The Business Department at DCVI is responsible for courses in Business Studies, Computer Studies, and Interdisciplinary Studies. Being a small school, decisions have been made with respect to the best courses to meet the needs of students at DCVI. Making informed decisions about which courses to take at high school can be a challenge. The information below is designed to give students / parents more information about the courses offered by "The Business Department" at DCVI than that which is provided in the Course Calendar and myBlueprint.
Grade 9 - BTT1O - Information and Communication Technology in Business
Every Grade 9 student is required to take this (half-credit) course. Why? To provide each student with a set of Information Technology skills that they will use throughout their time in high school, and in their day-to-day lives. The Avon Maitland District School Board provides access to a suite of applications from Google (Google Apps EDU). Each student is provided an account to access this site. Students will retain the access for the duration of their time at DCVI. Google Apps are available on any computer with Internet access.
Grade 10 - BBI2O - Introduction to Business
If you are unsure of what you would like to do as a career, or if you think that you might like to do something related to business, then this is an excellent course for you to take. You will be introduced to such things as accounting, marketing, entrepreneurship, international business, and human resources. This course is taught at the open level with evaluation through open-book tests as well as group and individual assignments. You will build a foundation for further business courses as well as develop knowledge that will help you in your everyday life. This course satisfies the compulsory credit requirement for group 2 “Business Studies” or you can take it as one of you 12 “Elective Credits”.
Grade 11 - BAF3M - Introduction to Financial Accounting
Math does not have to be your strongest subject in order for you to do well in accounting. Many things have changed in the field of accounting, and it is no longer a boring, “sit behind a desk all day” type of career. There are many exiting, well-paid positions if you choose to take a career path that leads to accounting. By the end of this course, you will have a good understanding of the basic accounting for service and merchandise businesses. Even if you do not pursue a career in accounting, you will benefit personally for the knowledge that you will learn from this course. This course satisfies the compulsory credit requirement from Group 2 “Business Studies” or you can take it as one of your 12 “Elective Credits”.
Grade 11 - BDI3C - Introduction to Entrepreneurial Studies
Have you ever wondered what is would be like to be your own boss, work your own hours with only the people that you choose to work with? Well, if you have, then you may be a budding entrepreneur. This course looks at what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. By the end of the course, you will have developed a business plan for a venture that you will actually launch at DCVI. This course satisfies the compulsory credit requirement from Group 2 “Business Studies” or you can take it as one of your 12 “Elective Credits”.
Grade 12 - BAT4M - Financial Accounting Principles
(pre-requisite for BAT4M is BAF3U)This course will expand on the knowledge that you have already learned in the Grade 11 Accounting course. Some of the things that you will learn include accounting for partnerships and corporations as well as analyzing data for decision-making purposes. This course satisfies the compulsory credit requirment from Group 2 "Business Studies" or you can take it as one of your 12 "Elective Credits".
Grade 10 - ICS2O - Introduction to Computer Studies
Computers do not function without software or the term used more commonly now, “apps” “Apps” or software are computer programs. The main purpose of this course is to introduce students to computer programming. The three main concepts of sequence, selection, and repetition are introduced through an emphasis on game creation. The basic techniques and concepts are then re-enforced and expanded using App Inventor to develop applications for Android cell phones. The course also deals with computers and society (social impact, environmental impact, ethical issues), and an overview of computer hardware, software concepts, operating systems, and computer networks. Students are not required to take ICS2O before taking a Grade 11 ICS course. Taking ICS2O helps students make an informed decision about further studies in Computer Studies and having ICS2O “under your belt” prior to taking ICS3C or ICS3U is not a bad thing! This course satisfies the compulsory credit requirement from Group 3 “Computer Studies” or you can take it as one of your 12 “Elective Credits”.
The 2 grade 11 courses share a number of common curriculum expectations. The two courses are in a combined class. When the curriculum varies, 3C and 3U students are provided with tasks appropriate for their curriculum.
