Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School

Business and Technology

Here is a brief description for the Department Courses at Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School…

Program Chair

Mr. C. Van Bakel

Business

Intro to Information Technology in Business OPEN: BTT10
This course introduces students to the use of information technology in a business environment. Students will learn how to use information technology in a work environment, perform electronic research, communicate electronically, and use common business software. They will also explore possible future occupations in information technology.

Intro To Business OPEN: BBI20
This course introduces students to the world of business, including the concepts, functions, and skills required for meeting the challenges of operating a business in the twenty-first century on a local, national, and/or international scale. Students will also learn concepts and skills related to personal finance, entrepreneurship, and international business.

Intro to Financial Accounting U/C Preparation: BAF3M
This course introduces students to the fundamental principles and procedures of accounting, with emphasis on accounting procedures used in service and merchandising businesses. Students will develop an understanding of the connections between financial analysis, control, and decision making in the management of a business, as well as the effects of technology and globalization on accounting procedures and the role of the accountant.

Intro to Entrepreneurial Studies College Preparation: BDI3C
This course focuses on ways in which entrepreneurs recognize opportunities, generate ideas, and organize resources to plan successful ventures that enable them to achieve their personal goals by satisfying the needs of others. Students will learn about values, traits, and skills most often associated with successful entrepreneurial activity.

Introduction to Marketing College Preparation: BMI3C
This course introduces the fundamental concepts of marketing, with an emphasis on in-depth analysis of the influence of changes in the economy and global marketplace, trends and issues, and the impact of technology. Students will analyze the buying patterns of various consumers and the effect of marketing strategies, and will engage in marketing research. Students will also develop and present a marketing plan for a specific product.

Principles of Financial Accounting U/C Preparation: BAT4M
This course emphasizes study of accounting principles related to financial statements. Students will learn about ways in which information in these statements is used in making business decisions, and about the effects on financial statements of using different methods of inventory valuation and adjusting and reversing entries. Students will also study various means of financing a business and ways in which the strength of a corporation can be determined through the reading of its annual report.

Organizational Studies U/C Preparation: BOH4M
This course focuses on ways in which organizations deal with issues affecting their competitiveness in a changing technological and global business environment. Students will analyze various leadership techniques and study various issues such as ethics in business, social responsibility, management of group dynamics, uses of information technology, workplace stress and conflict, motivation of employees, and globalization. Students will also investigate the management of a diverse workforce within an organization and the importance of strategic planning. Prerequisite: BAF3M

Technology

Exploring Technologies OPEN: TIJ1O
This course enables students to further explore and develop technological knowledge and skills introduced in the elementary science and technology program. Students will be given the opportunity to design and create products and/or provide services related to the various technological areas or industries, working with a variety of tools, equipment, and software commonly used in industry. Students will develop an awareness of environmental and societal issues, and will begin to explore secondary and post secondary education and training pathways leading to careers in technology-related fields.

Communications Technology OPEN: TGJ2O
This course requires students to complete a range of communications technology projects. These may include creating printed stationery, short videos, computer-generated animations, and graphical information displays. Students will learn to transfer information using electronic, live, and graphic communications methods. The knowledge and skills they will develop will provide a basis for careers in areas such as publishing, advertising, print production, animation, photography, and journalism.

Technological Design OPEN: TDJ2O
This course requires students to design and develop innovative products and services. Students will learn the following: how to identify user needs related to specified design problems; the physical properties of selected materials and their application in product design; techniques to create physical products and services; various presentation techniques; how to test and evaluate design solutions; and the implications of technology on the development of products or services. They will also become aware of design-related careers.

Computer and Information Science University Preparation: ICS3U
This course introduces students to computer science. Students will design software independently and as part of a team, using industry-standard programming tools and applying the software development life-cycle model. They will also write and use subprograms within computer programs. Students will develop creative solutions for various types of problems as their understanding of the computing environment grows. They will also explore environmental and ergonomic issues, emerging research in computer science, and global career trends in computer-related fields.

Construction Technology College Preparation: TCJ3CA
This program is a two-credit package available at the Grade 11 and 12 levels. Students will fulfill all the Ministry of Education requirements of a single credit TCJ3C program. The additional instructional time will allow students to focus on specific areas of studies such as blueprint reading, site plans, excavation, footings and foundations, framing, masonry, plumbing and electrical as well as interior finishes such as drywall, painting, kitchen cupboards and washroom fixtures.

