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Business, Computer, & IT
Chairperson: Cynthia Yingling
 
Building: NASH
Phone: (724) 934-7265
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# 7508
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# 0403
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INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS
No. 7403
Full Year/Full Time
Grades 9, 10
Credit 1.0
Introduction to Business tackles issues such as current business topics, types of business organization, and economic systems, as well as personal financial planning.  Decision-making skills, economics, entrepreneurship, management styles, investment securities, consumerism, banking, money management, and taxes will all be explored in this dynamic course.  In addition, students will participate in a web-based simulation, Family Financial Management.  Making wise decisions and establishing short and long-term financial goals are essential “life skills” that young people often fail to benefit from during their early wealth-building years.
 
Criteria for Selection -None.
 

 
KEYBOARDING/MICROSOFT WORD
No. 7503
Semester/Full Time
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit .5
Keyboarding/Microsoft Word is designed to provide an opportunity to learn to touch type on the computer keyboard using correct techniques as well as the development of speed and accuracy.  Students will use computer software as well as teacher led instruction to learn and master the keyboard.  Students will then apply their skill to generate documents using the current version of Microsoft Word.  Documents such as reports, letters, tables, and outlines will be properly formatted and produced.  Proofreading, composing, technique refinement, and skill development are important aspects of this course.
 
Criteria for Selection -None.

 
MICROSOFT OFFICE APPLICATIONS 1
No. 7406
Semester/Full Time
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit .5
This is a hands-on course in which students will use Microsoft Office and the Windows operating environment.  An online, interactive textbook will be utilized in this course to personalize the experience with assignments that guide students to analyze, apply, and improve thinking, allowing them to measure skills and outcomes with ease in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  The course will include three components of the Microsoft Office suite including Word where students will become proficient in completing basic and advanced applications such as document formatting, tabs, tables, graphics, research papers, and basic web integration.  Excel will be used as a tool to create spreadsheets and graphs to analyze and solve business-related applications.  In PowerPoint, the students will learn how to create presentation slides combining text, charts, drawings, and clip art.Students will acquire software skills that will prepare them for college and beyond.
 
Criteria for Selection - None.

 
MICROSOFT OFFICE APPLICATIONS 2
No. 7410
Semester/Full Time
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit .5
Microsoft Office Applications 2 will take the skills acquired in Microsoft Office 1 to a higher level.  In this course the students will complete advanced applications in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.An online, interactive textbook will again be used in this course to personalize the experience with assignments that guide students to analyze, apply, and improve thinking, allowing them to measure skills and outcomes with ease in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
 
Criteria for Selection - ‘C' or better in Microsoft Office Applications 1 (7406).
 

 
WEB PAGE DESIGN
No. 7908
Semester/Full Time
Grades 11, 12
Credit .5
This course introduces students to basic web design using Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). This course teaches you how to create webpages from scratch using the most current standards.  Throughout the course students are introduced to planning and designing effective web pages; implementing web pages by writing HTML and CSS code; enhancing web pages with the use of page layout techniques, basic JavaScript, text formatting, graphics, images, and multimedia; and producing a functional, multi-page website.  In addition, students will apply responsive design principles for an optimal viewing experience across a range of devices to achieve multiplatform display.  Prior knowledge of HTML or web design is not required.
 
Criteria for Selection - None.
 

 
INTRO TO INFORMATION SCIENCE
No. 7906
Semester/Full Time
Grades 11, 12
Credit .5
This course will introduce both information theory and the design and structure of information systems.  Students will learn how computers and networks work at a fundamental level.  Students will explore how social networks, collection of information (databases), and programming languages work.  The course will spend particular attention on security and privacy issues.  The course will provide you with basic skills such as building web pages , programming using simple JavaScript on web pages, design and use of simple databases, and manipulation of digital media.  The course is designed for students with minimal prior technical coursework, and does not require previous programming experience.

This course will be completed in partnership with the FBI and the University of Pittsburgh’s College in High School Program.  To obtain collegiate credit, the student must enroll and pay the corresponding tuition charged by the University.
 
Criteria for Selection - None.
 

 
CYBERSECURITY AND THE LAW
No. 7909
Semester/Full Time
Grades 11, 12
Credit .5
Computers, the Internet, and mobile information have become routine elements of our daily lives.  The percentage of our social, professional, and political discourse mediated by information systems increases each year.  Critical infrastructure likewise follows suit, with financial, healthcare, energy and other utilities leveraging the Internet to increase both capability and efficiency.In the physical world, we publish rules (laws) to govern our interactions with one another.  These rules tell us what behaviors are permissible and what responsibilities we have to one another.  In cyberspace, where these rules exist – and what they require – are less clear.  This course explores questions surrounding how we “govern” cyberspace in the context of cybersecurity and privacy issues.  We will examine a series of examples, both real-world and hypothetical, to investigate what policy “tools” are in-place, available, and should be available to address Internet security and privacy issues.

