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«Vermont Technical College Catalog 2011-2012 Bachelor of Science Architectural Engineering Technology Business Technology and Management Computer ...»

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Students may elect to change their engineering program after completion of the EFT track. This is perfectly acceptable and can be done with a change of program form, available at the Registrar’s Office.

*Students may not drop these courses without the approval of the Academic Dean

Equine Studies

Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies Graduates from this program can explore a variety of career opportunities, depending on their areas of interest. The Equine Studies bachelor’s degree program is designed for students who are passionate about working with and learning about horses and who want the flexibility to pursue a variety of careers in the larger equine industry. In addition to the traditional careers (barn manager, assistant trainer, or riding instructor), the many opportunities for employment are limited only by graduates’ imaginations and interests.

Providing a solid foundation of business skills and equine knowledge, this program prepares students for success in whatever path they choose.

The core Equine Studies program is a combination of theory and hands-on experience working with horses and clients. Specific equine topics include equine anatomy and disorders; nutrition; genetics and reproduction; training (both beginning and advanced);

riding instruction techniques, equine massage, tack selection and fit; therapeutic riding, farrier practices, and equitation. Independent study and internships are encouraged.

Students with a Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies will be able to:

• demonstrate fundamentals of equine care and facility management by utilizing knowledge to satisfactorily complete a predetermined set of skills with a minimum of 80% success

• assess, critique, devise, and implement plans for using both teaching and training techniques, including their application in hands-on lab settings

• recognize, examine, and implement fundamental business theories and practices, including bookkeeping and accounting systems, legal guidelines, and marketing objectives and strategies

• demonstrate their understanding of issues in the equine industry, eventually presenting their appraisal of and recommendations about a defined area of the industry

• review, examine, and draw conclusions about scientific theories concerning equine health, behavior, and care The minimum number of credits required for the degree is 121.

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***Students must complete a minimum of four semesters of EQS 2025, two in the freshman year.

Fire Science Fire Science Graduates are prepared to pursue careers in firefighting, fire protection services, and affiliated professions. Some typical career choices for graduates of the Fire Science program include firefighters; emergency medical technicians; fire, police, and ambulance dispatchers; fire suppression and alarm system installers and technicians; and fire inspectors and investigators.

The curriculum includes coursework in fire behavior, emergency medicine, hazardous materials chemistry, incident strategy and tactics, administration of emergency services, fire prevention, and occupational safety and health. The program will also prepare students for certification in both firefighting (Vermont Firefighter I and II) and emergency medicine (EMT-B). As well as preparing students for the fire service, the program will provide strong leadership skills and instill graduates with a sense of community service.

Students with an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science will be able to:

• demonstrate technical skills needed for firefighting, emergency medical services, and critical thinking skills used for fire prevention, control, suppression, and extinguishment

• provide ethical leadership in their community, fire department, and personal lives

• deliver professional presentations concerning fire safety in the public and private sector and produce clear, concise, and accurate written reports required by the profession

• understand scientific principles of fire and combustion, chemicals in hazardous materials, fire control, and extinguishment

• recognize the importance of building construction concepts and materials in fire safety, the effects of heat and fire on buildings, and the impact of fire to the personal safety of building occupants

• understand the science of hydraulics by demonstrating analytical skills needed for water system design, including supply and suppression systems, community, and fire ground needs The normal number of credits required for the degree is 63.

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*Students who place into ENG 1042 must also take ENG 1060 to complete first-year English.

**Students must complete a minimum of one Arts and Humanities (AH) and one Social Science (SS) elective.

Internships may be available for qualified students as either residential or day programs.

General Engineering Technology General Engineering Technology Graduates of this program are generally already employed by a variety of companies and industries seeking workforce development opportunities. Administered by the college’s Technology Extension Division, GET degree programs are industry-sponsored and offered primarily at the facilities of sponsoring organizations. The curriculum consists of initial courses common to all GET degree programs, as well as a sequence of technology foundation and technical emphasis courses specific to the workforce education needs being served. These industry-specific technical courses are developed by a curriculum development team comprised of Vermont Tech faculty and representatives from the sponsoring organizations.

The goal is to offer students a flexible, interdisciplinary path to the acquisition of basic engineering concepts and specific job-related skills needed to excel in their current positions and prepare for career growth.

The minimum number of credits for the degree is 60.

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Foundation Courses These courses provide a general educational foundation appropriate to the particular technical emphasis. Foundation courses should satisfy the following requirements and

cannot be used to satisfy a general education or technical emphasis course requirement:

Credits CIS XXXX - Computer elective 3 CIS XXXX - Computer elective 3 XXX XXXX - Communications elective 3 XXX XXXX - Communications elective 3 MAT/SCI XXXX - Advanced elective 3-5 XXX XXXX - Technical elective 3 18-20 Technical Emphasis Courses A combination of technical courses based on the degree emphasis will be required. These

courses must have the following characteristics:

• Most will have laboratory or hands-on components; these experiences will build troubleshooting and problem-solving skills as well as provide exposure to the course topics.

• At least one multi-course sequence will be included; the program should not contain only introductory courses. Typically, there will be a 1000 level courses followed by 2000 level courses which lead to more advanced issues. Prerequisites will be established and reinforced.

