Business Courses & Faculty


Below are descriptions of the business courses offered at Elmwood Park High School. To see a listing of our business faculty, use this link for quick access:

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Courses


BUSINESS PRINCIPLES I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

This course is designed to provide students with an overall understanding of many aspects of the business world, including concepts, functions and skills for meeting the challenges of operating a business. Business Principles will unlock the mysteries of what businesses are, how they work and what impact they have on students' lives. Students will learn about our economic environment, business ownership, and how business and government function in our economy. This course will also serve as a background for future business courses at Elmwood Park High School.


BUSINESS PRINCIPLES II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

This course is a continuation of the topics covered in Business Principles I. The topics expanded upon include careers in our global economy, business ethics and small business management concepts. Students will learn about basic functional areas, such as finance, management, marketing, administration and production. Students will prepare for roles as consumers, workers and citizens. This course will also serve as a background for future business courses at Elmwood Park High School.


CONSUMER EDUCATION*

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

11, 12

None

This course provides students with personal financial management techniques. Students learn how to clarify their own values, goals and priorities before they are faced with adult concerns. Students will cover financial and resource management topics. Consumer topics addressed include shopping, automobile ownership, housing, banking services, credit, taxes, insurance and consumer action.

*This course DOES satisfy the Consumer Education requirement for the State of Illinois.


INFORMATION PROCESSING I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

Students will develop basic skills in touch keyboarding and proper technique. Major emphasis is placed on keyboarding techniques, speed and accuracy development, proofreading and the correction of errors. Formatting and production that meet business standards are introduced.


INFORMATION PROCESSING II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

9, 10, 11, 12

Information Processing I

Information Processing II reinforces skills learned in Information Processing I. Special emphasis is placed on production formatting in an effort to help students complete a variety of work in a limited amount of time. Students will use the features of word processing software as a tool to create and upload documents and to put together slideshows using presentation software. Students will create business letters, prepare reports, edit and utilize spreadsheets, create memorandums and engage in business correspondence. Students will review basic language skills with data to create customizable reports and letters. This course will incorporate keyboarding skills and the editing, formatting and printing of documents.


DIGITAL LITERACY I*

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of using digital devices to provide students with employability skills that are of high demand in the workplace. Students will gain experience and practical application through hands-on use of word processing, computer concepts, the internet, telecommunications, information-processing equipment and emerging communication software. The following topics will be covered: editing and formatting text and documents, illustrating documents with graphics, merging files, internet safety, privacy and security, digital footprints and online reputations, information literacy, creative credit and copyrights, digital citizenship and ethical issues. Integration of the Microsoft Office Suite, Google and several open source applications will be used as application tools in this learning environment. Workplace skills as well as communication skills will be taught and integrated throughout this course.

*Students may have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized digital literacy certification as part of this course.


DIGITAL LITERACY II*

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

9, 10, 11, 12

Digital Literacy I

This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of using electronic devices to provide students with skills for working in an internet or networked work environment at both entry-level and upper-level management positions. Students will gain experience and practical applications through hands-on use of spreadsheet software, presentation software, the internet and communication software. The following topics will be covered: worksheet basics, formatting and editing worksheets, calculating worksheet data, working with charts, creating slideshows and presentations, as well as a continuation of the themes of privacy and security, digital footprints and online reputations, information literacy, creative credit and copyrights, digital citizenship and ethical issues. Integration of the Microsoft Office Suite, Google and several open source applications will be used as application tools in this learning environment.

*Students may have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized digital literacy certification as part of this course.


ACCOUNTING I/II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

11, 12

None

Accounting I & II are skill-level courses that are of value to all students pursuing a background in business, finance, marketing and management. These courses include planned learning experiences that develop initial and basic skills used in systematically computing, classifying, recording, verifying and maintaining numerical data involved in financial and product control records, including the paying and receiving of money. Instruction includes the interpretation and analysis of data to provide assistance to management for decision making.

Accounting computer applications will be integrated throughout the course where applicable. Career opportunities in the accounting field will be discussed throughout the school year. Practice sets will be utilized throughout the school year. Practice sets with business papers will be used to emphasize actual business records management. These courses provide a technical background for college-bound students who plan a business curriculum as well as for those who wish vocational preparation.


FINANCIAL INVESTMENTS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

11, 12

None

The accounting cycle, system design, cash control, inventory methods, receivables and depreciation methods will be covered in the accounting section. The Investments portion of the class will introduce planning, implementing and managing a successful investment program. Students will experience investing by raising money and investing in the stock market.


MARKETING I*

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

11, 12

None

This course provides a basic understanding of marketing principles. Topics include marketing, buyer behavior, trend analysis, advertising, wholesaling, merchandising, pricing and product development.

*Students who enroll in this course will complete the application process to become a student at Triton College. Completion of Marketing II is required to obtain the college credit.


