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BUSINESS



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
Focus on the importance of personal and group interrelationships within an organization. Topics covered are the communication process, 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 email, memos, letters, proposals, employment documents, and business reports. Emphasis is 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 1115 -- Internet Essentials,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This is an 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 1119 -- Database Management Using Microsoft Access,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: BUS 1112

Microsoft Access is used in this course to design and create databases. Topics include creating tables, 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 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 1124 -- PowerPoint and Web Conferencing,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: BUS 1112 or previous knowledge of computer applications software

To prepare students to work in today's digital, flexible, and mobile world, students will design and customize presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint and web conferencing tools. Topics include the integration of slide design, audio, video, engagement tools, cloud storage, and web conferencing to enable students to practice formally and informally sharing ideas, making recommendations, and conducting effective sessions with the instructor and class members.

Requirements: A current version of Microsoft Office (for Windows), computer microphone, and webcam.


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 (must have a grade of C or better): BUS 2125 or the consent of the instructor

This is a hands-on course in which students will use a computerized software package such as QuickBooks to record, report, and analyze business transactions.


BUS 1135 -- Payroll Accounting,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites (must have a grade of C or better): BUS 2125 or the consent of the instructor

This course focuses on basic payroll activities which includes the computation, recording and reporting of employee withholdings, employer payroll taxes, and take-home pay.


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; 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 in which you are employeed. 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 1149 -- Professional Selling,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course is an 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, knowledge of Microsoft Word

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: BUS 1112 or previous computer experience including a basic familiarity with computer functions and applications

This course includes the development and authoring of business web pages. Topics include an introduction to HTML and CSS for designers and techniques for creating responsive websites that adapt to different devices. Students will work with a popular web-development program and publish files to a server.


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
The focus of this course is 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 as it contributes to an organization¿s strategic objectives. Major topics include job analysis and evaluation, recruitment, staffing and selection, compensation, training and development, labor relations, occupational health and safety, onboarding, 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 learn 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 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 historical and 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 2125 -- Financial Accounting,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
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 2126 -- Managerial Accounting,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: Bus 2125 (previously 1125) with a grade of C or better

This course focuses on how costs are used in planning, control, and decision making. Topics include differences in managerial and financial accounting, elements of cost, cost behavior, cost flow including cost of goods manufactured and cost of goods sold, traditional and contribution margin income statements, cost-volume-profit analysis, costing systems (job-order costing, process costing, and activity-based costing), budgeting, standard costs and variance analysis, relevant costs for special decisions, management performance evaluation tools (balanced scorecard, operational performance measures, and quality measures), pricing, responsibility accounting and decentralization, capital budgeting and capital investment decisions.


BUS 2141 -- Personal Finance,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course focuses on 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
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. Delivery channels including online and social media advertising strategies will be discussed. Typical institutions and occupational opportunities in advertising will be explored as well as ethical dimensions of advertising.


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. The U.S. Legal System will also be discussed.


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: Permission of instructor

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: Permission of instructor

Students earn credits for supervised work experience in management or marketing positions. They attend seminars and complete projects related to their internship. This internship is taken at the end of the course of study and is 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
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Currently pursuing Office Technology AAS degree

This internship is intended for students who are in the AAS Office Technology program. Students will create and use their job-seeking documents and course-related skills to obtain an internship and earn credits for supervised work experience in office technology positions. They will attend seminars and complete projects related to their internship. This 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 2125 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 as well as 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
This course is a 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

This course focuses on developing students' office management skills for effective use of people, technology, systems, equipment, and space. Topics include human resources management, productivity and work simplification, records management, ergonomic office design, quality improvement, and project management.


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.