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Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges

by Gerry Hanley
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These are free, online courses that are part of the Open Course Library at Washington State, a collection of shareable course materials created for faculty to use in their classes. As part of the Open Course Library this content is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which means that you are free to reuse the course in its entirety, edit it and use a your own modified version, or pick out only pieces which can be incorporated into your own course, as long as you credit the original author for their work.

To access all materials for this course you may download either the ANGEL export file or the IMS Common Cartridge file. While the ANGEL file is specific to that system, the Common Cartridge file is compatible with many learning management systems. More information on Common Cartridge is available at .

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Calculus I

Added 03/06/2012

Calculus is the mathematics of CHANGE and almost everything in our world is changing.Calculus is among the most important and useful developments of human thought, and, even though it is over 300 years old, it is still considered the beginning and cornerstone of modern mathematics. It is a wonderful and beautiful and useful set of ideas and techniques You will see the fundamental ideas of this course over and over again in future courses in mathematics, the sciences (physical, biological and social) as well as in economics, engineering and others.But calculus is an intellectual step up from your previous mathematics courses. Many of the ideas are more carefully defined, and they have both a functional and a graphical meaning Some of the algorithms are more complicated, and in many cases you will need to decide on the appropriate algorithm to use. And there is a huge variety of applications, too many to be able to discuss each one in class in detail.


Calculus II

Added 03/06/2012

This is the second level calculus course.


Calculus III

Added 03/06/2012

This is the third level calculus course.


Cultural Anthropology

Added 03/06/2012

Students examine the anthropological perspective of human culture, including such institutions as kinship, politics, and religion, and evaluate the interrelationship between culture, environment and biology. Students explore the effects of globalization on culture while developing critical thinking skills through the application of essential anthropological approaches, theories, and methods. This course is divided into 3 units:


Elementary Algebra

Added 03/06/2012

This course is the study of basic algebraic operations and concepts and the structure and use of algebra. This includes the solutions to algebraic equations. factoring algebraic functions, working with rational expressions, and graphing of linear equations.


Engineering Physics

Added 03/06/2012

This course covers the major topics of mechanics including momentum and energy conservation, kinematics, Newton's laws and equilibrium. The major emphasis is to develop critical analysis, problem solving and scientific reasoning skilss by considering numerous different systems and ininteractions, solving problems and discussion. We will use a systematic approach based on modeling systems by application of basic physics principles, making assumptions, utilizing multiple representastions in order to become proficient at problem solving.


English Composition I

Added 03/06/2012

English 101 focuses on the analysis of basic human issues as presented in literature with an emphasis on analytic reading, writing and discussion, and on development of argumentative essays based on textual analysis, with attention to style, audience and documentation. By writing several analytical, thesis-driven essays which show engagement with and understanding of a variety of texts, students will practice the critical thinking, reading and writing skills which comprise an important component of college and university studies as well as clear, audience-appropriate communications in other professional settings.


English Composition II

Added 03/06/2012

English 102 is an expository writing course requiring more advanced writing skills than Basic English Composition 101, yet reviewing and incorporating some of the same skills. This course teaches you research skills by emphasizing the development of advanced analytical/critical reading skills, proficiency in investigative research, and the writing of expository and persuasive prose including properly documented and researched argumentative essays. A major component of this course will be an emphasis on the research process or “information literacy”: your ability to locate, evaluate and use information effectively. You also will recognize academic audiences, increase your clarity and objectivity, and adhere to standard formats.


General Biology with Lab

Added 03/06/2012

General Biology is intended to leave the student with an integrated view of the living world including the nature of sciences, evolution of biological organization, composition and organization of living substances, metabolism, control, reproduction, heredity and ecological relationships. This class meets the A.A. degree lab science requirement.


General Psychology

Added 03/06/2012

General Psychology surveys the knowledge and methods of the discipline of psychology. Emphasis will be placed upon application of psychological knowledge to daily situations, and upon accessing and assessing information from a variety of sources about behavior. Skills in scientific reasoning and critical thinking will be developed during this course. Areas of psychology to be included are: research methods, neuroscience, human development, perception, consciousness, learning, memory, intelligence, motivation, emotion, personality, psychological disorders, psychotherapy, stress and health, and social psychology.


