Practical Arts Course Descriptions

Computer/Business

Personal Finance
Unit: 1/2
Grade: 10-12
Prerequsite(s): None

The finance course applies money and economic concepts to the development of personal financial goals and to the preparation of students for careers in which they plan, manage, and analyze the financial and monetary aspects and success of business enterprises. Skills in money management deal with the study of basic concepts of economics, insurance, credit, savings, investments, and budgeting—skills needed for productive citizenship.

Computer Applications
Unit: 1/2
Grade: 7
Prerequisite(s): None

This course includes an overview of various computer concepts including word processing, spreadsheet analysis, graphing, integrated software problems, and Internet research. The objective is to provide students with an understanding of computer concepts and an opportunity to solve application problems on their own. Composition skills, knowledge of geography and mathematical skills are interspersed throughout the applications.

Desktop Publishing
Unit: 1/2
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite(s): Keyboarding and Computer Operations

This area of instruction provides content for employment in career areas in which include desktop publishing skills. Demand in this area will continue to expand as businesses utilize advanced desktop publishing skills to increase their production efficiency and improve the creativity and quality of business documents and publications.

Multimedia
Unit: 1/2
Grade: 10-12
Prerequisite(s): Keyboarding and Computer Operations

This area of instruction addresses the technology knowledge and skills required of students entering the workplace. The demand will continue to expand as businesses utilize multimedia functions including graphics, audio, video, web page design, and electronic presentation skills. This course also involves Internet research.

Business Technology I and II
Unit: 1/2
Grade: 11-12
Prerequisite(s): Keyboarding and Computer Operations

This area of instruction provides content for knowledge and skills required in the technology-based workplace. The demand will continue to expand for individuals to use computer hardware and software to create documents, gather information, and solve problems. This class is vital for students planning to enter the workforce or post secondary education.

Entrepreneurship
Unit:1/2
Grade:10-12
Prerequisite(s): Personal Finance is helpul, but not required

Entrepreneurship is must have course any student who has ever given thought to owning his or her own business someday. Ideally, with the changes in today’s economy, self-employment is becoming a plausible option for many of America’s citizens. Entrepreneurship will set the groundwork for our students to properly structure their business and give great insight into other important aspects such as site selection, business planning, management, marketing, legal issues, and business succession.

Family and Consumer Science

Heath
Unit: 1/2
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite(s): None

Students will learn about personal health, injury prevention, community health, nutrition, and fitness. Students will also learn about alcohol, tobacco, drugs, personal development, and family living.

Family Living/Parenthood
Unit: 1/2
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite(s): None

Lab Fee: There will be a lab fee for food supplies and sewing supplies. Approximately $20.00 payable at the beginning of class.

Students will learn to read recipes and interpret the abbreviations and preparation terms. Customary measurements are presented and students learn how to use small and large kitchen tools and equipment. Students learn how to store foods properly. They discover methods of cooking foods; students learn how good table manners and properly place setting can contribute to a pleasant meal experience.

Sewing introduces students to the principle of choosing and making two sewing projects. They learn how to manage their time in the sewing lab and how to follow safety guidelines. Students learn how to use and care for the sewing machine.

Child Development
Unit: 1/2
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite(s): None

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the role and responsibility of being a parent. The growth and development of a child from prenatal to 6 years of age when an adult understands the developmental stages of a child, he/she is better able to understand the behavior of the child and cope with situations, which may arise. Upon the completion of the course, each student will have a good foundation of practical knowledge to use when he/she becomes a parent or possible career choice.

F.A.C.S. I and II
Unit: 1/2
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite(s): None

Students may enroll in either or both semesters of Family and Consumer Science (FACS), and will be exposed to many areas of family and consumer science.

Students will be required to keep and maintain a daily journal/portfolio which will include all daily work and assignments for the class, and must submit their collection of work once a month to earn their grade.

Areas of learning and activity include:

Examining family roles and interaction
Investigating family eating habits, preferences, and nutritional needs
Researching and preparing a nutritious meal
Comparing price and quality of foods and other goods
Determining individual caloric needs
Designing a nutritious diet to meet nutritional needs
Developing a week’s daily menu for a family
Investigating world foods and prepare foreign/ethnic dish
Assisting with the preparation of food for school meetings
Investigating various types of fabrics, materials, and fibers
Examining and using the sewing machine safely
Investigating clothing manufacture in the USA and abroad
Investigating careers and preparing a power point presentation
On career of choice
Examining the cleaning, decorating, and repair of the home