Noncredit Course Descriptions

 

Business Administration 

Course  Course Description Applies Towards Certificate:
BA-916A - Basic Business English Writing I

This noncredit course is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to effectively compile documents for business applications.

Business Support Specialist I
BA-916B - Basic Business English Writing II

A noncredit course that provides students additional skill sets to effectively compile documents for business applications. This course will be required for the Certificate of Completion for the Business Support Specialist II noncredit program. It can also serve as a support course for people needing assistance with additional writing skills for their employment.

Business Support Specialist II
BA-921A - Developing Your Business Plan This noncredit course is designed for students who desire to start their own business. Students create a business plan that describes their new business; its products or services; funding; operations; and staffing. Other essential elements needed for the first three to five years of a new business are also introduced. Not applicable to associate degree. Entrepreneurial Business Basics
BA-921B - Legal Aspects of Small Business                      This noncredit course is designed for students interested in establishing a business. All legal aspects are covered, such as forms of ownership, licensing, working with employee/independent contractor issues, employer relations, and taxes. Not applicable to associate degree. Entrepreneurial Business Basics

 

Business Supervision/Management

Course Course Description Applies Towards Certificate:
BSM-910A - Communication in the Workplace This noncredit course introduces the key elements for communication in the professional workplace. The course is beneficial for students seeking to improve their interpersonal communication skills. Not applicable to associate degree.

Customer Service Academy

Customer Service: Communication and Writing

BSM-910B - Writing Skills for Managers This noncredit course is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to effectively write various business documents. This course is beneficial for students seeking to improve their written communication skills in the workplace. Not applicable to associate degree.

Customer Service Academy

Customer Service: Communication and Writing

BSM-910C - Attitude in the Workplace This noncredit course introduces the key elements for attitude in the professional workplace. This course is beneficial for students seeking to improve their ability to communicate a positive attitude while at work. Not applicable to associate degree.

Customer Service Academy

Customer Service: Team Building

BSM-910D - Decision Making & Problem Solving

This noncredit course introduces the key elements for decision making and problem solving in the professional workplace. This course is beneficial for students seeking to improve their decision making and problem solving skills. Not applicable to associate degree.

Customer Service Academy

Customer Service: Problem Solving

BSM-910E - Managing Organizational Change

This noncredit course introduces the key elements for managing organizational change in the professional workplace. This course is beneficial for students seeking to improve their understanding of how to manage organizational change. Not applicable to associate degree.

Customer Service Academy

Customer Service: Team Building

BSM-910F - Stress Management in the Workplace 

This noncredit course is designed to acquaint students with key elements of stress management in the workplace. This course is beneficial for students seeking to improve their skills in recognizing and managing stress. Not applicable to associate degree.

Customer Service Academy

Customer Service: Team Building

BSM-910G - Team Building

This noncredit course is designed to provide students with an understanding of how teams work together, and common problems teams encounter and how to solve them. Not applicable to associate degree.

Customer Service Academy

Customer Service: Team Building

BSM-910H - Time Management This noncredit course is designed to introduce students to time management principles and specific tools that assist in making the most efficient use of time. This course is beneficial for students seeking to improve their time management skills. Not applicable to associate degree.

Customer Service Academy

Customer Service: Communication and Writing

Customer Service: Problem Solving

BSM-910I - Conflict Resolution This noncredit course is designed to introduce students to the meaning of conflict, the causes of conflict, and strategies for resolving interpersonal conflict. This course is beneficial for students seeking to improve their conflict resolution skills. Not applicable to associate degree.

Customer Service Academy

Customer Service: Problem Solving

BSM-910J - Values & Ethics

This noncredit course is designed to acquaint students with the importance of values and ethics in the workplace. This course is beneficial for students seeking to improve skills in interpreting how values influence actions and evaluating the impact of ethical behavior. Not applicable to associate degree.

Customer Service Academy

Customer Service: Team Building

BSM-910K - Customer Service

This noncredit course covers key skills and attitudes necessary to effectively meet the customer's need and teaches students best practices for the importance of values and ethics in the workplace. Not applicable to associate degree.

