Business Technology Appplications


A little about BTA

Business Technology Applications is a one-credit foundation course designed to assist students in developing technological proficiencies in word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations, communications, Internet use, ethics, and careers using technology applications. Simulations and projects promoting teamwork, leadership, and workplace skills offer further opportunities for application of knowledge and skills. Career and technical student organizations are integral, cocurricular components of each career and technical education course. These organizations serve as a means to enhance classroom instruction while helping students develop leadership abilities, expand workplace-readiness skills, and broaden opportunities for personal and professional growth.
Computer Hardware and Software

Students will:

1. Utilize advanced technology utilities, including compressing files, converting files, importing files, exporting files, and transferring data among applications. • Describing networked computer functions Examples: security, file sharing, collaboration, centralized database • Demonstrating electronic file management skills • Comparing hardware and software functions

2. Analyze computer hardware to determine software compatibility. • Comparing functions of various operating systems

3. Diagnose problems related to technology systems, including advanced network systems, hardware, and software. • Demonstrating basic computer and printer preventive maintenance • Determining

Data Input Skills

4. Utilize advanced features of word processing software, including outlining, tracking changes, hyperlinking, creating macros, developing forms, and mail merging. Alabama Course of Study: Career and Technical Education 161 Word Processing Applications

5. Utilize word processing software to demonstrate professional writing skills by producing and editing business correspondence documents using various data input techniques. Examples: keyboarding, voice recognition, handwriting recognition, scanning • Utilizing e-mail messages in accordance with established business standards by recognizing appropriate electronic communication behavior • Demonstrating various manuscript formatting styles in business and correspondence documents Examples: header and footer, endnotes and footnotes, internal citations, title page, table of contents, works cited • Utilizing wizards and templates in business and correspondence documents Spreadsheet Applications

6. Utilize spreadsheet features, including formulas, functions, sorting and filtering data, templates, charts, and graphs in creating, editing, and printing workbooks. Database Applications

7. Utilize advanced features of database software, including sorting, filtering, querying and merging data, and creating reports. • Organizing database content using formatting, editing, and records tools Presentation Applications

8. Utilize advanced features of multimedia software, including photo, video, and audio editing, to create and present multimedia presentations using effective communication skills.

9. Utilize digital tools to deliver commerce and information technology curriculum-related content to an audience. • Determining effective digital tools for publishing projects Examples: Web page authoring software, coding, wikis, blogs, podcasts Internet Applications

10. Critique Internet and digital information for validity, accuracy, bias, and current relevance.

11. Create a product that integrates information from multiple software applications.

Career Opportunities

12. Utilize research results to determine career and entrepreneurial opportunities, responsibilities, and educational and credentialing requirements in commerce and information technology. • Determining factors to be considered in developing an effective career plan and procedures for obtaining employment • Using terminology commonly associated with commerce and information technology

13. Practice safe, ethical, and legal use of technology systems and digital content. • Explaining consequences of unsafe, illegal, and unethical use of technology systems and digital content • Interpreting copyright laws and policies with regard to ownership and use of digital content • Citing sources of digital content using a style manual Examples: Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA) Ethics

14. Analyze cultural, social, economic, environmental, and political effects and trends of technology to assess emerging technologies and forecast innovations. • Recognizing the influence of digital media on audiences • Identifying factors that affect access to technology Examples: socioeconomic level, political climate, geographic location • Assessing the impact of networked technology systems on society • Comparing capabilities of various technologies to address personal, social, and lifelong learning and career needs Workplace Skills

15. Apply safe and healthy work standards in the workplace for procedures and conditions, tools, dress, use of technology, emergency procedures, and work area maintenance.

16. Analyze the organizational structure of a business to determine roles and responsibilities of employees and functions of departments or units.

17. Demonstrate knowledge and skills gained through student organization activities to enhance leadership and teamwork.

18. Demonstrate collaborative skills using curriculum-related content in digital environments. Examples: completing assignments online, interacting with experts and peers in a structured online learning environment • Using collaborative digital tools to compare multicultural perspectives on global issues

19. Create simulations using digital tools. • Demonstrating programming logic used to create a product Examples: products—digital game, interactive learning tool Alabama Course of Study: Career and Technical Education 163 Workplace Skills

20. Explain data encryption procedures. Examples: encrypt file, send file, decrypt file

21. Utilize interactive models and digital sources to address real-world problems. Example: using graphic organizing tools • Disaggregating data electronically to formulate and defend conclusions Leadership

22. Demonstrate knowledge and skills gained through student organization activities to enhance leadership and teamwork. Financial Literacy

23. Critique various ways to become financially literate, including identifying credit card use and misuse; explaining ways to avoid identity theft; identifying reasons for budgeting, saving, and investing; comparing rates of interest as they relate to various time frames in the repayment of loans; and determining how debt influences future employment and purchases.