CCPS General Studies Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses
GSTU 101: Introduction to Computers and Software. 3 hours.

This course provides an opportunity for students to learn how to use the most common computer software programs and information resource facilities. While providing basic information about microcomputer structure and components, operating systems and an introduction to various applications such as word processing, spreadsheet applications, presentation software and the Internet will be covered.

GSTU 102: Introduction to the Internet. 1-2 hours.

Course designed to give participants a grand tour of the super highway. Buckle your seat belts and you will learn about how to bookmark sites, taking those bookmarks from one computer to another. You will probably find yourself on the Internet, as well as thousands of recipes. Learn to find your family tree and grow into a web surfer.

GSTU 104: Introduction to Web Page Development. 1-3 hours.

Course designed to teach the student how to make a basic webpage. Using freeware and other software the student will discover how to make a dynamic webpage. The student will discover the main elements of a webpage. No HTML knowledge is required.

GSTU 105: Digital Cameras and Scanner. 1-2 hours.

Prerequisite: basic computer skills. 
Course designed to introduce the basics of digital cameras, scanning pictures and utilizing free software to manipulate graphics or images.

GSTU 106: Introduction To Blended and Online Learning. 1 hour.

An introduction to strategies and skills for succeeding in blended and online learning environments, effectively using a Learning Management System (LMS), successfully navigating educational resources related to enrollment and academic advising, accessing electronic campus resources and other services remotely, and using learning technology to increase student effectiveness in both group and individual settings.

GSTU 107: Legislative Seminar. 3 hours.

This course is for dual credit delivery only. This class offers an outstanding opportunity to learn about the state government process using a hands-on approach. Much of the class will be working to compile information for papers. This will include days for class work at school, days in the library for research, and days where students will be working in the capitol building. There will also be times that the students will be in the capitol building. There will also be times that the students will be in the capital building. There will also be times that the students will be in the capitol building. There will also be times that the students will be in the capitol building after school hours. This course gives high school students a chance to learn about the Missouri legislature on a college level in an engaging environment. Dual credit course only.

GSTU 110: Foundations of College and Professional Success. 3 hours.

This course will introduce students to the principles and tools which will enhance their effectiveness as students and professionals. Topics will include information literacy and research, online tools and the learning management system, academic integrity, time management, professionalism and career development.

200 Level Courses
GSTU 201: Excel - Beyond the Basics. 1-2 hours.

Prerequisite: LIBR 211, or knowledge of creating spreadsheets using basic formatting skills in Excel and inserting basic formulas.
Intermediate course designed to enhance and expand basic skills using Microsoft Excel.

GSTU 202: Word - Beyond the Basics. 1-2 hours.

Prerequisite: LIBR 211. 
This course is designed to enhance and expand basic skills using Microsoft Word. Covered in this course: formatting research papers, resumes and other professional documents, formatting using MLA or APA templates, tables and charts, using outlines, headers, footers, page numbers, etc.

GSTU 204: Photoshop. 1-2 hours.

This class instructs the student in the basics of Photoshop, the powerful industry standard digital image editing tool. Students learn to use the tools in Photoshop: layers, filters, and techniques for fixing and enhancing photos. Students should have a basic knowledge of computer applications in order to take this class.

GSTU 206: Global Society. 3 hours.

For Cox College Students Only. This study covers five major geographic areas with emphasis on cultural habits including race, ethnicity, religion, economics, food and entertainment. Societies studied are Japan and the Pacific Rim, Mexico and neighboring countries, the Bushmen of Africa and the journey through the ages, Egypt and Germany. Students have weekly research on the area being studied broken into education, healthcare, government, and current situations relating to area. Emphasis is given to how the basic study of sociology perspectives moves into the global environment. We address ascribed versus achieved and class status seen in the various societies. Students learn to compare/contrast with the countries being presented and with the United States.

GSTU 210: Desktop Applications. 3 hours.

This course focuses on the use of advanced software applications using the latest Microsoft Office software. Students will produce comprehensive, real-world solutions to solve business related problems. Students will utilize Word, Excel, PowerPoint applications and Internet resources. Meets BBA degree technology requirement.

GSTU 211: Desktop Applications for Macs. 3 hours.

This course focuses on the use of advanced software applications using the latest Microsoft Office software. Students will produce comprehensive, real-world solutions to solve business related problems. Students will utilize Word, Excel, PowerPoint applications and Internet resources. Meets BBA degree technology requirement.

GSTU 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

Selected Topics are courses of an experimental nature that provide students a wide variety of study opportunities and experiences. Selected Topics offer both the department and the students the opportunity to explore areas of special interest in a structured classroom setting. Selected Topics courses (course numbers 290, 390, 490) will have variable titles and vary in credit from 1-3 semester hours. Selected Topic courses may not be taken as a Directed Study offering.

GSTU 291, 391, 491: Research. Variable hours.

Many academic departments offer special research or investigative projects beyond the regular catalog offering. Significant responsibility lies with the student to work independently to develop a proposal for study that must be approved by a faculty mentor and the appropriate department chair. The faculty member will provide counsel through the study and will evaluate the student’s performance. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible. Students must register for research (291, 292, 391, 392, 491 or 492) to receive credit and are required to fill out a Permission to Register for Special Coursework form. It is recommended that students complete not more than 12 hours of research to apply toward the baccalaureate degree.

300 Level Courses
GSTU 397, 497: Internship. Variable hours.

Interns must have at least 60 credit hours, completed appropriate coursework and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 prior to registering for academic credit. Also, approval must be obtained from the student's faculty sponsor and required forms must be completed by the deadline. Note: *Architecture, Music Therapy and Education majors do not register internships through Career Planning & Development. These students need to speak with his/her advisor regarding credit requirements and options.

400 Level Courses
GSTU 493: Senior Seminar. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: LIBR 211. 
This course helps students relate their primary field of interest (mathematics and science, humanities and fine arts, or social sciences) to various world cultures. Students will exit the class with a greater understanding of the world around them and their role in it. Students registering for this capstone class for the Bachelor of General Studies degree must have senior status with 90 or more earned college hours.