Career & Technical Education

BUSINESS & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

The Business and Information Technology program provides all students with an opportunity to gain advanced business skills.  Students who select a Business and Information Technology program will graduate will competencies required by business.  They will also acquire the competencies necessary for acceptance to a post-secondary institution.  The Business and Information Technology program embraces the philosophy that all students should be taught at a college preparatory level and that all students should be given the support needed to succeed.


FULL YEAR COURSES

ACCOUNTING 1  E#12104 mmc                     1002 College Prep                                5 Math credits

Grades 10, 11 and 12 

This course will provide students with an introduction to basic fundamental accounting principals.  Students will learn how to keep business records, how to develop financial statements and accounting terminology using manual and computerized systems.  Students will be prepared for employment positions such as bank tellers, bookkeepers, accounting clerks and accounting assistants.  Meets Academic Expectations2,4 & 5

 

ACCOUNTING 1  E#12104 mmc                1031 Honors                                         5 Math credits

Grades 10, 11 and 12

This course is for students who plan to take accounting, finance, business management, business administration, and /or marketing in college.  The course will provide students with an introductory study of basic fundamental principles of accounting using manual and computerized accounting systems.  Students use real world business simulations to reinforce accounting concepts. This accelerated, honors-level course is designed for the college-bound student who plans to major in business.  Meets Academic Expectations 1,2,3,4 & 5

 

ACCOUNTING 2  E#12104 mmc                     1012 College Prep                    5 Math credits

Prerequisite:  Accounting 1 H or Accounting 1 (Waiver of Accounting 1 with permission of Career and Technical Education Director); See HCC & STCC Articulation (page 30)

Accounting 2 develops the skills of analyzing and interpreting accounting and financial records, departmental and payroll accounting and accounting for corporations. This course will expand students’ knowledge of accounting concepts, principles and automated accounting procedures. Meets Academic Expectations 1,2,3,4,5

 

ACCOUNTING 2  E#12104 mmc                       1011 Honors                             5 Math credits

Prerequisite  Accounting 1 H or  Accounting 1(Waiver of Accounting 1 with permission of Career and Technical Education Director); See HCC & STCC Articulation (page 30)

This accelerated, honors-level course is designed for the college-bound student who plans to major in Business.  This course develops the skills of analyzing and interpreting accounting and financial records, departmental and payroll accounting and accounting for a corporation, as well as, cost accounting.  Computerized accounting is utilized.  This course expands student’s knowledge of accounting concepts. Internship opportunity for students to work in the school bank during periods 5 & 6 and part time hours at Polish National Credit Union. Meets Academic Expectations 1,2,3,4 & 5

 

FINANCIAL MATH E#12103 mmc                   1052 College Prep                    5 Math credits

Grade 11 and 12

This course is designed to introduce students to financial mathematics content and terminology useful in advanced business courses.  The course focuses on problem-solving and applying mathematics to business activities including return of investment, comparison of company performance, and statistical data for business applications.  Use of fundamental arithmetic tools (fractions, decimals, ratios, percentages, interest and taxes) as they apply to algebra and geometry.  Students are introduced to technology using spreadsheets, graphs, and 4-fuction calculators to enhance understanding of financial formulas.  Meets Academic Expectations 2, 4 & 5

 

HALF YEAR COURSES

BUSINESS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EXPLORE E#C990100  

1672 College Prep                                2.5 credits

Grades 9 & 10 

This course introduces Grade 9 and 10 students to clusters of career opportunities in business and finance.  Students will learn how to manage money, start a new business, market a new product and explore basic web design and banking basics.  Meets Academic Expectations 1,2, 4 & 5

 

ECONOMICS  E#04201mmc                                5092 College Prep                    2.5 credits

Grades 10, 11 & 12     

This course introduces basic concepts of micro and macroeconomics. Topics include supply and demand; optimizing economic behavior; prices and wages; money; interest rates; banking system; unemployment taxes; and government spending. Upon completion, student should be able to explain alternative solutions for economic problems faced by private and government sectors .  Meets Academic Expectations 1,2,3,4, & 5

