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  • Course description
    At Akron Institute we are focused on providing our students with marketable skills that will help them attain their career objectives. Our programs are designed to ensure that the skills and knowledge we teach our students parallel those in demand in the workplace. The best way to get more information about our programs is to  visit our campus  to meet with one of our admissions representatives.


    Program Description 
    The program prepares students with the necessary skills and academic knowledge for entry-level positions in various business enterprises. These career opportunities may be in areas such as accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, business administration, sales, marketing, and human resources. 

    Program Objectives 
    Upon completion of their program, the student should be able to:
    1. Demonstrate the ability to utilize industry standard accounting principles and accounting based software.
    2. Demonstrate advanced mastery of industry standard word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
    3. Demonstrate the ability to define and articulate organizational, marketing, ethical and legal issues impacting contemporary business practices.
    4. Think critically both conceptually and by using mathematical analysis; write and speak effectively; use basic computer applications; and understand human behavior in the context of the greater society. 

    Potential Job Position Titles 
    Potential entry-level job position titles include account representative, accounting clerk, accounts payable/receivable clerk, marketing representative, human resources representative, client services representative, and office manager. 

    Program Length 
    The average length of time for a student taking a full course load is five semesters. 

    Program Content* 
    A minimum of 71 semester credit hours are required for graduation. 

    Required Courses 
    All courses, 41 semester credit hours, are required.
    AC 103 Accounting I
    This introductory accounting course provides the practical application of the concepts and principles of the accounting cycle for service businesses. Topics include an overview of accounting concepts and procedures; analyzing and recording transactions; beginning the accounting cycle by journalizing, posting, and working with the trial balance; using worksheets, financial statements, and adjusting entries; completing the accounting cycle with adjusting, closing, and post-closing trial balance; working with cash and its control; working with accounting systems, journals, internal controls and an introduction to cash flow management. 4.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: IS 102 Computers and Application Software.

    AC 205 Accounting II
    This accounting course provides practical application of the concepts and principles of the accounting cycle for merchandising businesses with an emphasis upon partnerships and the analysis of financial statements. Topics include accounting for partnerships, accounting for long-term assets and liabilities, managing inventory, investing in capital assets, preparing and using cash flow statements; and the analysis and interpretation of financial statements. 4.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: AC 103 Accounting I.

    AC 220 Finance
    This course introduces corporate financial management and analysis. Topics include evaluating financial performance; measuring cash flow; forecasting and planning; and capital budgeting and the cost of capital. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: AC 103 Accounting I.

    AC 305 Managerial Accounting 
    This course focuses on managerial accounting concepts by determining costs of products and services for planning and controlling business operations. Topics include management accounting concepts; working with cost concepts, cost behavior, product costing, and costing systems; accounting for planning and control through the master and flexible budgets; and capital budgeting and related business decisions. 4.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: AC 103 Accounting I.

    BU 105 Business Principles and Management
    This course introduces the environment of American business with an overview of various topics that serve as a foundation for further study of business. Topics include the environments that businesses operate in; the organizational structures of businesses; management functions in enterprises; and the challenges of managing marketing, operations, information technology, finance, and human resources. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: None.

    BU 155 Team Development and Group Management 
    This course provides guidelines for building and managing teams. Topics include teamwork development, group organization, assessing team requirements, support role development, and how to work together in a diverse environment. The opportunity to experience teamwork concepts is provided through running meeting and presenting reports. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: PS 101 Psychology.

    BU 206 Business Law
    This course provides a study of the American legal system and its effect on business and business organizations, as well as an overview of the ethical issues that businesses encounter. Topics include business law and ethics, contracts and sales, consumer protection issues, agency and employment issues, the regulation of business organizations, analyzing risk-bearing devices, and dealing with real property issues. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: None.

    BU 220 Principles of Marketing
    This course provides a practical and managerial approach to the principles and applications of marketing in organizations and in the marketplace. Topics include the marketing process and strategic planning; the global marketing environment; developing marketing opportunities and strategies; developing the marketing mix through product development, pricing strategies, distribution channels, and promotion techniques; and managing marketing through customer relationships, social responsibility, and marketing ethics. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: BU 105 Business Principles and Management.

    BU 245 Business Communication 
    This course introduces communication theories and strategies for a variety of business situations, including memos, letters, meetings, presentations, proposals, reports, and technology - based communications. Using a developmental approach to business communication, the course examines methods for organizing ideas, analyzing data, addressing diverse concerns, presenting information, developing a professional communication style, and developing negotiation skills. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisites: BU 105 Business Principles and Management, EN 104 English Composition I.

    EC 101 Principles of Economics
    This course presents an overview of the American economic system. Topics include the principles of economics; the elements of supply and demand; the concepts of money, spending, output, and income; national income analysis; inflation, unemployment and related stabilization factors; the impact of trade and the function of prices in markets; and the relationship of economics to environmental issues. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: None.

    IS 124 Database Applications
    This course provides the study of the principles and features of a leading desktop database management system. Topics include creating and managing databases, data management and integrity, working with queries and forms, managing reports, using tools and macros, database and file management, analyzing and filtering data, relational databases, and linking databases to the Web. 4.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: IS 102 Computers and Application Software.

