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Penn Foster College offers a variety of individual college classes for credit in business, technology, and general education. Get a jump-start on your college education, earn credits toward a degree, or learn new job skills! Take individual online college courses at only $299 per course and transfer those credits to your school or into a Penn Foster College degree program. Students who plan to continue their education with another school after completing coursework at Penn Foster College should check with that school regarding credit transfer policies. No form of accreditation guarantees that any learning institution will accept credits from any school as transfer credits.

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Penn Foster College offers over 90 individual, ACE reviewed college courses.

If you are interested in enrolling in any of the courses below, call 1-800-238-9554 to enroll today. Some courses have prerequisites or may require a proctored exam at the end of the course. Your admissions specialist will be able to answer any questions you may have.


Introduction to Business 3 Credits

This course provides an understanding of the various facets of business and the challenges businesses face in a global environment such as competition and economics. Accounting, technology and information systems, marketing and management are examined through the phases of starting and growing a business. Management of financial and human resources along with the ethical and social responsibilities of business are examined.

Economics I 3 Credits

This course will provide an overview of macroeconomics and the modern market economy. Law of supply and demand, cost of living, monetary systems, international factors, and short run economic fluctuations will be examined and discussed.

Requires Proctored Exam

Principles of Management 3 Credits

This course familiarizes the student with both the business environment and the manager’s role within it. It covers decision making, planning, organizing, leading, and controlling, as well as developing an ethical perspective.

Business Ethics 3 Credits

This course explores the ethical and moral responsibilities of businesses in a capitalist system. It examines different approaches to ethics and morality, including the principles of egoism, utilitarianism, Kant’s categorical imperative, and Rawls’s theory of justice. The course also focuses on how different moral philosophies might best be applied to business organizations and their activities. Many examples and case studies are used to explain how the ethical issues facing businesses ultimately affect all of us.

Requires Proctored Exam

Business Law I 3 Credits

This course is an introduction to the legal environment of business. Topics covered include American court practice and procedure; torts; employment law; international law; environmental law; contract law.

Requires Proctored Exam

Business Law II 3 Credits

This course is a continuation of Business Law 1. Topics covered include sales; consumer law; negotiable instruments; personal and real property law; wills and trusts; insurance; secured transactions; bankruptcy, and torts and crimes.

Required Prerequisites: Business Law I; Requires Proctored Exam

Business Research Methods 3 Credits

This course is an overview of concepts on business research methods covering variables, types of variables, literature review, conceptual framework, research questions, hypothesis, research design; elements of research design, concepts of measurement; reliability and validity in measurement; survey research methods review; secondary data sources; questionnaire design; qualitative techniques; sampling technique, data collecting, data coding, and data analysis.

Requires Proctored Exam

International Business 3 Credits

This course is an introduction to the opportunities and risk of doing business outside the U.S. Students will learn about country-market differences, trade and investment patterns, the international- financial environment; issues in business-government relations and strategies for international business are also covered.

Requires Proctored Exam

Legal Environment of Business 3 Credits

The nature and sources of law, the U.S. court systems, litigation and alternative methods of dispute resolution, constitutional and administrative law; tort law and product liability; contract law; agency law; business organizations; business ethics and social responsibility; and property rights for both personal and real property.

Requires Proctored Exam

Merchandise Planning and Buying 3 Credits

Methods, practices, and operations conducted to promote and sustain certain categories of commercial activity; principles and procedures used in planning, selecting, pricing, and selling goods in retail stores; domestic and foreign market purchasing; assessing product needs. Students will learn merchandising systems, assortment plans, and inventory control methods

Requires Proctored Exam

Organizational Behavior 3 Credits

This course covers management approaches; human decision making; conflict management; communication in groups; power and influence; organizational environment, structure and design; and fundamental forces of change.

