Business/Computer Courses

Portage High School and Ivy Tech have partnered in a dual credit agreement for students enrolled in Advanced Accounting, Principles of Marketing, Digital Applications and Responsibility (Microsoft IT Academy), Business Law and Ethics, and Principles of Business Management. Students are required to pass the Accuplacer Test to receive college credit or meet a minimum requirement on the ACT, SAT or PSAT tests. These credits earned are free and are transferable to many Indiana state colleges.

Preparing for College and Careers, 1 Semester, 1 Credit
Grades 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Graduation requirement
Preparing for College and Careers addresses the knowledge, skills and behaviors all students need to be prepared for success in college, career, and life. The focus of the course is the impact of today’s choices on tomorrow’s possibilities. Topics to be addressed include twenty-first century life and career skills; higher order thinking, communication, leadership and management processes; exploration of personal aptitudes, interests, values and goals; examining multiple life roles and responsibilities as individuals and family members; planning and guiding employability skills; transferring school skills to life and work; and managing career pathways, in-depth investigation of one or more pathways, reviewing graduation plans, developing career plans and developing personal and career portfolios. A project-based approach, including computer and technology applications, a cooperative venture between school and community, simulations and real-life experiences is recommended.

Introduction to Business, 1 Semester, 1 Credit
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Introduction to Business is the initial business course that provides the groundwork for future business courses. This course introduces students to economics, entrepreneurship, management, marketing, risk management, ethics, and law. It provides the student with a basic understanding of the requirements of starting a business. Students will actively participate in projects that will help them understand how to start a business, plan a business, present their plan to gain financing, and ultimately start a business.

Computer Illustration and Graphics (Desktop Publishing), 1 Semester, 1 Credit
Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
Computer Illustration and Graphics is a business course designed to allow students to develop proficiency in using desktop publishing software to create a variety of printed publications. Students will become graphic designers while using simulations and project-based learning activities enhancing their creativity. Software used includes Microsoft Word 2016, Microsoft Publisher 2016, and Adobe CS6 which included Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign. Students will use their creativity while learning techniques to market and design documents for businesses such as Frillio’s Pizza, a movie theatre, and a cruise ship.

Web Design 1, 1 Semester, 1 Credit
Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
Web Design is a business course that provides instruction in the principles of web design using the latest software available from Adobe CS6 including Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Flash, and Adobe Photoshop. Students will also learn coding using HTML/XHTML and CSS.

Computer Science 1, 1 Semester, 1 Credit
Grade 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Algebra I (C or higher), Keyboarding skills
This is an introductory class for Computer Science. Students will learn Visual Basic using Visual Studio, which will include algorithm development, flow charting, input/output techniques, looping and modules. Students have an opportunity to apply skills in a laboratory environment, and will provide an overview of computers and logic, design process, GUI, event driven programs, file handling, and arrays.

Digital Applications & Responsibility (Microsoft IT Academy), 1 Semesters, 1 Credits
Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Grade 9 keyboarding skills and 3.2 GPA, Grades 10, 11, 12 Computer class with a 2.5 or better is required.
Portage High School as entered into an agreement with Microsoft that provides students with real world technology skills through digital curriculum and certifications. The IT Academy consists of web-based modules and instructions, which allow students to learn Microsoft computer programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access at their own pace. The Microsoft IT Academy allows students to achieve a greater mastery of productivity and technological skills that are validated through certifications through Certiport. Since this class is run as a working lab, students are expected to work on their own achieving unlimited opportunities.

Dual Credit: Three credits available free through Ivy Tech upon completing a passing score on the Accuplacer test or meeting a minimum requirement on the ACT, SAT or PSAT. Part of the Core Transfer Library. Seniors with a GPA of 2.6 or higher, will be exempt from taking the Accuplacer.

Accounting 1, 2 Semesters, 2 Credits
Grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Sophomores are required to have a GPA of a C or better
Accounting is a basic requirement of any business curriculum. Your enrollment in Accounting I now will give you a competitive edge in college accounting. This course teaches, step by step, the basic principles, procedures, and terminology of double-entry accounting. Accounting requires a workbook and practice set. Many of the assignments will require time outside of class.

Business Law and Ethics, 2 Semesters, 1 Credits
Grade 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: An academic GPA of C or better is required
Business and Personal Law provides an overview of the legal system. Topics covered include: Basics of the Law, Contract Law, Employment Law, Personal law, and Property Law. Both criminal and civil trial procedures are presented. Instructional strategies include a mock trial, Internet projects, multimedia presentations, and guest speakers.
Dual Credit: Three credits available free through Ivy Tech upon completing a passing score on the Accuplacer test or meeting a minimum requirement on the ACT, SAT or PSAT.

