Business & Technology

Business & Technology Department Courses

Accounting
Accounting is a full year elective class offered to those who desire to become familiar with the basic accounting procedures used to operate a business. The accounting procedures presented will also serve as a sound background for employment in office jobs and integral preparation for studying business courses in college. After completing accounting cycles for a proprietorship organized as a service business and a corporation organized as a merchandising business, the student will be able to see how each part of the process and how each employee’s job fits into the completion of the accounting cycle. Students will also begin to understand how corporations differ from partnerships and proprietorships in the basic accounting practices.  Students will end the year with a real-life simulation that requires them to do the bookkeeping for a business for one month.

Full year—1 credit

Prerequisite:  None

Computer Literacy
Computer Literacy is a required freshman level computer application course.  The course teaches students to engage with their digital world using many different activities, simulations, and case projects. The first semester focus is orienting students to use their iPads efficiently at Valley Christian High School. Students will learn RenWeb, Moodle, and the Microsoft Suite (OneDrive, OneNote, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) to fully engage in their classes and prepare them for a connected, mobile world. The second semester focus is on students’ online responsibility, learning how to conduct themselves online and protect themselves in an increasingly digitized society. Throughout the course students are introduced to new and emerging technologies such as 3D modeling and printing, introductory and advanced programming, and virtual reality use and creation as well as engaging TED talks and current news stories related to technology. The year culminates in student-driven and student-chosen projects and presentations which utilize all the skills students have acquired throughout the year.

Full year-1 credit.

Prerequisite:  None

Personal Finance
Personal Finance is a one semester elective class offered to those who desire to learn how to plan and manage their own personal finances, and take responsibility as a citizen according to God’s economic principles based in scripture.  Practical topics include: budgeting, choices that affect income, financial decisions and planning, paying for credit, credit problems and laws, insurance, saving and investing, buying and selling, as well as career and financial goals.  The focus of this course is to help those who will soon be starting down a path to personal financial independence.  This elective class is designed for sophomores, juniors, or seniors.

One semester – .5 credit

Prerequisite:  None

Robotics
This course generally follows the guidelines of FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), an organization that is designed for students in grades 9–12 to compete head to head with their robot using sports competition as the model. Teams from participating schools are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots in a 10-week build period to compete in an alliance format against other teams. Our students will build their robot based on sound engineering principles, program their robot using Java or the MIT App Inventor, and develop strategy based on the goals of the challenge given by FTC for the year. Guidance is provided by volunteer mentors as well as the teacher. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.

NOTES:  1. Class size is limited.  2. Participation in after-school/weekend events is required.

Full year—1 credit

Prerequisite: Algebra 1 (may be taken concurrently)

Introduction to Engineering Design
Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) is a high school level course that is appropriate for students who are interested in design and engineering. The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards, and technical documentation. IED gives students the opportunity to develop skills and understanding of course concepts through activity-, project-, and problem-based (APPB) learning. Used in combination with a teaming approach, APPB-learning challenges students to continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities and understanding of the design process. It also allows students to develop strategies to enable and direct their own learning.

Full Year—1 credit.

Prerequisite:  Algebra 1