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Business Course Descriptions
Glimpses of What You'll Learn in Each Course

Note: For the College description of business courses, link to the Anoka-Ramsey Catalog.

For a glimpse at how the content of business courses may be connected to your current or future work in business, read the information below.

 BUS  0900    Computer Basics, 3 credits 
Do you have limited or no experience with computers and desire a slow-paced, hands-on learning environment that focuses on personal use rather than business or professional use?  Do you want to have a better understanding of how you can use your computer to access the Internet, communicate via e-mail, create documents with word processing, use a spreadsheet to organize your budget, and rely on a database to keep an address list or inventory of books or music? This developmental class uses a Pass/No Credit grading system (see BUS 1111 if you want college-level credit, A-F grading, and more in-depth assignments; classes offered concurrently). Homework requires the use of on-campus computer labs or a home computer. You will use Microsoft Works in this class. A keying ability of 25 wpm is recommended.

BUS 1101  Introduction to Business, 3 credits 
What image comes to mind when you hear the word business? Some people think of their jobs, others think of the merchants they patronize as consumers, and still others think of profit. Business drives the economic pulse of a nation. Whether you decide to start your own business, work for a small, family-run business, or sign on with a large international corporation, your achievements will depend on your ability to maintain the constant pace of change in today’s world. This course builds the foundation and discusses the strategies that allow companies to compete in today’s interactive marketplace. You will also learn skills that you will need to turn ideas into action for your own career success.

BUS 1103  Human Relations in the Workplace, 3 credits
Does your workplace need a little help with interpersonal relationships? Do you difficulty confronting people in situations that involve conflict?  In this class you will learn how to develop the qualities necessary to establish and maintain interpersonal relationships, the strategies for resolving conflict, and techniques for improving your communication skills. You will also gain an increased awareness of yourself and, after clarifying your values, will establish goals for personal and professional growth.  Other topics include self-esteem, diversity, attitudes, motivation, and group behavior.

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 BUS 1104    Written Business Communications, 3 credits 
Are memos being ignored by your coworkers or employees? Does your boss ask you to rewrite messages? Do your e-mail messages leave readers wondering what you are really saying? Never sure how to start your messages? Is your writing too blunt or too long? In this class you will improve your writing skill and increase your confidence about writing. You'll see immediate improvements in your writing of business messages--letters, memos, e-mail messages, resumes, proposals, and reports. You will learn to write directly for routine messages, indirectly for times when your messages are likely to be interpreted as negative, and persuasively for times when your reader is likely to resist your message. Whether you are an experienced business writer or you are just beginning your career or education in business, this class will give you the skills you need to gain your reader's attention and get your message across. The class will design and compile a writing portfolio that you can use at work.

BUS 1105  Individual/Corporate Income Tax, 3 credits 
Prerequisite: BUS 1125 or BUS 1131 or  BUS 1130 or accounting/tax experience
Since you can't avoid taxes, you might as well understand them! Learn what income you must include and what items you can deduct. Find out the difference in a deduction and a credit. Prepare a basic self-employment, partnership, and corporate tax return. Understand capital gains and losses, special taxes, and the payroll taxes withheld from your check. Take this introductory tax class to save yourself money and trouble with the IRS.

BUS 1108  Business Math, 3 credits 
You will learn the mathematical procedures used in accounting, office and clerical work, marketing and finance.

BUS 1111    Computer Basics, 3 credits 
Do you have limited experience using a computer and desire a class that focuses on personal use rather than business or professional use? This course is designed for people who would like to increase their knowledge of the personal computer and its major uses in a home environment. Major topics include using the Internet, communicating via e-mail, creating documents with word processing software, using a spreadsheet, and using a database. This class is offered concurrently with BUS 0900. If you enroll under this course number (1111), you will complete the same assignments as students enrolled in BUS 0900 plus several other in-depth projects assessed on the A-F grading system. 
Homework requires the use of on-campus computer labs or a home computer. You will use Microsoft Works in this class.  A keying ability of at least 25 words per minute is recommended.

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BUS 1112    Computer Concepts and Applications, 3 credits 
Prerequisite: BUS 1153 or equivalent skill.
Develop your technical skills in this hands-on computer applications and literacy course. After reviewing how to use Windows to manage your desktop, disks, and files, you will work with Microsoft Office products. You will use Word for word processing, Excel for spread sheeting, PowerPoint for creating shows and presentations, Access for setting up databases, and Internet for researching and communicating via e-mail. Homework requires the use of on-campus computer labs or a home computer. If you have had very little or no computer experience, register for BUS 0900/1111. This course assumes you have some computer experience and a keying speed of at least 25 wpm (see BUS 1153 if you need to improve your keying skill).