Web Design 2, 1 Semester, 1 Credit
Grade 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Web Design 1 C or better is required
Web Design 2 builds on Web Design 1. Students will use a variety of other web editors to build websites and culminate into building or improving a website for an organization. Java Script, Web Apps, and additional web skills will be taught as well.

Computer Science 2, 1 Semester, 1 Credit
Grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Computer Programming 1, or Computer Science, C or better is required
This course will provide a basic understanding of the fundamental concepts involved when using a member of a Visual C++ programming development language, as well as app development and other languages. It emphasizes logical program design involving user-defined functions and standard structure elements. Data file access methods are also presented.

Personal Financial Responsibility, 1 Semester, 1 Credit
Grades 10, 11, 12
Graduation requirement 
Do you want to have money? Personal Finance is a business course that focuses on personal financial planning. The course explains how to make money by getting the job you want, how to make the money you have grown through investing, and how to protect your money and assets once you have them. The content includes financial planning, budgets, checking accounts, insurance as protection for income and assets, income and money management, as well as spending and credit management. Students will learn the financial concepts and principles that provide a basis for avoiding common financial pitfalls. This course prepares students for their roles and responsibilities as consumers and citizens through in class projects and computer simulations of real-life activities including job hunting, getting an apartment, time management, shopping & credit, and insurance. Students will utilize “Virtual Business-Personal Finance” simulation presenting students with challenges around bank accounts, credit and debit cards, bills, credit scores, taxes, insurance, investing, and more.

Introduction to Entrepreneurship, 1 Semester, 1 Credit
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None 
Introduction to Entrepreneurship provides an overview of what it means to be an Entrepreneur. Students will learn about starting and operating a business, marketing products and services, and how to find resources to help in the development of a new venture. This course is ideal for students interested in starting their own art gallery, salon, restaurant, etc.

Entrepreneurship & New Venture Capstone, 2 Semester, 2 Credit
Grades: 11 & 12
Prerequisites: Digital Applications & Introduction to Entrepreneurship. Dual credit through Ivy Tech pending approval. 
Entrepreneurship and New Ventures Capstone introduces and entrepreneurship and develop skills and tolls critical for starting and succeeding in a new venture. The entrepreneurial process of opportunity recognition, innovation, value proposition, competitive advantage, venture concept, feasibility analysis, and ‘go to” market strategies will be explored through mini case studies of successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurial start-ups.  The topic of government and legal restrictions, intellectual property, franchising location, basic business accounting, raising start-up funding, sales and revenue forecasting, and business plan development will be presented through extensive use of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.

Principles of Business Management, 1 Semester, 1 Credit
Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: An academic GPA of C or better is required
Management is a course that will provide a solid foundation of established business principles and practices that form the groundwork of all business operations. Business fundamentals such as economic, legal, and social foundations a represented along with a close look at organizing businesses, marketing products and services, financing operations, managing and developing employees, and making difficult business decisions in a dynamic competitive atmosphere. Both group and in-class projects will be used along with class discussions. Students will utilize a computer simulation, “Virtual Business--Management” to manage a business.
Dual Credit: Three credits available free through Ivy Tech upon completing a passing score on the Accuplacer test or meeting a minimum requirement on the ACT, SAT or PSAT.

Principles of Marketing, 1 Semester, 1 Credit
Grades 11 & 12. Grade 10 will need teacher permission: ________________
Prerequisite: An academic GPA of C or better is required
Marketing is a course designed to introduce students to the different activities that comprise the functions of marketing. Product management, distribution, selling, marketing-information management, financing, pricing, and promotion occur every time a product or service is developed and sold. Marketing is a very complex part of business and is very important to the success of businesses and to the satisfaction of customers. Students will prepare an advertising campaign for a business and/or complete a computer simulation.

Dual Credit: Three credits available free through Ivy Tech upon completing a passing score on the Accuplacer test or meeting a minimum requirement on the ACT, SAT or PSAT.

Strategic Marketing, 2 Semester, 2 Credit
Grades 11, 12
Required Prerequisite: Principles of Marketing or Business Management. Dual Credit through Ivy Tech pending approval.
Strategic Marketing builds upon the foundations of marketing and applies the functions of marketing at an advanced level. Students will study the basic principles of consumer behavior and examine the application of theories from psychology, social psychology and economics. The relationship between consumer behavior and marketing activities are reviewed.

Advanced Accounting, 2 Semesters, 2 Credits
Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: Accounting I with a C or better is required
This course is a continuation of Accounting I. It is career-oriented with a dual purpose: (a) to provide increased knowledge and competence for students who will be seeking entry-level employment after graduation, and (b) to provide a more firm, broad base of understanding for those desiring to continue the study of accounting.
Dual Credit: Three credits available free through Ivy Tech upon completing a passing score on the Accuplacer test or meeting a minimum requirement on the ACT, SAT or PSAT. Part of the Core Transfer Library.

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