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Academics: quarter & yearThe academic curriculum offers courses, internships (professional, clinical, research) and community service. The academic year consists of Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters. Students can enroll in up to 24 quarter (18 semester) credits per term. Most courses and internships are 4 quarter (3 semester) credits. Science courses with a laboratory are 5 quarter (4 semester) credits. Click on a course title to view the description and download syllabus.
Spanish language & Ecuadorian cultureThe Ecuadorian Culture & Society and Spanish Language are offered at Centro Ecuatoriano Norteamericano (CEN). The Ecuadorian Culture & Society is required. At least one Spanish Language is also required (waived for students with advanced proficiency). Spanish language courses are taught intensively in one-month sessions. Students can enroll in up to three Spanish language courses at increasing levels of proficiency during the same Quarter. SOC/HIS 204 Ecuadorian Culture & Society
This course will introduce the student to the different historical issues that have formed our present days Ecuadorian Culture and Society. They will get into the Hispanic background so as to be able to understand how and why our idiosyncrasy has evolved into present day Ecuador. Religious, political and societal issues will be used to come up with a better understanding of modern Ecuador. In this class students will learn about Spain before it embarked on the discovery of the Americas, the Moorish influence in Spain and the feudal patterns of behavior in everyday life there. Students will read the first accounts of the aborigines' life as described by the Conquistadors and learn about the basis of economic life in the early years of the Conquest. The course will refer to ethnical groups in Ecuador, migration and form of government in our country. Students will be exposed to the problems of social classes, women' issues and environment issues. The course will finish with a general overview of Ecuador's external debt and the dollarization process at the beginning of the 21st century.
Prerequisites: none SPN 101 Spanish Language (Elementary I)
This course aims to enable students to understand simple messages and function in everyday situations both orally and in writing. Students will be able to interact with native speakers in everyday situations and immediate need. Students will understand and produce short texts in standard language basics that deal common expressions and lexical structures.
Prerequisites: none SPN 102 Spanish Language (Elementary II)
This course aims to enable students to understand basic messages and function in everyday situations and to develop in them both orall and written proficiency. Students will be able to interact with native speakers in everyday situations and immediate need. Student will understand and produce short texts in standard language basics that deal particular, expressions, and lexical structures often used.
Prerequisites: SPN 101 or equivalent SPN 201 Spanish Language (Intermediate I)
This course is designed to enhance fluency and accuracy in the language. This means using the language in interactive, responsive and productive ways, with some certainty and flexibility, even less common situations, understanding and producing oral or written texts on general topics of personal interest with a reasonable command of a wide repertoire of simple linguistic resources in a variety of formal and informal standard language.
Prerequisites: SPN 102 or equivalent SPN 202 Spanish Language (Intermediate II)
El nivel intermedio dos tiene como finalidad que el estudiante se exprese con fluidez y correccion. Es decir que utilice el idioma de forma interactiva, receptiva y productivamente, con cierta seguridad y flexibilidad, en situaciones incluso menos habituales, comprendiendo y produciendo textos orales o escritos sobre temas generales o de interés personal, con un dominio razonable de un repertorio amplio de recursos lingüísticos sencillos , en una variedad formal e informal de lengua estándar.
Prerequisites: SPN 201 or equivalent SPN 301 Spanish Language (Advanced I)
El Nivel Avanzado uno supone la capacidad de utilizar el idioma con fluidez y naturalidad en una extensa gama de situaciones, comprendiendo, mediando y produciendo ' textos' complejos sobre temas generales o de la propia especialidad, y con un buen dominio de un repertorio amplio de recursos lingüísticos . El estudiante desarrolla la competencia comunicativa para facilitar su uso en la actividad social, desde el conocimiento del contexto en que se desarrolla y que permite ser su vehículo de aprendizaje. Además se incluye el conocimiento de la lengua, así como los aspectos socioculturales y el conocimiento intercultural. Este nivel enfatiza la comunicacion escrita.
Prerequisites: SPN 202 or equivalent SPN 302 Spanish Language (Advanced II)
El nivel Avanzado dos supone una acentuada progresion en fluidez, precision y correccion, así como en la capacidad de adecuarse con flexibilidad a una variedad amplia de situaciones, desde las formales a las coloquiales y familiares. Este nivel pone énfasis en el desarrollo de la competencia discursiva (estrategias de cooperacion, coherencia y cohesion) y en la capacidad de argumentar y de negociar con eficacia. Desarrollar la competencia comunicativa para facilitar su uso en la actividad social, desde el conocimiento del contexto en que se desarrolla y que permitan ser un vehículo de aprendizaje. La competencia comunicativa incluye la comunicacion oral (escuchar, hablar y conversar) y la competencia escrita (el leer y el escribir). Este nivel enfatiza la comunicacion oral, e incluye el conocimiento de la lengua, los aspectos socioculturales y el conocimiento intercultural.
Prerequisites: SPN 302 or equivalent SPN 303 Special Project for Spanish Conversation
Estudio de los aspectos mas relevantes de la relacion: lengua y sociedad ecuatoriana partiendo del hecho historico hasta nuestros dias. Breves estudios fonéticos y morfosintacticos de la lengua dentro del contexto social nuestro.
Prerequisites: SPN 302 or equivalent SPN 400 Spanish for Business
A study of Spanish in its application to business, including terminology with respect to office procedures and international marketing. This course is taught primarily in Spanish.
Prerequisites: Intermediate-Advanced Spanish proficiency SPN 401 Independent Study in Spanish (Art, History and/or Literature)
Professor supervised self-guided study of Spanish language, society and culture through examination of Spanish art, literature and/or history. Research topics and projects are decided by the student in consultation with the supervising professor. Students meet with their professor weekly to discuss their research and project development. The language of instruction is Spanish (with some assistance in English).
Prerequisites: Intermediate or higher Spanish language proficiency
Elective courses (in English): medicine, science, business...The following courses are offered at Instituto Tecnologico Bolivariano (ITB) in English and Spanish (with English tutoring and exams). Additional courses may be available. Contact KEI for more information. Course numbers starting with 0, 1 and 2 are considered beginner to intermediate level in the USA; those starting with 3 and 4 are intermediate to advanced; and courses srating with 5 and 6 are advanced level. ENF 105 Human Anatomy & Physiology (Morphophysiology) I
Morphophysiology I introduces students to the study of anatomy and physiology of the human body. Interaction between anatomy and function focuses on the Skeletal, Muscular and Integumentary systems. The course also considers ethics and values in the study of the human body.
Prerequisites: none ENF 106 Biochemistry
Biochemistry is a science that studies the chemistry of living things, especially proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids. It is the science that studies the chemical basis of life: the molecules that compose the cells and tissues, which catalyze chemical reactions, cellular metabolism and digestion, photosynthesis and immunity, among other things.
Prerequisites: none ENF 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology (Morphophysiology) II
Morphophysiology II introduces students to the study of anatomy and physiology of the human body. Interaction between anatomy and function focuses on the Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Digestive, Endocrine and Nervous Systems. The course also considers ethics and values in the study of the human body.
Prerequisites: Human Physiology I or similar ENF 203 Epidemiology
Epidemiology is the study of the distribution of diseases and their determinants in a population. This means that Epidemiology closely coordinates with the clinic: it draws on the knowledge that is provided by observations and experimentations in groups of people. In addition to the clinic, Epidemiology depends on knowledge of other disciplines: social sciences, environmental, statistics, etc. It is no coincidence, since it coincides with demographic and social changes, that the spread of many diseases, such as cholera, plague, respiratory diseases and deficiency diseases, provides an opportunity to study the phenomena of epidemics.
Prerequisites: none ENF 204 Microbiology and Parasitology
The word microbiology derives from the Greek micros meaning small and bios meaning life and logos meaning study, for it examines organisms too small to be visible to the naked eye. Parasitology comes from the Greek words para, with, and site, food and logos, that is, dealing with living beings inhabiting another living organism (host) from which they obtain their food. The course introduces the student to the various sources of infectious and parasitic diseases and, framed within the context of Ecuador's reality, emphasizes the role that a member of a health team plays in preventing disease and infection.
Prerequisites: basic biology and chemistry ENF 205 Nutrition
Nutrition is the science that studies food, balanced food intake, and its relationship to health and disease prevention. This course focuses on the study of nutrients (including carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and essential micronutrients), digestion and absorption. Many non-communicable diseases such as obesity, dyslipidemia, malnutrition, diabetes, are the result of malnutrition, which can often be corrected by modifying lifestyles and diet.
Prerequisites: introductory level biology and chemistry ENF 303 Pharmacology
To determine the pharmacokinetics of drugs most commonly used in medical practice. Acquire knowledge of existing drugs and dosage forms, routes of administration, mechanism of action, and to detect side effects and complications involving their use. Administer drugs with scientific and technical knowledge of drug administration. Perform medication administration procedures, with full responsibility and technical knowledge associated with this field.
Prerequisites: General Chemistry or similar ENF 305 Introduction to Pathophysiology
Pathophysiology is the study of pathology (disease), physical and chemical processes that take place in living organisms while performing its vital functions. Pathophysiology constitutes a unifying discipline to provide the scientific basis of medical and paramedical practice. The study of pathophysiology involves integrating previous knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Nutrition, Epidemiology that the student has, and using that to better understand the mechanisms of the disease and its manifestations to comprehend, understand, and provide solutions for the promotion, protection, and prevention of individual and collective health. The purpose of teaching pathophysiology is to help students to understand the altered functions and the various mechanisms that are triggered abnormally. Pathophysiology is one of the cornerstones of medical practice. At present the new advances in knowledge and scientific research are focused on the molecular level, which builds a bridge between molecular biology and pathophysiology.
Prerequisites: Physiology GER 307 Geriatric Health & Society
This course helps students understand how health affects our social reality. The process of socialization, culture, daily life and the community in relation to variables: family, social class, gender, age, extreme poverty, inequity and their implications. Apart from all social, economic, cultural and environmental processes that influence the health-disease process in geriatric patients. Includes basic knowledge of anthropology and sociology that help to establish an understanding of the organization of the community in order to address and understand Gerontology.
Prerequisites: none ENF 406 Mental Health and Psychiatry
This course addresses the importance of psychiatric and mental health of patients a theoretical and practical approach. The focus of the discipline arises from the interplay between Psychopathology, Clinical Psychology and Nursing Care. The student will develop skills to understand the mental health and disease process of people and incorporate those skills into their practice.
Prerequisites: General Psychology or similar ADE 208 Fundamentals of Marketing
This course examines the various theories of marketing, its main features and potential applications in the company. It is aimed at teaching students about theories, developments, trends and marketing approaches, to understand and apply marketing concepts in the management of organizations. Marketing is associated with the stage of economic abundance that places the greatest importance on distribution and innovation of consumer-oriented products, service, etc... If the arrival of marketing means anything, it is the transition of trade: from that predominance of the interests of the seller, to the attention of the buyer.
Prerequisites: none ADE 305 Manangement and Business Processes
The study of Business Process Management can be conceptualized as how to manage the entire organization based on its processes, these being defined as a sequence of activities to generate added value and output which in turn meet customer requirements. The approach for this process is based on:
The course covers fundamentals of economics with a focus on microeconomics. It is proposed to address the key economic concepts with mathematical and instrumental support in order to solve problems. It is an approach to the way economics was established (by defining its purpose, method and theory system). It informs one of the principles that determine markets, its agents and decisions making use of mathematics in defining and solving problems. It will help students to obtain a total, aggregate, and global view of Economics in order to help students to understand its operation. To better understand the economic differences between nations we will discuss issues related to growth, sustainable development, poverty, and war.
Prerequisites: none ADE 406 Culture of Negotiation
Negotiation is a process for resolving conflict civilly. Negotiation is a dynamic communication process in which two or more parties attempt to resolve differences and parochial interests through dialogue in order to achieve a solution or a satisfactory agreement. It is commonly assumed that negotiations only take place between executives and that it is just a question of money, but the truth is that negotiation is something we all do every day in different aspects of our lives whenever conflicts of interest arise and we want to reach an agreement. This course aims to prepare students to carry out a process of negotiation, use techniques to analyze problems, resolve conflict, and reach agreements.
