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Mr Carey
Mr Carey

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Mrs McVey
Mrs McVey

S1 & S2

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Broad General Education

The course is essentially a game of two halves.

The first is more business focused, learning how to use information computing technology (ICT) within a business context.

The second is more technologically focused with the emphasis on learning about computer systems and using software to create digital solutions. [more ...]

All About Subjects
National 4

Administration & IT

Administration and IT is practical course aimed at developing core skills in using industry standard computer software that is essential for lifelong learning and work in virtually all office base professions. [more ....]

Pupil Work
National 5

Administration & IT

This is also primarily a practical course aimed at developing core skills in using industry standard computer software but to a more advanced level than N4.

Participants will also acquire additional skills on how to complete a variety of administrative tasks, help support other departments and how to organise events. [more ....]

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Administration & IT Higher

Administration & IT

This course involves both practical and theory work. The practical work builds upon the skills acquired during the N5 course, taking them to an advanced level.

The theory work focuses on effective communication processes both within organisations and between organisations and their customers. [more ....]

All About Subjects
National 4

Business

With its emphasis on small sized businesses, this course looks at how business works and the key activities required for its successful operation.

The course aims to develop skills in communicating and presenting business related information in a variety of formats to stakeholders of an organisation. [more ...]

Pupil Work
National 5

Business Management

This course focuses on small to medium sized businesses. It aims to develop a more complete understanding of essential business operations.

It takes a greater look at the management of people and finance together with role of marketing and operations. [more ...]

Extra Curricular Activities

Section here on any kind of extra curricular activity provided by members of the department, if any. Otherwise this section can be dropped.

Extra Curricular activities
Activities?

  1. Computer Club
  2. Website design & development
  3. Football
  4. World Challenge Expedition to Borneo
Activities
Location

  • IT4 Monday lunchtime
  • IT2
Additional Information
Other info?

  • Organised by Mr McGivern
  • Organised by Mr Carey
  • For S3 and S4 pupils. Managed by Mr McGivern
  • For S5 & S6 pupils. Organised by pupils in conjunction with Mr McGivern.

Broad General Education in CBE S1 - S2

Subjects
S1

Within the context of establishing a small business pupils, will:-

  • Work with others to successfully develop a small business.
  • Develop the practical skills to search, sort, calculate and interpret business information.
  • Choose and use suitable software to present and communicate business information.
Aims
S2

Pupils should by the end, be able to:-

  • Be able to select and use different technologies to communicate and collaborate with others.
  • Develop digital multimedia solutions to communicate information to others.
  • Be able to make informed choices about selecting appropriate computing systems according to a specific purpose.
  • Can choose and use appropriate software to create animations and games.
Progression
Progression

Towards the end of S2 pupils have a choice. Either study Administration & IT [more ...]in S3 and then later in S4 and S5. Or to choose Business Management at S3 [more ...] and then SQA courses in S4 and S5.

Guidance and Subject staff will provide advice on the best way to proceed.

Administration and IT Level 4 @ S3

This is a very practical course. Pupils have to make a choice at the end of S3 about the subjects they want to study further and have the option of taking the subject to a higher level in the senior phase.

Extra Curricular activities
Core Skills

Participants are given practice in the use of principal office applications. They will develop good keyboarding skills together with an understanding of how to file and structure information in the most accessible and effective manner. They will also practice researching and sharing information gathered from the internet.

Android Programming
Key Tasks

Opportunities are provided to produce presentational material (flyer's, posters etc), multimedia presentations and other standard business letters and documents.

Activities
Event Planning

Participants will use their knowledge, understanding and skills acquired in other topics to plan events. Case studies are used extensively to enhance learning experience during this part of the course.

Additional Activities
Progression

Pupils can progress from Level 4 Administration & IT to National N4 and N5 courses and perhaps onwards to study the subject at Higher level.

Business Level 4 @ S3

Subjects
Understanding business

We look at different types of businesses and organisations together with different methods of working, from flexi-time to teleworking. We see how they meet their customer needs and how business operations have an ethical and environmental impact. We also examine how business decisions are made.

Aims
Using ICT

This unit looks at how Information Communication Technology (ICT) is used in business. Participants will get plenty of opportunity to practice using word processing, spreadsheet and database applications. Part of the course will involve using ICT for research and gathering information from the internet.

Aims
Interpreting Information

Part of the course concerns understanding money and the role of banks in business. It looks at budgeting and how finance can be obtained through loans, credit and grants. This will involve use of spreadsheets and interpreting financial data through use of graphical information.

Progression
Progression

Towards the end of S2 pupils have a choice. Either study Administration & IT in S3 and then later in S4 and S5. Or to choose Business Management at S3 and then SQA courses in S4 and S5.

