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Business and Technology Course Descriptions

Accounting
Length of Class:                   Year
Prerequisite:                         None
Grade Level:                         10, 11, 12

 

Accounting is the “language of business”. This is a good introduction to any post-secondary business course. It includes the basics of bookkeeping, including journalizing, posting, preparing financial statements, adjusting and closing entries for a sole proprietorship, partnership and corporation. Students will also use an automated accounting program and/or business simulations.

Dual Credit through Great Falls College MSU is available for this course for Grades 11 and 12.

 

Accounting II
Length of Class:                   Year
Prerequisite:                         Accounting I
Grade Level:                         10, 11, 12

 

As an advanced continuation from Accounting I, students will cover Chapters 17 through 24 in the text, Century 21 Accounting 9E , South-Western. Students will be given business simulations that will follow the units presented in the course.  Topics covered will be:   Merchandising Business Organized as a Corporation, Additional Accounting Procedures, Partnerships, and Recording International/Internet Sales.

Business Management                                    
Length of Class:                   Semester

Prerequisite:                         Any successfully completed business class
Grade level:                          10, 11, 12

Students can expect to exercise their leadership skills by becoming an office manager within Bison Business.  Being a Bison Business manager will instill a general competency in meeting the challenges of management and will facilitate students’ development of their own personal career aspirations.  Tasks include:  motivate employees, keep employees on task, monitor attendance and promptness of employees, maintain a positive climate, set up and keep the employees’ file system up to date, and write reports to document management accomplishments.  Students will also study various functions of management, management theory, organized labor, human resources, business ethics, conflict resolution, personal management, and levels of management.

 

Entrepreneurship/Business Law
Length of Class:                   Semester
Prerequisite:                         None

Grade level:                          9, 10, 11, 12

How about running your own business?  Entrepreneurship/Business Law introduces students to the concept of starting or running their own business and how the law relates to business.  Students will examine how to maintain integrity and make ethical decisions for their business and the community.  Students will evaluate the role of the entrepreneur in the economy, and they will take risk assessments and personality profiles to determine if they have what it takes to be an entrepreneur.  Students will review how business law in America works to maintain a competitive and ethical framework while conducting independent and group activities.

 

Financial Tech Skills (This course is required for graduation)


Length of Class:                   Semester
Prerequisite:                         25 wpm keyboarding recommended   
Grade Level:                         11, 12


In this course students learn financial/life skills while learning Microsoft Office software.  The Microsoft Office applications include Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. The financial/life skills include the following:  cover letters, resumes, interview skills, personal budgeting, college selection, insurance, savings and checking accounts, achieving a good credit score, credit, travel expenses, online safety, and career exploration.   All of these elements will be emphasized through application exercises and projects.  

Independent Study
Length of Class:                   One or two semesters
Prerequisite:                         Business instructor approval
Grade Level:                         10, 11, 12


This course has students work on and complete real-world projects in the field of business. The projects are based on needs and requirements from the community.  Students will work closely with business instructors and project leaders.

 

Information Processing
Length of Class:                   Semester
Prerequisite:                         None
Grade Level:                         9, 10, 11, 12


In today’s world, good keyboarding skills are becoming increasingly important.  Being able to type quickly means saved time.  This course emphasizes building speed and accuracy using the touch system of keyboarding for personal use.  Letters, memos, tables and reports will be introduced.  Proofreading and following instructions will be stressed in learning to set up special applications on the computer.  This course is a helpful prerequisite before taking other computer courses.

 

Introduction to Business
Length of Class:                  Semester
Prerequisite:                         None
Grade Level:                         9, 10, 11, 12


Not sure about how business works?  Introduction to Business is a course that creates a foundation in business know-how for students.  Topics range from surveying business careers, economic education, business management, globalization, business finance, marketing, and human resources.  Various forms of technology will be highlighted to expose students to the emerging technologies impacting the business world. This course builds a foundation for further studies in business and helps students develop employability skills required in their everyday lives. 

 

 

Marketing
Length of Class:                   Semester
Prerequisite:                         None
Grade Level:                         9, 10, 11, 12


Creativity anyone?  This course offers students opportunities to develop career-related skills, civic responsibility, and leadership competencies by participating in a variety of activities such as hands-on classroom exercises, co-curricular student organizations, school-based enterprises, and community service.  This class provides students with a foundation of business knowledge in free enterprise, an understanding of general business management practices, and an awareness of core marketing functions.  Subject matter includes the economic importance of marketing (getting products and services from producers to consumers), a study of consumer motivation, marketing trends, product planning and research, advertising, promotion, direct sales, and careers in marketing.  Students will create a product that will be judged in our Shark Tank. 

