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Court Reporting - Associate Degree

Program Code: 101702

You've seen high profile trials with a person keying the testimony into a stenograph machine or read the scrolling captions for the hearing-impaired on your TV screen. The person recording the spoken words at speeds ranging from 180 to 225 words a minute is a court reporter. If you're an excellent listener, have strong language and communications skills, and are committed to accuracy and confidentiality, a career in court reporting may be a perfect fit for you.

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Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have potential for employment in the following areas:

• Legislative Reporter

• Official Court Reporter in the Court System

• Freelance Reporter

• Scopist

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Requirements for Program Entry

• Court Reporting is a collaborative program between LTC and NWTC. Application for this program must be completed through LTC.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESpring 2017Summer 2017Fall 2017
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Curriculum
Court Reporting is a collaborative program between Lakeshore Technical College and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Students attend ITV classes sent from LTC to NWTC. Upon graduation, a student will have completed 65 credits.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-170-144
Realtime Reporting Orientation
1
10-170-144 REALTIME REPORTING ORIENTATION ...prepares the student to use computer-assisted, real-time transcription software, Windows, e-mail, a steno machine, and a laptop in writing machine shorthand in court reporting and to complete and submit required coursework. CONDITION: 10-170-1 Broadcast Captioning or 10-170-2 Court Reporting program requirements met.
10-170-160
Legal Terminology
1
10-170-160 LEGAL TERMINOLOGY ...provides the student with the ability to spell, pronounce, and define legal terms.
10-801-136
English Composition 1
3
10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=75 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
OR
10-801-195
Written Communication
3
10-801-195 WRITTEN COMMUNICATION ...the nature and scope of academic and business writing. Develops writing skills which include pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing. A variety of writing assignments are designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents. (Prerequisite: Accepted in the UW-Oshkosh General Studies Transfer Certificate; Accuplacer Sentence Skills=75 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT- Reading =15 or ACT English=18 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) This course is offered only on an infrequent basis. 3 cr.
10-809-198
Intro to Psychology
3
10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
8
SECOND SEMESTER
10-170-105
Realtime Reporting II
5
10-170-105 REALTIME REPORTING II ...prepares the learner to write multi-syllabic words; punctuation and special symbols, short forms and phrases, prefixes and suffixes; numbers, frequently used words and phrases, contractions using the Z-rule, the "Flagged Alphabet;" apply realtime conflict elimination principles; apply realtime theory and write dictation using a realtime theory at a minimum speed of 100 wpm. Concurrent registration in Realtime Reporting 2 Lab is required.
10-170-106
Realtime Reporting I
5
10-170-106 REALTIME REPORTING I ...prepares the learner to use machine shorthand to write consonants, vowels, numbers, multi-syllabic words, multi-consonant words, punctuation and special symbols, short forms and phrases, words in their singular and plural forms, and prefixes and suffixes. Concurrent registration in Realtime Reporting 1 Lab is required. CONDITION: 101701 Broadcast Captioning or 101702 Court Reporting or 101061 Judicial Reporting program requirements met..
10-170-159
Realtime Reporting Technology
2
10-170-159 REALTIME REPORTING TECHNOLOGY ...prepares the student to use CAT (Computer-Assisted Transcription) and real-time software; build personal dictionaries; and read, translate, and edit transcripts. Students are introduced to real-time translation procedures in court, depositions, captioning, and educational environments.
10-170-184
English for Realtime Reporters
1
10-170-184 ENGLISH FOR REALTIME REPORTERS ...enhances the student's ability to use proper English grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and vocabulary techniques in the transcription of the spoken word.
10-170-805
Realtime Reporting II Lab
1
10-170-805 REALTIME REPORTING II LAB ...expands the learner's ability to write multi-syllabic words; punctuation and special symbols, short forms and phrases, prefixes and suffices; numbers, frequently used words and phrases, contractions using the Z-rule, the "Flagged Alphabet;" apply realtime conflict elimination principles; apply realtime theory and write dictation using a realtime theory. Concurrent registration in Realtime Reporting 2 is required. (Corequisites: 10170105 Realtime Reporting 2 or 10106105 Realtime Reporting 2)
