Course Descriptions

The following is a complete listing of courses offered at MCC. You can also visit our Programs of Study page for a list of course requirements necessary to complete your degree.

AAD - Applied Art and Design
ACC - Accounting
ACD - Alcohol/Chemical Dependency
AGS - Agricultural Studies
ANT - Anthropology
ARA - Arabic/Foreign Language
ART - Art
ASL - American Sign Language/Foreign Language
ATP - Automotive Technology
BIO - Biology
BUS - Business
CDL - Interdisciplinary
CE - Cooperative Education-Disney World
CE - Hospitality
CE - Office Technology
CEL - Leadership
CHE - Chemistry
CHI - Chinese/Foreign Language
CIN - Cinema Studies
CIS - Computer Information Systems
CIT - Civil and Construction Technology
CLT - Clinical Laboratory Technician
COM - Communication
COS - College Success
CPT - Computer Technology
CRC - Computer Related Curricula
CRJ - Criminal Justice
CSC - Computer Science
DAS - Dental Assisting
DEN - Dental Hygiene
EBL - Experience Based Learning
ECE - Education and Early Care
ECO - Economics
EDU - Education
ELT - Electrical Engineering Technology/Electronics
EMS - Emergency Medical Services
ENG - English Literature
ENG - English Writing
ENR - Engineering Science
ESL - English For Speakers Of Other Languages (ESOL)
FPT - Fire Protection Technology
FRE - French/Foreign Language
FSA - Food Service Administration
GEG - Geography
GEO - Geology
GER - German/Foreign Language
GLF - Golf Management
HBR - Hebrew/Foreign Language
HED - Health Education
HEG - Health Education Global
HIM - Health Information Technology
HIS - History
HMN - Humanities
HON - Honors Studies
HPR - Health Professions
HSM - Homeland Security Administration
HSP - Hospitality
HTL - Hotel Technology
HUM - Human Services
HVA - Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning
IDE - Interior Design
ITA - Italian/Foreign Language
JPN - Japanese/Foreign Language
LAW - Law
LDS - Leadership
MAR - Marketing
MET - Mechanical Technology
MFG - Manufacturing Technology: Automation / Robotics
MTH - Mathematics
MUS - Music
NUR - Nursing
OFT - Office Technology
OPT - Optical Systems Technology
PE - Physical Education--Coed
PEC - Physical Education--Coed
PEJ - Physical Education-Criminal Justice
PEM - Physical Education--Men
PEW - Physical Education-Women
PHL - Philosophy
PHO - Photography
PHY - Physics
PLE - Police: Law Enforcement
PLS - Paralegal Studies
POR - Portuguese/Foreign Language
POS - Political Science
PPE - Physical Studies/Physical Education
PSC - Public Safety Communications
PSC - Public Safety Training
PST - Public Safety Training
PSY - Psychology
REA - Reading
SBS - Honors Studies
SBS - Social & Behavioral Sciences
SCI - Science
SCR - Computer Security
SGT - Surgical Technology
SMT - Sports Management
SOC - Sociology
SPA - Spanish/Foreign Language
SPA 101 - Elementary Spanish I

3 Credits

Designed for students with no previous experience in the language. Focuses on communicative skills of listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Includes high frequency vocabulary, basic constructions, common phrases, and cultural aspects. Also stresses student participation in skills development. SPA 111 is strongly recommended for improving comprehension and oral fluency especially for students transferring to a four-year institution. Three class hours. (SUNY-FL)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Accurately produce understandable simple sentences in Spanish using the present tense.
2. Write understandable sentences in Spanish using the correct word spelling and diacritical marks.
3. Accurately express simple social greetings and courtesies in Spanish.
4. Answer questions after listening to Spanish-spoken narrative, dialogue, or conversation.
5. Answer questions concerning a specific reading passage.
6. Identify the regions within the United States where native Spanish speakers are predominantly located.
7. Identify the contributions made by Hispanics/Latinos in the arts and politics.
8. Identify basic facts and cultural traditions associated with Spanish-Speaking countries.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

