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(ACCT)
Course # Course Title/Description Credits Course Outline
ACCT1501 This course is an introduction to fundamental accounting concepts and includes analyzing, interpreting, and recording transactions. The course also includes the preparation of financial statements, bank reconciliations, and payroll transactions. 2.00 PDF Icon
ACCT2628 This is a study of generally accepted auditing standards used to verify the completeness and reliability of clients' financial statements. It also provides an understanding of the preparation and interpretation of audit reports. The focus of this course is what is required for an independent auditor to provide a quality audit and properly disclose pertinent information to the public. Prerequisite: ACCT2626. 2.00 PDF Icon
ACCT1602 This course covers the development of the 'touch' system on 'calculator' keyboards. Students develop speed and accuracy using the touch system for the four basic arithmetic operations and solving business problems. It also introduces the student to techniques required to research accounting issues using a variety of sources. The course covers two components: electronic calculator/computer number keyboard skills and Internet research for accountants. 1.00 PDF Icon
ACCT1605 This is an introduction to a computerized accounting system. Students will use QuickBooks to record and process sales and cash receipts; enter and pay bills; process payroll; purchase and manage inventory; and prepare various management reports, including financial statements. Emphasis will be placed on the use of personal computers to process accounting data. The course includes unguided practice sets to apply knowledge and increase comfort and competence with software. Beginning principles of accounting are used. 2.00 PDF Icon
ACCT1506 This is an introduction to the use of a computerized accounting system to facilitate the functions of journals, ledgers, inventory management, and financial statement preparation. This course will emphasize the use of personal computers to process accounting data. Beginning principles of accounting will be used. 1.00 PDF Icon
ACCT1507 This is an introduction to a computerized accounting system. Students will use QuickBooks to record and process sales and cash receipts; enter and pay bills; process payroll; purchase and manage inventory; and prepare various management reports, including financial statements. Emphasis will be placed on the use of personal computers to process accounting data. 1.00 PDF Icon
ACCT2621 This course is an overview of the theory and accounting practices applied in governmental and non-profit organizations. Prerequisite: ACCT1608. 2.00 PDF Icon
ACCT2620 This course provides the student additional hands-on training on both Federal and Minnesota state tax rules, the tax return process, and the use of professional tax preparation software for individual taxpayers. Students will be expected to pass an IRS VITA certification test and prepare tax returns as part of the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program administered by the accounting program. Prerequisite: ACCT2603. 3.00 PDF Icon
ACCT2603 This course provides an up-to-date study of federal income tax laws, regulations, and procedures affecting the preparation of individual federal income tax returns. Pass through entities are introduced along with other business returns. 4.00 PDF Icon
ACCT2601 This course is an overview of financial accounting and its theoretical foundation. It is a review of the accounting process, the conceptual framework of accounting, and basic financial statements. These areas include income statements, balance sheets, and statement of cash flows. Present and future value concepts are introduced. 4.00 PDF Icon
ACCT2602 This is the beginning of the study of balance sheet accounts and the principles and standards that apply to those accounts. The development of analytical skills as they are used in analyzing, diagnosing and solving accounting problems in accordance with generally accepted accounting practices is the focus of this course. Prerequisite: ACCT2601. 4.00 PDF Icon
ACCT2626 This course is the conclusion of the comprehensive study of the balance sheet, specifically the owner's equity section. Learners are familiarized with special revenue recognition problems, error correction, accounting changes, and financial statement analysis. The focus of this course is the development of analytical skills that are applied in analyzing, diagnosing, and solving accounting problems in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Prerequisite: ACCT2602. 3.00 PDF Icon
ACCT2618 This course is a study of the use of cost accounting data as a management tool. Topics covered include controlling material, labor and overhead costs, budgeting, and planning. The focus of this course is the development of analytical skills used to analyze, diagnose and solve cost accounting problems. Prerequisite: ACCT1612. 4.00 PDF Icon
ACCT1610 This is an intermediate level computer course using Microsoft Excel and Access programs. It involves utilization of professional spreadsheet and database application software for business applications. 3.00 PDF Icon
ACCT1613 This course provides a study of the various state and federal laws pertaining to payment of salaries and wages. It includes preparation of employment records, payroll registers, employee earnings records, time cards, and state and federal reporting requirements. 2.00 PDF Icon
ACCT1608 This course is an introduction to fundamental accounting concepts that includes analyzing, interpreting and recording transactions for sole proprietor service, merchandising businesses, and corporations. The course also includes the preparation of financial statements in accordance with commonly accepted accounting principles using the accrual method of accounting, and emphasizes the effects of business transactions on the financial statements. This is an introductory course and is a prerequisite to Intermediate Accounting I (ACCT2601). 4.00 PDF Icon
ACCT2000 This course is an introduction to financial accounting and is designed for both accounting and non-accounting students. Financial accounting is used to communicate information on the company¿s activities to outside users. Students will use a variety of hands-on learning tools to cover topics that include: recording transactions, preparing financial statements, inventory and merchandising, long-term assets, debt, common equity structures, time value of money concepts and ratio analysis. The course covers all the topics required by the Minnesota State Business AS Transfer Pathway and is a pre-requisite to Intermediate Accounting. 4.00 PDF Icon
ACCT1612 This course is an introduction to managerial accounting. The focus is on the development of managerial reports and spreadsheet models to provide information for internal decision making. Topics include job costing, cost volume profit analysis, contribution margin income statements, and capital investment decisions. In addition, emphasis is placed on financial statement analysis and the cash flow statement. This course is a prerequisite to Managerial Cost Accounting (ACCT2618). 4.00 PDF Icon
ACCT2010 This course is an introduction to managerial accounting. It will focus on the development of reports that internal management will use for making day-to-day decisions about operating a business. The course uses a hands-on approach to learning. Excel spreadsheet models will be developed by students to determine the cost of a product or customer job, to develop a master budget, and to compute the breakeven point of offering a new product or service. This course is a prerequisite to Managerial Cost Accounting (ACCT2618). 4.00 PDF Icon
ACCT2607 This course covers the use of a computerized spreadsheet system for accounting applications. Topics include writing formulas, completing pre-programmed spreadsheets, and building spreadsheets for various accounting applications. 2.00 PDF Icon
ACCT2642 This is an open lab where learners will be preparing tax returns for low-income individuals as part of the Volunteers In Tax Assistance (VITA) program funded by the IRS. Learners will be supervised during the lab time and will also be electronically filing these returns. Prerequisite: Instructor permission 1.00 PDF Icon
(ADMN)
Course # Course Title/Description Credits Course Outline
ADMN2522 The goal of this course is to introduce learners to intermediate and advanced word processing concepts using Microsoft Word with an emphasis on preparing technical business documents and correspondence. There is development of speed, accuracy, and proofreading skills through production work and timings. The course includes creating templates, macros, tables, section breaks, merges, outlines, and designing letterheads and forms. Concepts taught prepare learners for the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist Certification exam. Prerequisite: ADMN1513. 4.00 PDF Icon
ADMN1606 This course applies calculating, transcription, records management, and electronic communication skills. Learners experience on-the-job situations using knowledge from previous courses to complete capstone experiences with limited supervision. Learners have opportunities to improve communication skills, develop problem solving and decision making skills, and develop and demonstrate industry work habits working in a Windows environment. 4.00 PDF Icon
ADMN2512 In this course students are introduced to desktop publishing concepts, terminology, techniques and applications within the Adobe Suite. This suite is a bundle of four independent software programs which include: Adobe InDesign, a page layout software program; Photoshop, an image editing software program; Illustrator, a full-featured drawing software program; and Dreamweaver, a Web site development software program. Through hands on software application, students will learn basic typography, image enhancement, and how to integrate text, images, and graphics to create a variety of business products from page layouts and professional documents, to Web sites and illustrations. Prerequisite: ITEC1430 or ITEC1440. 4.00 PDF Icon
ADMN1513 This course utilizes a professional word processing system for business applications and concepts. Students learn to keyboard basic memos, business letters, envelopes, and basic reports. Accuracy and speed are stressed. 3.00 PDF Icon
ADMN1504 This course provides students with a realistic view of today's office. This includes identifying the various generations at work, incorporating diversity, organizational strategies, and equipment involved in the day-to-day activities of an office. The topics help to improve and develop skills in communication, business ethics, office management, telephone etiquette, electronic calendaring, 10-key calculators, and general office procedures. At the conclusion of this course, the student will be prepared to and sit for a certification in Microsoft Outlook. 4.00 PDF Icon
