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Associate of Applied Science in Business

The Associate of Applied Science in Business degree program provides students with the essential knowledge, skill, and ability needed to lead and manage business operations in diverse organizational environments today.
Topics covered in this program include business ethics, entrepreneurship, project management, accounting, finance, economics, Human Resources management, supervision, and global business, management, marketing, production, and financial elements of business.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program you will be able to:
  • Employ effective collaborative and critical thinking skills to develop solutions to problems presented in diverse business environments
  • Apply core principles of business, marketing, communication, project management, and supporting business technology to plan, organize, and deploy effective business operations
  • Comprehend financial and economic principles needed to create sound financial business plans and accounting processes
  • Relate the value of cloud technologies, online marketing, and other information technology in support of the business operation
  • Demonstrate ability to collaborate and communicate in the work environment by using office automation software, operating system platforms, and computer applications

  • Requirements
    The A.A.S. degree in Information and Communications Technologies requires students to complete a total of 60 credits (semester system) distributed as follows:
  • Six (6) General Education courses at minimum, one for each of the required subject areas, for a minimum of 18 credits. The General Education courses offered by APT College satisfy the minimum requirements. APT College also accepts General Education credits from any accredited institution
  • Four (4) core courses for a total of 12 credits
  • A number of elective courses to complete the total of 60 credits

  • Please refer to the College Catalog for more detailed information.
    APT College Credit Evaluation Committee will evaluate all applicable transfer credit and work experience toward the degree program.

    Core Courses

    This course provides students with an overview of business in an increasingly global society serving as an introduction to business terminology, concepts, environments, systems, strategies, and current issues. Topics include an overview of the business environment, business ethics, entrepreneurship and global business, management, marketing, production, and financial elements of business. This course provides a solid business foundation for more detailed and higher-level study in subsequent courses.

    Credits: 3.00

    Prerequisite: 

    Industry Certifications: 

    Modality: BUS 101 is available in online, webcast, and blended modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    This course introduces students to management philosophies in today's changing world. It includes globalization, ethics, diversity, customer service, and innovation from a managerial perspective. The course begins with a close look at management, decision making principles, and the overarching strategic perspective every manager should have. The course continues with a detailed assessment of organizational structure, communication processes, and the all-important human resource. The course wraps-up with a review of principles centered on the leadership, control, and management of operational resources.

    Credits: 3.00

    Prerequisite: 

    Industry Certifications: 

    Modality: BUS 103 is available in online, webcast, and blended modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    This course provides students with a view of the principal areas of marketing. It explores the factors influencing how marketing decisions are made, including the impact of marketing decisions on an organization and its customers. Students gain a working knowledge of practical marketing and business vocabulary. Additionally, students analyze today's global, highly competitive marketplace and evaluate how the actions of competitors’ influence marketing decisions.

    Credits: 3.00

    Prerequisite: 

    Industry Certifications: 

    Modality: BUS 105 is available in online, webcast, and blended modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    This course provides a foundation of the various business communication formats, including letters, memos, electronic communication, written reports, oral presentations, and interpersonal communication. The course also includes other business items such as résumés, application letters, interviewing tips, and employment follow-up documents.

    Credits: 3.00

    Prerequisite: 

    Industry Certifications: 

    Modality: BUS 107 is available in online, webcast, and blended modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form

    Elective Courses

    This course applies math fundamentals to business applications. Topics include a basic math review, business statistics, profit calculations, payroll, banking, interest calculations, insurance, taxes, and other business topics. The course begins with a look at a number of basic concepts such as percentage assessments, statistical analysis, discounts, interest, and credit. The course continues with a survey of annuities, mortgages, and depreciation and wraps-up with a high-level look at business inventory, insurance, taxes, and financial statement analysis.

    CREDITS: 3.00

    Prerequisite: 

    Industry Certifications: 

    Modality: BUS 108 is available in online, webcast, and blended modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    This course provides students with a foundational knowledge of financial management. The course covers key language and terminology, time value of money, financial markets and securities, financial statements, financial analysis, risk and return, valuation of stocks and bonds, capital budgeting and valuation, cost of capital and capital structure, working capital management, dividend policy, and international finance. Students apply the various financial tools and learn how they impact financial decision-making.