SPA 102 - Elementary Spanish II

3 Credits

Continuation of SPA 101 with emphasis on basic language skills for communication and on cultural aspects to promote understanding and appreciation of Hispanic cultures. A companion course, SPA 112, is strongly recommended for improving comprehension and oral fluency, especially for students transferring to a four-year institution. Three class hours. (SUNY-FL)

Prerequisite: SPA 101 or successful completion of the New York State regents exam, the equivalent or permission of the instructor. Memory and length of time since last studied are factors in successful placement.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Identify whether a conjugated verb in Spanish is in the present or the preterite tense.
2. Differentiate the meanings of the direct and indirect object pronouns in a given sentence.
3. Describe a past event in Spanish using the preterite and imperfect tenses.
4. Accurately ask and respond to questions dealing with scheduling and daily activities.
5. Answer questions after listening to Spanish-spoken narrative, dialogue, or conversation.
6. Answer questions concerning a specific reading passage.
7. Identify the contributions of Hispanics/Latinos in the arts and politics.
8. Identify basic facts associated with Spanish-Speaking countries.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

SPA 103 - Intermediate Spanish I

3 Credits

Continued study in Spanish for those with a firm foundation in elementary Spanish communication, written and oral. Grammar and vocabulary are continued at a higher level. Cultural topics are included in the study of grammar and structure. A companion course, SPA 113, is strongly recommended for improving comprehension and oral fluency, especially for students transferring to four-year institutions. Memory and length of time since last studied are factors in successful placement. Three class hours. (SUNY-FL)

Prerequisite: SPA 102, or successful completion of high school Spanish 4, the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Discuss events in the past in Spanish.
2. Discuss events in the present in Spanish.
3. Discuss events in the future in Spanish.
4. Sustain a conversation in everyday Spanish by accurately asking and responding to questions dealing with health, travel, entertainment, or current events.
5. Discuss in Spanish the contributions of Latino artists from the music industry, literature, or the visual arts.
6. Identify the contributions of Hispanics/Latinos in the arts and politics.
7. Identify facts associated with Spanish-Speaking countries.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

SPA 104 - Intermediate Spanish II

3 Credits

Continued study in Spanish for those with a firm foundation in intermediate Spanish through written and oral communication. Grammar and vocabulary are continued at a higher level. Cultural topics are included in the study of grammar and structure. A companion course, SPA 114, is strongly recommended for improving oral fluency, especially for students transferring to four-year institutions. Memory and length of time since last studied are factors in successful placement. Three class hours. (SUNY-FL)

Prerequisite: SPA 103 , or excellence in high school Spanish 5, the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Identify the tense and the mood of the verbs in a passage written in Spanish.
2. Create grammatically correct sentences in Spanish using the correct verb conjugations.
3. Communicate in correct Spanish about topics related to Spanish-speaking countries
4. Present an oral report in Spanish of the information contained in sources such as newspapers or other mass-market publications.
5. Answer questions in Spanish concerning a specific reading passage.
6. Answer questions in Spanish after listening to Spanish-spoken narrative, dialogue, or conversation.
7. Compose a brief essay in Spanish analyzing a cultural or contemporary topic related to one or more Spanish speaking countries.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

