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Introduction to Electronics & Robotics Programming (CS130)

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robot astaras act 2016Spend a few weeks this summer to learn to program, design and test electronics circuits, while building robots! No prior experience is required in either programming or electronics.

  • Design your own robot and compete in challenges
  • Build your knowledge and improve your skills in coding, electronics, mechanics and the English language
  • Learn to program in 2 computing languages (C, QB64)
  • Build & troubleshoot electronic circuits
  • Learn to program the popular Arduino μcontroller board
  • Design, troubleshoot, compete collectively as a team
  • Course credit transfer for other US colleges & Universities

This fast-paced course is taught in English over a period of one month (19 June - 17 July, 9:00-11:30 M-Th) and involves lectures, laboratory sessions and design challenges. It is instructed by a member of the ACT Computer Science faculty with a PhD in Electronics Engineering and Artificial Intelligence.

Who can sign up for this course?

While the course is primarily targeted at 1st year university students and can be taken for transferrable US College credit, top performing older (lyceum) high school students may also apply. In the latter case a strong background in the natural sciences and the English language is required, while a brief interview with the instructor will be arranged prior to enrollment. 

Upon completion of the course, students will study and practice:

  • the fundamental principles of programming using the C and QB64 programming languages
  • the basics of mixed signal electronics, performing experiments with the Arduino microcontroller board
  • the fundamentals of robotics: sensors, actuators and mobile robotics programming, using Mindstorms EV3 robotics experimentation kits
  • integration of all aforementioned skills and components into their robotic designs, including the skills to troubleshoot, evaluate and improve their mechatronics creations

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The course in detail: 

The primary difference between robots and other types of computing devices is their ability to have a physical effect on their environment, rather than to simply gather, process and communicate data. In this summer course we explore sensors, microcontrollers and actuators, which are the electronic components that help robots perceive and physically interact with their surroundings. We gradually build our understanding of electronic components and programming from the ground up, with no previous coding experience required.

The course employs experiential learning, iterative design and challenge-oriented teaching to encourage students to hone their critical, analytical, creativity and teamwork design skills. During programming training all students will produce an interactive computer game which includes graphics. The course concludes with a team design competition based on a series of robotics challenges, as well as a scientific slide presentation by each team explaining their design choices to their classmates. Students are encouraged to be creative and original in designing their hardware and programming code.

They are also instructed to find, understand, modify and repurpose code from the internet, combine it with their own and optimize it for their hardware. They study and evaluate designs from other robotics teams and combine the most desirable features with their own hardware design ideas. Proper acknowledgement and citation of original work which has been integrated in the robotic designs is demonstrated by the instructor and required by all teams.

Most of instruction involves experiential learning within a team, multiple design improvement cycles and a series of increasingly challenging targets set by the instructor. Each team prepares a final slide presentation to the rest of the class, listing their achievements, inviting questions and constructive criticism of their designs. Each team subsequently participates in a final robotics challenge competition.

More about the professor:

alexander astaras professor photo 2016Dr. Alexander Astaras is Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) and a Research Associate in the Lab of Medical Physics, Dept. of Medicine (AUTH), Greece. He obtained his BA in Physics from Oberlin College, Ohio, USA and his PhD in Electronics and Artificial Intelligence from the Electrical Engineering Dept. of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. He is an Electronics and Biomedical Engineer, the author of more than 35 peer-reviewed publications in these fields. He has designed and tested several prototype electronic chips & supervised numerous undergraduate and MSc theses in biomedical engineering and electronics. He is an active member of the IEEE and the Hellenic Biomedical Engineering Society (ELEVIT). He works in analogue and mixed-signal integrated circuits, system-on-chip and lab-on-chip integration as well as mapping artificial neural networks on silicon. His research interests include biomedical micro-electro-mechanical data acquisition sensors, low power mixed-signal VLSI electronics design, machine learning and medical robotics. He is also interested in using robotics to promote science and engineering in secondary and university level education.

Enrollment for summer 2017 has started.

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ACT strives to be not only the 1st choice, but also an affordable choice for the education of youth from Greece, Southeast Europe, the US and beyond. To that end, the College awards financial aid to a substantial number of students in each entering class. Financial aid awards aim to make quality education affordable to students in need, particularly during these difficult times, and also reward a student’s academic accomplishments and potential. The American College of Thessaloniki has developed a well established program of financial aid to assist students in their quest for a college education. This program ensures that no student should be deprived from attending ACT because of financial strains.

All applicants who would like to be considered for financial aid should complete the

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ACT strives to be not only the 1st choice, but also an affordable choice for the education of youth from Greece, Southeast Europe, the US and beyond. To that end, the College awards financial aid to a substantial number of students in each entering class. Financial aid awards aim to make quality education affordable to students in need, particularly during these difficult times, and also reward a student’s academic accomplishments and potential. The American College of Thessaloniki has developed a well established program of financial aid to assist students in their quest for a college education. This program ensures that no student should be deprived from attending ACT because of financial strains.

All applicants who would like to be considered for financial aid should complete the

ACT financial aid form

Maintainability

Undergraduates receive grants in the form of percentage reduction in the tuition fee costs. This amount will most likely remain constant throughout the course of study at ACT as long as the student is eligible for financial aid unless otherwise notified.

