Information and Communication Technology in Business Grade 9 or 10, Open (BTT1O, BTT2O)

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Course Title : Information and Communication Technology in Business, Grade 9 or 10, Open (BTT1O, BTT2O)
Course Name : Information and Communication Technology in Business
Course Code : BTT1O, BTT2O
Grade : 9 or 10
Course Type : Open
Credit Value : 1.0
Prerequisite : None
Curriculum Policy Document: Business Studies, The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9 and 10, 2006 (Revised)

Course Description

Students will develop word processing, spreadsheet, database, desktop publishing, presentation software, and website design skills. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on digital literacy, effective electronic research and communication skills, and current issues related to the impact of information and communication technology.

Outline of Course Content

Unit Titles and Descriptions Time Allocated
Unit 1: Basics of Computing

This unit provides students with a strong foundation of knowledge on the history of computing, computer functionality, and proper ways to use a computer in a business setting. Topics include the parts of a computer, networking, graphical user interfaces, and storage options as well as ergonomics and health while using a computer. Knowing the basics of computing helps students understand the functionality of programs and computer features they will use throughout the remainder of the course. Ergonomics and health education teaches students how to finish the course in a safe and healthy way. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on computer functionality as well as the importance of ergonomics.

11 hours
Unit 2: Communication Modes

Without communication, a business cannot operate on a daily basis. In today’s world, there are more methods of communication than ever before, including texting, emails, and chat software. While many people are familiar with different forms of communication, many do not know how to optimize their functionality and use them appropriately. In this unit, students will explore different forms of communication in detail and how to use them effectively and efficiently in a business setting. Particular attention is paid to creating emails, writing appropriate messages for a particular audience or purpose, and ethics in the workplace. Students will have opportunities to create appropriate messages for different situations as well as explore and analyze acceptable use policies in the workplace.

8 hours
Unit 3: The Internet

The internet is essential for business in today’s world, but a few decades ago, it did not exist. Businesses around the world very quickly became experts at networking and computing to keep up with colleagues and competitors alike. This unit explores how the internet changed over time, its impact on the business world, the ways in which devices connect to the internet, the role of service providers, the importance of internet security, and the infrastructure that makes the internet available. Students will have the opportunity to investigate how various internet-enabled devices are used differently in work and home environments.

5 hours
Unit 4: Research

The internet is a great tool, but it is not very useful in a business environment if it is not used effectively and efficiently. In this unit, students will learn how to optimize web searches, utilize browser features, evaluate electronic sources, and conduct market research. Students will have the opportunity to conduct their own market research and analyze websites for specific business purposes.

8 hours
Unit 5: Websites in Business

Electronic databases and websites are great for conducting research, but businesses also need to create their own websites for marketing and to share information. In this unit, students will be introduced to the traits of effective website design, creating websites for specific audiences and business types, and using features and content to attract customers and clientele. Students will have the opportunity to implement their newly gained knowledge by creating their own web pages.

13 hours
Unit 6: Marketing in Business

Technology has greatly altered how businesses advertise and present their brands or products. From websites to social media, knowing how to create an effective ad is incredibly important to the success of any business. In this unit, students will learn the basics of graphic design principles to create effective advertising with desktop publishing software and successful presentations communicating their brand or product’s purpose in the best possible way. Students will have the opportunity to apply their new skills by creating presentations reflecting real-world marketing situations.

12 hours
Unit 7: Business Documents

Computers are often at every desk in a business environment, and they are commonly used to create various documents essential to smoothly running a business. In this unit, students will learn how to use word processors, spreadsheet software, and database software to create effective and useful business documents. Students will also learn and practice effective business writing skills.

28 hours
Unit 8: Privacy and Security in ICT

Connecting to the internet is essential, but it can also be potentially dangerous for businesses. As a result, they need to protect their many documents and communications from several outside threats. In this unit, students will learn the ins and outs of privacy and security in ICT. Lessons focus on the threats businesses face, such as viruses, malware, and cyberbullying, as well as solutions to keep employees and employers safe from such threats. Through case studies, students will explore real-life security breaches of large and small businesses.

6 hours
Unit 9: Legal and Ethical Issues in ICT

ICT has allowed businesses to reach a world of potential markets, but this is not without its challenges. In this unit, students will learn about legal and ethical issues businesses encounter. Lessons focus on threats posed by sharing and finding information as well as how access to information or lack thereof affects individuals and society as a whole. Students will explore case studies on how limited access to ICT affects the success of businesses and industries in certain communities.

10 hours
Unit 10: A Purposeful Portfolio

In this unit, students will learn how a variety of ICT skills and competencies are required for employees in today’s workforce. Lessons focus on exploring the skills and competencies of a variety of careers in ICT and the pathways to obtain these positions. Students will also have the opportunity to explore their own skills and competencies and learn how to present them to potential employers.

4 hours
Final Evaluation
Project

This project is worth 30% of the final grade. Students will present a portfolio of newly created items or revised items created throughout the course. This provides students with a strong opportunity to implement feedback given to them throughout the course and demonstrate their knowledge of curriculum expectations.

5 hours
Total 110 hours