BUS 1113  Advanced Computer Applications, 3 credits 
Prerequisite: BUS 1112 or professional experience with the use of word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphics software. Ability to key a minimum of 25 wpm.
Enhance your existing software skills with this hands-on computer applications course. This course is designed to allow individuals to build on their existing (introductory) knowledge of the four major Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint). In addition to gaining additional skills in the MS Office applications, students will learn to produce specialized documents through the integrated use of two or more of the applications. Students conclude the course by applying their advanced skills to the creation or revision of documents used in their own business.

 BUS 1115  Exploring the Internet, 1 credit 
Confused about Internet terms such as search engines, portals, newsgroups, Boolean searches, keywords, chat, plug-ins, or downloads? Are you feeling as though there is a lot of information on the Internet but you can't ever find what you need? Explore the Internet and learn how to access and manage the wealth of information available. Experience a virtual classroom. Join a community of people who share your interests. Learn how to do productive searches for information. Maximize the features of your email software by setting up groups, using address books, establishing electronic signatures. Learn how to protect yourself from viruses.  Downloading software and incorporating text and graphics into school or business reports are included. Spend some time developing a simple personal Web site.

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BUS 1118  Computerized Presentation Graphics, 2 credits 
Prerequisite: BUS 1112 or experience with Windows-based software.
Master the skills it takes to design and deliver presentations that captivate and educate your audience and discover how powerful, persuasive slide shows can affect your audience. Learn to use computerized presentations to enhance your verbal message rather than bombard your audience with "wow" effects. You will design and deliver a comprehensive slide show using PowerPoint 2003 software.  How to insert photographs taken with digital cameras, scanned material, and downloaded images from the Internet will be included. The skills you'll learn here can help you prepare visual materials for a class, your job, or for one of your hobbies or interests.

BUS 1119  Introduction to Relational Databases, 3 credits 
Prerequisite: BUS 1112 or experience with Windows-based software.
Whether you realize it or not, you interact with databases almost every day. Computerized library systems, automated teller machines, flight reservations systems, medical appointment scheduling systems, and college registration systems are all examples of database applications. Companies are eager to hire employees who understand the software that enables them to organize, store, modify, and extract information about their customers, products, and operations. In this class, you will thoroughly learn Microsoft Access 2003 so that you can design, create, and query databases to help companies manage information. Integrating databases with other computer applications is also a part of this course.

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BUS 1122  Business Ethics and Social Issues, 3 credits 
Should a salesperson omit facts about a product’s poor safety record in the sales presentation to a client? Should an accountant report inaccuracies discovered in an audit, knowing that the company will probably fire him/her for doing so? Should an automobile producer adopt a costly new safety device that could save thousands of lives but would make the cars too expensive for many consumers to afford? Business ethics is one of the most important, yet perhaps most misunderstood, concerns in the world of business today. The course is designed to help answer all of those questions by helping you identify, analyze, and control ethical issues that you may encounter in the business world.

BUS 1125  Financial Accounting, 4 credits 
Do you want to be the one in the management meeting who can interpret your company's as well as other companies' financial statements in order to make decisions? Will you need to predict the impact of a transaction on reported amounts? Are you preparing for a career in business? Have you thought about becoming an accountant? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the course for you. In fact, this course is required in virtually every college business degree in the United States (including all business degrees at ARCC: the AS in accounting, the AS in business, the AA, and the AAS in business). Learn what is on the basic four financial statements and the concepts that determine how amounts are measured and reported. Find and use financial data to determine a company's profitability, solvency, and liquidity. Understand the impact of common transactions on the financial statements. 

BUS 1130  Accounting Fundamentals, 1 credit    
Learn procedural accounting skills through the use of interactive, computerized software that provides instruction and exercise sets on transaction analysis, recording the general journal and posting to the ledger, accrual vs. cash basis accounting, adjusting entries, perpetual and periodic inventory systems, subsidiary ledgers and special journals, and inventory cost flow methods. This course is usually offered as an open learning lab with all communication conducted via email, fax, or U.S. mail.