To remain eligible for the financial aid award, undergraduate students must meet the following academic criteria:

  • Maintain a good academic standing based on the award level received.
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BS in Business Administration - Marketing

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Brief Description

Marketing is a critical function for all business since it involves the closest contact with customers. Marketing managers identify who a firm’s customers are, what they need, and how the firm can best satisfy that need. As a result, this discipline plays a large role in creating profits for a business. Many successful marketing managers achieve high positions within an organization. Marketing graduates may find professional opportunities in sales, market research, retailing and advertising. More experience brings advancement to marketing management, market analysis, and consulting.

Degree Requirements

In order to receive the BS degree, the student must have fulfilled all the GER and major requirements and have completed at least 121 US credit hours with an overall G.P.A of 2.0 or better. All business students take a Research Methods course followed by a Business Strategy I and Business Strategy II (capstone, final project) course. According to NEASC Standards, students must complete at least one fourth of their undergraduate program, including advanced work in the major or concentration, at the institution awarding the degree. As a consequence, all candidates for an ACT degree must have been in residence at the College for at least during the last two semesters of full time instruction, assuming availability and equivalency of transferable courses.

Open University degree structure

The program in Business—Marketing is currently validated by Open University: under this scheme, 24 are out of the 40 courses required for a Bachelor’s degree are validated by Open University. Students must necessarily take the fourth year courses at ACT. Successful students will receive a Bachelor’s degree from Open University in addition to the ACT degree for a single course of studies by meeting the following common set of requirements (in addition to meeting General Education Requirements)—courses highlighted in bold are validated by Open University.

Major Requirements

  • Accounting 101 Financial Accounting (OU)
  • Accounting 102 Managerial Accounting (OU)
  • Business Administration 240 International Business Law (OU)
  • Economics 101* Introductory Macroeconomics (OU)
  • Economics 102 Introductory Microeconomics (OU)
  • Economics/Management 242 Applied Managerial Economics (OU)
  • Finance 201 Financial Management (OU)
  • Management 101 Introduction to Management (OU)
  • Management 201 Organizational Behavior (OU)
  • Management 312 Operations Management (OU)
  • Management 322 Business Strategy I (OU)
  • Management 323 Business Strategy II (OU)
  • Marketing 101 Introduction to Marketing (OU)
  • Marketing 301 Entrepreneurial and Corporate Marketing Strategy (OU)

Marketing Concentration Requirements

  • Management 240 Creative Thinking
  • Marketing 212 Sales Management (OU)
  • Marketing 214 Advertising (OU)
  • Marketing 318 Global Marketing (OU)
  • Marketing 320 Marketing Research (OU)
  • Marketing 324 e-Marketing (OU)
  • Marketing 330 Consumer Behavior (OU)

Other Degree Requirements

  • Mathematics 101* Elements of Finite Mathematics
  • Mathematics 115* Calculus (OU)
  • Statistics 205* Introductory Statistics (OU)
  • Computer Science 101* Introduction to Computing
  • Computer Science 151* Quantitative Computing (OU)
  • Research 299 Business Research Methods (OU)

Business Electives

Two Business Elective from among:

  • Business 398: Undergraduate Internship in Business
  • Business 399: Global Competitiveness Practicum
  • Econ 232: International Economics (OU)
  • CS 250: E-Commerce
  • CS 306: Advanced Web Development (OU)
  • CS 312: Database Management Systems (OU)
  • CS 325: Distributed Applications (OU)
  • CS 412: Object Oriented Programming (OU)
  • CS 422: Advanced Database Systems (OU)
  • CS 450: System Analysis and Design (OU)
  • CS 499: Advanced Programming Tools (OU)
  • Fin 202: Corporate Finance (OU)
  • Fin 210: Inernational Money and Banking (OU)
  • Fin 220: Investment and Portfolio Management (OU)
  • Fin 232: International Finance (OU)
  • Fin 400: Seminar in Finance
  • Mgt 210: Human Resource Management for Growth (OU)
  • Mgt 218: International Business (OU)
  • Mgt/Econ 242: Applied Managerial Economics (OU)
  • Mgt 330: Entrepreneurship and Innovation (OU)
  • Mgt 340: Business in Greece and the EU (OU)
  • Mkg 311: Retailing

One free elective

* Any of the Major courses above marked with an asterisk may also be taken to meet part of the GER.

Suggested Program of Studies

Year One

  • Mathematics 101
  • CS101 or CS105
  • History 120
  • English 101
  • Politics 101
  • Mathematics 115 (OU)
  • Computer Science 151 (OU)
  • Philosophy 101
  • English 102
  • Bio 101 or Ecology 110

Year Two (Level 4)

  • Management 101 (OU)
  • Accounting 101 (OU)
  • Economics 101 (OU)
  • English 203
  • English 120, Art 120, or Music 120
  • Accounting 102 (OU)
  • Economics 102 (OU)
  • Marketing 101 (OU)
  • Philosophy 203
  • Anthropology 101, Sociology101, or Psychology 101

Year Three - semester 1 (Level 5)

  • Management 201 (OU)
  • Finance 201 (OU)
  • Business Administration 240 (OU)
  • Computer Science 201 (OU)
  • Free Elective

Year Three - semester 2 (Level 5)

  • Research Methods 299 (OU)
  • Statistics 205 (OU)
  • Marketing 212 (OU)
  • Marketing 214 (OU)
  • Business Elective

Year Four - semester 1 (Level 6)

  • Management 322 (OU)
  • Management 312 (OU)
  • Marketing 330 (OU)
  • Marketing 324(OU)
  • Management 240

Year Four - semester 2 (Level 6)

  • Management 323 (OU)
  • Marketing 320 (OU)
  • Marketing 318 (OU)
  • Marketing 301 (OU)
  • Business elective
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BS in Business Administration - Entrepreneurial Management

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Brief Description

This Concentration deals with the challenges of leading organizations and working with people in a constantly changing economic environment. The Entrepreneurial Management program prepares you for a wide variety of positions in business or consulting. One of the most common career paths is to begin as a management trainee, the first step towards becoming a general manager or executive. Students can also prepare for a career in human resource management working in areas such as training and development recruiting and staffing. Finally, management courses will advance your own personal leadership and negotiation skills.

