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AAS - Business (FASTRACK)

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Business (FASTRACK) is designed for working adults seeking to update, upgrade, or develop essential business skills. A specific objective of the program is to prepare students for job advancement and career opportunities in today’s business environment as defined by industry practitioners. Each course/module includes learning activities and projects in an accelerated five-week format. In-person classes meet once per week for four hours with study groups obliged to meet extensively outside of the classroom as prescribed by course/module requirements. Classes will be limited to a maximum of 20 students. The program also features an Internet component in which the courses are self-paced. Students have a maximum of eight weeks to complete each course. Additional features of the program include: Student directed learning stressing the dynamic business environment, communication skills and leadership development; Utilization of Microsoft Office package including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; Integration of international business issues and practices; Practical application of study concepts to workplace situations; Development of student portfolio intended for presentation to current/prospective employers. A Business (FASTRACK) Certificate is also available to students. This certificate contains all of the features of the AAS, but does not include a general education component. Prerequisites of the program include/s a minimum of two years of employment and/or current employment and permission of the department/division. Corequisites include appropriate BPC modules (3) or equivalent by assessment.
Major Code: 3780
Award: AAS
First Term: 4046
Total Credits: 64-66
Last Updated: Jun 24th, 2014
Minimum of two years of full-time employment and permission of Department/Division and basic computer skills.
Required Courses: 36
ACC110 Understanding and Using Accounting Systems 3
BPC110 Computer Usage and Applications (3) OR
CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) 3
GBS120 Workplace Communication Skills 3
GBS200 Understanding the Business Environment 3
GBS205 Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues in Business 3
IBS201 International Studies for Business 3
MGT109 Development of Professional Skills and Standards 3
MGT126 Customer Service Skills and Strategies 3
MGT127 Managing and Leading for Competitive Advantage 3
MGT179 Utilizing the Human Resources Department 3
MGT206 Business Research Project (3) OR
MGT253 Owning and Operating a Small Business (3) 3
MKT210 Applied Marketing Strategies 3
Restricted Electives: 3 Credits
Any additional ACC, GBS, MGT, OR MKT course/s listed in the college catalog.
ACC+++++ Any ACC Accounting course
GBS+++++ Any GBS General Business course
MGT+++++ Any MGT Management course
MKT+++++ Any MKT Marketing course
Free Electives: None
General Education: 25-27 Credits
General Education Core: 15-17 Credits
First-Year Composition: 6 Credits
ENG101 First-Year Composition (3) AND
ENG102 First-Year Composition (3)
Critical Reading: 3 Credits
CRE101 College Critical Reading (3) OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment
Oral Communication: 3 Credits
COM100 Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110 Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225 Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230 Small Group Communication (3) OR
Mathematics: 3-5 Credits
Any approved General Education course from the Mathematics area.
General Education Distributed: 10 Credits
Humanities and Fine Arts: 3 Credits
Any approved General Education course from the Humanities and Fine Arts area.
HUM205 is recommended.
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 Credits
ECN211 Macroeconomic Principles (3) OR
ECN212 Microeconomic Principles (3) OR
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology (3) OR
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
Natural Sciences: 4 Credits
Any approved General Education course from the Natural Sciences area.
Program Competencies:
  1. Identify and describe basic accounting skills and practices and use a computerized accounting system to analyze and record common business transactions. (ACC110)
  2. Apply fundamental computer concepts and operations in the use of selected software packages. (BPC110 OR CIS105)
  3. Demonstrate appropriate and effective written and oral communication skills in a variety of workplace situations. (GBS120)
  4. Identify, describe, and analyze external environmental factors in terms of their impact on a business, domestically and globally. (GBS200)
  5. Identify and describe contemporary legal issues, ethical issues and the regulatory climate and explain how these factors affect business policies and decisions. (GBS205)
  6. Identify and analyze major international business issues and apply problem solving techniques to selected international business problems. (IBS201)
  7. Identify and describe a variety of professional skills and standards and demonstrate appropriate use of these skills in selected organizational settings. (MGT109)
  8. Identify and use the basic techniques for measuring, managing, and monitoring internal and external customer expectations and services. (MGT126)
  9. Apply a systems approach to managing organizational goals and identify and demonstrate a variety of techniques used to motivate employees and facilitate team development and processes. (MGT127)
  10. Explain how to utilize the human resources department as an integral function within an organization. (MGT179)
  11. Research, prepare, and present an in-depth analysis of a selected topic related to contemporary business. (MGT206)
  12. Outline the principles and procedures involved in starting, organizing and operating a small business. (MGT253)
  13. Identify, describe, and demonstrate basic principles and techniques used in developing effective marketing strategies. (MKT210)
  14. Compile a professional quality portfolio of work completed during participation in the FASTRACK program that is intended for presentation to a current or prospective employer. (ACC110, GBS120, GBS200, GBS205, IBS201, MGT109, MGT126, MGT127, MGT179, MGT206, MKT210)