 

COMPUTERIZED ACCOUNTING  E#12104 mmc            1032 College Prep        2.5 credits

Prerequisite:  Completed or Concurrent Accounting 1 or Accounting 1 (Honors)

QuickBooks Pro is one of the most widely used small business accounting software programs on the market.  This program emphasizes accounting principles, inventory and management accounting.  In the class, students will keep track of income and expenses, create many  types of reports, bank account reconciliation, accounts payable and receivable, invoicing, inventory and skills needed to perform a variety of accounting applications with emphasis on computer technology as applied in today’s modern office.  Students will develop “10 key” keyboarding skills.  Students will be prepared for employment positions such as full-charge bookkeeper, bookkeeper assistant, accounting clerk, and accounts payable/receivable clerk.  Meets Academic Expectations 2,4 & 5

 

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS  E#10004 mmc              1632 College Prep                        2.5 credits

A hands-on course for students interested in exploring and using computers daily to organize data and perform computations.  Students will become familiarized with computer hardware and software programs including word processing, spreadsheet presentation software and internet research.  Meets Academic Expectations 1,2,3,4 & 5

 

SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS: WORD/EXCEL  E#10005 mmc         1642 Honors             2.5 credits

Prerequisite:  Computer Application and approval of the Career Technical Education Director

The course provides students with technical skills needed in any workplace using Microsoft Office.  The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) program establishes the criteria for proficient skill levels in Word (a word processing program) and Excel (a spreadsheet program).  Receiving a passing score based on the globally recognized “Certiport” online  will lead to college credit.Meets Academic Expectations 1,2,3,4 &5

 

SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS: POWERPOINT E#10005 mmc                     1652 Honors 2.5 credits

Prerequisite:  Computer Application and approval of the Career and Technical Education Director          

The course provides students with technical skills needed in any workplace using Microsoft Office.  The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOUS) program establishes the criteria for proficient skill levels in PowerPoint (a presentation software) and develop professional presentation skills. Receiving a passing score based on the globally recognized “Certiport” online exam will lead to college credit.  Meets Academic Expectations 1,2,3,4 & 5

 

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IC3 CERTIFICATIONS     E#10004 mmc    1201 Honors   2.5 credits

Prerequisites: Software Applications Word/Excel and PowerPoint and approval of the Career and Technical Education Director

This course prepares students to be productive users of computer hardware, software and the Internet.  Students will learn to recognize technology in the workplace and improve their computer skills.  The course will prepare students for IC3# Certification, which includes Computing Fundamentals, Key Applications, and Living Online.  Successful passing the globally recognized “Certiport” online exam can lead to college credits.  Meets Academic Expectations 1,2,3,4 & 5

 

ADMINSTRATIVE SUPPORT SERVICES E#C190203 mmc           1182 College Prep        2.5 credits

Prerequisite:  Accounting 1, MOS (open to seniors only)

This course coordinates and refines personal computer keyboarding skills and knowledge necessary for employment in the administrative assistant, clerical, and business administration fields.  Advanced skill building in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint will be employed.  Projects and practice sets will expose students to executive, governmental, legal, and medical scenarios.  Meets Academic Expectations 1,2,3,4 & 5

 

BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS  E#12009                            1312 College Prep        2.5 credits

This course prepares students for business correspondence, developing and producing visual and oral presentations, and they will utilize negotiation skills to produce solid business agreements.  Students will develop sensitivity in communicating with a diverse workforce.  International communications will also be addressed.  Meets Academic Expectations 1,2,3,4 & 5

 

BUSINESS LAW  E#12054                              1042 College Prep        2.5 Social Studies credits

 Open to Grades 11 & 12 (10th graders looking for a challenge)

This course focuses on the understanding of our legal system, through rights and responsibilities, laws and enforcement, ethics, contracts, buyer and seller relationships, debtor and creditor relationships, and commercial paper.  Also, students will develop an awareness of their place in the judicial system.    Meets Academic Expectations 1,2,3,4 & 5

