Class Descriptions

Students engage in a multidisciplinary examination of how culture, society, economic systems, legal, international, political, financial institutions, and human behavior interact to affect a business organization’s policy and practices within the U.S. and a global society. The course demonstrates how these influences impact the primary areas of business including: Organizational structure and design; leadership, human resource management, risk management and insurance, organized labor practices, ethics and social responsibility, marketing, organizational communication, e-business/technology, entrepreneurship, legal, accounting, and financial practices, and the stock and securities market; and therefore how they affect a business’ ability to achieve its organizational goals.

This course focuses on the exploration of major health issues and behaviors in the various dimensions of health. Emphasis is placed on individual responsibility for personal health and the promotion of informed, positive health behaviors. This course does not focus on the vocational aspects of the public health field and instead looks at the connection between personal behavior and it’s correlation with disease prevention. Topics include nutrition, exercise, weight control, mental health, stress management, violence, substance abuse, reproductive health, disease prevention, aging, healthcare, and environmental hazards and safety.

Students learn the fundamental legal principles pertaining to business transactions. Students will be introduced to the legal process. Topics include sources of law and ethics, contracts, torts, agency, criminal law, business organizations, and judicial and administrative processes.

Students develop their skills for writing college-level essays that incorporate various documentation styles. Students learn the importance of various fiction and non-fiction readings.

Students receive instruction in computer hardware, software, terminology, ethics, and social impact, pus and overview of operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, database management systems, and telecommunications and networks. A general computer literacy course open to all Students.

Students learn the procedures and practices involved in a firm’s payroll system, including familiarizing Students with current laws regarding computation of regular and overtime pay, withholding of payroll taxes, computation of employer’s payroll taxes, and the preparation of payroll tax returns and reports.

Students study the history of the development of motion pictures, with examples, from their beginnings to the present day. Emphasis is placed on the American feature film.

This course is an introduction to probability, descriptive and inferential statistics including measures of central tendency and dispersion, sampling, and estimation. Hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, test of independence, linear correlation and regression analysis also are covered.

Students explore communication in a variety of interpersonal relationships. Students will study communication behaviors in dyads (pairs) and their impact on personal and professional relationships, developing effective communication skills in areas such as verbal and nonverbal communication, listening, emotional intelligence, and conflict management. This course meets AA degree and transfer requirements.

Students learn fundamental accounting principles and concepts. This is the study of accounting as an information system, examining why it is important and how it is used by investors, creditors and others to make decisions. The course covers the accounting information system, including recording and reporting of business transactions with a focus to the accounting cycle, applications of generally accepted accounting principles, financial statements and financial statements analysis. Includes issues relating to assets, liabilities, equity valuation, revenue and expense recognition, cash flows, internal controls and ethics.

Students learn how managers use accounting information in decision-making, planning, directing operations and controlling. Focuses on cost terms and concepts, cost behavior, cost structure and cost-volume-profit-analysis. Includes issues relating to cost systems, cost control, profit planning and performance analysis in manufacturing and service environments.

Students will examine evolutionary theory, human genetics, primate ecology and behavior, the hominid fossil record and modern human variation. Students will be able to underline the historical path to natural selection, describe the five factors of the evolutionary process, identify biological characteristics of primates, discuss features of primate behavior, diagram the origin of mankind through comparing skulls from the hominid fossil record, and interpret modern human variation.

Students learn the principles and methods of economic analysis; topics include the analysis of the laws of supply and demand, price theory, economic analysis of the firm and resource allocation, market structures of the American economy, and other topics relevant to microeconomic analysis.

Students learn the principles and methods of aggregative macroeconomic analysis; topics include money and banking, national income determination, business fluctuations, and other topics relevant to macroeconomic analysis

This introductory and integrative course in the arts offers a thematic approach to art appreciation through art examples from Western and non-Western cultures. The student learns about art forms and media in traditional and contemporary styles, including terminology and problems of definition, meaning, and evaluation in the visual arts.

Students learn a practical and historical overview of basic physics, including laws of motion, properties of matter, heat, sound, electricity and magnetism, light, atomic and nuclear physics, and relativity, and are reminded of their role in technology and culture today. No mathematical preparation is needed. If a student wishes to transfer, this as a laboratory science course the student must also complete Physics 14.

The student will learn to use basic Laboratory techniques to understand and apply simple physical laws and concepts, including the use of graphs, calculators and simple measurements to understand and measure the speed of sound, forces, densities, velocities, indexes of refraction, specific heats, and verify Hooke’s Law, Boyle’s law, and Ohm’s Law. When taken with or after Physics 12, it completes the units requirement for a Natural Science course with laboratory.

This is an advanced writing course where students further develop their logical, argumentative and analytical thinking, and writing skills. The course will utilize various fiction and non-fictional readings.

The Student learns the major historical and contemporary ethical theories, as well as a discussion and analysis of current moral issues.


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