Business Curriculum

  • Financial Literacy  (CP) ½ unit

    The goal of Financial Literacy is to acquaint students with basic financial planning concepts and to illustrate how these concepts apply to their everyday life. This class focuses on personal financial responsibility today to help students avoid financial difficulty tomorrow. Students study topics such as establishing and prioritizing financial goals? spending plans, paychecks, and taxes? saving and investing? housing and transportation? insurance, consumer credit, and identity protection all in the context of a teen’s experiences. Emphasis is put on the importance of managing individual and family finances? analyzing career goals and their long­ term impact on the individual, family, and community? and understanding how basic economic principles influence individual and family decision making. 
    Marketing and Entrepreneurship  (H, CP) ½ unit
    This half­ year course introduces students to the realities of business and helps them understand the roles of both employers and employees. During first term, students will study introductory business concepts including opportunity, management, legal considerations, risk and social responsibility. During second term, students will analyze marketing techniques and strategies, increasing their media literacy while becoming more educated consumers. Throughout the course, students will examine current ethical issues in the workplace and cast their votes for the best business ideas. Open to students in grades 10, 11 and 12. 
    Office Accounting  (H, CP) 1 unit 
    This course covers the accounting concepts and procedures required of owners, administrative assistants, and office managers in small merchandising or service businesses. Emphasis is on recording daily transactions, cash control, payroll activities, preparation of financial statements, and the use of accounting software. Open to students in grades 11 and 12. 
    Accounting I  (CP) 1 unit 
    Students will learn the theory and terminology necessary to start a basic accounting system for personal use, as well as for a service business and a merchandising business. At the end of each marking period, students will use a computer­ simulated activity to understand the advantages of technology in accounting procedures. This course is beneficial both to students who anticipate owning their own business and entering the business world and to students who plan on pursing a business major in college. Open to students in grades 10, 11 and 12. 
    Accounting II  (H, CP) 1 unit 
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Accounting I or Of ice Accounting with administrative approval. This course is designed for students who wish to (1) gain employment in the business world upon graduation, (2) major in a business ­related field in college, or (3) learn and enhance the skills needed to deal with personal finances. Issues to be analyzed in this course include maintenance of records for a merchandising business, calculation of taxes, inventory costing, and methods of depreciation. (College credit may be earned by students who are eligible to take this course as part of the Tech Prep Program and who earn a grade of 80 or higher). Open to students in grades 11 and 12. 
    Economics (H, CP) ½ unit 
    One of the primary goals of Economics is to explain to students the role that economics plays improving the quality of their decision­ making process. This course brings together a variety of learning tools to help the student not only learn about economics, but also appreciate the importance of economics in his/her personal life as well as in the functioning of our domestic and global economies. The student can expect that in this millennium, people throughout the world will be faced with more decisions that have important economic components. Level 3 students will be required to fulfill additional course requirements. Open to students in grades 11 and 12.
    Media Production  (H, CP) 1 unit 
    This course is combines the skills, concepts and applications used throughout the Technology Center to develop attractive and quality designs suitable for consumer and customer production. The Mashpee Legacy is the school yearbook produced through the efforts of the class. Students plan, layout and develop a deep understanding of sales and marketing. This course will also include creating various products, publications, t-­shirt designs, vinyl signs, video productions, web pages, laser cut and engraved products, 3­D Printed products and much more. Projects will be developed for the classroom, school and Mashpee community. The students enrolled in the Media Production class will develop an understanding of business management, production and customer service as it relates to the service industry. 
    School ­to ­Career  (H) ½ unit 
    Offered during 1st semester only. An application process is required for enrollment. The goal of this program is to assist students wishing a serious career placement during their senior year. Students in this class will focus on specific career­ oriented goals and prepare for internships in a variety of professions. Class work will be a combination of hands ­on exploration, guest speakers, readings, simulation, and job shadowing. Subject matter will include personal interest inventories, job interview skills, resume writing, personal assessment and advancement, and government regulations as they apply to the workplace. Current topics in the workplace, such as professional ethics and etiquette, will be integrated in to the coursework. Students will develop marketable job skills and become technically proficient while preparing academically for college or other post ­secondary education. This course is open to seniors at all academic levels and is a pre­requisite for the School­ to­ Career work experience course offered during the second semester. 
    School ­to ­Career Seminar / Practicum  (H) 1 unit 
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of School ­to­ Career During this second­ semester class, seniors will participate in a 13 ­week job site internship. Students are eligible to work up to four days each week for a total of ten hours per week. Students will meet every Wednesday for an STC seminar class, discussing workplace issues and meeting the competencies of the Massachusetts Work­ Based Learning Plan. Assessment will be by the STC coordinator and the job supervisor. Students will be required to keep a written journal, create a portfolio, complete a workplace project under the direction of their supervisor, and make a final presentation. Note: Students must provide their own transportation to the workplace. Written permission of parent or guardian is required. Open to students in grade 12 only.

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