ADMN1501 The goal of this course is to introduce learners to intermediate and advanced spreadsheet and database concepts using Microsoft Excel and Access in a Microsoft Windows operating system. Students taking this course should have foundational experience with Excel and Access. Prerequisite(s): ITEC 1440, 1445, or ITEC 1430 3.00 PDF Icon
ADMN2601 This course introduces learners to the responsibilities of a supervisor and identifies how they relate to employee performance. This course acquaints the learner with realistic problems that must be confronted along with practical advice for a solution. Learners are introduced to manager responsibilities related to desired employee performance. This includes areas of communication (coaching skills, hiring, firing, and management styles). 3.00 PDF Icon
ADMN1519 This course advances students' knowledge of formatting and editing techniques through the use of rough draft, unarranged, and handwritten copy. There is continued development of speed, accuracy, and proofreading skills through production work. Prerequisite: ADMN1513. 3.00 PDF Icon
(ART)
Course # Course Title/Description Credits Course Outline
ART1470 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal area 6. This course is an introduction to the artistic process and the rich variety of individual artistic visions that result from the process. The focus of this course is to explore, examine, and appreciate the wide range of art that ranges from the realistic to the abstract and from painting to filmmaking. Individual artists who have developed techniques of self-expression in a wide range of media over the centuries are studied. Students learn how to examine form and content of artwork through critical analysis. Several field trips to artists' studios, galleries, and museums are required. 3.00 PDF Icon
ART1403 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal areas 6 and 8. This course exposes the learner to the experience of travel abroad. Learners are required to prepare, through research and classroom experiences, for an intensive interaction in another culture. The learner has opportunities to experience art in locations where it was originally made or where it is preserved and exhibited. 3.00 PDF Icon
ART1407 This course introduces students to the elements of art and the principles of form organization. Students learn to develop unified compositions in both two- and three-dimensional forms. These skills are carried through all design activities. 4.00 PDF Icon
ART1475 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal area 6. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of digital photography, including operation (camera features), aesthetics/composition, and presentation (digital editing techniques) through basic introduction of Photoshop software. Prerequisite: Students must supply their own digital camera, have a working knowledge of the Windows (or Macintosh) platform, and be able to download and transfer images using CD's or jump drives. 3.00 PDF Icon
ART1450 Meets MN Transfer Goal Area 6. This is an introductory drawing course where students learn the global skills of drawing. Students learn to see as an artist sees. Drawing teaches the artist to see light, shadow, shapes, and edges in the things being drawn and in all subjects created. 3.00 PDF Icon
ART1401 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal area 6. This course provides learners with a survey of the major visual arts from the dawn of prehistoric art to Gothic art as a basis for the development of art and architecture. Special emphasis is placed on art and architecture of the prehistoric world: Egyptian, Ancient near East, Aegean, Greek, Etruscan Roman, Early Christian, Byzantine, Islamic, Early Medieval, Romanesque, and Gothic. 3.00 PDF Icon
ART1406 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal area 6. This course provides learners with a survey of the major visual arts of the Late Gothic through the twentieth century. Special emphasis is placed on art and architecture of the Early Renaissance; High Renaissance; Mannerism; Renaissance in the North; and Baroque in Italy, Germany, Flanders, Holland, Spain, France, and England. The course conclusion includes Neoclassicism and Romanticism; Realism and Impressionism; Postimpressionism; and twentieth century painting, sculpture, and architecture. 3.00 PDF Icon
ART1408 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal area 6. This course is an overview of the major civilizations that influenced the historical development of western art, architecture, and culture. 4.00 PDF Icon
(BIOL)
Course # Course Title/Description Credits Course Outline
BIOL1416 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal area 3 and studies the human body's structure and function by body systems. Units include basic chemistry; structure and functions of cells; tissues; the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous systems; and special senses. Additional units of study include the structure and function of the endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems. Lab experience is included. 3.00 PDF Icon
BIOL1450 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal area 3. This course is designed as an introduction to the basic life process at the cellular level, including biological molecules, energy and enzyme metabolism, cell types, cell structure and function, cell communication division and regulation, and classical and molecular genetics. Laboratory work including microscopy will be performed. Prerequisite: Previous courses in biology and a basic knowledge of chemistry is recommended. 4.00 PDF Icon
BIOL1452 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal area 3 and 10. This course examines the diversity of life, evolutionary theory, and ecology. Specific topics include speciation, the history of life on Earth, the diversity and structures of living organisms, species distributions and interactions, and ecosystems. Human effects on species and ecosystems will be discussed in the context of conservation biology. Previous completion of BIOL 1450 is recommended but not required. Prerequisite(s): College level reading on placement test or a minimum grade of "C" is required in READ 0900. 4.00 PDF Icon
BIOL1417 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal area 3. This course provides the learner with an understanding, knowledge, and application skills needed in the area of anatomy and physiology. Students recognize and apply anatomical and medical terminology descriptions of cellular and tissue anatomy and physiology. Foundational skills are then directed toward gaining an understanding of the organs constituting the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous, systems. The normal structure and function of these organ systems are emphasized. Where appropriate, dissections, symptoms, laboratory signs and diagnosis of system pathology are used to illuminate normal processes. Prerequisite: College-level reading score on placement test or READ0900 (College Prep Reading). 4.00 PDF Icon
BIOL1419 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal area 3. This course provides the learner with understanding, knowledge, and application skills needed in the area of anatomy and physiology. Learners apply anatomical and medical terminology and an understanding of cellular and tissue anatomy and physiology toward gaining an understanding of the organs constituting respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, endocrine, and lymphatic systems. The normal structure and function of these organ systems are emphasized. Lab experience is included. Dissections, symptoms, laboratory signs, and diagnosis of system pathology are used to illuminate normal processes where appropriate. Prerequisite: BIOL1417. 4.00 PDF Icon
BIOL1410 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal area 3. This course includes an understanding and evaluation of the scientific method, an understanding of body nourishment and the body's ability to transform nourishment into energy, and an evaluation of fat intake. Units of study include the science of genetics (including DNA structure), replication, and gene expression. The course also investigates the genetic relationship to cancer and genetically modified organisms. Units of study investigate the evidence for evolution and natural selection. Lab experience is included. 4.00 PDF Icon
BIOL1411 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal areas 3 and 10. This course provides the learner with many principles and theories of biology. It includes an investigation in the biodiversity, classification, species, and populations of life. Addressed in this course are the fundamentals in human health and disease, ecology, conservation, biodiversity, and growth rate changes of humans and plants. Lab experience is included. Knowledge of basic genetics is suggested. 4.00 PDF Icon
BIOL2225 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal area 3. This course is a study of microorganisms and their relationships to health and disease. The nomenclature, structure, physiology, genetics, and mechanisms of pathogenesis associated with the disease agents of bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoa, and helminthes are covered in the course. Topics also include epidemiology, mutations, and the mechanisms of antibiotics. Integrated lab includes microscopic examination of bacteria, fungi, and parasites, the identification and culturing of bacteria, and the sensitivity of bacteria to antibiotics. Prerequisites: BIOL1416 or BIOL1417 or BIOL1451. 3.00 PDF Icon
BIOL1439 This course is designed to provide the learner with additional knowledge of nutrition. Instruction will be provided in the area of nutritional applications for most common lifestyle diseases including: diabetic, obese, and senior citizen groups. Additional instruction in the areas of alternative nutritional practices, supplementation, and eating disorders will be provided. The emphasis will be on the nutritional knowledge required for a specific individual integrated with their overall health and wellness. Prerequisite: BIOL1435. 2.00 PDF Icon
BIOL1430 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal area 10. When this course is taken with BIOL1431 (Lab), it meets MnTC Goal 3 and 10. This course discusses the major environmental problems challenging life on Earth. The major purpose of the class is to heighten awareness of environmental problems and to employ critical thinking to address possible solutions to these problems. Discussions include land use practices in Douglas County, Minnesota and their impact on the environment. 3.00 PDF Icon