Required Prerequisites: Principles of Management or similar course; Requires Proctored Exam

Strategic Business Management 3 Credits

This course establishes the foundation necessary to understand strategic business management in today’s economy. Students will integrate knowledge from this course with skills acquired in previous courses to make sound management decisions.

Supervision and Leadership 3 Credits

Students will learn supervisory leadership perspectives and practices as well as the knowledge and skills needed to apply them in contemporary organizations. The course provides perspective on the challenges of guiding and leading a workforce in today’s complex society.

Requires Proctored Exam

Supply Chain Management 3 Credits

This course teaches the planning and the control of materials that move into, through, and out of stores. It covers transportation planning, inventory control, warehouse management, development of customer service standards, as well as the design and operation of supply and distribution systems. This course also discusses how the Internet and information systems support the previous activities.

Requires Proctored Exam

Criminal Justice

Administration of Justice 3 Credits

This course will focus on the most common agencies involved in running the criminal justice system on both the state and federal level. The organization of each agency will be examined with a detailed review of its function, administrative procedures, personnel, planning, budgeting, and record keeping.

Required Prerequisites: Criminology, Introduction to Public Policy, Criminal Law; Requires Proctored Exam

Computer-Based Crime 3 Credits

Begins with a review of issues involving information, security, and the privacy of information; and proceeds to examine a broadening range of additional criminal threats, based upon actual cases. Includes a consideration of cybercrime, systems abuse, and the hacker culture; looks to issues of prevention and information security, with an emphasis on the need to take immediate steps against this likely criminal activity.

Requires Proctored Exam

Courts 3 Credits

Looks at the relationship among the three main actors — the judiciary, the defense and the prosecution — involved in a prosecution. Starting from an overview of the basic structures of courts, the course will then look to the successive steps involved in prosecutions; covers plea bargains, trials, juries, sentencing, and appeals.

Requires Proctored Exam

Crime Scene Investigation Basics 3 Credits

This course uses traditional educational methods and computer simulation to provide an understanding of the scientific theory as well as the actual practices and techniques used to process a crime scene. The student will learn how crime scene professionals protect themselves and the evidence at a crime scene and the different roles law enforcement professionals execute at the scene of a crime. The course also describes the many types of evidence and how evidence is collected and secured before it is processed by a crime lab.

Requires Proctored Exam

Criminal Law 3 Credits

With this course, you’ll review the history of criminal law, from its start in the common law (and the principles of applying case law) to its contemporary forms of statutory and regulatory law. You’ll look at crimes and their underlying elements, consider what a prosecutor needs to show in order to secure a conviction beyond a reasonable doubt, examine the traditional form of criminal law as well as strict liability and victimless crimes, discuss a range of criminal offenses, such as inchoate and property-based crimes, crimes of violence and administrative crimes, and consider the excuses, justifications, and defenses to the prosecution of such activities.

Requires Proctored Exam

Criminal Procedures 3 Credits

Discusses the most pressing topic for law enforcement: terrorism; reviews some of the theories advanced to account for acts of terror; considers history and how some groups have used acts of terror to accomplish their goals; looks at foreign and domestic acts of terror and the political agendas of those engaged in such acts; and looks to pressing issues, such as the forms that acts of terror can take.

Required Prerequisites: Introduction to Criminal Justice, Police Studies, Courts, Criminal law; Requires Proctored Exam

Criminology 3 Credits

Following an introduction to criminology, the student will explore criminological theories, general types of crime, special types of crime, as well as the future of crime. The course covers property and white collar crime, in addition to organized crime and computer crime. Methods for predicting what the future holds for crime are also discussed.

Requires Proctored Exam

Ethics in Criminal Justice 3 Credits

Begins the study of ethics from the larger issues of what constitutes morality and moral behavior; looks at how ethics develop; discusses the issues of ethics and specific aspects of criminal justice, including justice, law enforcement, courts, punishment and corrections, and management; reviews the consideration of professionalism and of ethics for everyone in society.