This course will be completed in partnership with the FBI and the University of Pittsburgh’s College in High School Program.  To obtain collegiate credit, the student must enroll and pay the corresponding tuition charged by the University.
 
Criteria for Selection - None.
 

 
BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS
No. 7905
Semester/Full Time
Grades 11, 12
Credit .5
Effective communication skills help foster cooperation, productivity, and teamwork within an organization.  These are some of the most important 21st Century skills required to succeed in business.  Possessing essential interpersonal skills will boost your influence and effectiveness with individuals and groups in all settings.  Developing the ability to relate to and effectively express your point in different situations is essential for growth and advancement in the business world and in life.

This course will explore overcoming barriers to communication, listening skills, presenting, and the use of technology and social media in business.  Students will also learn to analyze and relate to an audience, and to understand the impact that gender and cultural diversity can have on communication.  The latest technological advancements for communicating will be used.Students will be given the tools that will help them achieve goals, secure employment, adapt to environments, and communicate effectively.
 
Criteria for Selection - None.
           
 

 
SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
MANAGEMENT
No. 7506
Semester/Full Time
Grades 11, 12
Credit .5

Offered in over 500 Universities across the country, Sports and Entertainment Management has become one of the most popular majors of the past five years. This introductory course will emphasize basic management concepts and principles as they relate to the business of sports and entertainment.  Students will be introduced to sports marketing and promotions, supervision, ethics, event planning and entertainment, as well as other related areas.  There will be a strong focus on amateur, college, and professional sports, as well as, leadership and the entertainment industry.  Students will develop critical thinking skills and improve decision-making and communication.  College exploration and career outlook will be researched.  Current and future trends will be identified and job shadowing opportunities offered.  Field trips to and speakers from organizations such as local professional, college, and amateur sports teams, and the local entertainment industry will be incorporated throughout the course.  The mission is to provide future managers with a solid business foundation as well as knowledge of the unique facets of the Sports and Entertainment Industries.

Criteria for Selection - None.
 

 
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
No. 7907
Semester/Full Time
Grade 11, 12
Credit. 5
This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of entrepreneurship.  Students will learn the process for conceiving, creating, and managing their own business venture.  From an entrepreneurial perspective, students will gain skills in finance, accounting, marketing, management, and general business skills.  Students also will see the economic and social contributions entrepreneurs provide to society.  This is an excellent course for students who think they would like to start or manage a business.
 
Criteria for Selection - None.

 
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
           
No. 7606
Semester/Full Time
Grades 11, 12
Credit .5
Business Management is an introduction to business concepts, management skills, and management theories.  The four functions of management: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling are covered.  Students will learn how to think strategically and conceptually in order to achieve organizational goals.  Understanding the issues involved in both managing and being managed will be taught, providing students with the skills necessary to be more effective contributors within an organization.  Decision-making techniques and leadership qualities will be reinforced.  Additional topics covered include:  management of the global corporation, mergers and acquisitions, ethics and social responsibility, the securities markets, and current trends in management practice and theory.
 
Criteria for Selection - None.
 

 
PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING 1
No. 7505
First Semester/Full Time
Grades 10, 11, 12
Credit .5
Accounting is such an integral part of business that accounting has been called the “language of business.  ”Principles of Accounting 1 is designed to provide students with an understanding of accounting for a service business organized as a proprietorship by completing the entire accounting cycle.  This course is a must for students who plan to major in Accounting, Marketing, Business Management, or Finance in college. Accounting is a core requirement for all business majors in college (such as economics, finance, management, marketing, international business, and accounting).  This course provides a great foundation in accounting principles, applications, and terminology.  Computer integration is also incorporated using Microsoft Excel.  Upon successful completion of Principles of Accounting 1 and 2, students are eligible to enroll in Honors Advanced Accounting 1 and 2.

In addition, the student may obtain three college credits through the Carlow University College in High School program.  To obtain this credit, the student must also take Principles of Accounting 2 in the same school year, successfully complete the course as specified by the University, and pay the tuition charged by the University.
 
Criteria for Selection - None.

