• BTS
  • Change subject
Classes offered

Business Technology Systems

Need more info? Visit the Business Technology Systems website.

BTS 100 Intro To Competency Based Learning • 1 Cr.

Introduces students to the tools, best practices, learning styles, technology and expectations students will encounter in a competency based online course.

BTS 101 Keyboarding I • 1 Cr.

Develops basic skills in keyboarding (touch-typing) and document formatting using the personal computer. No previous computer experience necessary.

BTS 104 Keyboarding Review and Speed Building • 1 Cr.

Increases students' keyboarding speed and accuracy. Prerequisite: BTS 101 or equivalent experience recommended.

BTS 109 Business Communications • 5 Cr.

Strengthens skills for effective professional verbal, written and nonverbal communication. Includes reinforcement of grammar and punctuation, writing and peer-editing, proofreading and revising, business writing strategies, and portfolio preparation. Projects include a presentation with visual tools, outline, citations and portfolio preparation of professionally written business messages.

BTS 110 Web Essentials • 5 Cr.

Introduces internet research, web design tools, web communication and networking websites and tools, browser basics, web search strategies, evaluating and using online resources, writing in HTML, creating effective web pages, and Internet and web security. Projects combine professional writing, computer and web authoring software skills, website creation and design, and presentation skills.

BTS 144 Personal Information Manager • 3 Cr.

Course features the concepts, terminology, and techniques involved in utilizing a popular messaging and personal information management program specifically Microsoft Outlook. Tools and commands are utilized to email, schedule appointments and meetings, create and maintain contact lists, create task lists, maintain journals for recording and tracking activities, and create notes and reminders.

BTS 147 Presentation Design and Delivery • 3 Cr.

Studies business presentation design, delivery and publication using current software and professional standards. Topics include content development, audience analysis, presentation delivery, presentation slides, collaboration tools, integration, security tools, application of template and custom graphics, animation, sound, video and delivery modes. Projects create and deliver professional presentations appropriately organized for the audience.

BTS 161 Business Software Essentials • 5 Cr.

Introduces personal computer and business software in a Windows based environment. Includes file management strategies, personal computing tools, internet navigation, effective business document design, spreadsheet analysis and design and a survey of fundamental software used in a typical business environment. Projects include design and creation of a file management plan, and fundamental interactive spreadsheets. Recommended: BTS 101 or 104 or equivalent keyboarding experience.

BTS 163 Business Document Design Comprehensive • 5 Cr.

Introduces key concepts and software to develop and create business documents. Topics include document design, creation, formatting, layout, output, graphics, tables, citations, mail merge, indexes, macros, forms, and sharing documents. Projects integrate business communication skills and problem solving techniques to create a variety of business documents such as letters, memos, newsletters, flyers, automated documents and collaborative documents.

BTS 165 Business Spreadsheet Analysis & Design • 5 Cr.

Introduces key concepts to develop and analyze business spreadsheets. Topics include formulas, formatting, logical, financial and lookup functions, charts, pivot tables, data tables, and multiple workbooks. Projects integrate skills to create business spreadsheets that communicate financial and operational performance.

BTS 168 Business Data Management Tools • 5 Cr.

Introduces key concepts of data management and the use and creation of relational databases as a business tool. Topics include: views, simple and advanced queries, create and modify forms and sub-forms, reports, primary and foreign keys, importing data, formulas, controls and conditional formatting. Projects apply skills to multiple hands-on databases of increasing complexity.

BTS 173 Windows Basics • 1 Cr.

Introduction to Windows operating system and built-in Windows programs.

BTS 174 Windows File & Disk Management Basics • 1 Cr.

Introduction to the basics of managing, customizing and maintaining files, folders, disks, and display settings using the Windows operating system. Prerequisite: BTS 173.

BTS 186 Publication Design Essentials • 5 Cr.

Introduces key concepts to create and design publications for business use. Studies design principles, publication function, and industry standard software to create, design, and publish business documents, and prepare digital images for print and web use. Projects combine computer software skills design principles and efficient workflow to create business publications such as logos, brochures, advertisements and newsletters. Recommended: BTS 161 or equivalent experience.

BTS 187 Publication Design for Print • 5 Cr.

Explores in-depth the current industry standard software to create and produce professional layouts and multipage publications for print. Topics include design principles, publication function, advertising principles and issues working with clients, typography, print considerations, color management, layout design, and management. Projects integrate design, advertising and client relations skills to create business cards, brochures, posters, directories, books, and banners.

