Office Administration - Executive
Program Code: OAEX (International) Length of Program: Two-Year Awarded Upon Completion: Ontario College Diploma Starts: Sep (Open)
Term 1 OAG-1025 Document Production I and Keyboarding OAG-1023 Online Communications and Social Media OAG-1153 Multimedia Presentations MTH-1002 Business Mathematics COM-1013 Critical Thinking and Writing GED-XXX3 General Education Elective Term 2 OAG-2214 Document Production II OAG-2204 Professional Workplace Skills OAG-2314 Spreadsheet Management ACC-2503 Financial Foundations JSS-1001 Job Search and Success GED-XXX3 General Education Elective Academic Break Academic Break Term 3 OXH-3003 Document Production III OXH-3803 Database Management OAX-3084 Advanced Management Applications ACC-3903 Financial Applications in Business COM-2013 Communications for Business GED-XXX3 General Education Elective Term 4 OAX-4304 Desktop Publishing OAX-4005 Executive Capstone and Event Management OAX-4104 Web Management CPL-1003 Internship - Part-Time* - OR - OHS-1023 Occupational Health and Safety*

Office Administration is a role that involves regular interaction with all levels of an organization. Today's competitive global businesses require office professionals to be responsible, to manage the administrative tasks that support their fast-paced, dynamic office environments and to provide effective support to all levels of management. Employers need administrative professionals with exceptional computer skills using a wide variety of software programs, the ability to communicate professionally, the ability to provide excellent customer service, and the organizational expertise to keep the office running smoothly.

This Executive diploma program is designed for those seeking challenge and responsibility, advanced business technical skills, and are known for having a keen eye for detail. Students will learn to apply advanced administrative professional skills and manage professional business applications to achieve highly-skilled office careers. Administrative professionals often act as a connecting link between the senior management and the employees in an organization.

Students develop their technical skills including computerized accounting, business communications, interpersonal, social media and web management. With a wide variety of hands-on practical experience built into the program, and emphasis on professional business applications, critical thinking, meeting and event management and problem solving, graduates of this program are fully trained to meet the demands of today's evolving office environment. 

Students experience an active learning environment including an optional internship in Term 4 that provides up to 180 hours of practical office experience. Executive students are strongly encouraged to register for the CPL-1003 Internship course. Students also produce a professional portfolio and participate in a professional mock job interview. Students are also provided opportunities to grow their co-curricular record. 

In the 2019 Key Performance Indicator (KPI) survey, 94% of the students were satisfied or very satisfied that the Office Administration - Executive program provided them with the knowledge and skills that were useful for their future career. Likewise, 94% of the students were satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of the program and their learning experiences and 97% of the students were satisfied or very satisfied that the program developed their computer skills.

Program Capabilities outline what skills students should possess as they progress through each term/year of their program.

Co-op students and employers will find this information most useful and can reference this capabilities document to ensure students are gaining the experience they need to fulfull the program requirements.

The student will be capable of the following skills by the end of the term indicated:

Term 3

  • Proficient keyboarding skills (53 nwpm minimum) with an emphasis on excellent spelling, punctuation, grammar and expert proofreading. Advanced Word to apply mail merge, document markup, long documents, macros and forms, including newsletters. 
  • Advanced level Excel skills to create, format and edit workbooks using formulas, functions, charts, and graphics. Preparing financial data to track budgets, expenses, sales progress and more. This is a continuation of Spreadsheets Management in Term 2. 
  • Access to organize business or personal records in a table, perform queries, create forms and professional looking reports. 
  • Project to facilitate a strong working knowledge of project management skills. 
  • Internet research skills to conduct basic research, gather information to compile comprehensive reports, Internet navigation abilities and other computer skills as required.
  • Simply Accounting including general ledgers, payables, receivables, payroll journals, inventory and account reconciliation. 
  • Practical and advanced oral and written business communications skills including research, proposal writing, and citing information (APA) to produce reports.
  • Business English Skills emphasizing grammar, the writing of memos, letters and short reports with research capabilities. 

Term 4

  • Executive Capstone skills where students participate in a mock interview requiring a career portfolio and once “hired” works on a variety of simulated projects that integrates the Microsoft Office Suite requiring students to problem solve, work in teams, provide excellent customer service, demonstrate organizational abilities and project coordination, produce consistent documentation while maintaining confidentiality.
  • Arrange for and present a meeting/workshop in teams on topics related to the field of Office Administration. MS Teams is used for messaging and file development for collaborative purposes.
  • Web Page Design software to develop, present and publish a professional-looking website incorporating correct design and page layout. Expertise to update web pages and troubleshoot through reading and editing some XHTML coding.
  • Microsoft Publisher to create and edit publications, newsletters, tri-fold brochures, as well as customizing letterhead and business cards.
  • Microsoft Visio to create business process flow charts, workflow diagrams and chart organization to develop professional business graphics. Adobe Live Cycle to create basic dynamic forms and correspondence.
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills, team building and group dynamics to work well with all levels of management and staff as well as outside clients and vendors.

Upon Graduation

For co-op information, contact:
Co-op & Career Services
519-542-7751 x 3455