MARKETING II — MERCHANDISING AND SALES*

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

11, 12

Marketing I

This course is a continuation of Marketing I with a focus on the dynamic activities that are associated with merchandising. Students will become acquainted with the various marketing careers, wholesaling, pricing, sales promotion, creative selling techniques, merchandise planning and advertising.

*Students who enroll in this course will complete the application process to become a student at Triton College. Upon acceptance by Triton College and completion of the course in addition to Marketing I with a final grade of C or better in both marketing courses, the student will receive dual credit from Triton College.


COMPUTER GRAPHICS I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

This is an introductory class exploring the manipulation of images and symbols through the use of the stated software, photography, source images (internet), printed page, scanners and the historical and design process/techniques. Students will use image-editing programs to manipulate scanned images, computer graphics and original artwork, as well as creating graphical headers, interactive menus and buttons, and visually appealing backgrounds. Through this course, students will experiment with the language of design to create a variety of works that will be incorporated into a marketing portfolio. Students will work with Adobe Photoshop.


COMPUTER GRAPHICS II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

This is an introductory class exploring the manipulation of images and symbols through the use of the stated software, photography, source images (internet), printed page, scanners and the historical and design process/techniques. Through this course, students will experiment with the language of design to create a variety of works that will be incorporated into a marketing portfolio. Students will learn the fundamentals of web-page design using HTML, HTML editors and graphic editors and Javascript. Students will work with Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign.


AP COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

10, 11, 12

Algebra 1

AP Computer Science Principles offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the underlying principles of computation. The course will introduce students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the internet, cybersecurity concerns and computing impacts. AP Computer Science Principles will give students the opportunity to use technology to address real-world problems and build relevant solutions. The AP Assessment for this course includes two performance tasks that will be integrated into class time and will be submitted electronically to the College Board, as well as a written end-of-course exam. Scores on each of these components will be used to determine the student's total AP score.


DIGITAL ANIMATION

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

This studio class is a computer-based course that explores a variety of animation techniques and production techniques. Through the creation of short digital animations, students will explore two-dimensional methods of animation, methods of production, basic editing processes, stylistic/visual concerns and how to incorporate the images onto web-enabled files. Instruction will include multimedia authoring, applications and programming tools such as Javascript to use hardware and software to capture, edit and create animated text, graphics and images. This will be incorporated into a marketing portfolio. Students will work with Adobe Animate.


WEBSITE DESIGN

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

This class is designed to introduce students to website design using a Microsoft Windows operating system. Students will use this technology to develop web pages using HTML coding in the Adobe Dreamweaver program. Those students who are interested in art, design or website development and plan to enter the world of advertising, web design or film animation would benefit from this class. Course activities include developing individual web pages, coding, and website planning and design. There are no prerequisites for this course, but it is recommended that students have basic computer skills and knowledge.


COMPUTER PROGRAMMING I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

9, 10, 11, 12

Algebra

This course is an interactive introductory course for students brand new to programming that teaches the foundations of computer science using the Python language. Focus will be on developing algorithms, number calculations and data, making decisions, and repetition and loops. Learn how to think computationally and solve complex problems, skills that are important for every career.


COMPUTER PROGRAMMING II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

9, 10, 11, 12

Computer Programming I

This course builds on the basic coding structures and skills from Computer Programming I to add graphics, functions, arrays, 2D arrays and internet coding. Learn how to think computationally and solve complex problems.


VIRTUAL ENTERPRISE INTERNATIONAL I & II*

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

11, 12

One credit of business education

This capstone course provides a macro-level simulated business environment in which students create and manage a virtual company, conducting business with other virtual firms nationally and internationally. Students are involved in every aspect of running the business (formulating, analyzing and evaluating decisions), including human resources, accounting, product development, production, distribution, marketing and sales. In the simulated business environment, students belong to a specific department depending on skills, prior knowledge and personal interest. Leadership opportunities within the firm provide further relevant experience. The program enables participants to experience careers, acquire global economic knowledge, learn about interconnections among the industry and government, develop interpersonal and organizational skills, utilize technology as applied in business, and gain a clear understanding of how employees work together to meet the goals of the company while at the same time conveying the professional expectations of the workplace. This is a repeatable credit course.

*Students who enroll in this course will complete the application process to become a student at Triton College. Upon acceptance by Triton College and completion of the course with a final grade of C or better, the student will receive dual credit from Triton College.


BUSINESS LAW

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

11, 12

None

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the basic principles as applied to ordinary business transactions. It provides instruction in guarding against ordinary legal errors. The laws of contracts, negotiable papers, employer and employee relationships, agency bailments and insurance are stressed. Since many of the cases are presented from the business point of view, the course may be considered as a business background as well as a personal use course.


Faculty


Marcia Bernas

Curriculum Leader & Teacher | Business | EPHS

Elizabeth Cordero

Teacher | Business | EPHS

Melissa Martinez

Teacher | Business | EPHS

James Melich-Munyan

Teacher | Business | EPHS

Neil Posmer

Teacher | Business | EPHS