Prerequisites: intermediate management course ADE 408 Macroeconomics
The course covers fundamentals of economics with a focus on macroeconomics. We will address key economic concepts with mathematical and instrumental support in order to solve problems. It is an approach to the way economics was established (by defining its purpose, method and theory system). It allows one to understand the principles that determine markets while making use of mathematics in defining and solving problems. It helps one to view economics with a total or aggregate view, and globally, in order to aid understanding of its operation. To better understand the economic differences between nations we will discuss issues related to growth, sustainable development and poverty.
Prerequisites: none ADE 409 Market Research
Market research is a method that helps reach current and potential customers. Knowing customer preferences, location, social class, education and occupation, among others, can help companies provide the products that customers want at the right price. This leads to an increase in sales and helps maintain customer satisfaction. Market research is a technique that enables organizations to collect, interpret and apply data. It assists organizations in making decisions and achieves customer satisfaction.
Prerequisites: none ADE 504 Financial Analysis
Financial analysis allows us to understand economic and financial information, which will give us tools to estimate future performance; the financial analysis of a company indicates their position through financial data and other information sources, by applying certain techniques or instruments analysis. The objective of this course is study and apply the technique for evaluating the operating performance of a company, diagnosis of the current situation and prediction of future events.
Prerequisites: Introduction to Finance or similar ADE 605 Finance
Finances are part of the economy, particularly as part of applied microeconomics that studies the functioning of money and capital markets, institutions operating there, the fundraising policies, the value of money over time and the cost of capital (Arthur Andersen, 1999). To Bodie and Merton (1998) finance studies how scarce resources are allocated over time. In a more practical sense, finance refers to the acquisition and management by a company or the state of the funds it needs for its operations and the criteria by which they move their assets. Finance, therefore, deals with the conditions and the occasions with which capital is achieved, and the uses, payments and interest charged on transactions. According to Gitman (2003), all persons and organizations earn or get money and spend or invest it. This is where finance solves problems related to this process, with the institutions, markets and instruments involved in these transfers of money between people, businesses and governments.
Finances can be divided depending on who is making use of the money, where Vergara (2002) cited by Alvarez and Abreu (2008), says: "Finances that are used by individuals (personal finance), by governments (finance public), by businesses (corporate finance), as well as by a wide variety of organizations including schools and non-profits. "For this reason when talking about finances one must talk of a world with different issues involving any entity, individual, government and institutions.”
People and organizations are constantly looking to maximize the results of investing resources to improve their standard of living. As such, this course discusses financial decisions to maximize the value or, in other cases, to optimize the creation of portfolios.
Prerequisites: none ADE 606 Sales Management
Sales Management has its origin in Sales Administration since initially the administrator was responsible for planning, organizing, integrating and controlling sales. Over time business saw the need to create a Sales Manager, which gave rise to the systematization of commercial activities within modern management and the emergence of both separate and complementary management of marketing. Hence Sales Management and Marketing Management are tied and interrelated. Below are some prominent viewpoints regarding what defines sales management:
The field of consumer behavior has its origins in three business orientations which are philosophically different, which includes a very important business trend known as the marketing concept. The first is called the production orientation that extends roughly from the 1850s until the late 1920s. As the term indicates, the focus during this period was on improving manufacturing skills, to expand production and develop more products. The second is a sales orientation, which lasted roughly from the 1930s until the mid 1950s. The focus of this business trend was to sell more than the manufacturing department was able to produce. The third orientation starts in the 1950s when companies gradually started to shift from a sales focus to a marketing focus. The main cause of the new marketing orientation was the realization that it was more important to focus on consumers and their preferences in business planning. Thus the marketing concept relates to what consumers want, not what the company finds it easier or less expensive to produce. This course exmplores the consumer behavior with a focus on marketing trends and business planning.
Prerequisites: none ANS 206 Ecology and Environmental Education
The course examines environmental problems of greatest importance. Environmental and educational values are discussed in reference to how they can shape education about life on earth. The course also promotes proactive behavior in favor of the environment. Group and individual research, dynamic class discussions and presentations are integral to this course.
