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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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Course requirements also may be fulfilled by simultaneous enrollment at other VSC schools under the VSC consortium agreement. Students may not use one course to meet more than one requirement within their program except in meeting a graduation standard or a dual major/degree requirement.

Associate degree requirements (20 credits minimum):

Depending on specific program requirements, each associate degree student will

complete a minimum of the following general education requirements:

• 3 credits of English (composition, writing, and research) • 3 credits of Technical Communication • 4 credits of natural or physical sciences • 1 credit of information technology • 3 credits of arts and humanities • 3 credits of social science • 3 credits of mathematics/critical thinking

Bachelor’s degree requirements (35 credits minimum):

In addition to the basic associate degree requirements, and depending on specific program requirements, each bachelor’s degree student will complete a minimum of the following

additional general education requirements:

• 6 credits of arts/humanities or social sciences (3 credits minimum at the 3XXX level) • 2 credits of information technology • 4 credits of natural or physical sciences • 3 credits of mathematics/critical thinking All courses that are at a higher level or are a continuation of the listed initial courses will meet the general education requirements of the initial offerings. For example, if PHY 1041 is listed as meeting the science requirement, PHY 1042 also will satisfy the science requirement.

Students should work with their advisors to develop a plan to meet the general education elective requirements without requiring additional class loads or semesters at the college.

English Requirements Each student will complete English Composition or an equivalent course or sequence of courses that will emphasize reading and writing and will require the successful completion of a research paper. Degree students may satisfy the English Composition requirements by

completing one of the following, as determined by placement:

General Education Requirements

• ENG 1042 and ENG 1060

• ENG 1060

• ENG 1061 Students who do not place into ENG 1060 or 1061 may take ENG 1042 and 1060 to complete English composition requirements. This might require summer courses or additional terms.

Each student will complete ENG 2080 or an equivalent course that emphasizes the principles and forms of communication in the workplace, including a technical report. Each student will complete coursework that emphasizes effective speaking, organization, and presentation skills.

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Social Science Electives (SS) Each degree student will be exposed to an understanding of human behavior, personality, politics, and economics as well as the social context of human interaction. Courses at the lower (1XXX-2XXX) level will be offered in survey-type and special topics courses designed to enhance reading, writing, and communication skills within the context of the social sciences. Courses at the upper (3XXX-4XXX) level will be more in-depth and will require a higher level of student learning and understanding.

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Students taking courses in English, humanities, and social sciences:

• gain experience with the unique content and methods of inquiry in social sciences and in arts/humanities

• demonstrate competence with written communication by achieving the required standard on the written communication assessment

• focus written work around an explicit or implicit central thesis

• develop the central thesis as appropriate to the audience, using specific details and supporting evidence

• organize written work clearly and logically

• use correct grammar, syntax, punctuation, and spelling

• follow standard practices in quotation, summary, paraphrase, and citation of textual material Graduation Standards In addition to the required course work, all Vermont Tech graduates will satisfy four additional graduation standards in written communication, oral communication, information literacy, and quantitative reasoning. These standards will be met and evaluated separately for each standard and must be passed at either an associate level competency or a bachelor’s level competency prior to degree conferral.

Agribusiness Management Technology Agribusiness Management Technology Graduates of this program generally pursue careers with the industries and agencies that serve production agriculture. Some typical career choices include: sales and service representatives for feed, fertilizer and equipment industries; inspectors of milk and other agricultural products; rural credit officers; or specialists with agencies such as the Dairy Herd Improvement Association, the Soil Conservation Service, and the Peace Corps.

Students benefit from the combination of classroom instruction and practical laboratory experience, which includes use of the extensive facilities at the college farm. In addition to the important basics in plant and animal agriculture, the program emphasizes business and communication skills.

Students with an Associate of Applied Science in Agribusiness Management Technology

will be able to:

• understand the income and expense sources of varied agricultural business

• adequately prepare and assess an agribusiness business plan

• prepare income and expense accounts

• understand marketing principles

• understand small business management including payroll and human resources

• competently represent agriculture in all venues The normal number of credits required for a degree is 66.

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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 & Humanities (AH) and one Social Science (SS) elective.

***Electives approved by the department Architectural & Building Engineering Technologying Architectural & Building Engineering Technology Graduates of this program are prepared for a wide range of construction industry careers at the technical and design support level. Graduates typically fill positions with architects, engineers, and building contractors and provide all levels of support to the building industry in manufacturing, sale, and governmental administration. Graduates of the program are also prepared to advance to bachelor degree programs in architecture or engineering.

Graduation from the program at the associate’s level allows students an ideal opportunity to make an informed decision relative to their career paths. This “decision platform” offered to students completing their associate’s degree is one of the program’s greatest strengths. Students may continue on into a Bachelor of Science degree program in Architectural Engineering Technology; Sustainable Design & Technology; Construction Management; or Business Technology & Management. Some program graduates transfer to other schools of architecture or engineering to continue working toward a bachelor’s or other degree in these fields.