Customer Service Academy

Customer Service: Problem Solving

Customer Service: Team Building

BSM-930A - Effective Job Search Skills I This noncredit course is the first part of a two series noncredit certificate program. Students are introduced to the Ohlone College Career Center; job search strategies; resume writing and formatting; and how to navigate a professional social media platform. Not applicable to associate degree. Effective Job Search Skills
BSM-930B - Effective Job Search Skills II This noncredit course is the second part of a two series noncredit certificate program. Students are introduced to job search skills and tactics to perfecting the interview process. Not applicable to associate degree.  Effective Job Search Skills

 

Computers, Networking, and Emerging Technology (Information Technology) 

Course Course Description Applies Towards Certificate:

CNET-901A  - Computers & Information Literacy

This noncredit course is a general introduction to the area of computers and computer literacy. This course will cover a broad overview of topics including hardware and software terms, computer systems, cyber security and technology vocabulary. With technology growing quickly, keeping your computer skills up to date while maintaining proficiency in new basic computer skills is a great way to obtain and retain employment in any industry. Not applicable to associate degree.

Computer Fundamentals
CNET-901B  - Introduction to Computer Systems & Computer Support  This noncredit course is a general introduction to computer hardware and software; how to build a computer; and how to troubleshoot computer issues. Not applicable to associate degree. 
 
Computer Fundamentals

 

Engineering

Course Course Description Applies Towards Certificate:
ENGI-915 - Advanced AutoCAD

This noncredit course covers advanced engineering graphics and design, and computer aided drafting using AutoCAD. Not applicable to associate degree.

Computer Aided Design Skills: AutoCAD & SolidWorks
ENGI-916 - Introduction to SolidWorks 

This noncredit course covers graphics and design, using SolidWorks. Not applicable to associate degree.

Computer Aided Design Skills: AutoCAD & SolidWorks

 

English as a Second Language (ESL) 

These courses are open to students whose native language is not English.  Students will need to go through the new ESL Placement Process before selecting a course. 

Course Course Description Applies Towards Certificate:

ESL-981LS - Listening & Speaking, Level I   (Low Intermediate)

This course is for students who already understand and speak basic English and can communicate their needs and have short conversations about daily life. In this course, students will practice listening and speaking skills, improve their fluency, and learn more vocabulary. Students must be able to type and use a computer. English as a Second Language
ESL-981RW - Reading & Writing, Level I   (Low Intermediate) This course is for students who can already read, write, and communicate in simple English related to everyday life. Students in this course will improve their basic reading, vocabulary, and grammar skills and learn basic paragraph-writing. Students must be able to type and use a computer. English as a Second Language
ESL-982LS - Listening & Speaking, Level II (Intermediate) This course is for students who can already understand the main points when they listen to someone talk about a familiar topic and can also speak about basic ideas and experiences. Students in this course will develop broader listening, speaking, and communication skills in American English. The focus of this course is on fluency and vocabulary development, with some attention to verb tenses and sentence structure. Students must be able to type and use a computer. English as a Second Language
ESL-982RW - Reading & Writing, Level II (Intermediate) This course is for students who can already write paragraphs of 150 words and read simple novels or biographies. In this course, students will expand reading, vocabulary, and grammar skills and learn to write longer, more complex paragraphs. Students must be able to type and use a computer. English as a Second Language
ESL-983LS - Listening and Speaking, Level III  (High Intermediate) This course is for students who can already discuss their own experiences and familiar topics easily but most often only within the ESL environment. Students in this course will develop broader listening, speaking, and communication skills for general and academic purposes outside of ESL. The course emphasizes fluency, comprehension, beginning note-taking, vocabulary development, and increasing grammatical accuracy. Students must be able to type and use a computer. English as a Second Language
ESL-983RW - Reading and Writing, Level III  (High Intermediate) This course is for students who already write paragraphs of 200-250 words and read intermediate level novels and articles. Students in this course will continue to expand their vocabulary and grammar skills and learn how to use variety in sentence structure to create a writing style that expresses more complex ideas. The course includes writing multi-paragraph essays. Students must be able to type and use a computer. English as a Second Language
ESL-984LS - Listening and Speaking, Level IV (Advanced) This course is for students who already interact with native speakers effectively in many situations. Students should be able to understand some academic lectures and participate in group discussions on familiar topics. In this course, students will improve their ability to comprehend and express ideas on a higher level for academic and professional purposes through development of listening, speaking, and additional communication skills. The course also includes note-taking and responding to academic lectures and other presentations through group discussions, debates, oral presentations, and impromptu speeches. Students must be able to type and use a computer. English as a Second Language
ESL-984RW - Reading and Writing, Level IV  (Advanced) This course is for students who already write essays of 500 words with a clear thesis and supporting paragraphs, related to readings and topics of study and discussion that might be used by high school or college students who are native speakers of English. Students in this course will raise the accuracy, quality, and complexity of their academic writing to prepare for transfer-level classes in English and other subjects. The focus is on reading analytically, thinking critically, and writing academic essays. Students must be able to type and use a computer. English as a Second Language

