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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. Students will explore how personality traits and personal values align with career choices and will develop a career plan. Personal, professional, and ethical standards of behavior for the workplace will be examined and reinforced in the classroom.

Competencies for the co-curricular student organization Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) are integral components of the performance standards.


Century 21 Computer Applications, Online Resources

Topics/Standards Covered:

1. Students will identify computer system components.
2. Students will identify and demonstrate computer maintenance and safety.
3. Students will develop an individual career plan reflecting their personal traits and values.
4. Students will develop keyboarding skills by touch with speed and accuracy.
5. Students will discuss Internet safety and security issues.
6. Students will utilize the Internet as a resource.
7. Students will develop and model employability (Work Ethics) skills.
8. Students will utilize word processing software.
9. Students will develop and apply basic spreadsheet skills.
10. Students will develop and apply basic database skills.
11. Students will develop and apply basic desktop publishing skills.
12. Students will acquire basic knowledge and skills of multimedia/presentation software.

Grading Policy:

Participation, Labs and Projects = 50%
Objective Assessments= 20%
Final Exam = 10%
Employability Skills=20%

Class Policies:

1. All policies of the Polk School District Board of Education and student handbook
will be enforced.
2. Come to class on time and begin warm up assignment.
3. Stay on task.
4. Visit only approved websites.
5. Do not change settings on the computer or download software.
6. Cell phones must be kept out of sight and not be used in class.
7. Take care of equipment and supplies in the classroom. This to include not writing
on furniture, textbooks, and computers.
8. Be respectful to peers, teachers, and staff.

Makeup Work Policy:

For each grading period, makeup work must be completed no later than two weeks
after progress reports are issued. Students may not make up work outside of the
grading period window once the time has passed. Re-Test Policy: Any student can
retest any test regardless of the grade on the test provided that the student attends
tutoring as directed by the teacher. The student must retest within two weeks of the
grade being returned. The higher of the two grades will be recorded. This excludes,
but not limited to benchmark assessments, final exams, standardized tests (such as
EOC Milestones, SLOs, EOPA, AP Exams, etc.), major projects and/or research that
required an exorbitant amount of time in and outside the classroom (i.e. research

Final Exam Exemptions:

For 2017-18, students must have an 80 average or above with no more than 3 absences. Any and all exemption polices do not apply to EOCTs, AP/MOWR exams or other PSD mandated examinations.

Retest policy:

All departments in both middle and high schools have retesting opportunities for students.

• Students are allowed to retest one test per quarter, per subject.

• Retest can earn full credit.

• Retest Policy does not apply to Advanced Placement (AP) or Move On When Ready (MOWR) classes.

• This retest policy does not include final exams or benchmark assessments.

• Remediation is required from teacher or Directed Studies.

• If close to half or more of the class fails, the material is to be retaught and the test given again for full credit.

Late Assignment Policy:

Students are expected to turn in all completed assignments at the time scheduled by
the teacher. Any assignment turned in late will result in a ten point deduction per
day late in the grade.

Homework Policy:

Students are required to complete homework and turn in the completed assignments
when requested. Failure to turn in homework will result in a 10 point deduction per
day late in the grade.