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Court Reporting Technology (AAS.CRT)

Court Reporting Technology features a comprehensive study of a high-tech, potentially well-paying profession in one of two specializations. The court reporting profession prepares students for careers in the judicial setting as either official or freelance court reporters. The Captioning specialization prepares students for careers providing captioning for broadcast television and internet programs working with the deaf or hard-of-hearing population providing instantaneous text translation in education, civic, and corporate settings. Students will have the ability to apply skills and knowledge learned for entry-level employment. They will demonstrate proficient skills in the use of real-time technology and implement professional skills in preparing accurate, instantaneous text translations.

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FIRST YEAR
First Semester
Hours
GEN
ENG-095
Business English

ENG-095
Business English

Using critical thinking skills, students will study and reinforce the basics of the English language as they apply to business communications. Emphasis is placed on grammar, punctuation, spelling, word usage, and sentence structure.

Course Outline

3.0
CORE
CRT-043
Intro to Court Reporting/CART

CRT-043
Intro to Court Reporting/CART

Comprehensive survey of the field of court reporting. Examination of history of reporting, equipment needs and technological trends, role of working reporter within legal system, business environment, and educational system.


Course Outline

1.0
CORE
CRT-047
Machine Shorthand Theory

CRT-047
Machine Shorthand Theory

A beginning course in machine shorthand theory. Students will receive instruction in real time, conflict-free writing for court reporters, captioners, and CART providers.


Course Outline

4.0
GEN
SFS-101
Strategies for Success

SFS-101
Strategies for Success

Designed to improve student performance in college and beyond. Topics include: college resources; identification of college and career goals; implementation of study, note-taking, and test-taking strategies; and development of life management skills including time management, stress management, and relationship skills.

Course Outline

2.0
GEN
BIO-050
Basic Anatomy & Physiology

BIO-050
Basic Anatomy & Physiology

This course provides an understanding of anatomical structures and functions of the human body.

Course Outline

4.0

Semester Totals

14.0
Second Semester
CORE
CRT-084
Medical & Legal Terminology

CRT-084
Medical & Legal Terminology

A court reporter's course in medical terminology that covers medical word parts, going over primary terms, then reviewing structure and functions of the body systems. Legal terminology gives knowledge and understanding of commonly-used words in a courtroom.


Course Outline

3.0
GEN
BUS-141
Business Communications

BUS-141
Business Communications

Provides students practical strategies for improving written and oral communication, including employment communication, in business settings.

Course Outline

3.0
CORE
CRT-040
Speedbuilding I

CRT-040
Speedbuilding I

Speedbuilding to level 1. Students perfect foundational real time writing skills and establish keyboard mastery through practice of finger drills and sentence drills involving high-frequency words and phrases. Speeds increase weekly to encourage steady progress. Accompanies lessons in CRT-047.


Course Outline

3.0
CORE
CRT-045
Speedbuilding II

CRT-045
Speedbuilding II

Introduces students to two-voice material. Speedbuilding to level 2. Writing fluency continues to be focus as students practice at speeds ranging from 80-120 wpm. Readbacks daily, testing weekly at 80-100 wpm


Course Outline

3.0

Semester Totals

12.0
Summer Term
CORE
CRT-050
Speedbuilding III

CRT-050
Speedbuilding III

Introduces students to jury charge and literary material. Speedbuilding to level 3. Continued focus on concentration and fluency as students practice at speeds from 110-130 wpm. Readbacks daily, testing weekly 100-120 wpm.


Course Outline

3.0

Semester Totals

3.0
SECOND YEAR
First Semester
Hours
CORE
CRT-055
Speedbuilding IV

CRT-055
Speedbuilding IV

Speedbuilding to level 4. Continued exposure to material experienced daily by reporters. Continued focus on concentration and fluency and advanced theory principles as students practice at speeds from 130-150 wpm.


Course Outline

3.0
CORE
CRT-060
Speedbuilding V

CRT-060
Speedbuilding V

Speedbuilding to level 5. Continued student exposure to material experienced daily by reporters. Continued focus on concentration and fluency and advanced theory principles as students practice at speeds from 150-170 wpm.


Course Outline

3.0
CORE
CRT-068
Proofreading Skill Development

CRT-068
Proofreading Skill Development

Proofreading Skill Development Focuses on applying proofreading and editing skills to transcripts. Increases accuracy of editing with regard to placement of punctuation marks and spelling.


Course Outline

3.0
GEN
PSY-271
Intr/Psychology

PSY-271
Intr/Psychology

Focuses on psychology as a science, introducing Concepts, research methods and research in a variety of subfields, including neuroscience, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning and memory, cognition, motivation and emotion, development, personality, disorders and therapy, and social psychology.

Course Outline

3.0

Semester Totals

12.0
Second Semester
CORE
CRT-072
Courtroom Procedures

CRT-072
Courtroom Procedures

Focuses on the role of the official and freelance reporter, including communication skills, professional image, confidentiality of proceedings, preparation of deposition/court transcripts, deadlines, marking and handling exhibits, storing notes, reporting techniques and ethics, including NCRA Code of Ethics.


Course Outline

3.0
CORE
CRT-065
Speedbuilding VI

CRT-065
Speedbuilding VI

Speedbuilding to level 6 on two-voice, literary, and jury charge material. Continued to focus on concentration and fluency and advanced theory principles as students practice at speeds from 160-200 wpm.


Course Outline

3.0
CORE
CRT-070
Speedbuilding VII

CRT-070
Speedbuilding VII

Speedbuilding to level 7. Continued exposure to material experienced daily by reporters. Continued focus on concentration and fluency and advanced theory principles as students practice at speeds from 180-225 wpm. Readback daily; weekly testing at 180-200 wpm.


Course Outline

3.0
CORE
CRT-082
Court Reporting Technology

CRT-082
Court Reporting Technology

Students learn to use computer-aided transcription software to complete transcripts and write in real-time.


Course Outline

3.0

Semester Totals

12.0
Summer Term
CORE
CRT-075
Speedbuilding VIII

CRT-075
Speedbuilding VIII

Speedbuilding to level 8 on two-voice material. Continued student exposure to material experienced daily by reporters with focus on medical testimony. Continued focus on concentration and fluency and advanced theory principles as students practice speeds from 200-240 wpm.


Course Outline

3.0
CORE
CRT-090
CSR Exam Preparation

CRT-090
CSR Exam Preparation

Preparation for Illinois CSR exam. Speedbuilding at 180-225 wpm on literary, jury charge, and Q&A material. Preparation for Written Knowledge Portion of CSR by reviewing grammar, vocabulary, technology. Practice on past CSR exams and RealTime Coach.


Course Outline

3.0
CORE
CRT-083
Court Reporting Internship

CRT-083
Court Reporting Internship

Internships will include a minimum of 40 hours of actual writing time. Students are mentored by supervising freelance and official reporters. Coursework includes resume and application letter, job-seeking skills, income tax and financial planning information.


Course Outline

1.0

Semester Totals

7.0

Total Program Hours

60.0
 
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