ALTW 430: VOCATIONAL MICRO-BUSINESS PRACTICUM
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Hours:||48 lecture per quarter (48 total per quarter)|
|Degree & Credit Status:||Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course|
|Grade Type:||Non-Credit Course (Receives no Grade)|
Student Learning Outcomes
- The student will conduct basic accounting practices for their micro-business, i.e. keeping track of cash flow, expenses, sales, etc.
The student will be able to:
A. Create a basic business plan for their micro-business
B. Record cash sales and expenses using Microsoft Excel
C. Connect with potential customers through online (e.g., social media marketing) and/or in-person advertising (e.g., local chamber of commerce, creating flyers, attending community events)
D. Demonstrate appropriate knowledge of administrative aspects of micro-business entrepreneurship, such as ADA legislation, liability, business licensure, etc.
E. Develop relationships with other micro-business owners in the community in order to receive advice and mentorship
F. Seek out grants or small loans for the micro-business and develop a crowd-funding website online (e.g., GoFundMe)
A. Use of Computer Programs or Online Resources for Creating a Micro-Business
1. Microsoft Office (Excel and Word)
2. Web Browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer)
B. Budget Planning
1. Tracking the Costs of Each Expense and the Profits of Each Sale
C. Time Management
1. Figuring Out How Much Time to Devote Each Day to Successfully Running the Business
A. Hands-on practice in creating an actual micro-business
1. Executing the business plan created in ALTW 230
2. Tracking sales and expenses using Excel or Google Spreadsheets
3. Marketing and advertising the business on campus and in the community
4. Reaching out to similar micro-businesses either online or in the community for guidance
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
B. Internet Access
Method(s) of Evaluation
Demonstrating mastery of skills and techniques taught in the course by participation in discussions, demonstrations, and creation of their micro-businesses.
Method(s) of Instruction
Demonstration, and hands-on laboratory.
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Griffin, Hammis, Keeton, and Sullivan. Making Self-Employment Work for People with Disabilities. 2nd ed. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing, 2014.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments