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Business & Finance Technology: Courses

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Suggested Course Sequences in Business & Finance Technology

ACCOUNTING 1 (II)
Year
1 credit
Grades 10, 11, 12
This course is highly recommended for students considering a business major in college. Students will obtain skills that they can count on to run a business or their lives. Students will also learn that accounting is the "language of business" and that it provides the financial knowledge and analytical skills critically needed by both business organizations and individuals. Students will discover the double-entry accounting system, the accounting cycle, and basic accounting theory, concepts, and procedures. Accounting for service and merchandising businesses, as well as corporations, will be reinforced through computer software applications. Students will also participate in stock market and income tax units.
Students may elect to take Accounting 1 and Accounting 2 at Simsbury High School for college credit through Tunxis Community College. Accounting 1 may be applied as a mathematics credit for graduation.

ACCELERATED ACCOUNTING (II)
Semester
1/2 credit
Grades 10, 11, 12
The Princeton Review reports the #1 college major is Business, which requires at least one course in accounting. Prepare now by completing a full year of high school accounting in only one semester! You will learn the "language of business" necessary for determining profitability and interpreting financial statements. This course highlights use of Peachtree Accounting and Excel software to complete the accounting cycle for sole proprietorships and corporations.

ACCOUNTING 2 (II)
Year
1 credit
Grades 11, 12
Students may get a head start on their college classmates while still in high school.  Accounting 2 reinforces the concepts and procedures learned in Accounting 1 and takes a more in-depth look at advanced theory and practice.  Detailed financial analysis and interpretation is emphasized to facilitate further study on the post-secondary  level.
Students may elect to take Accounting 1 and Accounting 2 at Simsbury High School for college credit through Tunxis Community College.
Prerequisite:  Accounting 1 or Accelerated Accounting

BANKING AND INVESTMENTS (II)
Semester
1/2 Credit
Grades 11, 12
This course is a “must have” for those interested in pursuing a career in the financial world. Banking and Investments provides an overview of the banking industry with a specific focus on theories and techniques useful in financial markets.  Topics covered will include stock underwriting and valuation, fixed income securities, money management, global financial markets, securities regulations, and mergers and acquisitions.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP 1 (II)
Semester
1/2 credit
Grades 11, 12
Want to start a business?  Students will learn what it takes to enter the dynamic business world of the 21st Century in a global economy and to become an entrepreneur.  Students explore the studies of economics, finance, law, and organizational management in order to write a business plan for a venture of their own design.  Local business partners and the Small Business Administration are used as resources in this class.  Social studies credit may be applied with the mutual consent of the department supervisors of business and social studies.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP 2  (II)
Semester
1/2  credit
Grades 11, 12
Develop your marketing, web development, and/or entrepreneurial skills by joining a mock company and completing a comprehensive E-Commerce business project to be presented at the Connecticut Innovation Exposition. Collaboration, communication, leadership, and project management skills are applied in this course. Completion of Entrepreneurship 1 or Web Design Elements is suggested but not required.

FINANCIAL LITERACY (II)*
Quarter
1/4 credit
Grades 11, 12
This course provides a foundational understanding for making informed personal financial decisions. Relevant topics covered will include income, money management, spending and credit, as well as saving and investing. Students will gain knowledge in finance, debt, and credit management and evaluate and understand insurance and taxes.
*This course fulfills the requirement for Financial Literacy that is necessary for graduation.

INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS AND FINANCE (II)
Semester
1/2 credit
Grades 9, 10
This is a broad-based introductory course designed to give the student exploratory experiences dealing with career opportunities in business and finance. The emphasis is on developing economic awareness and competency in the business and economic environment in which we live and work.  The use of technology and its impact on business is stressed.

INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES (II)
Semester
1/2 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Do you know how to convey your message successfully using today’s technology? Using information and communications technology to gather and access information, to collaborate, to create effective communications, to think critically, and to solve problems are essential skills today. This course gives students a strong foundation in 21st Century technology skills that are crucial to all students in pursuit of academic success and success in life. Students will learn how to effectively use the Microsoft Office Suite programs—Publisher, PowerPoint, PhotoStory, and Excel—and online collaborative applications like Google Docs and Spreadsheets.

MARKETING (II)
Semester
1/2 credit
Grades 10, 11, 12
Why would Toyota choose an e-mail campaign over a television commercial?  Through projects and problem-solving, students will experience the principles, concepts, and critical thinking behind marketing questions such as these.  This course is designed to provide a broad-based foundation to the 4 P’s of marketing:  product development, pricing, promotion, and places of distribution.  In addition, students are exposed to marketing research, marketing strategy, Internet and global marketing, consumer behavior, and market segmentation.

PERSONAL FINANCE (II)
Semester
1/2 credit
Grades 11, 12
This course provides students with essential personal financial planning techniques.  Emphasis will be on understanding personal, social, and economic factors that influence choices in achieving economic satisfaction.  Investment strategies, including stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, will be a highlight of this course.
*This course fulfills the requirement for Financial Literacy that is necessary for graduation.

SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT MARKETING (II)
Semester
1/2 credit
Grades 11, 12
Do you like sports?  Do you enjoy following the latest Hollywood trends?  This course introduces students to the basic principles of economics, marketing, and merchandising through the fast-growing areas of sports and entertainment.  Learn how marketers use sports agents, sponsorships, and public relations tools to attract an audience. This course will give students the opportunity to become familiar with the hundreds of careers in the ever-growing field of sports and entertainment. Motivating projects with simulations, guest speakers, and field experiences will bring this career area alive for students!

WEB DESIGN ELEMENTS (II)
Semester
1/2 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Design web pages using Dreamweaver, Flash and Photoshop. Through collaborative and individual activities students will learn the “do’s” and “don’ts” of web page design.  Students will also learn how to effectively use both basic and intermediate design elements, including graphics, audio, animation, and video that are necessary for a professional website.


  

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