BUSINESS EDUCATION

 

 

 

Students who elect to study business may do so for a variety of reasons.  They may be interested in business education because they want to learn about investments, further develop keyboarding and computer skills, or understand how economic principles apply to life.  They may study business, including keyboarding, word processing, or computer applications, because they intend to go to work immediately after graduating from high school or to a community college.  Some study business to learn the basics of entrepreneurship so they can start their own business.

 

Still others may have decided that pursuing a college degree in business is their goal so they study business, including courses such as accounting or total quality management at the high school level, in order to prepare for higher education.  Whatever the goals of students might be in the field of business, they can identify with the performance expectations and workplace readiness skills acquired in business education courses.

 

 

(614) INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS

1.0 credit

 

This course is a preliminary course for all students.  Because of its focus on all aspects of business, it is useful for any student, regardless of future career plans.  This practical course emphasizes money, consumer roles, communication, travel, shipping, transportation, and job skills.

 

 

(613) BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS

0.5 credit

Prerequisite:  10th, 11th, or 12th grade status.

 

NOTE:  This course does not take the place of an English course.  It must be taken in addition to an English class.

 

Do you need time to investigate career options and put together a professional portfolio to take to interviews?  You learn how to succeed in a global business environment and compose quality written messages including a resume, cover letter, and follow up letter.  You investigate careers in order to put together a professional career portfolio for you to show off as we interact with local business professionals in a mock job interview.  Communications improve your writing, speaking, and nonverbal communication skills.  Do you have the ability to resolve conflicts?  Are you an active listener?  Professionals show pride in their work and are known for their ability to communicate well.  This course gives you practice in improving your speaking, listening, human relations, and writing skills that are so pertinent to any field you will enter. 

 

 

(660) TRAVEL AND TOURISM MARKETING:

0.5 credit

Prerequisite:  10th, 11th, or 12th grade status.

 

In today's world, travel and tourism is one of the leading industries that appeal to customers. In this course, students focus on what is needed to develop appealing offers, how to advertise these offers, how to communicate with representatives from the different countries traveled, and what laws and stipulations need to be followed. 

 

 

(661) INTERNATIONAL MARKETING

0.5 credit

Prerequisite:  10th, 11th, or 12th grade status.

 

Today's market extends well past the borders of our country.  In this course, students learn how American companies develop products to appeal to their customers in other countries.  Not only do students learn the adaptation of the products, but also the environment of this expanded market, legal aspects, and communication between the parent company and branch companies all over the world.

 
 

(622) ACCOUNTING 1

1.0 credit

Prerequisite:  10th, 11th, or 12th grade status.

 

This course provides a competency based approach in which the fundamental accounting cycle is taught.  Accounting 1 concentrates on the recording of business transactions for small service-type businesses and merchandising businesses.  Workbook problems and a business simulation project are used for a practical approach to learning.  Included are journals, ledgers, cash payments, sales, accounts receivable and payable, business reports, payroll records, and taxes.

 

Accounting 1 is NOT just for "business students."  This is a MUST course for academic students who plan to further their education in a variety of professional areas in the business field.  For non-academic students, this course offers practical, every day understanding of personal recordkeeping.

 

 

(621) ACCOUNTING 2

1.0 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Accounting 1.

 

This second year course also provides a competency based approach that builds upon the equation and system approaches which were learned in Accounting 1.  Keeping records for departments, partnerships, and computerized accounting are some of the areas pre­sented.  Class time is spent on workbook problems, busi­ness simulations, and computer simulations.

 

 

(22210) PERSONAL FINANCE
1.0 credit

Prerequisite:  10th, 11th, or 12th grade status.

 

This is a great course for life!  Topics include personal and career financial planning, money management, consumer purchasing and credit, savings and investing, retirement planning and personal income tax preparation.  Students learn to create budgets, maintain a checking account, reconcile their bank statements, analyze credit card offers, keep themselves out of credit card debt, and compute their own income taxes by hand and by using tax software.  This class will also use the Stock Market Game simulation to learn about stock and bond trading.  Be smart about your own money; learn how to handle your personal finances! 

 

 

(615) BUSINESS AND PERSONAL LAW 

1.0 credit

Prerequisite:  10th, 11th, or 12th grade status.

 

Legal issues arise out of life experiences.  These issues affect consumers, employees, business owners, and ordinary citizens.  This course introduces you to legal terminology, rights, responsibilities, and remedies.  Specific areas covered include sources of law, criminal law, trial procedures, contracts, marriage and divorce, home-buying, warranties, and ethics.  Issues facing minors are discussed.  This course is practical for anyone in dealing with personal legal matters.  It also provides a solid foundation for those who are interested in careers in law, law enforcement, business, or political science.  A mock trial simulation may be utilized. 

