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Business Education

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IntroductionSuggested Sequence of CoursesCourse Descriptions 

Introduction

In today’s global economy, it is important that all students have knowledge of the economic and financial world in which they live. Business Education provides students with the foundation to pursue programs such as business administration, accounting, marketing/management, law and finance. Many business courses provide students with the opportunity to develop computer skills necessary to be competitive in both college and the workplace. The suggested course sequences group the various electives that would apply to specific areas of interest. Students may elect to take courses from a variety of course clusters if they wish to explore various fields or remain within a cluster if they prefer a strong preparation for specific post high school study.

Shaker High School has a NYS Approved Business Administration Program

The program is a 4 1/2 unit sequence of courses that prepares students to take an industry recognized Business Administration Exam. Students may begin the sequence in ninth or tenth grade. Please note, students will need to complete all 4 1/2 units of credit and pass the industry exam to receive the Business Administration endorsement on their diploma.

NYS Education Department Approved Sequence: Business Administration (Pending Re-Approval)

In order to receive the Business Administration Endorsement, students must:

  • Take 4 1/2 units of credit as outlined below
  • Pass an industry-recognized exam

NYS Education Department Approved Sequence: Business Administration: (Pending Approval)

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Suggested Course Sequences For Students Interested in Information Technology, Accounting/Finance and Marketing

Informational Technology

Accounting/Finance

Marketing

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Course Descriptions

509 Keyboarding & Word Processing510 Introduction to Microsoft Office (P)511 Introduction to Business I512 Introduction to Business II513 Math and Finance (P)554 Business Statistics E (P)518 Personal and Business Law519 Sports and Entertainment Marketing520 American Entrepreneur540 Microsoft Office Certification527 Social Media Marketing & Advertising554 Business Statistics E (P)531 Financial Decision Making516 Accounting (P)553 College Accounting (P)555 Business Management522 Principles of Marketing526 Career Development558 Career Exploration Internship Program (CEIP)

509 Keyboarding & Word Processing

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

This course is designed to develop alphabetic and numeric touch-typing keyboarding skills needed by anyone who uses a computer. Students will develop basic proficiency in formatting various business documents using Microsoft Word and Google Docs. The final examination is departmental. This course is open to students in grades 9-12.

510 Introduction to Microsoft Office (P)

Second Semester – 1/2 Unit

Prerequisite: Keyboarding & Word Processing

This course continues to build students’ proficiencies in speed and accuracy. Students will learn the appropriate format for flyers, spreadsheets and charts, newsletters, brochures, photo editing and presentations. Students will build skills in Microsoft Access, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Photoshop. Students will also gain exposure to Google Slides and Sheets. The final exam is departmental. This course is open to students in grades 9-12.

511 Introduction to Business I

First Semester – 1/2 Unit

Students learn about basic economic principles such as supply and demand, economic indicators and the economic/business cycle, forms of business ownership, ethical decision-making, marketing, and social responsibility. Emphasis is placed on the importance of effective human relations skills, making decisions and problem-solving. The final exam is departmental. This course is open to students in grades 9-12.

512 Introduction to Business II

Second Semester – 1/2 Unit

This course provides an introduction to the topics of career exploration, leadership, presentation/public speaking, accounting, law, budgeting, credit, checking and insurance. Computer skills incorporated are word processing, desktop publishing, presentation development and spreadsheets. The final examination is departmental. This course is open to students in grades 9-12.

513 Math and Finance (P)

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

Prerequisite: Passing grade on Common Core Algebra Regents Exam.

This half-year college level Mathematics of Finance course includes algebra-based calculations and analysis of business investment situations. Included are simple compound interest, annuities (ordinary due, deferred, complex, perpetuity and forborne), applications of present value and future value and conceptual discussions of business investments. Students will learn how to use a financial calculator to complete classroom and homework assignments. The final examination is departmental. Students taking this course may receive three college credits at Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC). A tuition fee is required for this option. This course is open to students in grades 10-12.

