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Courses Offered

BUS. 100 Introduction to Business (3 units)

A basic orientation course designed to develop a foundation of business practices and the role of business in the economy, and as an aid in selecting a field of specialization.

BUS. 101 Human Relations at Work (3 units)

Application of basic principles in the behavioral sciences, communication, practical problems of personal growth, self-management, and the development of healthy, productive, interpersonal relationships, in the workplace.

BUS. 103 Introduction to Business Information Systems (3 units)

Introduction to computer systems and software applications and their impact on the business environment. Topics include computer architecture, hardware, software, computer terminology and theory. Students use software applications as problem solving tools for business projects.

BUS. 115 Business Mathematics (3 units)

A study of mathematics as applied to business, with emphasis on word problems involving interest, discount, negotiable instruments, financial statements and ratios, inventory pricing, depreciation, payroll, income tax, annuities, and amortization.

BUS. 120 Mathematical Analysis for Business (3 units)

To give students the mathematical tools they will need to succeed in the core courses in the business curriculum at the state universities. Includes introduction to calculus including applications; probability, including expected monetary value and decision making; mathematics of finance, including amortization.

BUS. 123 Statistics (3 units)

Introduction to basic statistical methods, descriptive statistics, classification of data, probability, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, estimates and sample sizes, correlation and regression, chi-square tests, and analysis of variance. Use of technology to analyze data from business, life sciences, social sciences, psychology, health science, education, and physical science.

BUS. 150 Entrepreneurship - Small Business Management (3 units)

For potential or present entrepreneurs with or without prior experience. An emphasis on the mindset of the entrepreneur, business model concepts, business management, marketing, 21st century skills and developing a business pitch.

BUS. 161 Creativity and Innovation in Entrepreneurship (3 units)

Emphasis on creativity and innovation as a strategic process. Includes the role of risk-taking in entrepreneurship, opportunities that lead to successful business ventures and the examination of personality traits of successful entrepreneurs. For potential or present entrepreneurs with no prior business experience.

BUS. 163 Accounting and Finance for Entrepreneurs (3 units)

An introduction to accounting and finance concepts for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business managers. Emphasis on understanding financial statements and the underlying accounting concepts, cash flow management, and sources of capital. Course aims to provide students with the essential skills required to effectively manage the financial resources of a new or existing business.

BUS. 166 The Business Plan (3 units)

Preparation of a compelling and well-researched business plan to be used as a guide for starting or managing a small business. Emphasis is placed on formulation of effective strategies with the goal of achieving sustainable market advantage within the political, social, and economic environment. The role of business incubators as a means of leveraging physical and intellectual resources to accelerate and ensure the success of entrepreneurial businesses is also examined.

BUS. 180 Principles of Marketing (3 units)

An overview of the fundamental concepts, principles and applications for both Business-to-Consumer and Business-to-Business marketing. Examines the marketing mix – the four Ps of marketing--product, price, placement, promotion--and the role of each in effective marketing. Also addresses market research, target marketing and marketing planning.

BUS. 190 Introduction to Retail Management (3 units)

General overview of retailing with an introduction to buying, pricing, sales promotion, store management and organization, retail calculations, retail salesmanship, and service policies. Topics include computer-generated sales and advertising.

BUS. 201 Business Law (3 units)

Origin, development, and functions of the law and the legal environment with the objective of promoting a general understanding of legal reasoning. Framework within which the judicial process takes place. Legal problems pertaining to contracts and related topics, sales, and the impact of law on economic enterprise.

BUS. 221 Global Business Communications and Negotiation (3 units)

Examines the practical aspects of global business communication and negotiation. Includes topics in the nature, pattern and comparisons of intercultural business communication, business and social customs, global negotiation practice and strategies, communication and negotiation in intercultural and global contexts, and region-specific business cultures.

BUS. 230 Introduction to International Marketing (3 units)

An in-depth analysis of the economic, cultural, political and legal environments in which domestic and international marketing occurs. It is designed to examine marketing functions and their adaptations to those environments such as identification of target market and development of product, promotion, price and place (four P's). The course will introduce a set of conceptual and analytical tools to teach students to apply the "Four Ps" to international marketing which reflect the swift changes of an expanding competitive global market as well as technology’s impact on the international market arena.

BUS. 241 Doing Business in Asia (3 units)

Course explores business strategies in the Asia-Pacific region. Students will learn how and why business strategies are pursued by multinational corporations and medium-sized businesses doing business in Asia. Students will gain a better insight into the business environment and business protocol in Asia. Topics include business environmental analysis, strategy formulation, strategy implementation and control, and profiles of China, Japan, South Korea, India, Singapore, and South East Asia.