10-801-196
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMM...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
OR
10-801-198
Speech
3
10-801-198 SPEECH...fundamentals of effective oral presentation to small and large groups: topic selection, audience analysis, methods of organization, research, structuring evidence and support, delivery techniques, and the listening process. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
SUMMER SEMESTER
10-170-104
Broadcast Captioning Research
1
10-170-104 BROADCAST CAPTIONING RESEARCH METHODS...prepares the learner to prepare (research) prior to broadcast, conduct research in preparation for broadcasting international news, national news, local news, weather reports, sporting events, writing geographical terms, utilize culturally diverse terminology, and create job dictionaries. Course Typically Offered: At NWTC via distance learning
10-170-108
Realtime Reporting Speed Dev
2
10-170-108 REALTIME REPORTING SPEED DEVELOPMENT ...further develops skills acquired in Realtime Reporting 2 on literary, jury charge, and testimony material beginning at 100 wpm. Scheduled during the summer term, students must pass two, 3-minute timings at a minimum speed of 110 words per minute. (Prerequisite: 10-170-105, Realtime Reporting 2 or 10-106-105, Realtime Reporting 2)
10-809-172
Intro to Diversity Studies
3
10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
OR
10-809-122
Intro to Amer Government
3
10-809-122 INTRO TO AMER GOVERNMENT...introduces American political processes and institutions: focusing on rights/responsibilities of citizens and the process of participatory democracy. Examines separation of powers and checks/balances & the roles of different groups. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
10-809-196
Intro to Sociology
3
10-809-196 INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY...the nature and variety of groups; inequality, race and ethnicity; family, population, social integration, and change; collective behavior; politics, economics, religion, education, and the effects of technology. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
SEMESTER TOTAL
9
THIRD SEMESTER
10-170-156
Testimony I -Advanced
3
10-170-156 TESTIMONY I-ADVANCED ...prepares the student to write 2-voice testimony at 160 words per minute for 3 minutes and transcribe at least 3 timings with a minimum of 95 percent accuracy and prepare salable transcripts. Concurrent registration in Testimony I Lab-Advanced is required. (Prerequisite: 10170153 Testimony 1-Beginner or 10106153 Testimony 1-Beginner or CONDITION: Minimum of 130 WPM met)
10-170-171
Medical Reporting/Terminology
2
10-170-171 MEDICAL REPORTING & TERMINOLOGY ...prepares the student to write medical terminology in machine shorthand using appropriate medical terminology from material dictated at a minimum speed of 150 wpm for 5 minutes with a minimum of 95 percent accuracy. The student will research medical information, prepare salable transcripts, and submit timings. (Prerequisite: 10170156 Testimony 1-Adv or 10106156 Testimony 1-Adv)
10-804-123
Math w Business Apps
3
10-804-123 MATH W BUSINESS APPS...real numbers; basic operations; proportions/one variable; percents, simple/compound interest; annuity; apply math concepts to purchasing/buying process, selling process; and basic statistics with business/consumer applications. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer Arithmetic=65 or ACT-Math =15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better OR equivalent)
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10-804-106
Intro to College Math
3
10-804-106 INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE MATH …an introductory level course designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and statistics. Emphasis will be placed on computational skills and applications of rational numbers; problem solving skills with ratios, proportions, and percent; basic principles and application of algebra, geometry, graphing, and statistics; measurement skills in U.S. Customary and Metric Systems; and the use of calculators as a tool. 3 cr.
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10-806-112
Principles of Sustainability
3
10-806-112 PRINCIPLES OF SUSTAINABILITY...prepares the student to develop sustainable literacy, analyze the interconnections among the physical and biological sciences and environmental systems, summarize the effects of sustainability on health and well-being, analyze connections among social, economic, and environmental systems, employ energy conservation strategies to reduce the use of fossil fuels, investigate alternative energy options, evaluate options to current waste disposal and recycling in the U.S., and analyze approaches used by your community to promote and implement sustainability. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
10-809-195
Economics
3
10-809-195 ECONOMICS ...scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment, and global economic issues. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
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10-809-144
Macroeconomics
3
