Course Offerings - Business Education

PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT

Business courses offer students the opportunity to explore and prepare for post-secondary business programs. Students apply computer technology to manage and present information using a variety of media. We provide students with a thorough understanding of the organization, functions, methods, and social significance of the American system of business enterprise.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Courses in this department may be used to fulfill the one year required Applied Arts credit for graduation.
Accounting I
Accounting II
Accounting II Honors
Business Internship
Business Mathematics
Computer Applications
Consumer Education
Introduction To Business
Keyboarding
Keyboarding Fundamentals
Management
Marketing
Multimedia
Sports and Entertainment Marketing
Computer Skills

COURSE SEQUENCES

* semester course ** nine week course

5502 ACCOUNTING I is a yearlong course open to grades 10 through 12. Class Fee: $10.00. Prerequisite: None .

Accounting I is a comprehensive program designed to help students meet two broad objectives: 1) preparation for post-secondary education in the business field and, 2) preparation for employment. This course helps students understand basic accounting principles and procedures that are applied to business transactions. Students will record transactions and prepare basic reports such as balance sheets and income statements. Computerized accounting programs are explored during the fourth quarter of the class. Each year Community High School District #128 participates in a countywide accounting contest held at the College of Lake County with the winners receiving scholarships, trophies, and ribbons. Students are recognized at Abbott Labs for their achievements. Students may receive 3 hours of college credit through the College of Lake County (Accounting 112) by successfully completing this course with a grade of “B” or higher.


5504 ACCOUNTING II is a yearlong course open to grades 11 through 12. Class Fee: $10.00. Prerequisite: Accounting I .

Accounting II contributes to students' background knowledge of the operations of all types of businesses. It increases the technical competence of those who will seek business employment as accountants and builds an excellent foundation in accounting for those seeking post-secondary education in accounting. Computerized accounting programs are explored during the fourth quarter of the class.


5506 ACCOUNTING II HONORS is a yearlong course open to grades 11 through 12. Class Fee: $10.00. Prerequisite: Accounting I.

Accounting II Honors contributes to students' background knowledge of the operations of all types of businesses. It increases the technical competence of those who will seek business employment as accountants and builds an excellent foundation in accounting for those seeking post-secondary education in accounting. Computerized accounting programs are explored during the fourth quarter of the class. Students will be required to job shadow an accounting professional throughout the year, will use a software program for a small business, complete an analytical project each semester, and will be assigned case studies periodically throughout the year.


5512, 5514 BUSINESS INTERNSHIP is a yearlong course open to grades 11 through 12. Class Fee: $10.00. Prerequisite: Students must be 16 years of age, complete an application and be interviewed by the teacher/coordinator to discuss career goals and job placement PRIOR to being accepted.

Business Internship, an education to careers program, applies classroom knowledge to the business environment. Students are released from school to work a minimum average of 15 hours per week in the business environment. Students earn a salary at a place of employment and two credits toward graduation. A training plan for each student is developed and approved by the teacher/coordinator. A full-year program provides the greatest opportunity to reach each student's individual goals and objectives. Students may choose to extend their studies in this class by re-enrolling for grade and credit with the approval of the instructor.


5515, 5516 BUSINESS MATHEMATICS is a semester course, offered both semesters and open to grades 10 through 12. Class Fee: $10.00. Prerequisite: None .

Business Mathematics is the application of mathematical concepts to practical business situations and problems. The goals include the development and improvement of specific business and math skills that will enable students to function effectively as intelligent consumers in the marketplace and in a career environment. Units will include payroll, banking, budgeting, bookkeeping, sales, taxes, and personnel records. Students will need a calculator. The credit earned in Business Mathematics may be applied toward the two credits of Mathematics required for graduation.


5521, 5522 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS is a semester course, offered both semesters and open to grades 9 through 12. Class Fee: $10.00. Prerequisite: Keyboarding, Basic Computer Skills or concurrent enrollment.

Computer Applications prepares students to be competitive in today's high-tech world by developing competencies in a variety of software applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, desktop publishing, database, and presentation programs. In a “learn-by-doing” environment, students will complete activities and projects using Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, Access, and PowerPoint. Internet activities are an integral part of the course. Students may choose to extend their studies in this class by re-enrolling for grade and credit. The credit earned in Computer Applications may be applied toward the two credits of Mathematics required for graduation.


5527, 5528 CONSUMER EDUCATION is a semester course, offered both semesters and open to grade 12. Prerequisite: None .

Consumer Education prepares students to become responsible citizens, capable of making wise economic decisions that will benefit their personal and professional lives. The major areas of study will focus on budgeting, using credit, evaluating advertising and insurance, renting an apartment, buying a home, comparison shopping, and using banking services. Each student will have the experience of investing in the stock market and following the stocks for a period of time through a simulated project. Use of the Internet is a valuable tool that is used throughout the course. This course meets the Consumer Education requirement for graduation.


