Business

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT: All students are required to pass a minimum of one credit of Practical Art to graduate.

  • one half credit of Personal Finance
  • one half credit of Practical Arts (Business, FACS, Industrial Tech)

Course Descriptions

Web Page Design Technology

Grade: 9-12 Credit: 0.5 Practical Art Length: Semester

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: Are you interesting in technology? Do you like to create and use your imagination? This course is intended as an introduction to creating Web pages. The objectives of this course are: to teach the fundamentals of developing Web pages using HTML5 guidelines; to show students how to create Web pages suitable for coursework, professional purposes, and personal use; to expose students to common Web page formats and functions; to promote curiosity and independent exploration of World Wide Web resources; to develop an exercise-oriented approach that allows students to learn by example; to encourage independent study and help those who are learning how to create Web pages in a distance education environment. Students enrolling in this course will also have the opportunity to participate in DECA (Association of Marketing Students) and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America). Dual credit is available for this course for sophomores, juniors, and seniors from St. Louis Community College.

Graphic Design

Grade: 9-12 Credit: 0.5 Practical Art Length: Semester

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: Discover the power of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and InDesign to create eye-catching graphics. This course provides students a foundation in the essentials of graphic design; acquaints them with fundamentals of multimedia; allows them to develop technical skills including the creation of original graphic images and the development of computer publications. This course prepares students for the future with course work designing images and advertisements to be used in print and on the Web. In today’s technologically advanced world, graphic design skills are highly desired by employers. This course gives you the foundation skills needed for page layout, vector art design, web graphics, and much more! Students enrolling in this course will also have the opportunity to participate in DECA (Association of Marketing Students) and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America).

Topics in Computer Science and Computer Repair

Grade: 10-12 Credit: 1.0 Practical Art Length: Year

Prerequisite: Basic computer proficiency AND approval of instructor and Director of Technology

Course Description: This course covers a special topic in computer science to be determined by recent developments in the field and the interests of students with approval of the instructor. Students will develop skills in technology awareness, computer fluency, computing devices, ethical use of the Internet, and business applications for problem solving, communicating, and making informed decisions. Topics covered include hardware fundamentals, networking, and security. Students will learn basic operating system functionality and troubleshooting methodology, the practice of proper safety procedures, and how to effectively interact with customers and co-workers. Basic computer literacy is expected. Additionally, this course covers the theory and hands-on skills necessary for CompTIA exams, MOS, and MTA.

Personal Finance

Grade: 11-12 Credit: 0.5 Practical Art Length: Semester

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: Understanding and managing personal finances are key to one's future financial success. This one-semester course is based on the Missouri Personal Finance Competencies and presents essential knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about real world financial issues. This course is designed to introduce students to personal money management principles. Content areas include budgeting, credit, credit cards, banking, checking, taxes, insurance, and investments. Juniors and seniors with a 3.0 cumulative GPA are eligible to receive college credit through Missouri State University for an additional fee. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in DECA (Association of Marketing Students) and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America).

Accounting

Grade: 10-12 Credit: 1.0 Practical Art Length: Year

Prerequisite: A cumulative grade point average of a "C" or above or instructor approval

Course Description: This course is an introduction to financial accounting. It provides preparation for entry-level careers in accounting, knowledge and skills needed for careers in related business fields, and a foundation on which to continue studying business and accounting at the postsecondary level. A study of basic transactions, general ledger accounts, books of original entry, closing and adjusting entry processes, trial balances, financial statements, accounting for assets, liabilities, sole proprietorship, equity, revenues, and expenses. Students completing accounting with an 80% or higher may be eligible for 3 hours of college credit at Missouri State. Students taking accounting will have the opportunity to participate in DECA (Association of Marketing Students) and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America).

Business & Personal Law

Grade: 10-12 Credit: 0.5 Practical Art Length: Semester

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: Do you know your rights? Do you love to debate? This course is designed to acquaint students with the basic legal principles relevant to their everyday lives as citizens, consumers, and employees through a mixture of personal and business law. Students will learn about the origins of the American legal system, rights of private property, basic elements of contracts, individual and family rights, and the procedures of both civil and criminal courtroom trials. They will also participate in an actual criminal trial, serving as either a member of the prosecution team, the defense team, or a member of the jury! Students taking business and personal law will have the opportunity to participate in DECA (Association of Marketing Students) and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America).

Cooperative Occupational Education (COE)

Grade: 11-12 Credit: 0.5-2.0 Practical Art Length: Semester or Year

Prerequisite: Must be enrolled simultaneously in a related Career & Tech Ed course. Application required

Course Description: This program is designed to give students the opportunity to learn through supervised work experiences by integrating students' educational activities with on-the-job learning opportunities. It is designed to serve students from all disciplines who work part-time and wish to improve their skills, upgrade their positions, and begin on a career path through job-related experiences and goals as described in a written training plan. Credit is based on total hours completed in on-the-job learning during the semester. Separate application is required. Students taking cooperative occupational education will have the opportunity to participate in DECA (Association of Marketing Students) and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America).

