Business Education Courses
This is a great course if you hope to own your own business or plan to study business. Learn accounting skills and basic bookkeeping techniques needed to run a small service and merchandise business. The course uses an online dynamic learning environment called Aplia along with text. Students will be able to complete accounting problems and receive immediate feedback from any computer with an internet connection. Students will use an automated accounting software program and will complete an accounting business simulation to reinforce learning. All college and university business schools in Michigan require a two-semester course in accounting for business majors; this course prepares students for the first semester of that requirement. This class fulfills the senior level math requirement. This class can be taken before, after, or concurrently with Honors Financial and Managerial Accounting.
Prerequisite: Accounting I. This course is a continuation of Accounting I.
Accounting for a Merchandising Business Organized as a Corporation will be covered. An Automated Accounting software program and a simulation for a corporation will be used to reinforce learning. Students will gain job-related experience by learning one of the leading accounting software packages for small and medium sized business—QuickBooks. Students will produce computerized financial statements, accounts receivables / payables, chart of accounts, inventory, invoices, banking functions; and be able to track customers, jobs, employees, taxes, expenses and sales. All college and university business schools in Michigan require a two-semester course in Accounting for a business major. This course will prepare students for the first semester of that requirement.
Honors Financial & Managerial Accounting 1.0 Credit Course 03025 Grades: 10-12 This new course will accurately portray the rigor of college level accounting. Students will learn how businesses plan for and evaluate their operating, financing, and investing decisions and then how accounting systems gather and provide data to internal and external decisions makers. This year-long course covers all the learning objectives of a traditional college level financial accounting course, plus those from a managerial accounting course. Topics include an introduction to accounting information systems, time value of money, accounting for merchandising firms, sales and receivables, fixed assets, debt and equity, statement of cash flows, financial ratios, cost-volume profit analysis and variance analysis. The class may be taken before, after, or concurrently with Accounting 1. This course is an excellent choice for fulfilling the senior level math requirement, and should only be taken by students with a commitment to complete college level coursework. Qualifies for an Applied Math credit.
Computer Applications I
Students will get a concentrated learning experience to become proficient, productive, safe users of computers and technology. They will review/learn proper touch-typing skills and will work to increase their speed. Students will complete a comprehensive study of the Microsoft Office software applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) to create professional documents, powerful spreadsheets, and impactful presentations. Students will apply technology as a tool to solve problems such as researching, pricing, and evaluating computer systems and other products. Students will learn how to best navigate the web, locate and verify reliable information online, and credit it correctly. The EPark/Moodle course management system is used regularly throughout the semester. This class will also incorporate an online learning experience and is an excellent way to meet this state graduation requirement. This course is aligned with the Michigan Education Technology Standards and International Standards for Technology Education. Note: Colleges recommend that students take at least one year of hands-on computer coursework.
Using a project-oriented, step-by-step approach, students will learn a variety of advanced spreadsheet techniques and principles that will allow them to apply critical thinking skills to create worksheets suitable for personal and professional use. Emphasis is placed on formatting, formulas, functions, charting, what-if analysis and creation of advanced spreadsheets and graphs of increasing complexity. Whether you plan to go into business, education, science, engineering, or even owning your own business—a solid understanding of spreadsheet and charting concepts will be a valuable tool. This course qualifies for 0.5 Applied Mathematics credit.
To be successful, it is recommended that students be able to accurately type approximately 35 words per minute. Students will learn a variety of advanced word processing techniques and principles using Microsoft Word, the most popular and powerful word processing program available. Using a step-by-step approach, students will learn techniques that allow them to create documents of increasing complexity that are used in the workplace, school, or at home. Emphasis is placed on learning and applying skills in real-world projects and applications, including creating workplace and employment documents, newsletters, and online documents. This course provides essential skills that will benefit students heading off to college or the workplace.
Web Design and Internet
This class is designed to teach students the software application Adobe Photoshop. Develop advanced technology skills and become an expert user of this industry standard market-leading software. Photoshop is a powerful, complex digital imaging software program for the creation, editing, and manipulation of graphics and images. The software will be used to create and edit graphics, pictures, and artwork for business applications, print, and web design. Students will learn how to use the extensive assortment of Photoshop tools, menus, palettes, options, settings, and features. We will explore the practical, powerful, and unexpected ways that you can create stunning images and graphics faster than ever before. The textbook for this course is detailed, well written, and easy to follow. Each week, students will also complete interesting and fun supplementary tutorials and projects. Note: Credit in this course qualifies toward the Visual, Performing, and Applied Arts graduation requirement.
Advanced Web Design
Prerequisite: Web Design & Internet In this course students build on the knowledge and skills gained in Computer Applications II Web Design to create more complex websites. This course will begin with the application of advanced HTML tags and CSS, and will continue with students learning to use Adobe Macromedia Studio, a leading software package that includes Flash, Dreamweaver and Fireworks to create professional-grade websites. The final project for this course is a web-based professional portfolio containing all of the student’s previous Web and Advanced Web projects. Upon completion of this course, students will possess marketable skills necessary to design and maintain websites as a career. Note: Course qualifies for Visual, Performing, and Applied Arts graduation requirement.
