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BUS 100 English for the Professional

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:ENGRD 110 and ENGWR 51 with grades of "C" or better; or ESLR 320 and ESLW 320.
  • Advisory:BUSTEC 302 and 303
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course is designed to prepare the student for business communication. It presents principles of correct and effective English usage as applied in business. Included are skills and techniques of written communication, sentence structure, word usage, punctuation, spelling, business vocabulary, and business document-formatting. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and effective writing techniques through analyzing written communication and composing and organizing paragraphs into effective business documents. Computer skills are needed to format business documents and search the Internet for information. Proofreading skills are stressed throughout the course. The course is recommended for all business majors during their first semester.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO 1: DEMONSTRATE SKILL AND COMPREHENSION IN RESPECTIVE SUBJECT AREAS AS INDICATED BY COURSE OUTCOMES.
  • Select and use appropriate writing aids and references.
  • Prepare assignments that exhibit a clear understanding of the structure of English grammar, word usage, spelling, punctuation, and business vocabulary.
  • Analyze and evaluate business documents.
  • Produce documents that show an understanding of the essentials of the sentence as an aid to clear thinking and effective writing.
  • Compose coherent, well-developed, unified paragraphs.
  • SLO 2: DEMONSTRATE THE ABILITY TO THINK CRITICALLY AND ANALYZE PROBLEMS.
  • Assess Internet options in the search for relevant information.
  • Examine the content of and proofread written assignments.
  • SLO 3: EXPRESS IDEAS AND FACTS CLEARLY AND COMPLETELY.
  • Create, revise, and edit written sentences, paragraphs, and basic business documents (using a computer).

BUS 105 Business Mathematics

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course is a review of basic mathematical skills and introduces equations and formulas in solving for unknowns. Applications of mathematics in business include such areas as banking, commercial discounts, retail and wholesale markup-markdown, payroll computations, simple and compound interest, bank discount, present value, taxes, insurance, depreciation, and financial statements. This course is recommended for every major in business.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO 1: DEMONSTRATE SKILLS AND COMPREHENSION IN BUSINESS MATHEMATICS (AS INDICATED BY COURSE OUTCOMES).
  • Use and derive formulas and equations in the solution of unknowns.
  • Demonstrate skill in the business use of mathematics through a variety of applications.
  • Develop accuracy, neatness, thoroughness, promptness, and speed as desirable work habits.
  • SLO 2: DEMONSTRATE THE ABILITY TO THINK CRITICALLY AND ANALYZE PROBLEMS.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze thought problems pertaining to business mathematics and to solve them.

BUS 215 Entrepreneurial Opportunity and Business Planning

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course provides students with insight and knowledge into developing their entrepreneurial opportunity and creating a business plan for it. Students will research entrepreneurial ideas and determine how to turn an idea into a successful startup enterprise given the current and anticipated demographic, technological and social climates. Students will also be offered an organized, step-by-step approach to preparing a business plan. Once students are able to assess the feasibility of their own business ideas based on their personal strengths, skills, and financial goals, they will develop and produce a comprehensive business plan. Students will analyze the organization and management of a new business and map out how to execute a new business venture. The plan will enable the students to solve problems "on paper" before they become operational or money problems.

Students with little entrepreneurial experience or have business idea they would like to pursue will benefit from this course.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO 1: Demonstrate the ability to develop an entrepreneurial idea into a viable business concept. This includes the ability to
  • Determine the feasibility of a business idea.
  • Assess the marketability and acceptability of a business idea by the prospective consumers.
  • SLO 2: Demonstrate the skills to research the requirements of starting a small business. This includes the ability to
  • Identify the legal, financial, and human resource needs for a new business.
  • Understand how a business concept might be affected by the current and anticipated demographic, technological, and social climates.
  • SLO 3: Demonstrate the skills to produce and develop a business plan for a new business venture. This includes the ability to
  • Determine the essential elements of a business plan.
  • Identify target markets and project start-up, monthly, and yearly costs.
  • SLO 4: Demonstrate the ability to think critically, develop alternatives, and analyze solutions for a new business. This includes the ability to
  • Anticipate how uncontrollable variables in the environment might affect the new business.
  • Develop contingency plans to navigate through ambiguous situations.

