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Technology Applications

Prerequisite: Keyboarding Recommended

Articulated with Riverside Community College District

This course will provide a general introduction to computers and an in-depth look at Microsoft Office . The importance of computer literacy topics such as hardware, software, operating systems, programming languages, data communications, the applications of software and information systems. Emphasis will be placed on PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Publisher, Word and Outlook. Students will be given the opportunity to receive their IC3 Certification as well as several other Microsoft Office Certifications. This course is designed to enhance students computer literacy skills, enabling them to be successful in their after high school endeavors, whether it be college or out into the workplace.

Introduction to PowerPoint

Prerequisite: Keyboarding Recommended

Articulated with Riverside Community College District

An introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint presentation graphics program. What is PowerPoint? PowerPoint helps you create, edit, and manipulate professional-looking slides that you can use to facilitate meetings, supplement classroom learning, and share information using a wide variety of media including graphics, pictures, and audio and video clips. Creating a slide show may seem like an overwhelming task, but PowerPoint provides many features that make that task easy and fun. A good presentation holds your audience's attention without distracting them from understanding the information you are presenting. PowerPoint allows you to use color, design, sound and video to illustrate your points effectively. These options can all be used to emphasize your points and clarify your information.

Introduction to Word

Prerequisite: Keyboarding Recommended

Articulated with Riverside Community College District

This course is designed to introduce word processing skills using Microsoft Word to create business documents. What is Word? Word is a powerful, full-featured word-processing application. You can use Word to create reports, tables, letters, memos, Web pages, and much more. The Word features enable you to prepare documents efficiently. Word provides many features that give you the ability to improve and enhance your documents. Editing and formatting features gives you the ability to refine your documents and determine how they will look on the screen, on the Web, or as printed pages. Word provides a number of features, including pictures, drawing tools, data elements, templates, and styles, which will all help you to create an attractive document.

Introduction to Excel

Prerequisite: Keyboarding Recommended

Articulated with Riverside Community College District

In today's fast-paced, technical business environment, numbers are everything. Much of our success hinges on how well we can manage the data - statistics, planning, reporting - that we encounter on a daily basis. We learn how we are doing and discover our next course of action by studying numbers. An incredibly powerful tool for doing this is Microsoft Excel. Microsoft Excel is the standard spreadsheet application for both the business world and personal use.

In this Introduction to Microsoft Excel course, students will create and edit worksheets and workbooks. This course is designed for students who want to gain the necessary skills to create, edit, format, and print basic Microsoft Excel worksheets.

Advanced MS Word

Prerequisite: Introduction to Word

Articulated with Riverside Community College District

This course is designed for those individuals who have a reasonably extensive experience of using Microsoft Word and would like to build on their skills with a deeper understanding of features and techniques including but not limited to the processes of sharing, managing, designing, and customizing Word documents and features. This is an advanced course so all students entering the course will be familiar with the Office ribbon and understand basic Word features.

Exploring Computer Science

Prerequisite: Technology Applications Recommended

Exploring Computer Science is a semester course consisting of 4 units, approximately 4 weeks each. The course was developed around a framework of both computer science content and computational practice. Assignments and instruction are contextualized to be socially relevant and meaningful for diverse students. Units utilize a variety of tools/platforms, and culminate with final projects around the following topics:

  1. Human Computer Interaction
  2. Problem Solving
  3. Web Design
  4. Programming

AP Computer Science Principles

Prerequisite: Exploring Computer Science Recommended

AP Computer Science Principles introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. With a unique focus on creative problem solving and real-world applications, AP Computer Science Principles prepares students for college and career.

Whether it's 3-D animation, engineering, music, app development, medicine, visual design, robotics, or political analysis, computer science is the engine that powers the technology, productivity, and innovation that drive the world. Computer science experience has become an imperative for today's students and the workforce of tomorrow.

The AP Program designed AP Computer Science Principles with the goal of creating leaders in computer science fields and attracting and engaging those who are traditionally underrepresented with essential computing tools and multidisciplinary opportunities.



