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Integrative Technology Course
Grade 9
½ Credit
Required

This course is required for all first year students. It will be used throughout your high school career. You will learn to use Google Applications, web searches, and keep an electronic portfolio.

Fulfills computer Literacy Requirement


Computer Applications I Course 632
Grades 10-12
Semester
1/2 Credit
Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to provide all students in grades 10 - 12 the opportunity to expand their knowledge and communication skills in creating, designing, editing, and formatting professional documents using Microsoft Office--Word, Access (database), Excel (spreadsheet), and PowerPoint. Assignments will include the production of intermediate word processed documents including reports/term papers, business and personal letters, career exploration, and resume writing. Also, file management and basic internet searching skills will be touched upon. A student's organizational skills will be enhanced by the development of a portfolio of student’s work.

In today’s computer age, this course is recommended for all students.

Fulfills Computer Literacy Requirement


Computer Applications II Course 642
Grades 10-12
Semester ½ credit
½ Fine Arts credit
Prerequisite: Integrative Technology, Computer Apps 1, or Instructor's permission

The purpose of this course is to develop further the skills learned in Integrative Technology with emphasis on advanced Microsoft Office concepts. Microsoft Office is an integrated program which includes Word, Excel (spreadsheet), and PowerPoint. In addition to the above, computers will be used to teach graphics, troubleshooting, multimedia, and desktop publishing. Enhanced information seeking skills using the Internet will also be covered. Other software will be explored as time permits.

As a Community of Caring project, we will assist teachers and other staff members in completing projects. Students will be using skills already mastered to be of assistance to the school community. This class will pair up with an elementary class as pen pals to give support with technological needs throughout the year.

Fulfills a Computer Literacy Requirement


Accounting 1 Course 630
Grades 11,12
Full Year
1 Credit
Prerequisite: None

Are you thinking of going to some type of business school? This course is designed to develop a working knowledge of basic accounting principles and practices. This course will prepare a student for an entry-level job as an accounting clerk or help to explore accounting as a possible career. It is also used to attain a sound knowledge of keeping books for personal use. The student will not only develop a working knowledge of manual accounting, but a strong emphasis will be given to computerized accounting. A major computer project will include the completion of an automated accounting simulation.

Fulfills a Math credit.



College Accounting Course 634
Grades 11,12
Full Year
1 Credit
Prerequisite: None

If you are interested in running your own business someday or thinking of going to a business school for college, this is a course for you. This course covers the fundamental principles and procedures of accounting, including journalizing, posting, adjusting entries, closing procedures, and preparing financial statements. The student will not only develop a working knowledge of manual accounting, but will also develop a strong working knowledge of computerized accounting. Upon completion of this course the student can obtain 3 credits from Eastern Maine Community College. This course also fulfills a Math credit.


Accounting 2 Course 640
Grade 12
Full Year
1 Credit
Prerequisite: Accounting I

The accounting principles taught in Accounting 1 are used as the basis for advanced stages of accounting principles in this course. It includes a study of accounting methods in Partnerships and Corporations and particularly how the accounting systems are devised for departmental accounting. The use of the computer will be incorporated into the teaching of this course using an automated accounting program. In addition, a computerized accounting simulation is completed during the year.

*TECH-PREP – Successful completion of these two courses can result in 3 college credits at both Husson University and Eastern Maine Community College. (See Instructor)


Spreadsheet Course 643
Grades 10-12
1 Semester
½ Credit
Prerequisite: None

This course is designed for the student who has an interest in mastering the techniques of the widely-used and powerful spreadsheet program. Excel is a spreadsheet program that allows you to organize data, complete calculations, make decisions, graph data, and develop professional looking reports. This would be of great value to the computer technology student as well as students who may be entering college programs such as engineering, accounting, or business.


Database Course 644
Grades 10-12
1 Semester
1/2 Credit
Prerequisite: None

This course is designed for the student who has an interest in mastering the techniques of the widely-used and powerful database management program. A database may include such things as names, addresses, and phone numbers of friends and business associates, personnel and inventory records, payroll information, customer records, order data, and accounts receivable information, etc. Access is a database management program that allows you to use a computer to create a database: add, change, and delete data; sort data; retrieve data; and create forms and reports using data.


Business Law Course 648
Grades 11,12
One Semester
½ Credit
Prerequisite: None
This course does not fulfill the technology credit required for graduation

This course is designed for juniors and seniors wishing to further their knowledge on rights and responsibilities, planning a business career, or interested in a career in law enforcement. In addition, it provides all students with consumer information. In Business Law, rights and responsibilities of minors, family law, employment discrimination, contracts, legal agreements, and liability of businesses and consumers will be discussed. Guest speakers will be invited to share their expertise in various areas. Students also visit the Penobscot County Jail, Penobscot Regional Dispatch, and attend District Court for a day.


