CURRICULAR GUIDE

Court Reporting
Associate in Business Degree

Curriculum Code: 0273  (Effective Fall 1999 - Summer 2004)

Reporters are communication specialists who use a steno machine to make a
verbatim record of legal proceedings and produce an accurate transcript of
what was said.  They can also be realtime reporters and/or captioners,
providing instant translation for deaf or hard-of-hearing persons. Court
reporters work in all environments where a verbatim record is needed or voice-
to-text translation is required for communication access.  Official reporters
work in the courtroom.  Freelance reporters work in a freelance firm or home
office.  Realtime reporters work in a classroom or conference setting. 
Captioners work at a television station.  State certification is required and
national certification is highly recommended.  Not all courses in this program
transfer to all colleges.  Students planning to transfer should see an
academic advisor or counselor before enrolling in any course.

This is a selective admission program.  In order to be considered as a
candidate for this program, students must meet basic admission requirements
beyond those required for admission to the college.  Many of the courses for
this program are open only to students officially admitted to the Court and
Conference Reporting Program.

Students should see the "Course Descriptions" section of this catalog or the
Course Schedule for course prerequisite information.  Basic skills assessment
and advising information may be found on page 8 of this catalog.

General education is an important part of this program and includes a
mathematics competency requirement.  To fulfill the mathematics competency
requirement, students may need to complete specific coursework in mathematics. 
For information on how to fulfill all general education requirements, see page

The admission and/or graduation requirements for this program may change each
academic year.  The program requirements below apply only to those students
who have been admitted to the program for the 1999/2000 academic year.  For
the most recent and complete information, interested students should contact
the Admissions Office, Room 232 Gannon Vocational-Technical Center, telephone
(517) 483-1254.

For current information about admission requirements, students must contact
the Admissions Office, Gannon Vocational-Technical center, Room 232, telephone
number (517) 483-1254.

REQUIREMENTS                                                 TOTAL: 49 CREDITS
CODE        TITLE                                                 CREDIT HOURS
CACR 101    Machine Shorthand Theory I                                       6
CACR 111    Machine Shorthand Theory II                                      6
CACR 121    Introduction to Speedbuilding                                    6
CACR 205    Court Reporting I                                               11
CACR 206    Court Reporting II                                              11
CACR 215    Intermediate Speedbuilding                                       6
CACR 245    Court Procedures                                                 1
CACR 246    Internship (See Note 1)                                          1
CACR 270    Realtime Reporting                                               1

LIMITED CHOICE REQUIREMENTS                               TOTAL: 15-23 CREDITS
Complete the indicated number of credits from each CHOICE listed below.

CHOICE 1:   General Education Core Areas                            12 Credits
(See the "GENERAL EDUCATION" section above)
            Writing Core Area                                                3
            Speech Communication Core Area                                   3
            Science/Technology Core Area                                     3
            Global Perspectives and Diversity Core Area                      3
            Mathematics Competency (See page 22 for information on
            how to fulfill this requirement)

CHOICE 2:   Professional Related Courses                             3 Credits
CJUS 103    Criminal Law                                                     3
LEGL 215    Busn Law I, Basic Principles                                     3

CHOICE 3:   Advanced Speedbuilding Courses (See Note 2)            0-8 Credits
CACR 225    Advanced Speedbuilding I                                         4
CACR 226    Advanced Speedbuilding II                                        4
            MINIMUM TOTAL                                                   64

1.    CACR 246 requires 100 verified hours of actual writing fieldwork.
2.    CACR 225 and 226 are required courses for students not achieving the top
      speed level requirements in CACR 215.
3.    Students must begin Court and Conference Reporting courses in the fall
      or spring.  A deposit of $75.00 for a steno machine and $25.00 for a
      stand is required for students admitted into the program.  Students are
      responsible for obtaining their own equipment upon completion of the
4.    CACR 260 is a Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) exam prep course.  It
      is offered to alumni eight weeks prior to the CSR exam.  It is not a
      required course for the program.
5.    A final grade of 3.0 or higher is required to advance to the next
      related CACR course.
6.    For graduation, students must attain the following minimum speeds with
      95-97% accuracy: three timings at 230 wpm Q&A; three timings at 200 wpm
      Jury Charge; three timings at 180 wpm Literary; and two typing timings
      at 60 net wpm.
7.    This curriculum meets all of the National Court Reporters Association
      Committee on Approved Student Education (CASE) minimum standards for 
      receiving a degree in Court Reporting.

Students should see course descriptions to find out when departments plan to
offer courses.  Students who for any reason are unable to follow the course
sequence suggested below (for example, those who are part-time, have
transferred in courses from another school, or have prerequisites to fulfill)
should contact an academic advisor or counselor for help with adjustments.

I                 II                III               IV
CACR 101          CACR 111          CACR 121          CACR 205
Lim.Ch.1          Lim.Ch.1                            CACR 270
Lim.Ch.1          Lim.Ch.1

V                 VI
CACR 206          CACR 215
CACR 245          CACR 246