Degree Requirements

In order to receive the BS degree, the student must have fulfilled all the GER and major requirements and have completed at least 121 US credit hours with an overall G.P.A of 2.0 or better. All business students take a Research Methods course followed by a Business Strategy I and Business Strategy II (capstone, final project) course. According to NEASC Standards, students must complete at least one fourth of their undergraduate program, including advanced work in the major or concentration, at the institution awarding the degree. As a consequence, all candidates for an ACT degree must have been in residence at the College for at least during the last two semesters of full time instruction, assuming availability and equivalency of transferable courses.

Open University degree structure

The program in Business—Entrepreneurial Management is currently validated by Open University: under this scheme, 24 are out of the 40 courses required for a Bachelor’s degree are validated by Open University. Students must necessarily take the fourth year courses at ACT. Successful students will receive a Bachelor’s degree from Open University in addition to the ACT degree for a single course of studies by meeting the following common set of requirements (in addition to meeting General Education Requirements)—courses highlighted in bold are validated by Open University.

Major Requirements

  • Accounting 101 Financial Accounting (OU)
  • Accounting 102 Managerial Accounting (OU)
  • Business Administration 240 International Business Law (OU)
  • Economics 101* Introductory Macroeconomics (OU)
  • Economics 102 Introductory Microeconomics (OU)
  • Finance 201 Financial Management (OU)
  • Management 101 Introduction to Management (OU)
  • Management 201 Organizational Behavior (OU)
  • Management 312 Operations Management
  • Management 322 Business Strategy I (OU)
  • Management 323 Business Strategy II (OU)
  • Marketing 101 Introduction to Marketing (OU)
  • Marketing 301 Entrepreneurial and Corporate Marketing Strategy (OU)

Entrepreneurial Management Concentration Requirements

  • Finance 202 Entrepreneurial and Corporate Finance (OU)
  • Management 210 Human Resources Management for Growth (OU)
  • Management 218 International Business (OU)
  • Management 240 Creative Thinking
  • Management 330 Entrepreneurship and Innovation (OU)
  • Management 340 Business in Greece and the E.U. (OU)
  • Marketing 330 Consumer Behavior (OU)

Other Degree Requirements

  • Mathematics 101* Elements of Finite Mathematics
  • Mathematics 115* Calculus (OU)
  • Statistics 205* Introductory Statistics (OU)
  • Computer Science 101* Introduction to Computing
  • Computer Science 151* Quantitative Computing (OU)
  • Computer Science 201 Business Computing (OU)
  • Research 299 Business Research Methods (OU)

Business Electives

One Business Elective from among:

  • Business 399: Global Competitiveness Practicum
  • Econ 242: Applied Managerial Economics
  • CS 250: E-Commerce
  • Business 398: Undergraduate Internship in Business
  • CS 306: Advanced Web Development (OU)
  • CS 312: Database Management Systems (OU)
  • CS 325: Distributed Applications (OU)
  • CS 412: Object Oriented Programming (OU)
  • CS 422: Advanced Database Systems (OU)
  • CS 450: System Analysis and Design (OU)
  • CS 499: Advanced Programming Tools
  • Fin 210: International Money and Banking (OU)
  • Fin 220: Investment and Portfolio Management (OU)
  • Fin 232: International Finance (OU)
  • Fin 400: Seminar in Finance
  • Mkg 200: Principles of Public Relations (OU)
  • Mkg 212: Sales Management (OU)
  • Mkg 214: Advertising (OU)
  • Mkg 311: Retailing
  • Mkg 318: Global Marketing (OU)
  • Mkg 320: Marketing Research (OU)
  • Mkg 324: e-Marketing (OU)
  • Mgt 218: International Business (OU)
  • Mgt 244: Managerial Decision Making

One free elective

* Any of the Major courses above marked with an asterisk may also be taken to meet part of the GER.

Suggested Program of Studies

Year One

  • Mathematics 101
  • CS101 or CS105
  • History 120
  • English 101
  • Politics 101
  • Mathematics 115 (OU)
  • Computer Science 151 (OU)
  • Philosophy 101
  • English 102
  • Bio 101 or Ecology 110

Year Two (Level 4)

  • Management 101 (OU)
  • Accounting 101 (OU)
  • Economics 101 (OU)
  • English 203
  • English 120, Art 120, or Music 120
  • Accounting 102 (OU)
  • Economics 102 (OU)
  • Marketing 101 (OU)
  • Philosophy 203
  • Anthropology 101, Sociology101, or Psychology 101

Year Three - semester 1 (Level 5)

  • Management 201 (OU)
  • Finance 201 (OU)
  • Business Administration 240 (OU)
  • Computer Science 201 (OU)
  • Free Elective

Year Three - semester 2 (Level 5)

  • Research Methods 299 (OU)
  • Statistics 205 (OU)
  • Finance 202 (OU)
  • Management 340 (OU)
  • Business Elective

Year Four - semester 1 (Level 6)

  • Management 322 (OU)
  • Management 218 (OU)
  • Management 312 (OU)
  • Marketing 330 (OU)
  • Management 240

Year Four - semester 2 (Level 6)

  • Management 323 (OU)
  • Management 210 (OU)
  • Management 330 (OU)
  • Marketing 301 (OU)
  • Business elective (OU)
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BS in Business Administration - International Business

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Brief Description

The International Business program deals with the challenges and the opportunities of working in a global environment. Students learn to analyze market and investment opportunities in other countries. Through a careful blending of theory and practical applications students are prepared to pursue careers in international companies or international organizations.

