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Accelerated Business Program Course Descriptions

SCC's Accelerated Business Program offers practical programs and coursework, which deliver immediate value on the job. Click on course name to view the course description. For more information please contact Mark Barton (480) 425-6913.

Develops basic accounting skills including analyzing and journalizing transactions, comprehension of the balance sheet, income statements, and equity and cash flow statements.
Reviews planning, organization, development, and evaluation of written and oral communication in business settings, including informative and persuasive messages.
Planning, organizing, and writing a professional resume. Focus on presentation skills including format and language.
Review of basic arithmetic and application of mathematics to business problems: percentages, simple & compound interest, bank statements, depreciation, business sales discounts and markups, and the basics of financial statements.
Principles and practices of personal and family financial planning, includes savings, budgeting, credit, buying versus renting and general principles of consumerism.
Characteristics and activities of current local, national and international business. An overview of economics, marketing, management and finance.
Provides an overview of the external environmental factors affecting business policies & decisions, economic, legal, regulatory, political, social, cultural and ethical.
Legal theories, ethical issues and regulatory climate affecting business policies & decision. Includes overview of torts, cyber law, investor protection, regulatory agencies, court systems, criminal conduct, product liability, property law, business organization, environmental law and employment law
Internal and external business communications including verbal & nonverbal technique. Prerequisites: ENG101 or ENG107 with grade of ‘C’ or better or permission of department.
Evaluation of various investment forms including study of inflation, taxation, government securities, stocks & bonds, real estate and retirement plans
Provides an overview of the major issues faced by managers in international business. Focuses on cultural sensitivity issues and applying concepts of real-world business situations through case studies and experiential exercises.
Overview of the foundations of supervision and how to get things done within an organization through other people. The functions of planning, organizing, staffing, motivating, and controlling presented.
Explores the skills and qualities necessary to develop and maintain a successful professional life. Topics include management/leadership skill development, effective job search, image development, career advancement, gender issues, professional conduct, time/financial management, and human relations.
Explores strategies to improve job performance and develop a service-oriented philosophy. Uses practical training concepts and techniques to demonstrate how superior customer service can lead to competitive advantage and profitability in business. Focuses on both internal and external customers.
Practical training in the development of skills and expertise necessary to achieve organizational goals, with and through people. Examines functions and work activities that result in a more productive and harmonious workforce.
Covers basic principles of managing quality and performance in organizations. Covers management functions: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Emphasizes continual improvement, ethics, and social responsibility.
Provides the opportunity to learn how to appropriately utilize the human resources department within an organization in order to improve job performance. Topics include staffing, training and development, manpower planning, compensation and benefits, federal labor laws and why people seek outside representation.
Analysis of motivation, leadership, communications, and other human factors. Cultural differences that may create conflict and affect morale individually and within organizations.
Starting, organizing and operating a small business, including location, finance, management processes, advertisement and promotion, credit, inventory control and ethics.
Covers basic administrative office services and systems, including analysis and management of operations, information systems, human resources, and facilities design.
Emphasizes public relations techniques used both within and outside the business organization, including operation of a PR counseling firm.
Explores the various levels and specialized segments of the fashion industry, the principles of fashion, the fundamentals of merchandising apparel, consumers’ influence on demand and marketing activities.
An examination of the principles of design including line, color, balance, and texture as they relate to the display of merchandise. Participation in displays and individual projects.
Examines management/buyer role in investment, pricing, planning, controlling sales and inventories. Any BPC/CIS spreadsheet course is recommended
Examines the principles and terminology utilized in the marketing/function and their value and application in the day-to-day operation of a business. Focuses on marketing planning, market segmentation, positioning, targeting and aspects of international marketing. Reviews product development, pricing, promotion and distribution and explores careers in marketing.
Introduces the advertising function within business including media study, creative strategies, and advertising campaigns.
Analyzes and applies the steps and techniques used in personal selling. Highlights the role of the professional sales representative and his/her functions as they relate to the company’s mission and customer expectations.
Surveys structure and operation of retail organizations. Emphasizes merchandising to include price, location, time, promotion, and quantity.
In-depth analysis of and individual plan development for the “day-to-day” problems encountered in the operation of a small business. Includes the development of a business operations plan including finance, purchasing, production scheduling, maintenance, shipping/receiving, personnel management and insurance/risk management requirements.
Introduces accounting and record-keeping with emphasis on practical use of financial data for the successful management of a small business. Develops an understanding of the accounting cycle and preparation of financial statements. Includes section on tax consequences and preparation. Designed for the non-financially oriented owner/manager.
Planning for and meeting the financial needs of the small business including cash flow planning, identification of financial needs and sources, equity and debt financing, and preparation of loan packages. Participants complete a financial plan, with cost controls, sales revenue, expense allocation, and inventory cost.
Introduction to strategies and methods including business image, target market analysis, and customer buying behavior profile. Analysis and selection of advertising/business promotion methods and timing. Design of an individual marketing and advertising/promotion plan.
Explores the areas of tax planning and preparation essential to small business operation. Includes tax requirements and forms, special tax topics affecting business decisions, tax planning techniques, and common tax problems for the small business. Prerequisites: None
Methods and techniques for managing employees in a small business. Includes supervisor’s role, leadership styles, interpersonal communications, staff planning, employee work styles, techniques for handling problem employees, and employee motivation. Focuses on real life situations to enable the business owner to gain high performance from their employee team. Includes segment on hiring, new employee orientation, training, benefits, and developing future staffing needs assessment.
Developing / improving customer relations for the small business. Planning /delivering quality customer service. Includes topics on attitude of employees, customer perceptions and motivations, handling customer dissatisfaction, and developing customer, supplier, vendor, and distributor loyalty.
Explores the common causes of stress related to the operation of a small business. Includes discussion of the physiological and psychological effects of stress, and specific methods for dealing with the small business owner or manager stresses in business and personal life.
Basic marketing and management techniques for exporting and importing. Includes researching viability of an import/export business, marketing an export or securing a product for import, and implementing the transaction.
Focuses on “e-Commerce”-doing business on the Internet and planning a web site. Topics include: examples of successful marketing onthe Internet; availability of Internet services; necessary hardware and software for marketing on the Internet; determining products/services appropriate for Internet marketing; budget constraints and on-going operations of the Internet site.
The study and scientific inquiry of issues and demands placed on business enterprise by owners, customers, government, employees andsociety. Included are social, ethical, and public issues and analysis of the social impact of business responses. This class counts for Social/Behavioral Science credit at MCCCD and ASU COB