    IS 160 Spreadsheets 
    This course presents the practical application of the concepts and features of a leading spreadsheet package Topics include using and managing worksheets and workbooks; applying formatting and style features; working with data, formulas, and functions; managing charts and graphics; working with outlines, views, and reports; automating tasks with the macro feature; using auditing tools, collaborative tools, and hyperlinks; and integrating with other programs. 4.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: IS 102 Computers and Application Software.



    Elective Courses 
    A minimum of seven semester credit hours is required.

    BU 195 E-Business Concepts
    This course introduces the concepts and principles of electronic commerce as it relates to business. Topics include the foundations of electronic commerce; retailing in e-commerce; Internet consumers and market research; advertising in e-commerce; e-commerce for service industries; business-to-business e-commerce; intranet and extranet structures and applications; electronic payment systems; e-commerce strategy and implementation; public policy regarding legal, privacy, and consumer protection issues; infrastructure requirements for e-commerce; and economic and global issues in e-commerce. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: None.

    BU 215 Marketing on the Internet 
    This course provides instruction in the principles and application of Internet marketing strategies. Topics include Internet user characteristics and behavior; online research methods; Internet marketing strategies such as pricing, distribution channels, communications on the Internet, and relationship marketing; the components of the Internet marketing plan; and Internet ethical and legal issues. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: BU 220 Principles of Marketing.

    BU 294 Career Internship
    This is an elective course in the associate degree programs that students take in their 4th or 5th semester. The career internship course is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in any of the following fields of study: Business Administration, Computer Assisted Drafting, Electronics, Computer Networking, Computer Information Systems, and Interior Design. The outcome of the internship is an informed student fully appraised of the opportunities his/her degree program offers for professional growth. During the internship phase of training, the student will experience various aspects of working in the actual field that they have been educated for. The internship is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to experience and participate in duties typical of a contemporary work place setting. Student learning will center on observing experienced personnel, as well as, participating in actual hands-on procedures under close supervision of trained professionals. 4.0 credit hours. Prerequisites: 4th or 5th semester and a GPA of 2.5, PD 214 AS/AAS/BS Internship Preparation.

    BU 335 Public Relations 
    This course introduces public relations in terms of its role, process, strategy, application, and tactics in relation to giving messages to various audiences. Topics include ethics as applied to public relations; research and evaluation of communications; the audience and strategies to reach various audiences; corporations and groups that use public relation departments and firms; and how to use visual, written and spoken messages in public relations. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisites: EN 104 English Compositions, EN 116 Speech, and PS 101 Psychology.

    BU 355 Leadership Theory and Practice 
    This course provides students with a foundation of knowledge regarding leadership practices and theories. The student should develop an operational understating of leadership concepts and theories to engage and reflect on leadership topics. Leadership requires an understanding of both the organizational values within which one operates and one's personal values. This course examines these underlying values and guides leaders in developing an organizational vision that reflects their values at both the individual and organization levels. This course teaches leadership skills useful in both the short-and-long term. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisites: BU 105 Business Principles and Management and PS 101 Psychology.

    BU 400 International Business 
    This course offers a comparative analysis of market conditions and business practices in the global economy with emphasis on international economic factors and institutions. Topics include trade and exchange rates; financial issues, marketing strategies, and business development; international management; and the impact of government policies. 4.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: BU 105 Business Principles and Management.

    BU 446 Advertising
    This course explores the role of advertising with a focus on the structure, environment, and strategy of advertising. Topics include the advertising environment; ethical issues and social responsibility; advertising background, planning, and strategy; advertising media types, media planning, and media buying; factors for creating advertising for various media; public relations and promotions; and business-to-business and international advertising. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: BU 220 Principles of Marketing.

    HC 100 Medical Office Management 
    Students in this course explore contemporary concepts and techniques essential to managing corporate human resources. Topics include resource planning, staffing and rewards, as well as developing and maintaining positions and people. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: bU 105 business Principles and Management.

    HC 110 Medical Terminology for Managers 
    This course introduces the foundations of the language of medicine and develops medical vocabulary through the study of the structures, functions, diagnostic procedures, pathology, and treatment procedures of the body systems. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: none.

    HC 210 Medical Billing and Procedures for Managers 
    This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the management of billing and insurance reimbursement operations in a medical office setting. The most frequently employed billing procedures and insurance forms are reviewed. It also acquaints students with accounts receivable processes most often used in traditional business offices including medical offices. The various reimbursement methodologies will be emphasized with medical compliance strategies being stressed. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: none.

    HC 315 Medical Personnel Management 
    This course uses a practical approach to emphasize knowledge of employee benefits, salary administration, psycho-psychological needs, and written communications systems. Labor management relations and relationships in a medical office will be reviewed. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: BU 105 Business Principles and Management.

