Business Education Courses

Supervisor: Jacqueline Cole, 908-284-7157, jcole@hcrhs.org

These courses may be used to satisfy the 21st Century Life and Careers or Career Technical Education graduation requirements. Please note: Prerequisite requirements for all courses are listed in the course descriptions. Please read these carefully to ensure that all prerequisite courses have been taken before selecting a course.

2020-2021 Business Education Course Descriptions

#617 – PERSONAL FINANCE HEROES– 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 11-12

Note: This course meets the Financial Literacy Graduation Requirement.

Personal Finance Heroes responds to the need for 21st century citizens who are financially literate and who face increasing financial choices due to the global economy using a service-learning approach. All students will develop skills and strategies that promote personal financial responsibility related to income and financial planning, checking and savings, proper use of credit, investment options, and insurance. Personal Finance Heroes students build valuable employability skills such as leadership, public speaking, critical thinking, and time management while serving as financial literacy mentors to students in the middle or elementary schools. Participants in this course must complete an application and interview process to be eligible for an invitation to participate.


# 672 - REAL WORLD - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-10

Note: This course meets the Financial Literacy Graduation Requirement. This course is not open to students who previously completed #872 Real World.

This course will familiarize 9th and 10th grade students with various real world skills that are important for their success as contributing members in a competitive, rapidly changing, global community. Critical thinking and problem solving skills will be used throughout the semester to help prepare students for life in the 21st Century. Students will have the opportunity to learn and apply money and resource management strategies, consumer decision making, communication and collaborative skills. The development of effective social skills including leadership styles will be discussed and experienced through a variety of authentic learning experiences.


#604 - COMPUTER APPLICATIONS - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12

Computer Applications expands upon students existing knowledge of computers and software applications. Students will improve their understanding of and proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet, database, multimedia, desktop publishing and web-based applications. Students will develop an understanding of internet safety, digital citizenship and explore productivity Apps for academic and personal use. At the completion of this course, students will develop a portfolio of their work and will be prepared for academic work and personal use.

#607 – ADVANCED COMPUTER APPLICATIONS - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: #604 Computer Applications

Advanced Computer Applications is an opportunity for those students who have previously taken Computer Applications to further understand advanced word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation software, desktop publishing, and internet safety applications.

#653 – DIGITAL MULTIMEDIA DESIGN – 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12

This course provides students the opportunity to create dynamic presentations that incorporate text, digital images, audio and video. Students learn to use a combination of hardware and software to plan, design, create and deliver multimedia presentations through graphics, print and video. Students demonstrate their mastery by creating multimedia presentations for content areas throughout the school and for their own visual expression of a specified topic.

#ET35 - INTRO TO HTML & WEB PAGE DESIGN - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12

This course is designed as a basic introduction to HTML and creating web pages. The students read, write, and edit HTML coding. The students learn how to create, edit and manage webpages. The course also explores the basics of WYSIWYG programs as well as basic picture editing.

#ET40 - ADVANCED WEBPAGE DESIGN – 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: #ET35 Introduction to HTML & Web Page Design

This course is for all students who have taken Introduction to HTML & Web Page Design and want to learn the advanced features of creating webpages. Students utilize advanced WYSIWYG programs to incorporate dynamic elements into their webpage, which include the application of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). Students will have the opportunity to explore their design aesthetic and learn how to create a web design that corresponds with a brand’s marketing plan.

#609 - TECH TOOLS & ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS/FRESHMAN STUDY - 1.25 CREDITS Grades: 9

This course will help students develop an understanding of their personal learning styles and explore study skills and work habits that work with their learning style. Students will also explore various technology tools that can be used to help organize tasks and manage their workload. Personal organization skills are essential for success in high school, college and careers. In addition to skill development, students will have the opportunity to complete assignments for current courses in a supervised environment.


#636 - COMPUTER SCIENCE DISCOVERIES - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: None

Computer Science Discoveries is an introductory computer science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem-solving, and fun. Areas of study include problem-solving, animation and games, the design process, data and society and physical computing. Students will also be exposed to the fundamentals of web development.


#366 – ADVANCED PLACEMENT COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES – 5 CREDITS
Prerequisite: Algebra 1

This course is intended for students as an introduction to computer science aspects needed for our ever-growing, technology-based world. It is designed to give students foundational computing skills, an understanding of the real-world impact of computing applications, and programming literacy. Students enrolled in an AP course are expected to take the AP Exam. In addition, students enrolled in an AP course who take the AP Exam will receive full AP weight for the course. Otherwise, Honors weight will apply.