Evidence 3 Credits

This course examines the fundamental rules of evidence from inception, preservation, and admission at trial. All types of evidence will be studied including the historical development of the hearsay and exclusionary rules, together with their permitted exceptions.

Required Prerequisites: Criminology, Criminal Law; Requires Proctored Exam

Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 Credits

This course examines the purpose and functions of the criminal justice system with attention paid to the police, courts, and corrections on the local, state, and federal levels. It explains the limitations of a system initially designed to respond to the needs of Colonial America. The course also focuses on individuals’ involvement in the criminal justice system, as citizens and as actors, and how that involvement affects the system.

Introduction to Private Security 3 Credits

Examines the history and development of private security; reviews the state of private security today, including, but not limited to, liability and the relationship between public and private security; focuses on issues regarding prevention and loss control; looks at investigation and prosecution; discusses trends in security, including the contemporary development of security systems and approaches toward security in light of recent events.

Requires Proctored Exam

Organized Crime 3 Credits

Course opens with a consideration of how organized crime has developed and the structure of organized crime; looks at the different types of criminal activity typical to organized crime; reviews international organized crime as the principles underlying organized crime would naturally lead to expansion. Course closes with a consideration of the tools and means available to law enforcement to battle organized crime. Each chapter includes links to Internet sites where students can go to find more information on the subject matter covered in the chapter.

Requires Proctored Exam

Police Management 3 Credits

Considers the development of the police subculture and how that has shaped different strategies for police management; proceeds to examine those basic organizational concepts unique to policing; looks at the different responsibilities and how to satisfy those responsibilities within the context of policing; studies the image that collective bargaining has on management of police.

Required Prerequisites: Introduction to Criminal Justice, Ethics in Criminal Justice, Police Studies; Requires Proctored Exam

Police Studies 3 Credits

Looks at the role of policing in America; discusses the existence of a police subculture, the role of management and the nature of patrolling; considers different strategies for investigating and solving problems; includes a discussion about ethics, civil liability, and possible directions for policing in the future.

Requires Proctored Exam

Terrorism 3 Credits

This course uses traditional educational methods and computer simulation to provide an understanding of the scientific theory as well as the actual practices and techniques used to process a crime scene. The student will learn how crime scene professionals protect themselves and the evidence at a crime scene and the different roles law enforcement professionals execute at the scene of a crime. The course also describes the many types of evidence and how evidence is collected and secured before it is processed by a crime lab.

Required Prerequisites: Police Studies; Requires Proctored Exam

Victimology 3 Credits

Looks to how criminal justice has responded to the heightened interest of society paying more attention to the victims of crime in the last few decades; presents the laws designed to support victims, including but not limited to programs and services; examines the growing Victim Rights Movement; explores a range of kinds of victimization, its origins, and will consider what segments of society have been most vulnerable to certain crimes.

Required Prerequisites: Introduction to Criminal Justice, Ethics in Criminal Justice, Criminal law; Requires Proctored Exam


Administration of an Early Childhood Education Center 3 Credits

A comprehensive view of the procedures involved in establishing and administering a child care education program. Topics include staffing, budgeting, equipment acquisition, parent involvement, and day-to-day administration.

Art, Music, and Movement 3 Credits

The role of art, music, and movement in a young child’s education. It explains how art and movement education address the physical, social/emotional, and cognitive development of young children. Students will recognize ways to develop creativity and promote self-expression among young children by enhancing the entire curriculum with experiences in visual, auditory, and kinesthetic creativity.

Requires Proctored Exam

Child, Family, and Community 3 Credits

This course serves as a guide for students of early childhood education to the body of current research on interactions between families, schools, and communities.

Child Growth and Development 3 Credits

This course presents a variety of theoretical viewpoints to provide students with a well balanced view of a child’s developmental process. Current studies and research provide students with an understanding of the principal topics of child psychology as well as recent trends in socially relevant problem areas.