Office Occupations Co-op
0.5 to 1.0 credit
Students participating in the Cooperative Occupational Training Program earn while they learn. Related business classes empower the students with up-to-date skills and knowledge, which are directly applied on the job. A partnership between business leaders and educational experts is formed to provide the best learning experience for the student. Teamwork assures on the job success and the best utilization of essential skills.
Students explore business and career opportunities in this class. Learn the basics of business and how it affects everyday life as well as aid in future course selections. The class will discuss current events as they relate to business. Students learn about teamwork, employability skills, personal finance, international business, human relations, work ethics, and basic business management skills. In addition, students will complete units on retail businesses, banking, stock market, basic accounting, and computers. Computers are used as a business tool in this class.
Finance and Investment
Qualifies for online learning or Applied Math credit.
Do you want to learn how to handle your money? Have you always wondered how the stock market works? This course teaches the fundamentals in the areas of personal finance, banking, credit, insurance, and investing. Emphasis is placed on the stock market, including participation in the Stock Market Game, a ten-week stock-trading simulation. Students learn how to invest and what to invest in. Emphasis is placed on how to avoid and stay out of debt, along with strategies for living a debt-free life by focusing on saving, goal-setting, budgeting, and using credit wisely. Students will apply problem-solving and computation skills through practical applications such as writing checks, calculating interest, preparing a budget, and evaluating stock transactions.
This semester course allows students to study international trade by using a variety of resources for investigation. Elementary international economic theory is applied to study the impact of trade in the USA and in other countries. Culture, history, language, values, social behaviors, along with market conditions and demographics are used by students to determine the possibilities of doing business with other countries.
Personal Business Law
An understanding of the fundamentals of law has value for everyone. The primary aim of this course is directed toward helping students understand their legal obligations as they enter into contractual arrangements each day. Although the emphasis of this course is on law for personal use, the course will also help students develop a better understanding of their rights and duties under the law in business and how it responds to the changing times. The topics of contracts, sales, bailments and insurance, as well as many others will be covered.
Business Administration and Management
Students analyze the primary functions of management and leadership, which are planning, organizing, staffing, directing or leading and controlling. Topics will incorporate social responsibility of business and industry. Students develop a foundation in the economical, financial, technological, international, social and ethical aspects of business to become competent managers, employees and entrepreneurs. Students incorporate a broad base of knowledge that includes the legal, managerial, marketing, financial, ethical and international dimensions of business to make appropriate management decisions.
Qualifies for Applied Math or Applied Art credit. This course incorporates the National Career Clusters for Marketing Sales and Service. The curriculum will include the functions of marketing, technology, selling, economics, customer relations, promotion, distribution, marketing information management, management, finance, entrepreneurship, and career development. Marketing is grounded in academics and provides the knowledge to compete in a global economy.
2.0 credits (2 hour block)
Qualifies for Applied Math or Applied Art credit.
Prerequisite: Marketing and instructor’s approval. Forms need to be completed and signed by the counselor and the instructor. Advanced Marketing teaches students entrepreneurial skills by building on the curriculum from Marketing I. Students will be part of a retail environment in which they will gain experience in selling, buying techniques, display design, advertising, and many other components necessary to operate a business. The students will also have the opportunity to learn finance and banking through our partnership with Community Financial Credit Union. The course meets for two class periods, which includes an hour of class and an hour of lab time operating the store. Students have the option of joining DECA, which is a national student marketing organization established in 1945. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. You can learn more about the organization at www.mideca.org.
2.0 credits (2 hour block)
Qualifies for Applied Math or Applied Art credit. Prerequisite: Advanced Marketing and instructor’s approval.
Marketing Management prepares students that have chosen a career pathway in the field of Marketing Sales and Service and Entrepreneurship. Students are part of a comprehensive learning program that integrates instruction from Marketing I and Advanced Marketing. The student will manage the school store and be accountable for all components of the business. Also, the student will be giving training on the traits and tools necessary to become a successful entrepreneur. Marketing Management gives students the opportunity to participate on a advisory board for Community Financial Credit Union and Marketing. Marketing Management is a course that will give students the skills necessary to be career ready or college bound.
This course is designed to familiarize students with the characteristics of entrepreneurs and to make them aware that owning and operating their own business is a realistic career option. Students will be exposed to small business operations, marketing, human resources, accounting, business law and other areas related to business ownership. Students will choose a business of their own to “open” and by the end of the course will have created a complete professional business plan.
0.5 to 1.0 credit
Prerequisite: Teacher and Counselor approval needed. Related classes empower the students with up-to-date skills and knowledge, which are directly applied on the job. A partnership between business leaders and educational experts is formed to provide the best learning experience for the student.
Real Estate Essentials
Course qualifies for Applied Math credit. Students will be introduced to real estate essentials that include an in-depth look at real estate careers, usages of land, land ownership, mortgages, liens, deeds, the appraisal process, the home inspection process, financing sources, investments in real estate, contracts, property law, and the sales and marketing process. Students will approach these real estate concepts from an ethical, customer-based point of view and will be involved in several creative research projects and fun marketing simulations.