BUS 1131   Accounting Procedures I, 3 credits
Do you want to keep the daily accounting records of a business? Or are you a small business owner or office manager who becomes embarrassed or mystified when others start talking about debits and credits or discussing financial statements? If so,  this is the first course in a two-course sequence for you. Learn how to record the daily transactions of a business using the rules of debit and credit and convert this data into useful financial statements. Learn how to record journal entries, post, use special journals and subsidiary ledgers, prepare adjusting entries related to accruals and deferrals, prepare closing entries, establish basic internal controls, and prepare financial statements. 

BUS 1132   Accounting Procedures II, 3 credits 
Are you ready to apply the rules of debit and credit from Accounting Procedures I to more complex, yet common, business transactions? Would you like to be able to compute and use ratios and comparisons to reveal what the financial statements tell about a company? This practical course is the second part of a  two-course sequence for office managers, small business owners, and others who keep the daily accounting records of a business. This course shows you how to apply the rules of debit and credit to record transactions related to uncollectible accounts, notes, inventory, long-term assets, partnerships, corporations, and bonds. Also learn the tricks of preparing the Statement of Cash Flows and how to analyze financial statements.

BUS 1134  Computerized Accounting, 2 credits  
Prerequisite: BUS 1125 or 1131 and BUS 1112
This is a hands-on course where you will learn how to use an integrated computerized accounting system. Integrated modules include those commonly found in computerized environments: general, payroll, sales, receivables, payables, purchases and financial statement analysis.

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BUS 1135  Payroll Accounting, 2 credits 
Prerequisite: BUS 1125 of 1131
You will understand the need for payroll and personnel records and understand the various methods of computing wages and salaries, computing deductions, and maintaining payroll records, and how to prepare government reports relating to payroll.

BUS 1143  Electronic Spreadsheets, 3 credits 
Prerequisite: BUS 1112 or experience with Windows-based software
Spreadsheets are used in almost every aspect of today’s business. Whenever “number crunching” is needed, decision makers commonly use spreadsheets to help guide their decisions. Students start this comprehensive course by learning to use Microsoft Excel (the top-selling PC spreadsheet program) to create and analyze numerical data and charts. After developing the basic skills, students learn to use intermediate and advanced Excel features to: quickly determine various patterns and statistics in business databases, analyze how changing one or more variables in a spreadsheet can affect the company’s profits and other key financial figures, and place data from the World Wide Web (or data in other computer files) directly into Excel spreadsheets for further analysis.

BUS 1149  Professional Selling, 3 credits 
Why do people buy one model of a product rather than another? Why do they buy from one sales person rather than another? Why do people buy at all? When we understand the steps in selling, we can better respond to the customers' needs. This course focuses on effective sales methods and career opportunities. Relationship selling is demonstrated through student sales presentations.

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BUS 1153    Beginning Keyboarding, 2 credits 
Make a commitment to 10-finger typing, not 2-finger typing! Learn the correct fingering technique and develop alphabetic and numeric computer keyboarding skills. Increase your speed or break bad habits if you already have experience with the correct keying technique. Whether you have no previous keyboarding experience or you're a little rusty, this class will improve your speed and accuracy. Some time is spent on using basic word processing features so that you can format a simple letter, table, and a paper that has internal references and a bibliography. Keyboarding software that you can use on a home computer is used to learn and improve keying technique. Microsoft Word is used to format documents.

BUS 1154  Advanced Keyboarding, 3 credits 
Prerequisite: BUS 1153 or equivalent skill.
Businesses need trained professionals who have excellent editing, formatting, and computer keyboarding skills so that the documents sent to customers create a positive impression of their business. Perfecting these skills is necessary for all administrative assistants or anyone who wants to efficiently and effectively prepare business documents for distribution or publication. In this course, you will receive intensive practice on computer keyboarding skills. You will learn to use The Gregg Reference Manual, a comprehensive guide to business English principles. Style techniques and formats for letters, memos, reports, manuscripts, and other business documents are thoroughly learned. Learning proofreading techniques help ensure that your documents are error-free. Transcription of business documents reinforces your keying, formatting, and business English skills. You will need access to a computer and Microsoft Word to complete the homework assignments.