Intermediate Algebra

Added 03/06/2012

This course is the study of basic algebraic operations and concepts and the structure and use of algebra. This includes the solutions to algebraic equations, factoring algebraic expressions, working with rational expressions and graphing of linear equations.


Introduction To Business

Added 03/06/2012

This course will cover five topics: The Context of Business, Entrepreneurship and Legal Forms of Business, Marketing, Accounting, Finance and Banking, and Management.


Introduction to Chemistry (Inorganic)

Added 03/06/2012

From consumer products to space-age technologies, chemistry affects our daily lives. In this course, students will learn the structure of matter and how it behaves under various conditions in order to better understand the chemical world. Designed for students with little or no chemistry background. Laboratory activities extend lecture concepts and introduce students to the experimental process. This course is designed for a face-to-face mode of instruction using online resources. Course content is divided into units. Each unit may include text readings, laboratory preparation, study questions, thought-provoking discussions, written assignments, learning activities, and group projects.


Introduction To Literature I

Added 03/06/2012

This class explores ways that writers portray human experience in their short stories, poems and plays. Through class discussions, lectures, and creative responses, students will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of literary works. In this course students develop and express their own analytic responses to a variety of works of literature, paying special attention to the ways that literary works are crafted and also to the ways readers' understanding of literature is subject to personal perspectives and various theoretical frameworks.


Introduction to Logic

Added 03/06/2012

Logic, as an academic subject, is the systematic study of the standards of correct reasoning. In short, logic is the theory of reasoning. This fully online course is a comprehensive introduction to logic with an emphasis on modern logical theory.


Introduction to Oceanography

Added 03/06/2012

Planet Earth's Ocean covers over 70% of its surface, yet oceanographic research has only recently come to its full potential with the advent of new technologies. This course emphasizes the need to understand geologic, chemical, physical and biological processes or features that occur in ocean environments. It is designed to be thorough enough to prepare you for more advanced work, while presenting the concepts to non-majors in a way that is meaningful and not overwhelming.


Introduction To Philosophy

Added 03/06/2012

This is an introductory course in Philosophy.


Introduction to Physical Geology

Added 03/06/2012

Geology is a core science, along with physics, chemistry, and biology. It uses rigorous methods of inquiry that illuminate the history of the earth and its present-day geological activity. Geology allows us to discover how earth’s history and activity determine the state of the planet and its life forms. The study of geology also shows us how human behavior affects the earth. Topics we will cover include plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, rocks, minerals, geologic time, glaciers, rivers, geologic structures, layers of the earth, and reading maps. This course includes laboratory work and lab credit.


Introduction to Statistics

Added 03/06/2012

In this course, we will introduce some of the more common tool for analyzing data of several types. We are not aiming at introducing all or even most of them. The main goal of the course is to highlight the general assumptions and methods that underlie all statistical analysis. The purpose is to get a good understanding of the scope, and the limitations of these methods. We also want to learn as much as possible about the assumptions behind the most common methods, in order to evaluate if they apply with reasonable accuracy to a given situation. Our goal is not so much learning bread and butter techniques: these are pre-programmed in widely available and used software, so much so that a mechanical acquisition of these techniques could be quickly done "on the job". What is more challenging is the evaluation of what the results of a statistical procedure really mean, how reliable they are in given circumstances, and what their limitations are.


Lifespan Psychology

Added 03/06/2012

Growth and development through the life span including physical, social, cognitive and neurological development. Topics covered included daycare, education, disabilities, parenting, types of families, gender identity and roles, career decisions, illnesses and treatments, aging, retirement, generativity, and dying.



Added 03/06/2012

This course is a comprehensive introduction to the structure of the American economy as compared to other economic structures. Supply and demand, GDP, inflation, monetary policy, money and banking, taxation, economic growth, international exchange and comparisons of classical, Keynesian and monetarist economic philosophies are presented. It is required for business majors planning to transfer to 4-year business programs in the state of Washington.



Added 03/06/2012

This course is a comprehensive introduction to the functions of the market system including allocation of scarce resources, production of goods and services, determination of prices, output and profit maximization in competitive and monopolistic markets. It is required for business majors planning to transfer to 4-year business programs in the state of Washington.


Music Appreciation

Added 03/06/2012

The purpose of this course is to help students further enhance their appreciation for music as a creative tool of the imagination, as entertainment, and as a window into who we are as social beings. Part of the course also helps students to advance their listening skills, which leads to a better understand of what music actually contains. For this purpose, the course explores western classical music; American folk, popular and religious music; along with a sampling of music from non-western cultures.