BUS 295 Independent Studies in Business

  • Units:1 - 3
  • Hours:54 - 162 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).
  • Discuss and outline a proposal of study (that can be accomplished within one semester term) with a supervising instructor qualified within the discipline.
  • Design an independent study (to be completed individually or by collaboration of a small group) to foster special knowledge, skills, and experience that are not available in any one regularly scheduled course.
  • Use information resources to gather discipline-specific information.
  • SLO #2: Utilize modes of analysis and critical thinking to apply theoretical perspectives and/or concepts in the major discipline of study to significant problems and/or educational activities (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 3).
  • Analyze and apply the knowledge, skills and experience that are involved in the independent study to theoretical perspectives and/or concepts in the major discipline of study.
  • Explain the importance of the major discipline of study in the broader picture of society.
  • SLO #3: Communicate a complex understanding of content matter of the major discipline of study (College Wide Outcome – Area 3).
  • Demonstrate competence in the skills essential to mastery of the major discipline of study that are necessary to accomplish the independent study.
  • SLO #4: Identify personal goals and pursue these goals effectively (College Wide Outcome – Area 4).
  • Utilize skills from the “academic tool kit” including time management, study skills, etc., to accomplish the independent study within one semester term.

BUS 300 Introduction to Business

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • C-ID:C-ID BUS 110
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course provides a survey of all business areas, including accounting, law, human resources, management, marketing, economics and finance. The course is designed to be taken by all beginning students interested in business. It is a core requirement for business majors. This course provides an overview often very helpful in assisting students' selection of a specific career in the field of business.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO 1: DEMONSTRATE SKILL AND COMPREHENSION IN MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS PERTAINING TO BUSINESS.
  • This includes the ability to describe the economic, social, legal, and governmental environments and how they might affect business operations.
  • SLO 2: DEMONSTRATE UNDERSTANDING OF MAJOR FUNCTIONAL AREAS OF BUSINESS.
  • This includes the ability to identify and describe the functional units such as management, marketing, finance, accounting, and human resources in a typical business organization.
  • SLO 3: DEMONSTRATE THE ABILITY TO THINK CRITICALLY AND ANALYZE PROBLEMS.
  • This includes the ability to critically analyze business problems and utilize critical thinking to develop alternative solutions.
  • SLO 4: APPLY COURSE CONCEPTS TO THE REAL WORLD OF BUSINESS.
  • This includes the ability to connect business theories to practice and recognize the need to deal with ambiguous situations.

BUS 310 Business Communications

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:BUS 100 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Advisory:Ability to key 30 or more words a minute and use a current office-level word processing program.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • General Education:AA/AS Area II(a)
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course is designed to emphasize the use of communication theory in planning and composing various types of effective business letters and reports. The course stresses style, appearance, grammar, punctuation, tone, vocabulary and reader appeal. Interpersonal communication and listening, cross-cultural communication, electronic communication technology, and ethical and legal guidelines are included. A formal report with graphics is required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO 1: DEMONSTRATE THE ABILITY TO THINK CRITICALLY AND ANALYZE PROBLEMS.
  • Compose and write effective letters and memorandums.
  • Critique written documents for clarity and effectiveness in the message.
  • Demonstrate appropriate business writing style, document appearance, grammar usage, and writing mechanics.
  • Research and incorporate sources effectively and meaningfully in a formal business report (including graphics).
  • SLO 2: EXPRESS IDEAS AND FACTS CLEARLY AND COMPLETELY.
  • Write, revise, and edit professional business documents.
  • Create reports for business and other organizations.