Personal Finance Course 646
Grades 11,12
One Semester
½ Credit
Prerequisite: None
This course does not fulfill the technology credit required for graduation

This course is designed for junior and senior students desiring the knowledge and skills necessary not only for making sound personal financial decisions by providing basic concepts. Topics include: our system of government, money management, insurance, taxes, as well as banking principles and services including credit card use, loans, savings and investments. Bank functions and procedures including check writing and reconciliation will provide the student with hands-on experience in the field of banking. Guest speakers from the business community will speak to the class throughout the semester.


Web Page Design Course 638
Grades 10-12
Semester ½ credit
½ Fine Arts credit
Prerequisite: None

Students enrolled in Web Design will construct and maintain web pages using the scripting language of HTML. By incorporating sound, animation, text, and graphics, students will learn how to best design a web site for visual attractiveness while maintaining ease of navigation. Projects will stress the importance of meeting deadlines and communicating with others to produce real-life web designs.

** Articulation Agreement:
Fulfills a ½ Fine Arts Credit



Advanced Web Page Design Course 649
Grades 11-12
Full Year
1 Credit
Prerequisite: Web Page Design

Advanced Web Page Design students will learn how to add solid design and interactivity to web sites using Dreamweaver software, which incorporates graphic features through Fireworks and Flash. Dreamweaver combines sophisticated design tools with an easy-to-use interface. They will supplement with CSS materials. Students will design websites for various community businesses.

** Articulation Agreement:

Brewer High web page and/or multimedia students who complete either or both of these courses with a grade average of 91 or better are eligible to receive three college credits at New England School of Communications. No more than three credits will be awarded to a single student.

Fulfills a Fine Arts Credit


Multimedia Design Course 639
Grades 10-12
Full Year
1 Credit
Prerequisite: None

This year-long course will cover many different aspects of computer generated multimedia productions. It will include sections on PowerPoint, Publisher, Fireworks, Flash, Adobe Premier, and Windows Movie Maker. This course allows students to design, create, and compose professional multimedia presentations. The material will be covered using interactive instruction along with single and group projects. Students will learn to incorporate sound, video, graphics, digital imagery, text, and animation into their multimedia presentations.

Fulfills a Fine Arts Credit



Introduction to Computer Science I Course #635
Grade level(s): Grades 9-12

Prerequisite and Subsequent Courses: The course is designed for students with or without prior programming experience. Although there are no prerequisite or subsequent courses, it is expected that Introduction to Computer Science I will complement the Brewer High FIRST Robotics Competition team.

Course Description: Introduction to Computer Science I will parallel the CS50x MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) offered by EdX, a not-for-profit enterprise started in May 2012 by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. EdX offers online learning to on-campus students and to millions of people around the world at no cost. Brewer High students will register for the course through both Brewer High School and EdX. In the Fall of 2012 there are 691 Harvard undergrads enrolled in CS50 and 53,000 online students worldwide taking CS50x.

CS50x is Harvard University’s introduction to the intellectual enterprises of computer science and the art of programming for majors and non-majors alike, with or without prior programming experience. An entry-level course taught by David J. Malan, CS50x teaches students how to think algorithmically and solve problems efficiently. Topics include abstraction, algorithms, data structures, encapsulation, resource management, security, software engineering, and web development. Programming languages introduced will include C, PHP, JavaScript, SQL, CSS, and HTML. The focus will be on learning how to solve problems using these programming languages as a tool.

The Brewer High faculty member assigned to the course will act as a facilitator rather than as a teacher. The course will be run in one section and can be as small as a handful of students or as large as 100 students. CS50x runs online from October 15 thru April 15. On both ends of those dates, the course facilitator will organize activities for students utilizing materials on the CS50 website and iTunes U. We could also schedule guest speakers from the local community who work in the computer science and information technology fields to share what they do in their careers. A possible experience could be a field trip to Boston during the second week of December to attend the CS50 Fair where Harvard students display their final projects.

Students who successfully complete Introduction to Computer Science I will receive 1 credit.


Introduction to Computer Science II Course #637
Grades 11, 12
Semester (½ Credit) or Full Year (1 Credit)
Prerequisite: Intro to Computer Science I

This course is a continuation of Introduction to Computer Science I and will teach students about computer science, computational thinking, and programming. Students can take the course for one semester (½ credit) or for a full year (1 credit). The student and teacher will design a personalized learning plan for the course based upon student interests and skills. The course will utilize online learning environments such as Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and websites such as Khan Academy, Codeacademy, and Code.org. Students may also use this course as a home base for taking AP Computer Science through AP4ALL. Programming languages utilized include C+, JavaScript, Python, and others. There will also be an opportunity to “tinker” with computer hardware such as desktops, laptops, Raspberry Pi, and Arduino. Students may also experiment with Linux distros such as Ubuntu. At the end of the course the student will be expected to produce a final project. The final project is an opportunity to use your programming skills to develop your very own piece of software. The nature of the project is entirely up to you and you may implement your project in any language(s). The only requirement is that you build something of interest to you, that you solve an actual problem, or that you change the world!