• There will be a capstone experience (typically a senior project course) which requires students to call upon the comprehensive skills/knowledge gained in the program.

• All will integrate theoretical topics with practical skills.

Landscape Design & Sustainable Horticulture

Landscape Design & Sustainable Horticulture Graduates of this program are eminently qualified for positions as landscape designers;

contractors and maintenance personnel; greenhouse growers; plant propagators; perennial growers; nursery and garden center operators; salespeople for horticultural products; and technicians for state and federal regulatory agencies. Projected job growth is excellent and there is a steady trend toward higher salaries and benefits in this field.

The curriculum features courses such as Woody Ornamentals; Herbaceous Plant Materials;

Entomology and Ecological Pest Management; Greenhouse Management; and Plant Pathology.

In addition, we offer Landscape Graphics, Landscape Construction Practices, AutoCAD, and two semesters of Landscape Design.

The program combines the above sustainable horticulture and landscape design classes with offerings in math, English, general education, and business. Graduates from this program are well-prepared to enter today’s dynamic horticultural industry or to continue their education here at Vermont Tech or at another four-year college or university.

Students with an Associate of Applied Science in Landscape and Ornamental Horticulture

learn the following competencies:

• Graphic Communication Skills: students develop an appropriate mastery of freehand sketching, board drafting, and presentation graphics as effective tools for the formulation, exploration, communication, and presentation of design ideas.

• Communication Skills: students develop the ability to communicate technical and theoretical information effectively to clients, customers and coworkers through both the written and spoken word; effectual listening and interpersonal skills; and the ability to understand the principles of professional conduct in all aspects of client/customer and employee/employer relations.

• Technical Skills: students demonstrate the ability to analyze, solve, and apply materials and methods of construction (including the respective roles of specifications and drawings, the development of design intentions at the site and detail level and their resolution according to sound principles of construction, surveying techniques in preparation of a base map, construction of stone walls and patios, statics and mechanics of basic landscape construction materials, and estimating and bidding);

site engineering issues such as grading and drainage; the creation and maintenance of healthy plant environments, both indoors and outdoors; legal issues and regulations as they apply to land use, landscape construction and/or installation; the installation, operation, advantages and disadvantages of greenhouse and nursery environmental systems; integrated pest management skills; and the utilization of appropriate computer applications

• Design Skills: students learn to integrate fundamental design principles and practice, including site analysis, base plan measurements and preparation, and study of historic precedent in order to analyze, create, and apply these concepts to comprehensive and sustainable landscape designs. Coursework includes working drawings, presentation drawings, client/jury presentation, and site visits. This course of study will culminate in a proposed master plan project that will integrate all aspects of design study.

• Horticultural Skills: students demonstrate the ability to analyze, solve, and apply identification, production, and use of herbaceous and woody ornamental plants;

propagation; diagnosis of insect and disease problems and the assimilation of integrated and sustainable approaches for their management; soil properties; and Landscape Design & Sustainable Horticulture landscape applications such as plant selection, planting and pruning practices, cultural requirements, cultural practices, and maintenance.

• Business Skills: students examine and analyze the practical aspects of organizing and managing a small business; marketing (product, place, pricing, and promotion); and management skills. Students will also demonstrate a working knowledge of generally accepted accounting practices as they apply to the horticultural/design industry.

The normal number of credits required for the degree is 68.

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*Students who place into ENG 1042 must also take ENG 1060 to complete first-year English.

**Students must complete a minimum of one Arts and Humanities (AH) and once Social Science (SS) elective.

***Technical elective as approved by department Mechanical Engineering Technology Mechanical Engineering Technology Graduates of this program are involved in the design, testing, manufacture, installation, maintenance, distribution, and documentation of mechanical systems and devices. They are also well prepared for admission to Vermont Tech’s Bachelor of Science in Electromechanical Engineering Technology; Business Technology and Management; or Sustainable Design & Technology program.

Students with an Associate of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering Technology will:

• gain the knowledge, problem-solving abilities, and hands-on skills to succeed in a career in the manufacturing, design, specification, installation, testing, operation, maintenance, sales, or documentation of mechanical systems

• employ communication and teamwork skills to effectively form a link between professional engineers and skilled production workers and to assist engineers to design, develop, and manufacture industrial machinery and consumer products

• apply knowledge and an aptitude for learning to continuously develop new skills and learn about new topics needed for long-term career development, including science, engineering, and technology knowledge and communication and teamwork skills Students with an Associate of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering Technology will

be able to:

• exhibit mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of mechanical engineering technology

• apply current knowledge and adapt to emerging applications of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology

• conduct, analyze and interpret experiments and apply experimental results to improve processes

• apply creativity in the design of systems, components, or processes appropriate to program objectives

• function effectively on teams

• identify, analyze, and solve technical problems

• communicate effectively

• recognize the need for and possess an ability to engage in lifelong learning

• understand professional, ethical, and social responsibilities

• respect diversity and have a thorough knowledge of contemporary professional, societal, and global issues

• exhibit a clear commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement The normal number of credits required for a degree is 69.

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