 

English

Course Course Description Applies Towards Certificate:
ENGL-901 - Foundations of English Success

This noncredit course is designed to familiarize students with the reading and writing skills necessary for success in transfer level courses. The course teaches students annotation techniques to improve reading comprehension, brainstorming techniques, and provides a review of basic essay formatting and structure, including thesis statements. Not applicable to associate degree. 

College Success Skills

 

Graphic Arts

Course Course Description Applies Towards Certificate:
GA-904 - Digital Design Essentials

This noncredit course provides students with an overview of design practices and workflows and introduces students to creative software designers used in the industry. Not applicable to associate degree.

Digital Media Essential Skills

 

Mathematics 

Course Course Description Applies Towards Certificate:
MATH-900A  - Applications of Math I

This noncredit course blends mathematical topics with practical applications. Emphasis is placed on the use of mathematics in solving word problems drawn from real world scenarios. Not applicable to associate degree.

Math Applications
MATH-900B - Applications of Math II

This noncredit course blends mathematical topics with practical applications. Emphasis is placed on the use of algebraic properties and graphing in solving word problems drawn from various real world scenarios. Not applicable to associate degree.

Math Applications
MATH-901 - Foundations of Math Success

This noncredit course is designed to assist students in learning mathematics at any level through the development of fundamental math skills and the examination of study skills and exam preparation methods. Students are introduced to methods for overcoming math anxiety, reading math textbooks, taking better class notes, and improving preparation for math tests. Not applicable to associate degree. 

College Success Skills
MATH-951 - Algebra I

This noncredit course includes the study of operations on algebraic expressions; linear equations and inequalities; graphs of linear equations; systems of equations (two variables); exponents; polynomials; factoring; and rational expressions. Not applicable to associate degree.

Math Foundations
MATH-952 - Algebra II

This noncredit course includes the study of systems of equations; rational and quadratic inequalities; relations; functions and their graphs; and exponents and roots. Not applicable to associate degree.

Math Foundations
MATH-992 - Arithmetic and Pre-algebra

This noncredit course provides a foundation in arithmetic and pre-algebra. Topics include basic operations on whole numbers, fractions, mixed numbers, decimal numbers, and signed numbers, along with presenting word problem applications for each. Additional topics include order of operations, ratio and proportion, solving percent problems, and an introduction to variables and beginning concepts of algebra. Not applicable to associate degree.

Math Foundations

 

Multimedia

Course Course Description Applies Towards Certificate:

MM-900 - Game Design Essentials

This noncredit course provides students with an overview of the tools, practices, and employment opportunities in the game design industry that encompasses dozens of job disciplines and employs thousands of people worldwide. Not applicable to associate degree. Digital Media Essential Skills
MM-901 - Web Design Essentials This hands-on noncredit course introduces students to basic web design including creating, editing, publishing, and maintaining websites for business and personal use. The course does not require any prior knowledge of web design. Not applicable to associate degree. Digital Media Essential Skills
MM-902 - Video Production Essentials This noncredit course teaches students the basics of video production, camera functions, video editing, and exporting video to the web. Not applicable to associate degree. Digital Media Essential Skills
MM-903 - Social Media for Business Essentials

This noncredit course provides students with an overview of social media and social media platforms used for digital marketing campaigns including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. Students explore online advertising techniques to improve digital promotions, increase website traffic, and acquire and retain customers. This is a noncredit course to introduce students to the basics of social media marketing.