BUS 320 Concepts in Personal Finance

  • Same As:ECON 320
  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:BUS 105
  • Transferable:CSU
  • General Education:AA/AS Area V(b)
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course is designed to assist individuals in analyzing their financial affairs. Elements and conceptual basis of financial planning, analysis, and decision making in areas of budgeting, taxes, borrowing, money management, insurance, investments, and retirement will be examined with an emphasis on principles to develop students’ economic decision making. Students will be using mathematical concepts as well as reading and interpreting written and oral instructions. The course provides a solid base for a career in financial planning services. This
course is the same as ECON 320, and only one may be taken for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1: DEMONSTRATE COMPREHENSION IN ECONOMIC PRINCIPLES AND PLANNING, AS INDICATED BY COURSE OUTCOMES OF THE SUBJECT AREA.
  • Apply economic principles and concepts of individual economic planning.
  • SLO #2: DEMONSTRATE THE ABILITY TO THINK CRITICALLY AND ANALYZE PROBLEMS.
  • Analyze the changing economic environment.
  • Describe the conceptual basis of various economic tools available to the individual as well as the terminology used in their development and implementation.
  • SLO 2: DEMONSTRATE THE ABILITY TO THINK CRITICALLY AND ANALYZE PROBLEMS.
  • Analyze the conceptual basis of various economic tools available to the individual as well as the terminology used in their development and implementation.
  • Evaluate economic needs and goals and design financial models to achieve them.

BUS 330 Managing Diversity in the Workplace

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • General Education:AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area D7
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course examines the leadership skills and abilities needed to manage a multicultural workforce. A primary focus is placed upon the workplace impact of various historical, social, and cultural experiences/perspectives related to gender, age, ethnicity, and disability. Workforce issues related to the diversity of the American consumer and global consumer impact on the United States are analyzed.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO 1: EXAMINE AND DEMONSTRATE APPROPRIATE RESPONSES TO KEY DIVERSITY ISSUES IN THE WORKPLACE.
  • Define culture within the context of the United States workplace.
  • Identify leadership skills and abilities that are effective in managing a multicultural workforce.
  • SLO 2: DEMONSTRATE THE ABILITY TO THINK CRITICALLY AND ANALYZE PROBLEMS.
  • Analyze demographic trends in order to determine possible future directions in the United States workforce.
  • Analyze how language, gender, race, ethnicity, and organizational culture interact to produce an organizational climate.
  • Analyze the impact of cultural, historical, and stereotypical perspectives on the workplace.

BUS 340 Business Law

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • C-ID:C-ID BUS 125
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course focuses on the law and its relationship to the environment of business. The course covers the legal system; court process and procedures; alternative dispute resolution; government regulation of business; constitutional law; contracts, both under the common and the Uniform Commercial Code (U.C.C.); torts; business organizations; property rights; and agency and employment law. While covering a broad range of substantive laws related to business, the course also stresses critical thinking and analytical evaluation of legal issues surrounding business including ethics and social responsibility.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO 1: Demonstrate the ability to understand important legal principles, concepts, and terminology, and to explain how they affect the environment of business and societal interactions.
  • Understand the state and federal court systems, jurisdiction, methods for alternative dispute resolution, and the operation of the court system process, including the role of the judge, jury, lawyers, and parties to the action. Show familiarity of the appellate process, types of motions, rulings, judgments and enforcement of judgments.
  • Describe the Constitutional basis for state and federal government regulation of business.
  • Distinguish between torts and crimes and describe the purpose of criminal and tort law, including an understanding of intentional torts, negligence, business torts, strict liability, product liability, and the arguments for and against tort reform.
  • Understand the elements of a valid contract, when a promise becomes enforceable, contractual performance requirements, and the remedies available in the event of breach. Distinguish between contracts governed by the Uniform Commercial Code and those governed by the common law of contracts.
  • Describe the concept of agency, including how agency relationships are formed, duties of the agent and principal, and the liability of the parties in contract and tort.
  • Identify and describe the different business organizational structures available to an entrepreneur including sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations. Understand the key differences, including liability, to owner/shareholders, tax considerations, ease of creation and capitalization requirements.
  • SLO 2: Demonstrate the ability to think critically and analyze problems so as to be able to apply legal concepts to real and hypothetical business related legal issues.
  • Analyze cases to identify issues and apply the appropriate legal rules to the fact patterns to reach defensible legal conclusions. Demonstrate the ability to utilize the internet and other media to research legal issues.
  • SLO 3: Assess the relationship between ethics and law and understand the nature of law and its importance to our society.
  • Explain the social, political and ethical implications of law and its application to actual and hypothetical business scenarios with an understanding of corporate social responsibility, stakeholder relationships, and ethical business practices and decision making.