BIOL1431 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal area 3. When this course is taken with BIOL1430 (lecture), it meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal area 3 and 10. The lab focuses on giving learners an understanding of how environmental issues and problems are studied and sampled in the field. Numerous field trips to different sites in Douglas County (or provided visual images) allow sampling and visual observation of activities affecting the environment. 1.00 PDF Icon
BIOL1413 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal area 3 and 10. This course is designed for both non-science and science majors. The course covers the structure and physiology of plants, their diversity, adaptations to the environment, and their evolutionary and ecological relationships. Also included is the human influence affecting the plant aspect of the environment and solutions to environmental challenges. Laboratory work is included. 4.00 PDF Icon
BIOL1435 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal area 3. Information covered in this course includes the food pyramid, the six major nutrients, and nutrition throughout the life cycle. It includes the process of digestion, Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA), nutrition labeling, and food fallacies; and calculation of nutrition requirements and ideal body weights. Common health issues related to nutritional status are covered, as well as eating disorders, sports nutrition, and food-borne illness. 3.00 PDF Icon
(BUS)
Course # Course Title/Description Credits Course Outline
BUS2200 This course examines the principles of law related to business, legal institutions in society, business ethics, and business organization structure. Emphasis will be placed on the American legal system as it relates to ethics in a business environment, contracts, product liability, dispute resolution, principal and agent relationships, and business organizational structure. Prerequisite(s): None 3.00 PDF Icon
BUS2220 Learners gain an understanding of business management concepts and the history of management. The learner explores the changing environment of business and its effect on business and managerial processes. 3.00 PDF Icon
(CARP)
Course # Course Title/Description Credits Course Outline
CARP1641 In this course, students receive basic instruction in the areas of architectural drafting, blueprint reading, and estimating. 3.00 PDF Icon
CARP2520 The purpose of this course is to teach underlying principles of basic structure of the different types of typical buildings. Students develop communication skills in reading plans and specifications for residential and light commercial construction. The focus of this course is blueprint reading skills. The language of blueprint reading is presented in lecture and through the text. Prerequisite: CARP1510, CARP1538, and CARP1641. 3.00 PDF Icon
CARP1647 Learners study and make working drawings, plan for efficiency, select styles, layout cabinets, and estimate materials. Students learn basic tools and wood joints, make and interpret drawings, and construct a mock-up cabinet project. They also build and install residential cabinets and install countertops. 3.00 PDF Icon
CARP2620 This course introduces students to Computer Assisted Design and Drafting (CADD) using Chief Architect. Basic commands and software techniques, materials lists, and eventual estimation of a project are covered. Learners draft small scale projects, single family dwellings, and multilevel living drawings. Prerequisite: CARP1538 and CARP1641. 3.00 PDF Icon
CARP2612 This course uses a software program designed for contractors that is based on Microsoft Excel. Students learn the basics of using computer spreadsheets and learn how to create a personalized automated spreadsheet estimating program. The student learns how to operate this program and perform a house estimating project utilizing the software. Prerequisite: CARP2635. 2.00 PDF Icon
CARP2540 Learners use computers to estimate materials, labor, bidding, and job cost for residential and commercial construction. This course focuses on the various computer estimating programs available to contractors. In addition, there is a focus on the construction business and the problems builders have in maintaining a good set of useful books. Learners utilize a computer accounting program designed especially for the construction industry. Prerequisite: CARP1510, CARP1538, and CARP1641. 3.00 PDF Icon
CARP2541 Learners examine the international residential code as it applies to residential practices. OSHA regulations covering construction and job site safety are covered. Prerequisite: CARP1631. 2.00 PDF Icon
CARP2635 Students estimate materials and labor for residential construction from the foundation through the finishing. This course presents the theory that residential construction is a highly competitive business, and the success or failure of any builder begins with the accuracy of his/her cost estimate for each individual job. Prerequisite: CARP1510 and CARP1538. 3.00 PDF Icon
CARP1533 This is a study of footings and foundations. Techniques, procedures, and practices for concrete block, poured walls, and flatwork are studied. Building forms for flatwork, walls, and wood foundations are studied. Students learn basic tools, usage, care, and forming techniques. This course is a prerequisite for CARP1538. 3.00 PDF Icon
CARP1510 This course includes studying the different types of floor, wall, and roof framing; exterior trim; and finish. A large portion of the course is spent on remodeling techniques. Students learn basic terminology and techniques that apply to the trade. 3.00 PDF Icon
CARP1538 In this course, learners study different types of interior and exterior finishes. A large portion of this course is spent on remodeling techniques. This course is a prerequisite for the second year of the Carpentry program. 3.00 PDF Icon
CARP2704 Internship is a supervised student occupational experience (SOE) at an approved employment training station. Forty-eight hours of SOE are required for each internship credit. The working situation is consistent with the student's career goals and program objectives. The internship provides students the opportunity to experience full-time (30 hours per week or greater), paid, business and industry entry level, training related student occupational work experience, while simultaneously having the advantage of being supervised by a program instructor/coordinator. Any modifications to this internship policy must be endorsed by the program advisor and approved by Academic Affairs. Prerequisite: Completion of first three semesters. 4.00 PDF Icon
CARP1621 This course provides learners instruction in assembling floor, wall, and roof sections. Some concrete work is also introduced. Learners are introduced to building practices, tools of the trade, and work habits. 3.00 PDF Icon
CARP1622 Learners will learn how to construct different types of floors and walls and roof framing and exterior finishes. Learners will do floor, wall, and roof framing as they begin to build a house. Prerequisite: CARP1621. 3.00 PDF Icon
CARP1623 Learners build projects, including framing, interior, and exterior finish. Learners lay out, fabricate, and install cabinets including countertops. Prerequisite: CARP1622. 3.00 PDF Icon
CARP1624 Learners conduct finishing carpentry work on a house project. They also build stairs and research optional construction practices and systems. Remodeling is also done, if possible. The learners build and install cabinets and also fabricate and install countertops. Prerequisite: CARP1623. 3.00 PDF Icon
CARP2625 This course is a hands-on construction project that focuses on residential construction. The work is done on site. Prerequisite: CARP1624. 3.00 PDF Icon
CARP2626 In this course, students experience hands-on house building from the sill to finishing the exterior. The focus of this course is to put into practice all the principles of carpentry taught in prior classes dealing with the framing of non-load bearing and load bearing requirements of a house. Mock-ups are also used to create a variety of construction projects for additional work experience. This advantage class gives students the opportunity to work alone on projects. Prerequisite: CARP2625. 3.00 PDF Icon
CARP2627 This course provides hands-on experience in cabinets and finishing the interior of a home. The focus of this course is to put into practice all the principles of carpentry taught in prior classes dealing with finishing of the interior of a house. Prerequisite: CARP2626. 2.00 PDF Icon
CARP2628 This course is a continuation of CARP2627. The student continues hands-on experience in the construction and installation of cabinets and finishing interior and exterior house trim. 3.00 PDF Icon
CARP1631 Learners study safe work habits and basic first aid, including CPR. This course demonstrates how to use and maintain hand tools, portable power tools, and woodworking machines in a safe and efficient manner. The builder's level and transit is studied and used. This course is a prerequisite for any other course that requires the use of the previously mentioned tools and/or machines. This course is required for graduation. 3.00 PDF Icon
(CHEM)
Course # Course Title/Description Credits Course Outline
CHEM1405 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal area 3. This course provides the learner with an understanding of the principles and theories of chemistry. It includes concepts of inorganic chemistry, basic rules of valence, atomic and molecular structure, laws of chemical combination, types of reactions, and gas laws. It also introduces the learner to the basics of modern organic chemistry. Lab experience is included. Prerequisite: College level math score on a placement test or a grade of "CR" in Preparatory Math for Health Sciences (MATH0000). 3.00 PDF Icon
CHEM1500 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal areas 2 and 3. This course provides the learner with an understanding of the principles and theories of inorganic, physical, solution, and gas phase chemistry. It includes general chemistry principles of atomic structure; stoichiometry; solutions; bonding; thermochemistry; electronic structure; periodic properties of the elements; properties of solids, liquids and gases; molecular geometry; and intermolecular forces. The laboratory component introduces relevant techniques, methods, and instrumentation. This course is intended for chemistry majors and minors, biology majors, and pre-professional students. Fundamentals of Chemistry (CHEM1405) is recommended but not required. Prerequisites: College level mathematics score on a placement test or a minimum grade of "C" in Intermediate Algebra (MATH0431). 4.00 PDF Icon
