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Students taking business classes should have the opportunity to participate in the FBLA organization, a student business leadership association.Business Education Logo

ACADEMY OF FINANCE (11-12) - 52.0823
As outlined by the National Academy Foundation (NAF) in New York City, the Academy of Finance is a scope and sequence of eight courses during a student’s junior and senior year plus an internship. Courses in accounting, economics, finance, and computer applications must be part of the sequence. Approval for an Academy of Finance program comes after application and acceptance from the NAF. Students receive a Certificate of Studies in Finance from the NAF at the completion of the course.

Note: The Utah Business and Information Technology course standards must be met and teachers must be appropriately certified to offer these courses. Currently there are two schools, Olympus and Cottonwood High Schools that operate approved Academy of Finance programs.

ACCOUNTING I (10-12) - 52.0312
Standards and Objectives - PDF
Students will develop skill beginning with an understanding of the basic elements and concepts of double-entry accounting systems. Skills will include a knowledge of the accounting cycle, entering transactions in journals, posting to ledgers, compiling end-of-period worksheets, adjusting and payroll systems, and writing and communication examples. Proficiency of automated accounting procedures is encouraged.

ACCOUNTING II (10-12) - 52.0322
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Students will develop advanced skills that build upon those acquired in Accounting I. Additional accounting skills such as reconciling uncollectible accounts, calculating depreciation on assets, interpreting financial information, and calculating notes and interest will be developed. Computerized accounting will again be incorporated as an essential tool where resources are available.

ADVANCED ACCOUNTING (11-12) - 52.0332
Standards and Objectives - PDF
In this college prep accounting course students will learn traditional college-level financial accounting concepts integrated with managerial accounting concepts. They will first gain an understanding of how businesses plan for and evaluate operating, financing, and investing decisions, and then learn how accounting systems gather and provide data to internal and external decision makers. This course includes financial accounting, managerial accounting and financial statement analysis topics.


BANKING AND FINANCE (10-12) - 52.0813
Standards and Objectives - PDF
Students will gain an understanding of the banking and financial industries. The course will include an understanding of basic economics as the underlying basis of the transfer and growth of money in the financial services system. Students will gain an understanding of the securities, banking, and insurance industries. This will include information that will not only help them to be better consumers, but to gain the skills and knowledge to begin pursuit of careers in the various fields and/or allow for college readiness.

BUSINESS COMMUNICATION I (10-12) - 52.0511
Standards and Objectives - PDF
Business Communication affects all aspects of our lives. This introductory course will teach students to communicate in a clear, courteous, concise, complete and correct manner on both the personal and professional levels. Competency will be developed in oral, written, interpersonal, technological, and employment communication. Listening skills will be incorporated throughout the semester. The overriding goal is to provide students with a solid communication base, so they are able to communicate effectively.

Note: Educators who use these communications standards should also refer to international business and information processing core standards to identify additional standards and performance expectations which might be incorporated in this course.

BUSINESS COMMUNICATION II (10-12) - 52.0521
Standards and Objectives - PDF
This advanced course will build upon the skills acquired in Business Communication I. Students will focus on additional methods of constructive communication skills. Competency will again be developed in oral, written, social, technological, employment, and organizational communication with listening skills incorporated throughout the semester. The goal is to provide students with a practical, proficient portfolio consisting of a resume, job application, and an oral presentation. Students will complete the course with a greater understanding of the impact of technology and the need for effective communication skills to advance in a business career.

BUSINESS DIGITAL LITERACY (8) - 52.0420
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This course is an introduction to computer literacy. Students will have opportunities to use technology and develop skills that encourage creativity, critical thinking, productivity, and collaboration in the classroom and day-to-day life. Skills will be demonstrated by creating a project for a different content area. This course is aligned with national and international standards and the Utah Core to prepare students across multiple levels of skills. Students will complete this course with a prerequisite to move into the high school Computer Technology course.

BUSINESS LAW (10-12) - 52.0441
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Students will gain an understanding of the law as it relates to them currently and the implications of the law in their future lives as well, as the lives of their family and friends. They will also work to gain an understanding of basic legal vocabulary.The course will include an understanding of the court system at the local, state, and national levels. Students will gain an understanding of contract law, their rights and responsibilities as citizens, utilization of financial transactions, employment and agency relationships, and the regulations governing different types of business organizations. As a culminating project, students will participate in one or more mock trials.

