Degree Offered: Associate in Applied Science
Credits Required: 60/61
The Entrepreneurship Associates in Applied Science program provides students with the skills to start their own venture, work with others to identify business opportunities, join entrepreneurial ventures, or work for an established organization. Entrepreneurs are often in demand by growth-oriented companies wanting to incorporate their vision and innovation in their firms and by companies seeking individuals who have the ability to solve problems creatively and improve productivity. Regardless of size, all businesses need managers who can identify opportunities, obtain resources, plan, organize, direct, and control work to accomplish business objectives.
Topics covered during the course work include entrepreneurial thinking and opportunity recognition, developing a business plan, obtaining resources, managing finances, strategic planning, selecting managers and employees, organizing and designing the business, managing technology and successfully dealing with managerial challenges. Students will also take courses to gain an overall understanding of business such as accounting, legal issues, sales and marketing and computer information systems.
This program requires that the student complete a Entrepreneurship internship.
Curriculum - 1st Year
First Semester - 15/16 Credits
Entrepreneurial Thinking Creativit
This course investigates the relationship between entrepreneurial thinking and the opportunity to ignite the creative spark that leads to idea generation and new venture creation. Topics include: entrepreneurial thinkers and their contribution to society, creativity, critical thinking, innovation, opportunity recognition, opportunity evaluation, global entrepreneurship, and marshalling resources in the face of risk to pursue opportunities. Students will assess their skills, talents, education, and work experiences for potential business ideas. They will also examine their external environment to identify trends and needs in the marketplace for potential opportunities. Students will then screen business ideas by evaluating their match with their strengths and skills, and personal, professional, and financial goals. An initial market feasibility assessment will be conducted.
Small Business Management
Course Catalog Description: Principles and practices involved in and necessary for owning and operating a small business. Areas of study include assessment of qualification for business ownership, market determination, site locations, capital and credit requirements, risk management and insurance, record keeping and personnel management. The purpose of this course is to provide information to prospective and new small business operators.
Introduction to Information Tech
A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. 3-0-3
College Algebra (or higher)
The functional approach to algebra is stressed with attention to the properties of the real number system; linear functions and equations; exponents; radicals; functions; systems of equations; complex numbers; and quadratic equations. Additional topics may be added at the discretion of the instructor Prerequisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS020 Improvement of Math Skills and DEVS021 Fundamentals of Algebra if required; permission of the Division Director.(3-0-3)
Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. 3-0-3 Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director.
Second Semester - 15 Credits
The accounting cycle in various types of enterprises is examined. Included is the practical application of the principles learned. 3-0-3
Human social behavior is evolving from face-to-face to cyberspace via social communities and networks. This course will provide answers to the questions pertaining to how media, technology, and sociality have affected business and visual communications, marketing, and advertising. Students will explore the use of various social media -- web forums, blogs, wikis, chat, instant messaging, virtual worlds, twitter, flikr, YouTube, and more -- as methods to engage and connect with the consumer. Individuals will develop personal multimedia learning journals and small groups will use social media to produce and present final projects. (3-0-3)
This course explores the challenges and problems of small business operations including business plans and funding, forms and records, financial problems, ordering and inventory, layout of equipment and offices, methods of improving business, and employer employee relations. 3-0-3
The emphasis is on speech preparation and delivery in a variety of speaking experiences designed to improve the speaker’s capability through the application of correct speech practices. 3-0-3
Provides an introduction to the communication process that occurs between people. Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to develop, maintain, and evaluate dyadic relationships through language, perception, self-disclosure, listening, verbal and nonverbal communication. Emphasis will be placed on building effective and ethical interpersonal relations in an intercultural context utilizing various media.
This course introduces students to the three major forms of literary expression: fiction, poetry, and drama. Significant works from each form will be analyzed to reveal creative techniques, how they represent an author’s time, and how they reflect today’s human condition.
