Business Department

Curriculum is fully aligned with the National Standards for Business EducationStudents have an opportunity to explore the basics of personal finance, the decision-making techniques needed to be savvy consumers and ethical employees, the economic principles of an increasingly international marketplace and the processes by which businesses operate. In addition, these standards provide a solid educational foundation for students who want to successfully complete college programs in various business disciplines.

Business Education offers college credit for select courses as noted through the College Career Pathways program partnership with Tunxis Community College.


Department Curriculum


COURSE OFFERINGS:

Accounting I

 HS12104G12 Accounting I
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12

Students will learn that accounting is the “language of business” and that it provides the financial knowledge and analytical skills needed by both businesses and individuals. Students will complete accounting cycles for proprietorships and corporations using Excel and accounting software.  This course is highly recommended for students considering a business major in college.

Accounting II

 HS12104G22 Accounting II
Full Year 1.0 credit
Grades 11 or 12
Prerequisite: Completion of Accounting I with a
grade of 75% or better.

Accounting II further develops financial analysis and interpretation of concepts learned in Accounting I. Advanced theory and generallyaccepted accounting principles (GAAP) are emphasized to facilitate further study at the postsecondary level.

Business Communications

 HS12009G Business Communications
Full Year 1.0 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12

Students will learn to communicate effectively, solve problems, work collaboratively, and present themselves professionally. These “soft skills” are critical to a student’s success and without these skills students will struggle no matter how knowledgeable they are in their field of study.   Students who can demonstrate strong soft skills have a huge competitive advantage in today’s workforce. Students will engage in hands-on activities that integrate a wide range of skills from team building to listening and public speaking, topreparing business correspondence and applying appropriate business etiquette.

Business Law

 Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12

This course offers students an understanding of business and personal law as it applies to consumers, citizens, and employees/employers. The study of criminal law, courts and procedures, torts, contracts, business ethics and other legal situations encountered in daily endeavors are covered.  Students engage in collaborative learning experiences when analyzing law related current events as well as preparing for and carrying out debates, mock trials, and mock town hall meetings.

Personal Finance

HS12101G Personal Finance
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12

Students will be introduced to a wide variety of personal finance topics that reflect current trends and issues consumers face in the marketplace, including career planning, spending plans, managing savings and checking accounts, credit, insurances, investing, and other types of financial services. Students will complete activities and projects that apply the knowledge they gain with their current and future financial situations.

The course will use interesting and contemporary learning materials that will teach students to: identify and prioritize their personal money management goals, develop a budget, track their income and spending to stay within their budget, comprehend the impact of time on the value of money, understand the cost of using credit and protect their assets as they begin to accumulate money. In addition, students will complete real-life simulations and utilize iPad applications to manage finances.

Business Survey

 HS12051G Business Survey
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grade 9

This introductory business course uses an interactive, multimedia computer laboratory system. Students explore units in Marketing, Business Law, Economics & Personal Finance, Accounting, International Business, Management, and Entrepreneurship based on the National Standards for Business Education. Each unit also incorporates activities in Microsoft® Office, career development, and communication skill

E-Commerce/Entrepreneurship

 HS12053G E-Commerce/Entrepreneurship
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12

The E-Commerce course is designed to introduce students to the world of E-Commerce while developing academic, creative thinking and problem solving skills through the completion of a comprehensive E-Commerce business project.  Students will develop and maintain a fully functioning online store. This course is taught via blended learning utilizing a teacher-facilitated,

student-centered environment that leverages technology to strengthen classroom learning.  Students will have the opportunity to interact with other students (from other schools) through forums and blogs and keep online journals of personal work.

Economics

 HS12105G Economics
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12

This course utilizes the Junior Achievement Economics Program. JA Economics reinforces concepts of micro- and macro-economics by having students explore the basic characteristics of the U.S. economic system, and how economic principles influence business decisions. It also introduces students to career opportunities, consumer issues, and helps reinforce important academic and leadership skills, including: research and data analysis, problem-solving, and critical thinking.

Intro to Business Technologies

 HS10005G Intro to Business Technologies
Full Year 1.0 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12

This course will give students a foundation in 21st Century technology skills crucial to effective communication. Students will spend half the course working with Microsoft® Word and Excel learning techniques to manage, format, chart, and analyze data. The second half will examine Access and PowerPoint; these more advanced skills will be in creating queries, forms, reports, and presentations with a focus on proper business applications.  Students will increase understanding of the capabilities of Cloud applications for data, collaboration, virtual meetings, images and graphics in the classroom and beyond. While developing computer competency, students work through taskoriented applications around a business theme.  This program is self-paced and tutorial in nature.

Marketing Management

HS12152G Marketing Management
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12

An introductory course designed to provide broadbased foundation of the exciting field of marketing.  Through projects, problem solving, and collaboration, students will apply the principles of marketing. Areas of emphasis include productpromotion, product development, pricing, and consumer behavior.

Survey in Business

HS12055G Survey in Business
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grade 12

This course is designed to give college-bound seniors an introduction to business through the interactive multimedia laboratory system. Students will explore business topics (of their choice) as well as careers and Microsoft® Office applications. See Business Survey course description for topics .



Robert Parisi
Lorraine Wicklund
Laurie Nelson 
Marisa Wischert

DEPARTMENT CHAIR
Christopher Wolfe | profile  
 860-828-6577 x4070
 cwolfe@berlinschools.org


PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Tunxis CCP Program
  • E-Commerce Course
  • Award Winning Accounting Program

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