PHS Business Courses

For the 2018-19 school year, the following courses are available:

Accounting I

FULL YEAR (5 CR). GRADES 9 - 12.

PREREQUISITES: NONE

Accounting is the lingua franca of business. Ever watch one of those shows where they help restaurants succeed? The first question is "HOW MUCH MONEY ARE YOU MAKING?" Without Accounting skills, you cannot answer that question. Even if you don't become an accountant, you'll use these skills in your personal life, and especially if you own or manage a business.

 

Accounting I covers a fair amount of the material one would see in an introductory college course, but at a high school pace. Non-business majors should consider this course, since after moving up into middle management, one is often asked to create and manage budgets.

 

Recommended for students considering majoring in Business, or students planning to run their own businesses.

 

SATISFIES NJDoE FINANCIAL LITERACY GRADUATION REQUIREMENT.

Accounting II

FULL YEAR (5 CR). GRADES 10-12.

PREREQUISITES: ACCOUNTING I & INSTRUCTOR RECOMMENDATION.

Accounting II is recommended for students planning to major in business/Accounting or who have a strong interest. Topics become more complex, and focus shifts from procedural tasks like journalizing to financial statement, analysis, etc. Accounting I and II cover most of the material in an introductory college Accounting course.

 

Recommended for students planning to major in
Business/Accounting.

Business Organization & Management (Honors)

FULL YEAR (5 CR).

PREREQUISITES: GPA >80.

This college-level course will teach you to understand planning, supervision, control, and performance of activities involved in running a business. Challenges and opportunies of human relations, including labor & management, are covered.

 

Recommended for students planning to major in Business, Human Resources, or who plan to manage people and/or a business in the future.

 

This course qualifies for dual-credit at Middlesex County College
(fee applies) and PHS.

Cooperative Education

FULL YEAR (10, 15, OR 20 CR). GRADE 12 ONLY. 

PREREQUISITES: APPLICATION, INSTRUCTOR AND TEACHER APPROVALS, AT LEAST 5 CREDITS IN DESIRED AREA OF CONCENTRATION.

This experience provides a combination of classroom information and on-the-job training for development and readiness in the 21st century. Classroom discussions relate to current job positions. Work-based learning provides conditions for learning with real deadlines, customer contact, and problem solving. This course provides survival skills for the world of business. Students will be prepared to enter the complex global economy that they should be able to participate in fully and effectively to be a productive member of society. The New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards require that students learn Workplace Readiness Skills to prepare for a successful and knowledgeable entry into the workforce. Our Cooperative Education Program is an internship which provides students with a first-hand opportunity to work as they attend school as well as acquire graduation credits. Classroom instruction directly relates to the student’s cooperative business, industrial, and marketing work experience. The course covers various aspects of employment; which include preparing resumes, obtaining skills and techniques needed for the interview process, job training, human relations, and case problems related to their on-the-job training.

Principles of Economics (Honors)

FULL YEAR (5 CR).

PREREQUISITES: GPA >85.

This college-level course in is an introduction to Economics for high school students. Economics is essentially about decision making. Macroeconomics will be covered. It deals with the economy as a whole and examines issues such as economic growth, inflation, and unemployment as well as the effectiveness of fiscal and monetary policy in promoting economic growth and stability. Current events will be used almost daily to illustrate the theory; students should expect to do a significant amount of reading, including the provided textbook and teacher-provided articles. Students in this class will also be eligible to audition for the Fed Challenge team. Why learn Economics? While not an AP course, the material covered closely aligns with the AP exam and industrious students are encouraged to consider taking the AP Macroeconomics exam (optional, of course).

 

Strongly recommended for students planning to major in Business, Human Resources, or who plan to manage people and/or a business in the future. Recommended for students with a strong interest in how the U.S. and global economies work.

 

This course qualifies for dual-credit at Middlesex County College (Econ 201) and PHS; this is optional and a fee applies.

 

SATISFIES NJDoE FINANCIAL LITERACY GRADUATION REQUIREMENT.

Entrepreneurship

SEMESTER (2.5 CR).

PREREQUISITES: NONE.

