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BUS 1101 -- Introduction to Business,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
An introductory study of the functional areas of business to help students realize the integral role business plays in the economy and our lifestyles. Topics include the major elements in the business environment, forms of business ownership, competition in the domestic and international market, management of human and financial resources, marketing, business technology and information management, accounting, and business and personal finance.


BUS 1102 -- Business Writing Essentials,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Are grammar, spelling, and word usage errors putting barriers between your ideas and your readers? Using a hands-on, practical approach, this course reviews grammar, punctuation, and word usage. Learn how to find and correct errors so that your documents make a favorable impression on readers.


BUS 1103 -- Human Relations in the Workplace,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Focuses on the importance of personal and group interrelationships within an organization. Topics covered are the communication process, customer service, diversity, equal opportunity, workplace bias, group leadership and the psychological aspects of group dynamics.


BUS 1104 -- Written Business Communications,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course focuses on applying direct, indirect, and persuasive writing styles to communicate within and between business organizations. Students apply business writing principles to the creation of electronic messages, memos, letters, proposals, employment documents, and business reports. Emphasis placed on using critical-thinking skills to analyze and solve business problems.


BUS 1105 -- Individual/Corporate Income Tax,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This is an introductory course in individual and corporate income tax. The course takes a rules-oriented approach to income tax and covers the preparation of tax returns as well. Topics include gross income and exclusions, business income and expenses, itemized deductions, credits and special taxes, capital gains and losses, withholding and payroll taxes, and basic partnership and corporate tax returns.


BUS 1108 -- Business Math,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Discussion and application of essential information and mathematical procedures used in accounting, office and clerical work, marketing and finance. Topics include development of principles and operations applicable to buying and selling goods; payroll; insurance; mathematics of ownership (partnerships and corporations); simple interest and discounts, sinking funds and amortization of loans; compound interest and discounts; consumer credit and inventory valuation.


BUS 1112 -- Computer Concepts and Applications,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Business 1153 or keyboarding experience

This computer literacy course focuses on computer technology concepts and software applications useful for work, school, and home offices. Concepts include computer hardware and software, effective Web searching, security, ethics, privacy, trends, and other issues in computing. Students will complete work in Microsoft Windows and the Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Approximately half of the course emphasis is on computer concepts and half of the course emphasis is on the use of computer applications.


BUS 1113 -- Computer Applications II: Integrated Projects,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: An introductory course in Microsoft Office, such as BUS 1112 (Computer Concepts and Applications), or professional experience using word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphic software

This course is designed for individuals who have experience with word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphic software. Students will further develop their software skills and complete integrated projects. In the integrated projects, students will need to determine which software programs are needed to create specific parts of project documents, and then create their software solutions.


BUS 1115 -- Internet Essentials,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Introductory course to using the Internet and World Wide Web to find information, communicate with others, and conduct business activities. Students use real-world exercises to apply concepts to their personal and professional lives. Students should check the current course schedule for required software.


BUS 1118 -- Presentations Using Microsoft PowerPoint,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: BUS 1112 or previous experience

Comprehensive instruction in using Microsoft PowerPoint to prepare presentations. Emphasis is placed on graphic design principles, readability, and integration with other Microsoft Office applications.


BUS 1119 -- Database Management Using Microsoft Access,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Business 1112 or equivalent

Microsoft Access is used in this course to design and create databases. Topics include creating tables, queries, query wizards, action queries, forms, and reports. Macros, visual basic for applications programming, creation of dialog boxes, import and export operations with Access, and designing the user interface with navigation forms are also introduced.


BUS 1121 -- Delivering Effective Business Presentations,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Familiar with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint or equivalent software

You often have only one chance to offer a proposal, sell an idea, inform a listener, or provide a technical briefing. This course provides students multiple opportunities to effectively present ideas in company meetings, webcasts, client presentations and social business settings; as an individual or team member; in-person and virtually. Preparing high-impact, high-skim value visuals with technology tools is emphasized.


BUS 1122 -- Business Ethics and Social Issues,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Introduction to the social problems facing American business with an emphasis on the growing responsibilities of the business person to society. Students will examine ethical dilemmas objectively, and apply reasoned judgment to their resolution using a critical-thinking process. Topics will focus on major issues currently affecting business owners, managers, employees, and communities.


BUS 1125 -- Financial Accounting,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: It is recommended that BUS 1125, BUS 1130, and BUS 1140 be taken concurrently.

This course covers financial accounting concepts from a user perspective and will focus on the application of these concepts in real-world environments. Topics include applying Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to record transactions and prepare financial statements, financial statement analysis, and annual reports.


BUS 1130 -- Accounting Fundamentals,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: It is recommended that BUS 1125, BUS 1130, and BUS 1140 be taken concurrently or that you have accounting experience or knowledge.

