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8th Grade Syllabus


Business and Computer Science

Career Management

Teacher: Jennae Elder

Teacher:  Rodney Little

Email: jelder@polk.k12.ga.us


Email: rlittle@polk.k12.ga.us


usiness 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 effective communication skills used to succeed in the business world


  • Students will exhibit critical thinking.
  • Students will examine basics of accounting.


  • Students will examine basics of risk management.


  • Students will examine basics of entrepreneurship.


  • Students will examine basics of networking.


  • Students will examine basics of business law.


  • Students will examine basics of marketing.


  • Students will examine educational requirements, job responsibilities, employment trends, and opportunities within different career pathways.


  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of economics.


  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of personal finance


Career Management

Course Description

The goal of this course is to promote essential knowledge, skills and attitudes students need to make key decisions about career options, high school curricular offerings relating to a pathway of their choice, as well as, postsecondary and workforce opportunities. Instructional focus will address interpersonal skills, management skills, employability skills, self-awareness, educational and career planning.


In this course, middle school students will increase awareness of resources available to support educational and career planning. Students will develop a personalized individual Peach State Pathways: Education and Career Plan, explore management skills, and investigate employability skills.

Course Objectives:

  • Students will develop and demonstrate positive interpersonal skills.


  • Students will develop management skills that lead to academic and career success.


  • Students will examine and demonstrate an understanding of employability skills to enhance career success.
  • Students will personalize a self-selected Pathway that meets educational and career goals.


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