BUSINESS & F.A.C.S COURSE OFFERINGS:
The Business Department here at Great Neck North believes there is an important responsibility to educate students as to the many career opportunities available in our global economy. Also, students may take courses that will enhance their business computer skills - making them more marketable in the future. There are also a variety of college-level courses that students can take now, earning 3 college credits upon graduation.
The Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) program teaches students information relating to their daily lives. Courses relate to clothing selection and construction, parenting and child development, nutrition and diet analysis, food preparation, consumerism and career opportunities.
COMPUTER SKILLS PROGRAM
To satisfy their computer literacy requirement, students may elect the following courses to enhance and refine their computer skills: College Prep-Computer Applications, Multimedia and Web Design, Sports Marketing, Fashion Marketing, Investments and the Business of Music. These courses may be elected on a “stand alone” basis or may be combined with other offerings in this department to create a sequence.
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS – Semester Course
Most colleges and businesses use some part of the Microsoft Office software package. This hands-on computer course will focus on the computer applications students will need to survive in high school, college, and beyond. The application skills acquired in this course are relevant and essential to your future success. Students will work with Excel (spreadsheet), PowerPoint (presentations), Access (relational database) and Word. Each one of these applications has practical educational and business use. In addition to the Microsoft Office package, Desktop Publishing will be taught to create letterheads, stationary, business cards, brochures, and newsletters. Clip art, graphics, digital cameras, and scanners will be used to enhance the applications.
THE BUSINESS OF MUSIC – Semester Course
This one-semester course is designed for students who are interested in gaining an academic appreciation of music and the “business” of music. Emphasis will be placed on the legal and economic issues of the music industry, consumer buying trends, and ethics in the digital world. Topics to be covered will include major and independent labels, ticket selling agencies (Ticketmaster, Live Nation & Stub Hub), illegal music downloading, copyrights, ASCAP and BMI. Course materials will be drawn from a variety of resources and will include: RIAA, The Berklee College of Music, Billboard Magazine, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Music Journal, VH1, and MTV.
INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS – Semester Course
This semester course is designed to give students a broad understanding of the many different options in the business world. The course will include but will not be limited to our monetary system, credit, investments, business law, and types of business organizations, consumerism, insurance, advertising, economics and communication. In addition, students will explore a chosen career and evaluate their suitability for that career based upon an investigation of their own goals, interests and abilities. This course will aid in creating necessary tools to succeed in any business endeavor including résumé building, interviewing skills as well as public speaking. Some possible activities may include the Stock Market game, and an investigatory career project, which will include interviews with people in the student’s chosen career. Knowledge obtained will be used in almost every career, whether it is after college or high school.
SPORTS MARKETING – Semester Course
A one-semester course devoted to examining the economic, managerial and marketing strategies of professional sports’ franchises. Students will study theories of product development, advertising, pricing, promotion, public relations and publicity in an effort to understand the complex nature of the multi-billion dollar sports and entertainment industry. The curriculum will investigate the relationships which are developed between franchises and host cities and the resulting benefits which fall to each when fundamental managerial principles are applied. The entire process of franchise acquisition, debt financing, site selection, facility layout and the costs of construction will be discussed in detail. Case studies will be used to highlight and emphasize the material covered. Sports marketing is an innovative course designed to provide students with an insight into the vast business nature of professional sports and the powerful grip it holds on the American psyche as well as the American dollar..
This course is designed for the college bound students who plan to major in Business Administration or who may wish to combine Business Administration with a study of languages, computer science, engineering or the arts. The course will provide instruction in the recording of transactions and in the techniques of preparing classified financial statements. It will emphasize analysis and interpretation of financial statements, and accounting situations. During the year students will work with computers, using special accounting software to analyze and solve accounting problems. Students will have the opportunity to earn 3 college credits through SUNY Farmingdale at a drastically reduced tuition rate.
COLLEGE ACCOUNTING ADVANCED - HONORS
This course is the second year of College Accounting. It is a college level course designed for the student who wishes to study accounting with a greater concentration on the theory and philosophy of decisions. Corporation accounting includes the following: inventory valuation, depreciation theory and methods; comparative analysis of corporate statements; interpretation of financial statement preparation and analysis of cash flow statements; the making of management system decisions based on available accounting data, preparation of income taxes; and accounting as a forecasting tool. During the year, students will work with computers using special accounting and tax software, to solve complex accounting problems and to prepare income tax returns requiring a thorough knowledge of tax laws. Students will have the opportunity to earn 3 college credits through SUNY Farmingdale at a drastically reduced tuition rate.
