Business Computer Information Systems (AOP)
This Alpha Omega course is designed as a year-long high school elective covering computer terminology, hardware, software, operating systems, and information systems relating to the business environment. The units concentrate on standard software applications, as well as skills in personal/interpersonal communication and communication technologies. Keyboarding ability is considered a prerequisite for the course, and average reading level is assumed. Some keyboarding review is provided, but there is no instruction. The 10 units are: Communication Skills, Business Technology, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Databases, Telecommunications, Desktop Publishing, Presentation Technology, Computer Networks, and Computer Operating Systems. Each unit is a separate booklet and contains an introduction, a series of lessons/reviews/activities/self-tests, a unit review, and a unit test. Units 5 and 10 also include a semester review and a cumulative semester exam.
Each lesson within a unit is composed of the objectives, a vocabulary list, the actual lesson, a multimedia presentation (which can include interactive practice), a self-test, and some additional skill-building activities. Test problems include multiple choice, true/false, multiple select, matching, and essay response. Some of the skill-building activities are found on the enclosed multimedia disc. Each lesson will take, on average, about 50 minutes, and is designed so that the student can work independently; the teacher does not need a background in the subject. However, the teacher still has an important role to play. He/she can discuss the importance of the subject matter during an orientation, explain course goals, set schedules, set up the workspace for the student, stay interested and involved, and conduct appraisals of progress. For that purpose, "Teacher Check" areas are provided for recording scores and dates of completion. The teacher's guide orients the teacher well, and also provides reproducible alternate tests for re-checking mastery, plus answers for units and answers for self-tests and all other tests. Course is available in LIFEPAC format (set includes 10 LIFEPACs, Teacher Guide and Multimedia Disc) or as a Switched-On Schoolhouse course (software-based on CD-ROM; multimedia content is incorporated). Minimum system requirements: 3GB RAM, Windows XP Service Pack 3/Vista Service Pack 2/7/8. ~ Caryl