Business Technology Applications

Business Technology Application

Instructor: Jennifer Liggan       

   (no prerequisite required)


Business Technology Applications is a one-credit foundation course designed to assist students in developing technological proficiencies in word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations, communications, Internet use, ethics, and careers using technology applications. Simulations and projects promoting teamwork, leadership, and workplace skills offer further opportunities for applications of knowledge and skills.

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is a co-curricular component of this course. This student organization enhance classroom instruction, develop leadership skills, and provide opportunities for professional growth and service.  Dues are $15.00.

Course Goals:

1. Utilize advanced technology utilities.

2. Analyze computer hardware to determine software compatibility.

3. Diagnose problems related to technology systems.

4. Utilize advanced features of word processing software.

5. Utilize word processing software to demonstrate professional writing skills.

6. Utilize spreadsheet features.

7. Utilize advanced features of database software.

8. Utilize advanced features of multimedia software.

9. Utilize digital tools to deliver commerce and information technology curriculum.

10. Critique the Internet and digital information for validity, accuracy, bias, and current relevance.

11. Create a product that integrates information from multiple software applications.

12. Utilize research results to determine career and entrepreneurial opportunities, responsibilities and education and credentialing requirements.

13. Practice safe, ethical, and legal use of technology systems and digital content.

14. Analyze cultural, social, economic, environmental, and political effects and trends of technology to assess emerging technologies and forecast innovations.

15. Apply safe and healthy work standards in the workplace for procedures and conditions.

16. Analyze the organization structure of a business to determine roles and responsibilities of employees and functions of departments or units.

17. Demonstrate knowledge and skills gained through student organization activities.

18. Demonstrate collaborative skills using curriculum-related


Course Outline:

I. Computer Hardware and Software              II. Data Input Skills                          III. Word Processing Applications

IV. Spreadsheet Applications                          V. Database Applications                 VI. Presentation Applications

VII. Internet Applications                               VIII. Career Opportunities               IX. Ethics

X. Workplace Skills                                         XI. Leadership                                  XII. Financial Literacy



- Be on time, prepared & ready to work.

- Meet deadlines: Make appointments for extra work time if necessary.

- Take care of computer hardware and workspace. Clean up after yourself.

- Cell phones must be turned OFF (not silent) & remain out of sight during class.

- Do not bring food, drink &/or candy in the computer lab.

- No computer games or web downloads.

- Students may not at any time tamper with or access another student’s files, use another student’s username and         password, or access any prohibited programs or websites.  Doing this is a violation of technology policies, and will result in immediate termination of the student’s user account and disciplinary action.




Essential Questions to be Explored:

1. What criteria should a person or business use in selecting hardware and software in various environments? Why are these criteria important?

2. How are self-assessments beneficial in career planning? What is your self-assessment ranking and how will it help you in the future?

3. How do you create and format a variety of personal and business related documents?

4. How do you professionally create and develop business documents? Why is this process important?

5. How do spreadsheet applications simplify data commonly used in business settings?

6. How does being financially responsible affect your personal and professional life?

7. How do database applications organize data commonly used in business settings?

8. How is multimedia software used to enhance informational presentations?

9. What criteria should a person or business use in selecting hardware and software in various environments? Why are these criteria important?

10. How do emerging technologies and innovations affect your cultural, social, economic, environmental, and political life?

11. What skills are more important in the workplace— performance skills interpersonal skills?

12. How does participating in a CTSO affect one’s leadership and teamwork skills? Culminating Products Students will create an employment portfolio


Instructional Delivery Plan

- Students will create an employment portfolio with a letter, job application, resume, letters of recommendation, etc.

- Students create a portfolio based on the career of their choice.

- Students properly create, format, and publish a professional business report.

- Collect data, create charts and graphs, and present information about an important, current issue

- Students will prepare a financial literacy presentation.

- Use the data generated from the Spreadsheet product to generate reports with the database application

- Students create and deliver commerce and information technology curriculum–related content to an audience.


All assignments and course documents are posted on iNOW. Please check iNOW regularly to make sure you have completed all assignments. If you are absent, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to find out what you missed and make up the missing work in a timely manner.


Due dates/late work:

All projects have assigned due dates. Please turn in your work on time for full credit. There will be 10% deduction per day late. Students may communicate difficulties/emergencies with the teacher as needs arise. Excused absences may have due date extensions, unexcused will not.


Assessment Procedures

Projects are graded based on completion of criteria given in each of the project handouts. Work must meet ALL criteria in order for points to be earned.


Grading Scale                                   

90 - 100 A                                         

89 - 80 B                                           

79 - 70 C                                           

69 - 60 D                                           

59 & Below F                    



Course Fee : $30.00

Dues for CTSO (FBLA) $15.00 Make check payable to: Southside High School

Fees may be online


Available Industry Credential (s)



Embedded numeracy anchor assignment- Improve the mathematical level (skills) in a project-based learning environment through technical related activities that fully prepares students for successful transition into a high demand-high wage job in skilled labor in the 21st century workforce. Students will prepare a budget in Microsoft Excel complete with formulas on a teacher salary.


Embedded literacy anchor assignment- Improve the reading, writing, and comprehension level (skills) in a project based learning environment through technical related activities that fully prepares students for successful transition into a high demand-high wage job in skilled labor in the 21st century workforce.  Students will take a career assessment test and use the results to research a college and career of choice.  They will type the report and present to the class.


Dual enrollment opportunity-  Gadsden State ACE Institute.  Fame program with GSCC, Pathways Program with Anniston Army Depot.

It is the policy of the Etowah County Board of Education that no student shall be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program or activity on the basis of gender, age, marital status, race, religion, belief, national origin, ethnic group, disability, immigrant status, non-English speaking ability, homeless status, or migrant status. Inquiries regarding compliance with state or federal equal opportunity rules (Title IX, ADA, IDEA, section 504, etc) and/or for reporting discrimination concerns may be made to the Federal Programs Coordinator, Etowah County Board of Education, 3200 West Meighan Boulevard, Gadsden, AL 35904, (256) 549-7560



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