Business Information Management

Ryan Duvall
509.793.2175
bim@bigbend.edu

The Business Information Management (BIM) program degrees and certificates outlined are suggested courses of study for students interested in pursuing careers in a business office environment. Students successfully completing a two-year program will earn one of two AAS degrees. Each of the BIM AAS degrees is transferable toward the online Bachelor of Applied Science Applied Management (BAS-AM) at Big Bend Community College or a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Administrative Management at Central Washington University.

Our classes prepare you for the world of work and apply to nearly every sector of the economy. All organizations need administrative professionals. Each program offers a job readiness component preparing you to write winning resumes, have successful interviews and job performance. 

Electives provide students with flexibility while pursuing their degrees and the opportunity to focus study on interest or need. Electives include business management, law, accounting, Spanish, and various office/financial management applications at both introductory and advanced levels.

Most courses are competency-based, variable credit classes. Please refer to the description portion of the catalog to determine if the course is competency-based, variable credit, or structured. Competency-based courses are designed to allow each student to work individually at his or her own pace to accomplish the required course objectives and balance the workload of daily life.

Business Information Management Program Approved Electives 

ACCT 105 Introduction to Accounting

BIM 106 Advanced Keyboarding

BIM 109 Internet Communications (2nd/3rd credits)

BIM 173 Word Processing I

BIM 190 Spreadsheets I

BIM 210 Internet

BIM 285 MOS Prep & Certification (Other MS Apps)

BUS 161 Business Calculators

BUS& 201 Business Law

CJ& 101 Introduction Criminal Justice

CJ& 110 Criminal Law

HED 121 The Human Body and Disease I

HED 122 The Human Body and Disease II

HED 123 The Human Body and Disease III

Degrees and Certificates

Courses

BIM 101: Basic Keyboarding

Credits 1 Max Credits 2
This course gives emphasis to learning the keyboard; namely, the alphabet, numbers, and symbols. This course is designed for the individual who has never taken a keyboarding class, who may want to renew keyboarding skills, or who wants to change keyboarding habits.

BIM 102: Document Formatting

Credits 1 Max Credits 4
This course gives primary emphasis to the formatting of business documents using Microsoft Word 2021

BIM 109: Internet Communications

Credits 1 Max Credits 2
This course will introduce the functions of Outlook 2021 and other online communications and the fundamental use and sharing of online documents and data.

BIM 110: Microsoft Office Essentials

Credits 1 Max Credits 3
This course is an introduction to Microsoft Office Suite 2021. This course is not intended for Business Information Management majors. Credit cannot be earned in both BIMI 10 and BIM 108.

BIM 112: Proof & Edit

Credits 1 Max Credits 3
This course gives students the opportunity to learn different proofreading techniques and then emphasizes practice using those techniques.

BIM 113: The Medical Office

Credits 5
The course will cover the basic job skills and requirements needed to work in a medical office, making appointments, and referrals, HIPAA laws, retrieving billing and coding information, handling patient concerns and questions, proper telephone and collection techniques, managing health records and patient requirements for medical business office personnel. Additional topics include: the general flow of information, the role that computers play in a medical office, and how to use medical office software for activities such as entering data, billing, filing claims, scheduling, and printing reports.

BIM 117: Medical Office Accounts Receivable

Credits 4
This is a basic class in managing the information required for billing medical insurance in clinic and hospital settings. This class will cover coding, specific form requirements, account aging, posting payments and adjustments to patient accounts, and medical coverage plans, including government plans. Issues related to overall medical business offices will also be part of the class, including correct patient billing and collection procedures. (Formerly: BIM 107 & BIM 111).

BIM 130: Filing

Credits 1 Max Credits 2
This course introduces basic filing rules for alphabetic, numeric, subject, and geographic filing.

BIM 131: Records Management

Credits 1 Max Credits 3
Every business needs to manage its records and information efficiently. This course covers the necessary skills to understand the basics of records management and focuses on managing physical documents and electronic documents using different filing methods.

BIM 173: Word Processing I

Credits 1 Max Credits 5
This course is an in-depth introduction to Microsoft Word. The focus is to learn functions of Word 2021, to apply these functions to business situations, and begin preparing students for the (MOS) Microsoft Office Specialist exam.

BIM 177: Business Information Management Lab

Credits 1 Max Credits 6
This course allows individual study in one of the business information management subject areas. Study and credit hours determined at the time of enrollment by the instructor.

BIM 180: Introduction to Microsoft Office

Credits 1 Max Credits 5
This course is an introduction to the basic functions of Microsoft Office 2021- Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Integration. This course is intended for Business Information Management and Accounting students.

BIM 186: Microsoft Publisher

Credits 1 Max Credits 3
This course is an in-depth introduction to Microsoft Publisher 2019. Students will learn to create professional publications and marketing materials such as creating a flyer, publishing a trifold brochure, and designing a newsletter.

BIM 187: Adobe Acrobat

Credits 1 Max Credits 3
This course is an in-depth introduction to Adobe Acrobat. Students will learn to create, edit, share, and sign PDF documents and forms.

BIM 190: Spreadsheets I

Credits 1 Max Credits 5
This course is an in-depth introduction to Microsoft Excel 2021. The focus is to learn functions of Excel, to apply this knowledge to business situations, and to begin preparing students for the MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) Expert certification exam.

BIM 198: Special Topics

Credits 1 Max Credits 5
This course provides individual study in one of the business information management subject areas. Study and credit hours determined at the time of enrollment by the instructor.

BIM 210: Internet

Credits 1 Max Credits 2
This course is an introduction to the Internet, web browsers, search engines, and search techniques.

BIM 280: Advanced Microsoft Office

Credits 1 Max Credits 5
This course is a continuation from BIM180 and introduces the advanced features and integration capabilities of Microsoft Office 2021. This course consists of five modules—Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Integration.

BIM 285: Microsoft Office Specialist Prep and Certification

Credits 1 Max Credits 5
This course is intended for students taking the MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) certification exams. This course consists of five modules—Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Students will review Microsoft Office 2021 features and complete a certified MOS exam at the end of each module.