 
PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING 2
No. 7605
Second Semester/Full Time
Grades 10, 11, 12
Credit .5
The accounting skills acquired in Principles of Accounting 1 will be expanded this semester.  Emphasis is placed on accounting for a merchandising business organized as a corporation.  Students continue applications of accounting principles using Microsoft Excel for problem-solving.  This course will be beneficial when considering a major in accounting or business at the college-level.  Upon successful completion of Principles of Accounting 2, students are eligible to enroll in Honors Advanced Accounting 1 and 2.  
 
In addition, the student may obtain three college credits through the Carlow University College in High School program.  To obtain this credit, the student must also take Principles of Accounting 1 in the same school year, successfully complete the course as specified by the University, and pay the tuition charged by the University.
 
Criteria for Selection - ‘C' or better in Principles of Accounting 1 (7505).

 
HONORS ADVANCED ACCOUNTING 1
No. 7705
First Semester/Full Time Honors Wt.
Grades 11, 12
Credit .5

Honors Advanced Accounting 1 is the first half of the second full year in accounting principles.  It is designed to acquaint students with accounting concepts and principles and their underlying theories.  The course begins with a quick review of the Accounting Cycle and the financial statements for a Sole Proprietorship.  More emphasis is placed on analysis of the data to use in decision-making.  An in-depth coverage of the following topics completes the course:  Merchandising Operations, the accounting for inventory, and accounting for Plant Assets.

In addition, the student may obtain three college credits through Carlow University’s College in High School program.  To obtain this credit, the student must also take Honors Advanced Accounting 2 in the same school year, successfully complete the course as specified by the University, and pay the tuition charged by the University.

 
Criteria for Selection - ‘C' or better in Principles of Accounting 2 (7605).
 

 
HONORS ADVANCED ACCOUNTING 2
No. 7805
Second Semester/Full Time Honors Wt.
Grades 11, 12
Credit .5

Honors Advanced Accounting 2 picks up where Honors Advanced Accounting 1 leaves off with an in-depth coverage of the following topics:  Disposal of Plant Assets and Intangibles; current liabilities (with an emphasis on accruals) and long-term liabilities (Bonds); Corporations paid-in capital and the balance sheet; accounting for cash dividends; Corporations effects on retained earnings and the income statement; accounting for stock dividends and treasury stock; the statement of Cash Flows; and Partnerships.

In addition, the student may obtain three college credits through Carlow University’s College in High School program.  To obtain this credit, the student must also take Honors Advanced Accounting 1 in the same school year, successfully complete the course as specified by the University, and pay the tuition charged by the University.

 
Criteria for Selection - ‘C' or better in Honors Advanced Accounting 1 (7705).

 
HONORS INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
No. 7508
Semester/Full Time Honors Wt.
Grades 11, 12
Credit .5
Honors International Business will provide an up-to-date and complete exploration of international business issues and practices.  With a strong foundation of international business theory, this course will include current examples, case studies, and insights showing how global businesses apply these concepts and theories.  Controversies in international business will be reflected upon, as will the impact of international business practices on countries, corporations, and individuals.  The course will examine the role and impact of culture and also includes the exploration world maps, time zones, and currencies, helping students develop and refine a global perspective.  This course adopts a truly global approach with attention given to topics that are critical to the international manager in the global business environment.
 
Criteria for Selection - ‘B' or better in prior Social Studies Course.
 

 
HONORS FINANCE AND INVESTMENTS
No. 7509
Semester/Full Time Honors Wt.
Grades 11, 12
Credit .5
Honors Finance and Investments will introduce students to the three areas of the finance discipline:  Financial Institutions, Investments, and Business Finance.  Finance is the study of money and its management.  Although finance is a separate academic discipline, its roots are in accounting and economics.  This course will provide you with a breadth of knowledge of finance.  It is a foundation on which you may build.  Topics include, but are not limited to, the role of financial markets, the role of money, the role of interest rates, the role of investment banks, financial regulations, banking, the Federal Reserve, monetary policy, currency, the time value of money, the features of stock, stock valuation, the features of bonds, bond pricing and yields, convertible securities, investment risk, investment returns, and investment companies.
 
Criteria for Selection - ‘B' or better in prior Mathematics Course.
 

 
CAREER DEVELOPMENT
No. 0438
Full Year/Full Time
Grade 12
Credit 1.0

Developing life skills in a changing world is very important, yet often overlooked.  The more prepared students are to handle the everyday stress of becoming an adult, the more successful they will be.It is never too early to start to develop these skills, and in this unique business course offering, students will gain this valuable experience.  Some course topics include:  career exploration and advancement, resume writing, interviewing skills, time management, banking, money management, and more.  These skills will be explored in-depth to give students a clear understanding of what lies ahead.  Communications skills and the secrets to developing strong personal relationships will be addressed with students as well.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in job shadowing experience relating to their career interest.

