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Business, Computer and Information Technology

Bethel Park School District Business, Computer and Information Technology Curriculum

Mission:

The mission of the Business, Computer and Information Technology Department is to provide all students with the tools necessary to develop business, economic, and computer skills needed in today's diverse global market.  Students should master the knowledge, applications, and attitudes that will reinforce workplace competencies to achieve success in business and in life.

Description:

Programs within the Business, Computer and Information Technology Department integrate academic knowledge with technical competencies through rigorous simulations and work experiences in order to meet the demands to today’s diverse global economy.   Each course offered follows the national and state achievement standards and expectations to ensure that students have acquired the necessary computer skills and business knowledge to prepare them for continued education and employment in the highly competitive job market.

Carolyn Dolinar
9-12 Business Education Curriculum Facilitator
412-854-8123

High School Business, Computer and Informational Technology:

Bethel Park School District requires a minimum of two (2) credits in the Fine/Practical Arts for graduation.  Courses offered within the Business, Computer and Informational Technology Department meet these graduation requirements.  A variety of courses are offered to advance students’ knowledge of computer technology and software applications for both personal and professional use.  Students who plan to pursue higher education will find these courses extremely beneficial as they will acquire computer skills, business knowledge, and attitudes needed to function effectively in our high-tech society.

Select courses also enable students to pursue Microsoft Business Certification through the Microsoft Business certification program (MCAS – Microsoft Certified Application Specialist.  This credential is globally recognized in the academic and business communities as the standard for demonstrating skills with the Microsoft Office suite of business productivity applications – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.  All students enrolled in the courses, MCAS Certification for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint/Access will have the opportunity to complete the Microsoft Certification exam at the conclusion of the course.  Successful candidates receive a MCAS certificate from Microsoft Corporation that sets them apart from their peers in a competitive job market. 

Course Offerings:

Typewriting I: Computer Keyboarding
Grade 9-12
Level 1-3
Semester Course – ½ Credit
Prerequisite: None

Computers are used to master the keyboard by the “touch” method while using correct keyboarding techniques.  Students will then apply their skills to produce MLA formatted reports, e-mails, memos, and personal/business letters. Proofreading, composing, technique refinement and skill development are also important aspects of this course.

Computer Applications
Grade 9-12
Level 2-3
Semester Course – ½ Credit
Prerequisite:  Recommended Typewriting I: Computer Keyboarding

This course is designed to each the students the basics of the most often used computer applications – Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Publisher.  Students will learn topics in each of these programs to provide them with the basic skills they will need throughout high school.  This is one of the first in a series of courses designed to teach the student computer concepts and applications.

Computer Skills (Adaptive Course)
Grade 9-12
Level 1
Full Year Course – 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  None

Computer Skills is an adaptive course that combines topics from Computer Keyboarding and Computer Applications into a single, year-long course. It is designed for the student who would have trouble completing the curriculum of the other courses in a semester each.  More time is spent on developing keyboarding skills. The traditional letters, memos and reports of the keyboarding course are taught combined with a unit on word processing.  This gives the student more time using the word processor as a tool as well as learning the traditional formats for business documents.  Introductory topics are taught in Microsoft Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint software.  This course is ideal for special education students as well as students who need extra time to learn basic computer skills.  This course is an adaptive course that replaces Computer Applications.  Students who schedule Computer Skills should not schedule Typewriting I and/or Computer Applications.

MCAS Certification for Excel
Grade 10-12
Level 2-3
Semester Course – ½ Credit
Prerequisite:  Recommended Typewriting I: Computer Keyboarding

Why not Excel?  Why not be MCAS Certified?  Spreadsheets are common in today’s business world.  This course covers all the requirements necessary for the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS) certification test to be completed at the end of the course.  Students will use spreadsheets to organize data, complete calculations, make decisions, graph data, share data between other Microsoft programs, and create professional-looking reports.  Prepare for the future and become more marketable by becoming MCAS certified. 

MCAS Certification for Word
Grade 10-12
Level 2-3
Semester Course – ½ Credit
Prerequisite:  Recommended Typewriting I: Computer Keyboarding

This course covers all requirements necessary for the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS) certification test in Word to be completed at the end of the course.  Topics covered include applying styles, using templates and wizards, sending a Word document via e-mail, creating hyperlinks, working with pictures and charts, borders and shading, page numbers, headers and footers, columns and tables, envelopes and labels, and mail merge. 

MCAS Certification for PowerPoint/Access
Grade 10-12
Level 2-3
Semester Course – ½ Credit
Prerequisite:  Recommended Typewriting I: Computer Keyboarding

This course requires all the requirements necessary for the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS) certification test in PowerPoint and Access to be completed at the end of the course.  PowerPoint topics include creating and formatting presentations, applying animations and transitions, rehearsing timings and delivering presentations.  Access topics include creating tables and datasheets, forms, queries and reports.