    IS 120 Word Processing
    This course presents the practical application of the concepts and features of a leading word processor. Topics include formatting text and documents, creating and formatting tables, working with graphics, integrating information with other programs, managing styles and templates, working with columns, merging documents, file management techniques, creating forms, and creating Web documents. 4.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: IS 102 Computers and Application Software.

    MA 175 Business Mathematics
    This course provides instruction in the mathematical operations associated with the retail, banking, and accounting industries. Topics include decimals, fractions, and percentages; bank services; interest and payment plans; purchase orders and invoices; selling prices and mark-ups; and payroll and inventory procedures. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: None.

    SC 370 Environmental Science
    This course explores the environmental science issues of societies that affect the natural environment. Topics include how ecosystems work, the impact of population, renewable resources, energy and power, the impact of pollution, and public policy issues. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisites: En 104 English Composition I and MA 107 College Algebra. Co-requisite: SC 370l Environmental Science lab.

    SC 370L Environmental Science Lab
    This is the lab portion of SC 370. 1.0 credit hour. Co-requisite: SC 370 Environmental Science. (SS) SOCIAL SCIENCES

    Note: Electives are not continuously offered at all campuses, all the time.

    * Program content subject to change. Please check with your local campus for any updates. 

    General Education Requirements 
    Students enrolled in associate degrees must complete a minimum of 21 semester credit hours in general education.

    EN 104 English Composition I
    This course introduces the principles and practices of developing effective communications by using reflective critical thinking in the writing and reading processes. Topics include understanding the writing process; applying essay development patterns; using research techniques; and writing essays, summaries, reports, and research papers. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: None.

    EN 106 Information Literacy 
    This course introduces the principles and practices of information literacy by using reflective critical thinking in the research and writing processes. Topics include understanding the research process; evaluating resources; using research techniques; outlining, providing in-text citations; understanding APA style, and using appropriate voice in writing formal research papers. 1.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: None.

    EN 116 Speech
    The course is designed to provide the student the opportunity to develop speaking and presentation skills in a variety of situations. Topics include the elements and structure of speeches, researching topics and developing presentation materials, analyzing and responding to audience characteristics, learning effective speech techniques, and delivering different types of speeches. Microsoft PowerPoint is used as a presentation tool. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: None.

    IS 102 Computers and Application Software
    This course provides an introduction to operating systems, browsers, and email as well as word processing, presentation, spreadsheets, and database applications. 4.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: None.

    MA 107 College Algebra
    This course focuses on the concepts and applications of algebra. Topics include an arithmetic review; operations with algebraic expressions; solving linear and quadratic equations; factoring algebraic expressions; and using exponents, powers, roots, ratios, and proportions to solve problems. 4.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: None.

    PS 101 Psychology
    This course introduces psychology that focuses on understanding human behavior. Topics include the scope of psychology; biological foundations and the brain; the concepts of sensation, perception, conditioning, and learning; the nature of memory; motivation and emotion; states of consciousness; personality theories; dealing with health and stress; developing coping strategies; and social psychology. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: None.

    HU 101 Critical Thinking
    This course is designed to introduce the theories and application of critical analysis with emphasis on developing sequential reasoning skills. Topics include the foundations of arguments, value assumptions and ethical decision making, reality assumptions and deductive arguments, inductive arguments and generalizations, reasoning errors, the power of language, the impact of media power, and persuasive speaking. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: None. 

    Personal Development Courses 
    A minimum of two semester credit hours is required in addition to PD 214.

    PD 100 Student Success Skills
    This course provides instruction in the both theory and practice of personal growth that lead to successful life experience. Topics include research in critical self-analysis of student habits and attitudes; and psychological impediments to successfully setting and achieving personal goals. 1.0 credit hour. Prerequisite: None.

    PD 120 Personal Financial Management
    This course deals with the concepts of personal financial planning and financial control. Topics center on critical self examination of student planning techniques through analysis and research of personal financial legal documents, checking accounts and banking services; income tax procedures; savings methods; investment planning; risk management and insurance; and credit records, credit law, and the cost of credit. 1.0 credit hour. Prerequisite: None.

    PD 150 Client Services
    This course provides a critical examination of issues embedded in the practice of providing client service. Topics include research about best practice in customer service and communication techniques; psychologically based methods for dealing with the management of customer complaints; and the roles of a customer service employee and supervisor within ethical boundaries and common business practice. 1.0 credit hour. Prerequisite: None.

    PD 200 Career Development Seminar
    This seminar provides an opportunity for the student to apply critical self-examination techniques and processes for developing a career path and an awareness of the need to embed life-long learning into career management. Topics include career planning research, job searching, developing career search documents, and refining interview and communication skills within an awareness of psychological boundaries implicit in this process. Successful completion of this course requires the creation of a professional resume suitable for e-mail. 1.0 credit hour. Prerequisite: None.

    PD 214 AS/AAS/BS Internship Preparation 
    This course will assist students in finding and securing the elective internship experience for credit in either an Associate or Bachelor program. Students must pass this course in order to be cleared to start working at their internship site. Students will discover ways to approach a facility about an internship, access the tools they will need to successfully get your internship approved and successfully land an internship that correlates to your field of study. 

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