Business Department

  • Business and Technology Concepts 1

    Course#541                     Grades: 9-12                Length: 1 semester                Credit: ½                  Course Fee: $20

    This course will provide an overview of all aspects of business, including the concepts, functions, and skills required for meeting the challenges of operating a business in a global economy.  Topics covered will include the various forms of business ownership and the basic functional areas of business (finance, management, marketing, administration and production.)  According to the Illinois Skill Standards, students will apply proper grammar, punctuation, spelling and proofreading applications.  Workplace and communication skills will be taught and integrated throughout this course. Normally taken in conjunction with course #542.  This course meets the consumer education graduation requirement when paired with 542.


    Business and Technology Concepts 2

    Course#542                        Grades: 9-12                Length: 1 semester               Credit: ½                 Course Fee:$20                  

    This course introduces a wide range of careers in fields such as accounting, financial services, information technology, marketing, and management.  Emphasis will be placed on using the computer while studying applications in these careers along with communication skills, math, and problem solving.  According to the Illinois Skill Standards, students will apply proper grammar, punctuation, spelling and proofreading applications.  Business ethics and other workplace skills will be taught and integrated within this course.  Normally taken in conjunction with course #541.  This course meets the consumer education graduation requirement when paired with 541.


    Course#547                   Grades: 11 & 12                   Length: 2 semesters              Credit: 1              Course Fee: $15

    Accounting is a skill level course that is of value to all students pursuing a background in business, marketing, and management.  The course includes skills used in planned learning experiences that develop initial and basic mathematical development in systematically computerizing, classifying, recording, verifying, and maintaining numerical data involved in finance; and product control records including the paying and receiving of money. Instruction includes information on keeping financial records, summarizing them for convenient interpretation, and analyzing data to provide assistance to management for decision making.  Accounting computer applications will be integrated throughout the course where applicable.  Mathematic Illinois Learning Standards will be integrated throughout the course.


    Advanced Accounting

    Course#548                 Grades: 11 & 12                   Length: 2 semesters               Prerequisite: 547             Credit: 1            Course Fee: $15                  

    Advanced Accounting is a skill level course that builds upon the foundation established in Accounting.  This course is planned to help students develop a deeper knowledge of the principles of accounting with more emphasis being placed on financial statements.  It is a study of previously learned principles as they apply to more complicated types of business organizations: partnerships, corporations, branches, etc.  The students will become familiar with such specialized fields of accounting as cost accounting, tax accounting, payroll accounting, and others.  Computer programs will be utilized throughout the course where applicable.  Managerial accounting will include the preparation and analysis of financial statements.  Mathematic Illinois Learning Standards will be integrated throughout the course.



    Course#540                    Grades: 9-12                    Length: 1 semester                   Credit: ½                 Course Fee: $20

    The first semester is designed to develop the abilities to touch type, proof read, correct errors, and format documents.  Success in formatting letters, reports, centered documents, memo forms, and other business documents is expected.  Production of copies that meet today’s business standards is stressed: in addition, speed and accuracy skills are developed and measured.  This course would benefit any student wanting to develop keyboarding skills to keep up with today’s technology.  


    Computer Concepts and Software Application

    Course#539                     Grades: 9-12                   Length: 1 semester                    Prerequisite: 540          Credit: ½         Course Fee: $20

    This course is designed to develop awareness and understanding of application software and equipment used by individuals to perform tasks in business, marketing and management.  Students will apply problem solving skills to hands-on, real-life situations using a variety of software applications.  Students will explore topics related to computer concepts, operating systems, telecommunications and emerging technologies.  Business Ethics and workplace skills will be included throughout the course.  According to the Illinois Skill Standards, students will apply proper grammar, punctuation, spelling and proofreading applications.


    Digital Literacy & Responsibility

    Course #551                Grades: 10-12        Length: 1 semester              Credit: 1/2      

    This foundation-level course prepares students to use technology in a proficient and responsible manner in school, in the workforce, and in everyday life. The course contains skills for working in an Internet or networked environment and the knowledge of what it means to be a good digital citizen and the ability to use technology responsibly. Topics include the benefits and risks of sharing information online, and the possible consequences of inappropriate sharing (oversharing). Students explore the legal and ethical dimensions of respecting creative work. Technology use is a vital employability skill for entry-level and upper-level management positions. Students may be provided with the opportunity to seek industry recognized digital literacy certifications.



    Computer Operations & Programming I

    Course #552   Grades: 10-12        Length: 1 semester          Credit: ½


    Computer Operations and Programming I is the first of two skill-level courses designed to develop computer programming and program design skills through the use of various programming languages such as Visual Basic, C#, Java, and other object-oriented languages. Students will be exposed to the fundamentals of system analysis and design (e.g. flowcharting, diagramming, system design and planning), and the systems development life cycle. Instruction will include basic programming tools that are common to many programming languages. These may include items such as input /output statements, constants, assignment statements, string and numeric variable types, conditional processing, and branching and looping control structures. Students will learn programming techniques such as counting, averaging, rounding, and generation of random numbers to develop a good programming technique. Students will apply what they learn to create programs and applications that solve real world business related problems. Students will create programs to store, locate and retrieve data.                                                                                                                                      


    Agricultural Business & Management

    Course #580    Grades: 10-12       Length: 1 semester          Credit: 1       

    Students will learn about business concepts including; planning and organizing an agribusiness, financing the agribusiness, keeping and using records, operational techniques, agricultural law, and taxes. Students will apply these concepts as they work through the course as they complete various projects and presentations. Math, reading comprehension, and writing will all be integral parts of the course as students build on employability and leadership skills through hands on activity and project based learning. A further understanding of the agriculture industry relating to the United States and world market place will be key components to the course.  This course meets requirements of the state of Illinois for all students to take a course in consumer education.