BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY

All the courses listed in this department satisfy the 21st Century Life and Careers (practical arts) graduation requirement. All computer science courses (listed and described in the mathematics department section) may be applied toward the fulfillment of the 21st Century Life and Careers (practical arts) graduation requirement.

Summer Option for rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade students ONLY: Students have the option of completing their Financial Literacy graduation requirement through an on-line course experience, at the expense of the student/parent. All applications are approved by the Supervisor of Guidance in June and must be completed within the summer school timeline. Applications are available in January.

BUSINESS COURSES

INTEGRATED COMPUTER: H82000

APPLICATIONS
Grades: 9-12
2.5 Credits
Sem
Prerequisite: None

This course teaches students a variety of integrated computer applications, including the creation of professional documents, publications, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations. Students receive instruction in the use of various Internet resources and programs to gather information needed for progress. An emphasis will be placed on creating business documents that may include reports, charts and slide shows.


ACCOUNTING I: H84001

Grades: 9-12
5.0 Credits
Year
Prerequisite: None

This course provides an introduction to accounting principles. It emphasizes the business aspects of accounting and prepares the student to account for the business activities of a company. The use of actual business forms and an introduction to computer accounting simulate business conditions. Students will learn how to use Quick Books Pro. This class is recommended for college-bound students interested in business administration, finance, and/or accounting.


ACCOUNTING II: H84002

Grades: 10-12
5.0 Credits
Year Prerequisite: Accounting I

This course continues the development of the business aspects of accounting and prepares the student to keep records in a proprietorship, partnership, or corporate enterprise. Each student completes a practice set of actual business forms that replicate office situations. Much of the course will involve using a computerized accounting program. This class is particularly useful to students who plan to work in accounting or pursue accounting courses in college.


MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATIONS: H12011

Grades: 9-12
2.5 Credits
Sem
Prerequisite: None

This course will focus on enhancing students’ abilities to make formal presentations to small and large groups. Students will utilize presentation software to design multimedia slide shows and other computer applications to create supporting materials. Communication skills will be developed in order to help with software delivery. An emphasis will be placed on preparing and delivering business presentations using technological supports.


AP MACROECONOMICS: H82010

Grades: 10-12
2.5 credits
Sem
Prerequisites: Algebra II, B or better average in an accelerated math class or A in an on-level math class, B or better average in English.

This one semester college-level course will cover topics in macroeconomic theory and provides a foundation for a course in AP Microeconomics. The course content is based on suggestions made by the College Board. The course will prepare students to take the AP Macroeconomics Exam given in May. Throughout the course, students will be applying the theory they are learning to current economic conditions. Topics covered will include Gross Domestic Product, inflation, unemployment, monetary and fiscal policy and trade. Students will learn how to analyze various economic indicators. This course meets the Financial Literacy graduation requirement.


AP MICROECONOMICS: H82009

Grades: 10-12
2.5 Credits
Sem
Prerequisite: AP Macroeconomics This one semester college-level course will cover topics in microeconomics and should be taken after AP Macroeconomics.

This course will prepare students to take the AP Microeconomics Exam given in May. The course will cover theories of consumer and business behavior. Students will analyze the different costs, price, and output decisions faced by firms. Four different market models will be studied: pure competition, monopolistic competition, oligopoly, and pure monopoly. In the spring, the class will go on a trip to the NY Federal Reserve Band and the NY Mercantile Exchange. This course meets the Financial Literacy graduation requirement.


CONTEMP. ECONOMIC ISSUES: H84003

Grade: 12
5.0 credits
Year
Prerequisite: AP Macro and AP Micro with an average grade of B or better.

This seminar course is designed for mature students who have a continued interest in economics, especially in applying economic principles to current issues. The course will examine the current state of the economy in the United States and the rest of the world. Causes and consequences of recent major events such as the 2008 financial crisis and the European sovereign debt crisis will be discussed. Current issues such as energy, environment and poverty will also be examined. The course content may vary (based on current issues) and is designed to focus on topics not discussed in detail in AP Macro or AP Micro. The use of technology for research and finding current articles will be integral to the course.


BUSINESS ETHICS: H82004

Grades: 9-12
2.5 Credits
Sem
Prerequisite: None

The issue of ethics is woven into the everyday activities and responsibilities of business. This course will study the nature of moral responsibilities of corporations, the rights and responsibilities of employees, affirmative action, discrimination, sexual harassment, the environment, and marketing. The topics students discuss include moral issues of business, protecting the environment, affirmative action, safety, and sexual harassment. Actual case studies will be highlighted for discussion.


PERSONAL FINANCE: H82006

Grades: 9-12
2.5 Credits
Sem
Prerequisite: None

This course addresses the interests of those students who want to learn how to manage their own finances. Among the topics covered will be saving and investing, spending within a budget, money and banking, and credit issues. The course will include a basic understanding of business and economics. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a personal finance simulation. It is recommended that this be the first business course students take. This course meets the Financial Literacy graduation requirement.

ECONOMICS: H82008

Grades: 9-12
2.5 Credits
Sem
Prerequisite: None

This one semester basic course in Economics will introduce students to supply and demand and give an overview of other important macroeconomic issues such as Gross Domestic Product, inflation, unemployment and taxes. Current economic events will be discussed as they apply to the topics being covered. This course is recommended to students who want to gain a general understanding of the U.S. economy. This is also a good first course for students who want to continue with further business studies. This course meets the Financial Literacy graduation requirement.


ENTREPRENEURSHIP: H82007

Grades: 9-12
2.5 Credits
Sem
Prerequisites: None

This course will introduce students to the skills required in owning and running a business. The focus will be on the small business environment, the home of most entrepreneurs. Students will learn the concepts involved in owning a business including purchasing, merchandising, pricing, promotion, location, staffing, etc. Business confidence will be developed through hands-on experience including simulations and business plans. The operation of a business within the high school, such as a school store, may be included as an outstanding learning experience. This course meets the Financial Literacy graduation requirement.

