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ENTR-100 Introduction to the Entrepreneurial Process
2 Credits (Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues Core)

This interdisciplinary course is designed to help students to discover and develop the personal attributes needed to become a successful entrepreneur or intrapreneur. The core of the course focuses on the discovery and understanding of entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviors within oneself. The student will begin to understand the competencies required to be an entrepreneur through case studies, creative problem solving and exercises aimed at self-development. Students will identify, discuss and grow an idea about a business they might one day start. They will have an opportunity to participate in the business planning process. (2 hours weekly)

ENTR-101 Entrepreneurship and Creativity
3 Credits (Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues Core)

This interdisciplinary course is designed to introduce students to the concept of sustainable entrepreneurship, a manageable process that can be applied across careers and work settings. It focuses on building entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviors that will lead to creative solutions within community and organizational environments. Course topics include the history of entrepreneurship, the role of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs in the 21st century global economy, and the identification of entrepreneurial opportunities. The elements of creative problem-solving, the development of a business concept/model, the examination of feasibility studies, and the social/moral/ethical implications of entrepreneurship will be incorporated. This course is directed toward forging views of entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship as they operate in today’s world. Credit will only be granted for one of the following:  ENTR-100 or ENTR-101. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

ENTR-102 Entrepreneurial Assessment
1 Credit
This course is a guided process that establishes a link between the entrepreneur and the Center for Entrepreneurial and Business Excellence (CEBE). The entrepreneur will be able to identify the needs and goals of his existing or proposed business and determine the status of development and operation. An assessment report will develop from initial input from the entrepreneur to the business coach. Based on recommendations, the entrepreneur will analyze methods and pathways to pursue in accord with the services and curricula offered by the CEBE. (1 hour weekly)

ENTR-103 Starting Your Own Business I
3 Credits

ENTR-103 provides the entrepreneur with a guide through the process of business start up or enhancement. Following the completion of the ENTR-103, the entrepreneur will bring the business to successful launch or have discovered ways to improve the existing business. Goals and progress toward goals are reviewed with changes made as needed. The entrepreneur participates in networking with other businesses and resources. The entrepreneur uses these resources to enhance business opportunities. Prerequisite: ENTR-102. (3 hours weekly)

ENTR-104 Business Plan Development
3 Credits

In this course the entrepreneur participates in a series of three modules that are critical components of a business plan. The entrepreneur will examine the industry that incorporates their business and will look at potential forces that may impact the success of their business. They will examine the customer base and competition. They will discuss how to produce revenue and growth and will examine the financial situation, with a projection of the company’s financial future. Prerequisite: ENTR-102. (3 hours weekly)

ENTR-105 Business Plan Writing
1 Credit

In this course the entrepreneur assembles the component parts of the business plan and completes the written document. The completion of this document prepares the entrepreneur for funding. The entrepreneur will create a plan which is a road map that includes goals for producing revenue and additional growth. Prerequisite: ENTR-104, ENTR-120 or ENTR 210. (1 hour weekly)

ENTR-106 Presenting the Business Plan
1 Credit

This course prepares the entrepreneur to describe the particular company and present the business plan to potential funding sources. The basic principles and techniques of presentation and practice with feedback are included. The entrepreneur will present the business plan to a jury that includes select members of the advisory board, faculty, and other students. Prerequisite: ENTR-104 or ENTR-105 or ENTR-120 or ENTR-210. (1 hour weekly)

ENTR-107 Business Problem-Solving for the Entrepreneur
1 Credit
This course prepares the entrepreneur to identify one or more area(s) of need specific to the business. The entrepreneur assesses the need(s), develops solutions, establishes outcomes, and develops a framework for monitoring outcomes. Business Problem Solving for the Entrepreneur is available in the following areas pertinent to business start up: strategy development, use of technology, human resource management, legal issues and accounting. Prerequisites: ENTR-102 and ENTR-103. (1 hour weekly)

ENTR-108 Marketing Plan Development
3 Credits
In this three module course the entrepreneur will complete a marketing plan for the business. The entrepreneur will complete market research that will help define relevant needs of the customer base. He/she will define the elements of the marketing mix, product, price, place and promotion, for their business and explain their role in building a successful marketing strategy. Prerequisite: ENTR-102 or ENTR-120 or ENTR-210. (3 hours weekly)