Elective courses (in Spanish with English support): medicine, science, business...The following courses are offered at Instituto Tecnologico Bolivariano (ITB) in Spanish with tutoring and exams available in English. These courses are ideal for students with intermediate or higher profieicny in Spanish language. Course numbers starting with 0, 1 and 2 are considered beginner to intermediate level in the USA; those starting with 3 and 4 are intermediate to advanced; and courses srating with 5 and 6 are advanced level. ADE 101 Gerencia de servicios (Service Management)
In this course students will recognize the difference between goods and services and identify the different elements in the vision of a business in the service industry. They will also be able to identify the integral elements of the service industry and know the behavior of the consumer in the service industry.
Prerequisites: none ADE 201 Contabilidad General I (General Accounting I)
Accounting is both theoretical and practical. We will examine the subject by examining general accounting concepts and techniques used in the modern business world; covering key issues such as policies, procedures, books, records, areas and practices related to accounting for business operations. Students also explore the evolution of the technical characteristics of accounting and legal framework to be applied.
Prerequisites: none ADE 203 Contabilidad de Costos I (Cost Accounting I)
The course aims to link the student to the study of the costs and other issues that are performed in various business activities in a company, and to put in place policies, procedures and mechanisms to determine an appropriate process of pricing sales, levels of expenditure, and investment plans and also to find areas of improvements that enable sustainable development of the company over time
Prerequisites: none ADE 202 Introduccion a la Gestion Administrativa (Introduction to Administration Management)
In this course we will study the content of various management theories as well as the main characteristics and application options. It will expose students to those theories, schools of thought and management approaches, so that they can understand and apply the elements of the administrative process. Furthermore, we must consider the scenario of a globalized world to which our country adheres to and which influences the organizational and business dynamics.
Prerequisites: none ADE 206 Estadistica Administrativa II (Administrative Statistics II)
This course seeks to familiarize students with searching, processing, and analyzing of usual statistical information. Identifying and interpreting information gathered through the analysis and synthesis of data using statistical tools to address how much statistical data is critical to the student both during training and in their professional future.
Prerequisites: none ADE 208 Fundamentos de Mercadeo (Fundamentals of Marketing)
This subject is content to study the various theories of Marketing, its main characteristics and application options in the company. It is aimed at teaching students about the theories, evolution, trends and approaches of Marketing so that they may understand and apply the concepts of Marketing in the management of organizations. We must also consider the scenario of a globalized world to which our country adheres to and the influences on the dynamics of the organization and business, innovation of consumer-oriented products, service, etc. If the arrival of Marketing means anything, it is precisely the transition of trade: of that dominance of the interests of the seller, for consideration by the buyer.
Prerequisites: none ADE 209 Presupuesto (Budget)
The course aims to link the student to the study of budgetary projections as well as teach them the knowledge of the value of money over time and its rational use within a company or investment.
Prerequisites: none ADE 211 Contabilidad General I (General Accounting II)
Accounting was born out of necessity. Man was no longer able to record all of his property, as memory alone is not enough to store all of the information in an orderly and chronological order. This indicates the antiquity of the practice of this science, a fact corroborated by historical data from Egyptian and Roman times. Recognized as a universal technique with the creation of the concept of double entry in the work of the Franciscan Fray Lucas Pacioli in 1494. Accounting is technical, theoretical, and practical we will examine accounting concepts and techniques used in the modern business world; covering key issues such as policies, procedures, books, records, and related areas of accounting for business operation and in the end students will be able to obtain the financial statements of an organization. Students also explore the changing technical features of accounting and the existing legal framework to be applied.
Prerequisites: none ADE 212 Contabilidad de Costos II (Cost Accounting II)
This course seeks to teach students to identify and accurately present the cost of producing a good or service; to determine the most appropriate cost accounting system in order to assign it to the good or service in production and correctly present the respective state of production costs. The student will also learn to determine the selling price to the consumer.
