Entrepreneurship- Certificate, Diploma and AAS

Entrepreneurship is the engine that drives the US economy, and every business was started by an entrepreneur. Whether your goal is to start a restaurant, accounting firm, or the next big online social media blockbuster, this program is for you. Learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur, how to finance your start-up, develop your business plan, and increase your chances for success. Earn two certificates, one in Small Business Management and one in Entrepreneurship, on your way to completing your AAS degree.

Curriculum Sequence

Fall Semester I Course Title Credit
BUS-102 INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS 3
CSC-110 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS 3
ENG-105 COMPOSITION I 3
ENG-131 BUSINESS ENGLISH 3
Take 1 of these courses:
PSY-111 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY 3
SOC-110 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY 3
TOTAL 15
Spring Semester I Course Title Credit
ACC-142 FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 3
BUS-121 BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS 3
BUS-130 INTRODUCTION TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP 3
BUS-131 SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES 3
BUS-180 BUSINESS ETHICS 3
SPC-112 PUBLIC SPEAKING 3
TOTAL 18
Fall Semester II Course Title Credit
BUS-135 MANAGING THE ENTREPRENEURIAL VENTURE 3
BUS-138 SMALL BUSINESS MARKETING 3
BUS-145 FINANCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP 3
ECN-130 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS 3
MAT-156 STATISTICS 3
TOTAL 15
Spring Semester II Course Title Credit
BUS-141 SMALL BUSINESS STARTUP 3
BUS-184 BASIC LAW FOR ENTREPRENEURS 3
ECN-120 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS 3
HUM-287 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT STUDIES 3
MGT-170 HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT 3
TOTAL 15

BUS-102 - INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

An overview of contemporary business principles touching on all the major functional areas of business and trends that are shaping today's business environment. Understanding the fundamental pillars of the business environment -- globalization, technology, and ethics -- is a crucial component in this course.

CSC-110 - INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course provides an introduction to computer concepts. The student will use the Windows operating system, presentation software, electronic spreadsheet software, database management software and word processing software. Microcomputer hardware and software as well as the processing concepts associated with each will be discussed. The course will also include information on file management, the Internet, virus protection, and e-mail basics as applicable to the academic world as well as the business environment. Lab time outside class is required to complete projects.

ENG-105 - COMPOSITION I

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A study of the principles of writing. Emphasis on rhetoric, mechanics, and development of expository patterns: narration, description illustration, comparison/contrast, classification, process, and cause/effect. Required for AA and AS Degrees. Prerequisites: Meet minimum placement test score requirement.

ENG-131 - BUSINESS ENGLISH

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course teaches the fundamentals of written communication with focus on the elements of effectively written business documents. The emphasis is on the development of writing skills through a) exercises in grammar, mechanics, usage, and spelling and b) application of these skills in a variety of written business documents. Prerequisites: Meet minimum placement test score requirement. No waivers.

PSY-111 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A basic course in the understanding of behavior, designed to give the student a scientific background in the fundamental problems and techniques covered in the field of psychology.

SOC-110 - INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

An analysis of social organization (or the social order). This course deals with the nature of sociology as a science, the original nature of man, the socialization of the individual, the development of groups and group behavior, the nature of culture and culture patterns, the organization of institutions, the nature of social order, the organization of human stratification and examination of major social processes. Special emphasis is placed upon the American cultural patterns.

ACC-142 - FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

An introduction to financial accounting theory and practice with emphasis on the use and interpretation of financial statements.

BUS-121 - BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Designed to help the student develop effective communication techniques necessary for general business messages. The course emphasizes application of these techniques through the composition and keyboarding of letters, memos, reports and some oral presentations. Prerequisite: the ability to keyboard class assignments in mailable form.

BUS-130 - INTRODUCTION TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Emphasizes organizational development and human resource concepts and their applications to small business operations.  Leadership development, management styles and decision making strategies are stressed.

BUS-131 - SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course emphasizes organizational development and human resource concepts and their applications to small business operations.  Leadership development, management styles and decision making strategies are stressed.

BUS-180 - BUSINESS ETHICS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course introduces philosophical ethical theory and its application to business decisions. It considers theories of economic justice, social responsibility of corporations, regulation, conflict of interest and obligations, ethics of advertising, product quality and safety, environmental responsibility, hiring practices and rights of employers and employees.

SPC-112 - PUBLIC SPEAKING

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course examines both the theoretical and practical basis of speech communication, particularly public speaking. Emphasis is on speech preparation, organization, support, delivery, and audience analysis.

BUS-135 - MANAGING THE ENTREPRENEURIAL VENTURE

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course provides students with an introduction to entrepreneurship and new venture creation.  Students will examine the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs and managerial functions such as promotions and sales planning, decision making, staffing, organizing and directing.  Students will develop an understanding of how financial systems, record keeping and risk management contribute to entrepreneurial success.

BUS-138 - SMALL BUSINESS MARKETING

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Discussions and focus are on marketing applications. Students will participate in workshops and strategies sessions on entrepreneurial topics related to market research, product development, pricing, distribution, promotion, marketing campaigns and budgets.

BUS-145 - FINANCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Provides a straightforward practical examination of the business and financial knowledge required of the successful entrepreneur. Investigates key questions that challenge entrepreneurs such as how much money can/should be raised, from whom, what the reasonable valuation of the company is, and how funding should be structured. Prerequisite: ACC-142.

ECN-130 - PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

An introductory course in economics emphasizing micro-economic theory and contemporary problems. The major topics will include a description of the United States economy; demand and supply, price, output, and wage determination; domestic problems; international economics and the world economy.

MAT-156 - STATISTICS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course is an applied course in statistics, designed to introduce students to some of the concepts, symbols, procedures, and vocabulary used in the field of statistics. Topics covered in this course include: organizing and graphing data, descriptive statistics, probability, various distributions, the sampling distribution of the mean, estimating a population mean, confidence intervals, inferential statistics (hypothesis testing), comparing two population parameters, analysis of variance, correlation, simple linear and multiple regression, contingency tables, and nonparametric statistics, (time permitting). Prerequisites: MAT-092 with a grade of at least C- or meets minimum placement testing requirements.

BUS-141 - SMALL BUSINESS STARTUP

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course focuses on information, examples, forms and activities needed for a business startup and for development of a successful business operation. Topics include market research and assessment, naming a business, finding a location, determining asset needs and forecasting sales, identifying job tasks and determining human resource needs, and writing a business plan. Prerequisites: BUS-135, BUS-145.

BUS-184 - BASIC LAW FOR ENTREPRENEURS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Provides a broad, practical examination of basic business law frameworks related to a new venture. Consideration is given to law-sensitive issues of intellectual property, employment law, business disputes, contracts, products liability, and white-collar crime. Students will explore key legal questions around going public, selling the company, and bankruptcy.

ECN-120 - PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

An introductory course in economics emphasizing macroeconomic theory and policy. The major topics will include economic systems, national income, national output, fiscal and monetary policy, unemployment, inflation, and, as time permits, international trade.

HUM-287 - LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT STUDIES

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course is designed to provide emerging and existing leaders the opportunity to explore the concept of leadership and to develop and improve their leadership skills. The course integrates readings from the humanities, experiential exercises, films/videos and contemporary readings on leadership.

MGT-170 - HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course provides an overview of the principles involved in human resources management including strategy, legal environment, EEO, and job analysis and job design. Also covered are acquiring human resources, training and developing employees, compensation issues, and labor relations.

Stephani Smith - Instructor, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5217

Email: ssmith2@scciowa.edu
BA, Iowa Wesleyan College
MBA, Upper Iowa University

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