554 Business Statistics E (P)

Second Semester – 1/2 Unit

Prerequisite: Passing grade on the Common Core Algebra Regents examination.

This course provides students with the knowledge to gather, process, and present statistical data. They will learn to construct frequency charts, compute measures of central tendency and calculate standard and quartile deviations. The knowledge will then be applied to solving business problems and sampling, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation and trend analysis. This course carries four Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) credits for those students who choose this option. A tuition fee is required for this option. This course is open to students in grades 10-12.

518 Personal and Business Law

Full Year – 1 Unit

Students in Personal and Business Law should gain a genuine respect for and an understanding of that segment of the law that affects them in personal and business applications. The curriculum in law includes careful consideration of the broad basis of law, an analysis of civil wrongs and crimes, and the sources and methods of enforcing the law. Other topics include special laws pertaining to minors, automobile insurance, and contracts. The midterm and final examinations are departmental. This course is open to students in grades 10-12.

519 Sports and Entertainment Marketing

Full Year – 1 Unit

Do you like sports? Do you like TV, movies, video games or music? If so, then this is the course for you! In this course students will learn the basic functions of marketing and how those functions are applied to sports and entertainment. The basic functions of marketing that will be included in the course are: target market identification, marketing information management, financing, pricing, promotion, product/service management, distribution, and selling. Concepts are taught utilizing project-based learning and practical application assignments. The midterm and final examinations are departmental. This course is open to students in grades 9-12.

520 American Entrepreneur

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

In this course students will gain an understanding of how to start and successfully run a small business. Over the course of the semester students will develop a business model/plan which includes (but is not limited to) creating their own product/company, developing a logo and slogan, conducting market research, identifying target markets and presenting their business model/plan as if they are on “Shark Tank.” Students will learn about the impact of the economy on business, what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur, different types of business ownership, how to identify customers, marketing plan development, how to build customer relationships, methods for generating revenue and much more! Concepts are taught utilizing project-based learning and practical application assignments. This course is open to students in grades 10-12.

540 Microsoft Office Certification

Full Year – 1 Unit

This course provides students with hands-on experience learning and applying intermediate and advanced features and functions related to word processing, spreadsheets, presentation development and database management using the Microsoft Office Suite (specifically Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Word) and cloud-based programs on the Google platform. To be successful in this course, students should have some familiarity with Microsoft Office Applications. The final examination is a departmentally-developed computer project. The first semester of this full year course carries three Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) credits (a tuition fee is required for this option). At the conclusion of the course, students will be prepared to take the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification exams in Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Word. The MOS Certification exams will be administered at Shaker High School at no cost to students. This course is open to students in grades 10-12. (Pending Board Approval)

527 Social Media Marketing & Advertising

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

Social media has helped give consumers a voice, connect them with their friends and other like-minded consumers, and has given them considerable power over marketers and brands. This course takes an in-depth look at social networks and social media platforms (ex: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google, etc.), Internet businesses, Internet marketing and advertising and the role social media, marketing and advertising play in a global environment. Students will learn how social media strategies can be used effectively in marketing programs, when they should/should not be used, how to build them, and to measure, track, and evaluate their performance and effectiveness. This course is open to students in grades 10-12.

554 Business Statistics E (P)

Second Semester – 1/2 Unit

Prerequisite: Passing grade on the Common Core Algebra Regents examination.

This course provides students with the knowledge to gather, process, and present statistical data. They will learn to construct frequency charts, compute measures of central tendency and calculate standard and quartile deviations. The knowledge will then be applied to solving business problems and sampling, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation and trend analysis. This course carries four Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) credits for those students who choose this option. A tuition fee is required for this option. This course is open to students in grades 10-12.

531 Financial Decision Making

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

This vital course is useful in planning for college, career and lifelong financial success. Major topics include budgeting, checking and savings accounts, online banking, appropriate use of credit and borrowing, short term and long term investments, the stock and bond markets, mutual funds, real estate, insurance, and retirement options. Students will explore topics using project-based assignments and a variety of simulations. This course is open to students in grades 10-12.