 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP  E#12053 mmc                                  1102 College Prep        2.5 credits

Open to Grades 11 & 12 (10th graders looking for a challenge)

This course examines all the aspects of business including the finance, marketing, management and legal ownership of a business. Each aspect of business is studied, discussed and compared to the small business owner. Current business articles related to small business are examined and students are required to provide a response to the situation. A capstone project is required where students create a business idea then presents their plan.  Meets Academic Expectations 1,2,3,4 & 5

 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP 2  E#12053 mmc                                           1104 College Prep            2.5 credits

Prerequisite: Entrepreneurship (Independent Study with approval from Career Technical Educational Director)

The complete development of a Business Plan and application of the plan is the focus. Students are required to enter a Business Plan competition(s) where they will be matched up against other entrepreneurs. Specific attention is paid to management techniques, financial analysis, consumer & market analysis, and gaining a competitive advantage. Development of proper presentation skills through the use of technology and public speaking are also addressed.  Students will be given guidance, assign projects, and informed to he business plan competition requirements.  Meets Academic Expectations 1,2,3,4 & 5

 

MANAGEMENT & LEADERSHIP  E#12052                               1072 College Prep        2.5 credits

Open to Grades  11 & 12  (10th graders looking for a challenge)

At the core of this class are the four management functions (planning, organizing, leading, and controlling) where all functions are examined closely. Specific areas of management covered include operations & human resource management, organizational behavior, and leadership. Current business articles related to management and leadership are examined and students are required to provide a response to the situation. Communications skill are also addressed and assessed because of their importance towards effective management.  Meets Academic Expectations 1,2,3,4 & 5

 

MARKETING  E#12166                                                 1082 College Prep                    2.5 credits

Grade 11 & 12 (10th graders looking for a challenge)

This course enables students to run the school store.  Students learn to produce/order and price their own merchandise, to arrange merchandise, to advertise, and to develop sales policies.  Students will be introduced to the following topics: sports management, retailing, fashion and industry. Internship opportunity will be available for students to work in the school store during period 5. Meets Academic Expectations 1,2,3,4 & 5

 

SPORTS AND EVENT MANAGEMENT  E#12052                     1263 College Prep     2.5 credits

Prerequisite: Management, Entrepreneurship or Marketing

Students will master the competencies necessary to enter the growing field of sports management and sports event management.  The course will cover both industry structures as well as application of management principles.  This course is recommended for students interested in careers in sports management.  Meets Academic Expectations 1,2,3,4 & 5

 

WEB PAGE DESIGN 1  E#10201 mmc                                      1552 College Prep                    2.5 credits

Students will be given an in-depth understanding of designing and creating quality web pages by means of the HTML programming language.  Class projects, community projects, as well as personal home pages will be created incorporating links, tables, frames, colors, images, etc Meets Academic Expectations 2,4 & 5

WEB PAGE DESIGN 2  E#10201 mmc                   1572 College Prep                    2.5 credits

Prerequisite:  Web Page Design 1   See HCC Articulation (page 30)

Students will be given an opportunity to further their knowledge of designing web pages by utilizing HTML and JavaScript programming languages, web page editors, and photo editors.  Students will maintain the school web site and continue with community web projects.  Upon completion of Web Page Design 1 and 2, students may be eligible to become World Organization of Webmasters (WOW) certified in Certified Web Designer Apprentice (CWDSA Apprentice).  Meets Academic Expectations 2,4 & 5

 

WEB PAGE DESIGN 3  E#10201 mmc                 1622 College Prep                    2.5 credits

Prerequisite:  Web Page Design 2

Enrollment in an Independent study is encouraged. This course further knowledge in designing web pages.  Instruction includes on-line graphic design and animation principles and techniques.  The course utilizes Macromedia Suite MX, including Dreamweaver, FreeHand, Flash, and Fireworks.  Meets Academic Expectations 2,4 & 5


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