Digital Technologies & Business Department

Dean of Digital Technologies & Business

Anton Mayer-Miller

OVERVIEW – Business

Through Business Education students develop an awareness of Business within the home, school, local, national and global communities. They develop knowledge, practices and dispositions to critically analyse business situations, confidently meet their own and others’ needs and wants, capitalise on business opportunities, make informed decisions and participate responsibly in Business situations.

Business Education focuses on business systems, information procedures, enterprise and ventures and work environments. Business Education is important for students in the later years of compulsory schooling as it is at this time that they gain a degree of independence in accumulating and managing finances, make decisions about goods and services and acquire legal rights and responsibilities as citizens.

YEAR 7

Business In 2015, Year 7 Business students will explore a variety of topics to help them make smart financial decisions in the future.  Students will learn how to make informed decisions about consumer issues such as budgeting, financial planning and money management.  They will also analyse why people work, types of work and how people derive an income, as well as investigate wise financial choices as a consumer in the market place.

Interactive Multimedia Students will study animation techniques such as key-framing and audio syncing. This will allow them to develop an entertaining multimedia presentation incorporating video and audio. Students will also learn essential keyboard skills to help them succeed in today’s digital age. Learning these skills will also assist students across all Learning Areas throughout high school.

 

YEAR 9
Business Principles  It is important that students have an understanding of the principles on which businesses are organised and on which they operate since all fields of employment involve at least some contact with aspects of business. In their post-secondary school years, students will be consumers of goods and services. It is essential that they are aware of the different services offered by business so that they may make informed decisions. Business Principles will give students an introduction to and an awareness of the activities of business within the home, school, local, national and global communities. Students will develop their ability to critically analyse business situations, confidently meet their own and others’ needs and wants, capitalise on business opportunities, make informed decisions, and participate responsibly in business situations.

Enterprise Education  Students will assume roles as participants in the commercial environment such as consumers, workers, owners, managers and citizens. They will interact with individuals, groups, organisations, institutions and governments throughout their lives. They have no choice but to get involved in the business community at some level. This subject endeavours to better equip students for an ever changing business world. The two modules that make up this subject each look at a specific area from the business world.

Interactive Multimedia Multimedia is the use of several media to present information. Combinations include text, graphics, animation, pictures, video and sound. In this subject students will produce a variety of multimedia products. Development of non-linear presentations involving: 2D Animation, Digital Video, Image Manipulation and Computer Game Design.  Students will be exposed to a variety of industry standard and fun software packages throughout the course including: Moviemaker, Adobe Flash, Multimedia Fusion and Adobe Photoshop.

YEAR 10
Small Business Management and the Law and Wide World of Work Courses in Business Education will:

  • provide the students with realistic commercial experiences and activities related to a ‘real life’ business environment;
  • provide knowledge and experience of some business skills which are valuable to students in developing their interests and aptitudes;
  • provide opportunities for students to engage in experiences which will promote their continuing growth towards effective communication using appropriate business terminology and decision making;
  • assist students to become aware of their own capabilities;
  • create an environment within which the student may develop qualities of resourcefulness, initiative, self-reliance, efficiency and a measure of personal responsibility;
  • provide opportunities for students to develop personal attitudes and values to enable them to function effectively as adult citizens in the community.

It is inevitable that individuals will assume many and varied roles within the business world at some time in their lives.

These roles include consumer, producer, worker, record-keeper, owner, company director, manager and taxpayer. A study of Business Education will guide students towards a thorough understanding of Australia’s changing business environment and enhance their personal competence to participate responsibly in that environment.

Accounting and MYOB Basics Introducing Business Communication and Technologies
Courses in Business Education will:

  • provide students with realistic commercial experiences and activities related to a ‘real life’ business environment.
  • provide knowledge and experience of some business skills which are valuable to students in developing their interests and aptitudes.
  • provide opportunities for students to engage in experiences which will promote their continuing growth towards effective communication using appropriate business terminology and decision-making.
  • assist students to become aware of their own capabilities.
  • create an environment within which the student may develop qualities of resourcefulness, initiative, self-reliance, efficiency and a measure of personal responsibility.
  • provide opportunities for students to develop personal attitudes and values to enable them to function as adult citizens in the community.

Interactive Multimedia The topics that students cover in this unit include the development of mobile phone/tablet applications (APPs) and audio creation. Students will learn how specific APPs work for mobile devices such as phones or tablets.  They will learn the fundamentals of developing a project by creating several APPs in training mode.  For their assessment, students will create their very own APP, e.g. game, quiz, travel planner, information display etc.  Students will finish the term unit learning how to create a digital song using audio loops. They will create a piece of audio that could be used in dance clubs, or as a soundtrack to a movie or video game, or to simply tell a story.

Virtual Reality/Interactive Flash Animation Students will: be introduced to Adobe Flash software which is used to create interactive and complex animations with sounds, develop interactive virtual scenes by taking 360 degree panoramic photos.  Students study animation, Flash Skill, Development Panoramas and Virtual Reality.

SENIOR
Accounting  The study of Accounting provides not only a foundation in the discipline of accounting, preparing students for further education, training and employment, but also an understanding of the processes involved in using accounting information to make effective decisions. The skills and attitudes gained in this course will prepare students for a variety of entry points to employment, in both employee and employer roles, as well as preparing them for continuing study at tertiary level.

The changing processes of accounting practice are recognised, especially with respect to the development and use of new technologies. Students will use information and communication technologies to enable them to apply the accounting process in business, their daily lives, and as members of society.

Business Communication and Technologies – BCT In the ever-changing world in which businesses and government agencies operate, it is important that students entering the workplace acquire the knowledge, reasoning processes, skills and attitudes necessary for efficient functioning in a variety of business contexts both local and global.

Business Communication and Technologies offers students opportunities to engage in and understand a range of administrative practices through real-life situations and business simulations. Students examine the broader social, cultural and environmental implications of business activities with a focus on the essential skills of communication and the use of business-specific technologies.

This course of study engages students in learning activities that require higher-order cognition to analyse, evaluate and propose recommendations from multiple perspectives across a range of business contexts. These activities build skills to enhance their confidence and ability to participate effectively as members of the business world and as citizens dealing with issues emanating from business activity.

Information Technology Systems This course has a dominant client-based multimedia emphasis.  Students will be expected to develop extensive knowledge and application of industry standard software.  Some of these software packages include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Muse, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Encore and Swish Max. Units include: Graphic Design, Photo Editing and Manipulation, Website Design and Development, Video Editing, Short Film Making, DVD Development and 2-D animation.