Physical Anthropology

Added 03/06/2012

Students in this course will explore evolutionary theory, including the core concepts of basic genetics and and the modern synthesis of evolution. Students will examine, critically evaluate, and explain scientific claims about the origins of humankind and modern human variation as well as biocultural evolution. Students will develop critical thinking and communication skills through the application of essential anthropological approaches, theories and methods.


Precalculus I

Added 03/06/2012

This course will cover families of trigonometric functions, their inverses, properties, graphs, and applications. Additionally we will study trigonometric equations and identities, the laws of sines and cosines, polar coordinates and graphs, parametric equations and elementary vector operations.


Precalculus II

Added 03/06/2012

This course will cover families of trigonometric functions, their inverses, properties, graphs, and applications. Additionally we will study trigonometric equations and identities, the laws of sines and cosines, polar coordinates and graphs, parametric equations and elementary vector operations.


Pre-College English

Added 03/06/2012

This is a course designed to improve the student's writing ability for entrance into ENGL 101. Coursework focuses on critical reading and analytic writing in response to readings, with emphasis on organization, unity, coherence, and adequate development; an introduction to the expository essays; and a review of the rules and conventions of standard written English.


Principles of Accounting I

Added 03/06/2012

ACCT 201 is an introduction to the fundamentals of financial accounting. This is the first of a two part sequence in financial accounting. In this course we will explore the framework for all accounting processes. Students will learn to record economic events and follow a business process through the steps of the accounting cycle. Service and merchandising businesses will be covered and communication of the conclusions to decision-makers will be emphasized. This is a required class for business majors planning to transfer to a 4-year business programs in the state of Washington.


Principles of Accounting II

Added 03/06/2012

This is the second in the sequence of two corporate financial accounting courses. The course is designed for students who have successfully completed ACCT&201. We will expand on the basic framework covered in the first course. During the quarter we will emphasis specific areas of accounting: internal control, receivables, long-term assets and liabilities, debt and equity financing, and the statement of cash flows. The course goal is to provide a basic foundation for further study in accounting and the relationship to the business core and to prepare the student for further study in other business courses. This is a required class for business majors planning to transfer to a 4-year business programs in the state of Washington.


Public Speaking

Added 03/06/2012

This course assists students in developing oral communication skills. Classroom practice, the Internet, e-mail, community interactions, and other resources support learning and yield enhanced confidence and competence


Research for the 21st Century

Added 03/06/2012

The learning objectives of this course are to: 1. Develop and research a topic of global significance 2. Recognize authors’ arguments and the political, social and economic motivations behind their work 3. Demonstrate the ability to locate, interpret and cite the relevant and appropriate information resources on a topic 4. Demonstrate an understanding of the information research process


Technical Writing

Added 03/06/2012

The course explores techniques for gathering, organizing, and presenting technical information in written reports for technical and non-technical readers. By studying the purpose and design of reports commonly used in business and technical industries, students will gain practical writing experience and stronger persuasive skills, which will also be useful in academic writing.


Try College / College Success Course

Added 03/06/2012

This course is intended to help students discover why they should go to college, be educated in choosing the correct college path, and then prepare students for the different educational setting they will be entering. This will help students avoid any surprises and give the best opportunity for success in college. Students will be working toward finding out their two “key colleges” and they will then investigate those colleges at length. At the conclusion of the course students will be prepared to enter these college and know how and where to find resources to ensure success.


US History I

Added 03/06/2012

After exploring North America before the arrival of Europeans, we study the early interactions of Europeans with indigenous peoples and as the course progresses confine our study to the history of peoples in the area now defined by the United States' borders.


US History II

Added 03/06/2012

We begin in that decade when the United States in three years (1845-48) grew by 50 percent. Through the Civil War to the 20th century, we explore how different people experienced the transformation of the country into an industrial nation and emerging world power. Those who would like to pursue their study of American history will want to take Hist 146 (US History I) and Hist 148 (US History III).


US History III

Added 03/06/2012

This course "surveys the significant forces and people that have shaped American civilization from the Progressive Era to the present." Thus we begin at the start of the 20th century and we explore how different people, including you, participated in the nation's transformation through that century until today.

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