Business Education Department
Supervisor: Dan Twisler, 908-284-7157, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Twisler holds an undergraduate degree from TCNJ, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University, and a Supervisor’s certificate from Rowan University. He is currently pursuing his Ed.D. at the University of the Cumberlands. Mr. Twisler came to Hunterdon Central in 2001 as a math teacher. In his 15 years in the math department, he taught and helped create curriculum for a variety of classes, taught PD in technology, and served on the committee to introduce tablets. In 2014 he was honored as the Teacher of the Year. He has been a reader and question developer for College Board for APCSA and APCSP, and has been an adjunct professor at TCNJ since 2015. He spent 5 years as a supervisor of Mathematics and Business at Watchung Hills before returning to Central in 2021 as the supervisor of Art, Business, Health & Phys Ed, and Music.
The Business Education Department is proud to offer a wide range of learning experiences through courses that align with the charge that all students can and should develop the skills and practices needed to best prepare for post-secondary schools or careers. 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.
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2023-2024 Business Education Course Descriptions
#PF620 – PERSONAL FINANCE – 2.5
Note: This course meets the Financial Literacy Graduation Requirement.
This class responds to the need for 21st-century citizens who are financially literate and who face increasing financial choices due to the global economy. Personal Finance includes the application of knowledge, skills, and ethical values in consumer and financial decisions impacting self, family, and the local and global community. 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.
#625– STOCK MARKET INVESTING– 2.5 CREDITS
Prerequisite: Must have fulfilled the Personal Finance course requirement.
This course builds on the understanding of investing found in Personal Finance. Students will explore how a company’s performance on the stock market can be influenced by current events, understand how a diversified investment portfolio can include investment in the stock market, and understand the risks associated with the stock market and the importance of a diversified portfolio. Students will research companies' finances and participate in a simulation to buy and sell stocks in a fictional stock market.
#604 - COMPUTER APPLICATIONS - 2.5 CREDITS
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.
#653 – DIGITAL MULTIMEDIA DESIGN – 2.5 CREDITS
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
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. This course has a dual enrollment agreement with Raritan Valley Community College. Eligible students can earn 3 credits for RVCC’s course, IDMX 225, Web Page Development I. Visit the HCRHS dual enrollment webpage for more information.
#ET40 - ADVANCED WEBPAGE DESIGN – 2.5 CREDITS
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
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.
#611- EXPLORE CAREER & COLLEGE OPTIONS - 2.5 CREDITS
This course provides students with the opportunity to plan for their future. Students participate in self-assessments related to their personality, learning styles, interests, and values. Students will investigate many career options as well as research personal career choices. Students walk through the college planning process: conducting extensive college research that includes personal selection factors, the application process, and opportunities to assist with the cost of continuing their education. Utilizing 21st-century skills, students will create a resume and develop interviewing strategies necessary to obtain employment.
#612 – ENTREPRENEURSHIP I - 2.5 CREDITS
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. This course has a dual enrollment agreement with Raritan Valley Community College. Eligible students who complete this course can earn 3 credits for RVCC’s course, BUSI 111, Introduction to Business. Visit the HCRHS dual enrollment webpage for more information.
#614 ENTREPRENEURSHIP 2 - 2.5 CREDITS
Prerequisite: #612 Entrepreneurship
This course focuses on a deeper understanding of entrepreneurship, including engaging in customer discovery, design thinking, feasibility, financing, and planning for success. Students will have the opportunity to investigate different business models in addition to ways to obtain funding and grow a business. Students will continue to develop many soft skills through application, including presentation and pitch. This course offers a college credit opportunity with the University of Iowa. Eligible students can earn 3 credits for the University of Iowa’s course, ENTR 1010: Exploring Entrepreneurship. Visit the HCRHS dual enrollment webpage for more information.
#621- ACCOUNTING 1 - 5 CREDITS
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
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. This course has a dual enrollment agreement with Raritan Valley Community College. Eligible students can earn 4 credits for RVCC’s course, ACCT 101, Financial Accounting. Visit the HCRHS dual enrollment webpage for more information.
#600 - PEER LEADERSHIP TRAINING - 2.5 CREDITS
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
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
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 the 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
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.