10-809-144 MACROECONOMICS ...introduces the learner to basic social choices regarding economic systems, basic economic aggregates, fiscal policy, the banking system, monetary policy, and international trade. Balance is drawn between theory, analysis and a critique of the institutions that characterize modern mixed-capitalist economies. Conflicting social goals, economic constraints, and environmental concerns provide the framework through which the macroeconomy is analyzed. 3 cr.
SEMESTER TOTAL
11
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-170-101
Captioning/CART
4
10-170-101 CAPTIONING/CART ...prepares the student to utilize realtime terminology and technology, follow guidelines in the CART providers manual, follow ADA regulations, describe CART provider and captioning requirements, write new punctuation and symbols, write a 30-minute news broadcast nonstop, finger-spell words, manage dictionaries, control caption spacing and placement, speaker ID’s, write environmental sounds and descriptors, and write technical terms in various subjects. (Prerequisites:10-170-156, Testimony 1 - Advanced; 10-170-109, Literary 1 – Advanced)
10-170-111
Literary II-Advanced
2
10-170-111 LITERARY II-ADVANCED ...prepares the learner to write literary material at 180 words per minute for 5 minutes and transcribe at least 3 timings with a minimum of 95 percent accuracy, write and read back current events dictation, and prepare salable transcripts. (Prerequisite: 10-170-114, Literary 2-Beginner or 10-106-114, Literary 2-Beginner)
10-170-129
Jury Charge II-Advanced
2
10-170-129 JURY CHARGE II-ADVANCED ...prepares the learner to write jury charge material at 200 words per minute for 5 minutes and transcribe at least 3 timings with a minimum of 95 percent accuracy and prepare salable transcripts. (Prerequisite: 10170122 Jury Charge 2-Beginner or 10106122 Jury Charge 2-Beginner or CONDITION: Minimum of 180 WPM met.)
10-170-141
Court Reporting Procedures
2
10-170-141 COURT REPORTING PROCEDURES ...introduces the student to reporting procedures for which reporters are responsible in the courtroom, deposition, and real-time reporting environments, including preparing salable transcripts, researching legal citations, and developing professional development plans.
10-170-145
Court Reporting Internship
1
10-170-145 COURT REPORTING INTERNSHIP ...prepares the student to write machine shorthand verbatim for a minimum of 40 hours of actual writing time in the courtroom, classroom, and deposition environment under the supervision of a working reporter; prepare a 40-page transcript, and summarize the internship experience in a narrative report. (Prerequisites: 10-106-108 or 10-170-108, Realtime Rptg Speed Dev; 10-106-128 or 10-170-128, Jury Chrg 1-Adv; 10-106-109 or 10170109 Lit 1-Adv, 10106156 or 10170156 Test 1-Adv; Corequisites: 10106129 or 10-170-129, Jury Chrg 2-Adv; 10-106-111 or 10-170-11, Lit 2-Adv; 10-106-157 or 10-170-157, Test 2-Adv)
10-170-146
Four Voice
1
10-170-146 FOUR VOICE...prepares the student to write four-voice testimony from material dictated at a minimum speed of 160 wpm for 5 minutes with a minimum of 95 percent accuracy. (Prerequisite: 10-170-154, Testimony 2 - Beginner) Course Typically Offered: At NWTC via distance learning
10-170-157
Testimony II-Advanced
3
10-170-157 TESTIMONY II-ADVANCED ...prepares the learner to write 2-voice testimony material at 225 words per minute for 5 minutes and transcribe at least 3 timings with a minimum of 95 percent accuracy and prepare salable transcripts. Concurrent registration in Testimony II Lab-Advanced is required. (Prerequisite: 10170154 Testimony 2-Beginner or 10106154 Testimony 2-Beginner or CONDITION: Minimum of 190 WPM met)
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
TOTAL CREDITS
60
Curriculum Note
. The following beginning courses are required prior to advanced courses:
10-170-121,
Jury Charge
I-Beginner
10-170-122,
Jury Charge
II-Beginner
10-170-113,
Literary
I-Beginner
10-170-114,
Literary
II-Beginner
10-170-153,
Testimony
I-Beginner
10-170-154,
Testimony
II-Beginner
. The following courses are offered only at Lakeshore Technical College:
10-809-144,
Macroeconomics
10-801-195,
Written
Communication
10-806-112,
Principles of
Sustanability
10-804-106,
Intro to College
Math
. The following optional courses are recommended for skills enhancement:
10-170-140,
Realtime Reporting Speed
Maintenance
10-170-161,
Realtime Reporting Technology Adv
(Fall)
Skillbuilding 1, 2, or 3 (recommended in Summer Semester)

Program Outcomes

• Develop proficiency in machine shorthand using realtime theory.
• Develop a personal dictionary, read, translate, and edit transcripts using CAT (computer-aided transcription) software.
• Produce salable transcripts on a realtime translation system.
• Demonstrate knowledge of proper reporting procedures and responsibilities for freelance and official reporting.
• Demonstrate knowledge of legal and medical concepts and terminology.
• Demonstrate knowledge of the professional reporting organizations and methods of gaining certification as a Registered Professional Reporter.

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