SPA 110 - Accelerated Elementary Spanish

6 Credits

Designed for students with no previous experience in the language who wish to move at a faster pace than is permitted by SPA 101 and SPA 102 courses, or for those who have taken one or more years of Spanish previously and wish to review and practice basic Spanish at a quickened pace. Focuses on communicative skills of listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. Includes high frequency vocabulary, basic constructions, common phrases and cultural aspects. Also stresses student participation in skills development. A companion course, SPA 111, is strongly recommended for improving comprehension and oral fluency, especially for students transferring to a four-year institution. Six class hours. (SUNY-FL)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate the ability to sustain a conversation in everyday Spanish by accurately asking and responding to questions dealing with personal identification, nationality and ethnic background, daily activities, class schedules and descriptive personal characteristics, shopping for and wearing clothing, prices and dates, telephone etiquette, description of living spaces, and food preparation.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of Spanish grammar by producing correct sentences using relatively complex phrases in present tense, preterite tense and subjunctive mode conjugations.
3. Demonstrate proficiency in the correct formation and use of the mechanics of stem-changing and reflexive verbs.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the correct handling and use of the so-called "false future" tense: "going to do..."; and will demonstrate correct application of gender and number, possessive adjectives and pronouns, and POR versus PARA.
5. Identify the major geographical features of the Spanish-speaking world (country placement, capital cities and names of nationalities) and some cultural traditions associated with those countries, including greetings and leave-takings.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of the use of last names; difference between familiar and formal treatment; racial/ethnic differences that make up the Hispanic population throughout the world; how immigration to the U.S. affects the Hispanic population; maquiladoras; and regional differences in customs.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

SPA 111 - Elementary Spanish Conversation I

2 Credits

This is an introductory level one conversation course designed for those who wish to focus on learning comprehension and conversational skills. Spoken Spanish used in context by a variety of native speakers will provide comprehension practice. Using video, music and songs, audio cassettes and CD-ROM, as well as Internet, students will hear and use authentic language structures used in simple forms of Spanish for communication. Students will be evaluated on the linguistic achievement, their aural comprehension and conversational competence at this introductory level. Two class hours.

Prerequisites: SPA 101 taken concurrently; one year of language study or permission of instructor.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Produce understandable simple sentences using basic phonetic sounds in the Spanish language.
2. Create grammatically correct sentences in Spanish using the present tense.
3. Accurately respond in Spanish to questions dealing with one or more of the following topics: personal information, likes and dislikes, daily activities, or simple social greetings and courtesies.
4. Describe the celebrations and cultural traditions associated with Spanish-Speaking countries.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

SPA 112 - Elementary Spanish Conversation II

2 Credits

This is an introductory level two conversation course designed for those who wish to focus on learning comprehension and conversational skills. Spoken Spanish used in context by a variety of native speakers will provide comprehension practice. using video, music and songs, audio cassettes and CD-ROM, as well as Internet, students will hear and use authentic language structures used in simple forms of Spanish for communication. Students will be evaluated on their linguistic achievement and performance, their level of aural comprehension and conversational competence at this introductory level. Two class hours.

Prerequisites: SPA 102 taken concurrently, one to two years of previous language study or permission of instructor.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Accurately produce understandable and grammatically correct complete sentences in Spanish.
2. Correctly use the vocabulary associated with one or more of the following topics: household chores, leisure activities, shopping, or food.
3. Describe a past event in Spanish using the preterite and imperfect tenses.
4. Describe basic facts associated with Spanish-Speaking countries.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

SPA 113 - Intermediate Spanish Conversation I

2 Credits

A communicative approach to develop comprehension of the spoken language and ability to communicate with native speakers at the beginning intermediate level. Spanish spoken by native speakers from Spain and Latin America will be used to train students for real life communication appropriate for social and career related situations. To develop linguistic skills, intensive training in comprehension and communication will be enhanced by the use of videos, music and songs, audio cassettes and CD-ROM, as well as Internet. Language structures will be practiced in context using related text materials and culture, as well as topics of interest such as current events. Students will be evaluated on their linguistic achievement and performance, their level of aural comprehension and conversational competence at this intermediate level of communication. Two class hours.