BUS 345 Law and Society

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area V(b); CSU Area D8; IGETC Area 4G
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course is an introduction to the American legal system emphasizing the nature, purpose, sources and functioning of American law but including some comparative analysis of other historical and contemporary legal systems. It stresses the evolution of legal concepts as a reflection of the social environment and the role of the judiciary. A theoretical rather than practical viewpoint is used through analysis of selected cases and legislation in the areas of individualism, socioeconomic groups, the family, the economy, crime, criminal procedure and punishment, church and state separation, the environment, and torts. This course should not be taken in place of BUS 340 when required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO 1: DEMONSTRATE SKILL AND COMPREHENSION IN RESPECTIVE SUBJECT AREAS AS INDICATED BY COURSE OUTCOMES PERTAINING TO BUSINESS LAW.
  • Develop an understanding of the law as an evolutionary, stabilizing, and reforming factor in human affairs with, however, certain limitations as an instrument of social control.
  • Develop an understanding of the magnitude and vitality of the law and the ways in which history, economics, sociology, psychology, and technology have influenced and have been influenced by the law.
  • Develop an understanding of the basic organization and operation of the American judicial system.
  • Develop an understanding of the Anglo-American Common Law System; its historical origin; some of its fundamental concepts; and the complexities inherent in such a multifaceted institution.
  • Develop an understanding of the nature and purpose of law in society.
  • SLO 2: DEMONSTRATE THE ABILITY TO THINK CRITICALLY AND ANALYZE PROBLEMS.
  • Develop an understanding of the role of logic, critical analysis, imagination, and creativity in the study and application of the law and the legal process.

BUS 350 Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This class provides an overview of the various elements involved in starting and operating a small business. It introduces such topics as developing a business plan, finding financial resources, developing personal and business goals, meeting legal requirements, understanding marketing concepts, and other topics of interest to the entrepreneur.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO 1: DEMONSTRATE THE ABILITY TO THINK CRITICALLY AND ANALYZE PROBLEMS.
  • Analyze the impact of various legal requirements and government regulations as related operation of the small business.
  • Apply principles of management and marketing relevant to the small business.
  • SLO 2: DEMONSTRATE SKILL AND COMPREHENSION IN RESPECTIVE SUBJECT AREAS AS INDICATED BY COURSE OUTCOMES PERTAINING TO SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT.
  • Explain the importance of a business plan, a financial plan, and a marketing plan.
  • SLO 3: EXPRESS IDEAS AND FACTS CLEARLY AND COMPLETELY.
  • Evaluate various financial reports.