    CREDITS: 3.00

    Prerequisite: 

    Industry Certifications: 

    Modality: BUS 110 is available in online, webcast, and blended modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    This course provides an introduction to business accounting. Topics include accounting concepts and principles, financial statements, internal control design, and accounting for partnerships. The course begins with a comprehensive review of accounting processes and takes a close look at merchandising operations and inventory, receivables, plant assets and intangibles. The course further reviews the management of liabilities, payroll, internal controls and cash.

    CREDITS: 3.00

    Prerequisite: 

    Industry Certifications: 

    Modality: BUS 120 is available in online, webcast, and blended modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    This course encompasses economic principles and problems. The purpose of the course is for students to develop a logical, conceptual, and analytical understanding of economic principles and to deal with problems associated with the allocation of resources, decisions made by consumers, production by firms and pricing in various market conditions, government actions in markets, measuring aggregate output, economic growth, employment and unemployment, money and banking, and fiscal and monetary policies intended to achieve economic goals.

    CREDITS: 3.00

    Prerequisite: 

    Industry Certifications: 

    Modality: BUS 130 is available in online, webcast, and blended modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    This course provides students with a survey of the principal areas of business law. It explores the relationship between business and law with respect to the following topics: torts, crimes, intellectual property, contracts, negotiable instruments, agency, employment, and forms of business organization. Students also explore the relationship between business and law with respect to ethics and social responsibility, government regulation, personal property, real property, and international trade. Students gain a working knowledge of practical rules of law and legal terminology, as well as legal solutions for business-related issues.

    CREDITS: 3.00

    Prerequisite: 

    Industry Certifications: 

    Modality: BUS 200 is available in online, webcast, and blended modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    This course introduces students to the challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship. It includes sound academic theory, success stories, case studies, and exercises in critical thinking to help students develop the understanding, skills, and plans needed to start a successful new business. The course begins with a look at how to leverage a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis to start a new business and looks at the key characteristics of a successful entrepreneur. The course wraps-up with a review of the steps needed to sustain an entrepreneurial business.

    CREDITS: 3.00

    Prerequisite: 

    Industry Certifications: 

    Modality: BUS 202 is available in online, webcast, and blended modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    This course reviews advanced accounting processes in organizations today. The course begins with a review of financial operations that include consideration of earnings, stocks, financial statements, and long-term liabilities. The course continues with a close look at cash flow and financial statement analysis, managerial accounting, and underpinning job and process costing factors that prevail in institutions. The course wraps-up with a high level look at financial, budgeting, cost, and other financial data system analysis needed to make business decisions.

    CREDITS: 3.00

    Prerequisite: 

    Industry Certifications: 

    Modality: BUS 220 is available in online, webcast, and blended modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    The purpose of the course is for students to develop a logical, conceptual, and analytical understanding of microeconomic principles. This course introduces foundational concepts of economic principles, such as opportunity costs, supply, and demand. However, the course focus is to explore primary microeconomic principles, including efficiency and fairness in markets, government actions and their impacts, the decisions made by consumers and producers, different market structures from perfect competition to monopoly, and factor markets and income distribution. Students are presented with real world contemporary examples that apply theory to practice, demonstrating the relevance of microeconomic thought.

    CREDITS: 3.00

    Prerequisite: 

    Industry Certifications: 

    Modality: BUS 230 is available in online, webcast, and blended modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    This course introduces foundational concepts of economic principles, such as opportunity costs, supply, and demand. However, the course focus is to explore primary macroeconomic principles, including measurement, real economy in the long run, money economy in the long run, macroeconomic fluctuations, and policy issues. Students are presented with real world contemporary examples that apply theory to practice, demonstrating the relevance of macroeconomic thought.

    CREDITS: 3.00

    Prerequisite: 

    Industry Certifications: 

    Modality: BUS 232 is available in online, webcast, and blended modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    This course examines organizational theory and application. A comprehensive review is made of individual, group, and organizational performance in relation to organizational structures in contemporary business settings. The course begins with a close look at behaviors and structures that have positive impacts on leadership and power within the organization. The course continues with a look at key aspects of human resource management and wraps-up with a look at the intrinsic value of understanding the role personality and group dynamics play in organizational success.

    CREDITS: 3.00

    Prerequisite: 

    Industry Certifications: 

    Modality: BUS 240 is available in online, webcast, and blended modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    This course focuses on human resource management skills used by business managers in day-to-day operations. While focusing on the different aspects of human resource management and practices, problem solving and critical thinking skills are applied. The course begins with an overarching look at human resource management processes, recruitment and placement, and training. The course continues with a review of the importance of employee development, compensation, and benefits. The course wraps-up with a focused review of employee relations, safety, ethics, fair treatment, and global human resource management processes and challenges.

