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Business Education*

BE03: Financial and Technology Literacy
Students will develop proficiency in the use of the most widely adopted business application, Microsoft Office Suite. This course is designed as an integrated approach to developing competencies in the utilization of MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to collaborate and communicate in the digital age. Course activities will prepare students for Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications (MOS), which are recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE) for one semester hour of lower division college credit. Additionally, students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary for making informed financial decisions; successfully building, maintaining, and protecting financial resources with particular emphasis on saving, budgeting, investing, and risk management (insurance).
BE06: Computer Programming II
BE09: Marketing I
BE14: Office Systems Management
BE16: Principles of Business Management and Entrepreneurship
This is one of two foundation courses required for all pathways in the Business Management and Finance Career Cluster and is essential to all pathways. This course provides a foundational understanding of the role of business in a global society, American business as a dynamic process, forms of business ownership, management concepts, marketing, production and distribution, and accounting and finance. Along with a brief historical perspective, business terminology and principles will be emphasized. Students will develop the communication skills that will be necessary for success in the workplace and college while understanding the business world and preparing to meet their career goals and objectives.
BE31W: Business Economics/Profession Economics AOF
This course provides students with an introduction to the key concepts of business economics includiing supply, demand, profit, costs and markets and differentiates microeconomics from macroeconomics. The course describes forms of business ownership and discusses the relationship of labor and business, then provides a broad overview of the global economy. Finally, because economics affects every business job, students get a chance to examine careers in business, both as an employee and as a business owner. The second half of the course focuses on the significance and importance of ethics to stakeholders; examine who bears responsibility for ensuring an ethical code is followed; and explore ethical situations common in organizations. The course examines ethics through the lens of various business disciplines, and considers the impact of organizational culture on ethical practices. The course also explores ethics as social responsibility, the evolution of ethics as business becomes more international, and how the free market and organizational ethics can co-exist.
BE32: Principles of Accounting/Managerial Accounting AOF
Principles of Accounting provide students with the knowledge that accounting is a process of providing data and information that serves internal and external stakeholders. The second half of this course introduces the fundamentals of management accounting, including manufacturing and cost accounting, budgeting, accounting for managerial decision-making, and fnancial statement analysis. Students learn how to use accounting information for internal decision-making and planning and control. Students also examine career opportunities and the professional certifications and designations earned by individuals in the accounting profession.
BE33: Principles of Finance/Financial Services AOF
This course gives students a thorough introduction to the concepts, tools, and institutions of the financial world and serves as a foundation for the core courses offered by the Academy of Finance. Students begin by learning the basics of financial literacy and the function of finance in society. The second half of this course provides students with an introduction to an overview of banks and other financial services. It introduces students to the origins of money and banking and examines the early history of banking in the United States. Students study the financial services industry and the types of companies it includes in depth. They learn about the services offered by such companies and analyze the ways these companies earn profits. Finally, students examine careers in financial services. Successful completion of this course earns one credit.
BE34W: Financial Planning/Applied Finance AOF
This course introduces students to an overview of the job of a financial planner. Students learn to consider how all aspects of financial planning might affect a potential client, and learn about the importance of financial planning in helping people reach their life goals. This course includes lessons on saving, borrowing, credit, and all types of insurance, and covers various types of investments. Students also examine careers in financial planning. The second half of this course delves into the financial concepts introduced in Principles of Finance. Students learn to identify the legal forms of business organization. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the important aspects of finance; including such concepts as profit, sales, the risk-return tradeoff, and the time-value of money. In this course, students read common financial statements and are introduced to business plans. They learn the three most common methods by which businesses raise capital (stocks, bonds, and short-term financing). Successful completion of this course earns one credit.
BE37: Entrepreneurship/Business in a Global Economy AOF
This course introduces students to the critical role entrepreneurs play in the national and global economy. Students learn the skills, attitudes, characteristics, and techniques necessary to become successful entrepreneurs. They explore starting a business and learn about the operational issues and financial risks that new businesses face. Students examine ethical issues and develop a framework for managing them. The second half of the course focuses on providing students with an understanding of how and why businesses choose to expand their operations into other countries. This course exposes students to the unique challenges facing firms doing business internationally, and to the potential opportunities available to those businesses. Building on concepts introduced in Principles of Finance, Business in a Global Economy broadens students' understanding of how businesses operate, grow, and thrive in our ever changing world. Successful completion of this course earns one credit.
