Business and Technology

The Business/Technology Program is an area of instruction that deals with the application of technology to everyday life. The primary purpose of the business/technology subjects is to provide students with the necessary skills to be effective employees in business and to perform better in future educational pursuits. It is essential that all citizens are knowledgeable about their rights and responsibilities as users of technology.

The following courses are offered in the Business/Technology Department:

(159) TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION-Col
Grades: 9
Level: College
Prerequisite: None
Length: ½ year

In Technology Integration, students will learn the operation of Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office and Google applications. They will learn how to use Word and Google Docs for word processing, Excel and Google Sheets for worksheets and PowerPoint/Google Slides for presentations. Students will learn the program features “as needed” rather than through isolated lessons. They will learn how to use the features of Google to share files, store files and collaborate. Particular attention will be paid to those formats used throughout the school – research papers, using MLA standards, formal letters, lab reports etc. Students will spend a week learning how to write computer code using Java. Students must pass this class prior to graduation and before taking any other technology classes. The purpose of this course is to allow students to not only use technology but to think about the long-term impact of technology. Critical thinking, critical writing, analysis, and debate will be integral to this class.

(686) ACCOUNTING-Col
Grades: 10-12
Level: College
Prerequisite: None
Length: Full Year
Elective

Since all businesses must make money in order to remain “in business” it is critical that students understand how financial records are kept and reported. Students will learn how businesses keep track of money received and money spent. They will learn how to identify and properly record revenue, expenses and determine net income or net loss and prepare balance sheets and income statements. They will look at how businesses can protect themselves against fraud, embezzlement, and internal and external losses. This course is very important for all students considering college majors in any business area.

(112) BUSINESS ETHICS-Col
Grades: 10-12
Level: College
Prerequisite: None
Length: ½ year
Elective

All businesses have the responsibility to earn money for the owners or shareholders. We will look at the moral, ethical and legal responsibility beyond that. We expect companies to produce safe and reliable products but can they choose to produce a less safe product and pay the financial consequences of that decision? What is the company’s responsibility to their employees, community and country? We will look at companies who faced each of those decisions.

(171) BUSINESS MANAGEMENT-Col
Grades: 10-12
Level: College
Prerequisite: None
Length: ½ year
Elective

In Business Management, we will examine management responsibilities within the organization. We will look at corporate structures, legal issues, and ethics in business, supervision and motivation of employees. Students will spend time evaluating different business organizations to find “business cultures”. They will examine the impact of the CEO on the organization as a whole. We will look at how businesses, workers, and the relationships between the two have changed over the last fifty years, and try to identify trends for the future.

(161) CAREER EXPLORATION-Col
Grades: 10-12
Level: College
Prerequisite: None
Length: ½ year
Elective

In Career Exploration, students will look at their personalities and abilities to figure out what profession might be the perfect fit. They will research the education and experience required to become a member of that profession. Then, they will find colleges that can provide the education that they need. Students will write sample applications, essays and conduct mock interviews. They will research scholarships and grants that are available. Admission directors from a few local colleges will be invited to speak to the class about acceptance policies. In general, this course is designed to help students in the career and/or college search and application process.

(167) ECONOMICS-Col
Grades: 10-12
Level: College
Prerequisite: None
Length: ½ year
Elective

In this course, students will learn how their decisions, as consumers, impact the economy as a whole. How does the government regulate interest rates and decide on tax rates? What do words like inflation and recession mean? Students prepare a tax code for a country of ten citizens. They understand how the concept of “fair” is so difficult to reach in terms of taxation. They will see how the demand for a product by a consumer and the supply of a product by a company meet to form price equilibrium, and how the government can regulate or impact prices. Once students have taken this course, they will better understand interest rates, economic indicators, taxes, the stock market and the government’s role in the economy.

(169) ENTREPRENEURSHIP-Col
Grades: 10-12
Level: College
Prerequisite: None
Length: ½ year
Elective

Small businesses contribute billions of dollars every year to the U.S. economy. People who start small businesses are called entrepreneurs. They identify the needs of the marketplace and supply products and/or services to meet those needs. In this class, students will learn what entrepreneurship is and assess their personal fitness for a career as an entrepreneur. Students will take a step-by-step journey through the entire process of owning a small business. By creating a business plan, students will learn how to select a product or service to sell, determine the target market, classify variable and fixed costs associated with supplying the product/service, identify revenue streams, determine profitability, and manage employees. Real-life examples will be used in the study of entrepreneurship. Students will examine businesses that have succeeded, as well as some that have failed. Local entrepreneurs will visit the class to share their experiences with building a business. The use of technology will be required of all students to complete assignments and projects.

(168) PERSONAL FINANCE-Col
Grades: 10-12
Level: College
Prerequisite: None
Length: ½ year
Elective

Students will learn how to manage their own personal economies, through personal financial literacy. They will understand interest rates, banking, credit, insurance, savings rates, loans, taxes and investments. Students will use a computer stock simulation to investigate and track a stock portfolio, which they create. Students will learn to complete the Federal Income Tax form 1040EZ and the MA state income tax form. It is critical that students understand the financial implications of their decisions.

(163) WEB DESIGN I-Col
Grades: 10-12
Level: College
Prerequisite: Technology Integration
Length: ½ year
Elective

This class is designed for students who want to learn how to plan and create well-designed Web pages that combine effective navigation with the use of graphics, text, and colors. In this course students will gain a critical eye for evaluating Web pages by looking at examples of pages and applying the design principles to their own work. All Web pages will be created using HTML with a plain text editor. Students will also become familiar with photo editing, scanning, and digital photography and use these tools to deliver their Web content in an interesting and visually exciting way.

(172) COMPUTER PROGRAMING-Hon
Grades: 11-12
Level: Honors
Prerequisite: None
Length: ½ year
Elective:

This course provides a broad, solid understanding of essential computer programming language concepts and skills using the Visual Basic.Net language. Learning this powerful easy to understand language makes movement to Java, C#, or RobotC computer languages much easier and faster should the student wish to pursue a career in computer software such as gaming programming or database management.

(738) STEM COMPUTER SCIENCE-Col
Grade: 10-12
Level: College
Prerequisite: Technology Integration
Length: ½ Year
Elective

This course is an immersion into the world of computers, from hardware to software, we will explore it all. Students will take desktop and laptop computers apart and reassemble them to working condition. Hardware problems will be explored from their symptoms to possible solutions. Various operating systems will be discussed along with various methods dealing with maintenance and repairs to them. Students will build a peer to peer network containing wired and wireless computers, and printers assign rights to users, and share and copy files between computers. Computer security issues will be discussed. A large part of the course will focus on the Visual Basic.Net programming language, an Object Oriented programming language that is one of the most powerful and popular languages in use today.

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