 

 

Multimedia
Length of Class:                   Semester
Prerequisite:                         None
Grade Level:                         9, 10, 11, 12


Every want to try your hand at Photoshop, HTML or CorelDraw graphic design?   This course includes an introduction to these programs and more.  The course will provide students with hands-on knowledge of computer-aided graphics, digital photography, presentation software, web-page design, Internet usage, and desktop publishing.  This course is designed for both college-prep and vocationally-oriented students.

 

 

Personal Finance
Length of Class:                   Semester
Prerequisite:                         None
Grade Level:                         9, 10, 11, 12


Do you want to be a millionaire, or know how to overcome an economic depression?  Personal Finance is a great course for students to learn how to prepare themselves financially for life.  This course will introduce students to topics such as personal decision making, earning a living, managing finances, budgeting, saving and investing, purchasing as a consumer, banking, using credit, protecting against risk and learning about stocks by playing the stock market game.  Not to mention, we will cover a simple plan in how to become a millionaire.  Students also help run the DECA student store.  

 

Work Experience
Length of Class:                   Semester/Year
Prerequisite:                         None
Grade Level:                         10 (with instructor permission), 11, 12


Earn school credit while gaining on-the-job experience in a bona fide employment setting.  This course is for those students who are presently employed and working at least 11 hours a week.  It is understood that there is much to be learned from being employed, and this course reinforces what is being learned in the work setting. Each student will meet with the instructor once a week, complete a weekly on-line assignment and bring in verification of work hours.

 

 

 

 

Computer Sciences

Intro to Computer Science Principles

Length of Class: Semester
Prerequisite: None
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

 

Computer Science Principles is a one semester, introductory course that introduces students to the foundations of modern computing.  The course covers a broad range of foundational topics such as programming, algorithms, the Internet, big data, digital privacy and security, societal impacts of computing, and the ways that digital information is encoded, represented and manipulated.  Through this course, students will develop a well-rounded view about data in the world around them.  Global issues such as public policy, law, ethics, and societal impact of technology will also be discussed.  Students will create and use visualizations to identify patterns and trends using a variety of tools and widgets.   This class uses project-based programming and computer science lessons, emphasizes writing & communication skills, and fosters collaboration & creativity in the classroom.

 

 

Computer Coding and Design with Python (Introduction to Computer Programming)

Length of Class: Semester
Prerequisite: None

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

 

This is a course about the practice of programming, an attempt to expose students to the development of real programs. Programming is more than just writing code. Programmers must also assess tradeoffs, choose among design alternatives, debug and test, improve performance, and maintain software written by themselves and others. Students will have the opportunity to develop these skills by working on their own code and in group projects.  There will be an emphasis on the principles of software development, style, and testing.  At the end of this class, expect to be proficient in using Python to build applications, understand enough about programming to be able to quickly pick up other languages, and have a good understanding of what it takes to plan, analyze, design, implement and support software applications. Dual Credit is available for this course for Grades 11 and 12.

 

 

Web Page Design

Length of Class: Semester
Prerequisite: None

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

 

In this class, students learn how to build beautiful, interactive websites by learning the fundamentals of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript — three common coding languages on which all modern websites are built.  HTML is the foundation behind all web pages. It's used to add structure and form to text, images, and more. CSS is the stylesheet language a page is styled with, to tell browsers to change the color, font, layout, and more.   JavaScript is an object-oriented computer programming language used to create interactivity within web browsers.  In this course, students learn the fundamentals of these three languages so that they can create visually appealing and interactive web pages.  This is a useful and lucrative skill to acquire as it used by nearly every single business in the world that needs a website to communicate to its customers. By the end of this class, expect to have all the skills required to build websites or even start a career with one of the thousands of companies that have a website.

Dual Credit through Great Falls College MSU is available for this course for Grades 11 and 12.

 

Geared for Girls Computer Coding and Design

Length of Class: Semester
Prerequisite: None

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

 

This is a course designed to inspire girls with the computing skills they’ll need to pursue STEM opportunities.  We will take a girls-first project-based approach to learning about the practice of programming, an attempt to build confidence and skills necessary to succeed in the career field of computer science. Programming is more than just writing code. Programmers must also assess tradeoffs, choose among design alternatives, debug and test, improve performance, and maintain software written by themselves and others. Students will have the opportunity to develop these skills in a non-threatening environment by working on their own code and in group projects.  There will be an emphasis on the principles of software development, style, and testing.  At the end of this class, expect to be proficient in using Python to build applications, understand enough about programming to be able to quickly pick up other languages, and have a good understanding of what it takes to plan, analyze, design, implement and support software applications.

Dual Credit is available for this course for Grades 11 and 12.