INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS - 1 CREDIT - 9, 10, 11, 12 - This is a basic business course designed to acquaint students with the activities associated with a business. Students will gather a basic understanding of general business, economics, entrepreneurship, business communications, business ethics, the government’s role in business, marketing, and business finance. Each of these topics is then covered in further detail in Fort Dodge Senior High School business offerings. Overall, the course gives students a broad exposure to business operations and a solid background for additional business courses.
BUSINESS LAW - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12 - In Business Law, students will learn the importance of laws and how they relate to business, as well as their effect on society and the individual. This course teaches a basic appreciation for law and its applications. Specific units include: the basics of criminal and civil law, contract law, consumer law and student rights and responsibilities regarding important life events. Any students interested in pursuing a career in law or business should strongly consider enrolling in this course.
ACCOUNTING I - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12 - Accounting Essentials I introduces students to the complete accounting cycle for a sole-proprietorship. This course provides the background for students seeking an entry-level accounting job, as well as for college-bound students who plan to enter the field of business.
ACCOUNTING II - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: Accounting I - This course continues the study of accounting principles and procedures started in Accounting Essentials I. Students will study the accounting cycle for a merchandising partnership. They will also be required to complete a business simulation for a merchandising partnership.
ICCC INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING (ACC-111) - 1 CREDIT AND 3 SEMESTER HOURS COLLEGE CREDIT - 11, 12 Suggested Preliminary Course: Accounting I and Accounting II - Students will receive instruction in analyzing and recording various business transactions and in completing the accounting cycle by journalizing, posting, preparing worksheets, making adjusting and closing entries, and preparing financial statements for service and merchandising businesses. Instruction will be provided for accounting for cash by using a petty cash fund, reconciling a bank statement, and utilizing the cash short and over account: calculating and journalizing employees’ payroll: and calculating and journalizing employer payroll taxes. No previous accounting instruction is necessary.
ICCC COMPUTERIZED ACCOUNTING (ACC-311) - 1 CREDIT AND 3 SEMESTER HOURS COLLEGE CREDIT - 11, 12 Suggested Preliminary Course: Accounting I and Accounting II - This course is designed to provide the student experience in handling automated accounting in a number of areas. These include general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, depreciation, inventory and accounting statement analysis. Simulation of business and its activities are processed through the entire accounting cycle culminating in the various accounting reports. The applications will be done on a computer.
PERSONAL FINANCE - 1 CREDIT - 11, 12 (Completion of this course fulfills the financial literacy requirement needed for graduation.) - Personal Finance is a course designed to develop your ability to solve real world problems in order to become productive citizens and workers in a technological society. Areas of study will include personal financial planning, budgeting expenditures and savings, effective cash management, tax planning, proper use of credit, making major purchases, investments and insurance protection, retirement and estate planning, and decision-making skills for all aspects of life as consumers, producers, entrepreneurs, and economic citizens. Problem-solving applications, as well as a variety of instructional strategies, will be used to analyze and solve business problems.
MARKETING I - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12 - In this course, you will learn what marketing is and how it helps connect businesses of all kinds to their customers. You will develop the skills of marketing to be used in any career path that you choose to follow. These include Marketing-Information Management, Selling, Pricing, Product/Service Management, Promotion, Financing, and Distribution. You will learn about the above functions of a well-managed business, plus the Foundations of Businesses: Communication and Interpersonal Skills; Business, Management and Entrepreneurship; Economics, and Professional Development (known as life-long learning).
SPORTS MARKETING - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12 - Sports & Entertainment marketing is the process of developing, promoting, and distributing products to satisfy customers’ needs and wants through sports and entertainment. This course will take you on a step-by-step journey through the world of marketing. This course will cover the basic of functions marketing and how they are applied to sports and entertainment. During this course there will be a focus on real-world business perspectives by using examples from the marketing world to illustrate features, concepts, and activities.
ADVERTISING & SALES - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12 - In this course you will learn about selling and customer service. You will learn to determine the clients’ needs and wants, how they think and then to respond to the customer through planned, personalized communication that influences purchase decisions. Focus is on the steps of the selling process to better sell products and services, ideas and you. Students will learn the basic advertising principles, media, psychology, and the relationship of sales promotion to the total marketing process. An emphasis will be placed on the business aspects of advertising.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT - 1 CREDIT - 11, 12 - In this course, you will learn what it takes to own and operate your own business or mange a business for the owners. You will learn everything from how to create the business, put the ideas onto paper, and then make your proposal to the investors.
TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS - 1 CREDIT - 9, 10, 11, 12 - In this course students will explore applications, software and/or programs and become ‘experts’ in those areas. Students will create tutorial videos and/or presentations for the applications/programs and share their learning with the class. Topics covered (but not limited to) include Social Media, Creation Software/Programs, Web Design, Presentation Software/Programs and Social Media.
WORLD OF WORK - 1 CREDIT - 11 - This course is designed to provide students with the kind of information everyone needs regarding how to get a job, how to keep a job, and how to be successful on the job. Students will also be provided with the opportunity to explore occupations at various businesses in the community in which they have an interest. Students will need to arrange for transportation to their exploratory sites.
MULTI-OCCUPATIONS COOPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM - 6 CREDITS - 12 - All students must enroll for a minimum of two consecutive semesters in the same academic year, though four semesters provides a complete learning experience.
CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION (1 CREDIT PER SEMESTER) NOTE: Classroom meets zero hour (7:15 a.m.-8:15 a.m.) Co-requisite: Multi-Occupations Cooperative Education On-the-Job Training - Multi-Occupations Cooperative Education is for students interested in learning a skilled occupation and developing those career skills that will assist them in securing future, full-time employment. The students will develop competencies in the following areas in the classroom setting; work-based learning, job and personal safety, teamwork, problem-solving and decision-making, job/personal success and satisfaction, income management, interpersonal relations, employer expectations, leadership, parliamentary procedure, managing family, work and citizenship roles.
ON-THE-JOB TRAINING (1 CREDIT PER SEMESTER) Co-requisite: Multi-Occupations Cooperative Education Classroom - Multi-Occupations Cooperative Education On-The-Job Training will provide the students with the opportunity to put into practice those aptitudes, attitudes and skills which will assist them in becoming a successful employee. This on-the-job training also provides the opportunity to secure work experience and possible employment in their chosen career field. Students will be employed for a minimum of fifteen hours per week in a community or local area business. The employer and program coordinator will use a specific rubric-type evaluation instrument to measure the student's success on the job.