Degree Requirements

In order to receive the BS degree, the student must have fulfilled all the GER and major requirements and have completed at least 121 US credit hours with an overall G.P.A of 2.0 or better. All business students take a Research Methods course followed by a Business Strategy I and Business Strategy II (capstone, final project) course. According to NEASC Standards, students must complete at least one fourth of their undergraduate program, including advanced work in the major or concentration, at the institution awarding the degree. As a consequence, all candidates for an ACT degree must have been in residence at the College for at least during the last two semesters of full time instruction, assuming availability and equivalency of transferable courses.

Open University degree structure

The program in Business—International Business is currently validated by Open University: under this scheme, 24 are out of the 40 courses required for a Bachelor’s degree are validated by Open University. Students must necessarily take the fourth year courses at ACT. Successful students will receive a Bachelor’s degree from Open University in addition to the ACT degree for a single course of studies by meeting the following common set of requirements (in addition to meeting General Education Requirements)—courses highlighted in bold are validated by Open University.

Major Requirements

  • Accounting 101 Financial Accounting (OU)
  • Accounting 102 Managerial Accounting (OU)
  • Business Administration 240 International Business Law (OU)
  • Economics 101* Introductory Macroeconomics (OU)
  • Economics 102 Introductory Microeconomics (OU)
  • Finance 201 Financial Management (OU)
  • Management 101 Introduction to Management (OU)
  • Management 201 Organizational Behavior (OU)
  • Management 312 Operations Management
  • Management 322 Business Strategy I (OU)
  • Management 323 Business Strategy II (OU)
  • Marketing 101 Introduction to Marketing (OU)
  • Marketing 301 Entrepreneurial and Corporate Marketing Strategy (OU)

International Business Concentration Requirements

  • Economics 232 International Economics (OU)
  • Finance 232 International Finance (OU)
  • Finance 210 International Money and Banking (OU)
  • Management 218 Entrepreneurial International Business (OU)
  • Management 340 Business in Greece and the EU (OU)
  • Marketing 318 Global Marketing (OU)
  • Marketing 324 E-Marketing (OU)

Other Degree Requirements

  • Mathematics 101* Elements of Finite Mathematics
  • Mathematics 115* Calculus (OU)
  • Statistics 205* Introductory Statistics (OU)
  • Computer Science 101* Introduction to Computing
  • Computer Science 151* Quantitative Computing (OU)
  • Computer Science 201 Business Computing (OU)
  • Research 299 Business Research Methods (OU)

Business Electives

Two Business Electives from among:

  • Business 398: Undergraduate Internship in Business
  • Business 399: Global Competitiveness Practicum
  • CS 250: E-Commerce
  • CS 306: Advanced Web Development (OU)
  • CS 312: Database Management Systems (OU)
  • CS 325: Distributed Applications (OU)
  • CS 412: Object Oriented Programming (OU)
  • CS 422: Advanced Database Systems (OU)
  • CS 450: System Analysis and Design (OU)
  • CS 499: Advanced Programming Tools (OU)
  • Fin 220: Investment and Portfolio Management (OU)
  • Fin 400: Seminar in Finance
  • Mkg 212: Sales Management (OU)
  • Mkg 214: Advertising (OU)
  • Mkg 311: Retailing
  • Mkg 320: Marketing Research (OU)
  • Mkg 330: Consumer Behavior (OU)
  • Mngt 210: Human Resource Management for Growth (OU)
  • Mgt 240: Creative Thinking
  • Mngt 330: Entrepreneurship and Innovation (OU)

One free elective

* Any of the Major courses above marked with an asterisk may also be taken to meet part of the GER.

Suggested Program of Studies

Year One

  • Mathematics 101
  • CS101 or CS105
  • History 120
  • English 101
  • Politics 101
  • Mathematics 115 (OU)
  • Computer Science 151 (OU)
  • Philosophy 101
  • English 102
  • Bio 101 or Ecology 110

Year Two (Level 4)

  • Management 101 (OU)
  • Accounting 101 (OU)
  • Economics 101 (OU)
  • English 203
  • English 120, Art 120, or Music 120
  • Accounting 102 (OU)
  • Economics 102 (OU)
  • Marketing 101 (OU)
  • Philosophy 203
  • Anthropology 101, Sociology101, or Psychology 101

Year Three - semester 1 (Level 5)

  • Management 201 (OU)
  • Finance 201 (OU)
  • Business Administration 240 (OU)
  • Computer Science 201 (OU)
  • Free Elective

Year Three - semester 2 (Level 5)

  • Research Methods 299(OU)
  • Statistics 205 (OU)
  • Management 340 (OU)
  • Economics 232 (OU)
  • Business Elective

Year Four - semester 1 (Level 6)

  • Management 322 (OU)
  • Finance 232 (OU)
  • Marketing 324 (OU)
  • Finance 210 (OU)
  • Management 312

Year Four - semester 2 (Level 6)

  • Management 323 (OU)
  • Management 218 (OU)
  • Marketing 318 (OU)
  • Marketing 301 (OU)
  • Business elective
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BS in Business Administration - Finance

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Brief Description

Global financial markets remain a dynamic sector of the world economy. Today the demand for Finance professionals to interpret the flood of information and to implement trading and financial strategies requires that the students understand theory and also have hands-on experience. ACT’s goal is to educate and prepare students for successful careers in financial management through a careful balance between theory and hands-on learning.