CHEM1410 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal area 3. This course provides the learner with an understanding of the principles and theories of organic and biochemistry. It includes concepts of organic chemistry and biochemistry including properties of organic compounds, nomenclature, functional groups, basic organic reactions, an exploration of biochemicals, and metabolic pathways. Lab experience is included. Prerequisite: College level reading score on a placement test or a minimum grade of "C" in College Prep Reading (READ0900). 4.00 PDF Icon
(CHCA)
Course # Course Title/Description Credits Course Outline
CHCA1220 This course guides the student in obtaining skills needed to establish and maintain a physically and psychologically safe and healthy learning environment for young children. Topics include preventing illness and accidents; handling emergencies; providing health, safety, and nutrition educational experiences; meeting children's basic nutritional needs; recognizing child abuse; and current health related issues. This course does not include CPR or first aid certification. 4.00 PDF Icon
CHCA2580 This course is an overview of creative/aesthetic learning experiences in either home or center based settings. Students integrate knowledge of child development, learning environments, and teaching methods to promote children's artistic, musical, movement, and dramatic abilities. 3.00 PDF Icon
CHCA1240 This course helps professionals working with young children increase their understanding of diverse families and provides an opportunity to examine how current societal and community issues impact the development of children and the well being of families. The changing role and structure of families, cultural diversity/dynamics, bias, public education, housing, employment, crime, healthcare, legal services, and social services are explored. 3.00 PDF Icon
CHCA1210 This course provides an overview of typical and atypical child development across cultures from prenatal through school age, including physical, social, emotional, language, cognitive, aesthetic, and identity/individual development. It integrates developmental theory with appropriate practices in a variety of early childhood care and education settings. 3.00 PDF Icon
CHCA1230 This course provides an exploration of the physical and social environments that promote learning and development for young children. It includes an introduction to basic child guidance techniques for individual and group situations. Emphasis is on problem prevention and positive guidance strategies, recognition, communication, limit setting, problem solving, and behavior modification. Students apply their knowledge of the environment's role in an actual work setting. 4.00 PDF Icon
CHCA1310 This course is an overview of infant/toddler theory and development in center based or home settings. Students integrate knowledge of developmental needs, developmentally appropriate environments, effective caregiving, teaching strategies, and observation methods. Prerequisite: CHCA1210 or instructor approval. 4.00 PDF Icon
CHCA2511 This course provides an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills in an actual child development setting. Students observe and assess children's behavior, facilitate free choice play, implement adult directed learning experiences, and maintain professional relationships. Prerequisite: CHCA1210 and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00. 3.00 PDF Icon
CHCA1201 This course explores career opportunities for working with children in a variety of child development programs. The course also examines job requirements, duties, regulations, issues, skills, and personal characteristics for becoming successful professionals in early childhood settings. 3.00 PDF Icon
CHCA2560 This course is an overview of language and literacy learning experiences in either home or center based settings. Students integrate knowledge of child development, learning environments, and teaching methods to promote literacy, conversation, literature, and bilingualism. 3.00 PDF Icon
CHCA2535 This course helps students understand children's behavior problems and identify intervention strategies to prevent and resolve problem behavior, use behavior modification techniques effectively, and design behavior plans. 3.00 PDF Icon
CHCA1316 This course is an overview of child development theory in center based or home settings. Students integrate knowledge of developmental needs, developmentally appropriate environments, effective caregiving, teaching strategies, and observation methods. 4.00 PDF Icon
CHCA2570 This course provides a general overview of multicultural education in child development settings. Students examine the major approaches to multicultural early childhood education, steps to implement multicultural curriculum, developmentally appropriate learning experiences, curriculum themes, holidays, and celebrations, and communication strategies. 3.00 PDF Icon
CHCA1340 This course examines the role of the teacher in early childhood settings. It applies the knowledge of child development as it relates to individual children, communities, curriculum, and communication activities. 4.00 PDF Icon
CHCA2810 This course provides an opportunity to apply knowledge and skill in an early childhood setting. Students implement a variety of learning experiences that are developmentally appropriate for and culturally sensitive to a specific age and group of children. Prerequisite: CHCA1210. 3.00 PDF Icon
CHCA2840 This course is an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills in program planning for early childhood/special education leadership roles. Students identify, design, implement, and analyze a comprehensive program that includes schedules, daily plans, sensitivity to individual children and family needs, integration of children with special needs, integration of community resources, cooperation with co-workers, and staff development considerations. Prerequisite: CHCA1210. 3.00 PDF Icon
CHCA1312 This course is an overview of school age theory and development in center based or home settings. Students integrate knowledge of developmental needs, developmentally appropriate environments, effective caregiving, teaching strategies, and observation methods. Prerequisite: CHCA1210 or instructor approval. 4.00 PDF Icon
CHCA2600 This course prepares students to take an active/advocate role in the child development profession by examining the history, current trends, and future of child care and early childhood education. 3.00 PDF Icon
CHCA2640 This course is an advanced level exploration of program management skills for teachers of young children. Emphasis is on organizing, implementing, and evaluating a quality, comprehensive child care program plan. 3.00 PDF Icon
CHCA1314 This course is an overview of school age theory and development in center based or home settings. Students integrate knowledge of developmental needs, developmentally appropriate environments, effective caregiving, teaching strategies, and observation methods. 4.00 PDF Icon
(COAR)
Course # Course Title/Description Credits Course Outline
COAR2616 This computer intensive course explores the contemporary advertising market. The student learns more about print advertising, the strategies used to "sell" the consumer, and the technical and creative aspects of putting together interesting advertising materials in this challenging and dynamic field. By completing a series of advertising projects on the computer, the student learns to solve design problems using a step-by-step creative process. Prerequisite: COAR1614 and COAR1615. 3.00 PDF Icon
COAR1600 Color is the major focus of this course, which examines the importance of color along with the other elements of design. The learner studies the science of color, the history of color, the experience of color, and how to mix and use color. Watercolors and computers are used to create color exercises. The learner experiments with color systems and thinks creatively with color using design principles. Prerequisite: A laptop with one of the following software: InDesign, Illustrator, FreeHand, or Coral Draw is required. Use of the software is not taught in this course; therefore, students must have a working proficiency of whatever software they choose to use. Students not enrolled in the Communication Art and Design program require the instructors approval. 3.00 PDF Icon
COAR1614 This is a basic course using principles and processes of design to produce advertising for products, services, and ideas. The student uses traditional design tools and basic design principles to create advertising solutions for the marketplace. 3.00 PDF Icon
COAR1615 This basic course uses principles and processes of design to produce advertising for products, services, and ideas. The student uses traditional design approaches and a computer to create advertising for the marketplace. Prerequisite: COAR1614. 3.00 PDF Icon
COAR1604 The unique capabilities of the Macintosh computer and the various software options available are explored as they relate to the field of Communication Art and Design. InDesign, a page layout design program, is used in the development of ads, brochures, etc. 3.00 PDF Icon
COAR1624 This course helps the student master the dominant photo manipulation software used in industry. Projects are created using Photoshop as well as InDesign. 3.00 PDF Icon
COAR2613 The learner establishes a working familiarity with Illustrator. Through the execution of the units in this course, the student develops technical drawing skills and a design sensibility. 3.00 PDF Icon
COAR2629 This course examines brand, brand identity (logos and symbols), their necessity and value, and their origins and history. Students learn how to prepare business identities with extensive applications. The course focus is the basic steps in the corporate identity process: analysis (defining and researching), design exploration (conceptualizing), design refinement (analyzing), and implementation. Prerequisite: COAR1604. 3.00 PDF Icon
COAR2621 The student learns techniques to design and builds various packages. The course focuses on the process of solving display design problems within practical boundaries. Prerequisite: COAR1624. 3.00 PDF Icon
COAR1510 This course gives students an introduction to the elements and principles of design. Through a series of exercises, learners are prepared to approach creative solutions with confidence based on a foundation of design and color theory. 3.00 PDF Icon
COAR2612 Various mediums are demonstrated, explored, and practiced through weekly assignments. The student learns how to use a legal reference to design and render the finished illustration. The illustrator's working processes, prices, portfolio, and market are discussed. Prerequisites: COAR1613 and COAR1619. 3.00 PDF Icon