Prerequisites: SPA 103 taken concurrently, two to four years of previous language study or permission of instructor.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Discuss in Spanish events in the past, present, and future.
2. Sustain a conversation in everyday Spanish by accurately asking and responding to questions dealing with health, travel, entertainment, or current events.
3. Discuss in Spanish the contributions of Latino artists from the music industry, literature, or the visual arts.
4. Identify and list orally the cultural traditions associated with the Hispanic World

Course Offered Fall only

SPA 114 - Intermediate Spanish Conversation II

2 Credits

A communicative approach to develop comprehension of the spoken language and ability to communicate with native speakers at this intermediate level. Spanish spoken by native speakers from Spain and Latin America will be used to train students for real life communication appropriate for social and career related situations. To develop linguistic skills, intensive training in comprehension and communication will be enhanced by the use of videos, music and songs, audio cassettes and CD-ROM, as well as Internet. Language structures will be practiced in context using related text materials and culture, as well as topics of interest such as current events. Students will be evaluated on their linguistic achievement and performance, their level of aural comprehension and conversational competence at this intermediate level of communication. Two class hours.

Prerequisites: SPA 104 taken concurrently; three or more years of previous language study or permission of instructor.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Create grammatically correct sentences in Spanish using the correct verb conjugation.
2. Communicate in correct Spanish about two or more of the following topics: technology, communication, environment or social problems.
3. Discuss in Spanish cultural and contemporary topics related to Spanish-speaking countries, in particular those associated with social and ethnic diversity or current events.
4. Identify orally cultural and contemporary topics related to Spanish-speaking countries, in particular those associated with social and ethnic diversity and current events.

Course Offered Fall only

SPA 141 - Spanish for the Health Professions

3 Credits

This course is designed for those in the health professions who wish to acquire the basic tools for effective communication with the Hispanic client. The language is taught in the context of specific situations with extensive practice and a minimal amount of grammar. The course also contains an important cultural component that will allow the student to gain a greater knowledge and understanding of Hispanics, and thus to create a better, safer, and productive environment. Three class hours.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Orally present intelligible statements or questions in Spanish related to the medical field.
2. Translate statements or questions related to the medical field from Spanish to English.
3. Orally respond in Spanish to statements or questions related to the medical field.
4. Perform a mock interview between a health worker and a physician in Spanish.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

SPA 201 - Espana de ayer y de hoy

3 Credits

Through interactive lectures, video and use of the internet, students will gain an overview of contemporary Spain, the country and people viewed from historical and cultural perspectives. Use of the video series El espejo enterrado (The Buried Mirror) provides the student with the opportunity to develop aural skills to an advanced level. The internet will be used to access on-line newspapers, magazines, and a vast array of primary source materials to help develop reading skills and knowledge of specialized vocabulary, while engaging the student in a study of current events. This combination will guide the student to a working knowledge of Spain and to improved language comprehension and fluency. Three class hours.

Prerequisite: SPA 104,or a grade of B or better in high school Spanish 5, or permission of the instructor.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Name, distinguish and explain the main features of the different periods in Spain's history.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the political and economic systems today in Spain, and compare them to the U.S. systems.
3. Identify the main movements in art and literature throughout the history of Spain.
4. Demonstrate the ability to communicate in correct Spanish at the advanced level by successfully talking about the historical evolution of Spain.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the background and cultural differences among the various regions of Spain.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

SPA 202 - Latinoamerica de ayer y de hoy

3 Credits

Through interactive lectures, video and use of the Internet, students will gain an overview of contemporary Latin America, the countries and peoples viewed from historical and cultural perspectives. Use of the video series El espejo enterrado (The Buried Mirror) provides the student with the opportunity to develop aural skills to an advanced level. The Internet will be used to access on-line newspapers, magazines, and a vast array of primary source materials to help develop reading skills and knowledge of specialized vocabulary, while engaging the student in a study of current events. This combination will guide the student to a working knowledge of Latin America and to improved language comprehension and fluency. Three class hours.

