Business, Management and Finance Cluster

  • Principles of Finance and Accounting

    This course provides students with the knowledge necessary to manage and maintain financial resources. Fundamental accounting concepts are applied to generally accepted accounting principles to determine the value of assets, liabilities, and owner's equity. Students will be exposed to application simulations demonstrating an understanding of the financial accounting of service and merchandising businesses. This is one of two foundation courses required for all pathways in the Business Management and Finance Career Cluster.

    Advanced Accounting - M

    This course provides students with accounting knowledge that will prepare them for post-secondary levels of education and entry-level positions in the workforce. The focus will be on accounting procedures necessary to address long and short-term assets, investments, and liabilities; inventory management; and accounting ratios used in the decision-making process by using a computerized accounting system. Accounting career options will also be explored. 

    Financial Management

    This comprehensive course is designed to provide students with the broad knowledge and practice they need to make informed financial decisions related to both personal and business finance. Students will be exposed to principles of budgeting, credit, risk management, and career options, and will better understand their roles as workers and the roles of business in our society. Students will be equipped with strategies to make informed financial decisions in both personal and business environments. Note: Students passing this course shall earn the Financial Literacy graduation requirement.

    Principles of Business Administration & Law

    Students will establish an understanding of core business ethics and business law concepts such as contract law and intellectual property, and become responsible consumers. Business terminology and principles are emphasized, along with a brief historical perspective on the law. This is one of two foundation courses required for all pathways in the Business and Finance Career Cluster. 

    Desktop Publishing - M

    This course focuses on graphic design layout. The students will learn 
    publishing and graphics creation using Adobe software.

    Advanced Software Applications for Business - M

    Students will develop advanced skills using Microsoft's leading business desktop software, Microsoft Office Suite. Students will be expected to think analytically, manipulate information, and use the computer as a productivity tool through integrated application programs. Expertise in technology will contribute to students' future career mobility, advancement potential, compensation, and job satisfaction. Competencies are based on the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS) Excel and Access exam. Students who complete this course will know and be able to: demonstrate proficiency in Business Software Applications and database software; demonstrate proficiency in integrating word processing, database, and presentation software.

    Web Design - M

    Web Design will provide students with the skills needed to enter the field of web design development and maintenance. Students will learn the fundamentals of building websites through HTML and through advanced web building software such as Frontpage, Dreamweaver, Flash, and other appropriate software. A student may enroll in this course multiple times (with teacher recommendations) for elective credit.

    Word Processing

    Hands-on efficient usage of Microsoft Word is provided through document preparation after introductory keyboarding skills are learned. The use of formatting techniques is mastered through the creation of documents such as letters, reports, memos, newsletters, and tables. Students will master specialized software functions and produce original projects using advanced skills. Word Processing concepts and applications are intended to prepare the student for MOS certification. 

    Office Systems Management

    Business skills and knowledge are applied through practical simulations. Units in career exploration, teamwork, use of telecommunications, information systems, and computer applications, processing business documents, financial record keeping, file management, human relations skills, and job-seeking procedures, will be completed. 

    Introduction to Marketing

    The first course in the Marketing Pathway introduces students to the basic concepts of marketing and its functions in the business world. Students will use and incorporate Web 2.0 technologies to conduct research on target markets, legal issues related to business operations, market research, and identify careers in many marketing fields, such as retail, sports, and entertainment marketing. Students will develop an understanding of the elements of the marketing mix and gain experience implementing marketing strategies through classroom and school-based endeavors.

    Advanced Marketing and Sales

    Advanced Marketing and Sales gives students an extensive look at the most commonly known function of marketing: promotion. Students will use SWOT Analysis strategies and utilize interactive technologies related to Mobile Applications and Social Networking for business. Units of study may also include visual merchandising, pricing, and designing print and broadcast commercials. Personal selling is also explained as students will conduct a sales presentation of a favorite object for part of their final exam.