Prerequisites: none ADE 301 Principios de Legislacion Laboral y Mercatíl (Fundamentals of Marketing)
Students will examine the basics of mercantile law including the general principles, both in the civil area and in trade; Students will be able to differentiate between civil law and commercial law. Students will also be able to understand the field in which it operates legally in relation to persons, property; and contracts and obligations in general.
Prerequisites: none ADE 303 Gestion Empresarial y Recursos Humanos (Management and Human Resources)
The students will be able to recognize the economic reality of a company and guide the business towards customers, current and potential, as a core business strategy. They will identify the basic tools to plan, organize, and manage the business towards productivity, both in logistics and sales. Learn to discuss the importance of the human and financial resources of the company.
Prerequisites: none ADE 305 Gestion y Procesos Empresariales (Manangement and Business Processes)
Students will learn how to systemically manage processes in an organization and particularly the interactions between such processes. Process Management is based on modeling systems as a set of interrelated processes by linking cause and effect. The ultimate purpose of Process Management is to ensure that all processes of an organization develop a coordinated manner, improving the effectiveness and satisfaction of all stakeholders (customers, shareholders, employees, suppliers, society in general). Analyze business processes and the management of resources. Identify cost reduction based on the continuous improvement of business processes. Recognize the business strategy for the industrial design process, using management techniques and its contrast with market strategy
Prerequisites: none ADE 306 Diseno Empresarial (Business Design)
This course will explore the relevant concepts of the subject through the process of analysis and evaluation; which will allow the students to actively participate and to design corporate structures in the society in which they operate.
Prerequisites: none ADE 310 Etica Empresarial (Business Ethics)
This Course seeks to familiarize the student on the issues of ethics and its relation to human development in various disciplines. We will touch on various topics to promote awareness on business ethics and business decisions, develop ethical skills to meet the challenge of globalization, and learn basics on ethics in management and leadership
Prerequisites: none ADE 311 Desarrollo del Talento Humano (Human Resource Development)
This course will attempt to define concepts of personal development and training as well as diagnose training needs to achieve the development of human talent. Students will learn concepts and apply techniques necessary for the development of human talent, define methods for developing skills, and define the need for changes in people and organizations.
Prerequisites: none ADE 312 Comportamiento Profesional y Ambiental (Professional Behavior and Environment)
This course will seek to develop trained people, for the welfare of society and the workplace. This is done by strengthen concepts and values such as honesty, loyalty, justice, moral conduct, etc. Promote social, occupational, and environmental awareness and promote critical thinking about environmental issues and sustainable development. Learn the fundamentals of organizations and managerial resources.
Prerequisites: none ADE 313 Analsis Geopolitico y Socioeconomico del Entorno (Geopolitical and Socioeconomic Environment Analysis)
This course will develop students' abilities to accommodate, modify, and adapt to change. Identify those environmental factors that influence the company or business and to analyze those variables to seek opportunities and threats. Determine strategies to influence environmental threats and counter its impact.
Prerequisites: none ADE 403 Planificacion Estrategica (Strategic Planning)
This course will provide students with a detailed interpretation of the necessary technical and analytical skills to successfully identify and exploit strategies and to gain a general overview of the main elements of the strategic planning process.
Prerequisites: none ADE 406 Cultura de la Negociacion (Culture of Negotiation)
This course will prepare students to participate and conduct a negotiation process, use techniques for analyzing problems, achieve conflict resolution, and negotiate agreements. Students will be preparing to conduct a negotiation process and use techniques for analyzing problems and achieve conflict resolution through negotiated agreements.
Internships & community serviceInternships (for-credit) and community service (not-for-credit) allow students to learn from practical experience not attainable in a classroom setting. Internships require a commitment of 120-240 hours (3-6 credits). Service does not have a minimum requirement. Placement is based on professional interests. Previous placements include Ecomundo Centro de Estudios, VHIDA (HIV Education & Assistance), ITB Clinic, Carino Foundation, Esperanza de Bastion Popular, Casa Hogar Guayaquil, Viviendas Hogar de Cristo, Parque Historico de Guayaquil, Emela TOUR, Ecuator & Tecnoviajes, Tlelerama TV, and ’Museo del Astillero (Soccer in Ecuador). Actual placement may be with a different organization. Positions are available in the following professional fields:
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