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Business & ICT Courses (ADST)

                                                         

BUSINESS EDUCATION & INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

The Richmond Secondary School Business Education and Information Technology courses fit under the Applied Design, Skills and Technologies curriculum.  In Business Education and ICT, we encourage:

  • Creative/critical thinking in both independent & cooperative activities
  • Decision making about Canada’s role as a member of a global, international, & independent economy
  • Incorporating major goals of education into the context of a business environment
  • Application of problem-solving, decision making, entrepreneurial and critical thinking skills to a variety of Canadian, Pacific Rim, & international business-related situations, and to innovate and communicate solutions to these problems.
  • Familiarity with a diverse range of software applications, computer programs, web design and programming strategies.
  • Building technological literacy and computational thinking skills.
  • Growth in self-esteem, in leadership & positive attitude toward self and others
  • Developing relevant, needed skills for your life now and in the future

Why take Business Education or Information Technology Courses?
It doesn’t matter what grade you’re in – these courses will prepare you with relevant professional and technical skills that are helpful in all careers and future pathways.

What will you learn?
We start with basic skills: written and oral communication and numeracy. Then we go from there: uses of technology, research, problem solving & critical thinking skills, consumer & business economic concepts and career and life exploration skills.

How are the courses evaluated?
Individual/group research and presentations, individual assignments, class work, participation, homework, quizzes, exams are all taken into consideration to assess student mastery.

BUSINESS EDUCATION

ENTREPRENEURSHIP & MARKETING 9-10

Entrepreneurship & Marketing 9-10 will introduce students to a variety of Business topics.  Students will learn about opportunities in entrepreneurship and what it means to own and run a business.  Students will explore a variety of start-ups and how these companies are solving real-world problems.  Students will explore problems and frustrations and find possible and probable solutions.  Students will be introduced to the different forms of marketing and have the opportunity to create marketing materials using various forms of technology.  Students will participate in designing, ordering and selling school related merchandise.  

ACCOUNTING 11
ACCOUNTING 12

Students will be introduced to the concept of accounting by working through chapter exercises in the textbook. Students will learn about how companies operate and how they organize their daily activities. Students will learn about taxation and learn how to fill out a personal income tax form. Accounting 12 will build on concepts learned in Accounting 11. It will also include using accounting software and doing financial analysis.

FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 12

An overview of the accounting cycle: from journalizing entries to creating and producing financial statements. This course will also look at banking, investing and the stock market. This course is ideal for those looking to pursue post-secondary studies in accounting, finance, business management or commerce.

MARKETING & PROMOTION 11
This is an introductory course open to all students in grades 10, 11 and 12. The course will explore a variety of areas: Market Research, Product Planning, Pricing, Sales, Promotion + Distribution. Students will have the opportunity to create advertisements and commercials. Students will use ‘real’ money to create, order and sell Colts merchandise. Business situations involving 'real money' and integrating technology (social media, computer, digital cameras (still+video), software) to market products. This course is ideal for those with interest in advertising, product development and product distribution.

ECONOMICS 12

Economics 12 is open to both grades 11 and 12 students. Students will demonstrate an understanding of human behaviour in a financial context, using foundational economic theories, applied research, factors of production, role of markets, and the role of government. One of the "big ideas" of this course is that financial and economic literacy promotes financial and economic well-being of both individuals and businesses. Course activities are intended to help students better understand economics and financial topics in their own lives and in the media, as well as, make educated predictions about the business world.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP 12

This course explores the personal characteristics and skills required to become an entrepreneur in all formats of business. Students will have opportunities to try out new ideas, develop creative thinking skills, learn to recognize entrepreneurial opportunities and create innovative solutions to existing problems. The course provides students with 'real money' to take risks and explore business ventures. Students will also meet and learn from local business people as well as entrepreneurial series such as the Dragon’s Den and the Shark Tank.

E-COMMERCE 12

This course explores the technical and creative thinking skills required to become successful in local and global e-commerce environments. Students will have opportunities to learn about the economics of e-commerce, the development and evolution of the expanding digital retail environment and become familiar with a wide range of digital and cloud based technologies. Students will consider ethical challenges such as intellectual property in a global marketplace as well as cyber marketing concepts and strategies. Students will learn more about the incredible range of emerging and still undiscovered opportunities in the global e-commerce marketplace.

 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 

WEB DEVELOPMENT 9-10

The technology sector is a rapidly growing industry everywhere. This course offers students an introduction into the world of computers and web development. Students are not required to have any previous experiences or knowledge. Students will explore the basics of computer hardware and software, troubleshooting skills, basic coding concepts (HTML/CSS), web design, design thinking process, and issues surrounding digital literacy, cyber security risks, and ethics.