BUS. 246 Doing Business in China (3 units)

A comprehensive study of Chinese business operations and challenges in dealing with cultural differences, negotiation styles, and business operations. Students will apply practical guidelines in conducting successful negotiations and business ventures with Chinese counterparts.

BUS. 248 Asian Management Systems (3 units)

Course provides a comparative study of Asian management systems such as organizational structures, competitive strategies and cultural influences within Asia and the western world. Students will learn the influence of confucianism, strategic thinking and traditions on Asian management systems and practical guidelines to work with Asian counterparts for successful business ventures.

BUS. 269 Warehousing and Logistics (4 units)

Introduces students to warehouse operations and logistics. Topics include warehousing, software information systems used in warehousing, and OSHA 10 Safety. The class will include hands-on activities in relation to logistics and warehousing.

BUS. 284 Purchasing and Supply Management (3 units)

Introduction to the basic principles of purchasing and supply chain management; its authority, responsibility, and expectations. Emphasis on understanding the purchasing and supply processes, organizational concepts, policy, price and value analysis, and effects of purchasing functions on a company’s profit or loss.

BUS. 285 Inventory Management (3 units)

Introduction to inventory and materials management. Topics include inventory and materials management: types of inventory, forecasting and market analysis, types of demand systems, inventory changes, single order quantities, in-process and just-in-time inventory, distribution inventory systems, inventory control, valuation and measurement, simulation, and aggregate inventory control. The class will include hands-on activities in relation to inventory management.

BUS. 286 Transportation Management (3 units)

Introduction to basic transportation concepts and the relevance of transportation in our economy. Characteristics of each mode of transportation including rail, highway, carrier pricing, pipelines, air and water will be discussed and evaluated.

BUS. 287 Fundamentals of Project Management (3 units)

Introduction to project management, including: project scope and objectives, scheduling and estimating, resource allocation, risk management, communication and organization dynamics, project monitoring, controls, and overview of professional credentials. Overview of Project Management Professional certification exam.

BUS. 296 New Economy Marketing (3 units)

Overview of marketing trends in the new economy that includes: social media, branding new economy businesses, social responsibility and sustainability as marketing initiatives, small business “guerilla” marketing, customer relationship marketing, demographics and psychographics and targeting as a strategy for localized marketing.

BUS. 297 Business Planning for Success (2 units)

Conceive, develop and present a business plan that supports an entrepreneurial or small business idea. Work along side other students as you learn about and implement a successful business plan. This capstone event to E-ship courses will culminate in a competition with other student’s business plans.

BUS. 400 Business English (3 units)

A comprehensive review of English as used by employers. Business-oriented materials are used; areas covered include grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and vocabulary. Designed for anyone who must communicate in writing in a business environment.

BUS. 401 Business Communications (3 units)

An overview of effective business communication skills and their direct relationship to workplace success. Emphasis is placed on the planning, organizing, composing, and revising of business documents such as letters, memos, reports, and emails. Presentation skills, professional behavior in the workplace, and current communication technologies are included with an emphasis on real world problem solving. Digital communication topics include presentation software, emails, business-relevant social media, and mobile technologies.

BUS. 665 Selected Topics in Business (0.5- 1.5 units)

This course is designed to develop specific skills that are utilized in business settings. The course will focus on one specific topic; for example, a specific software package, telephone techniques, time management, human relations skills, small business management, etc.

BUS. 670 Vocational Cooperative Education in Business (3 units)

Students may receive credit for work experience related to their major field or to their established career goal. Seminars and individual conferences are scheduled at convenient times during the semester for the instructor and the student to establish learning objectives related to the student's employment. Students are given appropriate assignments related to the stated objectives and graded in accordance with the college's established grading system. As an alternative, related instruction classes meeting one hour per week, usually in the evening, are available for those students who prefer or need a more structured learning process. One unit of credit for each 75 hours worked per semester, with a maximum of four units per semester, may be earned by students with jobs related to their academic or occupational majors or goals. May be repeated for credit up to 16 units. This limitation applies to Occupational Cooperative Education work experience courses offered within the SMCCCD.

BUS. 695 Independent Study in Business (0.5or 3 units)

Designed for students who are interested in furthering their knowledge via self-paced, individualized, directed instruction provided in selected areas to be arranged with instructor and approved by the division dean using the Independent Study Form. Varying modes of instruction can be used -- laboratory, research, skill development, etc. For each unit earned, students are required to devote three hours per week throughout the semester. Students may take only one Independent Study course within a given discipline.