Introduction to Business

Gwenn Woods

Course Time:
This course is offered on Tuesdays.

Please note, this is a one semester / .5 credit course
that is offered only in the SECOND SEMESTER.

Course Prerequisites:

  • This course is open to 9th-12th grade students.



Course Text:

  • none required


Course Description:
This class is an introductory course to the world of business and God’s design for business. 

Special emphasis is placed on the scriptural foundations of the disciplines of business. 

Building a business vocabulary, becoming aware of how business and economics affect our everyday life, an introduction to the various disciplines of business, as well as career opportunities within the disciplines of business are also covered.



Tentative Course Outline:

Week 1
Introduction to Course

The State of Business in America and the World

How to Repair the Ruins of Business

God’s Design for Business

Week 2

The Dynamics of Business

The Role of Information Management



Week 3

Business as a Mission

Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

Business Law


Week 4

Business in a Borderless World - 

International Business and Multinational Companies


Week 5

Options for Organizing a Business

Week 6

Small Business, Entrepreneurship, Franchising

Week 7

The Nature of Management

Week 8




Organizational Behavior

Week 9

Managing Service and Manufacturing Operations

Supply Chain Management


Week 10

Motivating the Workforce

Week 11

Managing Human Resources

Week 12


Week 13

Dimensions of Marketing Strategy

Digital Marketing / Social Media


Week 14

Accounting / Financial Statements

Week 15

Money - The Financial System

Week 16

Financial Management

Securities Markets




Course Objectives:

By the end of the semester, it is expected that students
will understand the following concepts and practices:

  • To develop knowledge of God as Creator by observing His signature
    on disciplines of business and develop a deeper love for God.

  • To identify various forms of business organizations and business ownership
    and the role of each in the U.S economy.

  • Understand the basics of business ethics.

  • Understand basic management principles.

  • Connect the dots between faith and business.

  • Understand the important economic concepts that determine the products and
    services available for consumers and how economic systems are structured.

  • Understand the measurement commonly used to gauge economic activity and
    business conditions in our society.

  • Understand business in the global economy including exporting, international trade,
    and global business activities.

  • Understand the various roles of government in relation to business.

  • Understand the role that small business plays in the U.S. economy and how to start
    and manage a small business.

  • Understand the role of management in organizational success, the    activities managers complete, and how leadership differs from management.

  • Understand the role and importance of human resources and how to manage a diverse    workforce and an effective organizational culture.

  • Learn about the variety of career opportunities in business and learn how to prepare a
    career plan and apply for a job.

  • Understand how marketing is planned and executed to satisfy customer needs at a profit.

  • Obtain a basic knowledge of the use of computer systems and technology in various
    business settings.

  • Understand basic financial planning decisions and procedures used in business.

  • Understand the basics of accounting principles, the language of business.

  • Understand how production occurs in businesses and how businesses organize and
    manage their operations.

  • Understand the risks faced by businesses and how to deal with insurable and uninsurable    risks.

  • Understand wise buying activities and protecting consumer rights.

  • Understand money management activities, budgeting strategies, and future financial decisions.

  • Understand various financial institutions and bank services commonly used by consumers.

  • Understand the types of consumer credit accounts and information on the wise use of credit.

  • Understand basic investment alternatives.

  • Understand basic types of insurance.





Course Class Time:  

  • This is largely a lab class.

  • After reading the material and doing the homework prior to class,
    students will participate in labs and activities that relate to the material.



Course Homework Requirements:

  • Assignments will be listed on Schoology.  Students are welcome to work ahead if desired.

  • Homework may consist of reading lesson notes that the tutor will provide, online classroom  discussions, podcasts, videos, reflection questions, guided questions, articles, and projects.

  • Students will be assigned a group or individual creative final project (student's choice of topic) that allows for further research and/or assessment of content that is interesting to the student.  This project will be presented in class and showcased in the student showcase in March.

  • Each assignment that is late will deduct 5 percentage points for the assignment.

  • If a student is absent, the assignment is due on the next day of class
    or it may be e-mailed to the teacher.

  • Students can expect to have around 4-5 hours of homework each week.


  • 10% class participation
    (Daily points will be given for coming to class on time, notetaking,
    actively participating in class discussions, completing classwork,
    and overall good classroom behavior.)

  • 20%  in-class labs and activities

  • 40%  homework

  • 30%  final project 
    (Students will have the choice of completing a business plan, an individual project,
    or taking a comprehensive exam.)


  • Extra Credit can be earned by attending 2 scheduled field trips during the semester.

Specific Requirements:

  • Internet access is required for this course.

  • To receive optimal benefit for your time and money involved in this class,
    it is important and mandatory that you participate in and out of class.
    It is also crucial that you prepare for class before you come by reading the materials
    prior to class.

  • Being on time is essential.  It is distracting and inconsiderate to every class member and
    the instructor for individuals to arrive late to class.
    If you are more than 5 minutes late for class you will not receive daily class participation points.

  • Be prepared to participate in class discussions, skits, and group activities.
    There will be opportunities to work in small groups during this class.
    The student is expected to make a positive contribution to the group.



Course Supplies:

  • binder with 10 dividers

  • folder

  • pens

  • loose-leaf lined paper



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