Los Angeles Pacific College


Computer Graphic Design

CGD 160 Photoshop I: 3.0 Units
CGD 170 Photoshop II: 3.0 Units

These sequential courses introduce Adobe Photoshop, the program that has expanded the visual vocabulary of designers and illustrators to include color photo imagery and making photos the "raw material" for creative expression. This program covers resizing, cropping, and basic color correction, in addition to other production work. Students are also trained to synthesize textures, patterns, and special effects that can be applied to photos or graphics.

Prerequisite for CGD 160: None.
Prerequisite for CGD 170: CGD 160 or equivalent.

CGD 180 Illustrator I: 3.0 Units
CGD 185 Illustrator II: 3.0 Units

This course introduces Adobe Illustrator, one of the most popular illustration and page-design programs. The course gives in-depth lessons on topics including drawing tools and techniques, colors and gradients, effects, transformation tools, patterns and graphs, and clipping and opacity masks. Students will create scale-able vector graphics, flyers, and perspective scenery.

Prerequisite for CGD 180: None.
Prerequisite for CGD 185: CGD 180 or equivalent.

CGD 190 InDesign: 3.0 Units

This course introduces desktop publishing concepts using Adobe InDesign, one of the most popular desktop publishing programs. Students will learn how to create flyers, posters, business cards, nd magazine articles. Students will also learn composition, the process of laying out text and graphics-typography, lines, boxes, pictures, drawings, and colors-on a page.

Prerequisite: None.

CGD 200 Web Design I: 3.0 Units
CGD 210 Web Design II: 3.0 Units

These sequential courses introduce students to script editors such as Adobe Dreamweaver to create links, graphics and tables using HTML and CSS code. They will also learn about selecting an ISP and uploading files to web sites using Content Management Systems (CMS).

Prerequisite for CGD 200: None.
Prerequisite for CGD 210: CGD 200 or equivalent.

CGD 260 Principles of Graphic Design I: 3.0 Units

This course introduce students to design elements and the principles needed to apply to them in order to create effective visuals for communication. Students will explore basic composition, styles of layout, typography, color, and image sourcing to prepare files for print, web, and mobile applications. Projects include conducting research designing logos, and branding.

Prerequisite for CGD 260: None.


Computer Information Systems

CIS 101 Introduction to Computer Business Applications: 3.0 Units

This course introduces the basic components and functions of computer applications that are widely used in business settings. Students will gain familiarity in using Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.

Prerequisite: None.

CIS 111 Microsoft Word: 3.0 Units

This course introduces the word processor used as an office productivity tool. MS-Word is used and its basic functions are learned; cursor movement, creating, editing, saving, retrieving and printing a document. Character, line, paragraph and document formatting are learned to improve the appearance and meet the requirements of a word processing assignment.

Prerequisite: None.

CIS 140 Microsoft Powerpoint: 3.0 Units

This course introduces MS PowerPoint. Students learn how to create effective business presentations through charts, tables, clip art, animation, and audio and video clips.

Prerequisite: None.


Business General Program

BGP 104 Business Bookkeeping: 5.0 Units

This course introduces a comprehensive yet compact analysis of general topics in bookkeeping. Throughout the course, fundamental procedures are emphasized through traditional and innovative techniques that strengthen accounting skills and understanding. Students learn to analyze business transactions, record business transactions, keep sales and cash receipt journals, and utilize payroll accounting and other types of accounting.

Prerequisite: None.


Accounting/Computerized Accounting

ACT 100 Principles of Accounting I: 4.0 Units

This course introduces fundamental accounting principles and practices. It prepares students to record, classify, and interpret financial transactions for service or merchandise businesses. Students study the journals, ledgers, and financial statements used by these entities. Also covered are payroll accounting, asset valuation, depreciation, and managing receivables and payables.

Prerequisite: None.

ACT 120 Payroll Accounting: 2.0 Units

This course provides an understanding of the processes of payroll accounting and payroll law. Payroll law topics include the Fair Labor Standards Act, FUTA and SUTA tax, FICA, and SECA. Students will gain practical knowledge of payroll record-keeping, computing payroll, income tax withholding and analyzing and journalizing payroll transactions.

Prerequisite: None.

ACT 140 Principles of Accounting II: 4.0 Units

This course provides working knowledge of recording transactions unique to partnerships and corporations. It introduces manufacturing and cost accounting. Students learn the analysis of financial statements, the preparation of price-level statements, and the preparation of statements of changes in the financial position of the firm.

Prerequisite: ACT 100 or equivalent.

ACT 160 Individual Income Taxes: 4.0 Units

This course provides Federal and California State Income and various individual income tax rules. Students learn to prepare tax returns, itemized deductions, supplemental schedules, and other forms for individuals.

