Business Education

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There are four teachers in the Business Education and ICT Awareness department. These are:

  • Mr D Park (Faculty Head)
  • Mrs C MacPhee
  • Mrs L Kerr
  • Mrs C Flanagan
  • Mrs J Martin
  • Miss L Wright

Mission Statement and Aims of the Business Education & ICT Department
To provide a motivating and stimulating environment in which to educate pupils to a high standard and to enable them to reach their full potential in the areas of:

  • Business Management
  • Accounts
  • Admin & IT
  • S1-S2 ICT 

This will offer pupils practical real life relevance within a Business environment.

 

Aims for Business Education and ICT 

  • To enable pupils to have real life experiences as to how Business organisations work, develop and plan for the future.
  • Encourage pupils to evaluate alternative approaches and practices business can consider.
  • Develop business, financial, administrative and ICT analyse in pupils through problem solving activities, which involve a range of contexts, up to date business examples, materials and methodology and lead to high quality practical portfolio results and investigations.
  • To encourage pupils to achieve high standards of quality through feedback of all their work.
  • Give pupils the opportunity to develop practical skills and the confidence in information technology, delivering presentations, business enterprise.
  • Give pupils the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding and deliver their evidence in a variety of outcome methods.
  • Encourage pupils' planning, organisational, critical and analytical abilities, enabling them to make relevant evaluations.
  • Provide pupils with opportunities to work effectively both as individuals and as part of a team developing their self-confidence, prioritisation and team building skills.
  • Enable pupils to make sensible, appropriate and challenging choices as informed consumers.
  • To help pupils understand that business organisations have moral, cultural as well social dimensions.

Accounts

National 5

The course comprises two areas of study:

Financial accounting

  • Sole trader
  • Role of financial accountant 
  • Business documents
  • Preparing ledger accounts
  • Preparing a trial balance
  • Financial statements
  • Correction of errors
  • Sources of finance  
  • Ratios

Management accounting 

  • Role of management accountant
  • Costing theory 
  • Inventory record cards
  • Labour costing
  • Overhead analysis
  • Job costing 
  • Break even
  • Budgeting
  • Decision-making 
  • Spreadsheets

Assessment

  • Assignment - 50 marks (Duration - 2 hours)
  • Exam Paper - 130 marks (Duration - 2 hours)

Homework
Regular homework excercises will be set, based on the theory part of the course.

 

Higher

The course comprises two areas of study:

Financial accounting

  • Role of financial accountant 
  • Partnership
  • PLCs
  • Manufacturing Accounts
  • Period-end financial statements
  • Business analysis

Management accounting 

  • Role of management accountant
  • Inventory valuation
  • Overhead analysis
  • Service cost statements
  • Process costing
  • Budgeting
  • Decision-making
  • Investment appraisal 
  • Spreadsheets

Assessment

  • Assignment - 60 marks (Duration - 2 hours 30 minutes)
  • Exam Paper - 120 marks (Duration - 2 hours 30 minutes)

Homework
Regular homework excercises will be set, based on the theory part of the course.


S1 ICT Course is as  follows

  • File Managment
  • Word Processing
  • Internet Safety - Welcome to My Web
  • Graphics - Bit Mapped & Vector
  • Spreadsheets
  • Cash Budgets
  • Databases
  • Project

Assessment

These take the form of end of Topic Tests.

Homework
Regular homework excercises will be set, based both on the theory and practical parts of the course.


National 5 Administration & IT

The course has two areas of study: Administration Theory in the Workplace and IT Applications

Administration Theory in the Workplace

  • tasks (duties) of administrators
  • skills/qualities of administrators
  • customer service: features, benefits and consequences
  • health and safety: features of current legislation and organisational responsibilities
  • security of people, property and information:organisational responsibilities and features of current legislation
  • sources of information from internet: features and benefits of reliable internet sources and consequences of unreliable internet sources
  • file management: features, benefits of good and consequences of poor file management
  • corporate image: features, benefits of having a corporate image and consequences of no/negative corporate image
  • electronic communication: methods, features, uses and benefits

IT Applications

  • Word Processing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Databases
  • Presentations
  • Electronic Communication

Assessment

  • Assignment - 70 marks (Duration - 3 hours)
  • Exam Paper - 50 marks (Duration - 2 hours)

Homework
Regular homework excercises will be set, based on the theory part of the course.