ENTR-109 Customer Service for the New Business Start Up
1 Credit

In this course the entrepreneur discovers the elements of the customer service function pertinent to their business. Topics include establishing effective and efficient interpersonal relations with current and potential clients. Functions such as initiating contact, providing clear information, determining level of client need and understanding, and incorporating office procedures are emphasized. (1 hour weekly)

ENTR-110 Basic Website Development
1 Credit
In this course the entrepreneur works with others to develop a website appropriate for the business. The entrepreneur learns how the web can work for the business and how to most effectively establish a presence on the web. The entrepreneur works with an expert to define meaningful information about their company and its products or services. The information is then put up on the Website where it can be viewed in an interactive manner. Prerequisite: ENTR-102, ENTR-103 or ENTR-108. (1 hour weekly)

ENTR-111 Advanced Website Development
1 Credit
In this course the entrepreneur receives support in development of an electronic business enhancement to their website. Prerequisite: ENTR-110. (15 hours)

ENTR-112 Introduction to Innovation
3 Credits (Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues Core)

This course is designed to introduce students to the art and science of innovation. Students will learn about the various types of innovation and how innovation impacts society, economic development, and quality of life. Students will define and begin the development of life skills in innovative thought and action. Such skills include leadership, research and development, and change management. These skills are useful in careers within organizations of all types as well as in starting one’s own company. Students will develop an innovative concept and learn the application of change management around the introduction and implementation of their innovation. (3 hours weekly)

ENTR-120 Entrepreneurship in Practice
3 Credits

This second-level course is designed to prepare business students and others to succeed in the new, global economy by teaching them to think and act like entrepreneurs. Students will learn the skills required to launch and manage new ventures, within or outside of the corporate environment. Case studies, virtual enterprises, simulations, and interaction with local entrepreneurs will allow students to practice and refine their entrepreneurial skills. Course topics include recognizing opportunity and risk, developing a business model, securing resources, managing the new venture, ethical issues, and planning for growth and change. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

ENTR-154 Introduction to eBay®
1 Credit
This course serves as an introduction to online auctioneering using eBay®.com. After successful completion of this course, the student will be able to understand effective bidding strategies when purchasing items as well as how to maximize opportunity for success in selling items listed for sale on eBay®.com. Familiarity with a computer, the Internet, and email skills are strongly recommended before enrolling in this course. This course may be completed in fewer than 14 weeks. All of the work may be done outside of class (except tests) if student has compatible software. Credit will only be granted for one of the following: ENTR-154 or ENTR-205.

ENTR-203 Staring Your Own Business II
3 Credits

Starting Your Own Business II provides an intermediate level of entrepreneurial development. This course introduces skills required to enhance a young, growing business. Individual personal and business goals are set at the beginning of the course and progress is reviewed with changes made as necessary. Upon completion of this course, the entrepreneur will have measurable improvement in business outcomes. Prerequisite: ENTR-103. (3 hours weekly)

ENTR-205 eBay® and Other Online Auction Tools
3 Credits
This course serves as an introduction to online auctioneering by utilizing various online auc­tion­eering websites as business tools. Through a comprehensive exploration of the online auction process, students will learn about various auction strategies for the purpose of purchasing and selling goods online. This will enable students to determine which online auction strategies and techniques work best for their specific area of product interest. Students will employ supplemental online auction tools as aids in this web-based business format. Students will examine, use, and evaluate core business concepts such marketing, sales, inventory management, and finance and trace the impacts that these components have when operating as an online auction business. Credit will only be granted for one of the following: ENTR-154 or ENTR-205.