Writing For Business/Tech
Designed to train the student in effective writing, this course aims to increase the student’s ability to write with unity, coherence, and logic. It provides additional study and practice in writing letters, proposals, manuals, and reports of a business or technical nature as well as in professional and contemporary research methods. Prerequisite: WRIT101 3-0-3
Third Semester - 15 Credits
Software Productivity Tools
This course provides students with advanced topics in software productivity tools using the Microsoft Office 2010 suite of products. Through a series of projects, students will learn how to develop business oriented integrated applications by applying techniques learned using advance features of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access. 3-0-3
Quickbooks is used to model automated accounting systems and demonstrate their use in maintaining accounting information and improving decision making from both the business owner and accountant's perspective. The software will be used to create an appropriate chart of accounts, record all transcactions including payroll for a complete business cycle and customize standard reports for various types of enterprises. The use of information generated by the system to improve decision-making will be discussed.
This course will provide a firm foundation of leadership theory, practical and applied knowledge, and experience in leading a team, task force, or activity and in developing communication and problem-solving skills, as well as a source for future use. This course provides the student with the understanding and the skills necessary to lead effectively in a variety of settings. Specifically, the course will prepare the student for leadership responsibilities in their professional, community service, or educational endeavors. The student will also acquire experience on how leadership is practiced and gain insights and information to enhance his or her leadership skills. 3-0-3
Introduction to E-Commerce
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of E Commerce with an emphasis on understanding the foundations of this field. Specifically, technology, internet business models, establishing customer equity, and media convergence are explored as they apply to developing and sustaining a successful strategy for a company involved in ECommerce. 3-0-3
The principles of law are applied to business action including contracts, negotiable instruments, personal property, sales, real property, mortgages, leases, bankruptcy, and business torts. 3-0-3
This course covers the topics of contemporary project management utilizing contemporary project management methods. There are a variety of project types and sizes used to support learning that came from several companies, of various sizes, in many industries, to promote scalability and universality. Regardless of project, company, or industry size, project management techniques can be applied to any project. The topics covered include: project selection and prioritization, organizational capability (structure and culture), chartering, stakeholder analysis and planning, defining project scope, constructing work breakdown structures, scheduling, resourcing, and budgeting projects, project risk and quality planning, project kickoff, as well as leading and managing project teams and determining project progress and results.
Fourth Semester - 15 Credits
Compensation and Benefits
This course introduces the compensation and benefits concept of Human Resources by highlighting the importance of aligning an organization’s compensation plan to its strategic goals. The compensation and benefits options of various types of employment opportunities is considered with emphasis on appropriateness in various human resource settings. 3-0-3
Course Catalog Description: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will understand the importance and impact of funding sources for their entrepreneurial venture. This will be accomplished by reviewing the impact of venture capital in every phase of the business venture from idea to exit including planning, teambuilding, protecting intellectual capital, identifying funding sources, raising money, writing funding agreements, and managing through to IPO or merger and acquisition. Additionally, the student will develop and present a funding proposal.
The four P’s of the marketing mix, product, place, promotion, and price, are studied and applied to current market issues. The concepts and techniques used in product development, pricing tactics, promoting a product, and in choosing a distribution channel are outlined. Some of the quantitative aspects of marketing analysis are covered. 3-0-3
This course is designed by the Business faculty to give second-year students supervised, on-the-job experience in various aspects of the business environment. Students may enroll in this class for credit as one of their business electives in the Accounting and Business Management curriculum. Prerequisites: Successfully completed 30 credits in their major, a Q.P.A. of at least 3.0, or recommendation from the faculty. Business faculty written approval is required prior to registration. 0-9-3
Cultural Diversity in American Soci
As reflected by the cultural diversity of American society, this course examines issues of race, ethnicity, gender/gender roles, social class and sexuality in America from a sociological perspective within both the historical and contemporary context. This course also provides students with the opportunity to engage in a process of systematic self-examination so as to identify both their personal belief system on these topics as well as to explore thier impact on the student's sense of identity. Social work students (SOCW231) will also be provided with opportunities to develop cultural competency within a framework based on a strength based multi-system approach when working with cultural diverse groups.
This course provides the student with a general survey of the theories and concepts utilized in the field of sociology which contribute to a basic understanding of modern society and its structures. Key elements addressed within the course include the three foundational theoretical perspectives utilized in sociology, Functionalism, Conflict Theory and Symbolic Interactionism; the process of socialization; social institutions such as the family, marriage, and religion; and an introduction to the basic research methods utilized in the field. 3-0-3