Educational objectives for students with an Associate of Applied Science in Architectural

and Building Engineering Technology include:

• Graphic communication skills: Graduates are able to use freehand sketches, board drafting, presentation graphics, and CAD as tools for design and communication.

• Communication skills: Graduates are able to communicate technical information in writing, speaking, listening, and interpersonal skills to work effectively as part of a team and to interact effectively with clients, the public, and others.

• Technical skills: Graduates will understand residential and commercial building systems, materials, and regulations; apply that knowledge to site layout and material estimating; and use appropriate computer applications.

• Architectural design: Graduates demonstrate knowledge of historical precedents and aesthetics and use design principles (including energy use, conservation, and sustainability concepts) as part of a process to create workable building designs.

• Engineering design: Graduates understand design principles and apply procedures in the design of building engineering systems in the areas of building structures, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and lighting with emphasis on energy use, conservation, and sustainability concepts.

The program is accredited by the Technology Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

The normal number of credits required for a degree is 70.

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

**Students who do not place into MAT 1420 will be required to complete the Engineering Foundations Track (EFT) prior to entering an engineering first year curriculum.

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

**** Choose from various department-approved courses related to math, engineering,science, or business. Elective availability depends on scheduling.

Architectural Engineering Technology Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Technology Graduates of this bachelor’s program receive broad-based preparation for numerous career opportunities in the building design and construction industries. Education in this area provides the opportunity for competitive salaries and the satisfaction of seeing creative designs become reality. Within the scope of the discipline fall such diverse areas as structural engineering; HVAC design; electrical and lighting design; plumbing and fire protection;

construction management; and facilities management.

Students may enroll as freshman candidates for the bachelor’s degree or may choose to enroll first as associate degree candidates and defer a decision on bachelor’s candidacy until the second year. Transfer students from other two- and four-year architecture and engineering programs are encouraged to apply.

The bachelor’s program builds on the foundation established in the associate’s program in structures, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and integrated design. The scope of the curriculum is also extended to include such fields as thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, electrical circuits, lighting systems, AE management, and advanced math. Advanced computer applications are included.

Graduates are allowed to sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering examination in many states and, after meeting state requirements for appropriate work experience, may also be examined for the Professional Engineer designation.

Educational objectives for graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Technology that are demonstrated during their workforce careers (in addition

to all of the outcomes included in the associate’s program) include:

• Technical design: Graduates are able to design and integrate complex systems into the building form, emphasizing human comfort and resource conservation, incorporating expertise in a single engineering discipline.

• Communication skills: Graduates use computer-aided design and drafting to communicate complex building systems and exhibit expanded oral presentation skills to effectively explain technical designs. Graduates have also improved their interpersonal skills for team efforts and for interacting with clients, the public, and others.

• Structural engineering design: Graduates use principles and procedures to analyze and design structures in steel, concrete, and other materials while addressing sustainability issues.

• Mechanical engineering design (HVAC and plumbing systems): Graduates use principles and procedures to analyze and design building mechanical systems, including the use of energy conservation and sustainability concepts.

• Electrical and lighting engineering design: Graduates use principles and procedures to analyze and design energy efficient building electrical and lighting systems.

• Engineering management: Graduates understand and apply the principles of management for engineering business and project administration.

The program is accredited by the Technology Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

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**Students who do not place into MAT 1420 will be required to complete the Engineering Foundations Track (EFT) prior to entering an engineering first year curriculum.

***Students must complete a minimum of four Arts and Humanities (AH) and Social Science (SS) electives, with at least one at the 3XXX level.

****Choose from various department-approved courses related to math, engineering,science, or business.

Elective availability depends on scheduling.

Automotive Technology Automotive Technology Graduates of this program will have the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain, diagnose, and repair mechanical and electronic systems in any automobile or light/medium-duty truck.

The comprehensive nature of the program ensures that graduates are prepared to solve problems on vehicles regardless of origin. The combination of technical knowledge, program philosophy, and emphasis on lifelong learning prepares the graduate with a solid foundation for success in all aspects of the automotive technology profession.

Throughout the curriculum, faculty and staff reinforce the principles of professional ethics, critical thinking, and problem solving as they are applied to the workplace. Students are also introduced to basic business management practices.

Students are required to wear black jeans and steel-toed leather work or hiking boots in all laboratory sections. The college will provide t-shirts.

Student learning outcomes for the Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology include:

• understanding the theory of operation, plus diagnostic and service procedures of engines; brakes; suspension and steering systems; electrical and electronic systems; drive-train systems; engine performance; advanced technology vehicles;

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