Digital Media Essential Skills
MM-905 - Introduction to Web Design

This noncredit course is a comprehensive introduction to designing and building websites. Students are provided with practical, skill-based instructions in HTML and CSS, usability, accessibility, web file management, responsive design techniques, and front-end frameworks. In addition to technical skills, the course emphasizes User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) design principles and visual communication perspectives to create engaging user-centered experiences.

 

This noncredit course is an introduction to web design that will be offered independently or as a mirrored course with our for credit offerings. Students may take the noncredit course to prepare them for the credit course, or take it to strengthen skills in areas in which they need additional practice or support. This course will be one of five in a noncredit certificate of completion.

Digital Media Arts
MM-909 - 2D Animation

This noncredit course teaches students the techniques and principles of two-dimensional digital animation production. Students will be introduced to the basic principles of animation and gain fluency in the production processes and the software applications widely used throughout the industry. The curriculum includes character and story development; story boarding and motion control culminating in animated shorts; web animations; and 2D video game character designs. 

 

This noncredit course is an introduction to 2D animation for animated shorts, web animations, and 2D character design for video games. The course will be offered independently or as a mirrored course with our for-credit offerings. Students may take the noncredit course to prepare them for the credit course, or take it to strengthen skills in areas in which they need additional practice or support. This course will be one of five in a noncredit certificate of completion.

Digital Media Arts
MM-914 - Textures for 3D

In this noncredit course, students learn different techniques to enhance 3D objects and environments using computer-based 3D sculpting and painting tools. Topics include painting textures, manipulating digital images, texture mapping, lighting techniques, camera controls, applying principles of art and design to 3D imagery, and rendering images for multimedia and print.

 

This noncredit course is an introduction to tools and techniques to texture objects and environments using 3D sculpting and painting software. The course will be offered independently or as a mirrored course with our for-credit offerings. Students may take the noncredit course to prepare them for the credit course, or take it to strengthen skills in areas in which they need additional practice or support. This course will be one of five in a noncredit certificate of completion.

Digital Media Arts
MM-918 - Introduction to Video Game Design

This noncredit course focuses on the process of planning, developing, and creating content for video games. Students gain an understanding of the video game industry, and learn how to design characters, levels, and design documents.

 

This noncredit course is an introduction to video game design. The course will be offered independently or as a mirrored course with our for-credit offerings. Students may take the noncredit course to prepare them for the credit course, or take it to strengthen skills in areas in which they need additional practice or support. This course will be one of five in a noncredit certificate of completion.

Digital Media Arts
MM-921A - 3D Modeling

In this noncredit course students learn different techniques to model virtual objects and environments using 3D modeling software. The topics covered are designing characters, modeling, texture mapping, lighting techniques, camera shots, 3D scene layout, and rendering images for different multimedia applications. Introduction to basic 3D animation techniques is covered.

 

This noncredit course is an introduction to 3D modeling. The course will be offered independently or as a mirrored course with our for-credit offerings. Students may take the noncredit course to prepare them for the credit course, or take it to strengthen skills in areas in which they need additional practice or support. This course will be one of five in a noncredit certificate of completion.

Digital Media Arts

 

Personal Development

Course Course Description Applies Towards Certificate:
PD-901 - College Success Skills

This noncredit course covers specific topics designed to help students succeed in college and to understand college life. The emphasis is on effective learning strategies, problem solving, academic planning, time management, and individual motivation. This course introduces students to the various student services on campus. Students also explore and evaluate their personal interests through possible field trips and social interactions. Free textbook materials are provided to students. Not applicable to associate degree. 

College Success Skills