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INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY

Course Number: 07.44130


Entrepreneurship Pathway
Business Management & Administration Career Cluster
2018-2019

Teacher: Dr. Tiffany Alexander Teacher: Mr. Walker Daniel


Phone Number: 706-769-7760 x. 2104 Phone Number: 706-769-7760 x. 2106
Room Number: 2-104 Room Number: 2-106
Email: twalexander@oconeeschools.org Email: sdaniel@oconeeschools.org

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Introduction to Business & Technology is the foundational course for the Administrative Support, Small Business
Development, and Human Resources Management pathways. The course is designed for high school students as a
gateway to the career pathways above, and provides an overview of business and technology skills required for today's
business environment. Knowledge of business principles, the impact of financial decisions, and technology proficiencies
demanded by business combine to establish the elements of this course. Emphasis is placed on developing proficient
fundamental computer skills required for all career pathways. Students will learn essentials for working in a business
environment, managing a business, and owning a business. The intention of this course is to prepare students to be
successful both personally and professionally in an information-based society. Students will not only understand the
concepts, but apply their knowledge to situations and defend their actions/decisions/choices through the knowledge
and skills acquired in this course. Employability skills are integrated into activities, tasks, and projects throughout the
course standards to demonstrate the skills required by business and industry. Competencies in the co-curricular student
organization, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), are integral components of both the employability skills
standards and content standards for this course.

Various forms of technologies will be highlighted to expose students to the emerging technologies impacting the
business world. Professional communication skills and practices, problem-solving, ethical and legal issues, and the
impact of effective presentation skills are taught in this course as a foundational knowledge to prepare students to be
college and career ready. After mastery of the standards in this course, students should be prepared to earn an industry
recognized credential: Microsoft Office Specialist for Word Core Certification.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Business & Technology is a course that is appropriate for all high school students. The pre-
requisite for this course is advisor approval.
COURSE CURRICULUM CONTENT
Course Standards

COURSE STANDARDS UNITS/TOPICS


IBT-1 Demonstrate employability skills required by Semester :
business and industry. 1. Introduction to Technology
2. Word Processing Applications
IBT-2 Apply technology as a tool to increase 3. Effective Communication Skills
productivity by creating, editing, and publishing 4. Introduction to the World of Marketing
industry-appropriate documents. 5. Entrepreneurship and Business Ownership
6. Leadership and Management
IBT-3 Master word processing software to create, edit, 7. Accounting 101
and publish professional-appearing business 8. Money Management Basics
documents. 9. Managing Risks
10. Introduction to Human Resources
IBT-4 Analyze and integrate leadership skills and
management functions within the business
environment.

IBT-5 Demonstrate understanding of the concept of


marketing and its importance to business
ownership.

IBT-6 Use professional oral, written, and digital


communication skills to create, express, and interpret
information and ideas.

IBT-7 Demonstrate an understanding of


entrepreneurship through recognizing a business
opportunity, how to start a business based on the
recognized opportunity, and basics of how to
operate and maintain that business

IBT-8 Understand, interpret and use accounting


principles to make financial decisions.

IBT-9 Develop effective money management strategies


and understand the role and functions of
financial institutions.

IBT-10 Research and interpret the various risks


involved in operating a business while determining
the role of insurance for a business.

IBT-11 Examine basic human resources and the legal


aspects of a business while incorporating the
methods into business practices.

IBT-12 Explore how related student organizations are


integral parts of career and technology
education courses through leadership development,
school and community service projects,
entrepreneurship development, and competitive
events.
INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES
Published Materials Instructional Supplies
3-ring binder, paper, pen or pencil, headphones, USB
Jump Drive

3-REQUIRED COURSES FOR PATHWAY COMPLETION:


Introduction to Business & Technology, Legal Environment of Business, Entrepreneurship

END OF PATHWAY ASSESSMENT:


None for first level course

ACADEMIC HONESTY
The highest level of academic integrity is expected from all students. Any student who cheats, which includes accepting
information from and/or giving information to others, utilizes any form of illegal academic aid during a test or on a
specific assignment, or changes answers or grades is in violation of academic ethics. Plagiarism is also considered a
violation of this rule. Any violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action.

