Business, Marketing and Technology

Course Descriptions

  • BUSINESS COURSE OFFERINGS

    All students enrolled in business related courses will be eligible and are encouraged to participate in FBLA, a professional student organization for students interested in pursuing careers in business. 

    Introduction to Business
    (FC ONLY)
    Course #: HS0911
    Grade: 9
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Practical Art

    This course is designed as an introductory class to learn general business concepts that are relevant to future workforce and business leaders.  Students will explore:  business ownership, career options, run a virtual business, personal banking, checking accounts, spending plans, taxes and insurance.  This overview will allow students to choose further business course offerings in grades 10-12.


    Computer Applications
    Course #: HS0916
    Grade: 9-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Practical Art/Technology

    Students use Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher to create business documents, publications, spreadsheets, and presentations.  This introductory class includes a refresher course in keyboarding and fulfills the district technology graduation requirement.


    Advanced Computer Applications
    Course #: HS0918
    Grade: 10
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Social Studies

    This course is designed to further students’ skills in the advanced use of Microsoft Office and expose students to advanced teamwork and problem solving. This class should strongly be considered for those students going to college and/or choosing a business career.


    Graphic Design
    Course #: HS0927
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Computer Applications

    Students will develop basic design and layout skills to create a variety of desktop publishing projects such as advertisements, brochures, and a graphic design portfolio. Students will also learn illustration software and explore the use of digital cameras, scanners, etc.  


    Accounting I
    Course #: HS0944
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Practical Art/Technology

    This course is designed to introduce students to basic accounting concepts and to allow students to explore accounting and related career opportunities.  Students will complete accounting cycles for a proprietorship, a partnership, and a corporation.  Students will also be introduced to automated accounting systems and will complete accounting projects with available computers.


    College Accounting**
    Course #: HS0946
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Practical Art/Technology
    Dual/Articulated Credit: Dual credit or Articulated Credit is available if enrollment criteria is met through MCC-Blue River BSAD 101 Accounting Principles I


    Recommendation:  Accounting I, and dual credit requirements if takign for dual credit

    Students learn the application of the basic accounting equation and more advanced accounting principles including inventories, depreciation, and asset management. This course is recommended for college-bound students who plan to major in any business-related field. Dual credit for this course will be offered by a local post-secondary institution. Students may need to have a 3.0 or a 21 on the ACT Composite OR a particular score on the math portion to be considered for this class. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed.


    Business & Personal Law
    Course #: HS0934
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Practical Art

    This course is designed to increase student awareness of basic legal concepts and principles. Topics to be discussed include criminal law, tort law, juvenile law, court systems, contracts and insurance.


    Business Principles**
    Course #: HS0934
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Practical Art/Technology
    Dual/Articulated Credit: Dual credit or Articulated Credit is available if enrollment criteria is met through MCC-Blue River BSAD 150 Into to Business and BSAD 121 Business Communications
    Prerequisite: Dual credit requirements if taking for dual credit

    This course is designed for students preparing for a career in business and explores the American free enterprise system. It is a broad introduction to the various fields of business and communication skills needed to be successful in business careers. Topics covered will include: business trends, economics, entrepreneurship, management, human resources and marketing. Students will produce and/or be exposed to a variety of business correspondences including letters, memorandums, email, resumes, formal academic and business reports, and presentations using available equipment, software and the Internet. Dual credit for this course will be offered by a local post-secondary institution. Students will also have to have GPA and ACT required scores to be eligible. Please see counselor for details. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed. Membership and participation in FBLA, an association for business students, will be encouraged.


    Business Communications and Commercial Real Estate
    Course #: HS0965
    Grade: 12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective
    Dual Credit through UMKC RE-EST 321 Real Estate Principles

    This course is a two-part course. Three days a week, students will be taking an online course dedicated to leadership and team skills as well as learning how to write, speak, and present in a way that is expected in a professional work environment. Two days a week, students will be taught by a dual-credit instructor from UMKC about basic commercial real estate principles including appraisal and valuation processes, brokering and closing standard form purchase contracts and other elements.  This course will be offered pending the number of students enrolled; left to the discretion of the BSSD. 


    Supervised Business Experience
    Course #: HS0936
    Grade: 12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Practical Art
    Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in Business Principles

    This program will provide on-the-job experience in an approved, supervised work position.  Students may receive assistance from the instructor in finding an approved job.  Students must also be enrolled in Business Technology (0934) and must pass the class in order to earn credit for Work Release.  For Work Release students to be eligible for half-day release from school, they must complete a minimum of 10 hours per week on the job.  Students forfeit their eligibility for the 8th semester attendance option.  Membership and participation in FBLA, an association for business students, will be encouraged.


