of the Business and Computer Department is to prepare students for a successful
future.Whether continuing on to
college or entering the business and marketplace after high school, the courses
available in the department are invaluable to anyone's success.The courses offered will prepare
students for post high school entry level business positions, entrepreneurship,
a career in computer programming, web design or software engineering after
further training, and/or a successful college education.A unique department, the Business and
Computer Department offers applicable real world courses that will prepare you
The Digital Academy will serve as the entry
point and preparation for student participation in the Upper Merion Area High
School one-to-one computer initiative.This course will introduce students to effective computing with an
emphasis on digital citizenship and life long learning.Students will develop their academic
skills and reflect on their role in a global world..This course will provide students with care and operating
instructions for their MacBook.Students will utilize iLife, iWork, Comic Life, MS Office, and Omni
Suite applications, as well as Gaggle email, Google Docs, Wikispaces, and
student blog sites.Students will
identify and practice 21st Century Skills, and critical thinking
skills as they develop strategies for life-long learning.Students will develop Internet research
and inquiry skills while developing awareness of privacy issues, identify issues,
and ethics.Students will
participate in face to face discussions, asynchronous online discussions, and
virtual learning communities as they consider their own identity and future in
a global age.This can be taken as
a co-taught class.
This course is designed to offer students the
ability to be exposed to the latest technology advancements, to program in
three dimensions.The software is
free and creates virtual worlds in which the student can program human type
simulations.This course is
designed to give the student skills to compete in the current technologically
advanced society.This course is
for students who have successfully completed basic web design or computer
applications, providing them an opportunity to expand their creativity into the
virtual world.Alice 2.0 is the
software that will be utilized it is free and works on both Macs and PC's.
Web Design I This
course is an introduction to Web Design and will create a basis for the theory and constructs of computer
programming. It is
designed to allow students to create, edit, and maintain web pages using the
most up to date programming languages and software tools including but not
create a web page, add internal and external links, use various formatting
techniques, apply themes, insert graphics, create and modify tables, create
frames and use style. Each student will be required to complete a culminating
project involving the design and creation of a web page(s) of his/her choice. The class is a prerequisite for Web Design
II or further study in Computer Programming courses.
Web Design II
This course is designed for students who have successfully
completed Web Design I and will cover object-oriented programming using
higher-level skills in the most recent languages including JAVA, Visual C++ .
The course is interdisciplinary and project-oriented.
Students will learn how to create online ecommerce websites.
Each student will be required to complete a culminating project involving the
design and creation of a web page(s) of his/her choice.
Intro to Business Students are introduced
to the dynamics of the world of business as they examine what businesses are,
how they operate and how they are structured.Concepts are connected to real life situations including
social responsibility, business ethics, credit, employment, investment, and
financial and banking institutions.Focus on entrepreneurs, current technologies, real world business
connections and lifelong skills that can be applied to any career choice or
college major.Whether planning
for a business major in college or a business related career, this course is
the perfect start towards a successful future.
Entrepreneurship This course is designed
to acquaint the students with the private enterprise system fromabusiness
will learn the basics of planning, starting and running a business through the
breakdown of the key departments in a corporation.
Business Law This course is designed to strengthen a student's
knowledge of business and make connections to the legal and finance end of all
aspects of business. Some of the topics include the exciting new arena of cyber
and Internet law, career choices, employment contracts and duties, government regulation
of business, E-Commerce Law, credit management, consumer rights/responsibilities,
business contracts, buyer/seller rights, buying and renting real estate and
borrowing money.The class is a
hands-on active approach to Business Law.
Marketing This is a fun project-based course that will facilitate
learning about marketing and advertising.You willdevelop marketing
skills, which are used in almost all business practices, and you will be a
smarter consumer and/or businessperson.Students will learn that marketing is one of the largest and most
exciting career areas in business today.Whether you are planning a career in marketing or want to enhance your
business knowledge, the skills and information you take from this class will be
invaluable.This is a hands-on
class that utilizes all areas of marketing including sports &
entertainment, tourism and advertising.
Accounting I This course is offered
for students who have an interest in pursuing a business career.The basic principles, concepts and
procedures of the accounting cycle will be introduced to students.This objective is accomplished through the use of problems, projects, practice sets
and readings.A live national
interactive stock market game teaches the skills of trading stock.
Accounting II Building on the learning experience developed in
Accounting I, this course highlights various real life applications in
partnerships and corporations.The
accounting cycle is emphasized through various real life applications including
budgeting and retail management.
Career / Work-study
The Education at Work Experience provides seniors with the opportunity
to earn credit by working in area businesses and learning skills not taught in
the regular school curriculum.Students can earn 1 credit per semester for 7.5-10 hours or work per
week or 2 credits per semester for 15-20 hours worked per week.Hours applied to Work Experience are to
be accumulated Monday through Friday only.Education at Work requirements include: recommendation from
guidance, weekly hours log, legal contracts and paperwork, employer
evaluations, coordinator evaluations, weekly seminar attendance and
corresponding class work.Transportation must be provided by the students.It is highly recommended students
already have a job before applying for this course.