EVALUATION AND GRADING


Students will be assessed in a variety of ways. This will include formative assessments (daily quizzes, brief progress checks, daily
class practice, journals, weekly article reviews, class work, rough drafts, and outlines of projects ), summative assessments (major
tests, major performance tasks, projects, presentations, essays and reports), professional development activities (joining FBLA and
participating in required activities or reading three business related novels over the course of the semester which includes a three
page minimum written report for each novel, and an oral presentation to the class) and a final exam.

Assignments Grade Weights Grading Scale


Classwork & Homework Formative Assessments 30% A: 90 and above
Projects Daily Work, Quizzes, e-portfolio B: 80 – 89
Unit Tests Summative Assessment 40% C: 74 – 79
Quizzes Projects, Unit Tests, Quizzes, Mini Projects, D: 70 – 73
Professional Development Activities Professional Development Activities 20% F: 69 or below
Final Exam FBLA Membership, Business Related
Novels
Final Exam 10%

EXAM EXEMPTIONS
To be eligible for exemption in a class, students must:
• Have at least a “90” average
• Have no more than 3 absences (excluding college visits)*
• Have no more than 3 tardies to class
• Have no OSS or ISS
• Have all fines cleared
*absences are considered up to exam day

Teachers have the option to set additional criteria or not allow exemptions in certain courses.
Freshmen may exempt 25% of their exams, sophomores 50%, juniors 75%, and seniors 100%. Calculations will be rounded to the
nearest whole. Freshmen may not exempt Health/Personal Fitness or A/B courses.
OTHER INFORMATION
Expectations for Academic Success Additional Requirements/Resources
1) Complete daily classwork assignments  Acceptable Computer Use Policy
2) Participate in class discussions and ask questions  Tutoring Available
3) Participate constructively as a team member
4) Problem solve and accept challenges
5) Challenge yourself to continuously improve
Discipline:
1. Verbal Warning
2. Student/teacher conference
3. Phone call to parent(s) (allows parents to have an opportunity to correct the problem)
4. Teacher Detention (before and/or after school. Need to give at least 24 hours notice)
5. Parent Contact (invite the parent to a conference)
6. Referral to counselor (academic/personal issues)
7. Referral to an administrator (discipline)

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Chief executive officer, Entrepreneur, Controller, Adjuster, Budget, cost or systems analyst, Marketing manager
Human resources manager, Training and development specialist, Executive assistant, Wholesale or retail buyer
Retail salesperson, Meeting and convention planner, Bookkeeper, Office manager, Receptionist

CTSO-FBLA-The Career Technical Student Organization for Business & Computer Science is Future Business Leaders of
America (FBLA). Our mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through
innovative leadership and career development programs. Students are strongly urged to join FBLA, $25.00, to benefit
from the wealth of opportunities the organization has to offer.

FBLA Goals

§ Develop competent, aggressive business leadership


§ Strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work
§ Create more interest in and understanding of American business enterprise
§ Encourage members in the development of individual projects which contribute to the improvement of home,
business, and community
§ Develop character, prepare for useful citizenship, and foster patriotism
§ Encourage and practice efficient money management
§ Encourage scholarship and promote school loyalty
§ Assist students in the establishment of occupational goals
§ Facilitate the transition from school to work

“It is the policy of the Oconee County School District to offer the opportunity to students to participate in appropriate
programs and activities without regard to color, creed, national origin, handicap, or gender.”
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Accountants and Auditors


