|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|
|Curriculum Policy Document:||Business Studies, The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9 and 10, 2006 (Revised)|
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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
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.