Overview of the Program - The business studies program offers two courses that can be taken in Grade 9 or Grade 10 (Mrs. Althea Smith): “Introduction to Business” and “Information and Communication Technology in Business”. Both of these courses are offered as “open” courses, which comprise one set of expectations for all students.The course type is defined as follows: Open courses are designed to prepare students for further study in the subject, and to enrich their education generally.These courses comprise a set of expectations that are appropriate for all students. The Introduction to Business course is the foundational course for the business studies program. This course introduces students to each of the major areas of business: business operation, accounting, marketing, information and communication technology, human resources, production, management, international business, finance, and entrepreneurship.This introductory course aims to ensure that all students acquire a general understanding of the role and nature of business, as they begin to develop management skills related to financial decision making and ethical business practice.The course will provide a strong foundation both for students who wish to pursue business studies in greater depth and for students who wish to master the business-related knowledge and skills required for everyday life. The Information and Communication Technology in Business course prepares students for a world of business and communication that relies on electronic technology. Rapid changes in information and communication technology have influenced all aspects of our lives, and the operations of business have been particularly affected. Students will benefit from the knowledge and skills they acquire in this course, whether their goal is to understand the effects of technology on business or to gain practical skills using application software that will benefit them throughout their studies and in their careers.This course would be particularly helpful for students who intend to take information and communication technology courses in Grades 11 and 12. The Grade 11 and 12 program in business studies (Mr. Greg Healey) offers a variety of courses to help students develop a deeper understanding of the world of business and to focus their interests in this area. There are courses that will help students develop their knowledge and skills in the areas of accounting, entrepreneurship, information and communication technology, international business, marketing, and business leadership. Students can select courses in entrepreneurship to learn about the creation and operation of a small business or how to develop and apply enterprising skills as employees. In the information and communication technology courses, students will develop essential digital literacy and application software skills critical for success in their academic studies and chosen career path.They will also be able to select courses that focus on the key skills and concepts of accounting and marketing, or courses that will develop their understanding of the nature of leadership and the ways in which businesses are structured and managed to achieve organizational goals. In the international business courses, students will learn about opportunities that lie beyond our borders, and will explore the business relationships that Canadian companies and the Canadian government have established with other countries.