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«Vermont Technical College Catalog 2009-2010 Bachelor of Science Architectural Engineering Technology Business Technology and Management Computer ...»

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This course is intended to introduce students to the fundamentals of environmental biology. It is an introduction to the structure and biota of several aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and students investigate why species occupy specific habitats. The course includes an introduction to Vermont’s aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems; spatial and temporal changes in ecosystems and species; critical observation; and interpretation of landscapes. The course will stress communication skills, as well as critical thinking and teamwork; 3 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: None BIO 1030 Nutrition (3) fall The course focus is to provide sound, relevant background knowledge in the science of human nutrition and to translate the scientific principles of nutrition into applicable concepts of care. The course offers opportunities for the student to identify dietary modifications relating to the developmental stage of the patient. It implements the philosophy and objectives of the nursing and allied health programs by identifying the role of adequate nutrition in maintaining the health of the individual throughout the life-span; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: None BIO 1220 Botany (4) spring This course provides students with an understanding of the fundamentals of plant growth and development.

Higher plant structure, metabolism, growth regulators, and mineral nutrition are emphasized. Students also become acquainted with the diversity of plants and plant-like organisms through study of bacteria, viruses, algae, fungi, mosses, and lower vascular plants; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week.

Prerequisite: None BIO 2011 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4) fall This course is an introduction to the structure and function of the human body. It emphasizes the properties of cells, tissues, and organ systems and their relationships in health and disease. Topics include general body organization and function; cellular physiology and histology; and the anatomy and physiology of each organ system. Laboratory work parallels lecture topics and includes microscopy, study of human anatomical models, dissection of appropriate laboratory specimens, and physiologic experimentation; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: None

Course Descriptions

BIO 2012 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4) spring/winter A continuation of BIO 2011, this portion of the course includes the study of the structure and function of the endocrine system, circulatory system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, excretory system, and reproductive system. Other topics covered include acid/base balance and electrolyte balance.

Laboratory work parallels lecture topics and includes microscopy, dissection of appropriate laboratory specimens, and study of human anatomical models; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week.

Prerequisite: BIO 2011 BIO 2030 Plant Pathology (3) spring Students explore the organisms and environmental factors that cause plant diseases. The biology of fungi, bacteria, and viruses, including their life histories, is studied extensively. A systematic approach to discovery and identification of plant disease is examined. Students learn to recognize disease symptoms. All methods of control are covered, but more emphasis is placed on bio-rational techniques; 2 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BIO 2040 or instructor permission BIO 2040 Entomology (3) fall Entomology examines the biology and control of insect and other related invertebrate pests that attack ornamental plants. Students study insect morphology, anatomy, life processes, and ecology. Special emphasis is placed on insect identification and life histories. Students explore control strategies as part of an integrated approach to pest management. The most effective, least toxic, and sustainable methods of insect control are highlighted; 2 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or instructor permission BIO 2120 Elements of Microbiology (4) fall/spring/summer This course offers the student an opportunity to examine organisms that are too small to be seen with the naked eye. This is a comprehensive study of the basic principles of microbiology. A brief survey of the history of the science is given. Emphasis is placed on understanding the variety and differences of microbes and their relationship to humans. Virtual laboratory study and in-laboratory demonstrations complement the lecture. Successful completion of the laboratory exercises is a partial requirement for the course; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BIO 2012 recommended BIO 2320 Zoology (4) fall A laboratory course designed to acquaint the student with the fundamental concepts of animal biology, including molecular genetics and inheritance, evolution, and biological systems, with an emphasis on vertebrates. Previous successful completion of courses in biology and chemistry is highly desirable; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: None Business (BUS)

BUS 1010 Introduction to Business (3) fall

The focus of this course is to survey the interconnected disciplines of management, marketing, finance, and information technology and to facilitate college success strategies such as note-taking, time management, test-taking, and study skills. Students will begin to develop effective oral and written communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in a business environment;





3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: None

Course Descriptions

BUS 1051 Information Processing I (3) fall Students will develop skills in a variety of business competencies, including “touch” keyboarding at 45 words per minute, file management, basic functions of word processing using Microsoft Word, and

preparation of business correspondence; 1 hour of lecture, 4 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite:

None BUS 1052 Information Processing II (3) spring Students will develop advanced skills in a variety of business competencies, including “touch” keyboarding at 60 words per minute and advanced functions of word processing and desktop publishing using Microsoft Word and Microsoft Publisher; 1 hour of lecture, 4 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BUS 1051 or equivalent skills BUS 2020 Principles of Management (3) fall Students will understand styles and roles of effective management in today’s workplace. Both classic and modern topics will be included. Emphasis will be placed on the anatomy of organizations and the evolution of management theories through today’s LEAN concepts. Traditional topics include motivation, group dynamics, and organizational culture. Emerging topics include self-managed teams, coping with stress, and diversity in the workplace; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: None BUS 2131 Business Communication Technology (3) fall This course will focus on computer software proficiency and professional business writing. Students will write business letters, memos, email messages, instant messages, blog postings, podcasts, and newsletters.