National 5 Business Management

The course has three areas of study: Understanding BusinessManagement of Marketing & Operations and Management of People & Finance

 Understanding Business

  • Role of business in society
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Types of business organisations 
  • Objectives
  • Internal & External factors 
  • Stakeholders

Management of Marketing & Operations

Marketing

  • Customers
  • Market research 
  • Market mix
  • Product
  • Price
  • Place
  • Promotion
  • Technology

Operations

  • Suppliers
  • Inventory management
  • Methods of production
  • Quality 
  • Ethical and environmental
  • Technology

 Management of People & Finance

People

  • Recruitment
  • Training
  • Motivating
  • Legislation
  • Technology

Finance

  • Sources of finance 
  • Break-even
  • Cash budgeting 
  • Income statement
  • Technology 

Assessment

  • Assignment - 30 marks (Duration - 5 hours)
  • Exam Paper - 90 marks (Duration - 2 hours)

Homework
Regular homework excercises will be set, based on the theory part of the course.

 


Higher Business Management

The course has three areas of study: Understanding BusinessManagement of Marketing & Operations and Management of People & Finance

 Understanding Business

  • Role of business in society
  • Types of  organisations 
  • Objectives
  • Methods of Growth
  • External Factors
  • Internal Factors
  • Stakeholders
  • Structures
  • Decision Making

Management of Marketing & Operations

Marketing

  • Customers
  • Market research 
  • Market mix
  • Product
  • Price
  • Place
  • Promotion
  • People
  • Process
  • Physical evidence
  • Technology

Operations

  • Inventory management
  • Methods of production
  • Quality 
  • Ethical and environmental
  • Technology

 Management of People & Finance

People

  • Recruitment
  • Training
  • Motivating
  • Legislation
  • Technology

Finance

  • Sources of finance 
  • Cash budgeting
  • Financial Statements
  • Ratios 
  • Technology

Assessment

  • Assignment - 30 marks (Duration - 8 hours)
  • Exam Paper - 90 marks (Duration - 2 hours 45 minutes)

Homework
Regular homework excercises will be set, based on the theory part of the course.


Hgher Administration & IT

The course has two areas of study: Administration Theory & Practice and IT Applications

Administration Theory in Practice

  • Role of Administrative Assistant
  • Strategies for effective time and task management, and their importance
  • Characteristics and the importance of effective teams
  • Knowledge of workplace legislation and strategies for ensuring compliance
  • Impact of digital technology on the layout, working practices, communication methods, data handling and file management of an organisation
  • Features of good customer care, mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating the quality of customer care, benefits of good and consequences of poor customer care
  • Procedures for organising and supporting a range of meetings and events
  • Appropriate methods of communication and research

IT Applications

  • Word Processing - Creating and editing a wide range of business documents
  • Spreadsheets - Formatting and editing complex spreadsheets to process data, problem solve and present information
  • Relational Databases - Working with relational databases to find and present information
  • Presentations - Working with existing presentations to create a final document
  • Electronic Communication - Using digital technology to communicate information in ways appropriate to its context, audience and purpose

Assessment

  • Assignment - 70 marks (Duration - 2 hours)
  • Exam Paper - 50 marks (Duration - 1 hour 30 minutes)

Homework
Regular homework excercises will be set, based on the theory part of the course.


Supported Study - the department has an open door policy at lunchtimes - see your teacher for this.


S3

Pupils can opt to study one of two courses in Business Education to National 4 and 5 Level. These are in:

  • Business Management
  • Admin & IT
  • Accounts

Business Studies

S5 and S6

Pupils can opt to study the following options at Higher 

  • Business Management
  • Admin & IT
  • Accounts