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (10-12) - 52.0211
Standards and Objectives - PDF
This Business Management course seeks to develop sound management skills within students, as management plays a role in any future employment opportunity. Students are able to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate data from the other functional areas of business (e.g., marketing, finance, accounting, and production) as well as focus on managing one's time and the time and talents of others. Effective management requires decision-making abilities, long-range planning knowledge, human relations expertise, and motivational skills. Students learn leadership skills and are able to select appropriate management styles. Finally, students are taught current technological applications and the effect international trade has on management style and decisions.

BUSINESS MATHEMATICS AND PERSONAL FINANCE (10-12) - 52.0311
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This course is designed to represent the standards of learning that are essential and necessary for all students. The implementation of the ideas, concepts, knowledge, and skills will create the ability to solve mathematical problems, analyze and interpret data, and apply sound decision-making skills. This will enable students to implement the decision-making skills they must apply and use these skills in a hands-on manner to become wise and knowledgeable consumers, savers, investors, users of credit, money managers, citizens, employees, employers, inventors, entrepreneurs, and members of a global workforce and society.

BUSINESS WEB PAGE DESIGN (10-12) - 52.0254
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This semester course provides students with an introduction to the Internet. Students will demonstrate a basic knowledge of the Internet and its tools through the use of e-mail, search engines and browsers. HTML and Web publishing software will be used to create, format, illustrate, design, edit, and publish Web pages. Emphasis will be placed on the application of the Internet in business.

ADVANCED BUSINESS WEB PAGE DESIGN (10-12) - 52.0264
Standards and Objectives - PDF
This semester course is a continuation of skill developed in Internet I. This course provides skill development in the electronic procedures of producing, editing, publishing, and maintaining documents on the Internet. Web publishing software and HTML are used to develop the competencies of creating, formatting, illustrating, designing, editing/revising, and publishing documents on the World Wide Web. Proofreading, document composition, and communication competencies are included.

COMPUTERS IN BUSINESS (8-9) - 52.0111
Standards and Objectives - PDF
This course introduces students to key business concepts including:  economics, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, and  desktop publishing.  Students will apply knowledge of these concepts through business simulations and preparation of a business plan.

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY I (9-12) - 52.0417
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Computer literacy is a foundational element of success in today’s technology-driven world. This course is intended to help students learn concepts associated with key application software, basic computing fundamentals, and ethics and appropriate behavior while using technology as a tool in the classroom and in life. This course is aligned with national and international standards and the Utah Core to prepare students across multiple levels of skills. Students have the opportunity to test out of this course by successfully passing Certiport’s IC3 GS4 certifications.

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY II (10-12) - 52.0419
Standards and Objectives - PDF
This course applies advanced concepts and principles using word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and electronic presentation software. Students will integrate applications learned. This course builds on skills included in Computer Technology.

Note: This course was formerly Electronic Spreadsheets and Databases.

DESKTOP PUBLISHING I (10-12) - 52.0447
Standards and Objectives - PDF
This one-semester course provides skill development in the electronic procedures of producing and editing publications. Students will create, format, illustrate, design, edit/revise, and print publications. Improved productivity of electronically produced newsletters, flyers, brochures, reports, advertising materials, and other publications is emphasized. Proofreading, document composition, and communication competencies are also included.

DESKTOP PUBLISHING II (10-12) - 52.0457
Standards and Objectives - PDF
Desktop Publishing II is an in-depth course for the creative-minded student wanting to gain computer experience. The course provides students with the opportunity to learn advanced publishing skills while creating a portfolio containing: newsletters, brochures, invitations, flyers, calendars, and proposals. Professional appearance will be evident in the quality of work produced for student portfolios.

DIGITAL BUSINESS APPLICATIONS (10-12) - 52.0451
Standards and Objectives - PDF
The business world is progressively more reliant on digital technologies. The Digital Business Applications course is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to be an asset to the collaborative, global, and innovative business world of today and tomorrow. Concepts include the overall digital experience, digital communications, digital media and the exploration of career choices. This course also provides practical experience in professionalism using various forms of presentation skills, including speaking, podcasting and digital portfolio relating to the globalization of business.