Technological Design U/C Preparation: TDJ3M
This course provides students with opportunities to apply the principles of technological design to challenges in communications, manufacturing, electronics, transportation, architecture, industrial and consumer products, health and safety equipment, and environmental services. Students will identify user needs, estimate labour and material costs, analyse material characteristics, and illustrate design solutions, using traditional and computer-based methods. They will also acquire the basic design skills required for post secondary studies in engineering, manufacturing, architecture, and construction.

Hospitality and Tourism College: TFJ3CA
This program is a two-credit package  available at the Grade 11 level. Students will fulfill all the Ministry of Education requirements of a single credit TFJ3C program. The additional instructional time will allow students to focus on specific areas of studies such as food preparation and management, baking, guest service, and other sectors of the hospitality industry. This course makes up two of the Major credits for the Specialist High Skills Major in Hospitality and Tourism.

Communications Technology: TV, Video and Movie Production U/C Preparation: TGV3M
This course examines communications technology from a media perspective. Students will develop knowledge and skills as they design and produce media projects in the areas of live, recorded, and graphic communications. These areas may include TV, video, and movie production; radio and audio production; print and graphic communications; photography; digital imaging; broadcast journalism; and interactive new media. Students will also develop an awareness of related environmental and societal issues and explore college and university programs and career opportunities in the various communications technology fields. The emphasis of this couse will be on video production.

Horticulture /Landscape Technology: THJ3MA
This program is a two-credit package. This course focuses on residential and light construction systems related to commercial, industrial, and/or recreational construction; the development of generic employment skills and preparation for apprenticeship and training programs. Students will learn about and gain practical experience with various types of materials, processes, labour, tools, and equipment used in the construction industry; technical drawings; and auxiliary systems. They will also study industry standards and building codes; consider health and safety issues; and explore careers, the importance of lifelong learning, and the impact of construction technology on society and the environment. This course provides focused education and training relating to greenhouse management, product development and landscape design, construction and installation. Students participate in a ‘hands-on’ approach to school and community based design, scheduling and implementation of horticultural, floricultural, viticulture, and landscape projects. This course makes up two of the major credits for the Specialist High Skills Major in Horticulture and Landscape.

Manufacturing Technology : TMJ3EA
This program is a two-credit package (220 hrs.) available at the Grade 11 level. Students will fulfill all the Ministry of Education requirements of a single credit (110 hrs.) TMJ3E program. The additional instructional time will allow students to focus on specific areas of studies such as mechanical blueprint reading, quality assurance, custom grinding, MIG/Arc/Oxy-Acetylene welding, plasma cutting and CAD.

Transportation Technology College: TTJ3CA
This program is a two-credit package (220 hours) available at the Grade 11 level.
This course examines the various types of land, air, and/or marine vehicles and vehicle systems found within the transportation sector. Students will acquire identification, troubleshooting, repairing, and testing skills that meet industry standards and government regulations. In addition to developing employability and technical skills, they will explore the broad range of career opportunities within this sector, and will examine the impact of the transportation sector on people, society, and the environment. This course makes up two of the major credits for the Specialist High Skills Major in Transportation Technology.

Hairstyling and Aesthetics College: TXJ3CA
This program is a two-credit package (220 hours) available at the Grade 11 level. Students will fulfill all the Ministry of Education requirements of a single credit (110 hours) TPE3E program. The additional instructional time will allow students to focus on specific areas of studies such as professional image, physical presentation, professional ethics and salon operations. The additional time will also allow students to enhance their technical skills and knowledge in areas such as client consultation, hair cutting, hair colouring, day and evening styling and aesthetics.

Computer and Information Science U/C Preparation: ICS4U
This course enables students to further develop knowledge and skills in computer science. Students will use modular design principles to create complex and fully documented programs, according to industry standards. Student teams will manage a large software development project, from planning through to project review. Students will also analyse algorithms for effectiveness. They will investigate ethical issues in computing and further explore environmental issues, emerging technologies, areas of research in computer science, and careers in the field. Prerequisite: ICS3U

Construction Technology College Preparation: TCJ4CA
This 2 creditcourse enables students to further develop technical knowledge and skills related to residential construction and to explore light commercial construction. Students will continue to gain hands on experience using a variety of materials, processes, tools, and equipment; create and interpret construction drawings; and learn more about building design and project planning. They will expand their knowledge of terminology, codes and regulations, and health and safety standards related to residential and light commercial construction. Students will also expand their awareness of environmental and societal issues related to construction technology and explore entrepreneurship and career opportunities in the industry that may be pursued directly after graduation. Prerequisite: TCJ3CA

