Course Outline and Assessment/Evaluation Plan

Martingrove C. I., Toronto District School Board

Department: Business & ITOutline Developed by: Mr. M. Goldberg
Date: September 7, 2011
Course Code: BTT1O1
Course Title: Information & Communication Technology In Business

Credit Value: 1.0
Grade: 9
Prerequisite: None
Textbook: N/A

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 webpage design skills. Throughout the course, there is emphasis on digital literacy, effective electronic research and communication skills, and current issues related to the impact of information and communication technology.

Course Overview
Information & Communication Technology In Business is organized into the following five strands...
  1. Digital Literacy
  2. Productivity Software
  3. Design Software
  4. Business Communications
  5. Ethics and Issues in Information and Communication Technology

Overall Expectations
By the end of this course, students will be able to:

Unit #1 - Digital Literacy:
  • demonstrate an understanding of the terminology associated with information and communication technology;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the computer workstation environment;
  • manage electronic files and folders;
  • analyze options for accessing the Internet;
  • apply effective techniques when conducting electronic research

Unit #2 - Productivity Software:
  • use word processing software to create common business documents;
  • use spreadsheet software to perform a variety of tasks;
  • manage information using database software.

Unit #3 - Design Software:
  • use presentation software to create and deliver effective presentations;
  • use desktop publishing software to create publications;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the uses and design of effective websites, and develop their own web pages.

Unit #4 - Business Communications:
  • demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of effective business documents and communications;
  • use appropriate technology to facilitate effective communication;
  • maintain a portfolio of exemplary work that illustrates their skills in information and communication technology, including the ability to create effective business communications.

Unit #5 - Ethics and Issues in Information and Communication Technology:
  • demonstrate an understanding of legal, social, and ethical issues relating to information and communication technology;
  • analyze privacy and security issues relating to information and communication technology;
  • assess the impact of information and communication technology on personal health and the environment.

Assessment and Evaluation:
Assessment and Evaluation for this course will be through a variety of methods as indicated below. Students will have multiple opportunities to practice skills and to demonstrate achievement. The final mark for the course will be comprised of 70% course work, assignments, and tests throughout the year, and 30% summative evaluation towards the end of the course. The summative evaluation will consist of a culminating project (worth 30% of the final mark).

Marks are reported on all report cards in a CUMULATIVE ON-GOING BASIS. This means that the mark you have earned up to that particular day is reported. Evaluation will be weighted as shown across the following categories. Categories being evaluated will be identified in all marking schemes.
Knowledge & Understanding (eg. tests, quizzes)
20% of the course work mark (14% overall)
Thinking (eg. case studies, reports)
25% of the course work mark (17.5% overall)
Communication (eg. presentations, spelling)
25% of the course work mark (17.5% overall)
Application (eg. assignments on computer)
30% of the course work mark (21% overall)
(NB: Many evaluations will have more than one category covered. Marking schemes will outline how each assignment is evaluated with regard to the above categories. The items in parentheses above are to be used as a general guideline.)

Classroom Routines and Procedures
Students must be in class at the start of each period, prepared to begin before the bell rings. Regular attendance and punctuality is a must. Get into the habit of writing down homework into your student planner. Prepare for each class by reading and doing the homework assigned by the teacher. Students are responsible for catching up on missed homework and in-class assignments.
Throughout the year you will be working with many different people in the class in teams. It is expected that you will work hard as a member of your team and be dedicated to its success. Remember that during your lifetime, you will often have to work with people that you may not like or get along with, but you must make the best of the situation that you are given.

Assignments or projects must be submitted on the due date. Late assignments will not be accepted after the absolute deadline, and students who do not hand in work will receive a mark of zero. If there is a legitimate reason for the late submission of an assignment, make sure you inform your teacher.

Students must be present for all tests. Students present at any time during the day of the test are expected to write the test or a mark of zero will be assigned. Make-up tests or other alternative forms of evaluation will be given only at the teacher's discretion, if the absence is documented with a legitimate reason (eg. sickness) on a note from a parent or guardian. (Note that an absence from a summative evaluation, exam or project due date, must be documented with a third party note. That is, if you are sick for an exam, for example, a doctor's note is required - a note from a parent or guardian will not suffice.) A student participating in a school activity at the time of a test must inform the teacher at least one week prior to the day of the test and arrange to write the test before leaving on the school activity or a mark of zero will be assigned. If you are absent for a test and have submitted the proper documentation, you must write any make-up test the day you get back to school (regardless of whether or not you have a class in the missed subject that day).

This course covers a great deal of interrelated course material. If you miss a class, it is very important that you catch up immediately, as it becomes increasingly more difficult to get caught up as time goes on. Make sure that you contact someone in the class if you are absent, to find out what you have missed. (It might be a good idea to buddy-up with one or many classmates and exchange phone numbers.) It is YOUR responsibility to get caught up on work missed in a TIMELY fashion.

If you have any questions or concerns about this course, please feel free to speak to your teacher.
Teacher: Mr. M. Goldberg
Office: Room 105A
Twitter: @MrMGoldberg