Requires Proctored Exam

Cultural Diversity in the Early Childhood Program 3 Credits

Summary of the ways in which cultural differences influence the way children act, communicate, and learn. The major focus is on the areas of language and communication, social skills, school readiness, and emergent literacy.

Required Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education; Curriculum for Early Childhood Education; Requires Proctored Exam

Curriculum for Early Childhod Education 3 Credits

Defines and explores the fundamental components of the early childhood curriculum, including creativity, sensory experience, curiosity, exploration and discovery, growth in literacy, and concepts of mathematics, science, and social science.

Required Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education; Requires Proctored Exam

Developing Math and Science Skills in Young Children 3 Credits

This course emphasizes the integration of mathematics and science with the other content areas for young children from preschool though the primary grades. It follows the guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Developmentally appropriate assessment is explained.

Family Child Care 3 Credits

This course includes the practical consideration of issues and responsibilities in providing family child care for infants and young children. Topics include developmental domains, developmentally appropriate practices, curriculum and creating a successful environment.

Required Prerequisites: Child Growth and Development

Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education 3 Credits

A survey course which discusses the similarities and differences in young children, the components of quality early childhood education programs, and the role of the professional early childhood educator.

Requires Proctored Exam

Guidance in Early Childhood Education 3 Credits

Developmentally appropriate guidance strategies that help young children to become responsible, respectful, and productive members of the community. The course stresses the need to respect the unique qualities that individual children and their families bring to the early childhood setting.

Requires Proctored Exam

Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child 3 Credits

This course presents information on the importance of health, safety, and nutrition as crucial factors in the development of young children. Provides strategies for the monitoring of standards in the care environment and development of good habits in young children.

Requires Proctored Exam

Infant and Toddler Care 3 Credits

This course focuses on how to create a safe, healthy learning environment that helps infants and toddlers increase their physical, intellectual, and social qualities.

Required Prerequisites: Child Growth and Development; Requires Proctored Exam

Language and Literacy Development in Young Children 3 Credits

Provides information and strategies to help educators promote successful development in the four areas which young children will use for the rest of their lives: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This includes children with special needs and those from diverse backgrounds. Means of assessment are also discussed.

Play in the Lives of Young Children 3 Credits

A study of play that provides current perspectives on culture and gender differences in play through a blend of research, theory, and practical applications. Topics include brain research and information on how and why play is important for children. The course attempts to illustrate the need to understand play and children with disabilities, integrate play into classroom curricula, and be aware of special places for play.

Requires Proctored Exam

Working with Children with Special Needs 3 Credits

This course is designed to give the student a broad overview of special education, including research and laws that authorize and fund early education and preschool special education programs. Content also includes the design of buildings, rooms, and outdoor facilities to accommodate children with special needs, as well as the use of technology to enhance the special education environment.

Required Prerequisites: Child Growth and Development; Requires Proctored Exam

Working with Preschoolers 3 Credits

This course shows how the learning environment can facilitate the teaching of preschool children. The use of learning centers is emphasized.

Required Prerequisites: Child Growth and Development; Requires Proctored Exam


Advanced Composition 3 Credits

Course begins with an introduction on how to plan a paper with sources, find sources, take notes, and write a paper; students are guided through the processes as they write a literary analysis, an extended definition, an analysis of a short story, an argumentation essay, and a final paper.

Required Prerequisites: English Composition

Applied Research Skills 2 Credits

Directed research on topics related to employment searches. Access to the Internet is required.

Requires Proctored Exam

Business & Technical Writing 3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the various methods of organizing material for a professional setting. Students will compose business documents using the ABC method. These include: memos, emails, outlines, reports and proposals, descriptions, and organizing materials. Students also work on honing their grammar skills.

English Composition 3 Credits

This course teaches the skills and techniques of effectively developing, drafting, and revising college-level essays toward a specific purpose and audience: active reading, prewriting strategies, sentence and paragraph structure, thesis statements, varied patterns of development (e.g., illustration, comparison/ contrast, classification) critical reading toward revision of structure and organization, editing for the standard written conventions, use and documentation of outside sources. Students submit three essays (process analysis, causal analysis, argumentation) and a course journal.