Degree Requirements

In order to receive the BS degree, the student must have fulfilled all the GER and major requirements and have completed at least 121 US credit hours with an overall G.P.A. of 2.0 or better. All business students take a Research Methods course followed by a Business Strategy I and Business Strategy II (capstone, final project) course. According to NEASC Standards, students must complete at least one fourth of their undergraduate program, including advanced work in the major or concentration, at the institution awarding the degree. As a consequence, all candidates for an ACT degree must have been in residence at the College for at least during the last two semesters of full time instruction, assuming availability and equivalency of transferable courses.

Open University degree structure

The program in Business—Finance is currently validated by Open University: under this scheme, 24 are out of the 40 courses required for a Bachelor’s degree are validated by Open University. Students must necessarily take the fourth year courses at ACT. Successful students will receive a Bachelor’s degree from Open University in addition to the ACT degree for a single course of studies by meeting the following common set of requirements (in addition to meeting General Education Requirements)—courses highlighted in bold are validated by Open University.

Major Requirements

  • Accounting 101 Financial Accounting (OU)
  • Accounting 102 Managerial Accounting (OU)
  • Business Administration 240 International Business Law (OU)
  • Economics 101* Introductory Macroeconomics (OU)
  • Economics 102 Introductory Microeconomics (OU)
  • Economics/Management 242 Applied Managerial Economics (OU)
  • Finance 201 Financial Management (OU)
  • Management 101 Introduction to Management (OU)
  • Management 201 Organizational Behavior (OU)
  • Management 312 Operations Management (OU)
  • Management 322 Business Strategy I (OU)
  • Management 323 Business Strategy II (OU)
  • Marketing 101 Introduction to Marketing (OU)
  • Marketing 301 Entrepreneurial and Corporate Marketing Strategy (OU)

Finance Concentration Requirements

  • Finance 202 Corporate Finance (OU)
  • Finance 210 Money and Banking (OU)
  • Finance 220 Investment and Portfolio Management (OU)
  • Finance 232 International Finance (OU)
  • Finance 400 Seminar in Finance

Other Degree Requirements

  • Mathematics 101* Elements of Finite Mathematics
  • Mathematics 115* Calculus (OU)
  • Statistics 205* Introductory Statistics (OU)
  • Computer Science 101* Introduction to Computing
  • Computer Science 151* Quantitative Computing (OU)
  • Computer Science 201 Business Computing (OU)
  • Research 299 Research Methods (OU)

Business Electives

Three Business Electives (one must be an OU validated course) from among:

  • Business 398: Undergraduate Internship in Business
  • Business 399: Global Competitiveness Practicum
  • CS 250: E-Commerce
  • CS 306: Advanced Web Development (OU)
  • CS 312: Database Management Systems (OU)
  • CS 325: Distributed Applications (OU)
  • CS 412: Object Oriented Programming (OU)
  • CS 422: Advanced Database Systems (OU)
  • CS 450: System Analysis and Design (OU)
  • CS 499: Advanced Programming Tools (OU)
  • Econ 232: International Economics (OU)
  • Mkg 200: Principles of Public Relations (OU)
  • Mkg 212: Sales Management (OU)
  • Mkg 214: Advertising (OU)
  • Mkg 311: Retailing
  • Mkg 318: Global Marketing (OU)
  • Mkg 320: Marketing Research (OU)
  • Mkg 324: E-Marketing (OU)
  • Mkg 330: Consumer Behavior (OU)
  • Mngt 210: Human Resource Management for Growth (OU)
  • Mngt 218: Entrepreneurial International Business (OU)
  • Mngt 330: Entrepreneurship and Innovation (OU)
  • Mgt 340: Business in Greece and the EU (OU)

One free elective

* Any of the Major courses above marked with an asterisk may also be taken to meet part of the GER.

Suggested Program of Studies

Year One

  • Mathematics 101
  • CS101 or CS105
  • History 120
  • English 101
  • Politics 101
  • Mathematics 115 (OU)
  • Computer Science 151(OU)
  • Philosophy 101
  • English 102
  • Biology 101 or Ecology 110

Year Two (Level 4)

  • Management 101(OU)
  • Accounting 101(OU)
  • Economics 101(OU)
  • English 203
  • English 120, Art 120, or Music 120
  • Accounting 102 (OU)
  • Economics 102 (OU)
  • Marketing 101 (OU)
  • Philosophy 203
  • Anthropology 101, Sociology101, or Psychology 101

Year Three - semester 1 (Level 5)

  • Management 201 (OU)
  • Finance 201(OU)
  • Business Administration 240 (OU)
  • Computer Science 201(OU)
  • Free Elective

Year Three - semester 2 (Level 5)

  • Statistics 205 (OU)
  • Finance 202 (OU)
  • Economics/Management 242 (OU)
  • Business elective

Year Four - semester 1 (Level 6)

  • Management 322 (OU)
  • Finance 232 (OU)
  • Management 312 (OU)
  • Finance 210 (OU)
  • Business elective

Year Four - semester 2 (Level 6)

  • Management 323 (OU)
  • Finance 220 (OU)
  • Finance 400
  • Marketing 301 (OU)
  • Business elective (OU)
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Brief Description

The degree in Business Computing is a hybrid program that provides an excellent blend of Computing technologies and Business knowledge. The program covers a breadth of Information Technologies (electronic office, programming, databases, multimedia, networking and the web) and focuses on fundamental areas of Business (Management, Marketing, Accounting, Finance and Economics). Graduates of the program will have the skills and training needed to understand Business functions, to analyze business-user information needs and to design and implement information systems.

