Transcription Skills – OST200

Course Syllabus - 3 Credit Hours



Mrs. Melynda Barks                                                  E-mail –

Phone (573) 518-2245                                                                        Office #34:   Hours: TBA


            I.     DISCRIPTION OF COURSE:  A text-workbook to help students develop skills needed to become a proficient transcriptionist.  Various career fields are highlighted so students can become familiar with current vocabulary and a variety of documents used in these areas.


          II.     MATERIALS FOR COURSE:  Transcription Skills for Business, 6th Edition, by Linda Mallison, Prentice Hall, 2004, Transcriber Earpiece.


        III.     COURSE CONTENT: 

Section 1:  Introductory Overview

Section 2:  Machine Transcription Overview

Section 3:  Written Communication Assessment

Section 4:  Transcription Lessons 1-16


        IV.     OBJECTIVES:

1.      To operate transcription equipment.

2.      To review applied language rules.

3.      To transcribe various mailable business documents.

4.      To use problem-solving, decision-making, and thinking skills.



Students may do their work individually and at their own pace.  However, students need to stay in contact with the instructor weekly.  An incoming and outgoing basket will be available in the Instructors office.  Those baskets will be for students to use who cannot attend during the scheduled class time.


Missed lecture notes should be obtained from another student.  MISSED EXAMS MAY NOT BE MADE UP.  IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND CLASSES ON DAYS OF THE EXAMS.  THERE WILL BE ONE (1) TEST SCORE DROPPED AT THE END OF THE SEMESTER.  If for some reason you are unable to attend class, please have assignments turned in on due date.  No credit will be given for assignments after class time of due date..  NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED.


        VI.     SPECIAL NEEDS:

If you have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and need any test or course materials provided in an alternate format, notify your instructor immediately.  Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your special needs.


Honesty:  Since the main objectives of this course are for the student to learn or improve a skill and be more employable, please do your own work!!



Students will receive special attention with listening and decision making skills throughout the semester.  They will learn the technical skills of transcribing documents and strengthen their English language skills by practicing punctuation, spelling and grammar, vocabulary, editing, and proofreading. 



Transcription –    50%                      Progress Checks –   40%                 Workbook Pages –   10%

Revised – January 2005