Materials Needed:

                Notebook—Binder with pockets and loose leaf notebook paper

                Writing instrument—pen or pencil


Purpose:  The goal of this course is to provide students with skills in the use of software to produce spreadsheets, databases, desktop publishing documents, presentations, movies, and web pages.  Students will also demonstrate an understanding of communication skills and current and upcoming technology and its impact personally and professionally. Competency will be developed in the areas of oral and written communication, interpersonal skills, and the use of current technology. Competencies in the co-curricular student organization, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), are integral components of both the core employability skills standards and the technical skill standards.


Obectives:  Students will:

·         Show understanding of the programs by completing assignments and tasks;

·         Utilize program(s) by completing additional assignments to strengthen basic skills; and

·         Learn relevant vocabulary.


The teacher will facilitate the learning of software using classroom textbooks.  Students will complete all chapter reading and exercises.  At the end of each chapter, students will complete a chapter review and one or more projects to demonstrate abilities to use software correctly.  At the end of each unit, students will complete a unit review and cumulative projects.


Additional assignments to be completed include:

·         A career unit portfolio

·         FBLA FRIDAYS—FBLA co-curricular assignments (at least five each semester)

·         Four current event summaries (two each semester)

·         Four ethical case studies (two each semester)

·         Two technical writing assignments (one per semester)

·         Two book reports on an assigned reading (one per semester)


Grading:  All computer assignments must be completed in the classroom.  Additional assignments may be completed outside of class when appropriate.

·         25% of grade will come from the completion of Lesson Assignments.  Files will be graded for completeness.

·         40% of grade will come from the Unit Assignments.  Files will be graded for completeness and accuracy.

·         30% of grade will come from the Additional Assignments.  These assignments will be graded for completeness, following instructions, and accuracy.

·         5 % of grade will come from the Journal Entries.   Entries will be graded for completeness.


Students can earn additional points based on the following criteria:

·         Being in class on time and in your seat working EVERY DAY!

·         Having materials needed for class.

·         Conduct and behavior.

·         Participation in class.

·         Completion of class assignments in a timely manner.


A website has been created to be used in this class.  Students will use the website for creating their journal entries and to keep up with the daily assignments.  Parents are encouraged to check this website for information about the assignments and tasks required of their student(s).

Any questions or comments are welcome.  Contact Kathy O’Neal, Department Chair, at