#611- EXPLORE CAREER & COLLEGE OPTIONS - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12

This course provides students with the opportunity to plan for their future. Students conduct personality, interest and value self-assessments. Students will investigate personal career choices and develop the necessary tools to obtain employment. Students will walk through the college planning process: conducting extensive college research that includes personal selection factors, the application process, and strategies to assist with the cost of continuing their education. Students maintain a personal portfolio utilizing 21st century skills.

#612 – ENTREPRENEURSHIP - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12

Entrepreneurship focuses on the steps to take when creating a business, including recognizing a business opportunity and developing the opportunity into a small business. Through the development of a business idea, students work collaboratively to write a business plan and pitch the idea. They utilize many skills, including time and project management, collaboration, research and critical thinking.The main functions of business, including production, management, marketing and finance, are applied throughout the course. Students will discuss entrepreneurial thinking as a way for businesses to generate profit, remain competitive and solve problems.


#621- ACCOUNTING 1 - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12

Accounting is a skill and application course that is of value to all students pursuing an education or career in business, marketing, and management. This course includes planned learning experiences that develop initial and basic skills used in systematically computing, classifying, recording, verifying, and maintaining numerical data involved in financial records and reports. Instruction includes information on keeping financial records, summarizing them for convenient interpretation, and analyzing them to provide assistance to management for decision-making. Accounting computer applications and an online workbook are integrated throughout the course. When combined with Accounting 2, this is the equivalent of one college semester of Accounting.


#630 - ACCOUNTING 2 - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 11-12
Prerequisite: #621 Accounting 1

Accounting 2 is a continuation of Accounting 1 with emphasis on accounting as a profession. More complex accounting principles will be introduced including corporate accounting, delinquent accounts, plant assets, accruals, financial statement analysis, cash accounting, budgeting and depreciation. Computerized accounting applications and an online workbook are integrated throughout the course. When combined with Accounting 1, this course is the equivalent of one college semester of Accounting. This course is recommended for students pursuing an education or career in business, marketing, and management.

Students interested in taking this course for Raritan Valley Community College credit (Financial Accounting 101) must have a "B" average. Students must earn at least a "B" in both Accounting 1 and Accounting 2 to be eligible for RVCC credit.


#600 - PEER LEADERSHIP TRAINING - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12

This course focuses on communication, leadership skills, group dynamics and peer mediation/conflict resolution methods. Its purpose is to help students take responsibility for, and constructively solve, their own conflicts. Topics include: problem-solving techniques, self-esteem issues, stress management, 5 Exemplary Practices of Leadership, leadership styles, bullying and group dynamics.


#601 - LEADERSHIP & PHILANTHROPY – 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12

This course provides students with an opportunity to study effective leadership skills to address problems within their own community. Students will examine their personal leadership style and communication skills using research-based models. Students will learn problem-solving and problem-mapping strategies, as well as consensus building and action planning skills. Students will participate in a series of activities in partnership with the United Way of Hunterdon County that will serve a variety of community needs. Participants will be exposed to the concepts and principles of philanthropic work and the challenges of “sustained service”. Students will be required to perform 10 hours of service outside of class and will work collaboratively, in an effort to reach out to the community to address and advocate for an issue that exists in Hunterdon County.


#642 - CRIMINAL LAW - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12

Criminal Law provides students with practical information and problem solving opportunities concerning the law in everyday life. Topics covered include definition of laws, why society has laws, types of laws, how laws are made, finding an attorney, definition of crime vs. disorderly offenses, types of crimes and punishments, the Criminal Justice System from the role of the police, the courts and sentencing/corrections. Guest speakers enhance instruction by providing a realistic account of topics presented. The course culminates with students participating in a mock trial, to gain a greater understanding of how a case proceeds through the legal system.


#643 BUSINESS/PERSONAL LAW & ETHICS - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: None

Business and Personal Law will acquaint students with a variety of legal issues. Topics will include contracts, employment, housing and product liability. Students will learn how to identify and analyze legal and ethical issues facing businesses and citizens. Existing statutes, case studies and current events will be utilized throughout the course. The course culminates with a mock trial.