MEDIA DESIGN 9-10
MEDIA DESIGN 11
MEDIA DESIGN 12

Refining your message is crucial in communication. In this course, students will be using the design cycle to explore different digital mediums of design. This course will explore media production and look at designing works for targeted audiences. Students will have the opportunity to develop digital skills using industry standard design software. Students will explore graphic design, video production, video effects, audio production, digital photography, and mixed media. Students will further develop these essential design skills with greater sophistication while engaging in new design projects as they progress through the years. This course will focus on the following industry applications: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Audition, Adobe Indesign. 

 
DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS 11

The importance of technology and the internet as mediums to communicate has become general practice in all forms of business. Through examples of press releases, public relations, digital journalism, social media, and other technology platforms, we will explore topics of digital communication such as social impact, risks, ethics and legalities, and career opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to create their own digital portfolio featuring promotional material, press releases, event support, vlogs, infographics and graphic design. This course will focus on the following industry applications: Adobe: Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and Squarespace. 

DIGITAL MEDIA DEVELOPMENT 12

This course focuses on developing digital content with an exploration of 2D and 3D design software. Students will be presented with various career opportunities and design challenges in video effects, kinetic typography, 2D animation and 3D graphic design. This course will focus on the following industry applications: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Animate. 

CATEGORY 3 BUSINESS AND I.C.T. COURSES IN THE I.B. DIPLOMA PROGRAMME:

IB INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY (SL) 11
IB INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY (SL) 12

IB INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY (HL) 11
IB INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY (HL) 12

In this course, students will explore Information Technologies in a Global Society. The ITGS framework is modelled on a ‘triangle’. It uses an integrated approach, encouraging students to make informed judgements and decisions about the role of information and communication technologies in contemporary society.  With an understanding of the information technologies, students must be able to evaluate social and ethical issues in specified scenarios and research and think about how IT impacts individuals and societies and how it is transforming social structures, both positively and negatively, around the world. Students will explore and refine their IT skills through movie making, network developing and software writing.

Information Technology in a Global Society is a two-year program of studies that provides students with:

  • The framework to make informed judgements + decisions about using IT
  • The opportunities to explore technologies of the student's choice
  • Projects that will showcase skills and understandings and allow analysis of the practical implications technological change

IB BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT (SL) 11
IB BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT (SL) 12

IB BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT (HL) 11
IB BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT (HL) 12A

Students learn to analyse, discuss and evaluate business activities at local, national and international levels. The course covers a range of organizations from all sectors, as well as the socio-cultural and economic contexts in which those organizations operate. The course covers the key characteristics of business organizations and environments, including the business functions of human resource management, finance and accounts, marketing and operations management. Links between the topics are central to the course. Through the exploration of six underpinning concepts (change, culture, ethics, globalization, innovation and strategy), the course allows students to develop a holistic understanding of today’s complex and dynamic business environment. The conceptual learning is firmly anchored in business management theories, tools and techniques and placed in the context of real world examples and case studies. Students will learn:

  • Organized interaction decision making
  • The business decision making process, and how these decisions affect/are affected by internal/external environments
  • How individuals and groups interact in an organization
  • An understanding of business theory and the ability to apply these to actual business practices
  • The understandings and implications of business activities in a global market

*Both IB courses mentioned above are two year courses, available in both SL & HL (for more information, see Mr. Szeto or visit the IBO website)

OTHER BUSINESS EDUCATION COURSES:

YELL: YOUNG ENTREPRENEURSHIP LEADERSHIP LAUNCHPAD - RICHMOND VIRTUAL SCHOOL

If you are interested in entrepreneurship and working with business professionals, this hands-­on course will help you develop your business knowledge.

The Young Entrepreneurship Leadership Launchpad course is based on the Lean Launchpad start-­‐up program model for university students, and is in partnership with UBC Sauder School of Business. It has been adapted, and blended with Entrepreneurship 12 learning outcomes while maintaining the YELL mandate of matching mentors with the next generation of entrepreneurs. The purpose of this course is to provide the real world experiences of entrepreneurs while providing mentorship to the next generation of business leaders.

To Register:  

Go to:  rvs.sd38.bc.ca   Course Registration >Entrepreneurship YELL

This course will have weekly meeting for the first third of the school year. These meetings will be held after school once a week at Richmond Secondary. This course is only open to students that will be going into Grades 10, 11 or 12 and is limited to 30 students on an application basis.

If you would like to know more about this course for the upcoming school year, please contact Kuldeep Gill at kugill@sd38.bc.ca