602 F Street
LaPorte, IN 46350
Phone: 219-362-3102 Fax: 219-324-2142

Principal: Mr. Ben Tonagel
Associate Principal: Mr.Scott Upp

Business & Technology Department - Curriculum

Accounting 1, 2

1 Trimester Each

This two-semester course covers the principles and procedures necessary for keeping orderly records of financial activities. Accounting includes the entire accounting cycle, as well as basic principles, concepts and procedures of accounting needed by every student for both business and personal applications in accounting. Basic computerized accounting procedures will also be included. This course is applicable for college-bound students and for those who are interested in managing their own finances applying accounting principles.

Business Law and Ethics 1, 2 (formerly Business and Personal Law 1, 2)
1 Trimester Each

Business Law and Ethics provides an overview of the legal system in the business setting. Business Law and Ethics 1 covers the sources of law, technology and the law, the court systems, criminal procedures, civil procedures, juvenile procedures, agency law, employment law and commercial paper, negotiability, and bankruptcy. Business Law and Ethics 2 covers contracts, marriage and divorce, law of sales, and property law. Application of legal principles and ethical decision-making techniques are presented through problem-solving methods and situation analysis.

 Introduction to Business (formerly Business Foundations)

1 Trimester

Introduction to Business introduces students to the world of business, marketing and entrepreneurship including the concepts, functions, and skills required for meeting the challenges of operating a business in the twenty-first century on a local, national, and international scale. The course further develops business vocabulary and provides an overview of business and the role that business plays in economic, social, and political environments.

Principles of Business Management (formerly Business Management)
1 Trimester (Dual Credit)

Principles of Business Management, an advanced-level business course for juniors and seniors focuses on the roles and responsibilities of managers as well as opportunities and challenges of ethically managing a business in the free enterprise system. Students will attain an understanding of management, team building, leadership, problem solving steps and processes that contribute to the achievement of organizational goals. The management of human and financial resources is emphasized. 

Information Communications and Technology A  (formerly Computer Applications A)
1 Trimester – Prerequisite:  Minimum passing grade in Digital Citizenship or Department Head Approval

This one-trimester course will feature the following applications:  Microsoft Advanced Word, Excel, and Publisher in the Windows environment are used to create documents applicable to the business world, home, and school. Microsoft Office 2010 will be the featured software package. Each application will provide for simple and basic applications but will lead into more advanced and complicated techniques that will meet the needs of our ever-changing technological workplace. Business oriented projects will be used to expand upon each application. Technology is used to build student’s decision-making and problem-solving skills. Students will also learn appropriate and effective use of the Internet and will use this research to enhance both Word and Excel documents.

Information Communications and Technology B (formerly Computer Applications B)
1 Trimester – Prerequisite:  Minimum passing grade in Digital Citizenship or Department Head Approval

This one-trimester course will feature the following applications: Microsoft Access, PowerPoint, and Adobe InDesign to create documents and projects applicable to the business world, home, and school. Microsoft Office 2010 will be the featured software package. Each application will provide for simple and basic applications but will lead into more advanced and complicated techniques that will meet the needs of our ever-changing technological workplace. Business oriented projects will be used to expand upon each application. Technology is used to build student’s decision-making and problem-solving skills. Students will also incorporate Internet research techniques to enhance their projects.

Computer Illustration and Graphics (formerly Advanced Computer Applications A)
1 Trimester – Prerequisite: Information Communications and Technology A & B (formerly Computer Applications A & B)

Computer Illustration and Graphics introduces students to the computer’s use in visual communication. The focus of the course is on basic computer terminology and use, mastering fundamental skills, and developing efficient working styles. These skills are then developed by creating work with imaging, drawing, interactive, and page layout software. The course includes organized learning experiences that incorporate a variety of visual art techniques as they relate to the design and execution of layouts and illustrations for advertising, displays, promotional materials, and instructional manuals. Instruction also covers advertising theory and preparation of copy, lettering, posters, produce vector illustrations, graphics and logos, and artwork in addition to incorporation of photographic images. Communication skills will be emphasized through the study of effective methods used to design products that impart information and ideas.

