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BANKING AND FINANCE (SEMESTER) -You will learn the basics of financial literacy and banking in this course. Topics covered include: bad debt, importance of spending plans, non-traditional financial services, being an informed consumer, buying stocks, sell strategy, mutual fund options, investing in education, planning for the future, purchasing your first home, taxes and tax planning, life insurance options, health insurance, property insurance, estate planning, and keeping money in perspective. This is a Level 2 elective with no prerequisite. The course satisfies the Economics/Financial Literacy requirement for graduation.

BUSINESS APPLICATIONS (SEMESTER) - Students will develop proficiency with Microsoft Access®, Excel®, Word®, PowerPoint and Publisher software, and the integration of these programs. This course is designed to focus on advanced functions of Office that will help students navigate one of the most utilized software programs in education and business. The knowledge of these applications is vital for the student in high school, college, and in his or her career for communicating, collaborating, presenting and analyzing. Much of the curriculum is individualized; students must have good problem solving, organizational, and motivational skills. This is a Level 2 course with no prerequisite.

MULTIMEDIA AND DIGITAL TOOLS FOR BUSINESS - Advanced features of Microsoft Office will be explored to analyze information and data used in making business decisions. Recognizing the role the internet plays in business operations the course includes units in designing and maintaining web sites utilizing HTML to present graphics, text, animation and interactive environments. Applications of Dreamweaver and Photoshop are also included. This is a Level 2 course with no prerequisite.

INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS - This course introduces students to the world of business. Topics covered include types of business ownership, marketing, accounting, human resources, management, finance, ethics, and economics. These concepts are presented through classroom discussion and project-based learning. Students considering business careers or college studies are encouraged to take this course. This is a Level 2 course with no prerequisite.

ECONOMICS - This course will give the students a greater understanding of economics ranging from the viewpoint of the individual consumer or small business owner to the global economy. The course will study the law of supply and demand, forms of business, labor unions, government finances and influence on the economy, money and prices, inflation and deflation cycles. The course relates history and politics to the study of economics. The course satisfies the Economics/Financial Literacy requirement for graduation. This is a Level 1 course which requires ONE prior business course.

MARKETING & ADVERTISING - This course examines the field of marketing and its essential role in all aspects of business. Topics covered include the role of marketing in today’s society, marketing careers, product planning and development, pricing strategies, distribution methods, sales techniques, promotion, visual merchandising, and marketing math skills. Marketing principles learned will be applied through industry-specific units on sports, entertainment, travel/tourism, and fashion marketing. Students will learn the history of advertising, its role in today’s society, how the advertising industry works, careers in advertising, and the principles and techniques used to create ads for a variety of media. Emphasis is placed on planning and designing print ads, radio and TV commercials, internet and other specialty ads that appeal to certain target markets. This is a Level 1 course which requires ONE prior business course.

LEGAL FOUNDATIONS OF BUSINESS - Students will be introduced to the legal framework of business and the law of contracts as well as consumer law. Topics will include a general overview of the nature of law and its relationship to ethics; theories of contract, torts, and property; criminal law as it applies to business situations; and theories of the business enterprise and its regulation. Government regulation related to the environment, consumer protection, hiring practices, and occupational safety will also be addressed. Students will also learn about the efforts of the courts and legislature in dealing with technology’s impact on the law particularly with regard to computers and the internet. This is a Level 1 course for which ONE prior business course is required.

ACCOUNTING I - Accounting 1 is an introduction to the theoretical structure of accounting and methods and procedures necessary to achieve effective financial reporting for the successful ongoing operation of a business. During this year-long class, students will learn the fundamentals of accounting using a sole proprietorship and corporation as a basis for study. Students will develop an understanding of the balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows from recording and summarizing basic accounting transactions, preparing financial statements, payroll records, income tax forms through interpreting financial statements as part of the management decision-making process. A combination of manual and PC-based automated accounting systems will be used. This is a Level 1 course for which ONE prior business course is required.

ACCOUNTING II - Addresses the fundamental principles of cost and managerial accounting applied to manufacturing and service enterprises. Includes an introduction to cost behavior, managerial decision models, cost and budgetary planning and control, standard costing, analysis of variance, job order and process costing systems, cost allocation, and responsibility accounting A combination of manual and PC-based automated accounting systems will be used. This is an Honors Level course for which Account I is the prerequisite.

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - America’s future is rooted in the global economy. This course provides students with a global perspective of economics, political structure and culture, and will open your eyes concerning globalization’s impact on day-to-day living and personal finance. Cultural customs and traditions, trade, currency, business travel, geography, current events, international marketing, global issues, and career opportunities will be major topics of discussion. Areas to be covered include the awareness of the impact of International Business, communication strategies, environmental factors, ethics, finance, management practices, and import/export and balance of trade issues. Students will gain awareness of the growing need for becoming active in a global business economy and provides a solid foundation for college courses in business and international studies. This is an Honors Level course for which two prior business courses are required.

AP ECONOMICS - Advanced Placement Economics is designed to address both micro and macroeconomics to prepare students to take one or both AP Exams. Microeconomics focuses on the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual economic decision-makers. The course will develop students’ familiarity with the operation of product and factor markets, distributions of income, market failure, and the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. Macroeconomics addresses the principles that apply to an economic system as a whole with particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination; it also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics. Students learn to use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts. PREQUISITE: Students must have completed Economics or its predecessor courses Micro/Macro Economics. This is an AP Level course. Students must be able to read a college-level textbook and should possess strong mathematics and graphing skills.