Digital Photo Editing and Design Using Photoshop
Grade 10-12
Level 2-3
Semester Course – ½ Credit
Prerequisite:  None

This course will use Photoshop CS3® software to manipulate and edit digital photos.  Students will learn to transform photos using the cloning, sharpen, burn, and gradient tools.  Students will also learn to apply special effects to photos using layer styles, masks, and filters.  This course will also explore desktop design techniques.  Students will create projects such as magazine covers, billboard advertisements, movie posters, and DVD menus.  There will be a capstone project that students will create using their own photographs.

Web Page Design Using Dreamweaver®
Grade 10-12
Level 2-3
Semester Course – ½ Credit
Prerequisite:  None

Have you ever wanted to create your own website?  This course will provide the necessary tools and techniques to create a successful website. Students will learn HTML to create web pages using the Dreamweaver® program that integrates text, scanned images, clip art, animated graphics, links, Flash text, Flash buttons and Cascading Style Sheets.  This course can be used to fulfill the senior project requirement. 

Advanced Web Page Design  
Grade 11-12
Level 2-3
Semester Course – ½ Credit
Prerequisite: Web Page Design Using Dreamweaver ®

This course focuses on using Flash to create digital animations which can be used to further develop the Web page developed in the Web Page Design course.  Students will learn to create animated navigation bars, interactive Flash movies and advanced topics such as an interactive Flash Web page. In-depth projects will be completed to build essential Web development skills.

Personal Finance
Grade 10-12
Level 1-3
Semester Course – ½ Credit
Prerequisite:  None

Planning on living on your own?  Whether you’re planning on attending college, technical school or moving away from home, Personal Finance is a must take course for you.  Students learn the basics necessary for making smart financial decisions now and in the future.  Personal Finance equips students with the tools necessary to make effective consumer decisions.  Students will use a variety of techniques including hands-on activities and the latest in computer technology.  Take an active role in your financial future by acquiring the tools necessary for financial success.  This course can be used to fulfill the senior project requirement.

Entrepreneurship
Grade 10-12
Level 2-3
Semester Course – ½ Credit
Prerequisite:  None

Do you have what it takes to own your own business?  Would you like to be your own boss?  If so, then Entrepreneurship is for you.  Students enrolled in this course will learn how to take an idea and develop it into a profitable business.  Along the way, students will create business cards and pamphlets and research costs, sources, supplies and advertising through the use of the Internet and other resources.  Upon completion of the class, students will have created a comprehensive business plan that is professionally bound.  This course can be used to fulfill the senior project requirement.

Accounting I  
Grade 10-12
Level 2-3
Full Year Course – 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  None

Accounting is the language of business.  No mater what you plan for your future, accounting will be part of it.  In this class you will develop an understanding of the accounting cycle in relation to the business world.  You will utilize accounting software, online working papers, Excel and Word to complete accounting problems in a computer lab.  Students will have the option to apply for college credit in this class.  This course does not fulfill a mathematics credit for graduation.

Accounting II 
Grade 11-12
Level 2-3
Full Year Course – 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  Accounting I

Accounting II is for those students who want to further their understanding of accounting.  In this class, students will complete accounting cycle problems using real-life simulations and integrated accounting software.  This class will prepare students for the business and academic world and can be used to fulfill the senior project requirement.  This course does not fulfill a mathematics credit for graduation.

Business Math Using Computers
Grade 9-12
Level 1-3
Full Year Course – 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  None

Use computers to discover business and consumer math concepts such as gross and net pay, banking services, loans and credit.  Personal applications of money management such as budgeting, electronic checking accounts, and investments will be stressed.  Students will utilize available technology and acquire the tools necessary to solve mathematical problems, analyze and interpret data, evaluate and solve quantitative and precise calculations while applying sound decision-making skills.  This course does not fulfill a mathematics credit for graduation.

Business Math II
Grade 10-12
Level 1-2
Full Year Course – 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  Business Math I

This course is designed to review and further develop business concepts introduced in Business Math I such as checking accounts, payroll and interest.  In addition, new concepts will be presented such as commercial loans, mortgage, inventory, charge accounts and credit cards, personnel, production and purchasing.  Emphasis is on the business rather than the consumer aspect of these topics.  This course does not fulfill a mathematics credit for graduation.

Business Cooperative Work Experience
Grade 12
Level 2-3
Full Year Course – 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  Typing I: Computer Keyboarding, Computer Applications and teacher recommendation.  Recommended MCAS Certification for Word and/or MCAS Certification for Excel, Accounting I

This course is for senior students interested in pursuing a career in the Business field; Finance, Accounting, Business Management, Insurance, Medical Records, Receptionist, and Secretarial.  Students are placed in a business training station and are under the supervision of their teacher coordinator and the immediate training supervisor.  Students will receive payment in accordance with minimum wage standards.