ECONOMICS FOR BUSINESS (10-12) - 52.0611
Standards and Objectives - PDF
This course focuses on the study of economic problems and the methods by which societies solve them. Characteristics of the market economy of the United States and its function in the world and methods of applying economics to one's life will be explored.

Note: This course is a Core elective, which may be offered for either 0.5 or 1.0 units of social studies or applied technology education (CTE )credit. Persons who teach this course would be required to have a social studies, business, or marketing composite with a minimum of six semester hours in economics. The credentials of the instructor do not determine the credit options for students. Students may decide to take this class for social studies, business, or marketing credit (but not all). However, to generate CTE add-on dollars, a social studies teacher must also have an approved CTE endorsement.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR BUSINESS (10-12) - 52.0621
Standards and Objectives - PDF
Students gain an understanding of the marketing and management principles necessary to start and operate their own business. They will develop an awareness of the opportunities for small business ownership and develop the planning skills needed to open a small business. Students will become aware of the traits and characteristics of successful entrepreneurs. Students gain an awareness of knowledge needed in research, planning and regulations affecting the small business and the means of financing a small business. They will understand the specific strategies of business management and marketing and the economic role of the entrepreneur in the market system. Entrepreneurship is designed for students enrolled in Business Education, and/or other courses, who have an interest in developing the skills, attitudes, and knowledge necessary for successful entrepreneurs.

KEYBOARDING I (7-9) - 52.0428
Standards and Objectives - PDF
In the beginning semester keyboarding course, the student will master touch operation on a computer keyboard. Correct fingering by touch and good techniques will receive primary emphasis; speed and accuracy will be given secondary emphasis. The fourth row numbers and symbols and 10-key pad will also be taught. The student will use basic word processing functions on a variety of document types.

Note: For students with either Partial or Minimal Mastery Level keyboarding technique, keyboarding improvement emphasis should be place on technique improvement before speed and accuracy. If student technique is evaluated as Mastery or Near Mastery Level, keyboarding improvement emphasis should be placed on increasing between 4 to 8 words per minute with no more than 2 errors per minute while maintaining high level techniques.

KEYBOARDING APPLICATIONS (7-12) - 52.0438
Standards and Objectives - PDF
This 7-12 grade course is designed to increase student keyboarding skill through drill practice and reinforcement of correct techniques. Students will use word processing software to create, format, and edit personal and business documents.

Note: Students who enter the course with minimum timed-writing level competence are expected to improve keyboarding speed and accuracy by increasing between 4 to 8 words per minute with a maximum of 2 errors per minute.

LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES (11-12) - 08.0211
Standards and Objectives - PDF | Curriculum Resources
This course is recommended for students who are elected student body or class officers, organization or club presidents/officers, or are considering running for one of these offices. Student leaders have great ambitions and enthusiasm for the school and student body – but this alone does not create success. This class teaches how to be an “effective leader.” Concepts of goal setting, motivation, team building, time management, conflict resolution, dealing with stress, and much more are discussed. Students may be eligible to receive three (3) credits of concurrent enrollment at Utah Valley University.

WORD PROCESSING BASICS (9-12) - 52.0461
Standards and Objectives - PDF
This course builds upon skills acquired in Keyboarding I. Proper keyboarding technique will be reviewed. Students will create a variety of documents using basic software features.

WORD PROCESSING (10-12) - 52.0471
Standards and Objectives - PDF
This course reviews and builds upon skills acquired in Word Processing Basics. As students create a variety of documents, increased efficiency, productivity, quality, and creativity will be evident through their use of basic and advanced software features. Instruction on proper keyboarding technique and recommended styles for business documents will coincide with their software training.

Updated July 12, 2013


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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
laura [dot] deshazo [at] schools [dot] utah [dot] gov (Laura deShazo), Specialist
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Phone: 801>538-7572
Fax: 801>538-7868

andrea [dot] curtin [at] schools [dot] utah [dot] gov (Andrea M. Curtin) , Support Staff
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801>538-7976




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