    CREDITS: 3.00

    Prerequisite: 

    Industry Certifications: 

    Modality: BUS 242 is available in online, webcast, and blended modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    In this course, you will learn about the roles and responsibilities of supervisors. The course builds from a foundation of fundamental skills through a pyramid of understanding the expanded scope of responsibilities for first-time, first-line supervisors through the chairman of the board in private, service, or public organizations. The course begins with a close look at the characteristics of an effective supervisor and continues with key concepts centered on the management of individuals and teams. The course wraps-up with a comprehensive review of supervisory responsibility for safety, conflict, and labor management.

    CREDITS: 3.00

    Prerequisite: 

    Industry Certifications: 

    Modality: BUS 244 is available in online, webcast, and blended modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    In this course students will gain the skills needed to create, customize, and organize professional looking documents in Microsoft Word 2016 by using formatting tools and appropriate visual content. The course begins by illustrating how to create, manage, and print word documents, and use editing and formatting tools for text, paragraphs, and entire documents. The course then explains how to insert and work with tables and other objects such as SmartArt, WordArt, shapes, and pictures to improve the readability of the Word document and bring it to a professional level. Building blocks and Quick Parts are then introduced as well as bookmarks and hyperlinks. At the end of the course, advanced tools to apply references, add captions and footnotes, and to record macros are introduced.

    CREDITS: 3.00

    Prerequisite: 

    Industry Certifications: This course provides the students exposure to the core objectives of the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Microsoft Office Word 2016 (77-725) certification.

    Modality: CAT120 is available in online, webcast, and blended modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    In this course students will gain the skills needed to create, customize, and organize professional looking workbooks in Microsoft Excel 2016. The course begins by illustrating how to create and manage Excel workbooks and worksheets, use formatting tools for cells and any type of data, and print the resulting worksheets. The course continues by explaining how to enter formulas in an Excel worksheet and introduces several functions of common use applied to both text and number data types. The course wraps up by introducing tables, charts, and other objects such as shapes, sparklines, and SmartArt that are used to improve the readability of the Excel worksheet resulting in a professional looking document.

    CREDITS: 3.00

    Prerequisite: 

    Industry Certifications: The course provides the student exposure to the core objectives of the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Microsoft Office Excel 2016 (77-727) certification.

    Modality: CAT125 is available in online, webcast, and blended modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    In this course students will gain the skills required to create and customize professional looking presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint 2016. The course begins by explaining how to create and manage a PowerPoint document, add slides within a document, and apply text formatting and themes consistently throughout a presentation. The course continues by explaining how to insert and customize tables, charts, shapes, photo, SmartArt graphics, audio and video clips, and other objects used to visualize concepts. The use of sound effects, animations, and slide transitions are explained as well. The course wraps up with a description of the Slide Show tools available to effectively deliver a live presentation to an audience.

    CREDITS: 3.00

    Prerequisite: 

    Industry Certifications: Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2016 (77-729) certification.

    Modality: CAT130 is available in online, webcast, and blended modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com).

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    This course provides an overview of basic computer concepts. The course begins with an understanding of operating systems and the role they play in managing tasks between the user, the applications running on the computer, and the computer hardware. The course continues by exploring the main hardware components and their characteristics, different types of application and system software, and the performance of diverse computer typologies. Students will also gain knowledge on how to perform basic troubleshooting of common computer issues, how to remove malware and use firewalls to defend against external attacks, and the main characteristics and properties of cloud computing and storage. The course wraps up with an overview of communications systems and data networking, and how today the Internet and cellular networks enable worldwide connectivity between a wide variety of Internet enabled devices.

    CREDITS: 1.50

    Prerequisite: 

    Industry Certifications: The course provides foundational exposure to core objectives of the IC3 GS5 Computing Fundamentals exam.

    Modality: ICT103 is available in online, webcast, and blended modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    This course provides an overview of the main applications in the Microsoft Office suite. The course begins with an understanding of the features that are common to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access applications such as creating, opening, closing, printing, and saving a document. The course continues by surveying Microsoft Word tools used to organize the layout of a Word document such as paragraph, text alignment, and bulleted and numbered list; Microsoft Excel tools used to organize data, sort and filter data, and use basic formulas and functions; Microsoft PowerPoint tools used to create effective presentations such as slides creation, formatting, animations, and transitions; and Microsoft Access tools used to store large amounts of information and access it in an efficient way. The course concludes by describing Microsoft Office collaboration tools and different media such as email, network storage, or cloud storage used to share documents.

