Business Administration, Finance & Information Technology (BIT)

Information Technology

21st Century Workplace Skills: IT Essentials 10 (3 credits)

Power School Reference: [IT Essentials 10 INF199XA]

This courses allows students develop and enhance the core software and information management skills necessary to thrive at Western and post high school. Students learn how to use technology tools such as word processors, presentation, and spreadsheet software to efficiently and effectively simplify tasks and manage information. As well, students will touch on personal and project management software to stay organised and on track! These skills expand on existing knowledge of GSuite tools. Students newly learned skills to create a final project that is of personal interest. This course consists of three modules worth one credit each.

Marketing & Management 

Business Management 20 (5 credits)

Prerequisite: None
Power School Reference: [Business Studies 20 BST299X]

This course is for Gr. 10, 11 ,or 12 students interested in business. This course explores the important role businesses and entrepreneurs play in a free market economy.  Students are introduced to spreadsheets, entrepreneurship, the business environment, and the business organisation. The course focusses on Marketing & Management where students learn important principles of marketing before applying them in a final project.  Throughout the course, students are encouraged to follow local, national and international business events affecting 21st century business leaders. If you plan on working in a business, this is a great foundational course to get you thinking like a business person!

Business Management 30 (5 credits)

Prerequisite: Business Management 20 OR Business 10 Pre-IB
Power School Reference: [Business Studies 30 BST399X]

This course expands on the Marketing & Management themes introduced in the 20-level course.  Students discuss significant business news events from a local, provincial, national and global context while learning about the importance of international trade and how money flows within an economy. Using course theory, case studies, and role play, students explore the importance of Human Resources to business enterprises, the impact of organisational structures on business strategy, the power of leadership and how to keep employees motivated at work.  Complete the semester by working on a final group project.   

IB Business Management

IB Business Management 10 (5 credits)  

Power School Reference: [Business Intro IB BUS10XXH]

This course is the first of two courses needed to obtain credit in IB Business Management SL. It is intended for incoming 2022-2023 students enrolled in IB OR current Western students with no business courses. Content in this course covers the key characteristics of a business organisation, the economic environment, strategy and decision-making, marketing & sales, and operations management. Students analyse, discuss and evaluate business activities at local, national and international levels using course theory and content. Students are introduced to the four concepts underpinning the IB Business Managed curriculum (creativity, change, ethics & sustainability).

IB Business Management 20 & 30 (8 Credits)

Prerequisite: Business Management Pre-IB in the 2021-2022 school year
Power School Reference: [Business Inter IB BUS20XXH & Marketing & Mgmt 20_cohort IB MAM299XH ]

This course is for students who completed Business Management Pre-IB in the 2021-2022 school year. Students expand on skills learned in Business Pre-IB. Focus areas Human Resources, Accounting and Finance, Operations Management and preparation for writing the Internal Assessment and IB exam. Students conduct in-depth analysis of a business, including product offerings, management structure and hiring, financial position, production processes, operations, and marketing strategy.

IB Business Management 30 (5 Credits)

Prerequisite: Business Management PreIB AND 20IB completed by end of 2021-2022 school year
Power School Reference: [Business Adv IB BUS30XXH]

This course is for students who completed both Business Management PreIB AND Business Management 20 IB in the 2021-2022 school year. Students expand on skills learned in IB Business Introduction / Intermediate, in the areas of business and commerce, including the exploration of topics such as: Human Resources, Accounting and Finance, Marketing, and Operations Management. Students conduct in-depth analysis of a business, including: its product offering, management structure and hiring, financial position, production processes, operations, and marketing strategy. Students write Internal Assessment and prepare for IB exam. 

Computing Science

Computing Science 10 - pairs with Introductory Robotics (6 credits)

Fee: $35.00 
Power School Reference: [Computing Science 10 CSE199X]

Students are introduced to robotics and computer programming. Students will spend approximately 9 weeks in each focus area. In Computing Science, students develop skills in the C++ structured programming language, learn basic problem solving techniques, and learn fundamental computer science concepts. These concepts are foundational to the disciplines of computer science and software engineering and are strongly recommended for students interested in these career paths. During robotics at the introductory /  exploratory level, students learn about robotic systems and structures. Students learn to identify and build several robots and use sensors with a variety of platforms. Students learn about electrical components, build a light-following robot, and are introduced to VEX robotics and programming using RobotC. An extensive amount of practical work occurs during each of the nine week courses. This course provides prerequisites for further studies in Robotics 2 and/or Computing Science 2.

Computing Science 20 (5 Credits)

Prerequisite: Robotics Intro & Computer Science 10
Power School Reference: [Computing Science 20 CSE299X]

Students continue to develop mastery of computer and programming concepts using C++ and Java computer languages with hands-on algorithm and program development. Students focus on writing computer programs to solve problems. Concepts include computer science skills, use of functions, use of arrays and structs, file writing skills, as well as the ability to program in a second language. By the end of this course, students will build simple AI programs that can play games such as Wordle, Mastermind, and TextTwist.Strong mathematical and problem solving recommended.

Computing Science 30 (5 Credits)

Prerequisite: Computer Science 20
Power School Reference: [Computing Science 30 CSE399X]

Students develop mastery of advanced concepts of computers and programming using Java computer language with hands-on algorithm and program development. Students will learn new methods of  problem solving and algorithm development. Concepts include computer science concept skills, searching and sorting methods, object oriented programming, breadth and depth first search algorithms, pathfinding algorithms. as well as the ability to program with programmer defined data types in a second language. By the end of the course, students will be able to develop a program that can solve any Sudoku puzzle.  Interested students can participate in the University of Waterloo's 

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