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The following Business courses are offered:

BUS 100     English for the Professional    3 Units
Prerequisite: ENGWR 51, ESLR 310 and ESLW 310 with a grade of “C” or better; or placement through the assessment process.
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course is designed to prepare the student for business communication. It presents principles of correct and effective English usage as applied in business. The course focuses on skills and techniques of effective business written communication including appropriate sentence structure, word usage, punctuation, spelling, business vocabulary, and business document formatting. Critical thinking and effective writing techniques are emphasized.  This course focuses on teaching students the ability to analyze, compose, and organize written communication into effective business documents. Proofreading skills are stressed throughout the course. This course is required of all business technology majors and recommended for all business majors. 

BUS 105     Business Mathematics    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
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.  

BUS 121     Business Etiquette    2 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 36 hours LEC  
This 2-unit course is an introduction to the culture, ways and manners of American business. Unlike courses that focus on theories of management or practices of accounting, this course explores and defines the intricate set of manners, ways and practices of Americans in the business setting. Successful students will learn how to perform in a job interview, within an office, at a business social function, and with their subordinates, peers and superiors.  This course will culminate with a field trip to an business restaurant for a formal business lunch where students will demonstrate their newly-learned skills among other businesspeople.  This will involve a course materials fee.  This course is not transferrable. 

BUS 180     Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector   3 Units
Prerequisite: BUS 100 with a grade of “C” or better
Advisory: ENGWR 101
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course will provide students with base level knowledge of the Nonprofit sector, laying the foundation for those interested in pursuing a Nonprofit Organizational Management certificate.  This course will examine all aspects of business specific to Nonprofit Organizations and will identify key differences between the Nonprofit sector and the For-profit and public sectors.  Subject matter includes governance and boards, fundraising, marketing, communications, and techniques of management. Students completing this course will have an understanding of the fundamentals of business, specific to Nonprofit organizations. 

BUS 181     Nonprofit Fundraising    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course will train students how to interact professionally and consistently with the public when raising funds.  As many non-profits rely heavily on fundraising, this course will provide students with the essential knowledge that can be directly applied to real world organizations. This course will emphasize the acquisition and management of critical, recurring funds needed to fulfill the non-profit’s orgamizational mission. 

BUS 182     Nonprofit Governance and Financial Management    
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course will examine board governance and financial management specific to Nonprofit organizations.  Students will get an up-close look at Governing Boards, examining their make-up and purpose.  Additionally, students will be exposed to the unique financial management aspects of the Nonprofit sector.
 
BUS 210     The Business Plan    1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 18 hours LEC  
This course offers an organized, step-by-step approach to preparing a business plan.  The plan will enable the students to solve problems “on paper” before they become operational or incur money problems.  Every business should have a business plan and students will have the opportunity to create one in this course.  
 
BUS 212     Marketing for Small Businesses    1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 18 hours LEC  
This course emphasizes how a small business or non-profit organization can market its service or product to the consumer.  The student will learn about ways to improve market mix, identify target markets, and develop a marketing plan.   

BUS 214     Financing a Small Business    1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 18 hours LEC  
This course covers sources and ways of raising capital for small businesses.  The course focuses on determining the amount of capital needed and how to obtain capital.  Emphasis will be placed on determining overall operating budgets, start-up costs, financial ratios and key financial statements.  

BUS 218     Management Skills for the Small Business    1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 18 hours LEC  
Small businesses heavily rely on the motivation of employees. Small business owners must understand and motivate others to help the business reach its objectives.  This course covers such functions as planning and organizing work flow, delegating responsibilities, understanding leadership styles, decision making, stress and time management, and working with employee organizations.
  
BUS 219     Developing Your Entrepreneurial Idea    1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 18 hours LEC  
This course provides students with insight and knowledge into developing their entrepreneurial idea.  This course investigates the  concepts of business planning and business ownership (entrepreneurship), including the pros and cons of owning a business. Students will explore the characteristics, experience, and skills necessary to be a successful entrepreneur. Students will research their business ideas and gain knowledge in marketing principles.  Students will analyze the organization and management of a new business and begin to learn how to plan a  new business. At the end of this course, students will be able to determine more clearly whether owning their own business is feasible. 