    Personal Finance
    Course #: HS1503
    Grade: 12 (If room is available 11th graders may enroll)
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Personal Finance

    Dual Credit:  3 credit hours of FIN 150 through MSU and must meet dual credit requirments if taking for college credit.  
    Prerequisite: Recommendation from the most recent history teacher

    This course explores practical financial skills necessary for young adults to survive after high school.  They will study banking, budgeting, investing, credit card use, insurance, and home and automobile purchases.  They will learn job hunting skills by creating resumes and cover letters as well as participating in a mock interview.  This course is required for graduation by the State of Missouri as well as the Blue Springs School District.  Membership and participation in FBLA, an association for business students, will be encouraged.   If students are taking for college credit, additional assignments will be assigned for the college credit.  Additionally, dual credit students will take the MSU FIN 150 final exam.


    MARKETING COURSE OFFERINGS

    All students enrolled in marketing related courses will be eligible and encouraged to participate in DECA, a professional student organization for students interested in pursuing careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.  DECA prepares the next generation to be academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, and experienced leaders.

     

    Fundamentals of Marketing
    Course #: HS0938
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Practical Art or District Technology Credit

    This course is designed to introduce students to applications of marketing in all career fields. Some topics covered include marketing concepts, economics, advertising, sales promotion and salesmanship. Students will use a variety of technology designed to apply concepts to the business world.


    Sports and Entertainment
    Course #: HS0962
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Practical Art

    The field of sports and entertainment marketing is rapidly growing. This course is for students wanting to be more engaged in the marketing field. It will introduce students to the industry, types of products/services, and creative marketing concepts that apply. Students will be utilizing real-world projects and presentations to assess to their knowledge and application.


    Entrepreneurship
    Course #: HS0948
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Practical Art

    Everyone is guaranteed to leave this class better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of entrepreneurship, whether you want to start a company/product or learn a skill that takes you outside your usual 9-to-5 job. Students will use cooperative thinking to pitch ideas and run actual business for their final project. Topics include forms of ownership, management, marketing, financing and business plans.

     


    College Entrepreneurship
    Course #: HS0964
    Grade: 12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Practical Art
    Dual Credit: Dual credit available for qualifying students through UMKC ENT 215 Intro to Entrepreneurship

    Individuals are embracing the entrepreneurial mindset today more than ever and understanding the freedom it offers to create your own wealth.  Students’ hands-on experiences will include applying classroom concepts to a real business product or service.  This course develops the ability to identify and evaluate new product opportunities and/or ideas for business concepts.  Students will interact with successful entrepreneurs from different industries, who will give workshops and speaking on their area of expertise.  As a highly interactive class, significant weight will be placed on participation and a formal business plan and presentation.  Students are encouraged to participate in DECA, a professional marketing organization, as a way to connect and compete with their ideas.


    Advanced Marketing
    Course #: HS0940
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Practical Art
    Dual/Articulated Credit: Articulated Credit available through MCC if enrollment criteria is met
    Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Marketing w/C grade or better

    This course focuses on the integration of marketing in all career fields.  Students will apply the basic marketing principles to all facets of business operations such as buying, pricing, promoting, selling, marketing research, and management.


    College Marketing**
    Course #: HS0956
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective

    Dual Credit through MCC-Blue River BSAD 204 Business Management and BSAD 205 Marketing
    Prerequisite: World History

    The course focuses on the processes involved in marketing including the meaning and importance of marketing terminology, the marketing mix, the marketing concept, consumerism, market segmentation, application of marketing concepts to real business situations, and the impacts of different competitive structures on marketing decision making.  Additional topics include the design of research projects, data collection, and the presentation of results.

    Principles and practices of business management including ethics, group dynamics, employee motivation, communications, decision-making, leadership and management styles are explored. 

    Participation in DECA activities is an integral component of this course.

    This course is recommended for college-bound students who plan to major in any business-related field.  6 hours of dual credit for this course will be offered by a local post-secondary institution.  Students may need to have a 3.0 or a 21 on the ACT Composite OR a particular score on the math portion to be considered for this class.  An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed.

    College credit will be billed and paid through the cooperating college business office.


    Supervised Marketing Experience
    Course #: HS0942
    Grade: 12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in Advanced Marketing or College Marketing

    Credit Type: Practical Art

    Students enrolled will receive practical on-the-job experience in a supervised work position that directly contributes to the development of the competencies necessary for successful employment in the field of marketing.

    Students must be enrolled in Advanced Marketing or College Marketing.

     For students to be eligible for partial day release they must complete a minimum of 15 hours per week on the job.  Students who work an average of 25 hours per week are eligible for an additional credit.

     Students also forfeit their eligibility for the 8th semester attendance option.

     

     

  • ** Students enrolling in dual credit and/or AP classes need to check with the college/university they are planning on attending regarding transferability and acceptable grades.