The BS in Business Computing prepares the student for a career either in the field of Computer Science and its applications or in the field of Business. The program develops broadly educated and competent graduates ready to pursue professional careers or graduate studies in either Business or Computer Science. Training in research methods and a final year capstone project provide the theoretical and practical framework for successful performance of program graduates in industry or academia.

Degree Requirements

In order to receive the BS degree, the student must have fulfilled all the GER and major requirements and have completed at least 121 US credit hours with an overall G.P.A of 2.0 or better. All Business Computing students take a Research Methods course followed by a two semester sequence Senior Project I and II course. According to NEASC Standards, students must complete at least one fourth of their undergraduate program, including advanced work in the major or concentration, at the institution awarding the degree. As a consequence, all candidates for an ACT degree must have been in residence at the College for at least during the last two semesters of full time instruction, assuming availability and equivalency of transferable courses.

Open University degree structure

The program in Business Computing is currently validated by Open University: under this scheme, 24 are out of the 40 courses required for a Bachelor’s degree are validated by Open University. Students must necessarily take the fourth year courses at ACT. Successful students will receive a Bachelor’s degree from Open University in addition to the ACT degree for a single course of studies by meeting the following common set of requirements (in addition to meeting General Education Requirements)—courses highlighted in bold are validated by Open University.

Computer Science Requirements

  • Computer Science 105*: Introduction to Programming I (OU)
  • Computer Science 107: Multimedia I (OU)
  • Computer Science 215: Data Structures (OU)
  • Computer Science 205: Business Data Management (OU)
  • Computer Science 206: Web Development (OU)
  • Computer Science 306: Advanced Web Development (OU)
  • Computer Science 312: Database Management Systems (OU)
  • Computer Science 322: Computer Networks (OU)
  • Computer Science 450: System Analysis and Design (OU)
  • Computer Science 325: Distributed Applications (OU)
  • Computer Science 443: Senior Project I (OU)
  • Computer Science 444: Senior Project II (OU)

Business Requirements

  • Economics 101: Introductory Macroeconomics (OU)
  • Accounting 101: Financial Accounting (OU)
  • Accounting 102: Managerial Accounting
  • Finance 201: Financial Management (OU)
  • Management 101: Introduction to Management
  • Management 210: Human Resource Management (OU)
  • Management 312: Operations Management (OU)
  • Marketing 101: Introduction to Marketing (OU)
  • Business Administration 240: Principles of Commercial Law

Other Degree Requirements

  • Mathematics 101*: Elements of Finite Mathematics
  • Mathematics 115*: Calculus (OU)
  • Statistics 205: Statistics I (OU)
  • Research 299: Research Methods (OU)

Electives

  • Three electives (Computer Science or Business Courses - 300-level or above) - OU. Note: Computer Science 219 can
    be one of those 3 OU electives
  • One Elective (Computer Science or Business - level 300 or above)
  • One free elective

* Any of the Major courses above marked with an asterisk may also be taken to meet part of the GER.

Suggested Program of Studies

Year One

  • Mathematics 101
  • Mathematics 115 (OU)
  • Computer Science 105 (OU)
  • Computer Science 215 (OU)
  • Biology 101, Biology 112 or Ecology 110 or
  • Chemistry 101 or Chemistry 115
  • English 101
  • English 102
  • History 120
  • Politics 101
  • Philosophy 101

Year Two (Level 4)

  • Computer Science 205 (OU)
  • Computer Science 107 (OU)
  • Economics 101 (OU)
  • Accounting 101 (OU)
  • Marketing 101 (OU)
  • Management 101
  • Accounting 102
  • English 120, Art 120, or Music 120
  • English 203
  • Anthropology 101 or Sociology 101 or
  • Psychology 101

Year Three (Level 5)

  • Computer Science 206 (OU)
  • Computer Science 312 (OU)
  • Computer Science 306 (OU)
  • Computer Science 450 (OU)
  • Statistics 205 (OU)
  • Finance 201 (OU)
  • Management 210 (OU)
  • Research Methods 299 (OU)
  • Philosophy 203
  • Elective (Computer Science or Business – level 300 or
    above)

Year Four (Level 6)

  • Computer Science 322 (OU)
  • Computer Science 325 (OU)
  • Capstone Project: Computer Science 443 (OU)
  • Capstone Project: Computer Science 444 (OU)
  • Computer Science/Business Elective (OU)
  • Computer Science/Business Elective (OU)
  • Computer Science/Business Elective (OU)
  • Management 312 (OU)
  • Business Administration 240
  • Free Elective
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BS in Computer Science

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Brief Description

Contemporary Information Technologies change rapidly in all levels of scope from hardware to conceptual. The ACT programme on Computer Science aims at offering its students a solid foundation that both addresses the fundamentals and provides adaptability in a lifelong career with continuous learning.