Guidance and Subject staff will provide advice on the best way to proceed. [... more]

Administration & IT National 4

Primarily a practical course based around three units

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Administrative Practices

The unit examines the essential administrative tasks required to organise and support small scale events. Some time is spent looking at the key legislation affecting the work place, together with what makes good customer care.

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IT solutions for Administrators

Focuses on the main office applications of word processing, spreadsheets and databases. The best ways to organise and process information in administrative situations are examined.

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Communication in Administration

Participants will practice collecting and sharing information from the internet. They will also practice the standard ways of receiving and sending e-mails together with the effective use of e-diaries.

There will be opportunities prepare multimedia presentations and tasks in the use of desktop publishing software.

assessment
Assessment

There is an assessment for each of the units which will be assessed in school and is subject to external verification by a moderator from the SQA.

Homework will be given for each topic covered.

Added Value

Pupils have to use their knowledge and skills acquired in the three units to complete a Added Value task

Administration & IT National 5

Similar in content to the N4 course but studied to greater depth and detail.

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Administrative Practices

The unit examines event planning and the essential tasks required to deliver successful events. Participants will study the key legislation affecting the work place and look in detail and what makes good customer care.

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IT Solutions for Administrators

Participants and given extensive opportunities in using industry standard office office applications of word processing, spreadsheets and databases. They will also be given practice in the best ways to organise and process information in administrative situations.

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Communication in Administration

Participants will be expected to research, collect and share information from the internet. Emphasis is given to the approved methods of using e-mails and e-diaries.

Participants will be expected to make imaginative use of multimedia in presentational and desktop publishing software to convey key information.

assessment
Assessment

There is an assessment for each of the three Units. The assessments are subject to external verification by a moderator from the SQA and passes are required for the successful completion of the course.

Homework is given on each topic

Exam

There is an N5 Assignment Exam and participant will also have to complete an Added Value task.

Progress to Higher in S5, Advanced Higher in S6 FE Colleges and University Degree Courses.

Administration & IT Higher

Builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired in the N5 course and takes them to a more advanced level

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Administrative Theory & Practice

The emphasis in this topic is on how best to support efficient working practices, concentrating on time and task management with target setting, monitoring and evaluation.

Effective team working is examined together with how to manage effective meetings. The impact of IT on workplace along with workplace legislation is looked alongside the provision of customer care.

Weekly theory homework is given throughout this unit.

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IT Solutions for Administrators

Continues examining the practice and use of the main office applications. However the prime focus, is on the integration of the word processing, spreadsheet and database applications to produce documents that involve elements of each.

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Communication in Administration

This topic examines communication processes and how office applications support effective and timely communication. In particular e-mail, e-diary, Publisher and Presentational software

assessment
Assessment

There are two exams at the end of the course. Paper 1 is one hour theory question paper worth 30 marks. completed within the main SQA exams in April/May

Paper 2 is a two hour practical Assignment Exam worth 70 marks taken in March.

Business National 4

Primarily focussed on small businesses

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Business in Action

Examines how small business operate including the different business sizes, their objectives and the role of entrepreneurs. Participants will also look at how the businesses satisfy their different customer needs.

Participants will also examines the key functional activities of small business including Human Resources (HR), Marketing, Operations and finance

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Influences on Business

This unit looks at how to identify stakeholders and the influence the can exert. It also look and external and internal influences, for example human resources, finance and capital.

assessment
Assessment

There is an assessment for each of the units which will be assessed in school and are subject to external verification by a moderator from the SQA.

Homework will be given for each topic covered.

Added Value

Pupils will have to prepare a simple business proposal for an aspect of a new small business making use of technology.

Business Management National 5

This course focuses primarily on Small to Medium sized businesses.

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Understanding Business

This unit looks at the different types, objectives and activities of businesses. It also examines the factors that impact on business, both internal and external and the role of stakeholders.

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Management of People & Finance

Examines how to manage people from recruitment and selection, through training to motivation as well as legislation around employment.

Looks at how finance is managed especially cash budgets, job costings, accounts and key ratios.

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Management of Marketing & Operations

This unit examines how Marketing contributes to the success of a business, starting with market research to the marketing mix.

Participants will also spend time looking at the key function of Operations and how contributes to a successful business. Topics will include stock management, production methods, quality control, role of suppliers along with ethical and environmental impact of business.

assessment
Assessment

There is an assessment for each of the units which will be assessed in school and are subject to external verification by a moderator from the SQA.

Homework will be given for each topic covered.

Exam

There is an Exam and participants will also have to complete an Added Value Business related task.

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event management
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receptionist
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