This course is designed primarily as a supplement to Bus 1125-Financial Accounting though it may be taken as a stand-alone course. GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) will be applied to the recording and reporting of transactions, with emphasis on end-of-the-period procedures (including adjusting & closing entries and financial statement preparation & analysis), accounting for merchandise operations under a perpetual inventory system, and inventory cost flow methods.


BUS 1134 -- Computerized Accounting,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: Bus 1130 with a grade of C or better or Bus 1125 with a grade of C or better or the consent of the instructor

Hands-on course studying theory and how to use integrated computerized accounting systems. Integrated modules include those commonly found in computerized environments: general, payroll, sales, receivables, payables, purchases, and financial statement analysis. A current business software package such as PeachTree or QuickBooks is used in this course.


BUS 1135 -- Payroll Accounting,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: BUS 1130 with a grade of C or better or BUS 1125 with a grade of C or better or the consent of the instructor

This course is designed to make the student aware of the need for payroll and personnel records and to understand the various methods of computing wages and salaries, computing deductions, maintaining payroll records, and preparing government reports related to payroll. Student is introduced to computer software used to process payroll information.


BUS 1140 -- Applied Accounting,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: It is recommended that BUS 1125, BUS 1130, and BUS 1140 be taken concurrently or that you have accounting experience or knowledge.

This course enhances and expands the student's understanding of the recording, reporting, and analysis of accounting information through the utilization of general ledger and spreadsheet software. Students will use general ledger software to record transactions including purchase and sales orders, invoicing and cash receipts, and receipt of inventory and cash payment, and to prepare basic reports. Students will use basic Excel skills in problem solving. Accounting topics include T-accounts, journal entries, trial balance, balance sheet, income statement, bank reconciliation, purchase and sale of inventory, inventory valuation, depreciation, bond amortization, ratio analysis, and statement of cash flows.


BUS 1143 -- Decision Making Using Excel,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: BUS 1112 or equivalent

This comprehensive course focuses on using Microsoft Excel to design spreadsheets that organize, manage, and provide analysis on personal or organizational data. Students will use problem-solving and critical thinking skills to make decisions based on Excel spreadsheets. This course covers basic to advanced features in Microsoft Excel including: creating, editing, and formatting worksheets and workbooks; constructing formulas and using functions; charting data; creating Excel tables, PivotTables, PivotCharts; conducting what-if analysis; importing data from external sources and working with other programs; and running macros.


BUS 1145 -- Customer Service,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Customer Service, or lack of it, is one of the most important topics in business today. Quality customer service is now expected, no matter what type of business/service you are involved in. Students will learn a usable process for developing the skills, attitudes and thinking patterns needed to win customer satisfaction and loyalty. This course will examine the importance of customer service, understanding consumer behavior, techniques for handling difficult customers, time management, enhancing customer loyalty and creating long-term value for the customer and business.


BUS 1148 -- Promotional Tactics for Small Business,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This courses focuses on the examination, critique and creation of successful promotional tactics and campaigns useful to a small business. Print and broadcast medias will be explored with special emphasis placed on effective web-based strategies. Students will develop a promotional plan appropriate to a small business environment.


BUS 1149 -- Professional Selling,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Introduction to effective sales methods and career opportunities in typical sales fields. Each student will participate in a sales demonstration using the selling methods learned. Topics include steps of selling, closing techniques, follow-up and marketing techniques. Relationship-selling is discussed.


BUS 1153 -- Beginning Keyboarding,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course develops alphabetic and numeric keyboarding skills and includes formatting basic business documents using a word processing program. The course is intended for persons who want to improve their keyboarding skills or have no prior keyboarding experience.


BUS 1154 -- Advanced Keyboarding,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: 40 wpm keying skill, Bus 1153 or equivalent

This course continues to develop and enhance keyboarding speed and accuracy. Skills in formatting, editing, and proofreading of business documents are also covered. The Gregg Reference Manual is used to develop skills in grammar, usage and style.


BUS 1155 -- Word Processing Using Microsoft Word,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Business 1112 or MS Office experience

Comprehensive instruction for using Microsoft Word software. This course covers basic to advanced features in Microsoft Word including: creating, editing, and formatting documents with varying complexity; adding and modifying graphics; tracking changes; creating fill-in forms; working with styles, themes, tables, columns, merging, and macros; and applying document design principles.


BUS 1159 -- Word Processing Essentials,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Introductory hands-on word processing course that helps improve your skills in creating, formatting, editing, saving, and printing documents. Students should check the current course schedule for required software.


BUS 1174 -- Office Systems,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: BUS 1153 or equivalent

Study of office principles, procedures, and systems. Topics include travel, telephone use, meeting preparation, mail management, selection of office supplies, priority-setting, file management and records, stress and time management, reprographics, ethics, and decision-making.