 

 

(618) ENTREPRENEURSHIP

1.0 credit

Prerequisite:  10th, 11th or 12th grade status.

 

Many people would like to own or manage a business.  This course gives students an understanding of what businesses are, how they operate, and how they are managed.  Students acquire knowledge of what is necessary to manage a successful business and discover the importance of business in our global economy.  An awareness of career opportunities is attained.  Business and marketing plans are devised; advertising is developed.  It is possible that students in this class will receive hands-on experience in running a business through the operation of a school-based student store.

 

 

 

(617) RETAIL/MARKETING

0.5 credit

Prerequisite:  10th, 11th, or 12th grade status.

 

Retail businesses are found in every community.  The field of marketing includes some of the highest paying occupations in business.  This course is designed to introduce students to the nature and scope of retail merchandising to help them acquire the skill and knowledge essential to perform a variety of retail activities, and to understand what is required in retail management or retail business ownership.  Marketing includes a full range of tools, ranging from product and service planning to marketing-information management to financing and distribution.

 

Whether you are planning to own your own business or simply working for someone else, marketing knowledge and skills helps you reach your goals.

 

 

(612) DESKTOP PUBLISHING (Presentations, Publisher, & Creating Web Pages)

0.5 credit

Prerequisite: 10th, 11th, or 12th grade status.

Recommended:  Word Processing

 

Desktop Publishing is taught using three popular Microsoft software packages.  Desktop Publishing has become a necessary skill for most busy offices, educational settings, churches and other organizations to create newsletters, flyers, advertising brochures, bulletins, and web pages.  This course gives our students the opportunity to learn readily available software packages that more and more businesses/organizations are using on an everyday basis.

 

Presentations are taught using Microsoft PowerPoint.  This powerful, but easy-to-use graphics program, is used to create professional quality slide presentations.  PowerPoint helps students develop confidence in any written or oral project that they may have to present in another course.

 

The second component is Microsoft Publisher.  Publisher is a part of the Microsoft Office package.  Publisher is a basic publishing software that allows our students to get an understanding of how professional printing companies create digital publications.

 

The third component of this course is creating web pages.  We incorporate the software program FrontPage.  Students learn how to create and manage web sites and pages, create tables and frames, add graphics to web pages and change their properties, create new web sites on a server, and work with HTML code.

 

 

(644) KEYBOARDING

0.5 credit

 

Students develop finger dexterity, skill, and proficiencies necessary for quick and accurate information processing on any keyboard. Correct key-stroking is stressed.  Students also demonstrate their knowledge of word processing as a labor enhancing and problem-solving tool utilizing touch keyboarding skills and document processing in order to format letters, simple tables, memorandums, and reports using Microsoft Word.  This course provides the keyboarding basics necessary for future academic requirements and job placement. It is geared towards students who are:  1) new to keying or do not key efficiently; 2) looking to increase keying speed and accuracy; or 3) interested in learning a basic overview of Microsoft Word and document processing.

 

 

 

(643) WORD PROCESSING

0.5 credit

 

Microsoft Word is the most frequently used Microsoft product.  Students are required to apply decision-making skills to document formatting and will complete a variety of word processing functions including formatting paragraphs, margins and tabs; moving, copying and replacing text; printing and page formatting; and creating, editing, and converting tables and columns through comprehensive projects.  Students also work with advanced Microsoft Word topics such as mail merge, graphics, templates and wizards, macros, and forms.  This is a self paced course so students can work at their own pace as long as they meet quarterly benchmarks of progress.  Students should be proficient in typing upon entering this course.

 

 

 

(646) WORD PROCESSING EXPERT

0.5 credit

Prerequisite:  Word Processing

 

This course expands students knowledge of what Microsoft Word can do for them, for their career, and for their company.  It is designed to show students how to use their word processing skills to complete amazing workplace projects and explore professional development topics related to document processing and business.  In addition, students learn more advanced topics in Word and have the opportunity to earn community service hours using their skills! 

 

 

(651) COMPUTER APPLICATIONS:  (Spreadsheeting & Database Management)

0.5 credit

Prerequisite:  10th, 11th  or 12th  grade status.

Recommended for all Accounting 1 & 2 students.

 

This course combines two popular computer applications that are available for home or office spreadsheets and database management.  Spreadsheets are the second largest selling business software.  Database management helps track information for businesses and individuals.  Each part of this course helps students with other courses throughout high school.

 

In the spreadsheeting part of the course we use Microsoft Excel.  Spreadsheeting enables students to design, create, calculate, edit, save, retrieve, modify, analyze, and print graphs, charts, and reports.  The database component of the course is taught using Microsoft Access.  Students approach the course as if they were the database developer.  This approach to learning about database management allows students to better understand someone elses database design, as well as to better design their own database.