5541, 5542 INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS is a semester course, offered both semester and open to grades 9 through 11. Class Fee: $10.00. Prerequisite: None.

Introduction to Business provides students with a better understanding of business practices and procedures. The course provides business and economic information that is important to those who wish to pursue a degree or career in business. Students explore all of the functional areas of business including management, finance, accounting, marketing, human resources, production of goods and services, and information systems. Internet research will be incorporated throughout the course to provide students with up-to-date information on current business trends.


5531, 5532 KEYBOARDING is a semester course, offered both semesters and open to grades 9 through 12. Class Fee: $10.00. Prerequisite: None.

Efficient use of the computer is a necessity in today's high-tech, competitive world. Keyboarding is a skill course that combines touch-typing and basic word processing. Beginners learn and develop their touch-typing skill while those students with some previous experience increase their skills to a higher level. Students will use a combination of tutorial software and Microsoft Word on computers in a Windows environment. Word Processing skills are used to create letters, tables, and other documents important for school, career or personal use. Community High School District #128 and college report formatting procedures are also covered. Internet activities are an integral part of the course. Successfully completing this course is one option for meeting the keyboarding proficiency graduation requirement. See your counselor for other options.


5534 KEYBOARDING FUNDAMENTALS is a yearlong course open to grades 9 through 12. Class fee: $20.00. Prerequisite: Placement. Keyboarding Fundamentals offers students individualized instruction to develop keyboarding skills. A combination of tutorial software and Microsoft Word will be used. Word processing includes business letters and reports according to the Community High School District #128 required format. Internet operations will be covered. Successfully completing this course is one option for meeting the keyboarding proficiency graduation requirement. See your counselor for other options.

5550 MANAGEMENT is a semester course, offered second semester and open to grades 10 through 12. Class Fee: 10.00. Prerequisite: None . This course provides an excellent background for students pursuing a business major in college. Management is the study of the structure and practices of business organizations operating for a profit under our free enterprise economy. Topics include: international business, entrepreneurship, total quality management, organizational teamwork, human resources, leadership styles, labor-management negotiations, and multicultural diversity. Students will examine the environment of small business ownership, the procedures and skills necessary to manage and open a small business and the policies and practices of a successful business operation. Students will be using computer applications and the Internet to explore business trends in management.

5551 MARKETING is a semester course, offered first semester and open to grades 10 through 12. Class Fee: $10.00. Prerequisite: None .

With business being the most popular major in American colleges, why not get ahead by enrolling in Marketing? This course focuses on topics such as promotion, pricing, purchasing, visual merchandising, market research, product planning and entrepreneurship. Teaching methods include teamwork, Internet exploration, computer applications, guest speakers, and class discussion. Teams of students will package, market, and present a product they create.


5547, 5548 MULTIMEDIA is a semester course, offered both semesters and open to grades 9 through 12. Class Fee: $10.00. Prerequisite: Keyboarding, Computer Skills or concurrent enrollment.

Multimedia is a unique production-oriented course presented in an interactive multimedia lab. In an atmosphere of “learning by doing”, students will produce desktop and group presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint. An emphasis will be placed on the design and development of presentations for school and business use. Students will be exposed to a variety of technologies including use of the scanner, digital camera, CD-ROM and still-frame and video capture equipment. Presentations will be enhanced by the use of additional techniques including image and sound editing. Use of the Internet is an integral part of the course. This course is intended for students who desire to learn emerging technologies and who are self-directed, motivated and creative. Students may choose to extend their studies in this class by re-enrolling for grade and credit. Extended study students will increase their skills in the above areas, as well as, learn some multimedia applications for the Internet.


5560 SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT MARKETING is a semester course, offered second semester and open to grades 10 through 12. Class Fee: $10.00. Prerequisite: Marketing.

Sports and Entertainment Marketing combines marketing with the passion for sports and entertainment. The relationship that exists between celebrities, sports, and business will be explored. Topics will include the management of sports and entertainment as a product, collegiate and professional licensing endorsement, agents, public relations, legal aspects, and the future of sports and entertainment relating to business. Students will use computer simulations, cooperative learning, in-class activities, and student projects as learning tools.


BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS is a non-graded program offered to freshmen and students new to the district. Students meet daily for nine weeks during the study hall portions of the lunch/study period. This condensed, fast-paced program stresses touch-typing to improve speed and accuracy. Community High School District 128 report format is covered using basic word processing. Passing the proficiency test meets the Keyboarding graduation requirement. Computer Skills may be used as a prerequisite for Computer Applications and Multimedia.