    CREDITS: 1.50

    Prerequisite: 

    Industry Certifications: The course provides foundational exposure to core objectives of the IC3 GS5 Key Applications exam.

    Modality: ICT107 is available in online, webcast, and blended modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    This course surveys a host of communication tools that you can use to navigate the vast resource on the Internet and collaborate online with others. The course begins by explaining how to use a web browser to navigate the Internet and conduct research with search engines.The course continues by discussing common networking terminology and concepts such as network addressing, security, firewalls, network speed, and troubleshooting of simple internetwork issues. The course further explores appropriate use of communication in the online environment when using online communication tools such as email, SMS, chat, audio and videoconferencing, and popular social media platforms. The course concludes by describing how to protect your data in the online environment and use computers in a healthy manner.

    CREDITS: 1.50

    Prerequisite: 

    Industry Certifications: The course provides foundational exposure to core objectives of the IC3 GS5 Living Online exam.

    Modality: ICT108 is available in online, webcast, and blended modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    This course introduces students to Information Systems (IS) and how they relate to business processes used in organizations. The course begins by examining the components of a business information system and how business processes and information systems can impact an organization. The course also discusses types of information systems and how they are developed. The importance of the Cloud, Internet,and e-Commerce is covered along with important aspects of information security today. The course wraps-up with an analysis of roles, responsibilities, and ethics centered on information system management.

    CREDITS: 3.00

    Prerequisite: None

    Industry Certifications: None

    Modality: ICT105 is available in online, webcast, and blended modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    By completing this course the student will gain an understanding of cloud computing and the technologies used to develop services based on the cloud. The course begins with a sound definition of cloud computing and explores models and categories of cloud computing that support software, platform, infrastructure, and database as a service. The course continues with a look at current cloud technologies, surveys the value of cloud computing in business environments, and further outlines key concepts centered on cloud infrastructure planning, strategies, and applications. The course wraps-up with a review of cloud service rollout, service-level management, security, privacy, and compliance concepts that have a bearing on cloud computing environments.

    CREDITS: 3.00

    Prerequisite: None

    Industry Certifications: Upon completion of the course and with additional study and preparation, students are postured for the CompTIA Cloud Essentials CLO-001. *APT does not proctor this exam. Students must register with Pearson VUE for testing.* **Exam Fees for this certification are not included in your tuition costs**

    Modality: ICT110 is available in online, webcast, and blended modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    This course provides an overview of the main areas of project management. It introduces the student to the advantages and disadvantages of different organizational structures, as well as the phases of an effective project management system. Students will examine the key skills of a project manager, and learn how to develop and apply those skills for the successful completion of the project. Students will also gain knowledge on how to create a project schedule, resource plans, and budget, and will explore methods for monitoring and evaluating projects to manage time, cost, scope, resources and project risks.

    CREDITS: 1.50

    Prerequisite: None

    Industry Certifications: 

    Modality: ICT170 is available in online, webcast, and blended modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    This course introduces Drone technology as one of the greatest innovations in aviation history. The course begins by identifying key terms, definitions, concepts, milestones, and aviation regulations that have framed Drone deployment today. The course continues with an overview of the five characteristics of unmanned aircraft and takes a close look at privacy concerns and human factors that weigh heavily in the safe, secure, and effective employment of unmanned aircraft across the globe. The course wraps-up with an assessment of the way ahead and how the student can engage in training and development associated with managing and controlling Drones in a variety of business sectors and venues.

    CREDITS: 3.00

    Prerequisite: 

    Industry Certifications: 

    Modality: ICT260 is available in online, webcast, and blended modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    This course provides students with an introduction to the world of project management. This course will help the student develop core knowledge centered in project management concepts that include project initiation, planning, scheduling, communications, cost, execution, change, control, and closure. The course also provides foundational exposure to core objectives centered on the CompTIA Project+ certification.

    CREDITS: 3.00

    Prerequisite: None

    Industry Certifications: Upon completion of the course and with additional study and preparation, students are postured for the CompTIA Project+ Exam. *APT does not proctor this exam. Students must register with Pearson VUE for testing.* **Exam Fees for this certification are not included in your tuition costs**

    Modality: ICT272 is available in online, webcast, and blended modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form

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