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7th Grade Syllabus


Business and Computer Science

Career Discovery

Teacher: Jennae Elder

Teacher:  Rodney Little

Email: jelder@polk.k12.ga.us

Email: rlittle@polk.k12.ga.us


Business and Computer Science

Course Description

Using project-based instruction, students are introduced to the principles of business in the 21st century while refreshing their keyboarding skills. This course should also help students to use computers effectively in their lives, thus providing a connection of computer science and business careers.

The goal of this course is to provide all middle school students with an introduction to the principles of computer science, basic keyboarding skills, Internet safety and usage, and computer applications.

Course Objectives:

  • Students will reinforce keyboarding techniques.


  • Students will demonstrate employability skills such as working on a team, problem-solving and organizational skills.


  • The student will examine educational requirements, job responsibilities, employment trends, and opportunities in the different career pathways in Business and Computer Science.
  • Students will utilize word processing software, spreadsheet software. database software, presentation/multimedia software, web page design software, and desktop publishing software.


  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of ethics and potential dangers related to the use of the Internet.


  • Students will examine career requirements, job responsibility, employment trends, and opportunities for careers in business.


Career Discovery

Course Description

The goal of this course is to promote essential skills and knowledge students need to apply self- assessments and decision-making skills while examining career concentrations and pathways. This course will expose students to positive work ethics, the importance of educational achievement, and the impact of societal issues on career choices. These essential components are necessary for educational and career planning success.

In this course, middle school students will gain an understanding of career program concentrations and career pathways offerings in Georgia. Students will develop insight in how educational performance enhances career opportunities. Also, students will be exposed to work ethics and societal issues as they relate to educational and career goals. 

Course Objectives:

  • Students will identify and evaluate work ethics and behavior characteristics needed for success in a career and in life.


  • Students will investigate Georgia’s Career Program Concentrations that align with their personal assessments and identify possible career pathways.


  • Students will understand the importance of attaining educational achievement and performance levels needed to reach personal and career goals.
  • Students will recognize the impact of societal issues on their ability to function effectively in a diverse and changing world.


Materials Needed:





Grading Policy:




60% of grade is test average
40% of grade is daily/project average
A= 90-100
B= 80-89
C= 79-70
F =69 & Below
*PARENTS can obtain their child’s confidential PowerSchool access code from the media center. Parents can access their child’s grades by accessing the Polk School District web page at www.polk.k12.ga.us


Attendance/Make-Up Policy:



Polk School District policy will be followed in regard to attendance and remediation. If a student has an UNEXCUSED absence, he will not be allowed to make up the lesson or test for that day. If the absence is EXCUSED, it is the student’s responsibility to make up missed work within three days of returning to school. All make-up work can be completed at home, on Friday if all work is complete or anytime during class when he/she finishes that day’s assignment. It is the responsibility of the student to notify teacher when assignment is complete. Failure to do so will result in a grade of zero.


Retest Policy:

If a student fails a test, he/she may retake the test with a maximum grade of 70.


Work Ethics Procedures

It is important to identify, evaluate, and encourage good work ethics amongst our students in order for them to make a successful transition into high school as well as to a secondary institution and the work environment.Students will be assessed daily on work ethics.Students will be evaluated on the following soft skills: attendance, attitude, communication, time management, problem solving, cooperation, self-confidence, accepting constructive criticism, flexibility, participation, and organization.



Hall/ Bathroom policy

  • Get water BEFORE class.  Do NOT ask to leave the room for water.
  • In order to exit the classroom during class, you must have your agenda and sign out using the specified form when you leave and you must sign in when you return to class. You must include your full name, date, destination, time out and time in.  If leaving the room becomes excessive, the teacher may choose to place a limit on the number of times a student can leave or the Hall/Bathroom privileges may be revoked entirely.

Expectation of Students

  • Students should enter classroom on time, take assigned seat and begin the assigned warm-up activity.
  • Display appropriate behavior at all times.
  • Follow teacher directions.
  • Respect teachers, fellow classmates and their property.
  • Be prepared, attentive, and complete all assignments.
  • No eating or drinking in the classroom.
  • Electronic devices, other than the computer system, are not allowed in class. This includes the use of portable music devices, game players, cell phones, etc.

Care of Equipment:

  • Take care of computer equipment, accessories, and materials. Report to teacher immediately if equipment is damaged.
  • The computers in the classroom are NOT to be adjusted in any way. This includes NOT changing the screen saver, wallpaper, mouse pointers or other computer settings, etc.
  • Students should not be on the Internet or on any website that is not assigned by the teacher.
  • Students must ONLY use their account.
  • Keep your area neat and clean.
  • Save Often


  • Verbal Warning or Student Conference
  • Time Out (Time away from the computer with a written assignment.)
  • Contact Parents
  • Office Referral
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Cedartown, GA 30125
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