Real-time Reporting

Professional Realtime Reporting Certificate

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Program Information and Course Outline

I. Information about the Professional Realtime Reporting Program
    • All courses are 11-weeks in length offered for part-time students on an open enrollment basis at the beginning of every month in any given year.
    • Lecture hours per course = 16.5
      Lab hours per course = 22

    *Lab hours include specific online assignments

II. Instructor Information
  • Name: Rhonda Zacharias or Gail McAllen
    e-mail: textstream@sbcglobal.net or gailmcallen@aol.com
    Phone: 810-844-2060
    Fax: 810-844-2062
    Address: 10291 E. Grand River Ave., Ste. G, Brighton, MI 48116
  • Office hours: Available via e-mail 24/7 with a response within 24 hours and scheduled appointments.
III. Textbooks and Other Materials
  • Online Resources: 30 Steps to Realtime Writing, Realtime Accelerator, dictation library, captioning materials and resources (mandatory)
    Textbooks: TextStream Institute Theory Volume II and III (optional)
  • Materials: Steno machine, steno paper, red pen, notebook, computer (either laptop or desktop running on Windows 2000 or XP), professional version court reporting software
IV. Objectives
  • At the successful completion of this program students will be able to write a conflict-free theory incorporating prefixes, suffixes, compound word elements (both beginning and ending), three spelling alphabets, and punctuation. Students will also receive instruction on equipment setup.
V. Teaching Methodology
  • Modes of instruction: Previously recorded lectures/exercises; Power Point presentations; instructional handouts; two live one-hour one-on-one/small group sessions per month (six total per quarter) by appointment only via phone, Internet, or at TextStream Institute’s facilities; hands-on practice; homework assignments; online audio dictation and testing.
VI. Handouts
  • TextStream Theory Principles
  • What is an Error? (CRR guidelines)
  • How to Take a Speed Test
  • Realtime Accelerator Instructions
  • Weekly reading handouts appropriate to the current lesson.
VII. Course Outline (See individual weekly outlines)
  • This program utilizes online courses, a myriad of practice tools available at the school, and the experience and expertise of Rhonda Zacharias in conjunction with each other. In addition, students will be required to take appropriate lesson tests, speed tests, and evaluations on a regular basis to monitor progress.
VIII. Classroom Policies
  • Please refer to your Course Catalog for all institutional policies.
  • No electronic devices are allowed in the classroom other than those preapproved by the instructor and the Director.
  • No gum or food will be allowed in the classroom
  • Respect for the instructor and fellow classmates is mandatory.
    1. Refrain from distractive behavior
    2. Do not interrupt another person
    3. Remain as quiet as possible during dictation and speed tests
IX. Evaluation
  • Grade Components and percentage of final score
    1. 10% = attendance
    2. 30% = homework
    3. 30% = evaluations
    4. 30% = tests
  • Grading
    1.  A = 90% – 100%
    2.  B = 80% – 89%
    3.  C = 75% – 80%
    4.  F = 00% – 74%
  • Due dates of Assignments and Tests (See individual weekly outlines)
  • Make-up classes and tests
    1. Please consult with your instructor and/or the Director to make up a missed test.
X. Graduation Requirements
    • A Certificate of Completion for the Professional Realtime Reporter Program will be awarded to a student who has satisfactorily completed all applicable Realtime Theory and Realtime Writing courses in the Professional Realtime Reporting program with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Upon completion of the program the student will have successfully passed two five-minute 180 wpm literary proficiency tests with an unedited score of 96% according to NCRA’s guidelines for the CRR.

 

*TextStream Institute is currently pursuing accreditation and NCRA approval; therefore certain courses, grading scales, policies, procedures, and graduation requirements are subject to change.


Course Descriptions

PRW 401 Professional Realtime Writing I

Prerequisite: RTT 101-102, 201-202; RTW 301-305

This is the first of four courses dedicated to increasing realtime knowledge and application while incorporating speed. Major emphasis will be put on increasing unedited realtime translation rates and drilling of realtime theory principles. A 120 wpm literary proficiency test must be passed with an unedited transcription rate of 96% according to the NCRA guidelines for the CRR exam must be attained at the end of this course.

PRW 402 Professional Realtime Writing II

Prerequisite: RTT 101-102, 201-202; RTW 301-306

This is the second of four courses dedicated to increasing realtime knowledge and application while incorporating speed. Major emphasis will be put on increasing unedited realtime translation rates and drilling of realtime theory principles. A 140 wpm literary proficiency test must be passed with an unedited transcription rate of 96% according to the NCRA guidelines for the CRR exam must be attained at the end of this course. (Those desiring an Advanced Realtime Reporting Certificate will be required to pass two of the above proficiency tests in addition to obtaining the base Realtime Reporting Certificate).

PRW 403 Professional Realtime Writing III

Prerequisite: RTT 101-102, 201-202; RTW 301-306

This is the third of four courses dedicated to increasing realtime knowledge and application while incorporating speed. Major emphasis will be put on increasing unedited realtime translation rates and drilling of realtime theory principles. A 160 wpm literary proficiency test must be passed with an unedited transcription rate of 96% according to the NCRA guidelines for the CRR exam must be attained at the end of this course.

PRW 404 Professional Realtime Writing IV

Prerequisite: RTT 101-102, 201-202; RTW 301-305

This is the last of four courses dedicated to increasing realtime knowledge and application while incorporating speed. Major emphasis will be put on increasing unedited realtime translation rates and drilling of realtime theory principles. A 140 wpm literary proficiency test must be passed with an unedited transcription rate of 96% according to the NCRA guidelines for the CRR exam must be attained at the end of this course. (Those desiring a Professional Realtime Reporting Certificate will be required to pass two of the above proficiency tests in addition to obtaining the base Realtime Reporting Certificate or comparable certificate from another court reporting program).

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