master; replace the Slide Master.
-Apply format changes to the master slide and/or title master.
-Change the preset design scheme.
-Apply a new design template.
-Rearrange slides.
-Add a picture to create a custom background.
-Change the presentation template color scheme.
-Modify the footer on the slide Master.
-Print a presentation as slides, outline, handouts, notes, and transparency
-Print slides as handouts.
-View a presentation in Slide Show View (advance through a slide show manually; use the Popup Menu to go to a specific slide and to end a slide show).
-Run an animated slide show.

-Correctly spell, pronounce, and define general legal terms.
-Correctly spell, pronounce, and define legal terms related to the courts and legal system.
Required Brainbench Certifications (Choose 3) or equivalent industry certification:
-MS Word (any level)
-MS PowerPoint (any level)
-MS Excel (any level)
-MS Office Fundamentals (any level)

Optional Additional Brainbench Competency Testing:
-MS Access (any level)
-Written English
-Business Writing


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SNAP, Paradigm.

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