The ACT Computer Science graduate receives a solid and thorough education in fields of computing that interconnect as well as provide a deep and wide background in contemporary computer science. The programme is structured in threads, with some capstone courses unifying among them and a set of Mathematics courses providing necessary background knowledge for the contemporary computer scientist.

The Programme aims to:

• Equip students with knowledge, skills and inspiration for a career at the forefront of innovation or further studies and research in computer science
• Provide NEASC and QAA standards level education in computer Science appropriate for either a career in industry or graduate studies. Such education shall cover a wide range of knowledge and understanding in all relevant areas of a rigorous curriculum and foster problem solving skills and information literacy
• Develop cognitive skills needed by the computer scientist: the ability to model systems, the power of abstraction, the ability to communicate technical arguments
• Provide the ability to critically evaluate computer systems, their performance and their specifications and demonstrate a highlevel of professional competence across a range of technical, legal and ethical areas.
• Instill professional and entrepreneurial attitudes in students and develop a range of transferable skills that would enable them to advance and exploit the knowledge and technical expertise in pursuing their further career
• Demonstrate the applicability of knowledge and skills in various contexts in which computer systems are developed, either when working alone or effectively participating as members of international teams

Degree Requirements

In order to receive the BS degree, the student must have fulfilled all the GER and major requirements and have completed at least 121 US credit hours with an overall G.P.A of 2.0 or better. All Computer Science must complete two-semester sequence Senior Project I and II course. According to NEASC Standards, students must complete at least one fourth of their undergraduate program, including advanced work in the major or concentration, at the institution awarding the degree. As a consequence, all candidates for an ACT degree must have been in residence at the College for at least during the last two semesters of full time instruction, assuming availability and equivalency of transferable courses

Open University degree structure

The program in Computer Science is currently validated by Open University: under this scheme, 24 are out of the 40 courses required for the Bachelor degrees are validated by Open University. Students must necessarily take the fourth year courses at ACT. Successful students will receive a Bachelor’s degree from Open University in addition to the ACT degree for a single course of studies by meeting the following common set of requirements (in addition to meeting General Education Requirements)—courses highlighted in bold are validated by Open University.

Computer Science Requirements

  • Computer Science 105* Introduction to Programming I
  • Computer Science 106 Introduction to Programming II - Object Oriented Programming
  • Computer Science 107 Digital Media Toolkit
  • Computer Science 205 Business Data Management
  • Computer Science 206 Web Development
  • Computer Science 215 Algorithms & Data Structures
  • Computer Science 230 Introductory Systems Programming
  • Computer Science 300 Mobile Application Programming
  • Computer Science 306 Advanced Web Development
  • Computer Science 310 Hardware & Computer Architecture
  • Computer Science 312 Database Management Systems
  • Computer Science 321 Operating Systems
  • Computer Science 322 Network Operating Systems and Administration
  • Computer Science 325 Distributed Applications
  • Computer Science 412 Object Oriented Programming
  • Computer Science 421 Systems Security
  • Computer Science 443 Capstone Project I
  • Computer Science 444 Capstone Project II
  • Computer Science 450 System Analysis and Design

Computer Science Elective (1 of the following is required)

  • Computer Science 219 Video Game Design with Unity and Blender
  • Computer Science 323 Java Network Programming
  • Computer Science 330 Introduction to Mobile Robotics Programming
  • Computer Science 333 Computer Networks II
  • Computer Science 422 Advanced DBMS

Mathematics Requirements

  • Mathematics 101 * Elements of Finite Mathematics
  • Mathematics 120 * Calculus I
  • Mathematics 220 Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science
  • Statistics 205 Statistics I

Business Elective (1 of the following is required)

  • Accounting 101 Financial Accounting
  • Economics 101* Introductory Macroeconomics
  • Marketing 101 Introduction to Marketing

Free Electives: Three (3)

3 courses from any of the courses listed in the College Catalog

* Any Major courses above marked with an asterisk may also be taken to meet part of the GER Suggested Program of Studies

Suggested Program of Studies

Year One (Level 4)

  • Computer Science 105 (OU)
  • Computer Science 106 (OU)
  • Computer Science 205 (OU)
  • MATH 101
  • Math 120 (OU)
  • English 101
  • English 102
  • History 120
  • Philosophy 101
  • Politics 101

Year Two (Level 4)

  • Computer Science 107 (OU)
  • Computer Science 215 (OU)
  • Computer Science 230 (OU)
  • General Business Elective (OU)
  • (Economics 101)
  • English 203
  • ART 120
  • Ecology 110
  • Psychology 101
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective

Year Three (Level 5)

  • Computer Science 206 (OU)
  • Computer Science 300 (OU)
  • Computer Science 306 (OU)
  • Computer Science 310 (OU)
  • Computer Science 312 (OU)
  • Computer Science 450 (OU)
  • Mathematics 220 (OU)
  • Statistics 205 (OU)
  • Philosophy 203
  • Free Elective

Year Four (Level 6)

  • Computer Science 322 (OU)
  • Computer Science 325 (OU)
  • Computer Science 321 (OU)
  • Computer Science 412 (OU)
  • Computer Science 421 (OU)
  • Computer Science 443 (OU)
  • Computer Science 444 (OU)
  • Major Elective (OU)
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective

NOTE: The above is a suggested program of study that fulfils the graduation requirements in Computer Science. Your actual program of study will be produced by your Academic Advisor and/or Division Chair.