TECHNOLOGICAL & INDUSTRIAL

 

EDUCATION ENGINEERING DRAWING: H84011

Grades: 9-12
5.0 Credits
Year
Prerequisite: None

Engineering Drawing is a Computer Aided Design and Drawing (CADD) course designed to provide beginning students with instruction in computer graphic skills and design fundamentals. Students will learn the use of Autodesk Inventor for two-dimensional drawing and three-dimensional modeling. Students will explore the wide range of CAD technologies and applications in drawing objects in both orthographic and isometric forms. This course is highly recommended for students aspiring to study engineering, architecture, or other technical fields.


ARCHITECTURE: H84012

Grades: 10-12
5.0 Credits
Year
Prerequisite: Engineering Drawing or Computer Graphics

This course introduces students to design and drafting problems involving residential buildings. The course includes the study of the basic fundamentals of design, and skills related to the production of architectural designs. Students will study the design of interior and exterior elements of structures in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional representations. A set of floor plans will be created to conclude the year. The main program used in class is Autodesk Revit Architecture.


ADVANCED ARCHITECTURE: H84013

Grades: 11-12
5.0 Credits
Year
Prerequisite: Architecture

This course begins with a compilation of plans for a dream house, which includes: sketches/drawings, dimensioned floor plans, elevations, sections, roof plans. The students will also complete three-dimensional projects such as a movie theater, library or restaurant. The year will conclude with a partner project involving the design and construction of a foam core single story house. Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture and Autodesk Revit Architecture will be used as the main programs in this class.


COMPUTER GRAPHICS: H84014

Grades: 9-12
5.0 Credits
Year
Prerequisite: None

This course will introduce students to illustration and 3D modeling using the computer. AutoCAD 2009 will be used as well as Adobe Illustrator CS2 to produce and edit graphic images. The first semester of the course, students will be introduced to Adobe Illustrator. The Second semester, students will be using AutoCAD. The course designed to provide beginning students with instruction in computer graphic skills and design fundamentals. Students will learn the use of AutoCAD and Illustrator for twodimensional drawing and three-dimensional modeling. Using practical problems students will be required to plan, design, and produce computer illustrations.


INTRODUCTION TO: H82015

COMPUTER NETWORKING
Grades: 9-10
2.5 Credits
Sem
Prerequisite: None

This course is designed for students who think they may be interested in computer networking. Students who have taken or are currently enrolled in Cisco Academy I or II may not take this course. This course introduces students to computer networking. Students will study networking topologies, study the OSI and TCP/IP reference models of computer networking, learn the basics of using a cable tester, learn to create cables, and be introduced to various networking equipment – switches, routers, hubs – and will have some "hands-on experience" building a two router lab. This course is designed as a prerequisite for students thinking of enrolling in Cisco Networking Academy. It is highly recommended that students take this course before enrolling in the Cisco Networking Academy Program. (Students will have the opportunity during the course to enroll in the Cisco Networking Academy the following semester.)


CISCO NETWORKING ACADEMY I: H84016

Grades: 9-12
5.0 Credits
Year
Prerequisite: None

The Cisco Networking Academy I course will teach students to design, build, and maintain computer networks. The Networking Academy is an e-learning model that delivers the curriculum via the Internet. The seven layers of the OSI model will be covered with an emphasis on computer networking fundamentals, switching, and routing technologies. A 5 router lab network will be built and maintained as part of the class. Students will also learn how to build and test CAT-5 cables and explore the inner-workings of a computer. The course features on-line testing, student performance tracking, hands-on labs, simulation labs using packet tracer and web-based (e-sims) e-labs.


CISCO NETWORKING ACADEMY II: H84017

Grades: 10-12
5.0 Credits
Year
Prerequisite: Cisco I

The Cisco Networking Academy II course will build on the foundation developed in the Cisco Networking I course. Topics covered include Local Area Network (LANS) design, Switching, Virtual LANS, Access Control Lists (ACLS), Wide Area Networks (WANS), Frame Relay, and ISDN. Students will also gain critical hands-on experience by working with class members to network a fictional school district through the Threaded Case Study or Washington Project. The Networking Academy is an e-learning model that delivers the curriculum via the Internet. The course features on-line testing, student performance tracking, hands-on labs, and webbased e-labs. Upon completion of this class, students will have the knowledge to take the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) exam, and industry standard networking professional exam. Students who complete both Cisco I & II with a 70% or better final exam scores can receive vouchers to reduce the cost of the CCNA exam.


CISCO III: H82018

Grades: 11-12
2.5 credits
Sem
Prerequisite: Cisco I and Cisco II

Cisco III is for students who have successfully completed Cisco Academy I and II. The purpose of the course is to prepare students for CCNA exam (Cisco Certified Network Exam). Students will have hands-on experience with networking equipment, review networking concepts, use e-simulation labs, and review material that will be covered for CCNA exam. Students will have access to Cisco Library. Students will learn working knowledge of networking equipment - routers, switches, hubs, etc. During the course of the semester, students will have to opportunity to be enrolled to take the CCNA exam prior to end of the semester.


WEB PAGE DESIGN: H82019

Grades: 10-12
2.5 Credits
Sem
Prerequisite: None

This course will teach students how to create web pages and manage them. Students will learn how to create web pages using Dreamweaver and possibly online web authoring solutions. Students will be exposed to common web page formats and functions. This class will encourage curiosity and independent exploration of the internet’s resources while reinforcing formatting through the use of wireframes. Students will develop an exercise-oriented approach that allows them to learn by example.