Prerequisite: ACT 100 or equivalent.

ACT 180 Intermediate Accounting I: 4.0 Units

This course introduces such topics as interpretation, use, processing, and presentation of accounting information and preparation of principal accounting statements, accounting changes, developing statements of change in financial positions, and analyzing financial statements.

Prerequisite: ACT 140 or equivalent.

ACT 200 Cost Accounting: 4.0 Units

This course provides an understanding of the processes of cost accounting and control. Students gain firm knowledge of job and process costing, joint product costing, standard costs, theories of cost allocation and absorption, uses of cost accounting, data for management decision-making, cost budgeting, distribution costs, differential cost analysis, and break-even analysis.

Prerequisite: ACT 140 or equivalent.

ACT 220 Intermediate Accounting II: 4.0 Units

This course continues with the concepts of valuation, recording, presentation of equipment, plant, and intangible assets, and corporate accounting, including stock rights, options, and convertible securities, retained earnings and dividends.

Prerequisite: ACT 180 or equivalent.

CAC 120 Excel for Accounting: 4.0 Units
CAC 140 Advanced Excel for Accounting: 4.0 Units

These courses teach students the practical concepts of using spreadsheet financial analysis for accounting. MS-Excel is used and its basic functions and features are discussed, with emphases on accounting problem-solving and financial analysis.

Prerequisite for CAC 120: None.
Prerequisite for CAC 140: CAC 120 or equivalent.

CAC 160 Quickbooks: 4.0 Units

This course provides a hands-on approach to learning how computerized integrated accounting systems function, using QuickBooks Pro. It consists of seven major accounting systems: the general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, financial statement analysis, depreciation, inventory, and payroll systems. Students will learn to use QuickBooks to set up and enter transactions and produce reports using general ledgers, accounts receivable, accounts payable, inventory, customer billing, forecasting, and customer report modules. It discusses choosing the right accounting software for users' needs, error detection and correction, internal control in a computerized accounting systems, and decision-making based on output.

Prerequisite: ACT 100, ACT 120 and ACT 140, or equivalent.

CAC 180 Taxation of Corporations, Partnerships, Estates and Trusts: 4.0 Units

This course provides students with a fundamental understanding and applications of tax laws and reporting requirements that are relevant to corporations, partnerships, estates, and trusts.

Prerequisite: ACT 100, ACT 120, and ACT 140, or equivalent


English as a Second Language

ESL 1 Beginning Level: 14.0 Units

In this course, students will learn the basic sentence structure by combining the use of present tense "to be" and "to have" with pronouns, plural nouns, count and non-count nouns, and the proper inclusion of articles such as "a and an" and "the." They will gain an increased level of complexity in their sentence structure throughout the course by making statements in the simple past and future tense using possessive adjectives, prepositions of place, and adverbs, make statements in the present and past tense to ask and respond to yes/no and where questions. At the end of this course, the student will be able to apply this knowledge in everyday situations such as: meeting someone new, making plans, ordering from a menu, expressing frustration and sympathy, and asking for directions. Students are taught in an interactive setting between the instructor and their peers. Activities and games will be include role-play and flash cards.

Prerequisite: None.

ESL 2 High Beginning-Low Intermediate Level: 14.0 Units

In this course, students will study proper usage of the affirmative and negative imperatives, prepositions and clauses. Various topics such as greetings, introductions, exchange of personal information, housework, sports and leisure time activities will be covered. They will hone their communicative skills by listening to instructions, practicing informal pronunciation, and reading brief magazine articles. They will also practice writing in complete sentences and start putting the sentences together in a simple paragraph. At the end of this course, students will be able to apply their skills to greet a new acquaintance and start small talk, make an apology and report a problem, make a request and decline a request, and get to know someone's likes and dislikes. A variety of approaches and materials will be used, with an emphasis on students' interests and needs.

Prerequisite: ESL 1 or equivalent.

ESL 3 Low Intermediate-Intermediate Level: 14.0 Units

In this course, students will distinguish between the present progressive, simple present and simple past. The students will practice expressing preferences, rules, and possibility, and develop some awareness of the difference between spoken and written forms. They will continue to refine their pronunciation and intonation. Developing listening comprehension skills receives increased attention at this level. By the end of the course, students are expected to be able to talk and write about past, present, and future plans with increased grammatical accuracy. They will also be expected to comprehend increasingly complex passages, and feel more comfortable with the writing process. Students will be able to apply their knowledge to make small talk, develop culture awareness, make a request and plans, make a recommendation and convey a message. Various approaches, materials and activities including games, role plays, newspaper articles, videos, the Internet, paragraph writing assignments, field trips and experiential learning will be used.