COAR1619 This course explores the use of color in creating images in the historically important medium of oil paint on canvas. A sense of color and history are added to the student artists newly developed drawing skills in seeing values, shapes, and edges. A realistic approach is used to continue the learning process of seeing how an artist sees. Prerequisites: ART1450 or equivalent. 3.00 PDF Icon
COAR3618 This course uses the painting methods of John Howard Sanden, American painter and illustrator. The rigorous discipline of painting the head in a single 2-hour session is used. This crucial discipline sharpens the eye of the artist in judging values, discerning color mixtures, analyzing shapes, composition, brush handling, and edge treatments. Certain supplies are required. Previous drawing or painting experience is required or instructor approval. The last four weeks of the class is used to paint a copy of a Master's painting. This is another way to learn the process of painting in a sense by "singing someone else's music.' 3.00 PDF Icon
COAR1511 This course prepares learners to apply the elements and principles of design to digitally-presented layouts. Learners are introduced to front-end development languages and begin to understand the basis of user-centered and mobile-first design. 3.00 PDF Icon
COAR1613 This course builds on Drawing I: learning how an artist sees. A variety of subjects are used including the human head and casts of famous statuary. This training is patterned after the classical art training used for centuries in Europe. Prerequisite: ART1450 or equivalent. 3.00 PDF Icon
COAR2628 This course explores the construction of functional three dimensional (3-D) forms, their conceptual development and design, as well as textural and technical aspects. Through a series of 3-D projects, the learner develops an ability to construct his/her own creative 3-D artwork. Current projects focus specifically on building a custom made, unique portfolio for professional presentation. 3.00 PDF Icon
COAR2611 With the instructor's guidance, the learners evaluate and decide what samples of their work should be used in their portfolio. The course focus is to help learners design portfolios that represent them well and approaches a specific market in commercial art. Prerequisite: COAR2613. 3.00 PDF Icon
COAR3619 This course uses the traditional portrait painting methods of artists such as John Howard Sanden, John Singer Sargent, and selected methods and artists of the Atelier tradition of portrait painting. This class covers a painting from design to finish. What happens in between is the heart and soul of a process, which has been hard won over the centuries. The secrets of the old masters are revealed in principle and practice. 2.00 PDF Icon
COAR2620 This course touches on a variety of topics ranging from print production techniques, print postal regulations/preparation, and various software applications regarding file preparation. Prerequisite: Completion of the first year of Communication Art and Design program or COAR1604, COAR1624, and COAR2613. 3.00 PDF Icon
COAR1602 This course creates an awareness of the power of type and how it is used to communicate ideas. The focus of this course is proper font usage and creative manipulation. Corequisite: COAR1604. 3.00 PDF Icon
COAR1630 This course emphasizes graphic design for the Internet. Learners create web sites that have a strong visual presence as well as incorporating efficient file size strategies to make sites fast loading and user friendly in navigation. Sites are loaded to a remote off-campus server to test and make accessible to the World Wide Web. An online portfolio is also created. 3.00 PDF Icon
COAR2630 This course emphasizes graphic design for the Internet. Learners create web sites that have a strong visual presence as well as incorporate efficient file size strategies to make sites fast loading and user friendly in navigation. Sites are loaded to a remote off-campus server to test and make accessible to the World Wide Web. An online portfolio is also created. 3.00 PDF Icon
(COMM)
Course # Course Title/Description Credits Course Outline
COMM1445 This course deals with the communication skills and documents essential to successful employment application. Additionally, the elements of business communication are utilized in a series of written and oral presentations. 3.00 PDF Icon
COMM1425 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal area 1. This course further develops the basic speaking skills presented in Public Speaking. Techniques and principles of persuasion are utilized in a series of prepared persuasive speeches. This course focuses on analysis of the audience, removal of audience barriers, revision of language for a particular audience, and use of supporting data to achieve the goals of a persuasive message. Learners set goals for their individual progress, evaluate peers' speeches, and practice the fundamentals of persuasion through several speaking assignments. Prerequisite: COMM1415. 3.00 PDF Icon
COMM1440 This course deals with the communication skills and documents essential to successful employment application. Additionally, the elements of business communication are utilized in a series of written and oral presentations. 2.00 PDF Icon
COMM2409 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal 6. This course examines how our communication is influenced through film. The course will challenge students to develop skills of perceptive viewing of films while providing students the ability to discuss the impact rhetoric has in films. Students will be required to watch several films throughout the course, participate actively in discussions and write critically about the films, both informally and formally. Prerequisite: ENGL1410 or ENGL1460. 3.00 PDF Icon
COMM2414 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal areas 1 and 7. This course examines the principles of conflict situations and discusses the communication methods of effective conflict management and resolution. Conflict situations examined will be varied and may include anything from romantic relationships to workplace conflicts. Students will be required to participate actively in discussions and write critically about conflict management, both informally and formally. Prerequisite: ENGL1410 or ENGL1460. 3.00 PDF Icon
COMM1437 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal areas 1 and 7. Because multinational business is now the norm, intercultural communication will provide you with an overview of the problems, issues, and processes involved in communicating with people of different countries and nationalities to increase understanding of the global village work place. We will also explore sub-cultural differences within our nations borders to better understand others by studying our own culture and value system. This course will provide a foundation for your improved intercultural communication skills. 3.00 PDF Icon
COMM1435 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal area 1.This course assists students in improving their one-on-one communication skills at both a professional and personal level. Learners analyze the common variables of interpersonal communications and learn techniques to overcome barriers to effective communication. 3.00 PDF Icon
COMM1439 This course deals with communication skills and documents that are essential to successful employment application. The focus of this course is the construction of professional resumes, letters of application, and miscellaneous communication related skills necessary for securing employment. The principles and techniques of the employment interview are practiced by learners in mock interviews. 1.00 PDF Icon
COMM1415 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal area 1. This course covers the theories, practices, and methods of public speaking, group problem solving, critical listening, and critiquing. The focus in this course is on the concepts of planning and delivering oral presentations and enhancing learner listening skills. 3.00 PDF Icon
COMM9000 Sexual violence prevention training 0.00 PDF Icon
COMM1485 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal areas 1 and 9. This course examines how social media impacts communication in our social, political, and cultural worlds. Students will be required to learn and practice, formally and informally, effective communication with a variety of interactive web tools. Media including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, reality TV shows, news, blogs, chat rooms, podcasts, emails, text, and messages will be explored. 3.00 PDF Icon
COMM1455 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal areas 2 and 9. In this course, learners will study the social trend in which people use technologies to get the things they need from each other, rather than from traditional institutions like corporations. Learners will gather factual information and apply it to a given problem. Learners will learn how to analyze the logical connections among the facts, goals, and implicit assumptions relevant to a given problem or claim and then generate and evaluate implications that follow from them. Learners will analyze and reflect on the ethical dimensions of legal and social issues of technologies such as social networking, podcasts, virtual worlds, wikis, forums, and widgets. 3.00 PDF Icon
COMM1442 This course empowers students to have a successful transition to the higher education experience at Alexandria Technical College. Students learn skills and techniques used by successful college students. Students are introduced to campus resources, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and acquire essential academic survival skills. 1.00 PDF Icon
(CVNP)
Course # Course Title/Description Credits Course Outline
CVNP1603 This is the first course in the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching curriculum. This introductory course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. This course addresses the principles and structure of Internet Protocol (IP) addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for understanding networks. Students will be able to build simple Local Area Networks (LAN), perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes. 3.00 PDF Icon
CVNP1612 This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Students learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. Students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with Routing Information Protocol v1 (RIP), RIP next generation (RIPng), single-area and multi-area Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Virtual Local Area Networks (VLAN), and inter-VLAN routing in both Internet Protocol (IP) v4 and IPv6 networks. Prerequisite: CVNP1603 4.00 PDF Icon