Students will write, design, and create PowerPoint slides and will conduct computer training seminars; 2 hours of lecture, 2 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: Basic skills in Microsoft Office BUS 2132 Management Applications (3) spring This course will focus on management theories and techniques applied with emphasis on the action skills that managers need for success. Course topics include accounting; conference and travel planning; meeting management; and parliamentary procedure. Students will describe the components of an effective business meeting and be able to conduct and participate in a meeting according to the Robert’s Rules of Order; 2 hours of lecture, 2 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: ACC 2121 or 1020 BUS 2140 Personal Finance (3) as required This course is a study of the tools used in personal financial planning. The student is introduced to the process used by professional planners and shown how this can be helpful in planning their own financial futures; 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: SS) Prerequisite: None BUS 2150 Office Information Systems (3) spring This course will examine the impact of technology and information systems on the evolution of today’s office. Topics include the history of information technology; hardware components and uses; software applications; networks and data communications; systems concepts; and applications. Emphasis is placed on the integration of people, equipment, procedures, and environments; 3 hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite: None BUS 2210 Small Business Management (3) fall/spring This course explores the practical aspects of organizing and managing a small business. The goal of the course is to equip students with the knowledge necessary to make informed business decisions. Students will examine how to analyze a business and improve its management. The course covers the basic concepts of accounting, finance, cash management, business law, government regulations, taxes, and marketing; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: None Course Descriptions BUS 2230 Principles of Marketing (3) spring This course examines the role of marketing as it relates to manufacturing, wholesale, retail, and service businesses. Emphasis is placed on a study of the marketing mix of product, place, pricing, and promotion.

Students will learn marketing strategies well suited to small business operation; 3 hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite: None BUS 2260 Principles of Financial Management (3) fall This course is designed to build on the knowledge from basic accounting. Students apply tools learned in this course to develop a conceptual and analytical understanding of financial management. The emphasis is on learning decision-making techniques. 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: ACC 1020 or 2121 BUS 2270 Organizational Communications (4) fall This course offers a clear, hands-on approach to learning the role, the process, and the skills of interpersonal, group, and public communications in professional and organizational settings. The distinctive feature and objective of the course is to understand the role of people in the organizational communication process, both individually and in work groups. Specific topics include the psychology of face-to-face communications;

the role of non-verbal communication; teamwork and group dynamics; professional behavior; effective listening; and oral presentations; 4 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: None [Course Fee: $50] BUS 2410 Human Resource Management (3) spring This course emphasizes selecting, training, and evaluating personnel; wages, benefits, and bargaining units;

motivation, morale, and human relations; and personnel problems in the workplace; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: None

BUS 2440 Introduction to Business Law (3) fall/spring

This course is designed to familiarize students with the law as it relates to business. Following the Uniform Commercial Code, such topics as contracts, negotiable instruments, agency bailment, real property, and insurance are covered; 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: SS) Prerequisite: None BUS 2720 Business Seminar (3) spring This course is designed to assist students in developing the attitudes and skills essential for career success.

The focus is in two areas: Job Search, which includes researching the job market, writing a resume/cover letter, and preparing for job interviews; and Senior Project, which includes a two-part demonstration of essential skills and knowledge learned in the Business degree program. The project consists of individual written assignments and a team oral presentation; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing BUS 3150 Production & Operations Management (3) fall

This course develops the administrative skills needed to efficiently manage the elements of production:

materials, facilities, and staffing. Quantitative models (Management Science) are used to optimize the efficient use of resources; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: MAT 2021 and junior standing or instructor permission

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BUS 3260 Investments and Portfolio Management (3) as required This course examines investment in stocks, bonds, governments, warrants, options, and collectibles. Topics include investment setting; securities valuation and analysis; security markets and regulations; and portfolio

constraints; 3 hours of lecture per week.(General Education: SS except for Business majors) Prerequisite:



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