Program Description

The high school Business Education Department offers students a broad education in computers, management, marketing, career exploration, communication, accounting, consumer economics, and legal issues. Emphasis of the program includes a variety of computer applications, an understanding of business problems, and the development of managerial skills.

General Policies

  1. One credit is required in a humanities-related field in order to graduate. Business Education is a humanities field.
  2. Consumer Education (or Economics Honors or AP Economics) is a requirement for graduation.

B201 Keyboarding

Prerequisites: None
Open To: 9, 10, 11, 12
.5 Credit

Keyboarding is a one-semester course open to all grade levels. Students will be taught the correct touch keyboarding techniques for microcomputer keyboards. Speed and accuracy will be emphasized to utilize the computer as a tool. Basic formatting for personal business letters, formal business letters, and reports will be introduced including centering, quotations, tables, columns, and spell check. Skills of formatting a report, term paper, title page, outline, memo, reference page, bibliography, parenthetical references, and tables will be learned. Additional topics covered will include envelope format, numeric keypad, proofreading, and communication skills.

B205 Computer Applications

Prerequisites: None
Open To: 9, 10, 11, 12
.5 Credit

This course is for the student who desires to become proficient in the use of word processing (Microsoft Word), spreadsheet creation (Microsoft Excel), and presentation software (Microsoft PowerPoint). Taking this course will enable a student to integrate the knowledge learned and apply it in meaningful applications for future high school, college and career needs.

B207 Advanced Computer Applications

Prerequisites: Computer Applications
Open To: 9, 10, 11, 12
.5 Credit

This course is an in depth study and use of the skills learned in Computer Applications and Web Design. Students who desire a higher level of expertise should highly consider taking this advanced course. Students will integrate database creation (Microsoft Access), more in depth spreadsheet creation (Microsoft Excel), and coding (HTML/CSS) in a project based environment.

B209 Multimedia Presentations

Prerequisites: None
Open To: 9, 10, 11, 12
.5 Credit

Through the integrated use of Microsoft PowerPoint, MovieMaker, Adobe PhotoShop, digital cameras, and scanners students will create a variety of visual presentations. The purpose of this course is for students to use the presentation software more in-depth and in an integrated format.

B211 Internet/Webpage Design

Prerequisites: None
Open To: 9, 10, 11, 12
.5 Credit

Internet & Webpage Design focuses on the development of web sites. It focuses on the shift from traditional print design to visual design. Students will take a look at design issues specific to web-based presentations, learn web page layout, effective navigation and delve into the design process. The course will help students integrate text, graphics, animation, sound and other multimedia applications into Web sites with an introduction to coding. Dreamweaver will be utilized for this course.

B215 Introduction To Business

Prerequisites: None
Open To: 9, 10, 11, 12
.5 Credit

Introduction to Business is a one-semester, entry level course, designed to introduce students to the business world. The purpose of this course is to aid the understanding of economic systems, types of business organizations, marketing functions, and the role of government.
Introduction to Business will expose students to the various business entities, along with their common business characteristics, practices, and procedures. The students will study the interaction of departmental responsibilities and the scope of marketing, distribution, promotion, and product pricing. Through the use of basic financial analysis, the students will be better prepared for their future economic roles as consumers, workers, and citizens.

B219 Business Communications

Prerequisites: None
Open To: 9, 10, 11, 12
.5 Credit

Business Communication is a one-semester course designed to improve both written and spoken communications as they relate to business. Practical applications focusing on Communication/Culture, Management, Ethics, Leadership and Social Media will be taught. Students will apply these business skills to develop effective communication proficiencies that will help with future employment.

B223 Accounting I Honors

Prerequisites: Overall C Or Better Grade Point Average
Open To: 10, 11, 12
1 Credit

Accounting I – Honors is an introduction to basic accounting principles and procedures. Students will learn how to analyze business transactions and record them in journals and post to ledgers. This course offers a starting point for building a professional career. Up-to-date computer technology is integrated into the curriculum. Keyboarding skills are recommended. This course meets one credit of Humanities requirement for graduation. This course is a necessity for all students planning a college major in the field of business and commerce such as marketing, finance and/or accounting.

B227 Accounting II Honors Dual Credit

Prerequisites: Accounting I
Open To: 11, 12
1 Credit

Accounting II Honors Dual Credit offers students the opportunity to obtain four College credits while in high school, in addition to Honor high school credit. This class will follow the College of Lake County syllabus for Acc121 Financial Accounting. Accounting II Honors examines the accounting principles and procedures as they relate to the world of business. Students will have the opportunity to explore departmentalized accounting, depreciation methods, inventory methods, partnership, and corporate accounting. Students will master advanced managerial accounting skills. Computers are integrated into the curriculum. Depending on enrollment, Accounting II students may be enrolled during the same class period as Accounting I. Each class will complete the prescribed curriculum for the respective level.

B231 Law – Honors

Prerequisites: None
Open To: 10, 11, 12
.5 Credit

Law is a course designed to expose students to criminal and business law within the United States legal system. Students will examine the jail and prison system, arrests and how a case works through the court system. They will participate in a mock trial; analyze current and past court cases and careers in the legal field. Contracts, property law, wills and trusts are also units of study in the course. Law is an excellent course for any student interested in the legal field, criminal justice or business.