Information literacy 1 Credit

According to the Association of College and Research Libraries’ 2006 Information Literacy Standards, information literacy is defined as the ability of students to determine the extent of information needed, differentiate between different types of information and appropriateness for their use, use the information effectively, critically evaluate the information, and use the information in an ethical and legal way. This course introduces students to the techniques and strategies necessary to research successfully in a cyber environment. Topics include the need for information literacy, how to formulate a search statement, how to navigate online search engines, and how to organize and use information honestly and responsibly.

Introduction to Literature 3 Credits

Reading and analysis of the main genres of literature; poetry, fiction, and drama; themes and forms of literature.

Speech 3 Credits

Introduces students to the process of speechmaking; describes the difference between informative and persuasive speeches; walks students through the process of developing a speech, including organization and outlining; explains the importance and content of the introduction and conclusion of a speech; provides tips on rehearsing and delivering a speech; requires students to develop, rehearse, and record speeches to be submitted for grading.

Finance and Accounting

Computer Applications in Accounting 3 Credits

Builds on concepts learned in Financial and Managerial Accounting and covers Peachtree® Accounting. Combines real-world accounting systems and examples with computer-based solutions. The course is a blend of problem solving, reading, case projects, and computer applications to problems encountered in today’s accounting environment.

Required Prerequisites: Computer Applications, Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting; Requires Proctored Exam

Corporate Finance 3 Credits

This course addresses one of the most important components of every business operation — financial decision making. All business decisions have some financial implications, either directly or indirectly. Many of the financial concepts addressed in this course arise and may be applied to personal financial and economic decisions. It is very important, therefore, to develop a broad, basic understanding of the study of finance and corporate finance.

Required Prerequisites: Mathematics for Business and Finance; Requires Proctored Exam

Cost Accounting 3 Credits

Students will be able to use cost data in budgeting and capital planning for various types of manufacturing operations and use a personal computer to perform various accounting functions. Topics covered include timekeeping and payroll procedures; setting overhead rates; accounting for spoiled and defective goods; development of cost analysis; process cost accounting; job-order cost accounting.

Required Prerequisites: Managerial Accounting; Requires Proctored Exam

Financial Accounting 3 Credits

This course will provide students with a basic understanding of the principles of Financial Accounting. Topics covered include analyzing transactions; completing the accounting cycle; merchandising businesses; inventories, assets, and liabilities; and corporations, stocks, bonds, and cash flow.

Financial Management 3 Credits

This course will introduce students to the world of finance, including financial concepts, instruments, and financial decision making. Topics covered include financial assets; investing in long-term assets; capital structure and dividend policy; financial planning and working capital management.

Intermediate Accounting I 3 Credits

This course will provide students with the knowledge to apply accounting theory, concepts, and procedures to financial problems. Topics covered include: computing earnings per share; lease transactions; income tax accounting; cash flow information; pension and benefit information; financial statement analysis.

Required Prerequisites: Managerial Accounting

Intermediate Accounting II 3 Credits

This course will provide students with an expansion on materials presented in Intermediate Accounting 1. Topics examined and discussed include: inventories; investments; intangible assets; current, contingent, and estimated liabilities; premium and discount on long-term debt; stockholder’s equity.

Required Prerequisites: Intermediate Accounting I; Requires Proctored Exam

Managerial Accoutning 3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to managerial accounting; analysis: C-V-P and management; budgeting and performance evaluation; decentralized operations; differential analysis and product pricing; capital investment analysis, and cost activities.

Required Prerequisites: Financial Accounting

Personal Financial Management 3 Credits

This course will introduce students to the fundamental concepts and importance of personal financial management, including analysis and management of personal assets and financial instruments.