BUS 1180 -- Developing Web Pages,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Students enrolling in this course should have previous computer experience including a basic familiarity with computer functions and applications

This course includes the development and authoring of Web pages. Topics include (X)HTML coding, links, tables, forms, image maps, use of graphics on the Web, style sheets, interactive Web tools, hands-on experience in developing and testing a Web page using Microsoft Expression Web, publishing pages to a Web server, importing files, an introduction to Web site promotion and search engine optimization, and other topics necessary to design and create a Web page.


BUS 1189 -- Topics:,   Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course has been developed as a potential permanent course. The course must follow all the same policies and procedures related to curriculum outlined by the college. It does not duplicate existing course offerings. Refer to course notes for specific course description.


BUS 1221 -- Supervision,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Focuses upon making effective work-related decisions at the first-line management level. Problem solving, workplace communication, leadership, team building, quality control, hiring, performance appraisal and an exploration of contemporary supervisory issues are some of the major topics featured in this course.


BUS 2010 -- Introduction to Human Resources,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course addresses the key concepts, common practices, major roles and functions associated with the discipline of Human Resource Management. Students will analyze the role of human resource management in contributing to an organization's strategic objectives. Major topics include job analysis and evaluation, recruitment and selection, compensation, training and development, labor relations, occupational health and safety and other associated activities.


BUS 2015 -- Benefits and Compensation,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course addresses the key elements and strategies of benefits and compensation management. Students will gain an appreciation for the complexities of strategic compensation planning, job evaluation systems and the establishment of an effective compensation structure. Additional focus is placed on employee benefit programs, incentive plans for non-management, management and executive employees.


BUS 2020 -- Employee Training and Development,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course clarifies the role of training and development in Human Resource Management. Students will be given an opportunity to plan and execute a training program - including needs assessment, evaluating trainee learning styles, costing, selecting delivery alternatives, motivating trainees, and conducting program evaluations.


BUS 2025 -- Labor Relations,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course provides an overview of the labor relations and collective bargaining systems. Students will gain an understanding of the why employees join labor unions, how labor unions function in the workplace and how employers respond to and are affected by labor unions. A balanced perspective will be obtained through the identification and analysis of contemporary labor issues.


BUS 2030 -- Human Resource Information Systems,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
With the emergence of the Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERPS) that integrates various business modules within the company's information database, Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS) has become a crucial focus for Human Resource professionals. Students will learn basic concepts, terminology, functions and outputs necessary to secure, maintain and utilize human resource data in operations and strategic planning.


BUS 2126 -- Managerial Accounting,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: Bus 1112 and Bus 1125 with a grade of C or better

This course focuses on understanding costs in order to aid managers in planning, controlling, and making financial decisions. Topics include cost concepts, job-order costing, cost-volume-profit analysis, variable costing, activity-based costing, profit planning (budgeting), standard cost variances, segment performance measurement, differential analysis, and capital budgeting.


BUS 2141 -- Personal Finance,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
The basics of proper money management for personal and family lives. Topics include budgeting, insurance, tax planning, investment, selecting financial advisors, estate planning, consumer credit and current trends in financial services.


BUS 2142 -- Principles of Marketing,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Application of basic concepts and strategies to the effective marketing of goods and services. Current global trends and their impact on domestic and worldwide competition are analyzed. Emphasis is placed on the application of a critical-thinking process to the development of a strategic-marketing plan. Topics include basic marketing concepts, competitive analysis, market research, target marketing, and development of customer-based strategies affecting product, price, promotion, and distribution.


BUS 2144 -- Principles of Advertising,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Students are recommended to have taken Introduction to Business (BUS 1101) or another business course with an emphasis in writing or marketing

This course will introduce students to the theories and concepts that underlie modern marketing efforts related to advertising. These include awareness and analysis of the primary media and techniques used to identify, inform and persuade target populations. An emphasis will be placed on recently developed delivery channels including online and other Web-based advertising strategies. Typical institutions and occupational opportunities in advertising will be explored, as well as ethical dimensions of advertising.


BUS 2205 -- Business Interviewing Techniques,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Interviewing for employment allows the student to develop communication plans that fit a variety of interview situations. The course is for those seeking initial employment, or considering a job change. Topics include job search, job entry interviews, job interview etiquette, cover letters and resumes.


BUS 2215 -- Legal Environment of Business,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course provides an in-depth focus of law as it relates to the business environment. Areas of study include Employment Law, Business Ethics, Employee Discrimination, Labor Law, Product Liability, Environmental Regulation, and International Law.


BUS 2217 -- Employment Law for Business,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course provides an overview of employment law and how it applies in the workplace. It focuses on legal issues involving the employment relationship, employment discrimination, and regulation of the employment environment in the context of case law and federal and state legislation. The course content covers issues relating to equal employment, wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment and regulatory processes and their application to effective workplace management.


