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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions
 
Focus on Business
Credits: ½
Course Type: Regulars
Prerequisite: None

Course Description:
This course will introduce students to what a business is, how it operates, and how it is managed. Students will identify forms of ownership and the processes used in production and marketing, finance, personnel and management in business operations. By successfully completing this course, students can also receive up to three credits through Mid-State Technical College.
Alternate year offering:’11-‘12 & ’13-‘14

Accounting Principles
Credits: ½
Course Type: Regulars/Honors
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

Course Description:
This course is designed to introduce high school students to the field of accounting. Student will work through the financial accounting cycle and payroll for a sole proprietorship. Career opportunities will be explored to see what the future holds for the accounting profession.

 
Credits: 1
Course Type: transcripted credit
Prerequisite: none
Course Description:
Course curriculum is designed to provide students a strong foundation in accounting principles. Students will learn what business transactions are and how accountants use a double-entry system (debits and credits) to keep track of these transactions. Next students will study the complete accounting cycle of recording transactions, preparing financial statements, and “closing the books” for small, single-owner service and merchandising businesses. This course prepares students for post-secondary accounting courses.
 
Credits: ½
Course Type: Regulars
Prerequisite: None
Course Description:
Explore this introductory programming course using the Visual Basic.NET computer language. This course is designed for students interested in learning more about programming and is recommended for those going on to college and/or technical school. The course provides students with a solid background of standard computer logic, which will enhance problem-solving skills.    This course is designed to be a rewarding and fun learning experience for students who have no prior programming experience and also for the self-proclaimed “techno-geeks” who have been programming since they were in diapers. 
 
Credits: ½
Course Type: Regulars
Prerequisite: Introduction to Programming (Visual Basic.NET)
Course Description:
This course is designed for those students seeking additional programming experience while still in high school. Take what you learned programming in Visual Basic.Net and apply those skills using the Java language, which is rapidly becoming the programming standard for Computer Science majors and application development communities. Students reinforce existing programming skills and learn Java’s object-oriented approach using programmable LEGO robots. Students develop program code that manipulates the robot’s operations using OpenSource programming languages. Build your skills in Java program design and implementation, and decide if Advanced Placement Computer Science (Java 2) is something you want to pursue.
 
Credits: 1
Course Type: Advanced Placement
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; Intermediate Programming (Java 1)
Course Description:
This course provides an introduction to college-level programming, using the Java programming language. Important concepts included are structured Java programming style, assignment and logical operators, decision-making, looping, functions and arrays. Students will also learn the concepts of data structures, classes, inheritance, recursion and other advanced topics using an object-oriented approach.
 
This is a year long course that meets every day. Students may seek college credit by taking the Advanced Placement Examination in May.
 
Business/Marketing Internship 
Credits: 1.5
Course Type: School to Work
Prerequisite: Senior standing; Coop application
Course Description:
Business & Marketing Internship provides paid, on-the-job training in a local business as well as learning about business and marketing in the classroom. Students attend classes and also “earn while they learn” at one of the cooperating businesses in the afternoon. The employer offers the students an opportunity to further develop his/her skills in a real-world environment. The classroom requirement is for one semester (½ credit) and the work
experience requirement (1 credit) is for an entire year.
PREREQUISITE: Senior standing. 
 
Computer Applications Essentials
Credits: ½
Course Type: Basics
Prerequisite: Passing Career Quest's competency, keyboarding, or Word Processing
Course Description:
Turn your computer and keyboarding knowledge into a usable skill. Use the computer as a tool to explore word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet.
 
Credits: ½
Course Type: Regulars/Honors
Prerequisite: Passing Career Quest's competency, keyboarding, or Word Processing
Course Description:
Learn operating system, word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation skills.
 
Computer Applications H 
Credits: ½
Course Type: Honors
Prerequisite: Passing the computer / keyboarding competencies (Career Quests) or Keyboarding for Credit.  Students must complete prerequisite competencies.
Course Description:
Go beyond the basics and get a head start on mastering the most popular business software suite--Microsoft Office.  Learn Word, Excel, Power Point and Access and have the opportunity to earn MOS Certification.
 
Digital Design and Publicatoins 
Credits: ½
Course Type: Regulars
Prerequisite: Computer Studies or Advanced Computer Studies with a grade of "C" or above or instructor's consent.
Course Description:
Expand your skills by using computer programs for web page creation, desktop publishing, drawing, and on-screen presentations.
 
Credits: ½
Course Type: Regulars
Prerequisite: Computer Studies or Advanced Computer Studies with a grade of "C" or above or instructor's consent.
Course Description:
Have fun designing web pages using Dreamweaver and Photoshop. Learn the dos and don’ts of web page design by evaluating existing web pages. Let your creative side show with the designing/editing software Photoshop. Combine your Dreamweaver and Photoshop skills to create professional, up-to-date web sites that are pleasing to the eye and easy to use.
 
Credits: ½
Course Type: Regulars
Prerequisite: Web Design (808), Introduction to Programming (848) or instructor’s consent
Course Description:
Focus on expanding your web design skills and build on what you learned in the first course.   You’ll explore several advanced features of the Macromedia Web Design Suite.   Build on your existing Dreamweaver skills, and become familiar with several interactive design techniques using Flash. Individual and group projects are assigned, and frequently involve the creation of “real world” interactive web sites. Advanced Web students work with actual professionals, proposing and developing web sites for independent entrepreneurs, businesses, and various organizations within our community and beyond.   Advanced Web Design Projects
 
Credits: ½
Course Type: Regulars
Prerequisite: Junior standing
Course Description:
Explore management styles, the stock market from a business perspective, and money management techniques.
 
Credits: ½
Course Type: Regulars
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
Course Description:
Explore business ownership by creating, operating and managing a restaurant in partnership with the Food and Hospitality Management class. Students will learn what it takes to develop a business through this hands-on experience.
 
Human Relations
Credits: ½
Course Type: Regulars
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
Course Description:
Learn ways to get along with other people in a variety of situations.   Apply business ethics, etiquette, and team work to real-life experiences.
 
Credits: ½
Course Type: Regulars/Honors
Prerequisite: Junior standing
Course Description:
America’s future is rooted in the global economy. This course provides students with a global perspective of economics, political structure and culture, and will open your eyes concerning globalization’s impact on day-to-day living and personal finance. Cultural customs and traditions, trade, currency, business travel, geography, current events, international marketing, global issues, and career opportunities will be major topics of discussion. Several guest speakers from all walks of life, professions, and experiences share their perspective of international business with students throughout the semester. 
 
This course makes students aware of the growing need for becoming active in a global business economy and provides a solid foundation for college courses in business and international studies.
 
Note: This course fulfills the consumer education requirement
 
Keyboarding Foundations
Credits: ½
Course Type: Regulars
Prerequisite: Keying less than 30 words per minute.
Course Description:
Work at your own ability level to build keyboarding skills. Students will use computer software for drill and practice in addition to classroom assignments. 
Passing this course meets the keyboarding requirement for computer studies.
Note: For students in the lower basic ability grouping or with special needs requiring major class adaptations.
 

 

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