BUS 1155 Microcomputer Word Processing, 4 credits 
Word processing is one of the most popular and widely used software applications.  Employers are looking for proficient users of word processing who can solve information-processing problems. In this course, you will learn the basics to the advanced skills of word processing, using Microsoft Word 2003, as well as decision-making and problem-solving skills. The course includes document creation, formatting, and editing; the creation and use of templates and styles; merging and integrating source data from different applications; and creating and importing charts, graphics, and clip art. You will also plan and create forms and tables for efficient data display and create specialized master documents, indexes, and outlines. This course prepares you to take the MOUS (Microsoft Office User Specialist) certification exam.

 BUS 1174  Office Systems, 3 credits 
The only constant is change! Meeting the challenge of keeping pace with the technologically-based office requires a strong foundation of administrative support skills. More than ever, companies want  administrative assistants who can set priorities, take initiative, search for information, use critical thinking and decision-making skills, and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Developing a professional image and understanding the procedures and systems used in offices today is the focus of this course. You will gain practical experience with preparing for meetings, making travel arrangements, managing records, researching topics on the Internet, projecting a professional image for yourself and your employer, managing time and stress, selecting office equipment and supplies, and understanding the dynamics of interpersonal relationships in the office.  

BUS 1180  Developing Web Pages, 3 credits
Prerequisite:  Previous computer experience, e.g., basic familiarity with computer functions and applications.
This course includes the development and authoring of Web pages.  Topics include basic HTML programming, image maps, an introduction to the use of graphics on the Web, hands-on experience in developing and testing a Web page using Microsoft FrontPage, basic Web site management, FrontPage bots, importing files, and other topics necessary to design and create a Web page. 

BUS 1221  Supervision, 3 credits   
Imagine that you are about to be promoted into your first management position and realizing that you don’t know how to properly supervise employees, operate a department of a company, evaluate or discipline employees, prepare a departmental budget, or follow existing state and federal employment laws. This course is designed for anyone who is interested in working into a first-line management position or for current supervisors who need to brush up on supervisory concepts and practices. Students will be involved in numerous activities that will enable them to apply many of the supervisory management concepts and practices learned in this course. At the end of this course, students will be better trained for a supervisory position than many first-line managers who haven't received formal training.  

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 BUS 2126   Managerial Accounting, 4 credits 
Do you want to be able to speak up in meetings at your job with solutions to management decisions? Will your employer value you as a member of the management team who can apply concepts and the practice of management accounting to help make planning and control decisions such as if  the company should advertise or not, should manufacturing be outsourced, what is the “right” transfer  price from one division to another, or what features of a product cost too much and should be eliminated? In addition to providing you with a knowledge base to answer these questions, this course also introduces strategic managerial accounting topics such as understanding how costs behave, estimating costs, target costing, value chain analysis, target costing, quality costs, customer profitability, benchmarking, balanced scorecard, activity based costing and management, management performance, make versus buy, pricing, the cost of quality, and analysis of environmental costs. Enhance your abilities to lead your company with what you learn in this course. This course is intended for transfer--students should check with a counselor for advice on transferability to specific institutions.

BUS 2141  Introduction to Financial Planning, 3 credits 
Do you have your spending under control? Are you saving and investing for your future and the future of your dependents? Do you have an education fund established for your children, future children, or grandchildren? Will you be able to live comfortably on your retirement income?  Do you know how much income you will need during your retirement years?  Are you taking advantages of current tax laws to increase your after taxes income? Do you want to become a millionaire without winning the lottery?  If you want to retire early, do you have a plan to do so in place? Would you like to pay-off debts early, but don’t know how to do so? Do you know about the time-value of money?  Are your assets adequately protected?  Do you know what will happen to your assets if you were to die prematurely? Are you following a budget? Do you have a sound investment strategy? Are your investments well diversified? Do you have a sound retirement plan in place? Do you have a solid financial plan in place?  This course is designed to answer the above questions and is essential for anyone interested in maximizing their income, reducing expenses, and accumulating wealth.

BUS 2142  Principles of Marketing, 4 credits 
Fasten your seat belts! You’re about to begin an exciting journey toward learning about marketing. To start you off in the right direction, you already know a lot about marketing—it’s all around you. You see the results of marketing in the abundance of products in your nearby shopping mall. You see marketing in the advertisements that fill your television screen, magazines, and mailbox. At home, at school, where you work, where you play—you are exposed to marketing. Yet, there is more to marketing than meets the consumer’s casual eye. Next stop?--a more complete and formal introduction to the basic concepts and practices of marketing.

