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Business Systems Specialist

General Option

Accounting Option

Technical Specialty Option

52.1201

(Associate of Applied Science Degree)


Increasing use of technology and organizational restructuring result in the need for employees to have higher levels of computer and business knowledge and associated skills.  The Business Systems Specialist program is designed to meet these current business and industry trends. It also serves as a broad entry-level starting point for those individuals who are transitioning into a new career.

Students are taught to create, implement, and use business and information systems that are essential for organizations to accomplish their mission and goals.  Students learn to solve problems both manually and with the aid of information technology.  The program prepares its graduates for entry-level positions such as computer support specialist; office manager; administrative services manager; human resources technician; marketing assistant; executive or administrative assistant; and bookkeeping, accounting, or auditing assistant in a variety of business enterprises, government agencies, and organizations.  In addition, the program provides an opportunity for technicians and other skilled workers to benefit from an education in business and management principles.

Students seeking an Associate of Applied Science degree may choose from three options.  These options give students a solid foundation in management, information systems, accounting, analytical, and communication skills.  The General Option develops additional business software and information systems skills.  The Accounting Option builds additional accounting skills.  The Technical Specialty Option develops business and management skills, building on a base of skills in the designated technical area.  Students may also choose to obtain a Business Systems Specialist certificate.
 
It is a graduation requirement of the Business Systems Specialist (BUS) program for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Core Curriculum” and “Program Requirements” courses.

Program Mission
The program prepares graduates for entry-level business, management, information system, and administrative positions in a variety of organizations.  Students are provided with an opportunity to develop their information systems, office and project management, accounting, analytical, and communication skills.  Students learn to solve problems both manually and with the aid of information technology.

Program Goals
The goals of the program are to provide opportunities for students to develop:

  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Analytical approaches to problem solving.
  • Knowledge and skills in information technology.
  • Knowledge and skills in office operations and management.
  • Knowledge and skills in accounting principles, methods, systems, and internal controls.

Program Assessments

  • National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI)
  • Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP)
CORE CURRICULUM
Credit
Hours
BUS 103 Accounting Principles I
3
BUS 108 Payroll and Automated Accounting
3
BUS 115 Advanced Microsoft Word
2
BUS 122 Advanced Microsoft Excel
3
BUS 150 Business Principles
3
BUS 162 Business Law
3
BUS 171 Economics

3

BUS 211 Management
3
OR      
    Other approved management course  
BUS 260 Project Management
3
OR      
    Other approved project management course
COM 211 Technical Writing
3
Optional
 
BUS 140 Internship (Optional)
(4)
    SUB-TOTAL
29-33
     
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
General Education Requirements
19
Must Include:  
NST 101 Network Fundamentals
3
May Not Include:
ASC 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I
4
ASC 106 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II
4
    SUB-TOTAL
19
     
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
General Option
BUS 106 Microsoft PowerPoint
2
BUS 109 Microsoft Publisher
2
BUS 176 Marketing
3
BUS 290 Essentials of Entrepreneurship
3
CPP 222 Database Systems Management and Design
3
CPP 223 Advanced Database Systems Management and Design
3
CPP 237 Internet Programming
3
    SUB-TOTAL
19
OR    
Automated Accounting Systems Option
BUS 104 Accounting Principles II
3
BUS 208 Intermediate Accounting
3
BUS 212 Income Tax
3
BUS 265 Managerial Accounting
3
BUS 268 Auditing
3
    SUB-TOTAL
15
OR    
Technical Specialty Option  
Electives Approved electives from any technical specialty area with a grade of "C" or better.
12
Two of the following three:
BUS 176 Marketing
3
BUS 290 Essentials of Entrepreneurship
3
CPP 237 Internet Programming
3
    SUB-TOTAL
18
     
GRADUATION REQUIREMENT
COM 125 Job Search Strategies
1
    SUB-TOTAL
1
It is a graduation requirement of the Business Systems Specialist (BUS) program for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Core Curriculum” and “Program Requirements” courses.
    PROGRAM TOTAL
64-72



Business Systems Specialist
52.1201
(One-Year Certificate)

CORE CURRICULUM
Credit Hours
BUS 103 Accounting Principles I
3
BUS 108 Payroll and Automated Accounting
3
BUS 115 Advanced Microsoft Word
2
BUS 122 Advanced Microsoft Excel

3

BUS 150 Business Principles
3
BUS 171 Economics
3
COM 211 Technical Writing
3
Optional
BUS 140 Internship (Optional)
(4)
    SUB-TOTAL
20-24
     
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Must Include:   

Three credit hours of written communication from Area 1.

3
AND    
NST 101 Network Fundamentals
3
    SUB-TOTAL
6
     
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
BUS 176 Marketing
3
CPP 222 Database Systems Management and Design
3
One of the following two: 
BUS 106 Microsoft PowerPoint
2
BUS 109 Microsoft Publisher
2
OR    
BUS 104 Accounting Principles II
3
BUS 268 Auditing
3
OR    
Electives Approved electives from any technical specialty area with a
6
  grade of “C” or better.
One of the following three: 
BUS 176 Marketing
3
BUS 209 Essentials of Entrepreneurship

3

CPP 237 Internet Programming
3
    SUB-TOTAL
6-9
     
GRADUATION REQUIREMENT
COM 125 Job Search Strategies
1
    SUB-TOTAL
1
It is a graduation requirement of the Business Systems Specialist (BUS) program for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Core Curriculum” and “Program Requirements” courses.
    PROGRAM TOTAL
33-40
       

BUS 103   Accounting Principles I.  Fundamentals of accounting and their application to a sole proprietorship and partnership.  3 credit hours.