CVNP2606 This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in large and complex networks. Students learn how to configure routers and switches for advanced functionality. By the end of this course, students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), and Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) in both Internet Protocol v4 and 6 (IPv4) and (IPv6) networks. Students will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) in a small-to-medium sized network. Prerequisite: CVNP1603 Cisco 1 and CVNP1612 Cisco 2. 4.00 PDF Icon
CVNP2616 This course discusses the wide area network (WAN) technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network. The course enables students to understand the selection criteria of network devices and WAN technologies to meet network requirements. Students learn how to configure and troubleshoot network devices and to resolve common issues with data link protocols. Students will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement virtual private network (VPN) operations in a complex network. Prerequisite: CVNP1603 Cisco 1, CVNP1612 Cisco 2, and CVNP2606 Cisco 3. 3.00 PDF Icon
CVNP2622 This course discusses the wide area network (WAN) technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network. The course enables students to understand the selection criteria of network devices and WAN technologies to meet network requirements. Students learn how to configure and troubleshoot network devices and resolve common issues with data link protocols. Students will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement virtual private network (VPN) operations in a complex network. Prerequisite: CVNP2612. 4.00 PDF Icon
CVNP2626 Throughout this course students will learn all of the technical skills necessary to become an A+ certified technician. These skills will be learned through a series of hands-on lab exercises designed to teach and improve personal computer (PC) configuration and troubleshooting skills that are necessary to function as a PC support or helpdesk technician. 3.00 PDF Icon
CVNP2640 This course presents a basic introduction to the world of Digital Forensics. It will guide the learner toward becoming a proficient digital forensics investigator. This course provides the theoretical and historical background necessary to understand the various types of forensics measures as well as the hands-on, practical techniques for working in the field of Digital Forensics. Prerequisites: CVNP1612 Cisco 2, CVNP 1601 Linux Administration, and CVNP1606 Supporting Windows Operating Systems. 3.00 PDF Icon
CVNP1620 In this course, the students learn the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server Infrastructure into an existing enterprise environment. This academic course is mapped to 70-410 Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 exam skills, including the recent R2 objectives. This course prepares students to prove mastery of core services such as Active Directory and networking services. 4.00 PDF Icon
CVNP2605 This course is designed for those students seeking to gain entry into, or learn more about, the field of healthcare information systems. It covers the fundamentals of healthcare information technology (HIT) by using the CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician (HIT-001) exam objectives as the framework. An in-depth and comprehensive view of HIT is provided by examining healthcare regulatory requirements and the functions of a healthcare organization, including its medical business operations, IT hardware, software, networking, and security. Students with a desire to enter this growing field will also receive the foundation necessary to help prepare them for the CompTIA HIT certificate exam. 4.00 PDF Icon
CVNP2703 Internship is a supervised student occupational experience (SOE) at an approved employment training station. Forty-eight hours of SOE are required for each internship credit. The working situation is consistent with the student's career goals and program objectives. The internship provides students the opportunity to experience full-time (30 hours per week or greater), paid, business and industry entry level, training related student occupational work experience, while simultaneously having the advantage of being supervised by a program instructor/coordinator. Any modifications to this internship policy must be endorsed by the program advisor and approved by Academic Affairs. Prerequisites: a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 and Advisor approval. 3.00 PDF Icon
CVNP1601 This course introduces the student to the Linux operating system. Students learn by using both basic and intermediate commands to navigate the file system and to use applications within the operating system. Students learn to install, configure, and troubleshoot the operating system in an enterprise work environment that may contain a mixture of operating systems. 3.00 PDF Icon
CVNP2613 This course explores the field of network security and its relationship to other areas of information technology. This course provides the theoretical and historical background necessary to understand the various types of risks as well as the hands-on, practical techniques for working in the cyber-security field in the twenty-first century. 4.00 PDF Icon
CVNP2623 This course is designed to present a more advanced exposure to computer security for all users, from business professionals to students, to home users. As computers and networks come under constant attacks today by hackers, computer security has become critical for all computer users. This course provides a hands-on approach to computer and network security through discussion and a wide variety of tools used in the cyber-security field. Prerequisite: CVNP2613 Network Security I or CVNP 2633 Information Assurance. 4.00 PDF Icon
CVNP1605 This course offers in-depth study of all the functions and features of installing, configuring, and maintaining Microsoft Windows 7 operating system. This course is intended for people getting started in computer networking as well as experienced network administrators new to Windows 7 desktop operating system. 4.00 PDF Icon
CVNP1606 This course offers in-depth study of all the functions and features of installing, configuring, and maintaining Microsoft Windows operating systems. This course is intended for people getting started in computer networking as well as experienced network administrators new to Windows desktop operating systems. 3.00 PDF Icon
CVNP2501 This course provides the learner with a working knowledge of the many virtualization products, including VMware Workstation, VMware Server, Microsoft Virtual PC, Microsoft Virtual Server, and Microsoft Hyper-V. In addition to learning how to install and use the leading virtualization products, you learn how to apply virtualization technology to set up virtual networks, provide for disaster recovery, create high-availability solutions with clustering, improve security and performance, and use management software to administer multiple virtual machines. 4.00 PDF Icon
CVNP2601 Guide to Supporting Microsoft Private Clouds instructs future network administrators how to effectively implement and maintain Microsoft® private clouds with a balance of conceptual expertise and hands-on skills. This course prepares students to work with large providers, such as Amazon, Microsoft®, and Google, as well as implement smaller scale cloud computing solutions within their own network environments In addition to learning to install and use the Microsoft's virtualization products, the student learns to apply virtualization technology to set up virtual networks, provide for disaster recovery, create high-availability solutions with clustering, improve security and performance, and use management software to administer multiple virtual machines. 3.00 PDF Icon
CVNP1632 This is an introductory course for telecommunication and covers the infrastructure of a telephony environment including legacy, core, and digital technologies. Students gain understanding of how the private and public telecommunications networks interact to provide phone service. Hands-on activities include building a digital switch, phone installation, voice mail and feature configurations. Students also enable soft phones that transform their laptop computers and smart phones into a voice terminal. 3.00 PDF Icon
(DIES)
Course # Course Title/Description Credits Course Outline
DIES2643 This course covers testing diesel engines using a Taylor Flywheel Dynamometer. In addition, it covers proper installation procedures, Dyn-Pro Software usage, and diesel engine fundamentals and requirements. This course introduces the student to proper factory testing and troubleshooting procedures on a live running diesel engine in a test cell. Student install, test, analyze, and prepare a test report on a diesel test engine. Prerequisite: DIES1631 and DIES1641. 2.00 PDF Icon
DIES2641 This course covers the design and theory of open-center hydraulic systems and closed-center hydraulic systems; pilot-operated systems; load-sensing, pressure-compensated hydraulic systems; and proportional priority pressure-compensated hydraulic systems. The student gains understanding of the function, operation, and diagnostics of various hydraulic systems. Prerequisite: DIES1631 and MATH1455. 4.00 PDF Icon
DIES1650 This introductory course covers the basic concepts and principles of failure analysis. It familiarizes the student with the procedures and road signs that lead to determining the root cause of a component or system failure. Students learn to understand the basic principles of metallurgy, wear, and fracture and apply these principles to engine components. 2.00 PDF Icon
DIES2631 Students study theory and design of heavy duty braking systems used on motor trucks and heavy equipment. This course includes application, service, and repair of all brake components. Students become familiar with hydraulic and air braking system components and their operation. 4.00 PDF Icon
DIES2390 The learner will study Caterpillar 3126B/C7/C15 specific electronic diesel engine designs. Specific study will include HEUI and EUI fuel systems, component disassembly and proper reassembly procedures, and correct adjustments to fuel system and electronic components. The learner will use current industry training equipment such as Caterpillar Service Information System (SIS) and Caterpillar Electronic Technician (ET) to troubleshoot and repair Caterpillar electronic diesel engines. 3.00 PDF Icon
DIES1632 This course covers all areas in basic automotive electricity and components. Basic DC electricity, starters, batteries, alternators, relays, switches, wiring, and distributors are covered. This provides students with entry level job skills for the electrical field. 3.00 PDF Icon
DIES1633 This course includes the study of electronic components and controls used in the diesel equipment industry. The student gains understanding of the function, operation, and diagnostics of various electrical and electronic components. Corequisite: DIES 1602. 3.00 PDF Icon