B233 Consumer Education

Prerequisites: None. This Course Fulfills The Consumer Education Requirement For Graduation.
Open To: 10, 11, 12
.5 Credit

The objective of this state-required course is to show how to become an informed consumer and how to gain more from one’s money. The student will learn to become a responsible consumer, learning why we buy what we buy, and how to make sound consumer decisions. The student will learn to stand up for one’s rights in the marketplace as well as how to use credit wisely. Through the use of technology, the student will study how to manage money in order to gain the most satisfaction with one’s purchasing power.

B235 Consumer Education – Honors

Prerequisites: Overall B Or Better Grade Point Average. This Course Fulfills The Consumer Education Requirement For Graduation.
Open To:10, 11, 12
.5 Credit

Honors Consumer Education is a one-semester course for the highly motivated student who will be challenged in a rigorous academic environment. In addition to the material covered in B233, the honors class integrates advanced technology into the curriculum. The students will access, assimilate, and incorporate this computer-generated information into their course presentations. The students will formulate a solution to the economic problems and challenges presented in their social, work, and consumer world.

B234 Consumer Education Blended Learning

Prerequisites: None. This Course Fulfills The Consumer Education Requirement For Graduation.
Open To: 10, 11, 12
.5 Credit

Blended learning is a combination of traditional face-to-face learning and learning in a digital environment. This strategy will provide students an opportunity to apply technology (i.e. iPads) to the Consumer Education curriculum. Students use the technology for reading, writing and discussing Consumer Education topics. Students also have the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned through the application of technology. Students will learn how to participate in an electronic discussion board so that he/she may post his/her ideas, virtually collaborate with classmates, and respond to questions posed by the teacher. This course will follow a 4-1 model; four days of in class instruction and one day of virtual instruction. The teacher reserves the right to require a student to attend all five days if they are not experiencing success in the course.

B236 Consumer Education Blended Learning – Honors

Prerequisites: None. This Course Fulfills The Consumer Education Requirement For Graduation.
Open To: 10, 11, 12
.5 Credit

Blended learning is a combination of traditional face-to-face learning and learning in a digital environment. This strategy will provide students an opportunity to apply technology (i.e. iPads) to the Consumer Education curriculum. Students will learn how to virtually collaborate with classmates and respond to assignments and questions posed by the teacher. This course will follow a 3-2 model; three days of in class instruction and two days of virtual instruction. The teacher reserves the right to require a student to attend all five days if they are not experiencing success in the course.

B241 Marketing In Sports & Entertainment

Prerequisites: None
Open To: 10, 11, 12
.5 Credit

This highly engaging one-semester class will emphasize marketing principles by providing students exposure to amateur and professional sports teams, entertainment businesses, and desirable companies. Students will have the opportunity to hear speakers in amateur and professional sports, entertainment, and technology industries. Current events will be emphasized. Areas of study will include the 4 p’s of marketing (promoting, pricing, product development, and place/distribution), case studies, sports and entertainment history, and careers in marketing.

B243 Marketing

Prerequisites: None
Open To: 9, 10, 11, 12
.5 Credit

During this one-semester course, students will learn about the various functions of marketing as an integrated set of tasks, built on a solid set of foundations (economics, finance, career preparation). Students will learn how each function fits with the others. This is marketing in the real world – integrated, strategic, and always changing. Coverage includes real-world applications, projects, technology, Internet, ethics, and cross-curricular link.

B245 Career Explorations

Prerequisites: None
Open To: 9, 10, 11, 12
.5 Credit

Career Exploration is a one-semester course for any student concentrating on their individual interests, abilities and aptitudes, and how these features can relate to career possibilities. Students will complete a modularized course which will empower them with the resources necessary to determine their career aspirations and enact that plan. When possible students will participate in a Micro Internship or Job Shadowing experience. The course objectives are aligned with the PaCE Illinois post-secondary and career expectations framework.

B253 Entrepreneurship

Prerequisites: None (Introduction To Business Recommended)
Open To: 10, 11, 12 .5 Credit

Entrepreneurship is a one semester course designed to encourage students to recognize their own entrepreneurial spirit and learn about owning their own business. Through group projects they, will develop business and social skills and display their innovative and creative abilities. Students will explore their own business ideas by studying the parts of a business plan. Students are not expected to start their own business as part of the course.

B255 Entrepreneurship- Honors

Prerequisites: None (Introduction To Business Recommended)
Open To: 10, 11, 12 .5 Credit

Entrepreneurship Honors is a one semester course designed to encourage students to recognize their own entrepreneurial spirit and learn about owning their own business. Students are not expected t start their own business as part of the course. The course will attempt to inspire students to continue learning about local, national, and international business opportunities. During the course, students will develop business and social skills and display their innovative and creative abilities. Students will develop a business plan.

B257 Investment Management

Prerequisites: None
Open To: 9, 10, 11, 12
.5 Credit

Investment Management is a one semester course designed for students seeking knowledge and experience in diverse investment options. Students will define personal financial goals and general investing guidelines. The course not only focuses on why you should invest the stock market, but also how and why the market functions as it does. Students will also explore other investment options such as bonds, mutual funds, real estate, commodities, and currencies. The course concludes with ideas such as investment fraud, ethics, retirement planning, and career opportunities in finance and investment.