Leadership (High School of Business)

Grade: 9-10 Credit: 0.5 Practical Art Length: Semester

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: Leadership doesn't come naturally to most of us. Fortunately, we can learn leadership skills (or improve them if you're a natural). In this course you will build the leadership skills you need to excel in college and career. You will discuss contemporary leadership and teamwork literature, complete team-based projects, and put your leadership skills into action at school, at home, and in the community.

Principles of Business (High School of Business)

Grade: 9-12 Credit: 0.5 Practical Art Length: Semester

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: What do a rock group's tour, a podcast, and the MLB have in common? Business. It's everywhere. In this course you will explore the major areas of business (marketing, management, and finance) through fun, real world projects. Students will have the opportunity to participate in DECA (Association of Marketing Students) and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America).

Business Economics (High School of Business)

Grade: 9-12 Credit: 0.5 Practical Art Length: Semester

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Principles of Business

Course Description: Ever thought about the choices that the Three Little Pigs made? In Business Economics, you will consider how decisions (such as work vs play or sticks vs straw) affect businesses and individuals. Students will have the opportunity to participate in DECA (Association of Marketing Students) and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America).

Stock Market Strategies & Investing (High School of Business)

Grade: 10-12 Credit: 0.5 Practical Art Length: Semester

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Principles of Business and Business Economics

Course Description: Can you imagine a company president who doesn't understand finances? Learning how companies manage their money is important in any business career. In this course, you will face issues that concern financial markets and institutions. This includes how companies get money for improvements (a new building, a Super Bowl advertisement), make money (sales of products, investments), and keep track of money (understanding financial reports, making smart and ethical decisions). An online investing project provides hands-on experience (and fun!) in this important area of business.

Principles of Marketing (High School of Business)

Grade: 10-12 Credit: 0.5 Practical Art Length: Semester

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Principles of Business and Business Economics

Course Description: Why would Volkswagen choose an email campaign over a television commercial? How does Nike determine its pricing strategy? Through projects and problem solving you will get inside marketers' heads and find out what makes them tick. Projects in this course will challenge you to analyze the business world around you, work through key marketing decisions such as pricing and product image, and use your knowledge to develop a marketing strategy.

Marketing 1

Grade: 10-12 Credit: 0.5 Practical Art Length: Semester

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: Students will learn how to market a product and a service. They will analyze decisions large and small companies make in the marketplace, as well as advertising, social media, sales, product packaging, branding, and more. In this course you will have the opportunity to be involved in DECA (Association of Marketing students) and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America). These organizations provide opportunities for leadership, professional development, community service, as well as fun social events and activities. Students may also be eligible for three hours of college credit from Missouri State University through dual credit.

Marketing 2

Grade: 10-12 Credit: 0.5 Practical Art Length: Semester

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Marketing 1

Course Description: Students will expand their understanding of marketing concepts as it relates to advertising, sports and entertainment marketing, and fashion marketing. Trends in all industries will be explored along with understanding key marketing elements of each. Knowledgeable guest speakers, relevant videos, historical examples, current media, and projects will be used to gain understanding about these topics. Students in Marketing 2 will have the opportunity to participate in DECA (Association of Marketing Students) and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America).

Affton Student Enterprise (formerly Advanced Marketing)

Grade: 11-12 Credit: 1.0 Practical Art Length: Year

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Marketing 1 & 2

Course Description: Want to learn how to run your own business? Students will organize, develop, and implement their own business from startup to liquidation. They will learn about entrepreneurship and what it takes to succeed in the business community. They will discover the importance of communication and effective management, how to write an effective business plan, market and sell a product or service, and choose strategies to make a profit. Students will be responsible for planning the Dodgeball Tournament, the Valentine's Day Rose sale and various other events throughout the year. Students will also participate in the "Affton Apprentice" and have the opportunity to win a $500 scholarship. Students taking advanced marketing will have the opportunity to participate in DECA (Association of Marketing Students) and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America).

Marketing Internship

Grade: 11-12 Credit: 0.5-2.0 Practical Art Length: Semester or Year

Prerequisite: Must be simultaneously enrolled in any Marketing class. Application required.

Course Description: This course provides students with an opportunity to apply marketing concepts, skills, and attitudes in the workplace. It will provide students with a competitive edge as they acquire practical knowledge and skills useful in college and their chosen career field. Students must be enrolled in Marketing 1, Marketing 2, or Affton Student Enterprise simultaneously and work a minimum of 10 hours per week. Students must be in attendance at least 5 of the 7 periods of the school day and attend the appropriate marketing class in order to attend work and have their work hours count. Students may be released up to two class periods per day depending on the number of credit hours for which the student is enrolled. Students who are terminated or removed from their place of employment will receive an "F" for the internship and be placed into a regular school schedule. Students may earn up to 2 units of credit for their marketing internship. Students taking marketing internship will have the opportunity to participate in DECA (Association of Marketing Students) and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America).