This is a subject of value and importance to every student. It encompasses a comprehensive approach to the study of law and legal problems. Topics will include: the origin and development of our laws; and overview of the structure of various legal systems; laws pertaining to minors and an introduction to civil and criminal procedures. This will be followed by a series of special in-depth studies; torts, negligence, criminal justice, contracts, property and negotiable instruments. Cases add to the interest and practicability of the course. This subject will be of special benefit to those planning to major in Business Administration, Law and International Law in college. Trips to the district courts will provide students an opportunity to view “real” cases in a courtroom setting. Students will have the opportunity to earn 3 college credits through SUNY Farmingdale at a drastically reduced tuition rate.
A college level course that covers all facets of management and marketing in business. Topics covered include business formation, ethics, information systems, production and marketing, financial management and human resources. Students will be responsible for working in teams and preparing case study analysis. Students will have the opportunity to earn 3 college credits through SUNY Farmingdale at a drastically reduced tuition rate.
INVESTMENTS – Semester Course
The DOW dropped 200 points, the NASDAQ is up, gold is at an all-time high, and real estate has experienced a major bubble. If you want to learn more about these issues and what is happening in the world with respect to investments this is the course for you. Topics to be covered will include the following: advantages and disadvantages of investing in stocks, bonds and mutual funds --for long term investment and short term profits; who should invest in the stock market and when; buying and selling of commodities (coffee, sugar, soy beans), investing in real estate, and the importance of investing in retirement accounts. Students will be shown how to begin an investment program and will be able to develop their own investment plans with long-term objectives in mind. Students will also have an opportunity to compete against other schools through the virtual Stock Market Game. Investment research will take place using the internet.
MULTIMEDIA WEB DESIGN – Semester Course
This course is designed for all grade levels. Students will have hands-on experience in preparing multimedia presentations and web page design. Students will learn how to make advanced PowerPoint presentations that will include text, graphics, photographs, and transitions. The Internet will be used to gather information and design elements, which include audio, video and graphics. The students will learn to present their projects in a professional, business-like manner. Students will learn how to design and create web pages using Adobe Dreamweaver. Topics will include backgrounds, text, headings, lists, images, horizontal rules, image maps, tables, frames, anchors, links and web file formats.
The fashion industry has an impact on students’ lives and the American and global economy. This course will introduce students to the marketing strategies used to develop, distribute and showcase today’s fashion. In this specialized course, students gain basic knowledge of the apparel and accessories industry and skills necessary for successful employment in apparel businesses. Students will develop general marketing skills necessary for successful employment in fashion marketing, sales promotion, purchasing, physical distribution, market planning, and product/service technology. Computer/technology applications supporting this course are also studied.
HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM
This course provides advanced experiences in food production, management and service. Key components of this course are: menu planning, inventory, purchasing and receiving, and food service operations. It will include a student run restaurant, created with the goal of providing real time, hands on experience of the operations of a fine dining establishment. It will provide practical knowledge and skills used to understand restaurant volumes and pricing strategy. This course offers opportunities to apply instructional competencies and workplace readiness skills, and enhances leadership development skills. While providing an understanding of the scope and complexity of the industry, the course covers key hospitality and management issues. Students will be able to explore career opportunities available in restaurants, hotels, beverages operations, casinos, theme parks, entertainment centers, cruise lines, and countless other hospitality and tourism businesses.
This tasty course will include basic food preparation and skills, as well as advanced cooking techniques. Some of the delicacies to be prepared and sampled in this hands-on foods course are: quick breads, appetizers, yeast breads, vegetables, salads, cookies, pies, pastas and soups. Nutrition, food and diet analysis, food safety and labeling will also be explored. Students will have the opportunity to prepare meals, which are both satisfying to the palate, as well as nutritionally balanced, in this versatile foods class.
International Foods will expose students to some of the diversity of culture and foods of many countries around the world including regions of the United States. Classroom assignments, cooking demonstrations, guest speakers, and cooking labs will allow students to have a taste of the world. Students will be involved in research and presentation of a project with a food sample he or she has prepared.
Cake decorating, candy making, pie and pastry preparation, cookie and bread baking are only a few of the delicacies to be prepared in class. Though this hands-on course is primarily involved with preparing confectioneries, other foodstuffs will also be completed. The class will have input concerning various foods that they would like to pursue. Lasagna, stir-fry, salads, soups, and vegetables are a sampling of the many choices offered. Nutrition, food substitutions, and diet analysis will also be discussed during the semester. After the completion of the course, the student will become a master of creating fine meals to be complimented with delectable desserts.
This course provides an overview of child development for students who are interested in early childhood and parent education, child psychology, social work, and/or education. Topics will include readiness for parenting, prenatal development, developmental and learning theories, childhood nutrition, play, and methods of parenting. Knowing how children grow and develop, as well as knowing how to care for children are vital skills for anyone to know. A variety of activities and topics are presented including types of development, preschool, learning centers, media influence, the importance of play and reading, and baby care.