Requires Proctored Exam

Human Resources

Compensation Management 3 Credits

The course covers the basic components of a total compensation package (salary, bonus, and benefits), the development, implementation, and maintenance of a program, the impact of internal and external equity, and additional factors which must be considered for the overall success of a program.

Employee Benefits 3 Credits

This course will introduce the many different elements that comprise employee benefits. The course will not only help the career of the benefit specialist, but it will also cover the history and many of the governmental issues concerning benefit programs today. Employee Benefits covers the total employee benefit planning process.

Requires Proctored Exam

Human Resources Management 3 Credits

An overview of Human Resources Management (HRM), as it’s understood today. This course illustrates the dynamic interaction of the personnel functions with each other and with the objectives of an organization.

Labor Relations 3 Credits

The study of labor relations examines the interactions between organized labor unions and company management. These interactions between unions and management include rights and responsibilities, negotiations, and collective bargaining.

Requires Proctored Exam

Training Concepts 3 Credits

A synthesis of accepted theory regarding training and the management of the training function in organizations and an examination of successful and unsuccessful training practices.


Consumer Behavior 3 Credits

This course will teach you the principles involved in how and why consumers make decisions. Topics covered include influencing consumer behavior, consumer decision making, effects on research and marketing, factors that affect purchasing behavior, and consumer acceptance of products.

Required Prerequisites: Marketing; Requires Proctored Exam

Marketing 3 Credits

The marketing environment; planning, information, and segmentation; consumer and business buyer behavior; product and distribution strategy; promotion and pricing strategy.

Requires Proctored Exam

Marketing Research 3 Credits

Nature and scope of marketing research; sampling and sampling methods; primary and secondary data sources; questionnaire scales; data analysis; development of summary statistics.

Required Prerequisites: Business Statistics; Requires Proctored Exam

Retail Management 3 Credits

This course is designed to introduce students to retailing in a rapidly changing environment. Topics covered include organization of retail stores, basics of retailing, management of a successful retail business, and merchandising principles.

Required Prerequisites: Marketing; Requires Proctored Exam

Math and Science

Business Statistics 3 Credits

Presentation of data; frequency distribution; averages; dispersion and skewness; index numbers; time series analysis; correlation and forecasting; the theory of probability and statistical inference.

Required Prerequisites: Mathematics for Business and Finance; Requires Proctored Exam

Earth Science 3 Credits

Surveys a broad range of topics within the fields of geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy.

Requires Proctored Exam

Foundation Skills in Math 3 Credits

Students learn the essential math skills necessary for future success in an AS technology program. The course of study includes a review of basic math functions, including trades-based examples, the metric system, formulas, introductory algebra, applied geometry, and some practical applications of trigonometry.

Requires Proctored Exam

Intermediate Algebra 3 Credits

Study basic algebraic concepts. Review the systems of equations, polynomials, and radicals. Learn how to factor polynomial expressions and simplify rational expressions.

Requires Proctored Exam

Introduction to Biology 3 Credits

An introductory course that explains the origin of life and the relationships between all living things. It describes how a significant number of organisms are structured and how they work, in order to enable students to discuss intelligently the various forms of life and their processes.

Requires Proctored Exam

Nutrition 3 Credits

Personal decision making about nutrition; nutrition science; water; exercise; human growth and aging; safety of the food supply; the global view.

Requires Proctored Exam

Precalculus 3 Credits

This course covers precalculus concepts that all college students need as prerequisites to calculus and other related courses required in many undergraduate majors. Specific topics include exponents, logarithms, sequences, series, trigonometric functions, analytic trigonometry, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices, conic sections, polar coordinates, and limits.

Required Prerequisites: Intermediate Algebra; Requires Proctored Exam


Art Appreciation 3 Credits

In this course, the student will gain an understanding of artistic media, historical periods and artistic movements, the roles of the artist and the viewer, and the principles of art criticism.