Prerequisite: ESL 2 or equivalent.

ESL 4 Intermediate-High Intermediate Level: 14.0 Units

In this course, the student will begin their efforts in mastering the complex verb tenses: simple present, present progressive, past perfect, present perfect progressive, past perfect and past perfect progressive. They will learn to identify and distinguish between these complex verb tenses and start the expansion into learning the future verb forms: simple future, future progressive, future perfect and future perfect progressive. In addition, they will be able to express questions in the tag question format. The student will apply this knowledge base as their writing becomes more expressive in the use of a more refined vocabulary and the appropriate use of phrasal verbs and idiomatic expressions to express formal and informal writing and speaking. Furthermore, students will be introduced to real and unreal conditionals. A variety of materials and approaches will be used to achieve the course objectives, with an emphasis on students' goals and interests.

Prerequisite: ESL 3 or equivalent.

ESL 5 High Intermediate-Low Advanced Level: 14.0 Units

In this course, students will demonstrate the ability to speak, read, write and comprehend compound sentences using more complete past/perfect clauses and past perfect with infinitives. At this level, students can comprehend and discuss more controversial topics. They will continue to hone their formal writing skills and practice grammar by writing essays, with emphasis on peer feedback and self-editing. Furthermore, they will develop their vocabulary through reading and discussing newspaper articles. By the end of the course, students will be expected to write and revise a full essay, express and support their opinion in an informal discussion and comprehend and respond to extended reading and listening passages. They will also become more autonomous in their learning (use of dictionaries, etc). Various activities and materials such as games, role plays, field trips, newspaper articles, and the Internet will be used, with an emphasis on students' goals and interests.

Prerequisite: ESL 4 or equivalent.

ESL 6 Advanced Level: 14.0 Units

In this course, students will fine-tune their grammar knowledge and develop more sophistication in writing and speaking, especially in formal contexts. A grammar review from the five prior courses will be conducted based on areas of weakness exhibited by the student body. The students will begin integrated communication skills by combining content from both reading passages and listening excerpts to write a formal 5-paragraph essay. Other writing genres such as formal letters, emails, and editorials will be explored, in addition to traditional essays. They will read longer, more details articles and will be expected to direct their own vocabulary study. Students should be able to demonstrate the ability to speak, read, write and comprehend advanced forms of compound sentences using conjunctions and various verb complements. They will also be expected to make full use of the relative clauses with pronouns as subject and reduced restrictive clauses. At this level, they should demonstrate the ability to formulate and support an argument in speaking and writing, and to write full essays with a mixture of simple and complex sentences, and be skilled in their oral presentations. Various materials will be used, especially authentic materials, with an emphasis on students' goals and interests.

Prerequisite: ESL 5 or equivalent.

ESL Specialty Course
TOEFL IBT: 14.0 Units
TOEFL PBT: 14.0 Units

LAPC offers two specialty TOEFL courses, one specializing in the internet-based test (iBT) and the other in the paper-based (PBT) test. Both TOEFL courses build the foundation and introduce the student to test-taking techniques such as notetaking for advanced listening and reading passages. Grammar is taught through the editing process of their writing. Vocabulary lists are thoroughly reviewed and studied to enhance their academic diction and prepare students to achieve the best possible score for the TOEFL.

Students practice test-taking strategies in a step-by-step manner to help them master the skills necessary to improve their TOEFL score and ultimately for success in an academic setting. Tactics incorporate a communicative approach of conversation and presentation-skills along with plenty of written practice. By the end of the TOEFL course, students will become familiar with the format and directions of the test and develop strategies for using their time wisely during the test.

Prerequisite: ESL 6 or equivalent.


General Education

GEN 100 Principles of Microeconomics: 3.0 Units

This course provides students with a fundamental understanding of the supply and demand model, the elasticity concept, productivity, costs, prices, and different market structures.

Prerequisite: None

GEN 120 Mathematics for Business and Consumers: 3.0 Units

This course provides a solid review of fundamentals in business mathematics, and teaches students how to calculate computations such as loan repayments and interest rates, trade discounts, present value, depreciation, and amortization.

Prerequisite: None

GEN 140 English Writing: 3.0 Units

This course enables students to improve their writing skills, vocabulary, and syntax as related to written business communications.

Prerequisite: None

GEN 160 Grammar Review: 3.0 Units

This course provides students with a comprehensive review of proper grammar usage.

Prerequisite: None

GEN 180 Introduction to Psychology: 3.0 Units

This course provides a general survey of the principles and theories of psychology and discusses topics including perception, development, learning, motivation, and behavior.

Prerequisite: None