516 Accounting (P)

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Algebra 1.

This course is an introduction to managing business finances. Students will learn the processes and procedures for effectively maintaining and reporting a business’s financial records. Current topics include journalizing, posting, financial statements, and worksheets. Students will complete the accounting cycle manually and using QuickBooks software. The final exam is departmental.  This course is open to students in grades 10-12.

553 College Accounting (P)

Full Year – 1 Unit

Prerequisite: Passing grade on Common Core Algebra Regents Exam.

This course provides a complete, modern course in accounting and satisfies the requirements of both accounting majors and non-majors. During the first semester students will receive instruction in the fundamental theory and practice of accounting with application in sole proprietorship. Units of study have been designed to present the principles of double entry; design and use of books of account; control accounts and subsidiary ledgers; preparation of worksheet; payroll and payroll taxes; valuation reserves; closing books and preparation of simple forms of profit and loss statements and balance sheets. In the second semester, this course is designed to provide treatment of concepts and principles, plant assets, partnerships, corporations, cash flow and financial statement analysis, and to provide opportunity for enrichment through elementary data processing and its application to accounting systems. This course carries three University of Albany credits for those students who choose this option. A tuition fee is required for this option. This course is open to students in grades 10-12.

555 Business Management

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

This course introduces students to essential business management skills and practices, with a focus on the corporate business environment. Topics covered include key managerial functions, decision making practices, handling business and human resources, developing strategic plans, values and ethics, and change management. Concepts are reinforced with project-based learning; which also help students develop leadership, team building, problem solving, and time management skills. This course carries three Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) credits for those students who choose this option. A tuition fee is required for this option. This course is open to students in grades 11-12.

522 Principles of Marketing

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

This course provides students an introduction to Business Marketing. The marketing planning process and the market environment will be discussed. Students will learn about consumer behavior and gain an understanding of targeting and positioning. Additionally, the elements of the marketing mix including new product development, promotion, pricing, and distribution will be covered. This course carries three Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) credits for those students who choose this option. A tuition fee is required. This course is open to students in grades 10-12.

526 Career Development

Full Year – 1 Unit

Prerequisite: By supervisor permission only.

This course will build students’ knowledge about the world of work, explore career options, and relate personal skills, aptitudes and abilities to future career decisions. Students will demonstrate how academic knowledge and skills are applied in the workplace and other settings. Students will demonstrate mastery of the foundation skills and competencies essential for success in the workplace. These competencies will include: basic skills, thinking skills (i.e. problem solving, applying knowledge to new and unfamiliar situations), personal qualities (i.e. self-management, planning, organizing), interpersonal skills, technology, managing information, managing resources, and systems (understanding and working within natural and constructed systems). Semester one will be classroom oriented, while semester two will focus on work-based learning opportunities at Shaker High School. This course is open to students in grades 10-12. 

**This course is applicable to those students pursuing a NYS CDOS Commencement Credential.

558 Career Exploration Internship Program (CEIP)

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

This course allows students to complete an unpaid internship experience in one or two different careers that are of interest to them. Students will need to complete 54 hours in their internship experience and 27 hours of classroom instruction. In the past, students have explored such careers as: accounting, biology, criminal justice, child care, engineering, health care, journalism, law, medicine, teaching, and many other occupations that are available to us. Students planning to enroll in CEIP need to provide their own transportation to and from their placements.  They will also need to make a commitment of four to five hours per week to meet their internship hours obligation.  In addition, students will also have one class meeting a week for the 27 hours of classroom instruction. CEIP is a 1/2 unit elective course. Students who choose to enroll in this elective course are expected to demonstrate a level of responsibility and commitment appropriate for the workplace. Applications to enroll in this program may be obtained from the school counselors.  Students will then be interviewed by members of the Business Education Department. This course is open to students in grade 12.

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