Prerequisite: SPA 104, or a grade of B or better in high school Spanish 5, or permission of the instructor.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Name, distinguish and explain the main features of the different periods in Latin America’s history.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the political and economic systems today in Latin America, and compare them to the colonial system under the Spanish Crown.
3. Identify the cultural features and traditions of pre-Columbian civilizations.
4. Demonstrate the ability to communicate in correct Spanish at the advanced level by successfully talking about the historical evolution of Latin America.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the background and the cultural differences among Latin American countries.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

SPA 203 - Intermediate Spanish I

3 Credits

Continued study in Spanish for those with a firm foundation in elementary Spanish communication, written and oral. Grammar and vocabulary are continued at a higher level. Cultural topics are included in the study of grammar and structure. A companion course, SPA 213, is strongly recommended for improving comprehension and oral fluency, especially for students transferring to four-year institutions. Memory and length of time since last studied are factors in successful placement. Three class hours. (SUNY-FL)

Prerequisite(s): SPA 102, or successful completion of high school Spanish 4, the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Discuss events in the past in Spanish.
2. Discuss events in the present in Spanish.
3. Discuss events in the future in Spanish.
4. Sustain a conversation in everyday Spanish by accurately asking and responding to questions dealing with health, travel, entertainment, or current events.
5. Discuss in Spanish the contributions of Latino artists from the music industry, literature, or the visual arts.
6. Identify the contributions of Hispanics/Latinos in the arts and politics.
7. Identify facts associated with Spanish-Speaking countries.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

SPA 205 - Advanced Conversational Spanish I

3 Credits

Intensive practice in oral communication at an advanced level. Current trends in spoken Spanish as expressed in contemporary situations. Three class hours.

Prerequisite: SPA 104 or a grade of B or better in high school Spanish 5, or permission of the instructor.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate the ability to communicate in correct Spanish at the advanced level by successfully talking about topics like abortion, marriage, terrorism, religion, euthanasia, immigration and hopes for the future.
2. Demonstrate the ability to comprehend advanced-level conversational Spanish by accurately debating topics such as family, politics, and personal beliefs and feelings.
3. Demonstrate the ability to comprehend written advanced Spanish by producing an oral report of personal interpretation of Spanish-language poetry.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the rules of pronunciation of the Spanish language at the advanced level by accurately producing adequately accented and fluent speech that will be easily understood by native Spanish speakers.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

SPA 206 - Advanced Conversational Spanish II

3 Credits

Continuation of SPA 205. Three class hours.

Prerequisite: SPA 205 or SPA 104, or four years of high school Spanish or equivalent.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate the ability to communicate in correct Spanish at the advanced level by successfully talking about topics like drug trafficking, international relations, the right to bear arms, censorship, death penalty, environmental issues, bilingualism and citizenship.
2. Demonstrate the ability to comprehend advanced-level conversational Spanish by accurately debating topics such as the role of the United Nations, the use of Spanglish in the U.S., the legal system, the environment, the media and popular culture.
3. Demonstrate the ability to comprehend written advanced Spanish by producing an oral report on the use of multimedia for the Hispanic market, focusing on the musical richness of the Hispanic culture.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the rules of pronunciation of the Spanish language at the advanced level by accurately producing adequately accented and fluent speech that will be easily understood by native Spanish speakers.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

SPA 207 - Cinema for Spanish Conversation

3 Credits

In this course, students will improve their Spanish conversational skills through the discussion of films in Spanish. Student presentations will help the student improve their public speaking skills. In addition, the students will improve their listening comprehension through exposure to native speech. The films will introduce students to culture, some history, vernacular speech and regional accents. This course offers a new and different vision of language learning and use. The films serve as a catalyst for thought provoking cultural and linguistic examination. This offers the students the ability to express themselves and to expose themselves to the diversity of cultures in the many Spanish speaking countries. The students will broaden their knowledge and analyze, compare and enrich their vocabulary and hone their analytic and critical thinking skills through their enhancement, solidification of the knowledge of the language, and its variety of uses. Three class hours. (SUNY-FL)