BTS 188 Intro to Digital Content • 5 Cr.

Introduces industry standards in digital imaging software and devices to create, edit, and manipulate images for print and web. Topics include design principles, print and web standards and tools, editing, modifying, compositing, painting, drawing, repairing, color-correcting, and automating digital images for business. Projects include marketing materials such as posters, book covers, labels and ads for use in a final portfolio. Recommended: BTS 161 or BTS 186.

BTS 189 Webpage Authoring Essentials • 5 Cr.

Introduces industry standards in web page authoring and editing tools. Topics include principles of web design, file management, formatting, HTML, CSS, image optimization, publishing and managing dynamic web pages. Projects include the design and publication of a website based on a business client need. Recommended: BTS 110.

BTS 199 Individual Studies Business Technology Systems • V1-10 Cr.

Covers directed readings, special projects, and independent study by an individual student. May be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

BTS 201 Content Management Systems • 5 Cr.

Explores content management systems (CMS) used to create a web presence. Topics include installation, configuration, designing themes, creating, managing and organizing content, adding plugins, user account management, security and overall CMS site administration. Projects include design and creation of a website using a content management system to meet business/organizational needs. Recommended: BTS 110.

BTS 210 Collaborative Web Spaces • 5 Cr.

Introduces web based collaborative software to enhance work, data and content collaboration in a business environment. Topics include works pace sites, content publication, lists, discussion boards, libraries, surveys, tracking tasks, blogs, wikis, web parts, customization, templates, managing users and permissions. Projects include the design and creation of customized workspaces to solve specific business needs.

BTS 265 Advanced Business Spreadsheet Analysis & Design • 5 Cr.

Develops advanced spreadsheet skills including application programming using software such as Microsoft Excel on the personal computer. Prerequisite: BTS 165.

BTS 268 Advanced Business Database Tools • 5 Cr.

This hands-on course covers how to use data to analyze aspects of an organization's operation and make appropriate business decisions. It focuses on using web-based databases, working with external data tools to create reports and charts, exploring customer relationship database tools, and constructing methods for analyzing data in order to create effective visualizations using dashboards. Prerequisite: BTS 168 or BUSIT 103.

BTS 280 Project Planning Tracking and Reporting • 5 Cr.

Introduces skills to gather information about responsibilities and resources required to accomplish tasks and calculate the overall cost to plan a project. Studies the software needed to create and modify a project plan. Projects combine software skills with project management principles to plan a project and keep it moving on track in the implementation phase. Recommended: BTS 165 or equivalent experience, and concurrent enrollment in BUS 230.

BTS 289 Front End Web Development • 5 Cr.

This course extends skills in modern front end web development technologies including intermediate level coding with HTML and CSS, building mobile and responsive websites, using CSS frameworks, creating site navigation, ensuring accessibility, designing wireframes based on needs analysis, and performing usability testing. Prerequisites: BTS 189 or PROG 109. Students are required to be proficient in basic HTML and CSS prior to entering this course.

BTS 293 Professional Skills • 5 Cr.

Students apply learning from their respective areas of study to simulate a project environment. They will also work on developing key business skills such as establishing their own professional brand (resume, social media profiles, elevator pitch, letters of recommendation), networking, and creating a portfolio of their professional accomplishments. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, communication skills, and project management, helping students integrate technical skills into business careers.

BTS 294 Special Topics in Business Technology Systems • V1-5 Cr.

Allows study of advanced or specialized business software applications, supplementing the regular courses.

BTS 295 Special Topics in Business Technology Systems • V1-5 Cr.

Allows study of advanced or specialized business software applications, supplementing the regular courses.

BTS 296 Special Topics in Business Technology Systems • V1-5 Cr.

Allows study of advanced or specialized business software applications, supplementing the regular courses.

BTS 297 Special Topics in Business Technology Systems • V1-5 Cr.

Allows study of advanced or specialized business software applications, supplementing the regular courses.

BTS 389 Ecommerce Development Strategy • 5 Cr.

Expands web development skills to market and sell products and services online. Topics include site design, product management, shopping carts, search engine optimization and web marketing tactics. Projects integrate skills to design, build, and publish an ecommerce web site using current eCommerce platforms and tools, following digital marketing best practices and techniques. Prerequisite: BTS 189 or program chair's permission.