Technological Design U/C Preparation: TDJ4M
This course provides students with opportunities to solve problems in design through the use of technical drawings, model building, testing, and marketing. Students will research, design, and test solutions for residential or commercial architecture, industrial engineering, and manufacturing. They will also examine the educational requirements of a technical design-related career in engineering, architecture, or industrial design. Prerequisite: TDJ3M

Hospitality and Tourism College: TFJ4CA
This program is a two-credit package  available at the Grade 12 level. Students will fulfill all the Ministry of Education requirements of a single credit ( TFJ4C program. This courses focuses on advanced food preparation and presentation skills; event and activity planning; the equipment and facilities used in the hospitality and tourism industry; and tourist attractions. Students study the nutritional value of foods, plan menus and recipes, develop management techniques, design and implement and event, and learn effective communication skills. They also explore careers, the impact of the hospitality and tourism industry on society and the environment, and health and safety standards in the workplace. The additional instructional time will allow students to focus on specific areas of studies such as food preparation and management, baking, guest service, and other sectors of the hospitality industry. This course makes up two of the Major credits for the Specialist High Skills Major in Hospitality and Tourism.  Prerequisite: TFJ3CA

Horticulture /Landscape Technology: THJ4MA
This program is a two-credit package. This course focuses on advanced residential construction, more complex construction systems, and the introduction of heavy construction related to commercial, industrial, and/or recreational construction. Students will learn about the tools, materials, equipment, and methods used in the light and heavy construction industries; structural analysis and design; presentation and working drawings; and auxiliary systems. They will also estimate materials and labour costs; study industry standards and building codes; consider health and safety issues; and explore energy conservation, careers, and the impact of construction technology on society and the environment.This course provides advanced education and training relating to greenhouse management, product development and landscape design, construction and installation. Students participate in a ‘hands-on’ approach to school and community based design, scheduling and implementation of horticultural, floricultural, viticulture, and landscape projects. This course is recommended for those students pursuing the horticulture pathway at the post-secondary level. This course makes up two of the major credits for the Specialist High Skills Major in Horticulture and Landscape.

Manufacturing Technology : TMJ4EA
This project-driven, hands-on course builds on students’ experiences in manufacturing technology. Students will further develop knowledge and skills related to the use of engine lathes, milling machines, welding machines, and other tools and equipment as they design and fabricate solutions to a variety of technological challenges in manufacturing. Students may also have opportunities to acquire industry-standard training and certification. Students will expand their awareness of environmental and societal issues and of career opportunities in the manufacturing industry. Prerequisite: TMJ3EA

Communications Technology: TV, Video and Movie Production U/C Preparation: TGV4M
This course enables students to further develop media knowledge and skills while designing and producing projects in the areas of live, recorded, and graphic communications. Students may work in the areas of TV, video, and movie production; radio and audio production; print and graphic communications; photography; digital imaging; broadcast journalism; and interactive new media. Students will also expand their awareness of environmental and societal issues related to communications technology and will investigate career opportunities and challenges in a rapidly changing technological environment. This course will have an emphasis on TV, Video and Movie Production. Prerequisite: TGV3M

Transportation Technology College: TTJ4CA
This program is a two credit package available at the Grade 12 level.
This course examines the commonalities of land, air, and marine vehicles and transportation systems. Students will develop safe workplace habits and business management skills and will use diagnostic, hand, and power tools effectively to service and repair vehicles to meet industry standards and safety inspections. They will also research the entry requirements for apprenticeship training programs and develop the employability and technical skills required for entry into the workplace. This course makes up two of the major credits for the Specialist High Skills Major in Transportation Technology.  Prerequisite: TTJ3CA

Hairstyling and Aesthetics: TXJ4CA
This 2 credit package course enables students to develop increased proficiency in a wide range of hairstyling and aesthetics services. Working in a salon/spa team environment, students will strengthen their fundamental cosmetology skills and develop an understanding of common business practices and strategies in the salon/spa industry. Students will also expand their understanding of environmental and societal issues and their knowledge of postsecondary destinations in the hairstyling and aesthetics industry. Prerequisite: TXJ3CA

 

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