Thinking of working for yourself...opening your own business? It's easier said than done, but with this course you'll see what goes on behind the scenes and how some of the most successful entrepreneurs did it. You will learn what it takes to become an entrepreneur and select a product or service to sell, determine who your customers are, learn how to market your business, obtain financing, manage your employees, and more. This course will take you on an exciting adventure toward realizing your dream of owning your own business.

 

Recommended for students planning to major in Business, or students planning to run their own businesses in the future.

 

SATISFIES NJDoE FINANCIAL LITERACY GRADUATION REQUIREMENT.

Marketing

FULL YEAR (5 CR).

PREREQUISITES: NONE.

Marketing is an elective course covering the areas of marketing and distribution, merchandising management, as well as advertising, display, fashion, business communications, salesmanship, and all phases of preparation for employment. Marketing is often a prerequisite for other college business courses, and is a good starting point for PHS students planning to take Entrepreneurship and/or Sports & Entertainment Business. Class utilizes computer knowledge for reports, marketing plan, and career development. As a member of the class, students participate in the operation of the school store.

Personal Finance

SEMESTER (2.5 CR). GRADES 10-12.

PREREQUISITES: NONE.

According to Piper Jaffray, Gen Z (under 20) spends over $800 BILLION per year, with almost 1/4 of that going to dining out. On average, for males, 13% of purchases are related to gaming; for females, $368 (up 18% over last year) is spent on skincare. In this 18-week course, students will learn how to set goals, track expenses, create a budget, choosing career options, start saving, fundamentals of investing and banking, planning/paying for higher education, managing credit, protecting against financial risk, taxes, how investing in their own human capital will yield decades of rewards, and much more. Students will leave the course with the necessary tools to succeed financially, in the short-term and for life.

 

 

SATISFIES NJDoE FINANCIAL LITERACY GRADUATION REQUIREMENT.

Personal Finance - BLENDED

SEMESTER (2.5 CR). GRADES 10-12.

PREREQUISITES: DEMONSTRATED ABILITY TO WORK INDEPENDENTLY IN A FAST-PACED, ACADEMICALLY DEMANDING ENVIRONMENT

The content of this course is almost identical to the traditional Personal Finance course (see above), but it is taught at a much faster pace with independent work outside the classroom expected and required. Click here for more information on blended coursework in general. Only offered during HR periods and with counselor approval.

 

SATISFIES NJDoE FINANCIAL LITERACY GRADUATION REQUIREMENT.

Sports & Entertainment Business

SEMESTER (2.5 CR). GRADES 9-12.

PREREQUISITES: NONE.

This specialized course is recommended for students with a career interest in the field of sports, entertainment, and recreation. In addition to providing a fundamental knowledge of national and global marketing, this course is designed to equip students with entry-level competencies in the areas of sponsorship, promotion, advertising, legal contracts, agents, event marketing, and communications. Various relevant career options will be explored within these fields. Critical thinking and decision-making skills will also be developed in a mock business environment. 

Student Option

FULL YEAR (5 CR).

PREREQUISITES: TWO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION AND INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.

Students gain experience working with their mentor and teachers to best suit their career objectives. They gain on-the-job training right here at PHS or within the district.  Students will accomplish many different tasks. They also learn business skills in preparing paperwork for an unpaid internship.  Assignments include completing a “reflective journal” each day, meeting the Student Option Coordinator to discuss any issues and successes in their training, and daily on-the-job training with mentor.

Web Page Design

SEMESTER (2.5 CR) or FULL YEAR (5 CR).

PREREQUISITES: NONE.

Learn to understand and make the magic that's behind the Web pages you visit every day. Start with a history of computing and the Internet, then move to learning basic HTML. Once you have the fundamentals down, we learn to use the "power tool" of Web design: Adobe's Dreamweaver. This is a project-oriented, hands-on course. Some students do volunteer Web work for their families, churches, non-profit organizations, etc., but if you learn the craft well, there is money to be made. By the end of the course, you will have created several Web sites, including at least one that's your own original work. You will develop your ability to read and follow detailed instructions and meet deadlines.

 

Recommended for: students interested in technology and/or business, students interested in building an electronic portfolio.

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