BUS 2205  Business Interviewing Techniques, 1 credit
Getting ready to graduate? What about a job? What about the interview? At this point in time, there are probably a thousand questions going through your mind. What will the interview be like? What type of questions will be asked? What kinds of answers are expected? What questions do I need to ask? How do I best sell myself during the interview? This class has been designed to answer all of those questions, to help you feel comfortable with the interview process, and to be confident in your skills as an interviewee. Whether this is your first interview, or if you are a seasoned veteran, you should find this course extremely helpful in sharpening your interviewing skills and effectiveness.

BUS 2215  Legal Environment of Business, 3 credits
This course gives you an in-depth focus on law as it relates to the business environment. You will study employment law, business ethics, employee discrimination, labor law, product liability, environmental regulation, and international law. 

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BUS 2220  Risk Management and Insurance, 3 credits 
Do you want to take a chance on being unprepared to lose valuable assets, suffer a lengthy disability, die prematurely or suffer a property loss that could set you or you dependents back financially for many years?  This course evaluates the methods of reducing risks or transferring them to another person or an insurance company. Both personal and business insurance coverage will be studied and analyzed throughout this course.  Students will also complete a sound insurance plan during this semester course. This course is designed for both personal and business use and is must for anyone with assets to protect.

BUS 2226   Accounting Internship and Seminar, 3 credits
Prerequisite:  Approval of internship coordinator/instructor
Are you near the end of your accounting program and wondering how to get that experience the newspaper ads request for the accounting jobs? Do you want an easier transition from academics to actually working in accounting? Do you want to be able to frankly discuss problem solving with someone other than your employer? Get approval from the professor coordinating the accounting internship, and join this class. In the internship you earn credits for supervised work experience in accounting and attend seminars and complete projects related to your work. You’ve studied long and hard--now it's time to apply your education and actually do some real accounting.

BUS 2227  Management/Marketing Internship and Seminar, 3 credits  
Prerequisite:  Approval of internship coordinator/instructor
This internship is designed to provide opportunities for students to apply management and marketing principles and practices to their present occupations. Students will prepare an individualized course project, which will help them to become more valuable and productive employees.

 BUS 2228  Office Technology Internship and Seminar, 3 credits   
Prerequisite:  Approval of internship coordinator/instructor
Use the skills you have learned in the classroom and apply them to your work environment for credit.  You will work 150 hours in an office technology position, earning 3 credits toward the AAS in Business/Office Technology option. You are required to attend three internship seminars and complete work-related projects. Class meeting topics include issues and concerns that come with a new job, salary expectations, and career goals. This course is designed for the office technology program student.

BUS 2231   Intermediate Accounting I, 4 credits 
Are you someone who really understood financial accounting? Are you intending to become an accountant? This course is the first of a two-course series that adds the nuts and bolts to your prior accounting coursework. In this study of accounting theory and practice, you will learn about the official pronouncements of generally accepted accounting principles and conceptual statements, revenue and expense recognition, accounting for assets and current liabilities, and financial statement disclosures.
The Metropolitan State University course, Acct 310, is offered at ARCC and teaches this same content to ensure transferability.

BUS 2232   Intermediate Accounting II, 4 credits 
Do you enjoy the challenge of complex accounting topics? Are you ready to apply your learning to business cases? Continue your study of intermediate accounting with this course. Topics include earnings per share, accounting changes and error corrections, and financial statement analysis. Then the course really takes off with case studies that allow you to apply your knowledge to scenarios that are often based on real companies. Apply your prior learning to analyze case studies of actual accounting situations that lead to companies being forced out of business or losing millions in court battles with disgruntled stockholders. Learn now to avoid being a future case study!

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BUS 2235   Income Tax Theory, 3 credits 
As the saying goes, nothing in life is certain but death and taxes! Are you  searching for a course that will help you spot when there is a tax issue and assist you in planning business options with a tax strategy in mind? This course focuses on business tax concepts such as the types and structure of taxes, income, deductions, property transactions, and tax specifics related to corporations, partnerships, and S corporations. Planning and decision-making, rather than completing tax returns, are emphasized in this course. The Metropolitan State University course, Acct 530, is offered at ARCC and teaches this same content to ensure transferability.

BUS 2240  Introduction to International Business, 3 credits  
This course gives you an introduction to the essentials of international business and the environmental forces that have an impact on it. Topics include the economic, cultural, legal and political environment and the international management, marketing, finance, exporting and importing functions. An in-depth study of doing business in a specific country is required.