Prerequisite: Instructor Approval

This course is designed to have students mentor/tutor students at our local elementary schools or to have our students working at a business within the community. This course is designed with one goal in mind: to prepare our students to be College and Career Ready.Students will learn job etiquette, problem solving, responsibility, people/social skills, and the importance of punctuality and attendance.With exceptional assessment tools,detailed occupation profiles, and comprehensive post-secondary education information, students will move seamlessly through the career exploration and planning process.

Introduction to Business

Prerequisite: Technology Applications recommended

Articulated with Riverside Community College District

The major purpose of this year course is to provide students the skills needed to effectively organize, develop, create, and manage a business. Students will learn the significance of math, reading, writing, and communicating to their future within the framework of operating a small business. They will understand how the market economy and ownership leads to wealth creation. Students will learn not only the skills necessary to become a successful business person but also the attitudes, characteristic, and techniques needed to succeed. They will learn to be able to save and make future investments in order to meet their financial goals in life. Students will build analytical skills through solving complex problems and making sound decisions in order to produce a viable business.

Emphasis is placed on the functions of business management: organization, management, finance, marketing, information technology, product/service management, distribution, promotion, and selling. Additional topics to be addressed are the government's role in a business, the assessment of personal skills, the components of the free enterprise system and its place in our global economy, human relations and interpersonal skills, career planning, the importance of business ethics, and the role quality and service play in business.

Business Leadership and Management

Prerequisite: Technology Courses

Articulation Pending

This course provides business management concepts and principles in a realistic, investigative, and enriching manner. All the functions of business management are covered extensively, including the use of technology and communication as tools of business. This course is designed to make students aware of the concepts and skills required for success in today's marketplace. This course provides a wealth of practical applications that will connect you to the business world. Extensive coverage of finance, marketing, production, and management allows you to explore foundations of business operations while topics such as ethics, economics, career planning, and technology take you beyond the basics. Activities encourage career and college planning; prepare students for post-secondary Business courses and successful participation in the Future Business Leaders of America's competitive events and projects. Team building and project management is integrated throughout, as well as current events and accountability.

History of Video Games

Prerequisite: none

Articulated with Riverside Community College District

A comprehensive study of the evolution of video games throughout history including arcade games, console games, computer games and mobile applications. Students will become acquainted with representative game designs through playing games, analyzing games, reading and writing about games.

Video Game Design: An Introduction to 3D Modeling

Prerequisite: History of Video Games recommended

Articulated with Riverside Community College District

A comprehensive study of the evolution of video games throughout history including arcade games, console games, computer games and mobile applications. Students will become acquainted with representative game designs through playing games, analyzing games, reading and writing about games.

Digital Game Design

Prerequisite: History of Video Games and Video Game Design: An Introduction to 3D Modeling

Articulated with Riverside Community College District

This course introduces digital game design, including planning, designing, and developing an original digital game. Topics include analyzing the target audience, pitching an original game concept, understanding the Game Design Document (GDD), the iterative process and rapid digital prototyping.

Video Game Prototyping

Prerequisite: Digital Game Design

Articulated with Riverside Community College District

An introduction to the fundamentals of computer game prototyping with an emphasis on scripting. Students will create mock-up environments and objects of interest using placeholder assets, apply game rules and interactivity, and demonstrate pre-visualized game concepts. Topics include layout, possibility space, content integration, scripting, team collaboration and workflow. Students will create 3D computer game levels using one or more modern game engines.

Industrial Arts

Introduction to Engineering and Architecture Design 1A

Prerequisite: None

This year-long course is open to all students in grades 9-12 and introduces the concepts of technical drawing and engineering communication. Topics covered include: drafting standards, layout skills, pictorial representations, orthographic projections, auxiliary views, and dimensioning techniques. Students in this course will become familiar with manual sketching and drafting techniques commonly used in industry. Students in this course will also be introduced to AutoCAD 2014 Software on the latest state of the art computers to produce engineering and architectural drawings. Skills learned in Drafting 1A-1B are critical to future success in the mechanical engineering, architecture, or design pathways. No prior drafting experience is necessary to succeed in this class.

Robotics 1A/1B

Prerequisite: None

An Engineering Technology program that will allow students to study pre-engineering in a unique way that blends the principles of engineering and technology. In addition to classroom activities, experiments and labs, students will investigate through the design and fabrication of robotic and automated systems. Robotic competitions, design challenges and project based activities will be used to assess student's skills and abilities.

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