BUSINESS STUDIES

S1 Course ICT Core Skills:

 

Information and Communication Technology (SCQF Level 4)

 

This Unit is about using straightforward information and communication technology (ICT) effectively to access, process, and present information in familiar, everyday settings.

 

If pupils pass all assessments they will receive a ICT Core Skill qualification from the SQA.

 

What will pupils do?

 

  •  select and start up application software that is suitable for the activity they are completing (for example, word-processing, spreadsheet, database, media packages)

  •  use straightforward tools (for example, file manager, print manager, control  panels)

  •  name and organise folders and sub-folders

  •  enter and, if required, edit data using appropriate applications software

  •  locate information (for example, text, numbers, graphics, video, audio)

  • from a range of local or remote data sources (for example, the internet, CD-ROM, intranet, your own computer)

  • use appropriate search techniques (for example, choice of keywords, phrases within quotes, find tools)

  • select relevant information that matches criteria (for example, by date, UK information, media type)

  • present information in an appropriate mode (for example, display on screen, print out, play an audio file)

  • recognise security risks and act accordingly (for example, keep your own login and password secure; take precautions when online)

 

Fair Trade/Hurricane in Honduras IDL Projects

 

Pupil will also have the opportunity to take part in projects with other Departments in the school. These usually focus on Fair Trade and dealing with the aftermath of a hurricane in Honduras.

S2 Business

 

Part 1

Pupils participate in an enterprise activity by setting up a small business to invest £10,000 on the London Stock Exchange.

 

Pupils research and then select 5 companies in which to invest their £10,000. They then track the share prices over a period of 2 months – with the view to making a profit. Pupil use a Share Tracking Spreadsheet to calculate of profits/losses.

 

Part 2

Pupils also explore ethical issues relating to business practice and gain an understanding of how businesses help to satisfy needs.

 

Part 3

The final part of the S2 course involves pupils looking at the origins of money, how money and banking facilitates payment for goods and services.

 

They look at the necessity for budgeting and determine ways to manage finance, considering possible investment opportunities, savings, risks or borrowing needs.

S3 Administration and IT 

 

This course offers pupils the opportunity to build on the ICT skills they have developed in S1 and S2. Pupils will learn how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is used in a real life business context and the course prepares students for a variety of careers.  Engineers, doctors, policemen/women, teachers, receptionists and all office workers will need the ICT skills which are offered by this course.   In the classroom teachers make use of multimedia presentations to assist pupil understanding. The department has also developed a range of electronic materials for use in class to support learning and teaching – multiple choice quizzes, homeworks and assessments, powerpoint revision notes and clear learning outcomes.

 

ICT Skills developed by pupils include:

  • Proper use of the keyboard

  • Knowledge and application of Microsoft Office software on the PC (powerpoint, word processing, spreadsheets and databases)

  • Use of Emails

  • Use of the Internet

  • Use of Scanner/Digital Camera/Laminator

  • Use of Fax machines

  • Use of reprographic equipment – laser printers and photocopier

 

Pupils will also learn about:

  • Security of Information

  • Modern Workplace Layout

  • Health & Safety

  • Storage of Data

  • Organising Travel

  • Organisational Structure

 

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

 

  • How do businesses operate?

  • Could you manage a team of colleagues?

  • What makes a business profitable?

  • Do you think you have the ability to make business decisions?

  • Business Managementplays a key role in modern society. There are many and varied opportunities for those who wish to pursue a career in business and management. This is an excellent subject to choose if you see your career being in the business world, but it is also of general interest, as it deals with many issues which we all encounter in our every day lives.

  • The Course introduces learners to the dynamic world of business - it aims to enable learners to develop:

  • knowledge and understanding of business concepts in a range of contexts

  • awareness of the processes and procedures businesses use to ensure customers’ needs are met

  • enterprising skills and adopt enterprising attributes by participating in practical activities in realistic business situations

  • financial awareness through a business context

  • an insight into the impact of the economy on businesses and our daily lives, thus gaining economic awareness

 

Skills developed by pupils on the course:

 

  • The ability to present business related information

  • The ability to be flexible and resourceful in attitude

  • The ability to work with others in practical situations

  • The ability to be confident, particularly regarding education and moving into the world of work

  • The ability to contribute responsibly to society in an ethical way

  • The ability to think creatively

  • The ability to seek and recognise success