BUS 224     Customer Service    1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 18 hours LEC  
This course provides students with the insights to better understand customer needs and to help build better student relationships with both internal and external customers.  Participants gain knowledge and skills in services activities in business, government, and other service industries. This course focuses on the importance of providing value added service through improved attitude, improved listening, conflict management, problem-solving, and successful customer service interactions.  Additional emphasis is placed on the importance of effective communications in providing customer service. 

BUS 295     Independent Studies in Business    1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 

BUS 299     Experimental Offering in Business   .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 

BUS 300     Introduction to Business    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course provides a survey of various business areas, including Accounting, regulation, negotiation, ethics, information technology, management, marketing, global competition, economics, finance, environmental factors, implementation, communications, leadership, and business planning.  The course is designed to be taken by all beginning students interested in business.  It is a core requirement for business majors.  (C-ID BUS 110)
 
BUS 310     Business Communications    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: BUS 100
General Education: AA/AS Area II(a)
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
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.
  
BUS 320     Concepts in Personal Finance    3 Units
Same As: ECON 320
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: BUS 105
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b)
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
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. This course is not open to students who have received credit for ECON 320. 

BUS 330     Managing Diversity in the Workplace    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area D7
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
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’s and global consumer’s impact on the United States are analyzed.
 
BUS 340     Business Law    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course is an introductory coverage of the law in its relationship to business. The course covers the American legal system as an instrument of economic, social, and political control.  It stresses basic business torts, crime and business,  agency, employment and the legal structures of business.  

BUS 341     Advanced Business Law    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course is an expanded exploration of the legal concepts and principles of contracts, agency and employment, consumer law, environmental law, and property law.  Successful students will learn critical thinking and writing in a business environment involving contract law, landlord/tenant law, employment and regulatory law. 

BUS 345     Law and Society    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); CSU Area D8; IGETC Area 4G
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
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 in establishing social policy.  This course should not be taken in place of BUS 340 when required.  Students may be required to subscribe to a daily newspaper and to bring the paper to class. 

BUS 350     Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
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. 

BUS 354     Students in Free Enterprise    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
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 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. There is a material fee for this course.
 
BUS 355     Introduction to Global Entrepreneurship    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course provides an introduction to the various elements involved in the development of new global small businesses and the expansion of existing business to a global level. The course introduces topics including: successful traits of a global entrepreneur, the entrepreneur’s role in the global economy, the basics of exporting, economic considerations in global business, sources of international marketing data, and international business relations across cultures. Emphasis will be placed on the principle concepts of global entrepreneurship.

BUS 356     Global Business Operations    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This class provides an overview of the necessary training to manage global business operations. The course will focus on strategies to effectively operate within differing cultures, following an efficient distribution plan, developing and achieving business goals, political and technological issues on a global scale, and other topics of interest to future participants in the global marketplace. Emphasis will be placed on operations which must be in place to foster global trade and exporting including logistics, trade regulations, economic considerations, and marketing.

BUS 490     Individualized Projects in Business    1-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: At least two semesters of successful work leading to an Associate Degree or Certificate in Accounting, Business, Computer Information Science, Finance, Management, Marketing, Office Administration or other related field.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 
This course is designed to help the student focus skills previously learned in an area of business.  The student, with the help of the instructor, will produce a project that utilizes a variety of skills.  The student will describe a problem, plan a process to arrive at a solution, work with the instructor to secure those resources necessary to complete the project, submit progress reports on a regular basis, and present a finished product.  This class may be required for some degrees or certificates. 

BUS 495     Independent Studies in Business    1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 

BUS 498     Work Experience in Business    1-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENGWR 101
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Enrollment Limitation: Student must be in a paid or non-paid internship, volunteer opportunity, or job related to management/business.  Students are advised to consult with the Management/Business Department to review specific certificate and degree work experience requirements.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours:  300 hours LAB 
This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment or advancement within their current job. Course content will include 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. During the course of the semester, the student is required to fulfill a 16 hour 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. The course may be taken four times for credit, when there is new or expanded learning on the job, for a maximum of 16 units. 

BUS 499     Experimental Offering in Business    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 

Updated 06/10/14

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