ENTR-210 Developing Business Opportunities and Plans
3 Credits

This course provides basic information and skills needed by students who wish to develop their own small business, who currently work in such an operation, or who function in a larger business which cultivates intrapreneurship. The essential elements of this course revolve around recognizing new opportunities for entrepreneurial activities, developing successful methods of perceiving such endeavors, and selecting mechanisms needed to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of a new or evolving entrepreneurial venture. (3 hours weekly)

ENTR-215 Taking Innovation to Market
3 Credits (Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues Core)

Students will work in peer teams under the guidance of entrepreneurial mentors to complete the facets of developing innovations. Students will learn the phases of transforming innovation to the business world. This will include identifying, assessing, marketing, and determining licensure of innovations. Students will examine real-life technology overviews prepared by participating research labs and work with team members, inventors, and mentors to take an innovation to the marketplace. Through these processes, team work, decision-making, and analyses will be prime areas of learning. (3 hours weekly)

ENTR-220 Financing Entrepreneurial Operations
3 Credits

This course is designed to improve the potential for entrepreneurial success by increasing skills and knowledge of three basic elements: starting an entrepreneurial enterprise, sustaining it, and facilitating its growth. Students will have the opportunity to receive feedback from an industry panel. Students are expected to exit the course with the knowledge and skill to apply for funds. (3 hours weekly)

ENTR-225 Social Entrepreneurship
3 Credits
This course is designed to introduce students to social entrepreneurship. A social entrepreneur recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a venture to achieve social change. The social entrepreneur focuses on creating social capital. The primary goal of social entrepreneurship is to further social and environmental causes. Social entrepreneurs are most commonly associated with the voluntary and not-for-profit sectors, but this need not preclude making a profit. Course topics include the manner in which both business and entrepreneurial principles apply to social entrepreneurship and the process for the development of new products or services that contribute to the solution of a social problem. This course provides the knowledge of fundamental business concepts and tools to build a social venture. The course will focus on one broad social problem each semester and students will learn to set up a business relevant to finding a solution to that social problem. (3 hours weekly)

hcc catalogue '11-'12

Accounting - ACCT
Aging Services - AGNG
American Sign Language - AMSL
Anthropology - ANTH
Arabic - ARAB 
Art - ARTT 
Astronomy - ASTR
Bioinformatics - BFMT 
Biology - BIOL 
Biomechanical Engineering - BMET
Business - BMGT 
Cardiovascular Technology - CARD
Chemistry - CHEM 
Chinese - CHNS 
Cisco - CSCO 
Computer-Aided Design - CADD
Computer Forensics - CFOR 
Computer Systems - CMSY 
Conflict Resolution - CRES
Construction Management - CNST 
Cooperative Education - COOP
Criminal Justice - CRIM 
Culinary Management - CMGT 
Dance - DANC
Dental Hygiene - DHYG 
Diagnostic Medical
Sonography - DMSU

Economics - ECON 
Education - EDUC 
Electronics - ELEC 
Emergency Medical Technician/
Paramedic - EMSP
Engineering -ENES 
English- ENGL 
Entrepreneurship - ENTR 
Environmental Science - ENST
Exercise Science - EXSC 
Farsi - FARS
Film - FILM 
Financial PLanning- FNPL 
Fine Arts - FINE 
French - FREN 
Geography - GEOG 
Geology - GEOL 
German - GERM 
Greek - GREK 
Health Care - HEAL 
Health Education - HEED 
Hebrew - HBRW
Hindi - HNDI
History - HIST 
Horticulture - HORT 
Hospitality Management - HMGT
Human Development - HMDV 
Human Services - HUMS 
Humanities - HUMN
Interior Design - INDS
Italian - ITAL 
Japanese - JPNS
Korean - KORE 
Life Fitness - LFIT 
Mathematics - MATH 
Medical Laboratory
Technician - MLTS

Meteorology - METO 
Microsoft - MSFT 
Music - MUSC 
Nursing - NURS 
Nutrition - NUTR
Office Technology - OFFI 
Philosophy - PHIL 
Photonics - PHOT
Physical Therapist
Assistant - PTAP
Physics - PHYS 
Political Science - POLI 
Portuguese - PORT
Psychology - PSYC 
Public Health - PUBH
Radiologic Technology - RADT
Retailing - RETL 
Russian - RUSS 
Social Work - SOWK
Sociology - SOCI 
Spanish - SPAN 
Speech - SPCH 
Telecommunications - TELE
Television and Radio - TVRD
Theatre - THET 
Turkish - TURK
Wireless Communications - WCOM
Women's Studies - WMST