ICS 3C - Introduction to Computer Programming
This course introduces students to computer programming concepts and practices. The programming language used for this course is Java. Introductory programming concepts will covered using the Processing programming environment. These concepts are then reviewed and expanded using Java (BlueJ IDE). Processing and BlueJ are free to download for a student to use on his/her own computer. Problem solving strategies are applied to various computer programming projects. Non-programming topics include: computer hardware, environmental impact, emerging technologies, and post-secondary opportunities. This course satisfies the compulsory credit requirement from Group 3 “Computer Studies” or you can take it as one of your 12 “Elective Credits”.
ICS 3U - Introduction to Computer Science
This course introduces students to computer science. An introduction to computer science involves learning computer programming concepts and techniques. The programming language used for this course is Java. Introductory programming concepts will covered using the Processing programming environment. These concepts are then reviewed and expanded using Java (BlueJ IDE). Processing and BlueJ are free to download for a student to use on his/her own computer. Problem solving strategies are applied to various computer programming projects. Non-programming topics include: computer hardware, software development, environmental impact, current areas of research in computer science, and post-secondary opportunities. This course satisfies the compulsory credit requirement from Group 3 “Computer Studies” or you can take it as one of your 12 “Elective Credits”.
The curriculum provides for ICS4C and ICS4U. Unlike 3C and 3U, there are few common curriculum expectations. We are unable to offer both courses at DCVI. The only course offered is ICS4C. Officially, the pre-requisite for ICS4C is ICS3C. Students who have taken ICS3U are allowed to use that credit as the pre-requisite (this is done with the permission of the principal, and is done automatically at DCVI).
University computer science courses tend to focus on theoretical issues and generally have a strong tie to mathematics.
College computer programming courses tend to focus on coding computer applications that have generally been designed by more senior / experienced programmers / designers.
The focus of ICS4C is programming rather than computer science (theoretical / mathmatical). Students considering a university destination would not be dis-served by taking ICS4C, as all computer science courses do contain aspects of computer programming.
ICS4C - Computer Programming
This course further develops students’ computer programming skills. The focus is on object-oriented programming. The programming language used will be Java within the BlueJ and/or NetBeans IDE, and/or Python. The majority of the course is devoted to programming, with an emphasis on project management and teamwork. The non-programming aspects of the course include: environmental impact, ethics, emerging technologies, and computer-related careers. This course satisfies the compulsory credit requirement from Group 3 “Computer Studies” or you can take it as one of your 12 “Elective Credits”.
Interdisciplinary Studies courses provide students with an opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge in more than one discipline (subject area) through the completion of real-world tasks. Students are given a high degree of freedom to make informed, appropriate choices. DCVI offers two different Interdisciplinary Studies courses. The difference between the courses lies in the different focus of each course. Both courses feature significant integration of computer technology.
IDP3O IDP4C IDP4U - Digital Communication
(pre-requisite for IDP4U is any U-level grade 11 course)
The focus of this course is communication that involves a digital component. The course is divided into 4 units. Unit 1 explores a number of tools that can be used for digital communication - cloud computing, social networking, information management, graphics, video, geo-location. Unit 2 allows students to utilize appropriate tools from Unit 1 in the research, design, completion of an infographic. Unit 3 considers the impact of digital communication on our society - cyber bullying, privacy, digital footprint, etc. Unit 4 is ongoing during the course, as each student selects a Web2.0 app and presents the app during a “speed geeking” session. The final assessment for the course is a collaborative project completed during the last few weeks of the course. This course is conducted through OpenClass Learning Management System
IDC4O IDC4U - Applied Journalism - Yearbook
(pre-requisite for IDC4U is any U-level grade 11 course)
The focus of this course is the design and completion of the DCVI Yearbook (grades 9-12). The course is divided into extensive and intensive curriculum. The extensive curriculum is the general knowledge that is required by everyone in the course. This knowledge is taken from a variety of disciplines (subjects) including: photography, digital image editing, marketing, graphical layout, and journalism. Intensive curriculum is specific knowledge that is required by individuals (or groups) for the completion of that portion of the yearbook that the individual (or group) is responsible for. The final assessment (provided to each student on the first day of the course!) is a take-home exam. This course is conducted through OpenClass Learning Management System.