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Information and communication Technology in Business

Course Description

This course introduces students to information and communication technology in a business environment and builds a foundation of digital literacy skills necessary for success in a technologically driven society. 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.

Teaching / Learning Strategies:

Since the over-riding aim of this course is to develop a business literacy in all students, a wide variety of instructional strategies are used to provide learning opportunities to accommodate a variety of learning styles, interests and ability levels.

Learning Skills and Work Habits Assessment:

The development of learning skills and work habits is an integral part of student learning. Learning skills and work habits influence student achievement and are included as a formal part of the assessment and evaluation process. Learning skills and work habits will be assessed through a variety of teacher strategies. (e.g. observation, student /teacher conference, self-reflection, checklists, exit cards, etc.) 

The Report Card:

There are two reports which will be issued; a midterm and final report. The student’s grade will be reported as a percentage along with the course median also reported as a percentage. The mid-term report will include teacher comments concerning the student’s areas of strength, areas for improvement and next steps. In addition, the Learning Skills will be reported as a letter grade, representing one of four levels of accomplishment. 

Academic Dishonesty - Cheating and Plagiarism:

Learning tasks that students complete as well as the assignments, tests and exams that students submit for evaluation must be their own work. Cheating and plagiarism is a serious offence that will not be condoned. Academic consequences will result.

Late and Missed Assignments - Student Roles and Responsibilities

Students are expected to:

  • be responsible for providing evidence of their achievement of the overall expectations within the time frame specified by the teacher, and in a form approved by the teacher;

  • understand that there will be consequences for not completing assignments for evaluation and/or for submitting those assignments late;

  • use class time productively;

  • in extenuating circumstances, request an extension from the teacher before the due date.

  • Mark deductions for late and missed assignments may apply to major assignments only.



-Excel spreadsheet Computer Program or substitute

-Microsoft Word or substitute

-Microsoft PowerPoint

-Microsoft Access or substitute

-Desktop Publishing software

-Graphic program

-E-Mail program

-various Internet search engines 

Reference Texts:

Essential Skills for Digital Literacy, CCI Learning Solutions Inc., 2004

Insights: Succeeding in the Information Age, Janice Ellerby, Laura Pinto, Victoria Brady, Irwin Publishing, 2001

Using Microsoft Office 2000 Special Edition, Bott, E. and W. Leonhard, Que Publishing

Program Planning Considerations for Science

Teachers who are planning a program in business studies must take into account considerations in a number of important areas. Essential information that pertains to all disciplines is provided in the companion piece to this document, The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9 to 12: Program Planning and Assessment, 2000. The areas of concern to all teachers that are outlined there include the following:

Considerations relating to the areas listed above that have particular relevance for program planning in business studies are noted here.

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