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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 lifespan; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: None Course Descriptions 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 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 management are covered, but more emphasis is placed on preventative techniques; 2 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BIO 2040 or instructor permission BIO 2040 Entomology & Ecological Pest Management (3) fall Entomology examines the biology and management 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 management strategies as part of an integrated approach to pest management; 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

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Business (BUS)

BUS 1010 Introduction to Business (3) fall

The focus of this course is to survey the interconnected disciplines of economics, management, marketing, finance, operations, and information technology. The course will also facilitate college success strategies such as note-taking, time management, test-taking, and study skills. Students will be introduced to assignments typical of higher level business courses with the goal to develop effective oral and written communication, critical thinking, problem solving, interpersonal skills, and personal and professional ethical behavior; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: None BUS 1051 Information Processing I (3) fall Students will develop intermediate-level skills in keyboarding, file management, Moodle, and Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. Students will plan, prepare, edit, and perfect business letters, memos, charts/tables, reports, and announcements using Word. Students will plan, prepare, and design visuals using PowerPoint;

1 hour of lecture, 4 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: None BUS 1052 Information Processing II (3) spring Students will create professional level documents using Microsoft’s Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher.

Students will become familiar with Web 2.0 technologies and use Web 2.0 tools for communication and collaboration; 1 hour of lecture, 4 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BUS 1051 or equivalent skills BUS 2020 Principles of Management (3) fall This course is an introduction to philosophy, principles, and techniques of management. Students will examine classical, modern, and emerging concepts as they relate to today’s manager and the functional processes of planning, organizing, directing, and controlling resources. Learning experiences may include case studies, team experiences, and simulations; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: None BUS 2131 Business Communication Technology (3) fall This course will focus on writing business communication typical to today’s professional workplace. Students will plan, write, and design letters, memos, e-mail messages, and instant messages. Students will use Web 2.0 technology and tools for communication and collaboration and will review research methods and citations.

Students will learn job search skills which include researching the job market, writing a resume/cover letter, and preparing for job interviews; 2 hours of lecture, 2 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: None BUS 2132 Management Applications (3) spring This course will focus on leadership theories and techniques applied with emphasis on the action skills that managers need for success. Course topics include accounting; leadership styles and strategies;

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 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 class offers a 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. Students will learn the psychology of face-to-face communication, the role of non-verbal communication, teamwork, effective listening, and professional behavior. Students will plan, prepare, and present an individual oral presentation and a team oral presentation and will attend a formal business dinner; 4 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: None [Course fee: $50]

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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 is a capstone course for associate degree students. It integrates skills and knowledge developed through coursework and research. Students will work in teams to select a topic for an oral presentation.

Students will research the topic extensively and prepare several written assignments. A final team oral presentation will be judged by college staff members and business professionals; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing BUS 3150 Production & Operations Management (3) fall This course provides students with overview of the concepts, methodologies, and applications of production and operations management as an evolving discipline, with roots in industrial engineering, behavioral theories of management, quantitative methods, and other functional areas of business; 3 hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite: MAT 2021 and junior standing or instructor permission BUS 3250 Organizational Behavior and Management (3) spring This course provides an understanding of the structure and function of human behavior in organizations. The course explores the behavioral influences impacting productivity, organizational effectiveness, and efficiency.

Behavior is examined at the individual, small group, and organizational levels. Topics include perception, motivation, negotiation, decision-making, communication, job design, power, politics, and organizational culture; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: BUS 2020

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majors) Prerequisite: BUS 2260 and ACC 1020 or 2121 BUS 3410 Business Ethics (3) fall This course is designed to introduce students to the general field of ethics and to apply ethical thinking to the business environment. An overview of modern ethical thought is provided with specific cases and scenarios presented which students asses from legal, moral, and economic perspectives; 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH except for Business students) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent BUS 4310 Business Information Architecture (3) fall Students will learn and apply theory, process, design, and development to create effective, user-centered oral, written, and electronic communications. The course will focus on the convergence of communication;

Web 2.0 technology and tools; and the impact on business applications such as letters, memos, e-mail messages, instant messages, podcasts, social media, and oral presentations. Students will review research methods and citations; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Senior standing or instructor permission BUS 4510 Business Management Through IT (3) as required Students examine the role of information technology in the conduct of business and the managerial uses of information at the operational, tactical, and strategic levels of decision-making. Topics focus on the use of IT to facilitate business change in policy and practice. The course includes discussion of the importance of communications to today’s business organization and the role of the non-IT professional in systems development; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: BUS 2020 BUS 4530 Technical Project Management (3) spring This course is designed to introduce students to the field of project management. Because of the wide nature of the topic and the limited time of the course, coverage will be broad. This course emphasizes and follows the Project Management Institute (PMI) model of project management; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Junior standing or instructor permission BUS 4730 Senior Project (3) spring This is a capstone course that integrates knowledge and skills developed through other coursework and life experience. The course will focus on special topics in business and a specific business issue or problem. Students will work in cross-functional teams to select a project which involves solving a common business problem. Students will research the topic extensively and prepare a team oral presentation of their solution. Presentations will be judged by business and industry professionals.

Students will also prepare written documentation as part of their project; 3 hours of lecture per week.

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