Introduction to Business - 10

Course Description:

This course introduces students to the world of business. Students will develop an understanding of the functions of business, including accounting, marketing, information and communication technology, human resources, and production, and of the importance of ethics and social responsibility. This course builds a foundation for further studies in business and helps students develop the business knowledge and skills they will need in their everyday lives.


Course Outline

Unit 1: Personal Finance   (40 hours)

In this unit, students will learn about money, income andspending. A focus will be on comparison shopping and budgeting. Students will then be introduced to the Canadian banking system and will be able to identify products, services andtrends in our banking system. Finally, the students will learn about investing, saving and credit with a focus on the different types of plans and each plan's advantages and disadvantages.

1-1 Money and Income
1-2 Comparison Shopping
1-3 Budgeting
1-4 Canadian Banking
1-5 Investing
1-6 Saving
1-7 Credit


Unit 2: Business Fundamentals (25 hours)

In this unit, students will learn about basic business theories and concepts. The unit begins with an introduction to economics (business profit, supply, demand, etc.) and the types of businesses and business ownership. From there, students will study ethics in business and end with a brief introduction to international business and globalization. The goal of this unit is to have the student start to focus on the business as a unique and separate entity.

2-1 Econonimc Basics
2-2 Type of Business and Business Ownership
2-3 Business Ethics
2-4 International Business


Unit 3: Functions of a Business (30 hours)

In this unit, students will learn about basic business functions. Businesses have many different structures that support different functions. Most businesses will have the following departments, teams or divisions: production, human resources, management, marketing, accounting andinformation technology. In progressing through this unit, students will gain a very basic understanding of each of these functions of business. By understanding the different functions within a business, students can better identify the types of careers and jobs that they would like to pursue in the future.

3-1  Production
3-2 Human Resources
3-3 Management 
3-4 Marketing                 
3-5 Accounting
3-6 Information and Communication Technology


Unit 4: Entrepreneurship (15 hours)

In this unit, students will learn about the different characteristics and skills that successful entrepreneurs demonstrate. Students will study different stories of entrepreneurs and examine the characteristics and skills that made these entrepreneurs successful. The unit will also teach students about the difference between invention and innovation and ask students to think creatively to innovate current popular products and services.

4-1 Characteristics                       
4-2 Skills and Activities
4-3 Invention and Innovation