Career Prep

Career Prep Syllabus

Course Description:


This course focuses on three integrated areas of instruction--academic planning and career development, financial literacy, and technology. Course content ranges from college and career preparation to computer literacy skills to ways to manage personal finances and reduce personal risk. The area of technology is designed to be interwoven throughout course instruction. Mastery of the content standards provide a strong foundation for student acquisition of the skills, attitudes, and knowledge that enables them to achieve success in school, at work, and across the life span.


Course Goals:

At the end of this course students will be knowledgeable of the following:

1. Basic Computer Components

2. Personal Decision Making

3. Operating System Functions

4. Word Processing Applications

5. Spreadsheet Applications

6. Database Management

7. Presentation Applications

8. Internet Applications

9. Managing Finances and Budgeting

10. Ethics in the Business World

11. Technology in Our Society


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.


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                                    Grade Breakdown

900 - 1000 A                                      Projects (4) 100 points each

890 - 800 B                                        Quizzes (5) 20 points each

790 - 700 C                                        Class Exams (4) 100 points each

690 - 600 D                                        Final Exam 100 points

590 & Below F                                  Total Score 1000 possible points







Supplies Required:

Most classroom supplies such as printing paper and envelopes will be provided. However, we will have frequent worksheets, notes, and tests that will require paper and pen or pencil. Students should have these supplies with them each day, plus some type of notebook or folder to hold worksheets and printed class work.


Computer Fee: $30

This money will be used to purchase paper and ink cartridges for existing printers, maintenance of equipment, and the purchase of additional computers, printers, software, books, and supplies.


Assessment Procedures:

Nine weeks grades will be determined by an average of daily grades, tests, and projects. A comprehensive semester test will be required.


Student Organization: FBLA

Students enrolled in this class are eligible to join Future Business Leaders of America. The club meets monthly before school, and dues are $15. Our club has been active in regional, state, and national conventions. If a student is scheduled for this class during the second term, he or she is encouraged to join at the beginning of the school year.


Credentials offered: MOS


Essential Questions

How can you determine the opportunity costs of a decision?

 How can you determine the trade-offs of a decision?

 What is the best way to solve a problem that doesn’t have an obvious answer?

Why are appropriate workplace behaviors beneficial to employees?

 Why are appropriate workplace behaviors beneficial to employers?

 Why are inappropriate workplace behaviors not beneficial to employees and employers?

 What are procedures for addressing inappropriate workplace behaviors?

 What does diversity in the workplace look like?

What are my personal areas of interest and aptitudes?

 How do I complete a four-year high school education plan?

 What are my individual career options from the 16 National Career Clusters based on my interest and aptitude assessments?

 What are specific job descriptions, requirements, salaries, and employment outlooks for individual career options?

What is the relationship between educational level and lifetime earnings?

 How does the relationship between educational level and lifetime earnings affect potential lifestyle?

What are the postsecondary educational requirements for your career?

 How do you apply for admission to college?

 How do you complete the financial aid process for college?

What is the employment process?

 How is a job search conducted?

 How do you file out a job application?

 How do you write a resume?

 What are interview skills?

How are self-assessments beneficial in career planning?


 How do you professionally create and develop business documents?

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

 What is an electronic portfolio and why is it important?

 How is multimedia software used to enhance informational presentations?

How does preventive maintenance impact productivity?

 How do you troubleshoot hardware?

 How do you troubleshoot software?

 How do you troubleshoot advanced network systems?

What is an operating system and why is it important to the computer or mobile device?

 How do you determine which type of operating system best supports your computer or mobile device?


How do we use online learning environments for personal and group learning?

 What are the cultural norms for online personal and community learning?

 What is a personal learning environment and why do we need one?

 What is the relationship of technology to cultural, social, economic, environmental, and political factors?

 What is my relationship with technology?

 In what ways will technology become increasingly more important in my life?

What are the upsides and downsides of companies Collecting your data online?


Why is it important to develop a personal financial plan?

 How do you determine wants and needs?

 How do you determine your income earned from sources other than your wages?

 How do you create and utilize a budget?

How do money management and consumer spending skills produce a financially secure individual?

What can financial institutions do for you?

 What are the costs associated with services provided by financial institutions?

 What are the ways to avoid fees associated with financial services such as overdraft fees and ATM fees? What is the difference between checking and savings accounts?

How do you manage a checking account?

 How do you manage a savings account?

 How do you balance bank statements?

 How do you utilize online banking services?

 How can banks assist you in managing your money?

How do you use credit wisely?

What does it mean to be credit worthy?

 How can consumers use credit wisely?

What is insurance?

 Why do we need insurance?

 Which insurance should you choose?

 What are the benefits of insurance?

 What are the risks of not having insurance?

 How do you protect yourself against risks?

 How can you reduce the cost of insurance?

What can your family do to be better prepared for storage of financial records and personal documents in the event of a natural disaster?



Culminating Products

Students could be given a more complicated and involved scenario. This process can be used throughout the course in a variety of content standards.

Workplace Behaviors Presentation

4 year plan Career Research Presentation

Portfolio of Career research, selection and corresponding choice of classes to prepare for the future whether it is an apprenticeship program, a 2 year program or college are uploaded to student’s career portfolio in ACPS – Kuder. Net income document created utilizing advanced database features of computer software

Power Point Presentation – College Admission Applications and Financial Aid Process Completed application uploaded to electronic portfolio

Employment documents are uploaded to student’s career portfolio in ACPS – Kuder.

Electronic Portfolio with resume, and cover letter, sample admission application, financial aid applications, employment applications, student’s educational plan, sample of presentations, Copy of student’s State of Alabama Career Readiness Certificate

Students will prepare a troubleshooting pamphlet for one of the following: hardware, software, or advanced network systems.

Collect data; create charts and graphs, and present information about the current usage of available operating systems

Collaborative Project: Personal Learning Portfolio


 Net Worth Statement

 Income Expense Statement

Students design and market a product or a service. The product or service will include advertising, product research, comparison shopping, tax, and discounts. The product will be designed to meet the needs of a specific age group. Students design a brochure on various payment methods.

Posters, Blog, Presentation Slide Show, or Display Board

Brochure: How You Can Manage Your Money Wisely?

Brochure on “Costs of Credit.”

Create a public service announcement for consumers about the wise use of credit.

Your Disaster Preparedness Plan


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 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 it to the class.


Dual enrollment opportunity-  Gadsden State ACE Institute. Fame program with GSCC and 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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