The business and computer education curriculum is a special area of instruction that helps students develop technology skills. One-semester elective courses are offered in the following areas: Microsoft Office, Multi-Media, and Web Mastering. Year-long computer programming courses include AP Computer Science and Data Structures & Algorithms. The classes of 2014 and 2015 must earn one half computer credit to satisfy the graduation requirement. Another one half computer credit is awarded to all students after the sophomore year for participation in the laptop program.
Jeff Wheeler, Department Chair
Business and Computer Education Courses
705 MULTIMEDIA AND IMAGE MANAGEMENT (1/2 credit)
Learn how to turn your research projects into multimedia experiences! In this one-semester course you will develop proficiencies in designing, importing and manipulating advanced text, graphics, audio and video used in multimedia presentations. The software used in this course is the MS Office suite and Adobe Photoshop. Open to grades 10-12. Course credit goes toward the computer requirement for graduation.
Offered during regular school sessions and during summer. 2013 will be the final summer session in which this course is offered.
720 INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT OFFICE (1/2 credit)
This one semester class will give students a broad introduction to the educational uses of Microsoft Office: Word-basic formatting, tables, graphics; Excel-worksheets, formulas, functions, charts; Access-general database design, manipulating data, reports; PowerPoint-creating effective presentations with graphics and music; Publisher-beginning desktop publishing and integration of the office tools. Open to grades 9 and 10. Course credit goes toward the computer requirement for graduation.
728 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (1/2 credit)
Through a four-year study of computer applications, students will demonstrate the appropriate use of technology to problem solve, acquire and analyze information and communicate the results in electronic format. Students will learn to use the Internet and other electronic formats for information retrieval. They will acquire knowledge in creating documents in a variety of formats, including spreadsheets, databases, presentation designs and word processing. Additionally, students will become familiar with technology related terms and concepts and will be able to make informative decisions concerning hardware and software applications. Course credit goes toward the computer requirement for graduation.
730 WEB MASTERING (1/2 credit)
In this one semester course, students will learn how to use web editing software (WYSIWYG) to create professional web sites using graphics, hyperlinks, colors and multimedia. Creating professional looking web pages also involves an understanding of web design layout and concepts as well as a basic grasp of HTML, the programming language used to create web pages. Students will learn to create graphics for use in their web sites including backgrounds, animated images and rollover images. Course credit goes toward the computer requirement for graduation.
272 HONORS AP COMPUTER SCIENCE A (1 credit)
This course develops computer programming and problem-solving skills, using the language Java. It covers the A-level curriculum as defined by the College Board and is comparable to an introductory college level course for computer science majors. The student who enrolls in this course must be able to think abstractly and have strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Every student will be expected to take the AP Computer Science A Exam.
Prerequisite: an A in Geometry or a B or better in Honors Geometry. AP Course fee (includes AP exam): $92. Taken at Strake Jesuit.
290 HONORS DATA STRUCTURES AND ALGORITHMS (1 credit)
This advanced course in computer science follows a similar curriculum as that of a Computer Science II course in college. The content includes an introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of data structures. Emphasis is on abstract data types using the programming language JAVA. Students learn to use and program common data types such as Stacks, Queues, LinkedLists, Maps, Sets, and Trees. The student who enrolls in this course must be able to think abstractly and have strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Prerequisite: an A during one quarter of AP Computer Science. Taken at Strake Jesuit.