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Digital Court Reporter

31-170-1 Technical Diploma (TD) Part Time, Full Time 26 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Online

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

Digital court reporters are responsible for recording and transcribing court proceedings using technology to translate the audio into text. In this online program, you’ll gain an understanding of the digital recording system maintenance, upkeep and operation. You’ll receive training in using recording software and providing litigation support, as well as annotating proceedings with essential case information, performing playback of proceedings and accurately preparing and proofreading transcripts. As a digital court reporter, you may also find work in the private sector for attorneys by digitally recording and transcribing depositions.

COURSE LIST

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Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

    Occupational Specific (26 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • MS Word Introduction
    10-103-180
    1Credit
    36
    18
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 10103180
    • Credits: 1.00

    Presents basic features of Microsoft Word. Learn how to create, edit, and save documents; format characters, paragraphs, pages, and documents; apply special features when formatting; and create a merged document.

  • MS Excel Introduction
    10-103-181
    1Credit
    36
    18
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 10103181
    • Credits: 1.00

    Presents basic features of Microsoft Excel. Learn how to create, format, and edit worksheets; create formulas and tables; manage large workbooks; and analyze data with charts and What-If Analysis tools.

  • MS Word Intermediate
    10-103-184
    1Credit
    36
    18
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 10103184
    • Credits: 1.00

    Presents intermediate features of Microsoft Word. Learn how to use styles and create multilevel lists and charts, use advanced table features and editing tools, build documents from reusable content, and revise documents using markup tools.

  • Keyboarding Speed Development
    10-106-112
    1Credit
    36
    18

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 10106112
    • Credits: 1.00

    Focuses on improving typing speed and accuracy through the use of skill-building software. Introduces data entry using the numeric keypad.

  • Legal Fundamentals
    10-110-102
    3Credit
    90
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10110102
    • Credits: 3.00

    A study of how civil and criminal law governs society. Emphasis will be on understanding the state and federal court systems, legal terminology and legal theory. Students will develop those skills necessary to recognize and understand common legal issues facing the legal system. Students will explore the state and federal court systems, civil and criminal court procedure as well as various legal theories.

  • Legal Terminology, Introduction to
    10-110-112
    3Credit
    90
    72

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10110112
    • Credits: 3.00

    Provides the student with the ability to spell, pronounce, and define legal terms used in a courtroom environment.

  • Digital Court Reporting, Introduction to
    10-170-100
    2Credit
    63
    45

    • Instructional Hours: 63
    • Outside Effort Hours: 45
    • Course Number: 10170100
    • Credits: 2.00

    Explores a relatively new career in the field of court reporting. Digital court reporting uses professional quality audio recording equipment to register court proceedings. A digital court reporter oversees and maintains the equipment necessary for recording court proceedings and is then responsible for subsequent transcripts.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • OFFICE 94170100 - For the Record Software

  • Digital Audio Reporting Lab
    10-170-102
    2Credit
    72
    36

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10170102
    • Credits: 2.00

    Introduces the student to the hardware and software used in courtrooms throughout the state of Wisconsin. Provides students with experience operating hardware and command of software.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • OFFICE 10170100 - Digital Court Reporting, Intro

  • Legal Transcription
    10-170-103
    3Credit
    90
    72

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10170103
    • Credits: 3.00

    Develops skills needed to operate machine transcribers, transcribe legal documents into a physical document and use reference materials. Uses dictation material from local legal offices.

  • Legal Transcription 2
    10-170-104
    3Credit
    90
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10170104
    • Credits: 3.00

    This is an advanced legal transcription and keyboarding course. Students will prepare a variety of legal documents. In addition, this course will emphasize advanced editing skills, speed, and accuracy of written record of proceedings of courtrooms and other legal proceedings.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • OFFICE 10170100 - Digital Court Reporting, Intro

    • OFFICE 10170103 - Legal Transcription

  • DCR Grammar & Punctuation 1
    10-170-115
    3Credit
    90
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10170115
    • Credits: 3.00

    Develops skills and understanding of parts of speech, sentence structure, and punctuation of the spoken word. Grammar and punctuation rules accommodate awkward, unclear, and incorrect English that can be commonplace within speech patterns and frequently found in legal transcripts.

  • DCR Grammar & Punctuation 2
    10-170-116
    3Credit
    90
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10170116
    • Credits: 3.00

    Develops advanced skills and understanding of parts of speech, sentence structure, and punctuation of the spoken word. Grammar and punctuation rules accommodate awkward, unclear, and incorrect English that can be commonplace within speech patterns and frequently found in legal transcripts.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • OFFICE 10170100 - Digital Court Reporting, Intro

    • OFFICE 10170115 - DCR Grammar & Punctuation 1

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