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Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) » Business/Tech Courses 2015-16

Business/Tech Courses 2015-16

BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY

 

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) (Previously known as IC3)

GRADES 9-12

5 CREDITS SEMESTER

Information and Communication Technologies is the ideal starting point for students interested in learning more about computer networks, computer applications, and Internet basics. The program gives individuals sufficient Internet and computing literacy skills to enter current job markets or begin higher education programs. (Computer/Applied Arts)

 

KEYBOARDING

GRADES 9-12

5 CREDITS SEMESTER

PREREQUISITE: Case Carrier Approval

This course provides basic skills to effectively use a computer. Beginning keyboarding and introduction to basic computer applications are stressed.

 

COMPUTER SYSTEMS

GRADES 9-12

10 CREDITS YEAR

PREREQUISITE: A grade of “B” or better in Algebra I or Algebra “B”.

This is a hands-on and theory course consisting of introduction to networks, microcomputer applications, algorithm development, and object oriented programming using Visual Basic and other software. This is a required course for all students accepted to Brahma Tech. (Applied Arts/Computers) (College credit -- An articulation agreement with Mt. San Antonio College enables students to earn college credit upon successfully passing their qualifying exam.)

 

MICROSOFT OFFICE USER SPECIALIST (MOUS)

GRADES 9 - 12

5 CREDITS SEMESTER

Students learn the fundamentals of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and/OR Access. Course completion is determined by the mastery of competencies. Students cover the prerequisite skills for MOUS Certification. This course is part of a defined sequence and a pathway of courses in the Information Technology Industry Sector as defined by the California Department of Education. (Applied Arts)

 

INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN

GRADES 9-12

10 CREDITS YEAR

PREREQUISITE: Completion or concurrent enrollment in Algebra

The major focus of IED is the design process and its application. Through hands-on projects, students apply engineering standards and document their work. Students use the same industry-leading 3D modeling software used by professionals to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems, document their work using an engineer’s notebook, and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community. IED is the first foundation course in the Project Lead the Way “Pathway To Engineering” sequence intended for students interested in STEM careers. (UC/CSU - “G” Elective) 


PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING 

GRADES 10 – 12 

10 CREDITS YEAR 

PREREQUISITE: Completion of Algebra with a “C” or better; Completion or concurrent enrollment in Geometry; “C” or better in Introduction to Engineering Design 

This survey course exposes students to major concepts they’ll encounter in a post-secondary engineering course of study. Topics include mechanisms, energy, statics, materials, and kinematics. Students will apply their learning in such projects as the building of solar hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, bridges and catapults, and the programming and development of robotic systems. They develop problem solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges, document their work and communicate solutions. POE is the second foundation course in the Project Lead the Way “Pathway To Engineering” sequence intended for students interested in STEM careers. (UC/CSU – “G” Elective) 

DIGITAL ELECTRONICS 

GRADES 11 – 12 

10 CREDITS YEAR 

PREREQUISITE: Completion or concurrent enrollment in Geometry; “C” or better in Principles of Engineering 

This course introduces students to the study of digital circuits which forms the foundation of all modern electronic devices. Students analyze, design, and build their own digital electronic circuits using industry standard software and instruments to solve real world engineering problems. Students will also learn hands-on applicable skills such as soldering, bread-boarding, and programming microcontrollers. Digital Electronics is a specialization course in the Project Lead the Way “Pathway To Engineering” sequence to be taken after the completion of both foundation courses. (UC/CSU – “G” Elective) 

ENGINEERING DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT 

GRADES 12 

10 CREDITS YEAR 

PREREQUISITE: Completion or concurrent enrollment in Geometry; “C” or better in Digital Electronics 

This capstone course allows students to get the chance to work in teams to research, design, test, document, and construct an engineering solution to a real-life problem. At the completion of the yearlong project, the team will present and defend their solution to a panel of independent professionals. Students will also, as a result of their exemplary projects, have the opportunity to register their work with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. EDD is the culmination of the Project Lead The Way “Pathway To Engineering” sequence and students will be expected to draw from all the skills and knowledge learned in those courses. (UC/CSU – “G” Elective) 

ROBOTICS 

GRADES 10-12 

10 CREDITS YEAR 

PREREQUISITE: Computer Systems or IC3; completion of Geometry with a C or better; completion of Biology with a C or better. 

This course will introduce students to the science of mechanical design, and computer programming through the building of robots using the Lego Mindstorms NXT kits. The various robotic projects that will be completed throughout the year will tie together many disciplines taught in the classroom e.g. computer science, physics, biology, industrial design, math, psychology, and engineering. Students will be presented with modular challenges that they most solve collaboratively, and they must, critically, thoughtfully, and creatively, come up with solutions to these challenges in their design and application. Students will be expected to blog, journal, and document their learning for each module through building websites and writing student reports. The course will culminate in the class participating in various competitions, expositions and demonstrations on and off campus. Repeatable for credit. (Applied Arts) 

COMPUTER SCIENCE AP (Advanced Placement) 

GRADES 10-12 

10 CREDITS YEAR 

PREREQUISITE: A grade of “B” or better in Trigonometry, the last two years of English, and IC3 or Computer Systems. 

This is an introductory college level course in object-orientated programming. A large part of the course is built around the development of computer programs that focus on development and analysis of algorithms, the development and use of fundamental data structures, the study of standard algorithms and typical applications, and the use of logic and formal methods. (Applied Arts) (UC/CSU*) 

COMPUTER GRAPHIC DESIGN

GRADES 9-12

10 CREDITS YEAR

In Computer Graphics, students will explore two-dimensional and three-dimensional real-world applications of design. After acquiring a historical context of graphic design, students will develop skills in artistic perception, critiquing, and application of design strategies through experiences that emphasize solving visual art problems. Students will develop an awareness of historical trends in design, themes and subject matter from diverse times, places and cultures. Art criticism experiences will further develop a student's ability to see how their personal life affects their interpretations of design. All experiences will focus on developing perception and application of the elements of art and principles of design through contemporary design applications. Adobe Illustrator and Microsoft Publisher will be introduced. (Fine/Applied Arts) (UC/CSU "F" Elective VPA)

 

VIRTUAL ENTERPRISE

GRADES 9-12

5/10 CREDITS SEMESTER/YEAR

PREREQUISITE: Keyboarding skills and basic computer and technology knowledge (Completion of IC3 or Computer Systems preferred but not mandatory).

Students will be introduced to the global economy and the dynamics of business in a changing world through the creation of a business organization. Students, working in cooperative learning groups, with extensive use of multimedia computer applications will research and analyze business ventures, develop a business plan and marketing strategies, manage business finances, design and create a web page, and produce company newsletters. Simulation software will be incorporated for a realistic approach. (Applied Arts) (UC/CSU “G” Elective – semester course only)

 

COMPUTER REPAIR

GRADES 10-12

5 CREDITS SEMESTER

PREREQUISITE: Have taken or currently enrolled in Algebra II and familiarity with the use and operation of a personal computer.

This course teaches students how computers work and how to troubleshoot problems with hardware and software. During the course of the semester, students will be required to assist in the repair and maintenance of microcomputers on campus. This course may be repeated for credit. Repeatable for credit. (Applied Arts)