Course Description

Using project-based instruction, students are introduced to the principles of business in the 21st century while refreshing their keyboarding skills. This course should also help students to use computers effectively in their lives, thus providing a connection of computer science and business careers.  The goal of this course is to provide all middle school students with an introduction to the principles of computer science, basic keyboarding skills, Internet safety and usage, and computer applications. Students will explore how personality traits and personal values align with career choices and will develop a career plan. Personal, professional, and ethical standards of behavior for the workplace will be examined and reinforced in the classroom.

Grading Scheme

 Fulton County Grading Scale will be followed

100-90 = A      89-80 = B        79-70 = C        69-0 = F

The teacher will conduct frequent and ongoing evaluations of student’s class work. Tests, quizzes, keyboarding activities, and observations will be used to determine the student’s grade.  All assignments will be given due dates.  Make-up work is the student’s responsibility.  Assignments will be provided for all excused absences.  Averages in Business and Computer Science are based on the following:

Projects – 40%

Class Assignments – 20%

Quizzes -20%



“Please note, in the grading system, students’ overall grade average will not be affected by an assignment until the due date. If a student turns in an assignment early, the parent will be able to view the score, but the overall grade in the class will not change calculation until the due date assigned.”

Connections Community Norms                                                                    

  • Be on Time– Students are required to be in class by the tardy bell.  Tardy students will be required to sign in and face consequences outlined in the local discipline cycle.
  • Participate in Class– Instructional time is extremely important and we expect students to be in class.
  • Be involved– The Connections team will meet with parents as needed in order to discuss strategies to help each child stay on the right track in classes.


Help Sessions

Available EVERY morning in Room 506 from 8:00AM-8:45AM.

Course Standards

Computer Fundamentals  MSBCS-BCSI-1:  Students will identify computer system components.MSBCS-BCSI-2:   Students will identify and demonstrate computer maintenance and safety.
Careers MSBCS-BCSI-3:  Students will develop an individual career plan reflecting their personal traits and values. 
Keyboarding MSBCS-BCSI-4:  Students will develop keyboarding skills by touch with speed and accuracy. 
Internet MSBCS-BCSI-5:  Students will discuss Internet safety and security issues.MSBCS-BCSI-6:   Students will utilize the Internet as a resource. 
 21st Century Skills MSBCS-BCSI-7:  Students will develop and model employability skills.
Introduction to Computer Applications MSBCS-BCSI-8:  Students will utilize word processing software.MSBCS-BCSI-9:   Students will develop and apply basic spreadsheet skills.MSBCS-BCSI-10:   Students will develop and apply basic database skills.MSBCS-BCSI-11:   Students will develop and apply basic desktop publishing skills.MSBCS-BCSI-12:   Students will acquire basic knowledge and skills of multimedia/presentation software.


Because computer utilization is required for classwork, homework will not be given.  When possible, students will be asked to gather information for projects and reports that may be required.  Studying for tests or completing particular worksheets and study guides will be the only necessary work at home.  Work not completed during class time should be done during open lab in the mornings.


Make-up Work

According to Fulton County Board of Education, Policy JBD, Upon return to school following an absence, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the teachers to request make-up work.  Make up work must be completed by the student within the time specified by the teacher.”  The students will be given the same amount of time to make up work as the student was absent unless other arraignments are mutually agreed upon.  The student will receive the actual grade on the make-up work if the absence was “excused”.  10 points may reduce make-up work for “unexcused” absences.  Make-up work submitted late will receive a zero.  Make-up tests will usually be given before school.

Classroom Procedures and Expectations


Students are expected to follow class, school, and county guidelines for behavior. Class rules are posted clearly in the classroom.  School and county rules are outlined in the student agenda. “Students who misbehave under a substitute’s supervision will receive immediate consequences to be determined by administration.”




Commit Acts of Kindness              

  • Include and encourage others during group work.
  • Loan supplies to a classmate.
  • Greet teacher, classmates, and visitors.


Act Responsibly               

  • Complete assignments in a timely manner.
  • Actively listen and follow directions.
  • Dress appropriately.


Respect People and Property       

  • Take care of classroom equipment and supplies.
  • Talk in a respectful manner to teacher and classmates.
  • Say please/thank you.


Ensure Safety   

  • Encourage others not to horseplay.
  • Report teasing/ bullying concerns to an adult.
  • Put belongings under my desk.

Classroom rules are as follows:


  • No food or drinks in the computer lab, this includes GUM!
  • Enter quietly and sit in your assigned seat.
  • Work only on the computer assigned to you, and type on the keyboard only when working on an assignment.
  • Workstation must be cleaned and materials returned to proper places before being dismissed.
  • The Internet is to be used only when given a specific assignment.  Do not get on any Internet website unless the teacher has given you permission.
  • You are to go to the bathroom before class.  If an emergency arises, you may ask the teacher for permission to go to the restroom.  You must have your Agenda signed by the teacher before you may leave the classroom.

Consequences for misbehavior:


1st Time – Teacher warning, note in agenda

2nd Time – Parent communication and teacher consequence (writing/typing assignment)

3rd Time – Parent/teacher conference, teacher consequence (morning detention 7:15-7:35)

4th Time – Counselor/Graduation Coach Referral

5th Time – Office Referral

Agendas and Communication


The agenda should be filled in for all subjects each day. Even if there is no homework, what occurred in class should be noted.  Teachers also write notes in the agenda to communicate with parents and guardians.  Please make sure to tell your child to have me sign any communication you send so you will know that I have seen it.  I also ask that you sign any communication I send you.  Please plan to check the agenda nightly.

From Policy/Procedures in Handbook

“All students are expected to exemplify academic honesty.  “Academic Honesty’ means performing all academic work without plagiarism, cheating, lying, tampering, stealing, giving or receiving unauthorized assistance from any other person, or using any source of information that is not common knowledge without properly acknowledging the source.”