Web Design (formerly Advanced Computer Applications B)
1 Trimester – Prerequisite: Information Communications and Technology A & B (formerly Computer Applications A & B)

Web Design is a course that provides instruction in the principles of web design using HTML/XHTML and current/emerging software programs. Ares of instruction include audience analysis, hierarchy layout and design techniques, software integration, and publishing. Instructional strategies should include peer teaching, collaborative instruction, project-based learning activities and school community projects.

Computer Programming I (formerly Computer Programming)
1 Trimester – Prerequisite: Algebra 1 (minimum C average) & Digital Citizenship (formerly Digital Communication Tools)

Computer Programming I is a one-trimester business course. Computer Programming I covers fundamental concepts of programming which are provided through explanations and effects of commands, and hands-on utilization of lab equipment to product correct output. This course introduces the structured techniques necessary for efficient solution of business-related computer programming logic problems and coding solutions into a high-level language. Includes program flowcharting, pseudo coding, and hierarchy charts as a means of solving these problems. The course covers creating file layouts, print charts, program narratives, user documentation, and system techniques, looping, modules, selection structures, file handling, and control breaks. Offers students an opportunity to apply skills in a laboratory environment. Demonstrations of business problems and solutions techniques will be reviewed.

Digital Citizenship (formerly Digital Communication Tools)
1 Trimester – This course is a prerequisite for Information Communications and Technology and Computer Programming I. (formerly Computer Applications A & B)

Highly suggested for college bound students and any other career direction where computers will be part of your job.
Digital Citizenship prepares students to use computer technology in an effective and appropriate manner. Students develop knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, presentation and communications software. Students establish what it means to be a good digital citizen and how to use technology appropriately. This business course prepares students to use computerized devices (tablet PCs, smart pens, iPad 2) and software programs (Dragon Naturally Speaking voice recognition) to effectively handle communication-related school assignments and to develop communication competencies needed for personal and professional activities after graduation.

Principles of Marketing A, B (formerly Marketing A, B)
1 Trimester


Principles of Marketing A & B are business courses which provide basic introductions to the scope and importance of marketing in the global economy. These courses stress the principles of marketing and are designed to introduce and help develop the skills needed by students interested in marketing careers. The skills emphasized are oral and written communication, mathematical applications, problem solving, and critical thinking skills as they relate to:  Principles of Marketing A – focuses on Economics, Promotion, Advertising, Distribution, and Pricing; Principles of Marketing B – focuses on Selling, Marketing Information Management, Product/Service Management and Financing. Both courses are project oriented and utilize technology as learning tools.

Personal Financial Responsibility
1 Trimester – Required to meet the Financial Literacy Requirement

Personal Financial Responsibility addresses the identification and management of personal financial resources to meet the financial needs and wants of individuals and families, considering a broad range of economic, social, cultural, technological, environmental, and maintenance factors. This course helps students build skills in financial responsibility and decision making; analyze personal standards, needs, wants, and goals; identify sources of income, saving and investing; understand banking, budgeting, record-keeping and managing risk, insurance and credit card debt. A project based approach and applications through authentic settings such as work based observations and service learning experiences are appropriate. Direct, concrete applications of mathematics proficiencies in projects are encouraged.

Computer Tech Support 1, 2, 3 (Technology Support 1, 2, 3)
1 Trimester Each – By Application Only – Involves 2 periods; earns 2 credits

Computer Tech Support allows students to explore how computers work. This two-period course is a service oriented class for students who have a strong interest in technology and would like to serve as a technology resource for students and staff of the La Porte Community School Corporation. Accepted students will develop expertise in technology management and maintenance. They will also learn new technology applications as well as software and hardware installation and troubleshooting. Through hands on activities, students learn how to assemble and configure a computer, install operating systems and software, and trouble shoot hardware and software problems. An applicant for this course should be a self-directed student with basic technology skills and a strong recommendation from their technology teachers. Since it is possible that a student may be assigned to provide support at another school building, access to transportation is necessary.

BUSINESS SERVICES TECHNOLOGY CERTIFICATION

The Business Technology Department will verify completion of the following sequence of courses with documentation of employability skill levels in each course. Students in school-to-work transition will find this certification valuable in work applications, resumes, and job interviews. Local employers will be familiar with the format of the certification. Interested students need to declare intent for the certification as the first course is started so skill review documentation can be entered into the student portfolio. A capstone course would normally be the COFACS work/study program in an area of business

 

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