Interpret budget statements in order to give financial advice.
Administrative Service Managers
Oversee clerical or logistical activities for businesses.
Agents of Artists, Performers, and Athletes
Represent and promote artists, performers, and athletes.
Billing and Posting Clerks
Compile and record information for billing purposes.
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
Compute and record numerical information for financial records.
Brownfield Redevelopment Specialists
Work to clean up contaminated sites so they can be re-used.
Budget Analysts
Make sure budgets are complete and accurate.
Chief Executives
Direct companies at the highest level of management.
College Business Teachers
Teach business courses at the college level.
Compensation and Benefits Managers
Oversee the pay and benefits rules for an organization.
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
Help employers decide on appropriate pay rates and job descriptions.
Compliance Managers
Make sure organizations are operating according to various ethical and regulatory standards.
Correspondence Clerks
Write letters or emails in response to customers' questions or requests.
Couriers and Messengers
Pick up or deliver messages, documents, or packages.
Customer Service Representatives
Talk directly with customers to provide information and respond to questions or complaints.
Data Entry Keyers
Enter data into a computer system.
Energy Auditors
Look for ways to make buildings more energy efficient.
Executive Secretaries
Conduct research, prepare reports, handle requests for information, and perform skilled clerical duties.
File Clerks
File a variety of records in a certain order, such as alphabetic or numerical.
Fundraisers
Work to get donations or grants for organizations.
Gas Plant Operators
Distribute or process gas for utility companies.
General Office Clerks
Perform a wide variety of clerical tasks in offices.
General and Operations Managers
Plan and coordinate the activities of organizations.
Human Resources Assistants
Compile and keep human resource records, such as addresses, earnings, work absences, and other employee information.
Human Resources Managers
Oversee the hiring, firing, and staffing activities of an organization.
Human Resources Specialists
Screen, recruit, interview, and hire workers.
Interpreters and Translators
Convert information from one language to another.
Interviewers
Interview people by telephone, mail, or in person to complete forms, applications, or surveys.
Labor Relations Specialists
Resolve employment disputes between workers and managers.
Legal Secretaries
Perform clerical duties using legal documents and procedures.
Mail Clerks
Prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution.
Management Analysts
Study and evaluate organizations in order to make them run better.
Medical Secretaries
Perform secretarial tasks in hospitals, clinics, or laboratories.
Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners
Make arrangements for group meetings, events, or conventions.
Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
Operate or control nuclear reactors.
Office Machine Operators
Operate a variety of office machines, including photocopying, fax, or other machines.
Operations Research Analysts
Help managers make decisions about organizational policies.
Order Clerks
Receive and process orders for a variety of goods and services.
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks
Compile and record employees' payroll information.
Procurement Clerks
Draw up purchase orders to buy goods and services for companies.
Public Relations Specialists
Create a public image for their organization or product.
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
Work to raise awareness of an organization.
Receptionists and Information Clerks
Greet the general public and customers, answering questions or providing directions.
Regulatory Affairs Managers
Make sure that the production facilities within a business are operating according to rules and regulations.
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
Perform routine clerical duties such as organizing files or answering phone calls.
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks
Keep records and monitor incoming and outgoing shipments.
Social and Community Service Managers
Plan, direct, and coordinate activities for social service programs.
Statistical Assistants
Prepare statistical data for reports.
Statisticians
Create usable information out of numbers and data.
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
Coordinate and oversee merchandise or supplies in stores, stockrooms, or warehouses.
Supervisors of Administrative Support Workers
Supervise the activities of clerical staff.
Supervisors of Construction and Extraction Workers
Directly supervise the activities of construction or extraction workers.
Supervisors of Correctional Officers
Supervise the activities of correctional officers and jailers.
Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers
Directly supervise the work of agricultural, forestry, and fishing workers.
Supervisors of Firefighters
Supervise the activities of firefighters.
Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
Directly supervise workers who serve and prepare food.
Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers
Directly supervise the activities of helpers, laborers, or material movers.
Supervisors of Housekeepers and Janitors
Supervise the work of housekeepers or janitors.
Supervisors of Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
Supervise the work of landscaping and groundskeeping workers.
Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
Directly supervise the activities of mechanics, installers, and repairers.
Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers
Directly supervise the work of salespeople who do not work in retail establishments.
Supervisors of Personal Service Workers
Supervise personal service workers, such as flight attendants, hairdressers, or caddies.
Supervisors of Police Officers
Supervise the activities of police officers.
Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of production and operating workers.
Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
Directly supervise sales workers in retail businesses.
Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Workers
Directly supervise the work of transportation and material-moving machine operators.
Sustainability Specialists
Work to make businesses more environmentally friendly.
Switchboard Operators
Operate telephone equipment to forward calls or relay messages.
Tax Preparers
Prepare tax returns for individuals or small businesses.
Telephone Operators
Provide information to telephone customers.
Training and Development Managers
Coordinate the training activities for an organization.
Training and Development Specialists
Design and conduct training for employees.
Wind Energy Operations Managers
Manage wind fields.
Wind Energy Project Managers
Lead all the work that is needed to start a new wind farm.
Word Processors and Typists
Use word processing equipment to type letters, forms, or reports.