Business Department
Peter Lyons
plyons@mvcsd.us
  • Computer Apps
  • Accounting
  • Personal Finance
  • Introduction To Business
 
Ken Wiles
  • Computer Apps I
  • Computer Apps II
  • Visual Basic
  • Web Design
Courses Offered
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS I
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
 Prerequisites: None. This course fulfills the technology credit requirement for graduation. 
1/2 Credit. One Semester.
 
This semester course teaches students competency in word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software. Students are trained to work with the software currently in use in businesses today.
 
Fee: None
 
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS II
Grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Computer Applications I with a “C” or better.
½ Credit. One Semester.
 
This semester course will allow students to experience more depth in computer software use. It will include intermediate/advanced work using MS Word (word processing), Excel (spreadsheet), introduction to Access (database), and PowerPoint (presentation program software) as well as integration of these programs.

Fee: None 
 
CONSUMER ECONOMICS/PERSONAL FINANCE
Grades 11, 12
Prerequisites: None
½ Credit. One Semester.
 
This is a practical hands-on class that teaches you to manage your own financial life. It includes banking services, checking accounts, credit, insurance, investing, budgeting, taxes, and employment matters. Moderate homework.
 
Fee: $22.00 (workbook and checking simulation)  
 
ACCOUNTING I
Grades 11, 12 (Grade 10 with department recommendation)
Prerequisites: None.
 
The student should like mathematics and clerical work. 1 Credit. One Year. Students learn the language of business by keeping all the financial records for a merchandising business: purchases, sales, cash records, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll records, tax records, and bank records. The course requires accuracy in details and it encourages the development of good work habits. Neatness in penmanship is necessary. A regular attendance pattern is essential. This is a necessary course for any student planning to attend a college or technical school course of study in business, economics, or accounting.
 
Fee: $38.00 – working papers (workbook) 
 
BUSINESS LAW
Grades 11, 12
Prerequisites: None
½ Credit. One Semester.
 
Business Law deals with the legal problems that may arise with the daily activities of consumers. This is a practical and interesting course for any student. Homework will average one to two hours per week, including topic reports.
 
Fee: None  
 
BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS
Grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: None
½ Credit. One Semester.
 
This course will equip students with communication tools needed for success in today’s rapidly changing global business environment. New topics including exchange of information via telecommunication software, electronic mail, images, multimedia, and on-line information services are presented using the classical business communications approach. A great course for those planning to own their own business in the future.
 
Fee: None
 
INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS
Grades 11, 12
Prerequisites: None
½ Credit. One Semester.
 
The purpose of this course is to equip students with a basic understanding of the world of business. Emphasis on realworld opportunities, the role of government, the impact of technology, entrepreneurship, business ethics, human resource management, basic computers, and more. Students will also learn to establish business goals and create a plan to meet them. This course provides a solid foundation for dealing with the ever changing business world.
 
Fee: None 
 
COMPUTER PROGRAMMING
Grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Computer Applications I and a “C” or higher in an Algebra course.
½ Credit. One Semester.
 
The Computer Programming course uses the Java programming language to introduce students to basic programming skills. Topics introduced are: functions, loops, methods, arrays, objects, and classes.
 
Fee: None
 
INTRODUCTION TO WEB DEVELOPMENT
Grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Computer Applications I with a “C” or better.
½ Credit. One Semester.
 
This course introduces basic web page design skills. Students will explore HTML, XML and XHTML to create pages. Students will learn how to use CSS to control the design and layout of pages. An introduction to JavaScript will allow students to add interactive elements to their pages.
 
Fee: $40.00 (supplemental text) 
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