BUS 2242  Principles of Retailing, 3 credits 
Did you know that the retailing industry is the nation’s single largest employer? What is retailing? What do retailers do? Why is retailing important to our society? What types of decisions do retail managers make? How can I start my own retail business? What careers are available in retailing? Is retailing for me? This course describes the functions retailers perform and the variety of decisions they make to satisfy customers’ needs in a rapidly changing, highly competitive environment.

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BUS 2265  Administrative Office Management, 3 credits 
Prerequisite: BUS 1174 or consent of instructor
Effective use of people, technology, systems, equipment, and space are the keys to effective office management.  Some of the topics explored in this course include traits of effective managers and leaders; recruiting, selecting, motivating, training, and retaining employees; designing comfortable, safe, and ergonomically-sound workspaces; writing office manuals; building teams that result in quality participation and effort; and facilitating and managing group discussions. 

BUS 2268  Legal Office Procedures I, 3 credits   
Prerequisite: BUS 1155 or equivalent skill or consent of the instructor.
This course will prepare you for working in a law office as an administrative legal assistant. Topics include legal ethics, law office management, legal terminology, transcription of legal documents, court systems, wills and estate planning, and civil litigation.

BUS 2269  Legal Office Procedures II, 3 credits   
Prerequisite: BUS 2268 and word processing experience or equivalent skill or consent of instructor.
This course will prepare you for working in a law office as an administrative legal assistant. Topics include real estate law, bankruptcy law, family law, criminal law and torts, legal terminology, transcription of legal documents, and legal research and citations.

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Basic Skills You Should Have
Before Taking Business Courses

Keying: A keyboarding skill of at least 25 words per minute is recommended. If you do not have this skill, consider enrolling in BUS 1153, Beginning Keyboarding, as one of your first classes.

Computer Operation: If you have very limited or no experience with operating a personal computer, enroll in BUS 0900 or BUS 1111, Computer Basics. (BUS 1112, Introduction to Computers, is a requirement for all business students.)

Writing/Reading: Competence in college-level writing and reading is essential for your success in business courses. Complete ENG 1121, College Writing & Critical Reading, near the beginning of your business program studies.

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Course Sequencing and Prerequisites for Business Courses

When taking business courses, there are times when we recommend  that you take one course before another one (suggestions for sequencing your business courses are listed below).  Sometimes we require that you complete a prerequisite course before enrolling in another course (more information below on prerequisites). 

Recommended Course Sequencing

Try to take
this class                     Before these classes

BUS 1101                    BUS 1149, BUS 1221, BUS 2142, BUS 2215, BUS 2240, BUS 2242, BUS 2244,
                                   BUS 2246

BUS 1104                    BUS 1174, BUS 2142, BUS 2265, BUS 2268, BUS 2269

BUS 1112                    BUS 1118, BUS 1119,  BUS 1143, BUS 1155

BUS 1221                    BUS 2205, BUS 2244

BUS 2215                    BUS 2268, BUS 2269

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Required Course Prerequisites

Prerequisites are established by the business faculty and enforced by the registrar of Anoka-Ramsey. Instructors of courses with prerequisites assume that all students who register have these skills at the beginning of courses.  Business courses that have prerequisites are listed below. Prerequisites take several forms. Some prerequisites state that you must complete a specific course before enrolling. If the prerequisite lists a course, followed by the phrase, "or an equivalent skill," this means that you don't have to take the listed course if you already have a comparable skill to students who have completed the entire course.  Most students acquire equivalent skills from work experience or from other educational experiences outside of Anoka-Ramsey. Before deciding if you have an equivalent skill, we suggest that you read the course description of the prerequisite course so that you understand what content should have been learned and the skill levels that should have been developed.  If the prerequisite states "instructor consent," you must  talk to the instructor before registering  for the class.  If you're unclear about a prerequisite, contact the course instructor.