BUS 2226 -- Accounting Internship and Seminar,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisite: Approval of Accounting Internship Coordinator

Students earn credits for supervised work experience in accounting positions. They attend seminars and complete projects related to their internship. Internship is taken at the end of the course of study.


BUS 2227 -- Management/Marketing Internship and Seminar,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisite: Approval of Business Management and Marketing Internship Coordinator

Students earn credits for supervised work experience in management or marketing positions. They attend seminars and complete projects related to their internship. Internship is taken at the end of the course of study. Meant to give students the opportunity to get work experience related to their program of study and to do work-related activities and problem-solving.


BUS 2228 -- Office Technology Internship and Seminar,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Currently pursuing Office Technology AAS degree

The internship is intended for students who are in the AAS - Business: Office Technology program. Students earn credits for supervised work experience in office technology positions. They attend seminars and complete projects related to their internship. Internship is taken at the end of the course of study.


BUS 2233 -- Intermediate Accounting,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: Bus 1112 and Bus 1125 with a grade of C or better

This course adds depth to Financial Accounting topics by applying generally accepted accounting principles and the conceptual framework to measure, recognize, and report complex financial information using a variety of alternative methods. Topics include generally accepted accounting principles, the conceptual framework for accounting, income statement, balance sheet, statement of cash flows, time value of money, and accounting for: cash and receivables, inventories, property/plant/equipment acquisition, depreciation, and impairment, intangible assets, current and long-term liabilities, and stockholders' equity.


BUS 2240 -- Introduction to International Business,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Introduction to the essentials of international business and the environmental forces that have an impact on it. Topics include the economic, cultural, legal and political environments and the international management, marketing, finance, exporting and importing functions. An in-depth study of doing business in a specific country is required.


BUS 2242 -- Principles of Retailing,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Study of retailing as it is conducted in both this country and internationally. Topics include aspects of store location, layout and design, retail management, retail buying, assortment planning, customer service, consumer behavior, store organization and legal issues.


BUS 2244 -- Principles of Management,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Principles of Management examines the historical and philosophical foundations of management as well as current theory and practices. Managerial decisions as a planner, organizer, motivator/leader and controller of a diverse workforce in a competitive environment are identified and evaluated within a critical thinking framework.


BUS 2247 -- E-Commerce - Starting a Web-Based Business,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
The course focuses on the concepts, tools and approaches for successful e-commerce and the necessary steps involved in starting a web-based business. Topics include web design, imaging, necessary infrastructures, search engines, marketing, security, electronic wholesaling and retailing.


BUS 2250 -- Entrepreneurship,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course examines the challenges of and procedures for starting a viable and sustainable new enterprise. Topics include: characteristics of entrepreneurs; the identification and evaluation of new venture opportunities; resource identification and utilization; the development of appropriate strategies and the successful planning, implementation and launch of a new business venture.


BUS 2265 -- Administrative Office Management,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: BUS 1174 or office experience

Development of office management skills for effective use of people, technology, systems, equipment, and space. Topics include human resources management, productivity and work simplification, forms and records management, ergonomic office design, office manuals, quality improvement, and budgeting.


BUS 2280 -- Engagements and Internal Controls,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: BUS 1125 with a grade of C or better

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Financial statement preparation & analysis experience is recommended

Students will learn how to design and perform compilation and review engagements and understand basic audit concepts and procedures. Other topics include: the integration of internal accounting controls into the accounting system, requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) legislation, and how internal controls and SOX affect compilation, review, and audit engagements.


BUS 2284 -- RAP Exam Review,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Bus 1125, 2126, 1105 and 2280; or a minimum of an associate degree or diploma in accounting from an accredited college or university or an equivalent education

This course provides a comprehensive review and enhancement of accounting and business topics for career readiness and to prepare for the Registered Accounting Practitioner (RAP) exam. Topics include the financial accounting cycle, cost-volume-profit, department analysis, time value of money, capital budgeting, investment evaluation, professional codes of ethics, standards for accounting and review, property law, contract law, uniform commercial code, taxation (individuals, sole proprietors, partnerships, S corporations and corporations), employee benefits, audit, compilation and review engagements, and internal controls including Sarbanes Oxley implications.


BUS 2299 -- Independent Study,   Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Independent Study allows a student to earn credit while participating in a supervised learning experience in a community-based or work setting. Students must have successfully completed two courses in the discipline in which they want to undertake independent study. Forms are available in the Educational Services Office. All arrangements must be made prior to registration for the semester in which the project is scheduled and must be approved by the appropriate Dean of Educational Services. In addition, a project outline must be approved by the instructor who will supervise the student's work.


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