Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship

  • GREAT VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT

    GREAT VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

     

    Entrepreneurship

    Business/Technology Elective

     

    Grade Level:  10th, 11th and 12th        
    Length of Course:  Semester
    Periods Per Cycle:  3 periods/cycle
    Credit:  .25 credit
    Duration of Session:  47 Minutes       
    District Phone Ext:  2125
    Teacher:  Mr. Balderson
    Email Address: kbalderson@gvsd.org
                                   

     

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    As the American economic system shifts to an information and service economy, and as worldwide competition in the global economy increases, a greater understanding of entrepreneurship is needed.  This course encompasses all the social sciences and develops skills in communications, human relations, mathematics, decision-making, and critical thinking.  This course utilizes nontraditional teaching techniques such as computer simulation (students will own and operate a computerized generated business), cooperative learning groups, role-playing, and emphasizes a link with small businesses through experiential learning activities within the entrepreneurial environment.  Local and/or regional business owners will share their entrepreneurial experiences with the class at various times throughout the course.

     
     

    COURSE OBJECTIVES
    Defining entrepreneurship
    Evaluating & recognizing opportunities
    Completing a self-assessment
    Creating an “idea”
    Developing a comprehensive BUSINESS PLAN
    Running a business – Virtual Business RETAILING simulation
    Managing money and personnel
    Understanding the needs of the market in terms of service, products, and price
     

     

     

    TEXTBOOKS / RESOURCES
     

    ENTREPRENEURSHIP, Ideas in Action, Cynthia L. Greene, Thomson-South Western, 2006. 

     

    The Teen Entrepreneur, Anthony Masala, Business Education Publishing, 2006.

     

     

    SOFTWARE

     

    Virtual Business - Retailing, Knowledge Matters, Inc. 

     

    All resources will be kept in the classroom and available to all students at any point during the school day.

     

     

    PROCEDURES FOR EVALUATION

     

    A  Total Points system of grading is used in this class.  Each assignment, project, quiz, etc., is worth a certain number of points.  The points the students earn are recorded in the electronic grading program.  At the end of the marking period, the students’ quarter grade will be determined by dividing the total number of possible points into the total number of points earned by each student.  Because the teachers at Great Valley use an electronic grading program, students and parents have the ability at any time to know what his or her current average is.  There will generally be no homework given for this course (although students may be required to bring in pictures and or other materials to use for various projects).

     

     

    Class Participation

     

    Students are required to participate in all classroom discussions as well as classroom projects demonstrating the various units of study.

     

     

    Course Performance Criteria

     

    ·        Class participation

    ·        Activities

    ·        Cases and exercises

    ·        Worksheets

    ·        Computer simulation

    ·        BUSINESS PLAN