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International Relations Program Courses

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Brief Description

ACT’s renowned BA in IR features a dynamic contemporary student-centered civic education. It trains youth for leadership roles in regional and international affairs and contributes meaningfully through academic instruction, applied research, and professional outreach, The program of studies is particularly strong in American and EU politics, international law and organizations, gender, globalization, and contemporary Balkan and Aegean affairs.

Students majoring in IR have ample opportunities to interact directly with senior practitioners in public affairs under the auspices of the Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service and the Lucy Center for Balkan Studies. Our graduates have had outstanding success in post-graduate study, gaining admission to the most prestigious European and American universities, and experiencing success at the highest levels of professional life.

Degree Requirements

In order to receive the BA degree, the student must have fulfilled all the GER and major requirements and have completed at least 121 US credit hours with an overall G.PA of 2.0 or better. All IR students take a two-semester sequence Senior Thesis I and II course. According to NEASC Standards, students must complete at least one fourth of their undergraduate program, including advanced work in the major or concentration, at the institution awarding the degree. As a consequence, all candidates for an ACT degree must have been in residence at the College during the last two semesters of full time instruction, assuming availability and equivalency of transferable courses.

Open University degree structure

The program in International Relations is currently validated by Open University: under this scheme, 24 are out of the 40 courses required for a Bachelor’s degree are validated by Open University. Students must necessarily take the fourth year courses at ACT. Successful students will receive a Bachelor’s degree from Open University in addition to the ACT degree for a single course of studies by meeting the following common set of requirements (in addition to meeting General Education Requirements)—courses highlighted in bold are validated by Open University.

Major Requirements

  • Politics 201 International Relations (OU)
  • Politics 202 Political Theory (OU)
  • Politics 231 International Law (OU)
  • Politics 232 International Organizations and Institutions (OU)
  • Politics 249 Politics of International Economic Relations (OU)
  • Politics 301 War, Genocide, and Peace in the Modern World (OU)
  • Politics 350-351 Senior Thesis (2 course sequence)--OU
  • European Studies 210 Foundations of European Integration (OU)
  • History 201 Women in Modern Times (OU)
  • History 221 Global Modernities: World History Since 1900 (OU)
  • History 245 Foreign Policy of the USA (OU)
  • Social Science 210 Introduction to Global Studies and Human Geographies (OU)
  • Politics 349 Contemporary Globalization (OU)
  • Economics 101 Introductory Macroeconomics (OU)
  • Economics 102 Introductory Microeconomics (OU)
  • English 250 Advanced Writing and Professional Communication (OU)
  • Communication 327 Communication Research Methods (OU)

Two 200-level IR electives (Level 5) selected among the following:

  • History 231 Modern Greek History (OU)
  • Humanities 221 Film in History, History in Film (OU)
  • Humanities 246 Introduction to American Cultural Studies (OU)
  • Politics 207 The Modern Greek Nation State (OU)
  • Politics 221 The Balkans in Contemporary International Relations (OU)
  • Politics 229 US Federal Government (OU)
  • Social Science 215 Studies in Media and Contemporary Society (OU)
  • Social Science 228 Society and Culture: Theory, Texts, and Practices (OU)
  • European Studies 212 The Political Economy of European Integration (OU)

Four 300-level IR electives (Level 6) selected among the following:

  • History 331 Topics in Modern Greek History (OU)
  • Politics 304 Women, Power, and Politics (OU)
  • Politics 305 Gender and International Development (OU)
  • Politics 321 US Policy in Southeast Europe (OU)
  • Politics 332 Human Rights (OU)
  • Politics 333 Diplomacy and Negotiation (OU)
  • Politics 334: Global Security Challenges and International Law (OU)
  • European Studies 311 The Idea of Europe (OU)
  • European Studies 351 European Environmental Governance (OU)
  • Anthropology 349 Intercultural Communication in Theory and Practice (OU)

Other Degree Requirements

  • Three free electives (to be chosen in consent with an academic advisor)

Cross-listed business courses from the OU-validated BS degree programs in Business Administration, may be taken as IR electives with permission of academic advisor:

  • Management 218 International Business (OU)
  • Economics 232 International Economics (OU)
  • Finance 210 Banking and Finance (OU)
  • Marketing 318 Global Marketing (OU)

Suggested Program of Studies

Year One

  • English 101
  • Math 100
  • Philosophy 101
  • History 120
  • Politics 101
  • English 102
  • CS 101
  • Anthropology 101, Psychology 101 or 204, or Sociology 101
  • Social Science 210 (OU)
  • Politics 201 (OU)

Year Two (Level 4)

  • English 203
  • Economics 101(OU)
  • English 120, Art 120 or Art 121, or Music 120
  • Politics 231 (OU)
  • Free Elective
  • English 250 (OU)
  • Economics 102 (OU)
  • History 201 (OU)
  • European Studies 210 (OU)
  • Science GER

Year Three (Level 5)

  • History 245 (OU)
  • Politics 232 (OU)
  • Politics 202 (OU)
  • IR Elective (200-level)(OU)
  • Philosophy 203
  • History 221 (OU)
  • Politics 249 (OU)
  • Communication 327 (OU)
  • IR Elective (200-level )
  • Free Elective

Year Four (Level 6)

  • Social Science 349 (OU)
  • Politics 350 (Senior Thesis I)(OU)
  • IR Elective (300-level)(OU)
  • IR Elective (300-level )(OU)
  • Statistics 205
  • Politics 301 (OU)
  • Politics 351 (Senior Thesis II)(OU)
  • IR Elective (300-level )(OU)
  • IR Elective (300-level )(OU)
  • Free Elective
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