For an additional credit each semester, students have the opportunity to work at an approved job for an average of 15 hours per week, and may be released early from school each day under the supervision of the Co-Op Coordinator.

Co-op work experience is NOT REQUIRED in order for students to take the class. Students with a full schedule are able to participate in co-op as well. This is a valuable course for all students.


Criteria for Selection - None.
 

 
CO-OP
Semester/Full Time
Grade 12
Credit 1.0
For an additional credit, students enrolled in Career Development or Advanced Marketing can receive an early release from school each day in order to fulfill the requirements of co-op. Students must work an average of 15 hours per week at an approved work station, and are encouraged to work at a job related to their career goals. The work experience is supervised by the Co-Op Coordinator and the student’s work supervisor. If students have a full academic schedule, they may still participate in co-op (refer to No. 0436 and 0437 for period 12 - No Early Release). Select the course numbers that correspond to the work release time requested. The teacher-coordinator will assist in the placement of students who do not have jobs.
 
Criteria for Selection - Enrollment in the Career Development Course or the Advanced Marketing Course.
CO-OP ... No. 0433
Semester 1 ... Period 11 ... Full Time
CO-OP ... No. 0431
Semester 1 ... Periods 10-11 ... Full Time
CO-OP ... No. 0429
Semester 1 ... Periods 8-11... Full Time
CO-OP ... No. 0427
Semester 1 ... Periods 7-11 ... Full Time
CO-OP ... No. 0425
Semester 1 ... Periods 5-11 ... Full Time
CO-OP ... No. 0434
Semester 2 ... Period 11 ... Full Time
CO-OP... No. 0432
Semester 2 ... Periods 10-11 ... Full Time
CO-OP ... No. 0435
Semester 2 ... Periods 9-11 ... Full Time
CO-OP ... No. 0428
Semester 2 ... Periods 7-11 ... Full Time
CO-OP ... No. 0426
Semester 2 ... Periods 5-11 ... Full Time
CO-OP ... No. 0436
Semester 1 ... Period 12 ... Full Time
For those students who have a full schedule, but would like to participate in Co-op.
CO-OP ... No. 0437
Semester 2 ... Period 12 Full Time
For those students who have a full schedule, but would like to participate in Co-op.
PLEASE NOTE: Students may take Career Development in this program without participating in Co-op and/or getting an early release from school.
 

 
MARKETING
No. 0403
Full Year/Full Time
Grades 11, 12
Credit 1.0

More than half of all branded emails are opened on mobile devices.  The digital age that we live in has created new challenges for marketers.  This course includes the core functions of marketing, as well as up-to-date trends in marketing which are essential in the operation of a business.  Students will have an opportunity to apply the marketing concepts through interactive enrichment activities.  Students will also improve their skills in communications and interpersonal relations.  The many career opportunities available in this broad field of study will be explored.  When exiting the class, students will have the skills necessary to research job leads, complete employment applications, and successfully interview for a job, and will have a working resume in hand.  This course is recommended for students considering a Marketing/Business Major or those who would like to be more informed consumers.

                       
Criteria for Selection - Simultaneous enrollment in Advertising and Promotion (0405) is recommended but not required.
 

 
ADVERTISING & PROMOTION
No. 0405
Semester/Full Time
Grades 11, 12
Credit .5

Students will learn the various promotional concepts and strategies, and how advertisers are responding to the new challenges they face in this digital age.  Students will also develop skills in advertising, professional selling, and visual merchandising.  Creative projects are implemented to provide hands–on learning experiences.  Skills are demonstrated in the preparation of advertising projects in various media, such as magazine ad layouts and television commercials.  Sales demonstrations are role–played to give students experience in personal selling techniques.

 
Criteria for Selection - Simultaneous enrollment in Marketing (0403) is recommended but not required.
 

 
ADVANCED MARKETING
No. 0404
Full Year/Full Time
Grade 12
Credit 1.0
This course has been designed to build upon and reinforce the skills, ideas, and techniques that were first highlighted in the introductory level of this course.  Through hands-on learning experiences and problem-centered activities, curriculum focuses on market research, risk management, and international marketing.
Optional:  Students may receive credit and early dismissal from school for part-time employment taking
Co-op.  Also students may participate in DECA (Preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs).
 
Students enrolled in Advanced Marketing are not to enroll in Entrepreneurship.
 
Criteria for Selection - Successful completion of Marketing (0403) is required and Advertising and Promotion (0405) is recommended.

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