DIES1640 This course is an introduction to the theory, operation, and repair procedures of a diesel engine. The student studies entry level technician requirements to safely disassemble, measure, rebuild, reassemble, and troubleshoot a diesel engine. 6.00 PDF Icon
DIES2630 This course covers advanced theory, operation, and repair procedures of a modern heavy-duty diesel engine. The student studies technician requirements to safely disassemble measure, rebuild, reassemble, and troubleshoot a modern heavy-duty diesel engine. Prerequisite is Diesel Engine 1 DIES1640. 6.00 PDF Icon
DIES1641 This course is an introduction to diesel engine fuel systems. The student studies various types of diesel fuel system components and designs. The student tests, adjusts, and repairs diesel fuel injection components in lab activities. 3.00 PDF Icon
DIES1630 This course is an introduction to the diesel industry and shop practices. Topics will include personal safety, shop safety, industry standards, industry regulations, tool usage, and shop practices. Prerequisite(s): None 2.00 PDF Icon
DIES1651 Students study and practice service procedures necessary on heavy equipment and heavy trucks. Equipment includes dozer, motor grader, elevating scraper, front end loader, skid loader, lift truck, dump truck, and tractor backhoe. Prerequisite: DIES1631 and DIES1634. 2.00 PDF Icon
DIES2632 Students study electronic diesel engines and fuel systems and the principal advantages and theory of diesel electronics and their applications. This course concentrates on Caterpillar, Cummins, and Detroit Diesel electronic engine designs. Laptops and test equipment are included. 3.00 PDF Icon
DIES1652 Students have hands-on training on live trucks and heavy equipment. Proper safety precautions and operating procedures are practiced on the following pieces of equipment: dozer, loader, motorgrader, self-loading scraper, skid steer loader, forklift, truck tractor, dump truck, and tractor backhoe. 3.00 PDF Icon
DIES1642 Students learn basic heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system theory (HVAC) and develop skills necessary to operate, test, service, and repair HVAC systems. 3.00 PDF Icon
DIES1631 This course covers the basic design and theory of fluid hydraulics. Students learn to understand function, operation, maintenance, diagnosis, and repair procedures on hydraulic components. This course is an introduction to fluid hydraulics and is a prerequisite to advanced power train and fuel systems courses. Prerequisite(s): None 3.00 PDF Icon
DIES2704 Internship is a supervised student occupational experience (SOE) at an approved employment training station. Forty-eight hours of SOE are required for each internship credit. The working situation is consistent with the student's career goals and program objectives. The internship provides students the opportunity to experience full-time (30 hours per week or greater), paid, business and industry entry level, training related student occupational work experience, while simultaneously having the advantage of being supervised by a program instructor/coordinator. Any modifications to this internship policy must be endorsed by the program advisor and approved by Academic Affairs. Prerequisite: Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 and instructor approval. 4.00 PDF Icon
DIES1634 Students are familiarized with various types of manual transmissions, single reduction differentials, clutches, and drive shaft components. This course focuses on preparing learners for entry into Power Trains II and III and to repair these items in an employer's shop. 3.00 PDF Icon
DIES2640 This course covers the heavy-duty powertrain of on and off road equipment. Components include clutches, torque converters, torque dividers, planetary and countershaft transmissions, driveline, axles, power dividers, differentials, final drives, and the undercarriage. Students will study the operation, service procedures, and troubleshooting techniques necessary to maintain and repair these components. Prerequisite: DIES1634 and DIES1651. 6.00 PDF Icon
DIES2642 This shop unit emphasizes advanced troubleshooting, repair, testing, and proper installation of components along with required safety procedures. Prerequisite: DIES1632, DIES1634, DIES1633, and DIES1631. Corequisite: DIES1642 and DIES1641. 4.00 PDF Icon
DIES2644 Students learn basic arc, gas, mig, and tig welding techniques as they apply to the diesel mechanics field. This course prepares the students with entry level job skills for welding and equipment repair in the diesel mechanics field. 2.00 PDF Icon
(ECON)
Course # Course Title/Description Credits Course Outline
ECON1404 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal areas 5 and 9. Economics is the study of financial decision making. This course covers income and financial planning. A personal financial plan is developed to include asset acquisition, risk management, investment and retirement planning, and budgeting. 3.00 PDF Icon
ECON1410 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal area 5. This exploratory course introduces learners to basic facts, general terms, concepts, institutions, and theories which are most essential to an understanding of the United States economy. Prerequisite: College level reading score on placement test or a minimum grade of "C" is required in College Prep Reading (READ0900). 3.00 PDF Icon
ECON1420 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal areas 5 and 8. This course is a study of the problems related to economic growth, national income, and unemployment in the United States. Prerequisite: College level reading score on a placement test or a minimum grade of "C" in College Prep Reading (READ0900). 3.00 PDF Icon
ECON1430 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal area 5. This course is a sub area of economics that analyzes individuals as consumers and producers and specific firms and industries. Prerequisite: College level reading score on a placement test or a minimum grade of "C" in College Prep Reading (READ0900). 3.00 PDF Icon
(EDUC)
Course # Course Title/Description Credits Course Outline
EDUC2400 This course examines the development of children with special needs and prepares Early Childhood professionals to serve children with special needs in Early Childhood settings. Prerequisite: CHCA1210 or CHCA1230. 3.00 PDF Icon
EDUC1400 An introduction to the philosophical and historical foundations of education, as well as the social, legal, and ethical issues in contemporary and diverse learning environments. This course will include a 30 hour classroom observation. 3.00 PDF Icon
(ENTS)
Course # Course Title/Description Credits Course Outline
ENTS2614 In this course, learners study power generating systems. Theory of operation of AC voltage generators will be studied. Operational checks and services of AC generators will be studied. Safety and maintenance procedures of AC generators will also be studied. Lecture emphasis will be on theory, design and application. Lab emphasis will be on proper operation, adjustments, troubleshooting, and maintenance practices. Prerequisite(s): A/C Voltage principles and D/C Voltage principles strongly recommended. 3.00 PDF Icon
(ENGL)
Course # Course Title/Description Credits Course Outline
ENGL0900 This course prepares the writer for academic writing at the college level. This instruction includes critical reading, writing process, rhetoric, and principles of convention and style. Learners must pass this course with a minimum grade of "C" to advance to college level courses. 2.00 PDF Icon
ENGL1410 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal area 1. This course deals with the fundamentals of expository writing based on reading or personal experience. It stresses organization, the process of writing, English grammar, mechanics, and style. Emphasis is on the strategies of exposition as well as effective description and narration. This course offers students an introduction to the academic research process, as well. Students learn the process method of writing that can be utilized in business, academic, and creative writing. Prerequisite: College level writing score on a placement test or a minimum grade of C in ENGL0900 (College Prep Writing). 3.00 PDF Icon
ENGL1420 This course is a continuation of Composition I (ENGL1410), with stress on analytical writing, research, and documentation of supporting evidence. Learners write critical analysis, cause/effect, and persuasive essays. Prerequisite: ENGL1410. 3.00 PDF Icon
ENGL2401 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal areas 1 and 6. This course goes beyond the basics of creative writing and expository writing to examine the fundamentals of creative nonfiction as it pertains to nature writing. It stresses exploration of creative nonfiction and expository prose within the framework of nature writing and ecocriticism. Emphasis is on exploring five tributaries of nonfiction prose, including memoir, essay, critique, place writing, and literary journalism. The learner will learn to write and think in different ways through interpretation and analysis of information, texts, and perspectives related to nature writing and ecocriticism. Prerequisite: ENGL1465 Creative Writing or ENGL1420 Composition II 3.00 PDF Icon
ENGL1465 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal area 6. This course deals with the fundamentals of creative writing based on reading or personal experience. The process of writing, English grammar, mechanics, and style are incorporated. The focus of this general education course is on mastering the fundamental features of short stories, poems, and other genres. Students learn to write and think in different ways through reading and writing creative works. Prerequisite: ENGL1410. 3.00 PDF Icon
ENGL1485 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal area 6. This course has students viewing, analyzing, discussing, and writing about film on three levels: the narrative (how plot, character, theme, and more specific artistic techniques and devices like irony, symbolism, or allegory, for example, work together to constitute the narrative); the technical (how the director's choices in visual design, cinematography, editing, color, music, sound effects, and acting combine to create a specific viewing experience), and interpretive (identifying specific elements such as formula conventions and adaptive interpretations). 3.00 PDF Icon
ENGL1475 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal area 6. This course deals with the fundamentals of reading and responding to literature. It stresses application of literary terms through analysis and reaction. Emphasis is on discussing, questioning, and asserting viewpoints. Prerequisite: ENGL1410. 3.00 PDF Icon