Prerequisite: SPA 104, or excellence in High School Spanish 5, the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the spoken language at the intermediate level by recognizing and comprehending films that use colloquial expressions and a wide variety of language.
2. Expand conversation skills through mastery of new vocabulary.
3. Contrast cultural values that are portrayed in American films with cultural values that are portrayed in Spanish-language films.
4. Demonstrate an ability to express opinions and justify opinions based on points of view or facts from a film.
5. Name the main events of a film's plot using the past and perfect tenses in Spanish.
6. Describe the main and supporting characters portrayed in the films presented.
7. Describe the director's background, viewpoints, previous films and recurring themes of the films presented through documented research.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

SPA 213 - Intermediate Spanish Conversation I

2 Credits

A communicative approach to develop comprehension of the spoken language and ability to communicate with native speakers at the beginning intermediate level. Spanish spoken by native speakers from Spain and Latin America will be used to train students for real life communication appropriate for social and career related situations. To develop linguistic skills, intensive training in comprehension and communication will be enhanced by the use of video and audio materials, and interactive websites. Language structures will be practiced in context using related text materials and culture, as well as topics of interest such as current events. Students will be evaluated on their linguistic achievement and performance, their level of aural comprehension and conversational competence at this intermediate level of communication. Two class hours.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 203 taken concurrently, or successful completion of high school Spanish 4, the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Discuss in Spanish events in the past, present, and future.
2. Sustain a conversation in everyday Spanish by accurately asking and responding to questions dealing with health, travel, entertainment, or current events.
3. Discuss in Spanish the contributions of Latino artists from the music industry, literature, or the visual arts.
4. Identify and list orally the cultural traditions associated with the Hispanic World

Course Offered Fall and Spring

SPA 214 - Intermediate Spanish Conversation II

2 Credits

A communicative approach to develop comprehension of the spoken language and ability to communicate with native speakers at the beginning intermediate level. Spanish spoken by native speakers from Spain and Latin America will be used to train students for real life communication appropriate for social and career related situations. To develop linguistic skills, intensive training in comprehension and communication will be enhanced by the use of video and audio materials, and interactive websites. Language structures will be practiced in context using related text materials and culture, as well as topics of interest such as current events. Students will be evaluated on their linguistic achievement and performance, their level of aural comprehension and conversational competence at this intermediate level of communication. Two class hours.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 204 taken concurrently, or successful completion of high school Spanish 5, the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Create grammatically correct sentences in Spanish using the correct verb conjugation.
2. Communicate in correct Spanish about two or more of the following topics: technology, communication, environment or social problems.
3. Discuss in Spanish cultural and contemporary topics related to Spanish-speaking countries, in particular those associated with social and ethnic diversity or current events.
4. Identify orally cultural and contemporary topics related to Spanish-speaking countries, in particular those associated with social and ethnic diversity and current events.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

SPA 221 - Hispanic Culture On Location

3 Credits

This course is designed to provide the opportunity to see and experience the richness of a Spanish speaking country through the unique experience of travel. The core part of this course will be a stay in the country, with visits to the main cities and cultural centers. Class meetings prior to the trip will focus on topics that will help the student to prepare for the experience, and meetings after the trip will provide a time for debriefing, reporting, evaluation and assimilation. The student is expected to complete ten tasks during his/her stay, make an oral presentation, and prepare a portfolio of the trip. This portfolio can be a personal journal, photo display, video recording, or a combination thereof. Three class hours.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the political and economic systems today in the country of destination, and compare it to the American systems.
2. Identify the celebrations and holidays in the country's calendar, and the cultural traditions associated with birth, marriage, friendship, social interaction and death.
3. Demonstrate basic proficiency in the understanding and use of the Spanish language by successfully greeting others, ordering food at a restaurant, and using basic local services like transportation, mail and telephone.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural differences and cultural blending by successfully resolving cultural conflicts while living on location.
5. Name, distinguish and explain the main features of the different periods in the country's history.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

SPC - Speech Communication
STT - Solar Thermal Technology
SUS - Sustainability Studies
SVL - Service Learning
TAM - Tooling and Machining
TEK - Technology
THE - Theatre
TOY - Toyota
TRS - Transitional Studies
TVL - Travel And Tourism
XRT - Radiologic Technology