Business Department

Course Titles

Introduction to BusinessAccountingBusiness LawComputer ApplicationsEntrepreneurshipCIHS Intro to Agricultural Business (AGBU 101 – SUNY Cobleskill)Personal FinanceMarketing

Course Descriptions

Introduction to Business

Grades: 9-12 (This course will be offered every year)
Credits: 0.5 credits – 1/2 year class
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.00

Description: This high school introductory course will build off of the 10-week business portion of 8th grade CTE.  In this class, students will explore different components of the business curriculum offered at the high school.  Through a few different approaches including project-based learning, students will get a taste of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Business Law, Accounting and more as time allows.  The exposure will give them a better understanding of what these other classes involve and if they are something they may want to take while in high school and beyond.  This class will also introduce students to the Future Business Leaders of America Organization. Students will complete some simulations in class that represent actual competitions that take place at the regional and state level conferences. They will learn what this national organization is about, the benefits becoming a member in high school can provide for them in terms of their future and finally, how they can get involved if they choose.  Students will have the option to join the club here at school if they are interested, but it is not a requirement.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course can be used for an elective towards the graduation requirement.

Accounting

Grades: 11-12
Credits: 1.0 credit
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.00

Description: Accounting is an essential aspect of every business institution and organization.  As future workers, small business owners, and entrepreneurs, students who understand basic accounting principles will more knowledgeably manage their companies’ financial resources.  As citizens, future parents and investors, these students will be better prepared to make the economic decisions that will affect their communities and to make the financial decisions that will affect their own economic futures. This course will introduce students to accounting and start them on the path to success.  Critical thinking, decision-making, problem solving, team building, and ethics are just some of the things that will be integrated and reinforced throughout the curriculum.  While working on accounting, students will be immersed in different math skills that will also help prepare them for a successful future.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course can be used for a third-year math credit or as an elective credit.

Business Law

Grades: 9-12
Credits: 0.5 credit
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.00

Description: Law relates to life, every day and everywhere, whether you are the CEO of a large company or a high school student applying for a first job.  This course is designed to introduce students to the world of law and government.  Students will learn why laws are created, how they are created and what happens when they are not followed.  Studying law is about learning concepts and rules and also understanding how the rules apply in real life.  While learning the different topics, students will be asked to analyze facts and situations in order to make ethical decisions.  We will also take a field trip during the semester to Schoharie County Courthouse to meet the District Attorney, the Court Judge and others that work in the courthouse.  They will tell us about their different roles and we will also get to spend some time watching court in action.   Because of the amount of independent work and the material being covered, this course is best suited for juniors and seniors.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course can be used to fulfill the 1/2 year PIG requirement for graduation, or as an elective towards the graduation requirements.

Computer Applications

Grades: 9-12
Credits: 1.0 credit
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.00

Description: In this course, students will delve into the most common applications that are relevant to high school students.  These include internet usage, word processing, spreadsheets, multimedia presentations, computer graphics, computer art, photo editing and desktop publishing.  Students will become comfortable using Cloud-based applications, as well as Office 365 and the many applications within it. In addition, special topics will be presented as per student interests.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course can be used for an elective towards the graduation requirement.

Entrepreneurship

Grades: 9-12
Credits: 0.5 credit
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.00

Description: This course will provide students with the opportunity to analyze and evaluate the various aspects of business ownership in today’s market.  Students will spend a significant amount of time actually creating and developing a business plan for their own business idea.  We will spend some time learning about some famously successful and not so successful entrepreneurs throughout the semester as well.  Students will relate the foundations of marketing and business management to real life entrepreneurial endeavors.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course can be used for an elective towards the graduation requirement.

CIHS Intro to Agricultural Business (AGBU 101 – SUNY Cobleskill)

Grades: 9-12 (this course will be offered every year pending enrollment)
Credits: 1.0 credit – full-year class (3 college credits)
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.05

Description: This course is a study of the nature and functions of the agricultural business industry. The component parts of the industry will be identified and studied in terms of size, purpose, functions performed, and interrelationships with other components.  We use the same book as the college- Agribusiness Fundamentals and Applications, Ricketts and Ricketts, Second Edition.  Below is a list of the topics covered:

  • Agriculture and Agribusiness
  • The Size and Importance of Agribusiness
  • Planning and Organizing an Agribusiness
  • Personal Financial Management
  • Agribusiness Recordkeeping and Accounting
  • Human Resource Management
  • Farm Management
  • Agricultural Policy
  • Commodity (Futures) Marketing
  • Agrimarketing Channels
  • Economic Activity and Analysis

Requirements this course fulfills: This course can be used for an elective in business and students can earn college credit.

Personal Finance

Grades: 10-12 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: 0.5 credit
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.00

Description: Financial literacy refers to the basic skills people need to manage money and make financial decisions.  People are said to be financially literate when they understand money, income and taxes, budgeting, banking, saving, investing, credit, insurance, retirement planning and managing money for economic self-sufficiency and to build wealth.  The goal of this class is to introduce students to all of these things so that they are more comfortable with these topics as they enter the real world.  Not only will students learn about these different topics, but they will also apply them in a real world budgeting simulation that will take place during the semester. This course is geared towards 10th-12th graders.  The main objective of the course is to make students more financially literate before they graduate from high school and begin making their own financial decisions that will impact the rest of their lives.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course can be used for an elective towards the graduation requirement.

Marketing

Grades: 10-12 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: 0.5 credit
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.00

Description: This is a class designed for students who are interested in marketing and improving their soft skills.  Students will spend the semester learning how to successfully be a part of a team as they complete different hands-on projects created to reinforce the concepts taught in Marketing.  Just like companies competing in the real world, teams will be competing against each other to see who can create the most successful products. Students will learn a great deal about being responsible and dependable as each team member contributes to the team’s overall success or failure. Throughout the course of the semester, we will study many different marketing concepts and examples of them in our lives.  For example, when we learn about promotions and what makes them successful, each team will create and run its own real-life promotional sale through our school store, the Armory.  We will watch different commercials and look at different ads online and in the newspaper, and analyze all of the marketing techniques we see.  Throughout the course, we will be doing a lot of group/project work, so attendance is very important.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course can be used for an elective towards the graduation requirement.