ENGL2410 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal areas 1 and 6. This is a literature class that focuses on close reading and analysis of Science Fiction and Fantasy texts in historical, philosophical, and literary contexts. Emphasis is on discussion of Science Fiction and Fantasy as literary forms, literary theory as it relates to Science Fiction and Fantasy, and analytic and critical writing about literature. Prerequisite: ENGL1475 or HUMA1407 and ENGL1410. 3.00 PDF Icon
ENGL2405 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal areas 6 and 7. This course will explore the evolution of the American novel from the beginning of the twentieth century to the end. Analysis of a broad range of American novels will allow students to develop an understanding of the literary, political, historical, and social contexts that have fashioned the novel's form and content in the United States. Students will examine how these selected American novels both shaped and responded to the contexts in which they were produced, helping students to sharpen the ability to read, comprehend, and interpret a literary work as well as to gain a general knowledge of the significant cultural, political, philosophical, and literary movements of the twentieth century. Prerequisite: READ0900. 3.00 PDF Icon
ENGL2420 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal areas 6 and 7. Using contemporary novels and essays from all over the world, this course places the reader in the context of each and within the world it engenders, including: literary, political, historical, and social contexts. This course is a survey of world literature written after World War II. The course will focus on non-western authors, including novels and essays from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, Canada, Latin America, and/or the Caribbean. Upon reading, and analyzing these famous literary works, students will be able to understand how these works are of important significance to our culture, and that of the world. While reading and discussing these various genres of world literature; students will learn to relate the literature to their own lives, and to gain appreciation for the different literatures of the world. Prerequisite: READ0900. 3.00 PDF Icon
ENGL1453 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal areas 6 and 7. This course uses representative works by African American, American Indian, Asian American, and Chicano/Chicana writers, as well as writing from traditionally underrepresented socioeconomic and regional groups, to examine social/cultural factors in America's literary past/present. The course stresses multicultural diversity and awareness while reinforcing the process and product of writing. Prerequisite: READ0900. 3.00 PDF Icon
ENGL1460 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal areas 1 and 2. This course covers the principles of creating and designing professional documents such as letters, descriptions, instructions, reports, and proposals. Critical thinking, audience analysis, and appropriate format are emphasized. Correct sentence structure, grammar, and usage are reviewed. Prerequisite: College level writing score on a placement test or a minimum grade of "C" in ENGL0900 (College Prep Writing). 3.00 PDF Icon
(FASH)
Course # Course Title/Description Credits Course Outline
FASH2601 This course provides the learner with an understanding of the financial components and dynamics of retail buying and assortment planning; visual merchandising concepts, store image, and differentiation. Learners will gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of buyers, visual merchandisers, and store managers. 3.00 PDF Icon
FASH1601 This course is a foundation for the learner to gain knowledge about the business of fashion. An overview of the many facets of the fashion business including design, production, merchandising, and promotion are covered. The course traces the development of fashion and the fashion industry and covers the concepts of consumer demand and fashion acceptance. Particular emphasis is placed on today's retail fashion environment and the rapid changes that are occurring in that sector of the fashion business. In addition, the learner is made aware of the many career opportunities that exist in the fashion business. 3.00 PDF Icon
(FICR)
Course # Course Title/Description Credits Course Outline
FICR1652 This course focuses on the management of business credit. It examines the role of business credit in economy, the role of the business credit manager, and the business credit decision. It gives learners a general understanding of collection methods used by financial institutions and businesses when collecting accounts receivable and problem loans. Learners are introduced to financial statement analysis. 3.00 PDF Icon
FICR2641 This course is gives learners a complete understanding of financial statements and the job of a credit analyst. Special focus is on analysis of balance sheets, income and expense statements, cash budget, cash flow, and ratio analysis. Learners develop comparative balance sheets, income and expense statements, cash budgets, and cash flow statements on a real business. Prerequisite: ACCT1608 or MKTG1508. 3.00 PDF Icon
(FLPO)
Course # Course Title/Description Credits Course Outline
FLPO2516 This course provides learners with the hands-on knowledge and practical application skills needed to design, draw, and build fluid power circuits. Prerequisite: FLPO2514. 3.00 PDF Icon
FLPO1501 This course provides the learner with knowledge and the working skills needed in the areas of fundamentals of fluid power, physics principles pertaining to fluid power, various differences in hydraulics and pneumatics, and characteristics of liquids and gases. This course focuses on how and why the fluid power industry was started. Students learn the natural laws and principles that govern fluid power; why fluid power components and systems function as they do; what common hydraulic components do and how they operate; and how components work together in systems to accomplish work. Students also learn how to calculate and predict system and component performance and how to properly size fluid power components and systems. 2.00 PDF Icon
FLPO1503 In this course, the learner applies the natural laws and principles that govern fluid power components and systems. Students also learn how to determine and test system and component performance and how to properly size fluid power components and systems. 1.00 PDF Icon
FLPO1529 This course provides learners with an understanding of the knowledge for the operation, function, and application of common hydraulic components. The course concentrates on the various pressure controls, flow controls, and directional control valves plus pumps and actuators with an overall emphasis on energy efficiencies. Prerequisite: none. 4.00 PDF Icon
FLPO1531 This course provides time for learners to conduct experiments and gain hands-on experience in the subject areas of hydraulic components and component circuits. This is a continuation of the Fluid Power Fundamentals Lab. 3.00 PDF Icon
FLPO2540 This course is an introduction to the theory and the application skills used in hydraulics for mobile and advanced circuits. An emphasis will be placed on controls. Prerequisite(s): FLPO1529 and FLPO1531 3.00 PDF Icon
FLPO2520 This course provides learners with an understanding of and knowledge and application skills needed in the areas of industrial instrumentation and testing that are used in the fluid power industry. 3.00 PDF Icon
FLPO2641 This course is a review of knowledge and working skills learned in the areas of fluid power. This course reviews the FPS Certification Study Guide. On the last day of the course, students take the FPS Certification Test for either Pneumatic Specialist or Hydraulic Specialist. 1.00 PDF Icon
FLPO2527 This course provides learners with an understanding of the function, operation, and application of pneumatic circuits and systems. It also provides learners with an understanding of how pneumatic components and accessories are placed together to create pneumatic circuits and systems for powering industrial machines. Students use learned knowledge to design and understand the design of pneumatic circuits. Prerequisite: FLPO1525. 1.00 PDF Icon
FLPO2525 This course provides the students with an understanding of the function, operation, and application of pneumatic circuits and vacuum systems. It also provides the students with an understanding of how pneumatic components and accessories are placed together to create pneumatic circuits and systems for powering industrial machines. 1.00 PDF Icon
FLPO1525 This course provides learners with an understanding of the function, operation, and application of common components used in pneumatic circuits and systems. It also provides learners with an understanding of how pneumatic components and accessories are placed together to create pneumatic circuits and systems for powering industrial machines. 2.00 PDF Icon
FLPO1526 In this course, learners gain an understanding of and are able to identify, name, and list major parts; explain the function and operation of the component; and describe the application of the component in a pneumatic circuit or system. 1.00 PDF Icon
(GSDV)
Course # Course Title/Description Credits Course Outline
GSDV0870 Through taking this course, students who have been placed on academic probation will learn to identify the personal, academic, or financial circumstances that led to their probation status. Students will learn the communication skills, study strategies, and self-awareness necessary to improve their ability to attend class, utilize campus resources, monitor their own progress and work toward realistic personal and academic goals. 0.00 PDF Icon
GSDV1400 This course guides the learner through an individualized education plan. The college shares authority with the learner over the development and direction of the learner's degree plan. Guidance is given regarding the transferability of the achieved credits as well as the choice(s) of technical credits. 1.00 PDF Icon
(GEOG)
Course # Course Title/Description Credits Course Outline
GEOG1480 This course meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal areas 5 and 7. In this course, the student learns about the human and physical geography of the United States and Canada. Students gain understanding of how a geographic perspective helps to make sense of the continent's varied landscapes. Geology, vegetation, and climate are examined to gain an appreciation of how they shape the character of North America's physical regions. Additional study focuses on the cultural regions of the continent and how they have developed, including topical exploration of ethnicity, immigration, and population. Finally, the United States and Canada are broken down into smaller regions for more comprehensive consideration.