BE40: Principles of Accounting and Finance
This is one of two foundation courses required for all pathways in the Business Management and Finance Career Cluster and is essential to all pathways. This course provides a foundational understanding of the role of business in a global society, American business as a dynamic process, forms of business ownership, management concepts, marketing, production and distribution, and accounting and finance. Along with a brief historical perspective, business terminology and principles will be emphasized. Students will develop the communication skills that will be necessary for success in the workplace and college while understanding the business world and preparing to meet their career goals and objectives.
BE41: Advanced Accounting
This course is designed to be the second of two sequential accounting courses of the completer requirement for students enrolled in the Financing and Accounting Pathway. This course provides students with accounting knowledge that will prepare them for post-high school levels of education and entry-level positions in the workforce. Focus will be on accounting procedures necessary to address long and short-term assets and investments, long and short-term liabilities, inventory management and accounting ratios used in the decision-making process. A comprehensive study of the accounting procedures used in establishing corporations, declaring and paying dividends, the formation and dissolution of partnerships, distribution of net income and owners' equity statements is included in this course. Career paths for accounting will be examined and the use of accounting knowledge in a variety of career clusters is also explored. Awareness of ethical issues and application of ethical decision-making models will be reinforced throughout the course. Successful completion of this course earns one credit.
BE42: Advanced Business Management
This course is designed to be the second of two sequential Business Management courses of the completer requirement for students enrolled in the Business Management pathway. This course provides students with the knowledge that will prepare them for post-high school levels of education and entry-level positions in the workforce. Focus will be on the role of business in society, the changing nature of contemporary business practice, major management concepts and theories, the processes of management (functional, operational, human relations), business law and ethics, and business communications. Career paths will be examined and the use of business management knowledge in a variety of career clusters is also explored. Awareness of ethical issues and application of ethical decision-making models will be reinforced throughout the course. Successful completion of this course earns one credit.
BE43: Introduction to Marketing
This course introduces students to the essential concepts of marketing theory and the foundations, functions and benefits of marketing in a free enterprise system.  Marketing requires a skilled, professional understanding of consumer behavior and economic trends in order to gain a competitive advantage in today's global marketplace. Throughout the Introduction to Marketing course, students will use and incorporate technologies to conduct research and communicate. Students will integrate their knowledge of legal issues, the importance of ethics, and social responsibilities in marketing. Students will understand and demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and develop an appreciation of human diversity.  By the end of this course, students will have a solid understanding of the many diverse career opportunities in the field of marketing. Successful completion of this course will earn one credit.
BE44: Advanced Marketing
This course is designed to be the second of two sequential marketing courses of the completer requirement for students enrolled in the Marketing Program of Study. The Advanced course builds on the concepts studied in Introduction to Marketing by giving students in-depth, comprehensive project-based learning opportunities. Students will apply their understanding of consumer buying behavior and relationships, the tools and techniques used by organizations that identify the factors that influence marketing strategy decisions, market segmentation and target marketing, and other considerations in order to create a written professional marketing plan. Throughout the course, students will use strong interpersonal skills and incorporate technologies when conducting primary and secondary research. Students will integrate their knowledge of legal issues, ethics, diversity and social responsibilities in developing their marketing plan. Students will continue to explore the many diverse career opportunities in the field of marketing. Successful completion of this course will earn one credit.
BE45: Business and Entrepreneurship Capstone/Dual Enrollment
This course will allow students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in previous business pathway courses through the completion of a final capstone project. The capstone project is a personally-designed, independently conducted activity which will enable the student to further their knowledge/skills in an approved end-of-course final project. The capstone project will involve intense problem-solving in their chosen business pathway and offer the student the opportunity to think critically about a subject of profound interest to them. Successful completion of this course will earn one credit.