BUS 104  Accounting Principles II.  This course teaches the fundamental principles of accounting for partnerships and corporations as well as managerial accounting principles and techniques.  Prerequisite:  BUS 103 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

BUS 106 Microsoft PowerPoint.  This course provides participants with the fundamentals through advanced features of Microsoft PowerPoint to plan, create, and produce professional presentations.  The following concepts are covered:  managing files; developing, organizing, editing and enhancing content; applying and modifying design templates; inserting and modifying text and images; using drawing tools; importing data from other sources; creating and modifying charts, diagrams, graphs, and tables; adding movement, interaction, sound, and music; showing movie clips; preparing presentation handouts and supplements for printing; running a slide show; preparing and broadcasting a presentation to the Web.  2 credit hours.

BUS 108  Payroll and Automated Accounting.  Students develop an understanding of the personnel and payroll records that provide the information required by the numerous laws affecting the operation of the payroll system.  Prerequisite:  BUS 103 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

BUS 109 Microsoft Publisher.  This course covers the fundamentals through advanced features and functions of Microsoft Publisher.  Topics include creating and editing single and multi-page publications; working with columns; importing and arranging text, pictures, and graphics; formatting and wrapping text around graphics; creating and formatting tables; creating common page elements; and working with master pages.  Advanced topics such as the following are also included:  how to flow text across text boxes; creating a facing-pages layout; exporting publications to PDF; and preparing publications for commercial printing.  2 credit hours.

BUS 115 Advanced Microsoft Word.  This course develops advanced skills in using Microsoft Word to create and modify complex documents.  The following concepts are covered:  using bookmarks and hyphenation; creating annotations and macros; adding borders, frames, pictures, and graphics; using Microsoft Draw, WordArt and Equation Editor; creating tables and charts; formatting text into columns; sorting text; formatting with styles; creating outlines, fill-in forms, tables of contents and indexes.  2 credit hours.

BUS 122 Advanced Microsoft Excel.  This course teaches advanced Microsoft Excel skills.  The following concepts are covered:  advanced formatting and functions; interpreting and integrating data; charting; Pivot Tables; filter capabilities; problems-solving tools; and automating tasks with macros.  3 credit hours.

BUS 140  Internship.  The internship is a work experience in business and industry that develops and reinforces the students' information systems, business, and/or accounting skills.  The minimum hours worked will be 160 hours.  Prerequisite:  Department Chair approval.  4 credit hours.

BUS 150   Business Principles.  This course examines the business system and the environment in which it operates.  The student is provided with a basic understanding and overview of the role of business.  The types of ownership, management fundamentals, financial control, production, marketing, business law, and human resources management are examined.  3 credit hours.

BUS 162   Business Law.  Introduction to law and courts; discussion of business relations and their legal aspects; cases and problems on law of contracts, personal property, sales, bailment, agencies, negotiable instruments, real and chattel mortgages.  3 credit hours.

BUS 171  Economics.  An introduction to economics with emphasis on fundamental principles and their applications to current questions.  3 credit hours.

BUS 176   Marketing.  This is an introductory course which deals with such aspects of marketing as retailing, wholesaling, advertising, pricing, and merchandising.  The course will present a realistic and objective account of marketing.  3 credit hours.

BUS 208  Intermediate Accounting.  Preparation of financial statements for a business entity.  Organization, interpretation, classification and determination of content and values of accounts.  This course is a combination of lecture and lab.  Prerequisite:  BUS 104 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

BUS 211   Management.  An introductory course on the basic concepts of organization and management with discussion on applications to operations and personnel management.  3 credit hours.

BUS 212  Income Tax.  Principles and procedures required by current laws and regulations relating to federal income taxes and social security taxes with practical applications emphasized.  This course is a combination of lecture and lab.  3 credit hours.

BUS 235   Information Design and Presentation.  The student learns to design, lay out, edit, and produce a publication electronically, using a personal computer, word processing and graphics software, and a desktop publishing program.  In addition to desktop publishing, the student will learn the basics of a presentation software program.  This course emphasizes desktop and application of information design and professional presentation for business using microcomputer software.  3 credit hours.

BUS 260  Project Management.  This course covers Project Management which builds a foundation for tomorrow’s managers.  Students gain understanding through project analysis, which includes both successful and failed project examples.  Project management methods, tools, and software are applied to group projects.  3 credit hours.

BUS 265  Managerial Accounting.  This course introduces students to information needed by managers to carry out the essential functions in an organization:  planning, operations, controlling activities, and making decisions.  Corequisite:  BUS 104.  3 credit hours.

BUS 268  Auditing.  Includes underlying principles of verification, analysis, and interpretation of accounting records and statements with emphasis on collection and evaluation of audit evidence and preparation of audit reports.  3 credit hours.

BUS 290  Essentials of Entrepreneurship.  This course provides an overview of entrepreneurship and the resources available to those considering small business opportunities.  Students will be introduced to the essentials of starting a small business.  3 credit hours.

BUS 299  Special Topics in Business Systems Specialist.  Special Topics in Business Systems Specialist (BUS) may include instruction on topics not covered in other BUS courses.  Topics covered in other BUS courses may also be covered in more depth in this special topics course.  Projects may be undertaken in any area related to the major program with credit hours determined by the level and amount of involvement.  The minimum involvement required for one credit is 30 contact hours.  The specific topic(s), objectives, plan of instruction, and evaluation criteria must be documented in the syllabus; approved by the Department/Division Chair; and filed in the Academic Records Office.  Students may complete more than one Special Topics course, provided that the credits earned in this manner do not exceed a total of four (4) credits.  1-4 credit hours.






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