BUS 354 Students in Free Enterprise

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course provides students with an overview of what it takes to be successful in business through implementation of group projects and business leadership practices. Students will complete community based business projects, focusing on business and project planning, team building, communications, preparing and processing information, and leadership. Students will plan, implement, and evaluate each
project and then compose an annual report and deliver a professional presentation that will be evaluated by a selection of industry and business leaders at a regional competition, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE). Students receive instruction in the areas of entrepreneurship, small business management, business planning, project management,
oral and written presentation skills. This course emphasizes activities and techniques that develop competencies needed to become a successful business leader. This course is designed to prepare students for the SIFE competition; therefore it may be taken a maximum
of four times for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO 1: PRACTICE HIGH ETHICAL STANDARDS IN ALL CONTACTS WITH EMPLOYERS, CLIENTS, CO-WORKERS AND GENERAL PUBLIC.
  • Develop the leadership, team building, and entrepreneurship skills necessary to complete community based projects.
  • SLO 2: DEMONSTRATE SKILL AND COMPREHENSION IN RESPECTIVE SUBJECT AREAS AS INDICATED BY COURSE OUTCOMES.
  • Identify the skills and tools that are needed for project management including project design, implementation, documentation and control.
  • Compose and deliver presentations using computer software presentation programs and tools.
  • SLO 3: DEMONSTRATE THE ABILITY TO THINK CRITICALLY AND ANALYZE PROBLEMS.
  • Organize resources and participate in regional and national competitions.
  • SLO 4: EXPRESS IDEAS AND FACTS CLEARLY AND COMPLETELY.
  • Create a written business annual report.

BUS 495 Independent Studies in Business

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Hours:27 - 216 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).
  • Discuss and outline a proposal of study (that can be accomplished within one semester term) with a supervising instructor qualified within the discipline.
  • Design an independent study (to be completed individually or by collaboration of a small group) to foster special knowledge, skills, and experience that are not available in any one regularly scheduled course.
  • Use information resources to gather discipline-specific information.
  • SLO #2: Utilize modes of analysis and critical thinking to apply theoretical perspectives and/or concepts in the major discipline of study to significant problems and/or educational activities (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 3).
  • Analyze and apply the knowledge, skills and experience that are involved in the independent study to theoretical perspectives and/or concepts in the major discipline of study.
  • Explain the importance of the major discipline of study in the broader picture of society.
  • SLO #3: Communicate a complex understanding of content matter of the major discipline of study (College Wide Outcome – Area 3).
  • Demonstrate competence in the skills essential to mastery of the major discipline of study that are necessary to accomplish the independent study.
  • SLO #4: Identify personal goals and pursue these goals effectively (College Wide Outcome – Area 4).
  • Utilize skills from the “academic tool kit” including time management, study skills, etc., to accomplish the independent study within one semester term.

BUS 498 Work Experience in Business

  • Units:1 - 4
  • Hours:60 - 300 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Enrollment Limitation:Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals in Business.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • General Education:AA/AS Area III(b)
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment in their major field of study or advancement within their career. It is designed for students interested in work experience and/or internships in transfer level degree occupational programs. Course content includes understanding the application of education to the workforce; completion of required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer. During the semester, the student is required to participate in a weekly orientation and 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. Work Experience may be taken for a total of 16 units when there are new or expanded learning objectives. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION OF PROFESSIONAL WORKPLACE BEHAVIOR IN A FIELD OF STUDY RELATED TO ONE’S CAREER.(SLO 1)
  • Understand the effects time, stress, and organizational management have on performance.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of consistently practicing ethics and confidentiality in a workplace.
  • Examine the career/life planning process and relate its relevancy to the student.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic communication tools and their appropriate use.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of workplace etiquette.
  • DESCRIBE THE CAREER/LIFE PLANNING PROCESS AND RELATE ITS RELEVANCY TO ONE'S CAREER.(SLO 2)
  • Link personal goals to long term achievement.
  • Display an understanding of creating a professional first impression.
  • Understand how networking is a powerful job search tool.
  • Understand necessary elements of a résumé.
  • Understand the importance of interview preparation.
  • Identify how continual learning increases career success.
  • DEMONSTRATE APPLICATION OF INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE AND THEORETICAL CONCEPTS AS WRITTEN IN LEARNING OBJECTIVES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE EMPLOYER WORK SITE SUPERVISOR.(SLO 3)