Essentials of Psychology 3 Credits

This course covers biology and behavior, consciousness, memory, thought and language, intelligence, personality and gender, stress, and community influences.

Requires Proctored Exam

Interpersonal Communications 3 Credits

Developing more effective personal communication skills to increase chances for professional success; increasing skill levels involving the use and selection of words, gestures, tone of voice, facial expressions, listening skills, as well as overall physical appearance.

Introduction to Sociology 3 Credits

Course begins with an introduction to the field of sociology; discusses social structure and social interaction through groups, networks, and organizations; also discusses deviance, crime, and social control; describes the effects of stratification, racial and ethnic inequality, sex, gender, and sexuality; discusses the role of health, family, education, and religion in sociology; concludes with the topics of politics, the economy, population, social movements, technology, and social change.

World Civilizations 3 Credits

This course serves as an introduction to many of the major events of the fifteenth through twenty-first centuries and examines the causal relationships between events and trends.

Requires Proctored Exam


Computer Applications 3 Credits

Students will learn about PC applications in word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software, as well as create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Students will also learn how to integrate the applications.

Fundamentals of Electricity 3 Credits

This course introduces to the basic concepts, terminology, and applications relating to electricity such as circuits, capacitors and inductors, magnets and electromagnets, conductors, and cells and batteries. It also covers motors and generators, alternating current, alternators, and the overall electrical system.

Fundamentals of Electronics 3 Credits

This course introduces the basic concepts, terminology, and applications relating to electronics such as rectification, basic semiconductor components, switching devices, electron tubes, optoelectronics and fiber-optic components. The course also covers electronic hardware, power supplies, amplifiers, oscillators, and modulation and demodulation.

Required Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Electricity

Introduction to Programming 3 Credits

Examines the basic logic common to all programming languages; shows students how to create their own programs not based on any particular programming language; concentrates on the basic guidelines and best practices for developing good programming skills.

Required Prerequisites: Introduction to Computers or Equivalent

Tool Design I 3 Credits

This course will introduce the student to the fundamentals of designing manufacturing tooling. The course will cover the basic tooling concepts, the material used for tooling, and the concepts of work holders, jigs, and fixtures. The course will also introduce the student to the process of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, and discuss its relationship to the design of tooling.

Required Prerequisites: Manufacturing Processes; Requires Proctored Exam

Tool Design II 3 Credits

This course will introduce the student to the various methods used in the design of dies and the processes used for the joining of materials. We also will cover the use of presses and the uses of forging techniques to form materials. Finally, the course will cover how computers are used in the tool and die industry.

Required Prerequisites: Tool Design I; Requires Proctored Exam

Visual Basic 3 Credits

This course takes students through the basics of writing software, to working with data structures, using XAML, and building Windows applications. Students learn debugging, structured error handling, how to build class libraries and register assemblies, programming with SQL Server and ADO.NET, and develop Windows 8 applications.

Required Prerequisites: Applications or Equivalent; Requires Proctored Exam

Transferring Credits

The decision to accept credits is up to the individual school. Many of Penn Foster College’s courses have been recommended for college and university credit by the ACE/College Credit Recommendation Service. (ACE CREDIT®) which is the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions. There are over 2,000 higher education institutions that consider ACE credit recommendations for transfer to degree programs. However, no form of accreditation guarantees that any learning institution will accept credits from any other school as transfer credits and you should check with the institutions in which you are interested to see if they will accept Penn Foster College credits. We’re happy to provide your Penn Foster academic records in order to assist you with the credit transfer process.

Penn Foster College is licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.

Call an Admissions Specialist today for more information at 1-800-275-4410.

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¹ To enroll in College courses, you must be at least 17 years old and have a High School Diploma or GED equivalent. Credits earned in Penn Foster College courses may transfer to some, but not all, learning institutions. If you plan to transfer credits earned with Penn Foster College to another school, you should check with that school regarding credit transfer policies.

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