Course                        Prerequisites

BUS 1105                    BUS 1125 or  BUS 1131 or BUS 1130 or accounting/tax experience

BUS 1112                    BUS 1153 or equivalent skills

BUS 1113                    BUS 1112 or equivalent experience and keying ability of 25 wpm  

BUS 1118                    BUS 1112 or experience with Windows-based software

BUS 1119                    BUS 1112 or experience with Windows-based software

BUS 1132                    BUS 1131 or equivalent knowledge of course content

BUS 1134                    BUS 1125 or BUS 1131

BUS 1135                    BUS 1125 or BUS 1131

BUS 1143                    BUS 1112 or experience with Windows-based programs or instructor consent

BUS 1154                    BUS 1153 or equivalent skills

BUS 1155                    BUS 1112 or experience with Windows-based programs or instructor consent

BUS 1174                    BUS 1153 or equivalent skills

BUS 1180                    Previous computer experience, e.g., basic familiarity with computer functions and applications

BUS 2126                    BUS 1125

BUS 2226                    Approval of internship coordinator/instructor

BUS 2227                    Approval of internship coordinator/instructor

BUS 2228                    Approval of internship coordinator/instructor

BUS 2231                    BUS 1125 and BUS 1130 (concurrent enrollment in BUS 1130 is acceptable)

BUS 2232                    BUS 2231

BUS 2235                    BUS 1125 or tax work experience

BUS 2265                    BUS 1174 or instructor consent

BUS 2268                    BUS 1155 or equivalent knowledge of course content or instructor consent

BUS 2269                    BUS 2268 & BUS 1155 or equivalent knowledge of course content
                                     or instructor consent

BUS 2299                    Successful completion of two business courses   


           What You Should Know About Online Classes  
Before Registering

Before deciding whether to take an online class, you should make sure you have an adequate computer system, that you have the skills necessary to succeed in an online learning environment, and that you have a realistic picture of the commitment and demands of an online class.  We strongly recommend that you read the information below before registering for any online business class.

Computer Equipment and Software Requirements:  You must have daily access to a computer with a connection to the Internet of 56 kps or faster.  Having access only at work during your regular work day will probably not be adequate,  so we recommend that you have a computer/connection at your home also.  If you anticipate traveling while taking an online class, you should have a laptop computer or easy access to a computer.  There may be times when you will need to visit  your online class two or three times a day.  The recommended minimum computer/software requirements are:

(a)    A 32-bit operating system (Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows NT, O/S 2 Warp, or the Mac Operating System).  Because JavaScript software is used in the course design software, it is necessary that your operating system is 32-bit so it can handle JavaScript.

(b)    A Pentium computer speed.

(c)    An Internet browser such as Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer (download or buy the current version).  Your browser version must be able to support frames and JavaScript.  Some courses require that you also have Adobe Acrobat Reader.

(d)    Word processing software and a comfort level with creating, editing, and saving documents.

(e)    An email account and a comfort level with sending and opening attachments.

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The Learning Environment in an Online Business Classroom:  In an online business classroom, all learning and discussion is done via the computer.  All discussion and explanations must be read and responded to in writing, so you must enjoy writing in order to enjoy taking an online class.  Online classes are not easier than face-to-face classes; in fact, in most cases, online classes require you to spend more time  communicating with the instructor and other students.  The greatest benefit to taking an online class is the freedom from traveling to the campus.  Deadlines are still enforced; rarely are students able to complete an entire course at their own pace.  Before registering for an online business class, consider whether you have the following attributes:

(a)    Are you self-motivated and self-disciplined, capable of applying electronic and printed resources as well as life experiences to the course assignments and discussions?  If you're a procrastinator, you will probably not succeed in an online section.  If you prefer personal, face-to-face help with course-related problems, you will do better in an on-campus section of the course.

(b)   Are you a collaborative learner who contributes to discussions and can work in groups to successfully complete course assignments?  Online courses require that you are capable of learning from other students and relating their ideas to your experiences and thoughts. Some business courses include more collaborative learning than others--check with the professor teaching the class.

(c)    Are you comfortable with computer technology?  Can you attach files to e-mail messages, do research on the Internet, participate in chats, and navigate between multiple screens? Are you flexible and calm when technical difficulties arise, or are you likely to become frustrated or angry when there are computer or software glitches?

(d)   Are you an effective manager of your time?  Do you have the time to balance the demands of an online course with your other family and job commitments? 

(e)   Are you committed to spending more time in completing the course than you would if taking the class on campus?  Online courses are not easier and they do not take less time; they are simply more convenient to take because you schedule the part of your day that you want to spend on completing the course.

(f)    Are you a good communicator in writing?  Do you have the ability to think through ideas before writing and sending them? Are you comfortable with criticism from others of your ideas?

(g)    Do you consider yourself open-minded and enthusiastic and believe that the quality of online classes can be comparable to or better than face-to-face classes?

If you have answered "yes" to these questions, we believe you have the skills and attributes to succeed in the online learning environment.

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