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Sandwich Secondary School

The Business Department at Sandwich offeres a wide variety of courses in business and computer studies.  In addition to a diverse course offering, the Sandwich Business Department offers senior business students the opportunity to enroll in a Department of Eduction sponsored Specialist High Skills Major in Business.  

Specialist High Skills Major in Business

Business Specialist High Skills Majors let students focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Students receive the SHSM seal on their diploma when they:

  1. Enroll in 4 qualifing senior courses (including all business and computer science courses listed below and Comm. Tech, Law and Economics)
  2. Enroll in co-op (during regular school hours or an after school co-op or a summer co-op.  The after school and summer co-op can be aligned with a paid part-time job.  Students taking part in the $3000 summer company grant program automatically get full co-op credit.
  3. Complete in-school certification training in CPR, First Aide, Health and Safety, WHMIS, Customer Service, Counterfeit Detection and Leadership certification at no expense to the student. 
  4. Take part in an all-expenses-paid outreach field trip and experiential learning workshop.Sample.jpg

This program gives students the opportunity to develop skills and competency in business.  They will be recognised by the Ontario Government with a special red seal on their diploma (at right), qualify for additional scholarships both at Sandwich and at post-secondary institutions across Ontario. They will also be in an excellent position to respond to the interview question "what have you done to prepare yourself for the workplace?"

Sandwich Business and Computer Science Course Offerings:

Grade 9

BTT1O - Information Technology in Business:
This course introduces students to information and communication technology in a business environment and builds a foundation of digital literacy skills necessary for success in a technologically driven society. Students will develop word processing, spreadsheet, database, desktop publishing, presentation software, and website design skills. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on digital literacy, effective electronic research and communication skills, and current issues related to the impact of information and communication technology.

Grade 10

BBI2O - Introduction to Business:
This course introduces students to the world of business. Students will develop an understanding of the functions of business, including accounting, marketing, information and communication technology, human resources, and production, and of the importance of ethics and social responsibility. This course builds a foundation for further studies in business and helps students develop the business knowledge and skills they will need in their everyday lives.

ICS2O - Introduction to Computer Studies:
This course introduces students to computer programming. Students will plan and write simple computer programs by applying fundamental programming concepts, and learn to create clear and maintainable internal documentation. They will also learn to manage a computer by studying hardware configurations, software selection, operating system functions, networking, and safe computing practices. Students will also investigate the social impact of computer technologies, and develop an understanding of environmental and ethical issues related to the use of computers.

Grade 11

BDI3C - Entrepreneurship - The Venture:
This course focuses on ways in which entrepreneurs recognize opportunities, generate ideas, and organize resources to plan successful ventures that enable them to achieve their goals. You will create a venture plan for a school-based or student-run business. Through hands-on experiences, you will have opportunities to develop the values, traits, and skills most often associated with successful entrepreneurs.

BMI3C - Marketing - Goods, Services & Events:
This course introduces the fundamental concepts of product marketing, which includes the marketing of goods, services, and events. Students will examine how trends, issues, global economic changes, and information technology influence consumer buying habits. Students will engage in marketing research, develop marketing strategies, and produce a marketing plan for a product of their choice.

BAF3M - Financial Accounting Fundamentals:
This course introduces students to the fundamental principles and procedures of accounting. Students will develop financial analysis and decision-making skills that will assist them in future studies and/or career opportunities in business. Students will acquire an understanding of accounting for a service and a merchandising business, computerized accounting, financial analysis, and ethics and current issues in accounting.

BTA3O -  Information and Communication Technology - The Digital Environment:
This course prepares students for the digital environment. Using a hands-on approach, students will further develop information and ommunication technology skills through the use of common business software applications.The concept and operation of e-business will be explored, and students will design and create an e-business website.The skills developed in this course will prepare students for success in the workplace and/or postsecondary studies.

ICS3U - Introduction to Computer Science
This course introduces students to computer science. Students will design software independently and as part of a team, using industry-standard programming tools and applying the software development life-cycle model. They will also write and use subprograms within omputer programs. Students will develop creative solutions for various types of problems as their understanding of the computing environment grows. They will also explore environmental and ergonomic issues, emerging research in computer science, and global career trends in computer-related fields

Grade 12

IDC4U - Building Financial Literacy:
This course investigates personal financial management.  Students will use diverse information skills, resources, and technologies to gather information related to a variety of Canadian and international financial institutions, investigate the conceptual foundations of increasing net worth and examine investment in the stock market (e.g., the risks and safeguards in stock trading, stocks as investments, creating investment portfolios).  Students will will prepare financial forecasts for each life stage (post-secondary education, purchasing a car, purchasing a home, family planning, retirement and estate planning. They will also analyze the social impact of personal investment decisions and will learn to solve problems through theoretical investigation, systems thinking approaches and case studies.

BOH4M - Business Leadership - Management Fundamentals:
This course focuses on the development of leadership skills used in managing a successfulbusiness. Students will analyze the role of a leader in business, with a focus on decision making, management of group dynamics, workplace stress and conflict, motivation of employees, and planning. Effective business communication skills, ethics, and social responsibility are also emphasized.

BAT4M - Financial Accounting Principles:
This course introduces students to advanced accounting principles that will prepare them for postsecondary studies in business. Students will learn about financial statements for various forms of business ownership and how those statements are interpreted in making business decisions. This course expands students’ knowledge of sources of financing, further develops accounting methods for assets, and introduces accounting for partnerships and corporations.

BBB4M - International Business Fundamentals:
This course provides an overview of the importance of international business and trade in the global economy and explores the factors that influence success in international markets. Students will learn about the techniques and strategies associated with marketing, distribution, and managing international business effectively. This course prepares students for postsecondary programs in business, including international business, marketing, and management.

ICS4U - Computer Science
This course enables students to further develop knowledge and skills in computer science. Students will use modular design principles to create complex and fully documented programs, according to industry standards. Student teams will manage a large software development project, from planning through to project review. Students will also analyse algorithms for effectiveness. They will investigate ethical issues in computing and further explore environmental issues, emerging technologies, areas of research in computer science, and careers in the field.