• Merrillville High School
    Course Scope & Sequence
     
     
    Department:
    Business
    Digital Communication Tools
    Instructor: Mr. Niksich

    Email:
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Course Expectations, Goals & Routines

    Student Conduct In Class Policy

    1)     Always do your best and strive to learn
    2)     Be courteous and respectful to everyone
    3)     Participate in all classroom activities with a positive attitude
    4)     Raise your hand and wait for acknowledgement to speak
    5)     Actively listen when the teacher is speaking
    6)     Stay on task without disturbing or distracting others
    7)     Be responsible for your own work
    8)     Use computer for completing classroom work only
    9)     Complete all assignments on time
    10)  Enter and exit the room quietly
    11)  Be in your seat and ready to begin class when bell sounds
    12)  Respect the school equipment
    13)  No food, drinks, or candy in the computer lab
    14)  Follow all technology acceptable use policies in handbook
    15)  Discuss personal issues privately and at an appropriate time
    16)  ID must be worn around your neck at all times
    17)  Detentions may be assigned for the following behaviors:

    a.             Not doing assigned work

    b.             Sleeping or giving the impression of sleeping

    c.              Altering of the computer’s desktop screen, wallpaper, shortcuts, etc.  These computers are not to be considered your Personal Computers.

    d.             Inappropriate language.

    e.             Disrespect towards teacher/peers

    f.                Gum/food/drink/candy

    g.             The 3 Strike Rule will apply to inappropriate use of the computers and/or internet usage.  In this class you are not permitted to go online other than to the MHS website or to typing games.
             1st Offense = 1 Detention
             2nd Offense = 1 Friday
             3rd Offense = Removal from class with a W/F
     
    Course Description
     

    DIGITAL COMMUNICATION TOOLS                                                     

    Digital Communications is a business course that prepares students to use computerized devices and software programs to effectively handle communication-related school assignments and to develop communication competencies needed for personal and professional activities after graduation.  Students will learn a variety of computer input and output technologies, including touch keyboarding.  Knowledge of software and professional design layout will be applied to communication situations that require problem solving and critical thinking.  The projects included in this course will enable students to enhance their math, reading, listening, writing, and information presentation skills.

    ·         Grade Level:  9 – 12

    ·         Credits: 1 trimester course for one credit

    ·         Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas 

    • A Career Academic Sequence, Career-Technical program, or Flex Credit course
    • A foundation course for Computer Applications
     
     
    Week
    Standards
    Instructional Content
    Activities, Readings, Labs, Interactive Notes, Assignments, etc.
    Assessments
    Other
    #1
    11/14
       -11/18
     
    Paint Program
    Who's Your Neighbor?
    Paint Project
     
    #2
    11/21-
    11/25
     
    Touch Keyboarding
    Day #1, #2, #3, #4, #5
    Lessons #1 & #2
    Career Video #1
    Video Worksheet #1
     
    #3
    11/28-
    12/2
     
    Touch Keyboarding
    Graphic Organizer/Interactive Notebook using Inpiration
    Day #6, #7, #8, #9, #10
    Lessons #3, #4
    Career Video #2
    Graphic Organizer
     
    #4
    12/5-
    12/9
     
    Touch Keyboarding
    Punctuation/Spacing
     
    Day #11, #12, #13, #14, #15
    Lesson #5
    Career Video #3
    Punctuation Quiz
    3' Timed Writing
    Video Worksheet #2
     
    #5
    12/12-
    12/16
     
    Keypad
    PhotoShop (Creating Layers)
    Keypad #1, #2, #3
    PhotoShop Project (Background/Body/Your Head)
     
    3' Timed Writings
     
    #6
    12/19-
    12/22
     
    Microsoft Word
    Business Letters
    Reports
    Business Letter #1, #2
    Report #1, #2
     
     
    #7
    1/9-
    1/13
     
    Microsoft Word TABLES
     
    Table #1, #2, #3, #4, #5
     
     
    #8
    1/16-
    1/20
     
    PowerPoint
    Smartphone PowerPoint Presentations
     
     
    #9
    1/23-
    1/27
     
    Microsoft Excel
    Formulas
    Order of Operations
    Charts
    Basketball Stats
    Baseball Stats
    Lottery
    Bean Counter
    Monthly Budget
     
     
    #10
    1/30-
    2/3
     
    Creating Webpages/HTML using Notepad
    Webpage #1, #2, #3
     
     
    #11
    2/6-
    2/10
     
    Microsoft Publisher
    Using the Internet as a research tool
    Spring Break Travel Brochure
     
     
    #12
    2/13-
    2/17
     
    FINAL EXAMS
     
    Final Exam
    Typing Speed
    Business Letter
    Spreadsheet